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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. 

Thank you from REACH Teacher



Please join us for our next REACH Parent Group meeting on Thursday, October 12th at 7PM via ZOOM.  In continuing with our 'back to school organization boot camp', we have invited some of our REACH teachers to share how they use Google Classroom and other strategies to help develop our students' organization and executive function skills. The goal is to better educate parents so that we can then support our students at home and help our kids know where to look for resources. See the agenda for more details. All parents are welcome - you don't need to have a child in the REACH program to attend. We hope you can join us!


The first REACH Parent Group meeting of the 2023-24 school year was on on Thursday, September 14th @ 7 pm via ZOOM.

Still working to get your family into that back-to-school rhythm?  Jen Zacharias, REACH parent and Founder & Principal Coach at Beyond the Classroom, presented a session called "Help Your Family Better Manage Their World!". Jen discussed immediately applicable strategies to help your family:

  • Build consistent & predictable routines
  • Integrate productivity tips & tricks
  • Get (and stay!) organized

She also shared some upcoming programming to help further build executive function and self-management skills for you and your students.
See the meeting minutes for more details.

Upcoming Illinois Center for Gifted Association Parent Conference

Every year we like to send a parent volunteer to attend this conference on our behalf. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to Gwen ReedyThe REACH PG will cover the admissions cost.
Conference Details:
IAGC & SENG Present Innovative Transformations Supporting Parents of Gifted, Talented and 2E Children:

  • Saturday, October 21, 2023, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • College of DuPage
  • Keynote Speaker:  Jen Merrill, author of the book, If this is a Gift, Can I Send It Back? Surviving the Land of the Gifted and Twice-Exceptional.

See this flyer for additional details.

REACH Parent Group Communications

Please see the REACH directory and/or the REACH School Representatives webpage to contact your school's REACH teacher, REACH Parent Group representative or REACH PG committee members. We are here to help you!

Watch this REACH Parent Group website for lots of valuable learning and information from prior speakers and meetings.

Please also sign up for our REACH Parent Group Communications and follow our D205 Facebook groups as outlined on the New to REACH Parent Group webpage.


Our REACH Parent Group (RPG) meetings will take place on the second Thursday of every month.  We will do our best to ensure a mix of day and evening meetings and will record meetings wherever possible. Most meetings will occur via ZOOM to accommodate our large group's varying schedules; however, we do plan to host some in person (e.g., a movie night, a high school student discussion panel, etc.) The entire REACH Parent Group meeting schedule can be found on the RPG meetings page.


The REACH Parent Group hosted two Zoom sessions for families “NEW to REACH” math and/or ELA program(s) for the 2023-2024 school year. You can view the D205 REACH Overview slides presented at these meetings online. All of the information reviewed will also be posted on D205's REACH website