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Talk205 Message for May 23, 2016

In this issue –

  • Friends of the Library Poetry Contest Winners Announced
  • 2016 Ruth Strand Poster Contest Winners Named
  • Community Invited to Weigh In On Math Curriculum, May 25
  • 2015-16 End-of-Year Calendar Posted
  • Elmhurst City Centre Hosts School’s Out Party on June 1
  • Register Now for the 4th Annual Churchville Charge
  • Glenbard Parent Series Presents Dr. Michele Borba on June 15
  • Concussion Discussion at Elmhurst Hospital on June 21
  • Free Summer Breakfast and Lunch Served at Fischer and Churchville
  • Elementary Instrumental Music Program Registration FOR 2016-17
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY POETRY CONTEST WINNERS – Congratulations to the 2016 Friends of the Elmhurst Public Library poetry winners. Students in grades 4-12 submitted original poetry in March. A poetry reading for the winners was held on April 29. And the winners are:


4th Grade
Honorable Mention: Ella Glosner (Jefferson) Katie Leiman (Jefferson) Kristofer Ninov (Jefferson)
Second place: Madeleine Wylie (Jefferson)
First place: Avinash Shah (Jefferson)


5th Grade
Honorable Mention: Melissa Black (Jefferson) Salma Brobbey (Conrad Fischer) Finley Ewald (Jefferson) Emma Finley (Jefferson) Samuel Nazario Gaytan (Conrad Fischer) Avery Kendrick (Emerson) Amelia Louise Koering (Jefferson) Elizabeth Kraus (Jefferson) Kayla Lorenz (Hawthorne) Joel Varghese (Field)
First place: Emily Hamil (Conrad Fischer)


6th, 7th & 8th Grade

Honorable Mention: Ariela Asllani (Churchville) Klaybis Asllani (Churchville)
Second place: Emily Eastman (Visitation)
First place: Magnus Mikhail (Bryan)


High School
Second place (tie): Maria Muehleis (York) Brenna Kinsey (York)
First place: Kennedy Ruiz (York)


2016 RUTH STRAND POSTER CONTEST WINNERS – The Ruth Strand Poster Contest was established with funds left to the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation by Ruth Strand, beloved librarian and activist for Elmhurst history. Second grade students who live in Elmhurst or attend school in Elmhurst are eligible. The contest requires that students draw a poster and write a caption about some aspect of Elmhurst history. Outstanding posters are displayed at the Elmhurst History Museum and the winners are invited to participate in the Memorial Day Parade (May 30) with members of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Board of Directors. Winners are also invited to attend a special recognition which will be held at the June 6 City Council meeting.


Winners for 2016 are: first place – Beatrice Pollock (Hawthorne); second place – Mason Kotowicz (Lincoln); and third place – Delilah Kamins (Fischer). Honorable mention was awarded to the following District 205 students: Margaret Pas (Edison), Samantha Szejner (Emerson), Will Van Meir (Field), Emily Franchi (Jackson), Jackson Messina (Jefferson) and Samantha Tomlinson (Lincoln).


COMMUNITY INVITED TO WEIGH IN ON MATH CURRICULUM – Curriculum defines the steps along a student's educational journey toward college and career readiness. The Math Curriculum Development Planning Team cordially invites you to join us on Wednesday, May 25, from 7-9PM at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York, to begin our math curriculum development journey. On that night, representatives from the Elmhurst community will come together to share their thoughts related to the overarching targets our math curriculum must prepare students to meet. We value your perspective to ensure that all of our students continue to graduate ready for college, career and life. The event is open to all. Click here to register.


END-OF-YEAR CALENDAR POSTED – The last day of school was approved at the April 26 Board of Education meeting. Due to a mild winter, and no other weather-related incidents, the five emergency days, which are built into the school calendar, have not been used. Below are the student dismissal dates and times. Click here to access the 2015-16 End-of-Year Calendar, which contains helpful information about final exams and 8th grade promotion times.


May 23

  • Freshman, sophomore, junior last day of school at the conclusion of exams

May 26

  • Last day of attendance for early childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students
  • Last day of attendance for 8th grade

May 27

  • Last day of school for grades 1-5.  Early dismissal at 11:15 a.m.
  • Last day of school for grades 6 and 7.  Early dismissal at 11:35 a.m.

ELMHURST CITY CENTRE HOSTS SCHOOL’S OUT PARTY Kids: come rock out in City Centre Plaza after school on June 1st, from 2 to 5:30 PM, featuring a DJ and free sunglasses to everyone with a “You Rocked This School Year” postcard (coming soon to your backpack). Every Wednesday night from June until August, there will be a Block to Block party from 5:30 to 8:30 PM in City Centre or south of the tracks with outdoor music and merchant deals.


REGISTER NOW FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL CHURCHVILLE CHARGE! – The Churchville Charge will be held on August 20, 2016, and registration is open now! The Charge is Churchville Middle School’s main “fun”draising event of the year and features teams of four adults “racing” around Elmhurst City Centre solving clues and performing tasks, a la The Amazing Race. Spots go fast, so be sure to click here to register between now and June 15 to reserve your team’s spot! Money raised from the event helps fund many Churchville PTA programs throughout the year.


You can also support The Charge through raffle-basket donations and sponsorships. If you have a service or product you’d like to donate, contact Monica Anderson at If you’d like to sponsor the Churchville Charge, contact Julie Deely at for details.


GLENBARD PARENT SERIES PRESENTS DR. MICHELE BORBA – The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) will present the Empathy Advantage: The Real/Hidden/Overlooked Secret to Kids' Success with Michele Borba at a special summer event on Wednesday, June 15.


Empathy is the ability to sense other people’s emotions and must be nurtured and taught. To lack empathy can hurt students' academic performance, hamper their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve. Psychologist Dr. Michele Borba, author of the just released UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World will share a revolutionary, researched-based, nine-step plan for reversing the Selfie Syndrome. Participants will come away with real world strategies to give kids the Empathy Advantage, as well as an understanding of the importance of self-control, which is a better predictor of wealth, health and happiness than grades or IQ. Learn how to reclaim face-to-face conversation and better connect with our kids' emotional lives in today's plugged-in world.


This GPS special program will begin at 7 PM on June 15 in the auditorium at Glenbard South High School, 23W200 Butterfield Rd. in Glen Ellyn. For information regarding GPS programs, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 942-7668 or


CONCUSSION DISCUSSION AT ELMHURST HOSPITAL ON JUNE 21 – Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the functioning of the brain. Effects are temporary, but can include symptoms such as headache, concentration issues, problems with memory, balance and/or coordination. Please join Dr. Holly Benjamin, pediatric sports medicine physician from University of Chicago Medicine, on staff at Elmhurst Hospital, and Laura Morris, Elmhurst Hospital vestibular and concussion therapist, as they speak on concussion and “return to play” issues for children. This free program will be held on Tuesday, June 21, beginning at 7 PM in the Elmhurst Hospital Arboretum Conference Center’s Oak Room. This is an Edward-Elmhurst Healthy Driven Evening Conversation.


FREE SUMMER BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT FISCHER AND CHURCHVILLE – This summer, when school is not in session, children ages 18 and under may receive healthy, free meals (breakfast and lunch) at Conrad Fischer Elementary and Churchville Middle Schools. Sponsored by the National School Lunch Program, these meals are available to all area children in need and will be served Monday through Thursday from June 8 to July 13 (with the exception of Monday, July 4).

Breakfast will be served at Fischer from 9:00 to 9:15 AM and in the foyer at Churchville from 9:30 to 9:45. Lunch will be served at Fischer from 10:45 to 11:00 AM and in the foyer at Churchville from 11:15 to 11:30 AM.


ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC REGISTRATION FOR 2016-17 – Elmhurst District 205 offers the opportunity for all students in fourth grade and above to learn to play a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument through the Instrumental Music Program. Instruction on string instruments is offered through the orchestra program. Instruction on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments is offered through the band program. For a description of the elementary instrumental music program, please visit the instrumental music webpage.

In August and September 2016, all fourth-grade and fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to enroll in the District 205 Instrumental Music Program. Students who are continuing into fifth grade will be automatically reenrolled in the fall. Parents may pay the District fee online at the 
District Webstore or pay by check in September.

Current third-grade and fourth-grade students who are not in band or orchestra will be able to register in August and September. The three-step registration process is designed to give every student the opportunity to select an appropriate beginning instrument. Registration must be completed by speaking with a director by phone or at a registration night. To learn more about the process, please
click here.


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:



  • Spirito! Singers Auditions – Grades 9 To12 & 5 To 8 (Three Locations/Days) – Call 630-581-5440 To Schedule An Audition
  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club – 2016-17 Open Soccer Tryouts – Boys & Girls Ages 7 To 18 – May 8 Through May 26 At Berens Park – Register Online:
  • Fourth Annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic – July 22 – Wilder Mansion and Around Elmhurst College – Register For Family Fun Bike Parade – Other Cycling Categories Available



  • Sky Zone Fundraising To Benefit District 205 Foundation  5% Of All Sales Will Be Donated To District 205 Foundation (Must Bring Coupons) – Expires 9/02/2016
  • Annie Ryan Run 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Kids Dash – June 5 – 9:00 AM – $30 Pre-Registration – $35 Day Of Race –  1 Mile Dash Kids In Grades K To 8 – 9:45 – $15 Online – Register By May 31 – Noon – Race Day Registration – 6:30 AM To 8:45 AM
  • Elmhurst LEOs With Support From Elmhurst Lions Club – First Annual Charity Softball – Tournament – Proceeds Support Leader Dogs For The Blind – July 16 – 9 AM To 4 PM – $60 Per Team




Elmhurst Public Library

  • Calendar of Events
  • Summer Reading Program Begins June 4 For Kids Who Live Or Go To School In Elmhurst – Plus – Bedtime Math – Middle Schoolers' Required Reading & Teen and Adult Volunteer Program
  • Visit The Library of Extraordinary Things To Borrow/Use  Cook – Play – Improve – Crafts – Celebrate – Create
  • Online Tutors Available – With An Elmhurst Public Library Card Ten Sessions Per Patron Per Month



Bensenville Park District

  • Spring Program Guide
  • Special Events


Bensenville Recreation and Community Programming

  • Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs
  • Learn To Skate – Edge Ice Arena – Session I – June 8 To July 9 Session II – July 13 To August 13 – Skating Classes For All Ages
  • Learn To Swim – Water's Edge Aquatic Center July 9 To August 14 – All Ages
  • Wahoo Swim Team – Water's Edge Aquatic Center – Ages 6 To 18 – May 30 To July 30

Elmhurst Park District

  • Upcoming Programs and EventsSpecial Talk 205 Page
    • June 27 to July 1 – Super Hero Engineering – Ages 5 To 6 AND Bash Em' Bots Ages 7 To 12  
    • July 11 to 15 – Jedi Engineering – Ages 5 To 6 AND Jedi Master Engineering – Ages 7 To 12
    • August 1 to August 5 – Pre-Engineering – Ages 5 To 6 AND Engineering Fundamentals – Ages 7 To 12


Elmhurst YMCA

  • Summer Camps Traditional Full-Day – Kindergarten – Teen – Preschool – Fun Field Trips & More



  • ProActive Kids – Offering Help For Kids Struggling With Unhealthy Weight Free To Kids Ages 8 To 14 – Summer – June 13 To August 5 – Addison Club Fitness – Funded By Edward-Elmhurst Health
  • Great Things To Do At Brookfield Zoo May To September
  • Glenbard Parent Series – Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed In Our All-About-Me World – June 15 –7 To 8:30 PM – Glenbard South High School – Free And Open To the Public
  • Illinois Hunger Coalition's Hunger Hotline – Find A Summer Meals Site Near You  1-800-359-2163 Monday To  Friday – 9 AM To 5 PM – Se habla español
  • Back To School Fair August 3 – 11 AM To 6 PM At Odeum Expo Center – Free School Supplies For Student Grades K To 12 –Information Required For Services – Proof Of Income & Address –Birth Certificate Or Medical Card – Many Other Free Events


  • Access Sports
  • Gateway – Special Education Recreational Association
  • SERG PTA – Special Education Resources Group



  • Academic Athletic Instrumental Music Title I & III (Fischer & Churchville) ESY / EC Title 1


  • Host Families Wanted For Summer Immersion Program For Students From Spain – June 20 To July 20 – Sponsored by Timothy Christian Schools – For More Information Contact Local Coordinator –



  • Faith Church Summer VBS For Special Needs Children – July 11 To 14 – 2 PM To 5 PM
    Children Entering K Through Grade 6 – Fee: $15 – Submit Online Registration By July 1
  • Robert Crown Center For Health Education – Happy To Be Me Summer Camp For Girls August 1 To 5 12:30 To 4 PM – Grades 6 To 7 – $225/Week
  • Robert Crown Center For Health Education Body Trek Summer Science Camp –
    Hinsdale – June 13 To 23 – 12:30 To 4 PM – Naperville – July 11 To 21 – 13:30 To 4 PM – For Middle School Students Entering Grades 6 To 8
  • Summer Fun With Elmhurst Children's Theatre Summer Workshop July 5 To 28
    Monday Thursday 6:30 To 9:30 PM AND Summer Drama Camps One Week Drama Camps – Register Online
  • ICCP Summer Youth Enrichment Classes & Athletic Camps – Enrichment Classes Held In June Athletic Camps Held June & July For Grades K To 8
  • Gateway Special Recreation Association Summer Camp 2016 Session I: June 13 To July 8 Session II: July 11 To August 5 Or Full 8 Week Sessions I And II Ages 4 To 12 Edison School & Ages 13 To 16 Hawthorne School & Ages 17 To 22 Hawthorne School Registration Ends May 27
  • University of Illinois Extension STEM Week With 4H June 13 To June 16 Ages 8 To 12 Registrations Open May 13
  • Summer Experiences At 4H  – Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See – June 26 To June 30 – Ages 8 To 16
  • Fermi Lab Programs For Students  Spring & Summer Science Adventures: Find Classes for Children and Families
  • Northern Illinois University Student Academic Summer Camps Residential Camps Grades 9 To 12 Day Camps – Grades 6 To 8
  • Elmhurst College Summer Music Camps June July
  • Northwestern Center for Talent Development Summer Programs For Ages 4 to Grade 12 Enrichment, Honors and AP Courses Location: Elmhurst College
  • The Salvation Army Day Camp June 13 Through July 29 Age 4 To 12 – Plus Bridge Program For Age 13 Monday Through Friday 9 AM To 3 PM Extended Care Available Includes Music Drama Art Computer Field Trips Outings & Local Splash Parks
  • Center For Gifted Worlds of Wisdom And Wonder Students & Families Attending District 205 Receive A 10% Discount On Tuition Use Discount Code: HOSTELM16 Summer Programs Grades Pre-K To 6 Sandburg Middle School AND Project 2016 Summer Programs Grades 6 To 12 Sandburg Middle School


  • Dominican University IGINI Sports Forum Summer Camps Grades 2 To 8
    Co-Ed Basketball Co-Ed Soccer Co-Ed Volleyball Co-Ed Sports Camp
  • Elmhurst College Basketball Skills Camp Boys & Girls Ages 4 To 14 Session 1 July 19 To 22 8:30 AM To 12:30 PM Session 2 July 25 To 28 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Elmhurst College – Girls’ Basketball Camp – For Grades K To 8 June 20 To 23 8:30 AM To Noon
  • Matrix Sports Camp – July 19 – 22 grades 2 to 9
  • YMCA Camp MacLean – For Ages 7 To 16