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September 20, 2021

In this Issue:

New Items

  • Edison Construction Time Lapse Video
  • York Drama Presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • York High School Debuts a New Podcast
  • Registration for Little Dukes Preschool
  • Foundation 205 Holiday Tree Fundraiser
  • NAMI Octoberfest
  • Health and Safety Reminders
  • Virtual Backpack

Progress unfolds at Edison School
Take a look at progress unfolding in a time-lapse video of the Edison School renovation project. The work is part of the Master Facilities Plan that includes two new elementary schools, safety and security upgrades across the District, increased space to accommodate all‚Äźday kindergarten, future-ready learning spaces at all schools, basic maintenance and infrastructure needs, and a new auditorium, medical careers lab, and athletic field upgrades at York. Seven classrooms and other upgrades were added at Edison. A ribbon-cutting was held earlier this year with students to commemorate the updated school. Watch for dates later this fall to attend an Open House at Edison.

York Drama presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
York Drama presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The production features an ensemble of 27 actors and showcases the tech work of dozens of York students. It will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14-17 in a festival tent outside York High School. General admission tickets are $12 and will be available at beginning Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. 

This critically acclaimed play, developed at the National Theatre in London and based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, has received seven Olivier and five Tony Awards® including best play on both sides of “the pond.”

York Debuts Podcast
York High School’s first podcast has debuted, fittingly called Duke Cast. The goal of the podcast is to highlight and celebrate student successes and inform the community about the great work of students and staff at York. In the inaugural cast, Principal Dr. Shahe Bagdasarian and Assistant Principal Adam Roubitchek share the York High School Workplan and how students are at the center of plans for the future. Also, York Assistant Principal for Operations Drew McGuire talks to a student leader about plans for Homecoming festivities! Podcasts will be shared on weeks opposite of the Principal Newsletter. Click here to listen to the first episode and here to access the homepage for future Duke Cast podcasts.

Registration Open for Little Dukes Preschool
Registration is now open for the Little Dukes Preschool (website) at York High School! The spring session begins Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Preschool meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through May 6 from 8:45-11:15 a.m., and the cost for 14 weeks is $325. Please email with questions!

Support Foundation 205’s holiday tree fundraiser
Continue Elmhurst's outdoor holiday tree tradition! Order your holiday tree now to support Elmhurst Public Schools and guarantee availability. Quantities are limited and once they're gone, they're gone! Click here to place your order now!

NAMI Octoberfest
National Alliance on Mental Illness DuPage is joining forces with the DuPage County Fair Association to put on some fun in 2021!

When: October 1-3, 2021
What: Octoberfest
Where: DuPage County Fairgrounds
Why: Get out of the house and raise money for a good cause


  • Carnival rides and kids’ activities
  • Car show
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Wine and beer tasting
  • Live music
  • And much more! 

Proceeds go to NAMI DuPage to continue to offer free and low-cost services, including:

  • Mental Health education to Jr. High and High School students
  • Teen support groups
  • Support groups and Peer counseling
  • Educational and support programs
  • Career education 
  • Social and recreation programs

Health and safety is our priority
Throughout this pandemic, the health and safety of Elmhurst District 205 students and staff remain our highest priority. Elmhurst School District 205 has developed a comprehensive plan aligned to local, state and federal guidance. The Forward Together Plan for 2021-22 offers some frequently asked questions about the reopening of our schools, the District’s health and safety protocols; sanitation and ventilation mitigations and a Dashboard that presents a variety of local COVID-19 metrics. The COVID Dashboard is updated each Friday and organized by school to share information regarding any COVID positive cases. As health information and related procedures change, we will continue to review and update the plan, as well as continue to monitor local health and safety metrics. If you have additional questions, please email

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