Reach Parent Group

LATEST NEWS--updated 5/28/2020

Thank you, REACH parents. Our 2019-2020 school year has come to an unusual end due to COVID-19. We will periodically send newsletters (update the website) as helpful information surfaces.

Here's information from our May 26 newsletter:  
REACH Program Analysis, Presentation to BOE
REACH Appeals & Summer Bridge Math
REACH School Representatives - Thank you! 
Summer Enrichment, virtual and live 
  • FREE Virtual STEM Opportunity - (grades 4-8) NEW! 
  • 630Code - online classes (grades 3-9) 

  • Center for Gifted (Elmhurst location) enrichment classes, virtual and in-person - NEW!

  • IMSA (Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy) Virtual Summer Programs - NEW! More weeks, more programs!

  • Northwestern CTD (Center For Talent Development), Online Summer Programs 

  • Additional Parent Resources

REACH Program Analysis & Review, Presentation to BOE Tuesday 5/12, 7 pm, meeting video HERE. For your planning purposes, you’ll find this to be approximately a 50 minute presentation, beginning at 1:57:20 with Mariann Lemke. At about 2:21:50 Leslie Weber shares Stakeholder Discussion & Next Steps. Q&A begins at 2:46 and concludes about 40 minutes later.

REACH Appeals & Summer Bridge Math. For up-to-date REACH Program information, including Appeal information, please see the D205 REACH page. D205 will also communicate directly with appellants so please watch your email inboxes, if effected.

REACH School Representatives - Thank you! Please join me in thanking our 2019-2020 REACH Reps for their service to our schools and our community this year. Many of these individuals are continuing on again for a second term. Each elementary and middle school has a REACH representative(s). We encourage you to contact him/her with any questions, comments, meeting topics, committee role(s) you may want to serve in, and/or any item “REACH related. 

SUMMER ENRICHMENT - virtual and live

FREE Virtual STEM Opportunity - NEW! Ava Hollis, a rising senior at York High School, is hosting a free virtual program, Summer Science, (for students entering grades 4-8.) Students will submit questions that they have about anything science related. Each week, she will select a question and answer it in a kid-friendly and fun way with experiments and visuals. Sessions will be around 30 minutes, but tune in whenever you can!

Ava is passionate about science and has been involved in Science Olympiad and high level science courses throughout her high school career. She loves asking questions and wants to give your child the opportunity to do the same! Please fill out this form to learn more and be included on the mailing list.  

630Code online classes for grades 3-9, June 15-17. 630Code is offering five 60 minute classes including Intro Scratch and Build a Cheese Puff Game for just $15. Register here. Email questions to or call Amelia at (630) 632-1650.

FREE online Center for Gifted enrichment classes - NEW! We have been posting free online classes offering tips for parents on creating a homeschool that appeals to their children.  Summer Programs (based on Phase III) are now open for registration. Online courses will be available starting mid-June. Questions and/or feedback? Contact Vickie Kiamco, at Center for Gifted/Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity.

IMSA Virtual Summer Programs - Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Grades 3-9. Mon-Fri, 9-noon (3 hr) programs, June 15 through August 7 depending on interest/grade. $150 (financial assistance available.) Many sections have waitlists but you are encouraged to sign up as plans are to offer more sections based on interest and staff availability. See schedule and register HERE

Northwestern CTD (Center For Talent Development), Online Summer Programs - Grades 4-12, 1 week tuition starts at $400. Program dates vary by program and course. See course descriptions for details. There are eligibility requirements and an application process. Over 150 online courses are available in Math, Science, Technology & Engineering, English & Language, Arts & Humanities and Leadership & Service.

Additional Parent Resources found HERE on our REACH Parent Group “Resources page.” If you would like to recommend additional resources be shared with our parents, please contact your REACH Rep or Patti Berner.

Helpful Links


REACH Parent Group

2019-2020 REACH Parent Group - Book Discussion

If you missed the ThriveD205 kickoff with the fantastic and exuberant author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, don't fret! Come to a meeting and join us as we incorporate many of her "words of wisdom" throughout the school year. But be sure to get a copy of the book ;-) 

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.

Thank you from REACH Teacher


REACH Parent Group (formerly REACH PTA) 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. 


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!