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Talk205 January 24, 2022

NEW Items: 

  • Inclement Weather Notifications
  • D205 and D205 PTA Council Host Summer Recreation
  • CogAT Scores to be sent on Wednesday
  • York Drama Proudly Presents "ACE"
  • York Summer School 2022

PRIOR Items: 

  • 5Essentials Survey
  • Exemplary Youth Service Award Nominations
  • ISBE Assessment Survey
  • Foundation 205 Items
  • 2022 Dukes of Distinction Nominations Open
  • Virtual Backpack


Inclement Weather Notifications
Should we need to call an emergency/inclement weather day due to hazardous weather conditions, we will notify families through email, text message, and phone calls. The information will also be posted on our District and school websitesFacebook and Twitter.

In order to ensure you receive timely notification of school closures and other school and District communication, we ask that you please check that we have the most up-to-date contact information in Power School (email address, phone number, and cell phone number for text messages).

We appreciate your help as we continue to plan for any potential weather-related closures. More information about our winter weather protocols is available on our Emergency School Closings webpage.

D205 and D205 PTA Council Host Summer Recreation Open House
District 205 & the D205 PTA Council are proud to host the 20th Annual Summer Recreation Open House on the evening of Tuesday, February 15 from 6-8 PM at York High School. The goal of this event is to give parents the opportunity to “one-stop-shop” for summer recreational and educational programs to attend, work or volunteer within. Programs present at this event are for children of all ages (pre-K through HS) and abilities. Visit the SROH Facebook page for more information. Save the date, and we hope to see you there!

CogAT Scores to be sent on Wednesday
Parents and guardians of second grade and fifth grade students in District 205 will have their child/ren's CogAT results delivered via email on Wednesday, January 26. CogAT, or Cognitive Ability Test, is a nationally-normed test measuring reasoning and problem-solving skills. This assessment is one measure used to determine student eligibility for the REACH program in grades 2 & 5. If a student qualifies for placement in the REACH program (ELA and/or math), families will be notified no later than February 18th. The rubric used for REACH identification for current 2nd and 5th graders can be found HERE and more information about the REACH program can be found on the district's REACH webpage.

York Drama Proudly Presents "ACE"
After two years, live theatre returns to Baker Auditorium for York Drama’s newest musical adventure, “Ace.”

York Drama is thrilled to welcome the Elmhurst community back to the Baker Auditorium for its first live and on-stage musical in over two years. This season, York has been given the rare opportunity to be the high school premiere of “Ace,” a new musical adventure nearly two decades in the making.

“Ace” will be presented Feb. 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. in the York High School Baker Auditorium. Tickets go on sale to the public Jan. 24, and will be sold for $15 at

York Summer School 2022
York High School is now accepting enrollment requests for Summer School 2022. You can find the Enrollment Requests GoogleForm on the Summer School Webpage. The webpage also includes the dates, the course offering book, and other helpful information. We have extended the initial phase of enrollment to 1/28/22 and then reopening on 2/21/22. For that information, and other summer school information, please check here.


5Essentials Survey (Haga clic aquí para leer en español)This winter, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey. The survey will be administered online by the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. 

This survey will allow you and your child (in grades 4 through 12) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. Reports will be sent to schools and districts in June 2022 and data will also be included in the Illinois State School Report Card.

The parent survey opened on January 11th. To take the parent survey, please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name. We need at least a 20 percent response rate to receive a report.

Your student will take the survey between January and March in grades 4 through 12. Details will be provided by each school. Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions on the student survey. If you do not want your son or daughter to participate in the survey, download and fill out a non-participation form and return it to your child’s school. Please be aware that student participation rates are one measure that the state uses in its accountability system for our schools.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or

Exemplary Youth Service Award Nominations
Do you know a student or student group that should be nominated for an Exemplary Youth Service Award? The service must have occurred between March 15, 2021 and the present, and the deadline to submit nominations is March 15, 2022. Click here to nominate someone today!

ISBE Assessment Survey
The Illinois State Board of Education is exploring improvements to the state assessment system. An important part of this process is collecting feedback from stakeholders across the state to help identify the priorities and potential options for moving forward. Click here for more information and to take the optional survey. 

Foundation 205 Thiems Grant Applications
Foundation 205 has opened the 2022 Thiems Grant applications. This program provides over $100,000 annually to support ideas to expand innovation, excellence, creativity, diversity and inclusion in the District 205 schools. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, support staff and community members are encouraged to apply. Please view the Grant Guidelines before submitting your application. Grants are due by February 11, 2022 and will be awarded in May 2022. The grant application and guidelines can be found here.

Do You Know a Distinguished York Alum?
Nominations are open for the 2022 Dukes of Distinction program. Please fill out this form to nominate your 2022 Duke of Distinction! Applications are open to anyone who is a graduate of 5+ years and who has distinguished themselves through significant and/or extraordinary accomplishments, service and/or an outstanding contribution to society.

Virtual Backpack
Looking for non-profit, community activities or information that is fun and educational for students? Check out the D205 Virtual Backpack page.