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Talk205 - January 26

In this issue –

  • Erin’s Law Parent Information Meeting at Sandburg Tonight
  • D205 Foundation’s Silver Ball Tickets Almost Gone!
  • PTA Sponsors 13th Annual Summer Recreation Open House, January 28
  • Prevention Is Powerful: Community Open House at Robert Crown Saturday
  • 2015 Illinois 5-Essentials Parent Survey Now Available
  • City of Elmhurst Hiring Crossing Guards
  • Give Kids A Smile Day, February 6
  • Nominate an Exemplary Youth Volunteer by February 10
  • Kindergarten and “New to First Grade” Enrollment Dates Announced
  • PTA Council Presents: The Cost of Free Public Education…Under the New Reality
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page


ERIN’S LAW PARENT INFORMATION MEETING TONIGHT – Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention for grades Pre-K through 12. Our curriculum at each grade level will cover the following:

  • Distinguishing different types of touch
  • Saying “NO”
  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
  • Identifying and telling a trusted adult

This year, an award-winning non-profit group, Imagination Theater, will deliver age-appropriate experiences for our students in 1st through 8th grade. Information about their program, called “No Secrets,” may be found by visiting www.imaginationtheater.org. District 205 will offer live previews of the presentations to parents on Monday, January 26, at Sandburg Middle School as follows: middle school, 6:30 – 7:15 PM and elementary school, 8:00 – 8:45 PM.

For more information, including details on how to opt your child out, please click these links:www.elmhurst205.org/Erins_Law (English) and www.elmhurst205.org/Erins_Law_esp (Spanish).

Opt out forms - in either electronic or paper format - must be completed by Thursday, February 5, with paper forms submitted to the appropriate school for each child that is being opted out of this State requirement. Paper opt out forms will be available on the evening of January 26.

D205 FOUNDATION’S SILVER BALL TICKETS ALMOST GONE! – This is the last week to purchase your guaranteed Silver Ball tickets for the Foundation's 25th anniversary celebration and fundraiser on February 7th at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel. Ticket price includes beverages, plated dinner and a variety of musical entertainment, auctions and raffles. To see the amazing auction items that will be available, and to purchase tickets, visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_25. A limited quantity of tickets may be available afterFebruary 1st. If so, they will only be available for purchase through the Foundation office.

DISTRICT 205 PTA SPONSORS 13TH SUMMER RECREATION OPEN HOUSE – This is a free event open to all Elmhurst families and neighboring communities. Plan to bring your children to browse the tables of various organizations offering summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. Please note the new date and location for this event: Wednesday, January 28, from 6 to 8 PM at York Community High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road.

Additionally, please plan to support the PTA Council Scholarship fundraiser at Potbelly's Sandwich Shop, 544 W. St. Charles, also scheduled for January 28, from 4 to 8 PM. No flier or coupons are needed. The PTA Council will receive a percentage of the total sales collected during those hours. Head on over before or after the Summer Recreation Open House.

PREVENTION IS POWERFUL: COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE AT ROBERT CROWN – In observance of National Drug Facts Week, the Robert Crown Center (RCC) will be offering this great opportunity for parents, kids and community members to build awareness of substance abuse. This Saturday, January 31, from 10 AM to 2 PM, the RCC will host a lineup of interesting presentations, exhibits (such as the powerful In My Shoesart installation) and useful prevention information. For more information, click here, call 630-325-1900 or visitwww.robertcrown.org.

2015 ILLINOIS 5-ESSENTIALS PARENT SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE - The annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The State will only provide survey results for individual schools if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, District 205 asks that you complete the survey for each school. All survey responses will be kept confidential.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit Parent Survey Illinois 5Essentials at
https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/

2. Type and then select DuPage County as the location.
3. Type your school's name into the school field and then select your school. 

A Spanish translation of the 5-Essentials parent survey letter is available here. Thank you in advance for your participation in supporting our schools' continuous improvement process.

CITY OF ELMHURST HIRING CROSSING GUARDS – The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards. Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the school year. Lead a safe environment for our children and become a staff member of the Elmhurst Police Department.

The safety of our school children is a concern for the City of Elmhurst, District 205 school personnel, all parents and citizens. Training and safety equipment are provided. Starting wage: $11.81 per hour. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St., Elmhurst or interested candidates may apply online at this link.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and pre-employment drug screen/physical. The City of Elmhurst is an equal opportunity employer.

GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY, FEBRUARY 6 – The Dental Clinic at DuPage County Health Department is planning the American Dental Association’s 13th annual Give Kids A Smile day for Friday, February 6, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Give Kids A Smile is an annual centerpiece to National Children’s Dental Health Month. It is a one-day event where dentists and dental staff volunteer their time to provide free dental care to low-income and disadvantaged children.

This year’s event will take place at the following two locations: DuPage County Health Department Dental Clinic, 111 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187 and DuPage Children’s Museum (located in the parking lot), Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic, 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540.

ELMHURST COMMISSION ON YOUTH SEEKS EXEMPLARY VOLUNTEER NOMINEES – Know an amazing kid? The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, which will be presented on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Sandburg Middle School. Nominations are currently being accepted for exemplary youth volunteers who reside in the City of Elmhurst or within the boundaries of Elmhurst School District 205 and/or who have given service which has benefited the Elmhurst community.

To nominate an amazing kid, please visit download the form linked below or complete the nomination online by visiting http://tinyurl.com/ExemplaryYouthServiceAwards.

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.

Nominations may be submitted through February 10, 2015. Hard copy forms should be mailed to or dropped off at Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL, 60126 and marked: Attention Exemplary Youth Service Awards.

KINDERGARTEN AND “NEW TO FIRST GRADE” ENROLLMENT DATES – Enrollment for 2015-16 incoming kindergarteners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 10, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 11, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 12, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, enrollment will only be offered at Conrad Fischer School (for Fischer students) and at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York (serving all District 205 elementary schools).

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2015, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.

For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-617-4783 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

THE COST OF FREE PUBLIC EDUCATION…UNDER THE NEW REALITY – According to the Illinois Constitution, the State shoulders the primary responsibility for financing a free public education system. Yeteducation funding reform legislation (SB16/SB1), pension cost shifts from Springfield to local taxing bodies, vouchers and charter schools will all impact Illinois public education in the near future. Each could result in dramatic financial fallout for suburban districts, such as Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205.

Plan to attend the District 205 PTA Council’s legislative forum “The Cost of Free Public Education…Under the New Reality” on Monday, February 23rd, from 7 to 9 PM at Bryan Middle School, 111 W. Butterfield Road. Learn about these important issues, meet your State legislators, and find out how your tax dollars fund education in Elmhurst. Impact data will be presented by the District 205 administration and Board of Education. This forum is free and open to the public.

Featured speakers will be Peg Agnos, executive director of the Legislative Education Network of DuPage (LEND); Jan Dorner, of the League of Women Voters; State Representatives Patti Bellock (R-47th) and Deb Conroy (D-46th); as well as State Senators Tom Cullerton (D-23rd) and Chris Nybo (R-24th). Hear what these legislators have to say about how they - and you - can advocate for public education.

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 PTA Council 13th Annual Summer Recreation Open House – January 28 – 6 to 8 PM – York High School – Learn About Summer Camps – Something for Everyone – Free Event
  • Robert Crown Centers for Health Education – Community Open House January 31 – 10 AM to 2 PM – Building Awareness of Substance Abuse Risks and Addition Diseases
  • York Drama Presents Dogfight  February 5-7 at 7:30 PM & February 8 at 2 PM – Recommended for Ages 13 and Up – Purchase Reserved Tickets at – yorkdramatickets@gmail.com
    • Spring Musical – Big Fish (April 16, 17, & 18 & 19) – Advanced Ticket Sales After Each Performance of Dogfight
  • Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic  Give A Kid A Smile Day – Free Dental Screenings/Treatment – Children Ages 1 to 18 – February 6 – 9 AM to 3:30 PM – Locations: DuPage Children's Museum and DuPage Co. Health Department
  • Elmhurst Public Library and Middle School PTAs Present  Brain Benders for Grades 6 to 8 –February 7 – 6 to 9 PM at EPL – Register Beginning January 5 – Drop In or Call to Register
  • Nominate an Amazing Kid For The 2015 Exemplary Youth Service Awards – March 19 – Sponsored By The City of Elmhurst's Commission on Youth – Nominations Due By February 10Nomination Form
  • Robert Crown Centers for Health Education – Happy To Be Me – The Ultimate Lunch Date – Targeting Girls in Grades 5 to 8 & The Important Women In Their Lives – February 21 – 11 AM to 2 PM
  • Homework Help: A Workshop For Parents On Executive Function  February 21 – 9 AM toNoon – Register by February 13 – Sponsored by Shared Vision Psychological Services
  • Elmhurst PTA Council Presents The Cost of Free Public Education...Under the New Reality February 23 – 7 to 9 PM – Bryan Middle School Free and Open To The Public
  • SCARE (School & Community Assistance for Composting & Recycling Education) Presents Interested In Composting But Not Sure How to Start? – March 3 – 7 PM – Elmhurst Public Library – RSVP ecoolcities@gmail.com

BENSENVILLE PARK DISTRICT

  • Winter/Spring Program Guide

BENSENVILLE RECREATION AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING

  • 2014 - 2015 Winter Brochure
  • January 2015 Open Swim & Aqua Fitness Calendar
  • Learn to Swim  6 Week Programs For All Ages –  Register Now

DONATION EVENT

  • York High School PTSA  Pay Less For The Dress  Donate Your Gently Used Formal Dress For This Year's Prom – Also Accepting Dress Shoes – Evening Bags – Hair Accessories – Jewelry And/Or Never Been Opened Nail Polish or Make-Up – Donations Accepted Until March 21

ELMHURST PARK DISTRICT

 ELMHURST PUBLIC LIBRARY

  • Calendar of Events

ELMHURST YMCA

  • YMCA  Website
  • School's Out Days  Full Day Programs  January 30 – Museum of Science & Industry – February 16 – Shedd Aquarium  – February 27 – Field Museum – All Include Swimming at the YMCA
  • Summer Camps  Registration Begins February 1 – Traditions Full-Day – Kindergarten – Preschool – Teen – Specialty And Sports Camps – Extended Care Available
  • 2015  2016 Childcare Programs  Registration Begins February 1– Precious People Preschool – Ages 3 to 5 – Kindergarten Enrichment – Grade K – After School Adventures – Grades 1 to 5

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

  • Elmhurst PTA Council Scholarship Fundraiser For York Seniors  Potbelly Sandwich Shop –January 28 – 4 to 8 PM
  • Brian E. Wagner Scholarship Fund  Fifth Annual Bags for Wags Fundraiser – January 31 – 6 PM – Visitation Valentino Center – Ages 16 and Older – Discount for Registration by January 24

MUSEUM EVENTS

DuPage Children’s Museum

  • January Programs  Closed Due to Water Damage – Call Museum for Reopening Date - 630-637-8000

Elmhurst Historical Museum

  • Main Page

Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Programs and Classes for Kids and Adults

Lizzadro Museum

  • Calendar of Events  January Through March – Classes and Events

OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER

  • Volunteer at Aspire – Many Opportunities Available Single Project – Group Activities – Special Events Call 708-547-3550 x 3554 for More Information

RESOURCES AND REGISTRATION

  • Elmhurst Area Children's Choir Presents Honestly, Abe  Rehearsals Begin February 1– For Singers Ages 6 to 12 – Highlight Will Be An All Day Visit to Springfield
  • District 205 STEM Education – Importance of STEM  & Opportunities  – Watch Video Presentation AND PowerPoint with Summer STEM Opportunities for Students