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Talk205 Message for August 22, 2016

In this issue –

  • Quick Tip 205 Anonymous Tip Line for Middle and High School Students
  • District Protocols in Place for Various Crisis Situations
  • Annie LeGere Tree Dedication, August 27 at Sandburg
  • Edward-Elmhurst Presents “The Heroin Crisis – Out of the Shadows”
  • Healthy Driven Concussion and Sport Injuries Discussion – September 27
  • The Harlem Wizards Are Coming to Elmhurst, Courtesy of the D205 Foundation
  • Volunteers Needed for Churchville Schoolhouse Open House
  • City of Elmhurst Seeks Crossing Guards
  • District 205 Seeks Lunch and Playground Supervisors
  • Little Dukes Preschool Now Taking Registrations
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

QUICK TIP 205 ANONYMOUS TIP LINE FOR STUDENTS  Elmhurst District 205 is committed to creating safe and secure schools for all of our students. We know that this is best accomplished when a partnership exists between students, families, schools and community.

Any time the immediate safety or well-being of an individual is at stake, please call local authorities and school administrators immediately. If your child has information about an incident that has happened or they believe may take place, they are encouraged to submit information via the District’s new anonymous reporting system, called Quick Tip 205. All concerns will be investigated in a timely manner by the appropriate personnel. Tips will not be monitored outside of school hours, on student non-attendance days, weekends or holidays. Every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality.

Whether the concern is regarding an incident that has already occurred or one that is about to take place, students should submit details using this online form and let us investigate. Information provided through Quick Tip 205 may include, but is not limited to fights, threats, incidents of bullying or cyberbullying, concern for student safety, use or sale of drugs, emotional concerns/well-being of a student, or any other unsafe behavior.

For more information, and to view a short video explanation of Quick Tip 205, please visit: Quick Tip was introduced to York students about 18 months ago and to students of Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools in October of 2015.

DISTRICT PROTOCOLS IN PLACE FOR VARIOUS CRISIS SITUATIONS  Elmhurst District 205 has a crisis team - as do our schools - comprised of counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, student resource officers and administrators. Crisis response protocols are in place to provide necessary support to students and staff in a variety of situations. Please be assured that when a crisis occurs, such as the death of a student, the team(s) meet quickly to determine the appropriate level of support, which may be adjusted as a given situation unfolds. Also please understand that a family’s rights to privacy often prevent us from sharing details. District 205 is committed to insuring the safety and security of all students and staff, as well as supporting their emotional well-being.

ANNIE LEGERE TREE DEDICATION AUGUST 27 AT SANDBURG  Sandburg Middle School invites the community to celebrate the recent passage of the new Annie LeGere Law, as well as the dedication of a tree in her honor, on Saturday, August 27, at 9:30 AM on the front lawn of the school, 345 E. St. Charles, Elmhurst.

Annie was a Sandburg student who died last year from a severe allergic reaction. The foundation established in her name worked with State Senator Chris Nybo, of Elmhurst, who sponsored the bill. This bill provides police and other public safety personnel with the ability to carry, administer, or help administer, epinephrine auto injectors if they have completed training. There is no doubt that this new law will save lives.

EDWARD-ELMHURST PRESENTS “THE HEROIN CRISIS – OUT OF THE SHADOWS” – Please join Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare for a discussion on "The Heroin Crisis - Out of the Shadows" at Courts Plus Fitness, 186 S. West Ave., on Thursday, September 22, at 7 PM. Presenting will be Carol Harman, a clinical therapist who from Linden Oaks Behavioral Health Adult Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Hinsdale. Please register by calling Courts Plus (630)833-5064 or email or register in person at the Courts Plus service desk. To view the flyer, click here.

CONCUSSION AND SPORT INJURIES DISCUSSION – More than 775,000 children, ages 14 and under, are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year. These numbers include concussions, a traumatic brain injury that alters the functioning of the brain, and contact/collision episodes that injure the body causing sprains, fractures and other injuries. Effects can be temporary or long term.

Join Dr. Holly Benjamin, pediatric sports medicine physician with the University of Chicago Medicine, and on staff at Elmhurst Hospital, as she addresses sports-related injuries and return-to-play issues for children and young adults. This free Healthy Driven evening conversation will take place in the Arboretum Conference Center of Elmhurst Hospital beginning at 7 PM on September 27.

THE HARLEM WIZARDS ARE COMING TO ELMHURST! – Mark your calendar now for Thursday, September 29th. The Elmhurst District 205 Foundation will again be hosting a Family Night of basketball slams and jams featuring the Harlem Wizards at York High School. They will be playing against our own “D205 All Stars” made up of Elmhurst faculty and staff. Get your tickets early to be sure you get the best seats in the house! Limited number of courtside and reserved seating available. Buy your tickets now at

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHURCHVILLE SCHOOLHOUSE OPEN HOUSE  The Elmhurst History Museum is seeking volunteers for the Churchville Schoolhouse Fall Open House, 3N784 Church Road, Bensenville, on Saturday, October 1, from 11 AM to 2 PM (see flyer). This is a community event that celebrates the start of the school year at the historic Schoolhouse, built in 1846. Open to the public for class with the schoolmarm, the event will feature old-fashioned games, music, vintage crafts and fun for all ages. Featured will be the Conrad Fischer Singers. Volunteer roles include: event set up and breakdown, greeters, historic site interpreters, coordinators for games, crafts and traditional dance lessons. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Barbara or 630-530-6879.

DISTRICT 205 SEEKS LUNCH AND PLAYGROUND SUPERVISORS  District 205 elementary schools are seeking caring, out-going individuals to serve as lunch and playground supervisors. The main job duties are to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students can eat, play and socialize in positive and productive ways. Expectations include the development of professional relationships with students, as well as teaching and reinforcing the behavioral expectations for the playground, lunchroom and transitions in between. Effective communication and management strategies are required to be successful in this position. This role functions as a part of a team of staff members who support students.

Regular daily hours for the position involve one two-hour shift (to be determined by each building) on all full school days when students are in attendance. The rate of pay for a lunchroom supervisor is $13.31 per hour. Lead lunch supervisors are paid $15.19 per hour. For more information or to complete an application, visit

CITY SEEKS CROSSING GUARDS FOR DISTRICT 205 LOCATIONS  The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards. Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2016-17 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. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St, Elmhurst, IL 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.

LITTLE DUKES PRESCHOOL NOW TAKING REGISTRATIONS  Registration for the Little Dukes Preschool program at York Community High School is currently open for children aged 3 to 5 years old who are potty trained. This lab-based preschool is taught by a supervising teacher with the collaboration of the high school students. A new session starts on February 7, 2017 and runs through May 12, 2017 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:45-11:15 a.m. The cost is $250 per child. Contact Rachael Marten at for registration information or questions.

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:



  • Epiphany Lutheran Church Buy & Sell Kid's Stuff – Clothing Resale On September 16 From 7 To 9 PM & September 17 From 8 To 11 AM – Toy & Equipment Resale On September 30 From7:30 To 9:30 PM & October 1 From 8 To 10 AM
  • DuPage County Sheriff's Office Safety Saturday – September 17 From 10 AM To 3 PM Location: DuPage County Fairgrounds
  • Edward Elmhurst Healthcare  The Heroin Crisis – Out Of The Shadows – Presented By Carol Harman BA, CADC From Linden Oak Behavioral Health On September 22 At 7 PM Location: Courts Plus Fitness – Please Register Via Email - Or Call 630-833-5064
  • NIU STEMfest – October 8 From 10 AM To 5 PM Location: NIU Convocation Center – Free & Open To The Public


  • Musicianship For Children – Fall Term For 15 Weeks – Classes Begin End of August & Visit The Free Demo On August 20 At 9:45 AM – Location: Irion Hall


  • 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


  • Author Rebecca Skloot – Author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Speaks On August 25 At 7 PM Location: Glenbard West High School – Free & Open To The Public


  • Pro Musica An Independent Chorus For Kids – For Grades 1 To 12 – Visit Website To Schedule Audition Time
  • ICCP – Knights VS Wheaton Academy On September 22 – 4:30 Freshman Game, 5:30 Sophomore Game, 6:30 Varsity Game – Free Admission All Grade School Students/Parents/Coaches – Coupon Given For Free Slice Of Pizza Or Hot Dog & Drink


Elmhurst Public Library

  • Calendar of Events
  • 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

Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Benjamin F. Calvert III Benjamin' Beckson Grains And Groves – August 21 To September 30 – Please Come To The Opening Reception On August 26 From 7 To 9 PM

Elmhurst History Museum

  • Volunteers Needed for Churchville Schoolhouse Fall Open House – October 1 At 11 AM To 2 PM – Roles Include: Set Up/Breakdown, Greeters, Site Interpreters, Coordinators For Games, Crafts, Traditional Dances – If Interested, Contact or Call 630-530-6879


  • Great Things To Do At Brookfield Zoo – May To September
  • St. Charles Borromeo Faith Formation Community – For Grade 1 To 8 Weekly Session On Wednesdays – Begins September 14 Please Call To Register
  • Two Rivers Nation  Guides Program for Fathers and Sons  Friends Forever – Seasonal Campouts & Monthly Meetings Plus Community Service, Achievement Awards & Much More
  • Mental Health First Aid – October 6 to 8 From 8 AM to 5 PM – Location: Linden Oaks Elmhurst Campus – $40 Registration


Bensenville Park District

  • Fall Program Guide
  • Special Events

Bensenville Recreation and Community Programs

  • Edge Ice Arena Learn To Skate Programs & Crystal Edges Figure Skating School – Back-To-School Session Starts August 24 – Fall Session Starts October 5

Elmhurst Park District


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


  • Bethel Learning Center For 2016-17 – Kindergarten Enhancement Classes On Tuesdays & Thursdays Afternoons For Children Enrolled in AM Kindergarten


  • Knights Basketball Tryouts –Youth Travel For Boys & Girls In Grades 3 To 8 On September 10 – $10 (Includes T-Shirt) at Oak Brook Park District