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Talk205 Message for May 2, 2016

In this issue –

  • Illinois Science Assessment Window Announced
  • May 2-6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week
  • York ECO Club Public Used Book Sale Is Tuesday, May 3
  • National Walk/Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 4
  • Final District-wide Student Late Arrival Day Wednesday
  • Elmhurst Police Offer Bicycle Registration Opportunities
  • Ruth Strand Poster Contest Entries Due Friday, May 6
  • Museum Day Marks 20th Anniversary on Sunday, May 15
  • Calling All Lincoln School Alumni – 100th Anniversary Open House May 19
  • Community Invited to Weigh In On Math Curriculum, May 25
  • 2016 Top Pizza Results Are In – Lou Malnatti’s Rates #1
  • Fischer School Raises Money for Playground for Everyone
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page


ILLINOIS SCIENCE ASSESSMENT WINDOW ANNOUNCED – The testing window for the spring 2016 administration of the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) in District 205 will begin this week and continue through the end of the school year. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students are testing within this window. These state-required achievement tests are being given to all students in 5th grade and 8th grade. At the high school level, students enrolled in KI Biology, Biology and Biology Honors will take the assessment. This test will take each student approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Results will be shared when they become available next fall.


MAY 2-6 IS NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK – Since 1984, the National PTA has designated the first week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. Teachers play a key role in student success and sometimes a simple “thanks” is all a teacher needs to feel valued. PTA urges you to take the time to celebrate your children’s teachers during 2016 Teacher Appreciation Week.


YORK ECO CLUB HOLDS USED BOOK SALE TUESDAY, MAY 3 - York ECO Club will hold its annual public “Earth Day” Book Sale on Tuesday, May 3, from 6 to 8:30 PM in the York High School Commons. Please note that this is a different date than what was previously announced. Thousands of gently used books will be for sale - $2 for hardcover and $1 for softcover. Not only is this a great way to get books in the hands of students at a great price, 100% of the proceeds to be given to the SCARCE Book Rescue. For York students, the sale will take place daily from May 2-6. According to ECO Club sponsor, Bob Blaus, retired textbooks from District 205 have found new homes as far away as Ghana and Sri Lanka.


NATIONAL WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 – National Bike Month will be celebrated in May, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists. National Walk/Bike to School Day is set for Wednesday, May 4, and will be celebrated in a variety of ways by District 205 schools during this month. The fifth annual event builds on the popularity of International Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the world each October. On a related note, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3. Please consider saying an extra "thank you" or writing a quick note of appreciation for your Crossing Guard(s).

The League of Illinois Bicyclists has created an online safety quiz for cyclists and drivers. Individual quizzes are offered in an interactive multiple-choice format for child bicyclists, adult bicyclists and motorists, at three levels of difficulty. Visit to take the quiz.


FINAL DISTRICT-WIDE STUDENT LATE ARRIVAL DAY WEDNESDAYDistrict 205 has scheduled professional development time for the purpose of school improvement planning throughout the year. This time is critical to the pursuit of exceptional student achievement and continued professional excellence. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community. 

The final student late arrival day for 2015-16 is Wednesday, May 4. The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule is as follows:


  • AM Early Childhood – 9:15 AM to 11:30 AM
  • PM Early Childhood – 12:45 PM to 3:00 PM
  • AM Kindergarten – 9:15 AM to 11:40 AM
  • PM Kindergarten – 12:40 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Grades 1-5 – 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Middle School – 9:30 AM to 3:25 PM
  • High School – 8:55 AM to 3:06 PM


The 2015-16 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.


POLICE OFFER BICYCLE REGISTRATION AT MIDDLE SCHOOLS – The Elmhurst Police Department will be offering free registration of bicycles for Elmhurst District 205 middle school students on three different dates over the next few weeks. Police officers will be present before school at each District 205 middle school to help students register their bicycles with the City of Elmhurst. They will also provide materials regarding Illinois Rules of the Road for Bicycles. Officers will be on site at:


• Bryan Middle School on Tuesday, May 3 – 7:45 to 8:15 AM (rain date May 4)

• Sandburg Middle School on Wednesday, May 11 – 7:30 to 9:00 AM (rain date May 13)


Blank forms will be available for pick-up by students who do not ride their bike to school that day. Churchville Middle School held its bicycle registration last week. Registration forms are always available at the Elmhurst Police Department.


Every year about 1.5 million bicycles are stolen across the U.S. The majority of these thefts occur when bicycles are left unlocked and unsecured; be it at local store’s bike rack or, left unattended in a residential yard. Over the last 3 years, Elmhurst has averaged 32 bicycle thefts per year. And, while this number continues to decrease, your police department reminds you that the best way to prevent bicycle theft is to use locks or put bicycles away when not being used. As part of the registration event, bicycle locks will be given away as participation premiums to three lucky on-site registration participants, per school.


RUTH STRAND POSTER CONTEST ENTRIES DUE MAY 6 – Elmhurst District 205 students in second grade are once again encouraged to participate in the annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest, sponsored by the Elmhurst History Museum and the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation.

Students are asked to create a small poster (using the official contest form) that depicts any aspect of Elmhurst history. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners, and an honorable mention award will be given to a student at each participating school. In addition, the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation will make a donation to the library of any school with at least ten participating students. Poster contest rules are available on the Museum’s home page at The deadline for completed entry forms is Friday, May 6, at 5 PM.


YORK HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRAS PRESENT TWO CONCERTS York Community High School Music Department will present two performances next week. On Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 PM, the York Cadet and Concert Orchestras will honor members of the graduating class of 2016 and will feature a variety of music, including the music of Gustav Mahler, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Frideric Handel and Arcangelo Corelli, as well as music from Jurassic ParkBeauty and the Beast and Harry Potter. Featured soloists include violinists Maya Toffler and Kate Caforio, cellist Sidney Valdez and Gabbie Walker on the harpsichord. Three student chamber ensembles will also perform short trios and quartets.


On Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 PM, the York Symphony Orchestra will honor the graduating class of 2016 and will feature junior Concerto Competition Winner Andrew French performing the third movement of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major. The Orchestra will perform the “Pas de deux” from Piotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, and Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1. Senior principal oboist Lena Sojiljkovic will perform “Gabriel’s Oboe,” from Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to the movie The Mission. The concert will also highlight the music of Leonard Bernstein, including Candide Overture and music from West Side Story. Other featured student musicians include harpists Julia and Linnea Dierksheide, Tessa Vermeulen (flute), Alaina Bottens (bassoon), Brian Strauch (horn) and Amy Choi (piccolo).


The York orchestras are directed by Ray Ostwald. Both performances, held in Baker Auditorium, are free and open to the public. Following each concert, a reception honoring the student musicians will be held in the York Cafeteria.


MUSEUM DAY MARKS 20TH ANNIVERSARYElmhurst is home to three unique museums within walking distance from one another, making museum-going a distinctive part of the City’s cultural arts scene rarely found in Chicago’s suburbs. This year is the 20th time these three museums—Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst History Museum, and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art—have joined forces to present a free Museum Day to acknowledge the many contributions museums make to the community.


Join in this special event on Sunday, May 15, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM when Elmhurst celebrates with the biggest Museum Day ever! Visitors of all ages are welcome to climb aboard the complimentary trolley as it transports guests to each location in downtown Elmhurst to explore exhibits and participate in fun activities at each museum. This year, Museum Day spills over into Wilder Park where the Wilder Park Conservatory joins the party and Elmhurst Public Library will present family story times and games on the lawn.


The complimentary Museum Day trolley will run between each location throughout the day from 1:00 until 5:00 PM. Exhibit admission and activities are free. Food trucks will be available to purchase items for picnics in Wilder Park. Participants who visit all five locations can receive stamps to qualify for a prize drawing that includes: Classic Cinemas gift cards, passes to The Hub batting cage and mini golf facility, Elmhurst City Centre gift certificates, museum membership packages, and more.


CALLING ALL LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALUMNILincoln Elementary School has been educating Elmhurst children for 100 years! To celebrate this momentous occasion, the school is hosting an Open House for the entire community on Thursday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Tour the school, enjoy a performance by the Lincoln Singers, watch a slide show documenting Lincoln history throughout the years and browse a collection of scrapbooks compiled by decades of PTA officers. Please share this information with fellow Lincoln alumni and former teachers in your network. All are welcome!


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.


2016 TOP PIZZA RESULTS ARE IN! – Approximately 500 guests attended the District 205 Foundation’s Top Pizza fundraiser on April 14th and enjoyed selections from nine very generous local pizzerias, while being entertained by a variety of student musicians. The event, in addition to the MOD Pizza "eat and earn" on Saturday, April 16th, raised over $5,200 that will support Foundation programs. Pizza fans praised all of the pies that were offered, and the voting was extremely close. The top three named Elmhurst Overall Favorites are Lou Malnatti's, Mama Maria's and Roberto's. Fratello's pizza was voted Top Specialty and Gluten Free. DiLe'os Sausage pizza and Armands's cheese pizza were also award winning. Sarpino's received an Honorable Mention for Best Sauce, and MOD Pizza was voted Kid's Favorite, with Papa John's also a winner in that category.


The District 205 Foundation thanks all of the pizzerias for participating in this light-hearted competition and donating their time and multiple pizzas. All are winners for helping to raise funds that benefit Elmhurst Public School students! Visit to view the results.


FISCHER SCHOOL RAISES MONEY FOR PLAYGROUND FOR EVERYONEFischer School Student Council and Girl Scout members presented a check for $383.26 to the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation during the Wednesday, April 27, Park Board Meeting. The group held a bake sale in April to raise funds in support of the Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park, a universally accessible playground being built by the Elmhurst Park District in fall 2016. Click here to learn more about the Playground for Everyone project.


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:



  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven, Mozart & Tchaikovsky – May 7 – 7 PM – Tickets in Advance  Save 15%
  • 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:
  • American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Registration For 2016-2017 Season – May 11 And May 19 – 7 To 9 PM – York High School Commons – No Late Registrations – Parents Can Register & Pay Online
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Presents – Slugs & Bugs – Live – Presented By Randall Goodgame – May 13 – 6 PM – Tickets At Door Or Online
  • Museum Day Ride The Trolley For Free May 15 1 To 5 PM – Free Admission To Museums & Activities  – Storytimes & Games With Elmhurst Library At 2 & 3 PM
  • Lincoln School Community Open House – Celebrating 100 Years – May 19 – 6:30 To 8:30 PM – Entire Community Invited
  • Fourth Annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic – July 22 – Wilder Mansion and Around Elmhurst College – Register For Family Fun Bike Parade – Other Cycling Categories Available



  • Bridging The Divide – How We Can Become Stronger Leaders, Citizens and Friends Featuring Bruce Weinstein – May 12 – 7 PM – Frick Center – Admission $10 Online Or At The Door



  • McTeacher's Night – Support York-Hi and Duke Football May 3 – 5 PM To 8 PM – North Elmhurst McDonald's – Download Fundraising Slip (Required)
  • YSET Fundraiser (York Student Enrichment Team) Summer Music Set – May 4– 5 PM To 10 PM – Fitz's Spare Keys – Featuring York High School Bands – Tickets At Door Or Online
  • 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
  • Kids Chess Tournament – May 6 – 6 PM To 8 PM – Ages 6 To 14 – Register Online, In Person Or Phone

Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Calendar of Events

Elmhurst History Museum

  • Spring Calendar of Events


Lizzadro Museum

  • Calendar of Events



Bensenville Park District

  • Spring Program Guide
  • Special Events


Bensenville Recreation and Community Programming

  • Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs
  • Learn To Swim – Spring 2016 – May 7 To June 12 – Saturdays And Sundays
  • Pre-Season Spring Stroke Clinic – May 3 To May 26 –Tuesdays And Thursdays – 5:30 To 7:00 PM


Elmhurst Park District

  • Upcoming Programs and Events – Special Talk205 Event 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



  • Glenbard Parent Series: Christine VanDeVelde – Calming The Nerves: Everything You Need To Know About College Admission Process – May 5 – 7 PM – Glenbard South High School – Free Admission
  • 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



  • Access Sports/AYSO 399 VIP Team Registration For 2016-2017 – May 11 and May 19 – 7 To 9 PM –York High School – Open To Athletes With Disabilities – Entering Grades K To Transition Program
  • Gateway – Special Education Recreational Association
  • SERG – 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 –



  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Summer Programs Grades Pre-K To 6 Sandburg Middle School 10% Discount – Early Registration – Use: EARLY AND Project 2016 Summer Programs Grades 6 To 12 Sandburg Middle School10% Discount Early Registration Use: EARLY


  • 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