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Talk205 - October 14

In this issue –

  • League of Women Voters: Preparing for the November 4th Election
  • Commission on Youth to Present Heroin Forum on November 10
  • York High School Celebrates Veterans’ Day 2014 – And You’re Invited!
  • Reminder: School Physical and Eye Exams Due October 15
  • So You Think You Want a Career in Healthcare, October 18
  • Ladies Who Lunch, PTA Scholarship Fundraiser. October 23
  • Support the Foundation and Order Your Holiday Tree Now
  • York Distinguished Alumni Nominations Now Open for 2015
  • Information Regarding the Spring 2015 Consolidated Election
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page

LWV PREPARING FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH ELECTION – Join the League of Women Voters of Elmhurst onOctober 23 at 7 PM as they discuss the five propositions on the November 4 ballot and learn about some voters’ guides for looking up candidate information. The propositions include two Illinois Constitutional amendments and three advisory statewide referenda. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates for elected office, but does take action on issues after member study and consensus. For further information, visitwww.lwvelmhurst.org. The discussion will take place at the Elmhurst Public Library.

COMMISSION ON YOUTH TO PRESENT HEROIN FORUM NOVEMBER 10 – Heroin addiction and related deaths are increasing to epidemic levels, with usage trajectories spanning all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds. In response to this growing scourge, the City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth will present a community education forum, “The New Face of Heroin, It’s Not What You Think,” on Monday, November 10, from 7-9 p.m. at the Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, 395 Lake Street, Elmhurst.

Featured speakers will be Dr. Richard Jorgensen, along with Matt Quinn, MA, LCPC, CADC, of the new Elmhurst Hospital Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient Program and Corey Worden, MA, LCPC, CADC, of Linden Oaks at Edward.

Learn what’s driving the heroin epidemic and what you can do about it. Discussion will focus on:

  • The production, distribution and demographics of heroin use and abuse in DuPage County
  • The physiology, short- and long-term effects of heroin addiction
  • Narcan treatment protocols and how they have saved lives
  • What lies beneath this growing problem - a substance abuse epidemic
  • Practical things that YOU can do - tips, ideas, resources for help

This program is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are appreciated, so that adequate seating is available for all. To make a reservation, please call (630) 530-3010 or visithttp://tinyurl.com/HeroinForum111014 by Friday, November 7.

YORK HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES VETERANS’ DAY 2014 – York High School will be holding its third annual all-school Veterans’ Day assembly on Tuesday, November 11. Any interested U.S. veterans, as well as current servicemen and women, are invited to come and be honored in York’s Campbell Gym. The assembly begins at 8 AM and will include speeches from selected veterans, as well as York students and administrators. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 AM for coffee, pastries and bagels in the high school’s Yorker Room, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst (please enter through main door).

On Saturday, November 8, members of the York Student Council will serve a free breakfast to American veterans and their families from 9 to 11 AM in the high school cafeteria. Please contact York Student Council Advisor Matt Moran if you are interested in attending the assembly, the breakfast or both. Let him know how many people will be attending each event by sending an email to MMoran@elmhurst205.org or calling 630-617-2400, ext. 7285 and leaving a message.

REMINDER: SCHOOL PHYSICAL & EYE EXAMS DUE OCTOBER 15 – This is a reminder that physical exams are required for students in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades. Parents need to remember to complete the "parent" portion of the physical exam form. Please be aware that all kindergarten students are also required to have an eye exam. By state law, physical and eye exams must be completed and on file with your child(ren)’s school as of October 15. District 205 is required to exclude students from school as of this date if these documents have not been received. Students in kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade are required to have a dental exam; that form must be on file by May 15 of the current school year. All medical forms can be found on the District website, www.elmhurst205.org.

EXPLORING HEALTHCARE CAREERS – Students: want to know what it’s like to be a doctor, nurse of physical therapist? Middle school, high school and college students are invited to “So you think you want a career in healthcare” on Saturday, October 18 from 8 AM to 12 PM at the Arboretum Conference Center of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. For more details, see the related flyer posted on the virtual backpack page.

LADIES WHO LUNCH, PTA SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER – Enjoy a lunch out and support a good cause at the same time. Grab some friends and make plans to have lunch at Café Amano on Thursday, October 23 at 11:30 AM. The $25 ticket price includes a $10 donation to the Elmhurst District 205 PTA Council Scholarships that are awarded to York seniors each spring. Tickets are limited, so get yours today. They may be purchased through your school’s scholarship representative or through the PTA Council Scholarship Co-Chairs:

Kristin Boxall, kristinboxall@msn.com
Danelle Achepohl, achepohl16@msn.com
Jill Riecker, rriecker@sbcglobal.net

SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION AND ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY TREE NOW – This pre-order holiday tree sale by the District 205 Foundation is a fundraising tradition. Proceeds support the Foundation with funds that benefit all 13 public schools. This sale also supports the long-standing Elmhurst tradition of beautifully lit streets that line our neighborhoods during the holiday season. Neighborhood group orders of really fresh Nova Scotia Balsams are delivered free of charge just prior to Thanksgiving.

The Foundation website contains all the tools you will need to be a tree captain for your block. It is an easy and rewarding way to support our schools! Beautiful Fraser and Douglas Firs for indoor display are also available and can be picked up on December 6 or delivered for a fee. Click here for more information or to place an order. Orders are due October 29.

YORK DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI PROGRAM NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN – While the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) is gearing up for a celebration/induction of the 2014 Dukes of Distinction, the window is now open for 2015 nominations. Please click here for details.

The YDAP program is designed to recognize York High School alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and/or extraordinary accomplishments, service and/or an outstanding contribution to society. Nominations will be accepted through March 31, 2015.

On Thursday, November 6, 2014 the following Dukes of Distinction will be honored:

  • Dr. Robert Chen, Class of 1973
  • John Coughlan, Class of 1960
  • Beth Finke, Class of 1976
  • Gary Rydstrom, Class of 1977
  • Kathleen Sherman, Class of 1970
  • Dr. Martin Stoker, Class of 1939
  • Sgt. Joseph Vanek, Class of 2003

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a reception in the York Commons at 7 PM, followed by a program at 7:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. To read more about this year’s honorees, visit www.elmhurst205.org/DukesofDistinction.

INFORMATION REGARDING SPRING 2015 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION – Procedures for the coming April 7, 2015, Consolidated Election (including for Board of Education seats) have changed significantly. For example, instead of picking up and filing nomination petition forms at their local school district office, candidates must do so with the County Clerk or the County Board of Election Commissioners. The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) has created a Frequently Asked Questions document that explains the new law: 2015 School Election Procedures.

The first day that candidates could lawfully circulate nominating petitions for signatures was September 23, 2014. The period for filing nominating papers runs from December 15 to December 22, 2014. Elmhurst District 204 will have four seats up for election in 2015.

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 athttp://www.elmhurst205.org/flyers. The following items were recently posted:


Coming Events

  • District 205 Foundation Holiday Tree Sale – Trees Picked up or Delivered on December 6 – Order Neighborhood Trees – Order Online or Drop Off by October 29 – See Website to Download Form
  • Glenbard Parent Series Presents – Amanda Ripley  The Smartest Kids and How They Got That Way – October 14 – 7 PM – Dr. Adam Cox  Keys to Motivation and Capability: Organized Approach to School Success – October 15 – 7 PM – Building the 8 Pillars of Capable Young Minds – October 14 – 8 AM to 1:30 PM
  • So You Think You Want a Career in Healthcare? – For Middle, High School and College Students – October 18 – 8 AM to 12 PM – Elmhurst Hospital
    Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra – Concerto Night Gala – October 18 – 7 PM – Three Stanger Artists Will Perform – See Website for Ticket Information
  • Northern Illinois University  STEM-Fest – October 18 – 10 AM to 5 PM –Explore Hundreds of Hands-On Exhibits – Meet STEM Professionals and Much More – Free and Open to the Public – See Website for More Info and Parking Pass
  • York High School Drama Presents – Midsummer's Jersey –Shakespeare Comes to the Jersey Shore – October 23 – 24 – 25 at 7:30 PM – October 26 at 2 PM – See Website for Ticket Prices
  • Veterans Day Breakfast – Free for Veterans and Their Families – York High School – November 8 – 9 to 11 AM – RSVP Number Attending to mmoran@elmhurst205.org or Call 630-617-2300 x 7285
  • Veterans Day Assembly  November 11  – Veterans Invited to Attend and Be Honored at School Assembly – Arrive at 7:15 AM for Coffee and Light Breakfast – Program 8 to 9 AM – RSVP Number Attending to mmoran@elmhurst205.org or Call 630-617-2300 x 7285
  • Spirito Gala Autumn Voices – November 1 – 6 PM to Midnight – Drury Lane – Dinner – Sweets – Unique Auctions – Games
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra – Music of the Soul – Classical Perfection – November 16 - 3 PM

Bensenville Park District

  • Fall Program Guide

Elmhurst College

  • Bullied – Youth, Gender and Homophobia – C.J. Pascoe – Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Oregon – October 22 – 4 PM – Frick Center – Tickets $10 at Door – Free for EC Students/Alumni/Staff

Elmhurst Park District

Elmhurst Public Library

  • College Prep Program –  How to Prepare for the Rising Cost of College – October 15 – 7 to 8:30 PM
  • ACT/SAT Writing Seminar – October 22 – 7 to 8:30 PM – Register Now Online/In-Person/Phone – Space is Limited
  • Practice ACT – November 15 – 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Creepy Tales Scary Story Writing Contest September 1 to October 11 for Grades K to 8

Elmhurst YMCA

  • Halloween at the Y – Free on October 17 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM – Haunted House – Carnival Games – Spooky Snack and Much More

Fundraising Events

  • Lions Club Pumpkin Patch at The Abbey – Sale Begins October 13 to October 31 (While Supplies Last) – Fall Family Fest – October 19 – 11 AM to 3 PM – $20 – Moon Jump – Pumpkin – Decorate Your Pumpkin
  • Gracious Gifts  Kids Bop  Moms Shop For a Cause – Free Admission – Moms Can Shop and Kids Enjoy Children's Singer – October 17 – 9 AM to 1:00 PM – Wilder Mansion – Proceeds Benefit Families Battling Breast Cancer
  • Ladies Who Lunch – Benefiting D205 PTA Council Scholarships – October 23 – Cafe Amano – 11:30 AM – $25 ($10 towards Scholarships) – Tickets are Limited – See Website to Purchase Tickets
  • Access Sports – Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – November 7 – 5 to 8 PM – See Website to Purchase Tickets

Museum Events

  • Elmhurst Artists' Guild – Autumn Magic –October 7 to November 14 – Reception – October 10 – 7 to 9 PM
  • Elmhurst Art Museum – Programs and Classes for Kids and Adults
  • DuPage Children’s Museum – October Calendar
  • Lizzadro Museum –  Programs

Parent Support Groups

  • SERG – The Benefits of Chiropractic Care and PT for Individuals With Disabilities – October 16 – 7 to 9 PM – D205 Center

Resources and Registration

  • The Center for Gifted –Parent Seminar – Enabling Your Child to Think Critically and Creatively –October 26
  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre Fall Classes – Introduction to Musical Theatre – Grade 1 to 3 – Triple Threat – Grades 4 to 6 – Tuesdays – October 21 to December 9 – See Website for Registration Form
  • Brookfield Zoo  Fall/Winter – Boo at the Zoo – October 18/19 and 25/26 – 11 AM to 4 PM – See Website for Complete Listings and BOGO Admission
  • Edge Ice Arena – Learn to Skate Program – Beginning October 15 to December 20 – See Website for Dates and Times

Sports Opportunities

  • Elmhurst Jr. Dukes Wrestling Club – Grades K to 8 – $160 Per Wrestler – First Day of Practice – December 1 – See Website for More Information
  • ICCP  Fall Baseball Camp Series – October 25 – Hitting – November 1 – Fielding  for Boys Grade 4 to 8 – See Website for More Information
  • ICCP – 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament – October 18 – 7 to 10 PM – Two Divisions –  Boys Grade 5 to 6 and 7 to 8 – See Website for More Information
  • Elmhurst Swim Team – Improve Your Stroke  – See Website to Register for Fall and Winter