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Talk205 Message for March 19, 2018

In this issue –

  • Community Advisory Team Selected
  • Register Now for Summer Instrumental Music Programs
  • Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst
  • ECO Club Book Sale
  • Video from Joe Newton Memorial Celebration
  • Support Key Club’s “Soles for Kids" Shoe Drive, Now Through May 11
  • York Spring Musical is “Tuck Everlasting” – Tickets on Sale March 21
  • Enter the “Tuck Everlasting” Book Cover Contest and Win Free Tickets
  • “Snoopypalooza” Spring Break Week at the Elmhurst History Museum
  • Impact DuPage County-wide Survey Open Through March 30
  • Middle School Students Participate in Caps for Kids Day, Monday, April 9
  • Future Care Planning for Those With Special Needs
  • Register for Summer School
  • Employment Opportunities with District 205
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

COMMUNITY ADVISORY TEAM SELECTED - Members of the District 205 Community Advisory Team (CAT) have been chosen and notified. With more than 125 applicants for a 30-member committee, the selection process was extremely difficult. We are grateful that so many residents are willing to help D205 in this important work!

A rubric was used to make sure that every school was represented, along with as many stakeholder groups as possible. The number of members was expanded from 25 to 33. We will be seeking to engage the remaining 93 applicants in other meaningful ways as the journey continues.

CAT members will be asked to:

  • Ensure that messages and materials related to the MFP are clear and easy-to-understand
  • Help anticipate and provide representative community questions and concerns
  • Offer suggestions to make sure the District is using every opportunity to reach stakeholders

While the CAT will assist the D205 administration with crafting clear communications for the community, it will not make decisions regarding the draft plan, as all community feedback will carry equal value and weight. The District plans to offer many opportunities for parents, staff and the community to weigh in on the Master Facility Plan.

The first CAT planning meeting will be on Monday, March 19. Please note that this is not a public meeting.

REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAMSThe Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th-8th grade band and orchestra students and all current 6th-8th grade choir students to continue practicing in an ensemble during the summer. Consistent, regular practice during the summer helps students to retain and reinforce concepts and skills that they have learned during the school year and helps them continue to learn and grow as young musicians.

  • Summer Band and Orchestra for current elementary students will run June 4 through June 29 at Sandburg Middle School. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday mornings. Each rehearsal is one hour.  The final performances will be on Friday morning, June 29 at Sandburg Middle School.
  • Summer Band, Orchestra, and Choir for current middle school students will run June 4 – July 6 at York High School from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Band and Orchestra rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Choir rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. There will be no rehearsals on July 3rd and 4th. The final performance will be on Friday, July 6 at York High School.
  • The registration fee for all levels is $92.00. The fee includes a Summer Music Program T shirt.
  • Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band at no additional cost.
  • Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost.

Registration is open Monday, March 19th through Friday, May 4. Visit the District 205 homepage for more information on registration. 

TOP PIZZA TASTE OF ELMHURST The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-7:30 PM​ in​ the York High School Commons. Local area ​restaurants and pizzerias will be showcasing their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those students and families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our ​EC-12 schools. For more information and to purchase entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line, visit

ECO CLUB BOOK SALE What you have been waiting for is almost here! The York ECO Club book sale starts Tuesday, April 3rd at 6PM in the York High School Commons. The sale will be open the rest of the week before school and during every lunch period. There are hundreds of boxes of books for you to choose from. Hardcover books are $1 each and paperback books are 50 cents each. Be sure to shop early, because there are many treasures to be found!

VIDEO FROM JOE NEWTON MEMORIAL CELEBRATION On January 27th, York Community High School hosted a memorial celebration for Joe Newton, a longtime York Cross Country Coach and founder of the "Long Green Line". The program can be viewed in its entirety Thursdays and Saturdays at 5 PM on Elmhurst TV (Comcast channel 6 and AT&T channel 99). Video of the entire program is also now available to watch online. 

KEY CLUB SPONSORS SOLES FOR KIDS DRIVE – The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive and asking for your assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive began on March 5 and will conclude on Friday, May 11.

Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa, as well as to Indian Reservations in the United States. Many times families in these places need to choose between shoes and food, so this organization provides the shoes for free. For more information on the charity itself, such as where the shoes are going or how they are getting there, visit

YORK SPRING MUSICAL IS 'TUCK EVERLASTING' – Spring is in the air and the York Drama students are hard at work on the spring musical. Mark your calendars for April 19-22 when York High School proudly presents, straight from Broadway, Tuck Everlasting. Based on the best-selling children's book by Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting boasts a poignant book, sweeping score and stunning dancing, with the question, "If you could live forever, would you?" This beautiful, heartwarming show promises to entertain the whole family with its thought-provoking storyline full of life lessons.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 21st and cost just $10. Mark your calendars as tickets tend to sell very quickly. Be sure and visit beginning at 7 AM that day to purchase your tickets. Please email questions to For information on how to support York Drama, access this link.

ENTER THE 'TUCK EVERLASTING' BOOK COVER CONTEST – Students in grades 3-8 may enter the Tuck Everlasting Book Cover Contest to win four free tickets to the Sunday, April 22, matinee performance. Make an original full-color book cover of the Natalie Babbitt novel and turn it in at the Elmhurst Public Library’s Kids Help Desk through Sunday, April 8. York High School Drama Boosters, which is sponsoring the contest, will judge the entries. One winner will be chosen and notified by April 15. The winning cover will be displayed in York High School’s Baker Auditorium lobby. Artwork should be submitted on letter-sized paper and include your name, grade, phone number and contact email.

SNOOPYPALOOZA OFFERS SPRING BREAK FUN FOR FAMILIES – To kick off its Snoopy and the Red Baron exhibit, Elmhurst History Museum is hosting Snoopypalooza from March 24-31 with many free and affordable activities for families. Kids will love the Snoopy Scavenger Hunt, Drop In and Draw Snoopy, Science of Flight STEM Party at the Library and cool Snoopy Craft Time, when participants will make aviator goggles and red scarves. Preschoolers are invited for a Snoopy Storytime & Dance Party on March 28 designed for toddlers and their caregivers.

IMPACT DUPAGE SURVEY OPEN THROUGH MARCH 30 – Impact DuPage is a group of community leaders and organizations working together to understand the needs and priorities of DuPage County residents. As part of the Impact DuPage 2018 Community Assessment, the group is conducting a survey that asks about community themes and strengths that are important to the individuals in DuPage County.

DuPage County resident participation in this survey will help Impact DuPage improve the well-being of the community. The survey is open through March 30, 2018 and takes an estimated 3-5 minutes to complete. This survey is available at the following links:


The goal is to receive one response from each DuPage County resident. If you have already taken this survey, thank you for your participation! For more information about the survey, please contact

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: CAPS FOR KIDS DAY IS MONDAY, APRIL 9 – This year, student councils at all three District 205 middle schools will work with Caps for Kids, a national non-profit organization dedicated to giving caps signed by athletes and celebrities to kids battling cancer. Students and staff members are encouraged to participate in the annual Cap Day initiative by wearing their favorite hat to school. To participate, just bring $1 on Monday, April 9th to wear your favorite hat all day long! 100% of the proceeds benefits Caps for Kids. For more information, please visit

FUTURE CARE PLANNING FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS – It is NEVER too early (or late) to start planning for your child’s future. On Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 8 PM, Kirsten Izatt, attorney and counselor at law with The Estate Planning Law Group will address Future Care Planning for Children and Adults With Special Needs. In this presentation, to be held at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York Street, parents and educators will learn about the importance of estate planning especially for those who have a child with a disability.

Attendees will also learn about how Special Needs Trusts can help families protect future governmental benefits such as SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and Medicaid. Have you heard of an ABLE account? ABLE is a federally tax-advantaged savings program that will allow for Illinois families and individuals to save for disability-related expenses. Come learn more about this beneficial savings program. Questions? Email

REGISTER FOR SUMMER SCHOOL – York High School offers an Academic Summer School Program in two three-week sessions. Registration is now open online through Wednesday, May 30th. You can also register in person at the main office at York High School up until the first day of summer classes. Information on the 2018 Academic offerings and Athletic Camp opportunities can be found on the York Summer School website. Questions may be directed to

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH DISTRICT 205 – Come join our team! We currently have 49 openings in the following categories: administration, athletics/activities/stipends, cafeteria, high school teaching, lunchroom supervision, student support services, substitute, summer school, support staff and technology. To view District 205’s 51 open positions, start/continue/modify an application or request technical help, please visit

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 The following items were recently posted:


  • The League of Women Voters Present: Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA –March 22 – Viewing begins at 7 PM at the Elmhurst Public Library – Discussion to follow
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Lifeline Church- West – March 24 from 12 NOON to 2 PM – Open to ages 3 to 12
  • Bethel Assembly Celebration Easter Egg Hunt – March 24 at 10 AM – Berens Park – Open to newborn through 5th grade
  • Organic Seedling Sale – First Congregational Church of Christ – Orders due by March 31 – order online at
  • Spirito! Singers Auditions – Auditions for the 2018-2019 are being scheduled now – Call 630-581-5440 to schedule an audition – Visit for more information
  • DuPage County Health Department – Impact DuPage Survey –
  • York High School Presents: Tuck Everlasting the Musical – April 12 to 22 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PM – Tickets available starting March 21 at 7 AM at
  • The Glenbard Parent Series Presents: Christine VanDeVelde: Calming The Nerves How to Survive the College Application Process – April 10 at 7 PM – College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center – Free and Open to the Public
  • REACH PTA Presents: A Parent Educational Program- The Twenty–first Century Teenage Brain on April 12 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium – Both events free and open to the public
  • Senior Citizen Prom – April 22 from 2 PM to 4 PM – York High School Commons – RSVP to Matt Moran at or call 630-617-2400 x7285
  • Robert Crown Center for Health Education Presents: Raising Healthy Teens in a Digital Age: Drug Abuse Prevention – April 12 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium – Free and Open to the Public
  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017–2018 Calendar of Events
  • Sci–Fi Spring Break – 6 STEM based, hands on workshops from March 26 through March 28 at the Naperville U of I Extension – Registration February 2 through March 20– $25 per person per session AND Community Science Fair on April 26 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Parkview Christian Academy – Open to 4th to 12th Grade Students – $10 per entry AND  How to Start a Business 4-H Spin Club for Teens – April 4 open to Ages 13-18 AND Camp Shaw Science & Technology Summer Camp – June 24 to 28 – Register for all events online at:
  • STEM–CON – Designed to inspire and educate middle and high school students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and, mathematics – April 28 from 9 AM to 4 PM at College of DuPage Physical Education Center – Free and Open to the Public
  • Elmhurst Panhellenic Association Presents: Information Session on Sorority Recruitment – May 14 at 7 PM – Elmhurst Public Library – Free and Open to the Public
  • Elmhurst College Summer Music Camps – Jazz Combo Camp, June 19–21. Acoustic Guitar Camp, July 1–11. Vocal Voyage Camp, July 16–19. Credo Flute, July 23–28.


  • Portillos for Good – April 5 from 5 PM to 8 PM – 20% of Proceeds Benefit Churchville Middle School


  • City of Elmhurst Now Hiring Regular & Relief Crossing Guards – Opportunity for Retirees, College Students & Anyone Interested in Part Time Work – Submit Application At This Link
  • Current Openings With District 205 – Come Work With Us! To view District 205’s current 49 open positions, start/continue/modify an application or request technical help, please visit
  • Free English & Citizenship Classes – College of DuPage – Monday & Wednesday at Conrad Fischer Elementary School from 6 PM to 8:50 PM – Register Before March 19 online at


  • Book Cover Contest for York High School’s Spring Musical: Tuck Everlasting – Open to Grades 3 to 8 – Entries accepted through April 8 at the Elmhurst Public Library Kids’ Help Desk
  • Girl Scouts Amazing Daisies. Kindergarten & 1st grade outdoor programs. Workshops and day events, family camp opportunities. Register online:
  • Center for Gifted – STEM with SteAm in Elmhurst
    • Project 18 – Summer of 2018 – 10% Discount for Early Sign Up: EARLY2018. July 9 to 27 for Grades 5 to 12
    • Tinker–A–Thon 2018 at Elmhurst College  July 9 – 27 for Grades 1 to 5 – 10% Discount for Early Sign Up: EARLY2018
  • Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Stewardship Poster Contest – Open to All K-12 Students – Posters & Completed Entry form due by April 27
  • The Morton Arboretum Summer Science Camps – Weekly Camps June 4 through August 10 – Register online at
  • American Music Institute Summer Music Camp – Open to Ages 5-18 from July 23 to 27 – Register online at
  • NIU Summer Camps – 2018 Calendar of Events


  • Summer Transitional Enrichment Program – June 20 to 28 at George Williams College
  • Parent Support Project Presents: Marionjoy’s Information Connections and Transition Planning – March 20 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM – DayOne PACT Lower Level Conference Room – RSVP to or call 331-481-4197
  • Next Steps: The Transition Series – Free and Open to the Public – Register online at
    • Transition: Making It in The Real World  – April 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM  – York High School
    • Transition Plans: Roadmaps to the Future – April 10 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM  – York High School
    • Moving On: Life in the Community  – April 17 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM  – York High School
    • Preparing for Work While in School  – April 24 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM  – York High School
    • Planning Ahead: Future Finances and Supports  – May 1 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM  – Sandburg Middle School Auditorium


  • Elmhurst Youth Baseball Spring League – Includes T–Ball, Farm, Competitive, Minor, Major & Pony Divisions – Begins With Practices in April – Games April to June – Late Fee After January 1, 2018
  • Elmhurst Evolution Ultimate Frisbee – Co-Ed High School & Middle School Teams – Register online at:
  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club – Spring Registration Now Open – Pre-K to K and 1st to 4th – Register online at
  • Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association – Preseason Clinic & Spring League – Registration Now Open – Register online at
  • Elmhurst Eagles Football & Cheer – 2018 Registration Now Open – In Person Registration & Fitting on March 15 at York High School
  • AYSO Summer Camp – British Soccer from July 16 to July 20 – TetraBrazil Soccer Academy – July 30 to August 3 – Register Online at
  • 2018 Elmhurst College Basketball Skills Camp  – Open to Ages 4 to 14  – $214 per camper – Register online at
    • Session #1: July 17 to July 20 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Session #2 July 23 to July 26 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


  • Spring Buddy Ball Registration Now Open – Providing Young Athletes With Disabilities A Positive Baseball Experience – May 4 to June 22 (8 Week Program – 1 Hour Sessions) – Sign Up Today


Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst History Museum

  • Spring Break Snoopypalooza - Charles M. Schulz Exhibit - March 24-31
  • Museum Explorers Camp - Open to 2nd to 5th Graders - June 11-15 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Register online

Elmhurst Artists Guild

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Drop-In Game Day - Open to all ages - March 21 from 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Parenting Book Discussion: The Teenage Brain- March 21 from 7 PM to 8 PM - No accompanying children can be accomodated. Register online, in person or by phone.


Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

  • Winter Learn to Skate & Crystal Edges Figure Skating Program - Learn to Skate - Two Sessions - Figure Skating - January to March AND Specialty Classes - January to March

Elmhurst Park District

Elmhurst YMCA

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