Upcoming Events

Please find helpful information below. 

January Meeting Reminders

  • 1/13 Mon. (new date) 7 pm, Parent Info Meeting #3, “REACH Appeals” by Leslie Weber, Sandburg Library 

  • 1/16 Thur. 1:30 pm REACH Parent Group monthly meeting, Sandburg Maker Space

  • 1/27 Mon. 6:30 pm, REACH Program, “Structured Parent Feedback”, D205 Offices 

  • Can’t make a meeting? Missed a meeting? Contact your “REACH Rep” - List of School Representatives

REACH Parent Informational Meeting – REACH Appeals - January 13, 2020 - 

Please join us Monday night at 7:00 PM in the Sandburg library for “REACH Appeals”, presented by Leslie Weber, District 205 Director of Curriculum and REACH Coordinator. If you would like to understand the appeals process better and are considering completing an application on behalf of your child then please attend this valuable presentation. Park in the north (back) parking lot, enter door 7.  

REACH Parent Group Meeting – January 16, 2020

Held on Thursday at 1:30 in Sandburg’s Maker Space. Meeting focus - Summer Programs, Appeals Presentation reaction, among other items. Please park in the north (back) parking lot, ENTER DOOR 7. You’ll sign-in/out at meeting so no need to go through the office. (Note, if you are arriving late, after 8:30 please come! but you’ll need to enter through Door #1, main entrance.) OPEN TO ALL parents.

REACH Program, “Structured Parent Feedback” - January 27, 2020

Join us at 6:30 pm on Monday at the D205 offices where there’ll be an opportunity for current (or former) REACH parents to provide feedback on the REACH program in a structured manner. Mariann Lemke, District 205 Executive Director of Research and Program Analysis and Leslie Weber will facilitate the evening’s conversation.


Upcoming Dates and Events


  • 1/7 Tue. 7:00 pm Superintendent’s Coffee, Churchville

  • 1/13 Mon. 7:00 pm, Parent Info Meeting, - “REACH Appeals” by Leslie Weber, Sandburg Library

  • 1/16 Thur. 1:30-3:00 pm, REACH Parent Group monthly meeting, Sandburg Maker Space

  • 1/19 Sun. (no school Mon!) 3:00 pm, Chicago Wolves Game – PTA Council Scholarship Fundraiser, click here for tickets. Contact Dena Fasheh with questions. 

  • 1/23 Thur. 7:00 pm, Book Discussion at Elmhurst Public Library - Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids in Middle School Need to Survive Middle School and Beyond—and How Parents Can Help by Phyllis L. Fagell. Register by phone (630) 279-8696 or online. 

  • 1/27 Mon. 6:30 pm, REACH Program, “Structured Parent Feedback”, D205 offices


CONCLUDED - Find links here:   Math & Appeals 


Middle School MATH Parent Informational Meeting - Thursday, November 7, 7:00 pm -  ALL are welcome! The REACH Parent Group invites you to learn and discuss the Middle School Math Pathway (for ALL students) including the transition into high school and beyond in the Sandburg Library (door 7 will be open). Invited speakers include Dave Beedy, District STEM coordinator and Leslie Weber, District REACH coordinator. We look forward to seeing you there!

Next REACH Parent Group Meeting – Thursday, January 16 from 1:30-3:00 pm. Meeting, topic - “Appeals,”  Summer Programs and more, Sandburg Maker Space.

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From our newsletters, expect to hear about the following for the 2019-2020 school calendar (along with other good information):
1. Open Monthly Meetings (usually the 2nd Friday, 8:30-10:00 a.m. with a likely quarterly afternoon meeting), Sandburg Middle School, Maker Space, often with guests from D205 Administration and parent/student panels. An agenda is followed and we value our parent to parent exchanges.
2. Parent Informational Meetings (generally 3) led by D205 REACH Coordinator and/or D205 STEM Director. Focus is on program overview and an understanding of math pathways. Q&A time is emphasized and time is allocated for just this purpose.
3. Social events - we had our first this past year and we received positive feedback from parents, especially those new to the program so one this year is likely.
4. Workshops/programs to help meet specific needs/wants identified from our Parent Group, and open to all D205 students, e.g. our first Freshman Readiness Program (May 4, 2019) along with plans for an in-depth study skills workshop, Sept. 28, 2019. 
5. Donations (approx. $50-100* per school) is given by our group directly back to our REACH teachers, supplementing their curriculum e.g. math games, books, and other resources. *Our funds come directly from our local elementary and middle school PTA's. We do not have a membership (and corresponding dues) nor do we fundraise, in general. The specific amount donated back to teachers is dependent upon the current group's plans for the year.  
6. Middle School Math League fees, paid for (with plans to continue to help support and foster leagues in our elementary schools)
7. Valuable Resources published on our website.
and more!
Thank you to all our REACH parents for their time, talents and resources! Won't you be a part of what we've accomplished and where we're going? Come join us at our monthly meetings! We look forward to continuing to make a positive difference in the lives of our children.
Thank you!
Patti Berner
2018-2020 Chairperson
REACH Parent Group