Upcoming Events


Thank you for your support and understanding as District 205 continues to navigate the current COVID-19 health situation. 


Next REACH Parent Group Meeting – Friday, March 13 from 8:30-10:00 am.

Guest, Leslie Weber, Director of Curriculum and REACH Coordinator;  Meeting, topic - REACH Program Review, results and upcoming BOE Presentation. Sandburg Maker Space.


Please find helpful information below. 

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

Upcoming Dates and Events

Can’t make (or missed) a meeting? Contact your “REACH Rep” - List of School Representatives

Upcoming Dates and Events


  • 3/13 Fri. 8:30 am, REACH Parent Group monthly meeting. Topic TBA. Guest, Leslie Weber, with an update regarding the REACH Program review, Sandburg Maker Space

  • 3/17 Tue, REACH Program Analysis - Presentation to BOE

  • 3/21 Sat. 8:30-4:00, AAUW’s 2020 Tech Savvy STEM Conference for 6th to 9th grade girls. Triton College. Registration open.


  • 4/2, Thur. 7 pm, REACH Parent Informational Night, “New to REACH?”, presented by Leslie Weber, Director of Curriculum and REACH Coordinator. This evening’s content is focused on those new to the REACH program and/or those wanting to learn more about the program. Note, NO changes, based on this year’s program review, will impact identification for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • 4/16, Thur. 1:30-3:00 pm, REACH Parent Group monthly meeting. Guest, Leslie Weber, 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