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Talk205 - April 14

In this issue –

  • Bryan Middle School’s Science Olympiad Team Takes First in State
  • Last Coffee With the Superintendent at Sandburg, April 15
  • Used Book Rescue and Sale Sponsored by York ECO Club
  • York High School Celebrates Fine Arts Week 2014
  • Safe Routes to School K-8 Survey Online Through April 16
  • Parents Encouraged to Take the 2014 Illinois 5Essentials Survey
  • Annual Prairie Path Clean-Up Planned for April 26
  • Prescription Take-Back Day, April 26
  • Help Support the Madison Early Childhood Center Sensory Garden
  • York Student Council Sponsors Senior Citizen Prom
  • District 205 Foundation Top Pizza Fundraiser, May 8
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page


BRYAN'S SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM TAKES FIRST IN STATE – Bryan Middle School’s Science Olympiad Team finished in first place in Division B, among the A schools at the State championship held on Saturday, April 12, at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. There were 45 teams competing in Division B, with 23 of those teams denoted as A schools and 22 teams as AA schools (dependent upon the size of each participating district). Bryan's team, coached by Sarah Samp, earned medals in 12 events. For event details or to view the team picture, visit the Bryan Middle School homepage at http://bryan.elmhurst205.org.

LAST COFFEE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AT SANDBURG As part of Superintendent Dave Pruneau’s ongoing pledge to make himself accessible to parents and community members, he has meet with the public throughout this school year during once-a-month coffees at different locations around the District. These informal “Coffee With the Superintendent” opportunities are sponsored by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident.

There is no set agenda during the approximate one hour conversation; coffee is sponsored by the PTA Council. The last coffee of this school year will be at Sandburg Middle School on Tuesday, April 15, beginning at 10 AM.

USED BOOK RESCUE AND SALE AT YORK BEGINNING APRIL 15 – The York ECO Club is offering 1000s of gently used books for sale at its Earth Day Used Book Sale in the York High School Commons, April 15th through 17th. The sale is open to the public on Tuesday, April 15th, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and during all lunch periods to York students, faculty and staff Tuesday through Thursday. All proceeds will benefit SCARCE in Glen Ellyn.

The volunteers of SCARCE have saved over 3 million text books from area landfills and have provided them to students in the area and around the world. Retired texts from District 205 have benefitted children in places as far away as Ghana and Sri Lanka. Texts from SCARCE were obtained for the middle school gifted algebra program here in District 205. School supplies collected as part of their “Tools for Schools” program have helped student throughout the county, state and world. Unsold books will be brought to “Kids in Need” in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

YORK CELEBRATES FINE ARTS WEEK 2014 Fine Arts Week will be hosting a free show at Fitz’s Spare Keys on Wednesday, April 16, featuring The Symposium, The Rented Mules and Willis. The Symposium recently opened up for the Orwells (an up and coming band of recent York graduates) at Lincoln Hall and will be headlining this special off-campus Fine Arts Week event. The Rented Mules are a band made up of a few York teachers – Mr. Gearing, Mr. Albert and Mr. Gemkow – that performs covers of American rock music and some originals. And Willis is a high-energy York student rock band featuring Grant Mitchell, David Kociak and Liam Fisher. Come check it out!

On Thursday, April 17 at 7 PM, Fine Arts Week will host the annual Talent Show in York’s Baker Auditorium. The evening show will feature all of the student artists who performed during the daytime student shows. Tickets will be $8 at the York Bookstore and $10 at the door. All money raised goes toward bringing professional performers to York for Fine Arts Week.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL SURVEY ONLINE THROUGH APRIL 16 – Following a years-long process, the work of Elmhurst’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Committee garnered two federal grants totaling $81,318, which are being administered by Elmhurst School District 205. Phase I, implemented this past year, paid for new bike racks, speed feedback signs and other educational materials, as well as bike helmets and participation incentives.

The second and current phase of the grant is geared toward the development of high-quality, approachable and engaging Safe Routes to School (SRTS) materials for District 205’s elementary and middle schools as part of a program that seeks to provide a foundation for volunteer-led efforts to promote safe school travel for all students, including walking and biking to school. An important part of this effort is collecting information from parents and other stakeholders in the community.

Please help SRTS better understand issues and opportunities for walking and biking around District 205’s K-8 schools by taking five minutes to
complete a survey on your child's travel patterns. The survey, which is being administrated by Alta Planning and Design, closes on April 16, 2014.

PARENTS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THE iLLINOIS 5ESSENTIALS SURVEY – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will again be administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, a statewide opportunity for students in grades 6-12, faculty and parents to weigh in on questions related to leadership, collaboration, family involvement, instruction and the school environment. ISBE joins UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute in providing this 20-minute online survey to help the State’s nearly 4,000 schools better identify their strengths and areas needing improvement.

At least 50 percent of students and teachers (and 30% of parents) at each school must complete this survey in order for ISBE to have enough data to generate a school-level report. Responses will be kept confidential and will not be linked to any individual. The survey is being conducted through April 25. District 205 encourages parents to visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey (click on the blue box in the upper right corner). Further information is available on the District 205 website.

ANNUAL PRAIRIE PATH CLEAN UP PLANNED The annual Illinois Prairie Path clean-up will be coordinated by the Elmhurst Bike Task Force on Saturday, April 26, from 9 AM to noon. Volunteers should meet at the old train depot at York and Vallette Street. Groups will be assigned to different sections from Spring Road east to I-290. Gloves and long pants are recommended. Trash bags will be provided by the Elmhurst Park District. Service hours will be given, but participants must bring their own form. For further details, please send an email to biketaskforce@elmhurst.org.

PRESCRIPTION TAKE-BACK DAY, APRIL 26 In September of 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) launched the first National Prescription Take-Back Day. Since that time, more than 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons) of unwanted or expired medications have been removed from circulation. Proper disposal of these medicines is crucial in the battle against prescription drug abuse and contamination of municipal water supplies.

The Elmhurst Police Department will participated in National Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26 in the parking lot of the police station from 10 AM to 2 PM. Over-the-counter medications will be accepted as well. Please be smart and do your part.

HELP SUPPORT THE MADISON EARLY CHILDHOOD SENSORY GARDEN Get a head start on your spring and summer gardening and/or shop for Mother's Day at Clover's Garden Center, 110 W. North Avenue, on May 2-4. Ten percent of pre-tax sales will go to the Madison PTA. This is a fundraising event for the Madison Early Childhood Education Center's Sensory Garden and Outdoor Classroom. Please visit the Madison homepage and click on the related link to print the flyer which must be presented with your purchase in order to benefit the Sensory Garden.

YORK STUDENT COUNCIL SPONSORS SENIOR CITIZEN PROM – The York Student Council is again sponsoring a Senior Citizen Prom on Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 4 PM in the York High School Cafeteria/Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Take a stroll down memory lane with live music from the Ballroom Big Band. Admission is $5 at the door; refreshments will be provided. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Student Council sponsor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285. Please leave a message that includes your name and the number of people who will be attending.

WHO MAKES THE BEST PIZZA IN TOWN? – District 205 Foundation for Excellence is once again hosting its Top Pizza Event. It will be held Thursday evening, May 8 at the York High School Commons. Elmhurst pizzerias will be showcasing their specialty pizzas as well as cheese and sausage varieties. For $10 per person, attendees will get to taste every pizza vendor’s offerings. Desserts and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Attendees this year are in for an additional treat: magic tricks performed by Bob James.

By attending the Top Pizza event, families and friends will be able to enjoy dinner as well as help the Foundation reach its fundraising goals. And for those families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after.

The Top Pizza event will be held at York High School Commons between 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door (cash or check preferred) or online by visiting
www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza. Those looking to combine dinner with entertainment might want to consider attending York High School’s Choral Concert, which begins at 7:30 PM in York’s Baker Auditorium that evening.

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

Coming Events

  • Make Home Cost Effective Energy Improvements – Free Presentation Sponsored by First United Church of Christ – April 27 at 11:30 AM
  • Senior Citizen Prom – Featuring the Ballroom Big Band – No Date Needed – Live Band – May 4 – 2 to 4 PM – $5 Admission Includes Band and Refreshments – York High School Commons – RSVP to mmoran@elmhurst205.org or Call 630-617-2400 x7285
  • Music at Bethel Presents Victoria Young – Thirteen Year-Old Pianist – May 10 at 4 PM
    See Website for Ticket Information or Call 630-279-4040
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Presents Fantasia Salute: Rite of Spring 101 – May 10 at 7 PM – Music From Disney's Fantasia – York High Schools Strings Join ESO for Night on Bald Mountain – See Website for Ticket Information
  • Spirito! Singers Present –Lean on Me – May 16 and 17 at 7:30 PM – See Website for Ticket Information
  • Annual Pet Parade – May 17 at 1 PM – Sponsored by Spring Road Business Association &
    Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce – Free Moonjump/Bike Decorating/Face Tattoos/Pet Portraits – Accepting Donations for Yorkfield Food Pantry
  • Elmhurst Bike Club and Elmhurst Bike Task Force Present Elmhurst Family Bicycling
    – Sundays at 3 PM – June 15 – July 20 – August 10 – See Website for More Information

Contests for Children

  • What Bicycle Safety Means for
    My Home Town and Me – Essay Contest – Due by May 23 for Grades 4 and 5 – Drop Off in School Office – See Website for More Information

District 205 Summer School

  • York Summer School
  • Title I and III (Fischer)
  • ESY
  • Instrumental Music
  • Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder

Elmhurst College

  • Science and Art All Get Together Now – Julia Keller – Novelist – Journalist – Teacher – April 23 at 7 PM – Frick Center – See Website for Ticket Information
  • Etty - A One-Woman Play – April 27 at 7 PM Frick Center – See Website for Ticket Information

Elmhurst Park District

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Register In Person/Phone/Online for the Following Classes:
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts, Shoes and Homework – Talk With Other Kids About Your Favorite Book in the Series – April 14 – Grades 5 to 8 – 4 to 5 PM
  • Sensory Storytime – Engage Children With Sensory Processing Issues – Through Movement – Music and Hands-On Activities – May 3 - 2 to 3 PM – Ages 3 to 8 With an Adult – Register Beginning April 12

Fundraising Events

  • McTeacher Night Sandburg PTA Fundraiser – April 15 – 5 to 8 PM at North Side McDonald's –15% to Sandburg – Special Appearance by Ronald McDonald at 6:45 PM – Present Downloaded Form at Time of Order – Click Here for Form
  • Benefit for the Madison ECEC Sensor Gardens Outdoor Classroom – May 2 to 4 – Clovers Garden Center (Behind CVS) – Madison Receives 10% of Your Purchases (Pre-Tax Totals) Click Here for Coupon
  • District 205 Foundation – 3rd Annual Top Pizza Event – May 8 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM – York Commons – $10 Per Person
  • Annie Ryan 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Dash – Benefiting The Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center – May 18 at – 9 AM – 5K Run/Walk and 9:45 AM for 1 Mile Dash– Register Here

Holiday Events

  • Bethel Assembly Easter Egg Hunt – April 19 – 10 AM – Berens Park

Museum Events

  • DuPage Children’s Museum –April Calendar
  • Elmhurst Art Museum – Coming Events
  • Elmhurst Artists Guild – Spring Member's Show – April 15 to May 23 – Reception – April 18 – 7 to 9 PM
  • Elmhurst Historical Museum – Calendar – December to April

Resources and Registration

  • Adrenaline Cheer – Free Cheerleading Practice – Boys and Girls Ages 4 to 14 – See Website for Dates and Times
  • Spirito! Singers – Auditions for 2014 – 2015 Season – Schedule an Audition –Call 630-581-5440
  • Host a Foreign Exchange Student – STSF Applications Now Accepted for 2014-15 School Year –
    See Website for More Information
  • The Center for Gifted – Sandburg Middle School – Harry Potter Festival – April 26 – Grades 3 to 8
  • Bensenville Recreation – Program Booklet

Special Education

  • Gateway Special Education Recreation Association – Spring Catalog

Sports Opportunities

  • Elmhurst Eagles Youth Football and Cheer – Registration Ages 7 to 14 Register Here

Summer Sports Camps

  • Summer Soccer Camps At Elmhurst College – June and July Dates
  • Basketball Skills Camp Boys and Girls – Ages 4 to 13 – Two Sessions – July 22 to 25 – 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM – July 28 to July 31 – 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Summer Camps

  • Elmhurst College Half Day Summer Camp – Ages 4 to 9 – Eight Weekly Camps – June 9 to August 8 – Hours 9 AM to Noon
  • YMCA – Summer Camp and Programs – Join the Fun – Register Today
  • College of DuPage – Summer Youth Academy
  • Elmhurst College Summer Music Camps – June to August – Click Here for More Information
  • American Music Institute – Summer Music Camp – June 16 to August 8 – Ages 5 to 12 and Ages 13 to 18 – Weekly Enrollment Available
  • NIU Summer Academic Camps – Residential Camps – Grades 9 to 12 – Day Camps – Grades 6 to 8
  • YMCA Camp Duncan Resident Camp – Ages 7 to 16 – 3 Day – 1 Week or 2 Week Sessions
  • The Center for Gifted – Project 2014 – Bryan Middle School – June 30 – July 18 –Students Entering Grades 6 to 12 – Morning Only (9:00-12:00) – Afternoon Only (12:30 – 3:00) – Full-Day (9:00 to 3:00)
  • Robert Crown Body Trek Summer Science Camp – June 16 to 26 – 12:30 to 4 PM – Grades 6 to 8 Explore an Action-Packed Trip Through the Human Body
  • Open Books – Become a Published Fantasy Author or Graphic Novelist – July 8 to 31 – Grades 7 (Fall of 2014) and Up – More Information


Opportunities to Volunteer

  • Access Sports Needs Youth Volunteers – Soccer Program – Saturdays – April 26 to June 14
    One Hour Time Slot – 9 to 11:15 AM; Baseball Program – Saturdays – Late April to Late June
    One Hour Time Slot – 3 to 5 PM