Reach Parent Group

LATEST NEWS--updated 1/22/2021

Hello D205 REACH Parents!
Current Contents:
Please find detailed information on each topic below. 
  • D205 REACH on Social Media
  • Next Reach Parent Meeting (Feb 12, 2021)
  • Last Reach Parent Meeting (Jan 8, 2021)
  • New! Exciting Math Enrichment Opportunity
  • REACH School Representatives


Please join us by following the links below:

D205 REACH Parents Group Facebook Page
D205 REACH Parents Group Elementary Facebook Page
D205 REACH Parents Group Middle School Facebook Page
D205 REACH Parents Group Twitter
D205 REACH Parents Group Instagram

The same content will be available on all the above, so you need only like and follow the platform that works best for you. 

February 12, Friday, 11:30am (duration 60-90 min), will take place on Zoom (ID: 810 8484 0538 & Passcode: 776727.) Guest, Dave Beedy, D205 Director of STEM Education will share his insight into "Keeping Math Fun!" Dave will share math programs, applications, games and more to engage your student. Primary focus is on elementary age kids with a few middle school resources included too. Open to all D205 parents. Please join us! 


January 8, Friday, 11:30am, on Zoom.
Welcome back! Start the new year off right by learning about the creative, fun, and engaging summer options (many virtual) for your student(s) this year. Our guest, Jill McCall, Chairperson of the PTA Council's Elmhurst D205 Summer Recreation Open House (SROH) will fill us in! Be sure to follow the SROH FB page to stay informed. Guest, Leslie Weber, D205 Director of Curriculum and REACH Coordinator, along with a vibrant group of REACH parents, stand ready for some valuable Q&A time as well. Click here to review the meeting minutes. 

Exciting Math Enrichment opportunity

Are you interested in logic puzzles, strategies and math? Check out this information for Math Enrichment Zooms. This free enrichment, run by York math team students, consists of five hour long zoom sessions for 7th and 8th graders in District 205. (Note, this is enrichment not tutoring.) Contact with any questions. The first session starts 6 pm Monday, Jan. 25!


Each elementary and middle school has a REACH representative(s). Contact him/her with any questions, comments, meeting topics, and/or any item “REACH" related. 


We have compiled a list of helpful resources for you - please click here to access them.



Thank you from REACH Teacher


REACH Parent Group (a committee of the D205 PTA Council) is a parent group dedicated to supporting gifted and talented programs (grades 3-8) in District 205 and encouraging higher level educational opportunities for ALL District 205 students. Our area of focus includes:

  • Providing parent and student resources for gifted and advanced learners
  • Organizing advocacy at local and national levels
  • Sponsoring and/or promoting academic-based extra-curricular activities that are accessible to all students
  • Collaborating with REACH teachers to provide additional resources and student opportunities. 

Study Skills Workshop A Success!

On Saturday, Sept. 28, a group of 8th and 9th grade students participated in a pilot program centered around study skills presented by the REACH Parent Group. The program was led by Theresa Robinson, PhD, Elmhurst College.

Initial feedback from the participants was largely positive. The large majority of participants — 88% — said they would take action on at least one thing they learned during the session and that the program provided them with new information on how to improve their study skills.

The Reach Parent Group will discuss the results and ideas on how to further the conversation as part of the next Reach Parent Group meeting on Thurs. Oct. 17 at 1:30 in the Sandburg Maker Space. All are invited to join the discussion.

Click here for details on the presentation.


Recommended Reading

The 2019 ThriveD205 kickoff featured the fantastic and exuberant author of How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims. During the 2019-2020 school year, REACH parents met to discuss this book and incorporate many of her "words of wisdom" throughout the school year. REACH parents highly recommend this book!


The REACH PTA sent out a THANK YOU video developed by REACH students and parents to the School Board Members.  This video was a simple way to show our gratitude for the REACH program.  Check out the video here!