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Talk205 Message for May 22, 2017

In this issue –

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • D205 Foundation Announces 2017 Thiems Grants
  • York High School Commencement Available Online
  • Exemplary Youth Service Awards Program Now Airing
  • Time to Take Stock of School Lunch Balances
  • Free Summer Meals Available Through the Hunger Hotline
  • Complimentary Sports Physicals for York Students June 5 at York HS
  • Commemorative End-of-Year Gifts Available from the D205 Foundation
  • State and National PTA Reflections Honorees for 2017
  • Mud Madness Charity Race(s) to Benefit District 205 Foundation
  • Fifth Annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic, July 21
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page


MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

D205 FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 THIEMS GRANTS – Friday, May 12th, began as usual for students and staff of Elmhurst District 205 schools, until District 205 Foundation Board members began paying surprise visits to extraordinary teachers who were awarded the Thiems Educational Grants they had applied for last semester. Throughout the day, several teams of Foundation Directors visited all thirteen schools from Madison Early Childhood Center to York High School with bells and balloons awarding grants to happy teachers and excited students.

A total of 25 grants worth $53,827 were awarded this year for implementation next academic year. The grant program is named after former District 205 Superintendent Dr. Russell Thiems, who was instrumental in in the formation of the Foundation for Educational Excellence, which has provided close to $1.5 million dollars in Thiems Grants to District 205 since 1989.

“The Foundation recently funded $23,000 in literacy resources,” said Brian Bresnahan, Foundation Chairperson, “and a large amount of 2017 grant dollars support science and technology that helps teachers deliver STEM-related curriculum.”

One highlight for this year is the awarding of several grants to help create Makerspaces at every elementary school library and two areas (Library and Lincoln Lab) at York High School. A makerspace is a collaborative workspace for making, learning, exploring and sharing. Spaces such as these support future-ready learning and allow teachers and students to embed creativity and innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration in learning experiences.

Generous attendees at this year’s Foundation Gala, held in March, raised $106,000 that will go a long way in supporting Foundation programs. Recently funded enhancements include, three future- ready model classrooms in three different schools, Google Expedition Kits that bring the world to elementary classrooms through virtual field trips, Kano Kits that allow middle school students to build and program their own computer, and Dano App Crayons for use with iPads to help preschoolers learn to write.

In addition to the grants, the Foundation supports instructional programs, community programs and partnerships, as well as District initiatives, bringing the total over $2.7 million raised and funded.  To make a donation, and for a complete list of 2017 grants, including photographs of the award day, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation.

YORK HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT AVAILABLE ONLINE – Want to see the York Community High School 2017 Commencement ceremony? It may be viewed by clicking on this link from a flash-enabled web browser on any Internet-connected computer. Thanks to a partnership with High School Cube, the ceremony will continue to be available for viewing on this page long after the conclusion of the May 21 event. It may also be seen on Comcast (6) and AT&T U-verse (99) next month; please check the ELMHURST OUR KIND OF TOWN listings.

EXEMPLARY YOUTH SERVICE AWARDS PROGRAM NOW AIRING – Last month, the City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored 73 young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program held at Sandburg Middle School. Featured speakers were York High School students and 2016 Exemplary Volunteer Service award winners Ella Pittman, Brenna Bohaboy and Christina Sapata. Ken Bartels again served as master of ceremonies.

The program was videotaped and is now airing on the Elmhurst government cable channels on Sundays at 6 PM and Fridays at 5 PM on Uverse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 6 throughout the month of May. It is also available for viewing in on www.ElmhurstTV.com.

The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well-being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

TIME TO TAKE STOCK OF SCHOOL LUNCH BALANCES – With only a few days left until the last day of school, it’s time to take stock of your child(ren)’s lunch balance(s). To access their MySchoolBucks account(s), please visit the Café 205 page and click on the MySchoolBucks link. For those who have a positive balance, please know that at the end of the year your student’s account will roll over to the next school year (and be transferred to his/her new location, if they are moving schools within District 205). Families with a senior at York High School may transfer an unused balance to a sibling.

For parents that use automatic replenish for lunch accounts, please know that MySchoolBucks will stay up and running during the summer to accept payments. If you use auto payment and don’t want money deducted during the summer, you will need to turn off that feature and then remember to re-activate it again in August. If you have a balance due, you may leave the feature turned on to catch up on payments over the summer. Questions may be directed to the MySchoolBucks Parent Helpline at 855-832-5226.

FREE SUMMER MEALS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HUNGER HOTLINE – The zip code may not be as recognizable as Beverly Hills, but DuPage County is one of the wealthiest counties in the Midwest. And yet many DuPage families are struggling to put food on the table. Programs like the Hunger Hotline, sponsored by the Illinois Hunger Coalition, are the last line of defense against hunger for millions of American families.

This summer, when school is not in session, children ages 18 and under (or disabled persons of any age) may receive healthy, free meals at summer food sites. Call the Hunger Hotline at 1-800-359-2163 Monday -Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM for the location nearest you (Se habla español). This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

COMPLIMENTARY SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR YORK STUDENTS, JUNE 5 – NovaCare Rehabilitation and York team physician Dr. Lawrence Frank will team up to offer free sports physicals only to York student-athletes who will be involved in Duke athletics during 2017-18 (current 8th - 11th graders). Nurse’s Office (see flyer). A parent signature is required on appropriate forms in order to complete the physical. To schedule an appointment, please email Stephanie at swilkins@elmhurst205.org or call 630-617-2499. A $5 donation is suggested to benefit York Athletics.

COMMEMORATIVE GIFTS THAT CELEBRATE THE SCHOOL YEAR! – The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence has a variety of gifts and keepsakes that celebrate the completion of a terrific school year, promotion to another school, or graduation from high school. Individual school ornaments, York High School prints and notecards, and engraved paver bricks for the York High School brick patio are all available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Foundation programs that impact every school and enhance the education of all District 205 students. Please visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_gifts for more information and to make a purchase.

STATE AND NATIONAL PTA REFLECTIONS HONOREES FOR 2017 – The Illinois PTA’s  Reflections art competition selected a District 205 student’s art project to advance to the National PTA Reflections special exhibit in Washington, DC, earlier this month. The state competition also awarded four Honorable Mentions and two Special Artist Awards to District 205 students.

Students were invited to submit works of art in any of six different categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The theme for the 2016-2017 program is "What is your story?"

Noveena Thakar, of Jefferson Elementary School, advanced to the national competition in literature with her entry, How I Got My Favorite Color; her project was featured among the top young artists in the country. She was recently honored by a proclamation of the Board at its May 9 meeting.

Four other District 205 students received Honorable Mentions at the State level:

  • Amelia Morrow, Field School: “Hearing Aids” in Literature
  • Alejandro Goetz, Field School: “The Tree of Me” in Visual Arts
  • Isabella Nichols, Emerson School: “Pulled Under” in Visual Arts
  • Maddie Devine, Jefferson School: “Brighter Than The Sun” in Dance

Additionally, two D205 students received a Special Artist Award at the State level:

  • Joseph Zbiegiel, Emerson School: “2 Pikachu” in Visual Arts
  • Anisa Connor, Fischer School: “Midnight Moon” in Visual Arts

District 205 parent volunteer Michelle Wehrle serves as the Reflections chair for the Elmhurst District 205 PTA Council. Learn more about the PTA Reflections program by visiting www.illinoispta.org/reflections.html.

MUD MADNESS CHARITY RACE(S) TO BENEFIT D205 FOUNDATION – June means school is out and we all want fun, healthy ways to spend family time. Consider the ultimate summer family fitness challenge! Join the Ignite Fitness Mud Madness Charity Race on June 10 at the Dirt Runner Grounds in Marseilles, Illinois (one hour west of Elmhurst). Ignite Fitness will offer three separate obstacle course races on this fun and diverse course. DRX Dash for adults 18 and over, Dirt Runner Munchkin Race for ages 4-12, and Dirt Runner Jr. for ages 13-17. Events run 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and cost is $65 for adults and $25 for children. Proceeds will benefit the District 205 Foundation, which provides educational enhancements for all students in District 205 schools. For more information and to register, visit Mud Madness.

5TH ANNUAL ELMHURST CYCLING CLASSIC – Join your family, friends and neighbors for the fifth annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic (ECC), an exciting spectacle of high-speed racing at Wilder Park and around Elmhurst College from 10 AM to 11 PM on Friday, July 21st. Amateur and professional racing continues throughout the day, ending with the pros racing under the stars until 9:45 PM. Wilder Mansion and Wilder Park will be host to food and beverage vendors, sponsor tents and family-friendly activities. This is a free community event, and all are encouraged to join the fun! For info, visit www.elmbike.com.

Organizers of the ECC race are once again sponsoring a Family Fun Bike Parade on the 1.2 mile professional race course around Elmhurst College from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE A SIGNED WAIVER AND HELMET. If you bike to the event, there will be free bike valet parking inside the fenced tennis course in Wilder Park. All ages are welcome. For more information on how to register in advance (free!) visit elmbike.com.

POSTINGS ON THE VIRTUAL BACKPACK – The District 205 Virtual Backpack page is a great place to find student and family-oriented activities offered by non-profit agencies in our community. Please check it often under the Community Events link on the District homepage or access it directly at http://www.elmhurst205.org/flyers. The following items were recently posted:


COMING EVENTS

  • Elmhurst Museum Day On May 21 From 1PM To 5 PM – Ride the Trolley To Free Fun For All Ages – Free Admission/Complimentary Refreshments At Elmhurst History Museum – Collect A Stamp & Enter Prize Drawing
  • York Alumni Present Godspell on June 9 – One Night Only – Ticket Sales Begin Today – May 15 At https://ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama
  • Special Kids Day - A Playground For Everyone – Join The Party At The Playground at 385 E. Van Buren St. On June 11 From 1 PM To 4 PM – Everyone Welcome

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

  • Kids Who Care – Kids Concert Benefitting Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry On June 10 From6:30 PM To 8 PM Location: Yorkfield Presbyterian Church – Buy Tickets at: eyfp.org/donate-now 
  • AAUW - Donate Your Books, CDs & DVDs For August Book Sale – Bring Donations to Drop Off Locations – June 19 To July 30
  • AAUW Used Books, CDs & DVDs Sale at Lincoln School – August 3 From 6PM To 9PM – $10 Fee & August 4 From 9 AM To 8 PM – Free Admission & August 5 From 10 AM To 3 PM – Free Admission & August 6 From Noon To 3 PM – Free Admission/$10 Bag Sale

OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS

  • Children's Monarch Festival – Educational Booths & Activities Plus Live Butterfly Tent Wilder Park On July 9 At 10 AM To 4 PM – Free Admission 
  • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program – For Grades 1 To 6
    Kids Earn A Free Book
  • 2017-2018 Bethel Learning Center Kindergarten Enhancement Classes For Children In Morning Kindergarten – Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons
  • Spirito! Singers Auditions For 2017-2018 Season –www.spiritosinger.org
  • University of Illinois Extension & 4H Offers SPIN (SPecial INterest) – Beekeeping For Beginners From May To July – Backyard Poultry From May To August & Sewing From May and June 
  • York High School 2017-18 Cheerleading Tryouts For All Students – Male & Female Welcome On May 9 & 10 From 4 To 7 PM Location: Black Box Room
  • Great Things To Do At Brookfield Zoo – Dinos & Dragons From May 6 To September 17 – Summer Nights June 16 To August 12 From 4 To 9 PM – Free For Members

DISTRICT 205 SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS

  • PTA Summer Recreation Open House List Of Opportunities
  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre Summer Drama Camps – June 12 To 22 From 9:30 AM To NoonFor Grades 2 To 4 AND June 12 To 22 From 9 AM To Noon For Grades 5 To 8 – Register Atelmhurstchildrenstheatre.com
  • Forest Preserve District of DuPage County – Summer Camps For Ages 4 To 15 – Visitdupageforest.org/camps
  • Spotlight Youth Theater Summer Camps – 3 Elmhurst Locations/Dates Disney Classics At West Suburban Community Church On June 12 To 16 & Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church On June 19 To 23 & Passport Disney At West Suburban Community Church On June 19 To 23
  • 4H Workshops Summer Series –Food Preservations/ Mixed Media Abstract/Baking Basics
  • Northern Illinois University Summer Academic Camps Includes Residential Camps For Grade 9-12 & Day Camps For Grades 6-8
  • Technology Center of DuPage – Robotics Camp For Grades 7 To 9 (Entering In Fall 2017) June 5-8, June 12-15 & July 10-13
    From 9 AM To 2 PM – Register by May 14 AND Culinary Camp For Grades 7 To 9 June 5-8, June 12-15, June 19-22, June 26-29, July 10-13, July 17-20 & July 24-27 – From 9 AM To 1 PM – Class Size 15 Per Session
  • SIU Summer Camps – Academic, Artistic & Athletic – Register At Website:conferenceservices.siu.edu 
  • The Morton Arboretum Summer Science Camp For Grade K To 8 From June Through August
  • Center For Gifted Classes – Summer Camp at Elmhurst College (entering Gr 6+)​ And Worlds of Wisdom & Wonder (Grades PreK -8)
  • College of DuPage – Summer Youth Enrichment​ in Glen Ellyn (K-8)
  • Mayslake in Oak Brook – Creativity and Writing Summer Week
  • CTD at Northwestern University – Weekend Enrichment at North Central College 
  • CTD at Northwestern Summer Enrichment – Elmhurst College
  • Science and Arts Academy – Summer Programs in Des Plaines (PreK-8)
  • School of the Art Institute – Summer Camps For Ages 4 To 9 And 10 To 13
  • Summer Institute for Gifted – University of Chicago​ in Chicago
  • Dominican University – Summer Gifted and Talented  in River Forest​​​
  • Benedictine University – Summer IDTech camp in Lisle
  • Summer@IMSA – Math and Science camps Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora​
  • Northern Illinois University – STEM Summer Camps in DeKalb

SUMMER SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS

  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club – 2017-2018 Tryouts For Boys & Girls Ages 7 To 18 From May 7 Thru May 26 Location: Berens Park Register Online: www.elmhurstsoccer.com 
  • 2017 Girls’ Basketball Camp For Girls Grade K To 8 From June 19-22 Location: Elmhurst College
  • Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association – Summer Camps For Grades K To 9 And Summer Purple League From June 5 To June 28 For Grades 4 To 9
  • Elmhurst College 2017 Wrestling Camp – From June 26 To 30 At 10 AM To Noon For Ages 6 To 18
  • Dominican University Co-Ed Basketball, Volleyball & All-Sport
  • 2017 Basketball Skills Camp For Boys & Girls Age 4 To 14 – Elmhurst College – Session #1 July 18 To July 21 – 8:30 AM To 12:30 PM And Session #2 July 24 To July 27 – 8:30 AM To 12:30 PM – Cost: $215.00 Per Camper/Camp

LIBRARY AND MUSEUMS
 

Elmhurst Art Museum
 

Elmhurst Artists' Guild

  • Randal Stringer – Pause From May 14 To June 23 Opening Reception – May 19 From 7 To 9 PM

Elmhurst History Museum

  • Program Schedule For March – May

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Calendar of Events

PARK DISTRICT & RECREATION PROGRAMS

Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

  • Wahoo Swim Team For Ages 6 To 18 – Residents or Non-Residents – Registration Now Open FromJune 5 To July 29
  • Poolside Hatha Yoga – Tuesdays, June 6 To July 11 From 9 PM To 10 PM
  • Poolside Power Yoga – Thursdays, June 8 To July 13 From 9 PM To 10 PM
  • Learn To Swim Programs – For All Ages From June 10 To July 16
  • Edge Ice Arena Crystal Edges Figure Skating Summer Camp From June 13 – July 20 ANDSummer Session Learn To Skate Session 1 From June 14 To July 19 And Session 2 From July 22 To August 19 (Saturdays Only)

Elmhurst Park District

  • Upcoming Programs & Events
  • Summer LEGO Classes – June Through August

ELMHURST YMCA

  • Summer Camps – Registration Now Open For Traditional Kindergarten, Teen, PreSchool, Specialty & Sports Camps 
  • Summer – Camp MacLean Location: Burlington, Wisconsin For Ages 7 To 16 Years

PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

  • REACH PTA