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It is hard to believe that next week is our last week of school for 2018!  We are ending our first semester focused on growth, reflection, and celebration.  Our students are working hard throughout their day in all classrooms, the lunchroom, and specials.  Our new little stuffed Jaguars friends are visiting classrooms each morning to recognize classrooms and their commitment to their goals.  The students are loving these visits and motivated to earn one! Please check our social media for more information.

Thank you to PTA and all of our volunteer bakers for a wonderful cookie exchange for our Jackson staff today.  Our staff looks forward to this event every year. Your generosity and time is so appreciated. Thank you for helping to make this event so special for our staff.

Please take the 5Essentials Survey (see below).  This survey is a critical component of our state school report card and need your participation as a parent!  The detailed information is below.

Social Work Change

Our Jackson social worker, Ms. Kimi Arquines, will not be returning to Jackson after winter break in order to pursue a different career opportunity.  We wish her well and have already begun the hiring process for a new social worker.

5Essentials Survey
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes.Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15 through January 18, 2019. I hope you will participate as this information is required for our state report card! 

2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration
We will be doing kindergarten registration in February.  If you have a child that will be 5 on or before September 1st, please give the office a call or email Jacki at jlawrence@elmhurst205.org so that we can get your child’s name on a list.  Registration will be at Jackson on February 5 from 9:00-11:00am and February 6 from 12:30-3:00pm.  You can also register the evening of February 7 from 4:00-7:00pm at the district office.  Please share with any neighbors that might be new to the Jackson family.

Information from last week:

Morning Arrival
The safety of our students in our top priority.  We will not tolerate cars driving around buses with the stop sign out while unloading students.  Driving around a bus with the stop sign displayed is illegal and could result in a $500 ticket.  Please be patient and cautious along Mitchell Avenue in the morning. You can help keep the drop off line short by staying in your car and dropping your child anywhere along Mitchell, not just near the door.  

Box Tops for Education
Each year student council collects Box Tops for Education as a way to raise money. The funds we raise are then used to purchase a school gift and donate to a charity.  Please visit http://www.boxtops4education.com/  to see a list of participating products.  Remember, each box top is worth $0.10! It all adds up!! Thank you for your support and SAVE THOSE BOX TOPS!!

Influenza
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.  Please review the following  for further information on seasonal influenza.  

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2018.pdf

Late Arrivals
We have many students late on Wednesdays unsure if it is a late arrival.  Our late arrivals for the rest of the year are:

  • January 16
  • February 6 and 20
  • March 6 and 20
  • April 3 and 24
  • May 8

There is a calendar on the D205 website that has a great, quick way to see holidays, late arrival, etc.

 

Students Leaving For Lunch
When students are going home with a friend for lunch, the office needs written permission.  Please send an email to Mrs. Lawrence (jlawrence@elmhurst205.org) in the office so that we are aware of the change.     

Upcoming Dates

  • December 18: Bryan Area Band Concert
  • December 20: Bryan Area Orchestra Concert
  • December 24-January 4: No School; Winter Break
  • January 7: School Resumes
  • January 14: No School, Institute Day 
  • January 16: Student Late Arrival
  • January 17: PTA Meeting; 7pm
  • January 21: No School, MLK Day 
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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 12/17/18




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Dear Jackson Families,

We kicked off our week with a Kindness is the New Cool assembly!  Our focus is working as a team in the lunchroom by helping each other with the three lunch expectations: Use a level 1 voice, Be kind, and Clean-up!  Each classroom has set a goal for the week. Each classroom has set a goal for their lunchroom behavior. We have three stuffed jaguar friends; Jazzy, Jedi, and Joy that will visit classrooms throughout the week to celebrate and recognize classrooms meeting their goal and working as a team in the cafeteria.  

5Essentials Survey
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes.Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name.

A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15 through January 18, 2019. I hope you will participate as this information is required for our state report card!

Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 School Year
If you have a student entering kindergarten or 1st grade (new) next school year, please contact Jacki Lawrence in the Jackson office at jlawrence@elmhurst205.org.  This will help us make sure you get information regarding kindergarten registration which will take place in February.  Your child must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2018. Also, spread the word to any neighbors that might be new to the Jackson community.

Square 1 Art orders have been shipped!

Square 1 Art orders have been shipped.  Thank you to everyone who ordered Square 1 Art products. Expected arrival date of all ordered art products is December 20th.  All orders will be shipped to the school and will be passed out to your child to take home in his/her backpack.  If the order is too large to fit into your child’s backpack, a note will be sent home instead asking you to pick up your order from the front office at Jackson School.Did you miss out on ordering useful gifts that display your child's artwork? It's not too late to order.Jackson Elementary school will still benefit from your order for the rest of 2016!  Shop online anytime during the year atwww.square1art.com/shop.  You may also call Square 1 Art Customer Care at 888.332.3294 to order by phone.  Remember, your child’s access code is located on their catalog. Together, we can help support Jackson Elementary school, build your child’s self-esteem and create lasting keepsakes from your child’s artistic achievements.

REACH Parent Group Monthly Meeting
FRIDAY 12/14, 9:15 – REACH Parent Group Monthly Meeting at the Elmhurst Public Library, (The Kossmann Room.) ALL D205 parents are invited to join us. Deb Lee, D205 Director of Curriculum and REACH Coordinator will be in attendance.

Information From Last Week:

Morning Arrival
The safety of our students in our top priority.  We will not tolerate cars driving around buses with the stop sign out while unloading students.  Driving around a bus with the stop sign displayed is illegal and could result in a $500 ticket.  Please be patient and cautious along Mitchell Avenue in the morning. You can help keep the drop off line short by staying in your car and dropping your child anywhere along Mitchell, not just near the door.  

Box Tops for Education

Each year student council collects Box Tops for Education as a way to raise money. The funds we raise are then used to purchase a school gift and donate to a charity.  Please visit http://www.boxtops4education.com/  to see a list of participating products.  Remember, each box top is worth $0.10! It all adds up!! Thank you for your support and SAVE THOSE BOX TOPS!!

Influenza
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.  Please review the following  for further information on seasonal influenza.  

CDC Seasonal Influenza :  

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2018.pdf

 

Late Arrivals
We have many students late on Wednesdays unsure if it is a late arrival.  Our late arrivals for the rest of the year are:

  • December 12
  • January 16
  • February 6 and 20
  • March 6 and 20
  • April 3 and 24
  • May 8

There is a calendar on the D205 website that has a great, quick way to see holidays, late arrival, etc.

Students Leaving For Lunch
When students are going home with a friend for lunch, the office needs written permission.  Please send an email to Mrs. Lawrence (jlawrence@elmhurst205.org) in the office so that we are aware of the change.     

Upcoming Dates

  • December 12: Student Late Arrival
  • December 18: Bryan Area Band Concert
  • December 20: Bryan Area Orchestra Concert
  • ​​​​​​​December 24-January 4: No School; Winter Break

Sincerely,

Christine Trendel
​​​​​​​Principal

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 12/7/18




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Jackson Weekly Wrap-up

November 30, 2018

Dear Jackson Families,

We had a great week back to school after a short break!  I am so proud of our Jaguars for writing about 630 letters to the troops!  These letters will be sent by the USO to active service members around the world over the holidays.  We participated in letter writing through US99.5’s 10,000 Letters to the Troops campaign on the Stylz and Roman morning show.  They gave Jackson School a radio shout out earlier this week!

This week also we saw some changes in morning and lunch supervision.  At arrival, you may have noticed additional staff to help supervise students and manage morning routines.  We also have two teachers in the lunchroom each day to help with supervision and to remind students of our three lunchroom expectations: Use a level 1 voice, clean-up, and be kind to others.   On Monday, we will have a special assembly to review lunch expectations, set classroom goals, and unveil our new Kindness t-shirts. Be sure to check out our social media for pictures!

Morning Arrival
The safety of our students is our top priority.  We will not tolerate cars driving around buses with the stop sign out while unloading students.  Driving around a bus with the stop sign displayed is illegal and could result in a $500 ticket.  Please be patient and cautious along Mitchell Avenue in the morning. You can help keep the drop off line short by staying in your car and dropping your child anywhere along Mitchell, not just near the door.  

Box Tops for Education
Each year student council collects Box Tops for Education as a way to raise money. The funds we raise are then used to purchase a school gift and donate to a charity.  Please visit http://www.boxtops4education.com/  to see a list of participating products.  Remember, each box top is worth $0.10! It all adds up!! Thank you for your support and save those Box Tops. 

Influenza
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.  Please review the following  for further information on seasonal influenza.  
CDC Seasonal Influenza :  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2018.pdf

Information From Last Week:

Late Arrivals
We have many students late on Wednesdays unsure if it is a late arrival.  Our late arrivals for the rest of the year are:

  • December 12
  • January 16
  • February 6 and 20
  • March 6 and 20
  • April 3 and 24
  • May 8

There is a calendar on the D205 website that has a great, quick way to see holidays, late arrival, etc.

Students Leaving For Lunch
When students are going home with a friend for lunch, the office needs written permission.  Please send an email to Mrs. Lawrence (jlawrence@elmhurst205.org) in the office so that we are aware of the change.     

5Essentials Survey
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes.Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15 through January 18, 2019. I hope you will participate as this information is required for our state report card! 

Upcoming Dates

  • December 12: Student Late Arrival
  • December 18: Bryan Area Band Concert
  • December 20: Bryan Area Orchestra Concert
  • December 24-January 4: No School; Winter Break

Sincerely,

Christine Trendel
Principal

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 11/30/18




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We are finishing up our first Trimester and reflecting on the progress our students have made as readers, writers, and mathematicians.  Teachers are meeting in their Professional Learning Communities to review data, plan for a second round of acceleration, and to think about how we can provide students with significant learning experiences.  We are excited to share all of the wonderful learning taking place at Parent Teacher Conferences!

As we approach the upcoming holiday season, take a moment to talk with your child about having an attitude of gratitude.  There is so much to be grateful for and taking the time to express gratitude goes a long way.  I challenge each of our Jaguars to stop and write a thank you note for a person in their lives that has done something helpful or kind.  Each Jaguar will also be given the opportunity to write a letter to the troops for the holiday season.  Keep an eye on our social media for more information!

Running Club
Our fall running club ran a collective 2,100 miles, which is about the equivalent of running from Jackson School to the Golden Gate Bridge!  We are so proud of our runners for their hard work and sportsmanship.   THANK YOU to our parent volunteers that help make this lunchtime club possible! 

Book Fair and Family Assembly
Students will be able to visit our PTA sponsored Book Fair during the school day on Friday, November 16 and Monday, November 19.  The Book Fair will also be open to families the evening of Thursday, November 15 during our family assembly and during conferences Monday, November 19 in the evening.  

Late Arrivals
We have many students late on Wednesdays unsure if it is a late arrival.  Our late arrivals for the rest of the year are:

  • November 28
  • December 12
  • January 16
  • February 6 and 20
  • March 6 and 20
  • April 3 and 24
  • May 8

There is a calendar on the D205 website that has a great, quick way to see holidays, late arrival, etc.

Standards Based Report Card
As you anticipate your child’s first standards based report card, remember that student growth will be reported on a 4-point scale.  A “3” is the expected target and means that a student is demonstrating that standard with consistency and independence.  Some of the reporting standards are “year-long” and instruction related to that standard will continue throughout the entire school year.  For those year-long standards, it is perfectly appropriate for a student not to demonstrate  proficiency (a “3”) in the first Trimester.  Teachers are happy to answer questions about your child performance at Parent Teacher Conferences as well.

Parent Lunch Volunteers
At Jackson, we are extremely fortunate to have a parent community willing to help and support us in so many ways! One of those ways has been by volunteering in the lunchroom as an extra set of hands.  Beginning November 26, we will no longer be using parents as lunch volunteers.  I know this change is unexpected and even disappointing to some, but our teachers will begin helping with lunch supervision on November 26.  We are looking forward to making some positive changes in our lunchroom with the work of our teachers.  THANK YOU to our parents for stepping in to help us for the past few years!

Fifth Grade Parent Meeting at Bryan: November 27
As we begin to plan for next year, there will be a parent meeting for current 5th, 6th and 7th graders on Tuesday, November 27th at Bryan Middle School.   The purpose of the meeting is to provide clarity on courses offered at the middle school level next year and to explain the course selection process and timeline.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, the presentation will be available on the Bryan website.

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. for parents of current 6th and 7th graders
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. for parents of current 5th graders

SQUARE 1 ART Projects Look Amazing!
Your child has been working very hard at creating his/her own special one-of-a kind masterpiece and all of the art projects look fantastic!  All of the artwork has been shipped off to Square 1 Art for processing and in a couple of weeks you will see your child's artwork on his/her very own personalized catalog!  You’ll be able to order timeless keepsakes to cherish for years to come and at the same time help raise money for Jackson Elementary School.  Check out www.square1art.com/shop for gift ideas (the Holidays are approaching fast!)

Information from Last Week
School Report Card
October 31, the Illinois State Board of Education released the 2018 school report cards. These report cards are produced every year and provide a variety of information about student and school performance and environment.

This year, report cards also include an overall rating as part of the state accountability system for schools. View D205’s school ratings and report cards here.

York Veterans Day Celebration 
Annual All-School Veterans Day Assembly from  8 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Friday, November 9 in the Campbell Gym at York HS. Any interested veterans are invited to come and be honored in front of the students in the York Campbell Gym. The assembly will include speeches from U.S. veterans and York students/administrators. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 am in the Yorker Room for coffee, donuts, pastries, and bagels.

R.S.V.P. to Student Council Advisor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285.  Please leave a message with the number of people who will be attending. Return calls will not be made unless questions arise.

Veterans Day Breakfast- Saturday, November 10, 2018
Come and celebrate the holiday with the York High School Student Council and enjoy a wonderful breakfast from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10 in the York HS Cafeteria. Breakfast is free for veterans and their friends and families.

R.S.V.P. to Student Council Advisor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285.  Please leave a message with the number of  people who will be attending. Return calls will not be made unless questions arise.

Students Leaving For Lunch
When students are going home with a friend for lunch, the office needs written permission. Please send an email to Mrs. Lawrence (jlawrence@elmhurst205.org) in the office so that we are aware of the change.    

Lost and Found
Our lost and found is filling with new jackets, sweatshirts, and hats, gloves, etc.  Please put your child’s name on their cold weather gear and come take a peek and see if anything belongs to your child. After parent teacher conferences, all items in the lost and found will be donated.

Aidan Shea Foundation Event
The Aidan Shea Foundation is hosting Greek Gods in the Gutter on December 1 at Fitz's Spare Keys in Elmhurst.  As many of you know, Aidan was a former Jackson student who passed away suddenly in December of 2015.  His twin brother Connor is a 7th grader at Bryan and younger brother Liam is a 5th grader at Jackson (and your student council President!).  The Foundation raises funds for charities Aidan supported and/or inspired and has contributed thousands of dollars to Jackson's Library renovation project and book collection.  The Foundation plans to help Jackson again this coming year, details TBD!  Those that attended last year can attest to the fact that it is a family friendly night of bowling, crafts, music, auction, kids prizes and food and drink fit for Greek Gods!  Jackson has donated principal and librarian for 1/2 days for the silent auction!  Don't miss your chance to bid on these popular items!!  Tickets ($75 adults, $30 kids) can be purchased through http://www.aidansheafoundation.org.  The Foundation is also accepting donations of unused toys, gift cards in any denomination or auction items.  All donor info is also available on the Foundation's website.  Please support this amazing Elmhurst and Jackson event!  

Vision and Hearing Screenings
Vision and hearing screenings for students will take place on November 15.  For more information about which students will participate, please read this letter.

]Upcoming Dates

  • November 15: PTA Family Assembly and Book Fair
  • November 16: Standards Based Reports Cards available online
  • November 19: Parent Teacher Conferences (4-8pm)
  • November 20: Parent Teacher Conferences (10am-6pm)
  • November 20-23: No School
  • November 27: Fifth Grade Parent Meeting at Bryan (7-8pm)
  • November 28: Student Late Arrival
  • November 29: PTA Meeting (7pm)
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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 11/15/18




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It’s time for the York Holiday Apparel Sale! The Athletic Boosters have a fabulous collection of York swag, just in time for holiday gift giving. Visit the online store today and place your order for these items which are only available to purchase through November 16th, 2018. Your order can be picked up during the Holiday Apparel Open House at York on Dec 13th from 11:00 a.m-2:30 p.m and 7:00 p.m-8:30pm. 

 

On the pick-up date, the Athletic Boosters will also have the entire inventory of items available for sale. New for this year, orders can be mailed directly to you for a flat $15 charge.

For more details, visit the Athletic Boosters/Apparel page on the York web page or visit online store.

Questions, please contact Christine CLJuneman@gmail.com.
 

Visit the store online at: https://patriciasspiritwear.tuosystems.com/stores/yorkholiday


 

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/8/18




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All elementary parents, Early Childhood-Grade 5, are invited to attend Parent Teacher Conferences! In order to sign up for a conference, parents who haven't already created a PowerSchool single sign-on account need to do so no later than Sunday, November 4.

 

Conference sign up begins at 6 a.m. November 5 until midnight November 9. When sign-up opens, first log in to PowerSchool and you will see a parent-teacher-conference sign-up link adjacent to your child’s photo. Click the sign-up link and you will be able schedule all of the EC-5 children in your family.

Conferences will be from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018, and from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Visit the 2018 Parent Teacher Conference page for more information.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/30/18




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The commute to school can be very hectic, particularly on the first day of school. Please read this important traffic update that may impact morning arrival procedures at Jackson Elementary School and Bryan Middle School on Wednesday, August 15th. 

The City of Elmhurst has several construction projects currently underway. Please exercise caution and reduce speed when traveling in school zones. If you have students in both schools, the route from Jackson to Bryan, in the morning, may require more time and patience. Specifically, we recommend the following to make travel time easier:

Jackson Families:

If you travel east on Jackson Street between Saylor and Mitchell, please plan extra time as there will be construction trucks on that block of Jackson Street. At times, there might only be one-way traffic to make room for trucks and equipment. 

Alternate Route: You may consider taking Adams east to Mitchell as an alternate route. Car riders will still drop off going south on Mitchell Avenue. We encourage you to walk whenever possible. 

Bryan Families:

You can use Van Buren traveling east to drop off at Bryan.  There will be steady truck traffic at the intersection of Bryan and Van Buren for the first couple days that school is in session. Please exercise extreme caution. We encourage families to take advantage of the summer weather and walk or bike to school if possible.

We are anticipating a smooth start to the 2018-2019 school year and will be monitoring the traffic for any changes. Special thanks goes to the Elmhurst Police Department for its continued presence and vigilance to ensure the safety of our students. As always, we will keep you updated so that you can make the best plans for your families.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/13/18




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Financial assistance is available in the form of student fee waivers for qualified families. Apply for assistance by filling out a Request for Financial Assistance form and returning it to the main office of your child’s school, beginning the first week of August. Please click on the links below to access the appropriate form:

Elementary & Middle School

High School

2018-19 Free/Reduced Lunch Application and Instructions (Español)

Completed free/reduced lunch applications must be turned in to your child's school for initial authorization, beginning the first week of August. All applications must be on the 2018-19 form. The District cannot accept old applications. Request for Financial Assistance/Waiver of Student Fees is due by November 15, 2018.

In mid-July, over 1,000 notification letters were mailed out to students who were automatically certified for free lunches last year (2017-18). Families who have received this letter DO NOT need to apply. However, if a letter is received for one child and there are other students in the family who did not receive a letter, please call the District 205 Food Service Office at 630-617-2436 to provide further information. Be sure to keep this letter, as you may need it for other programs and benefits (Comcast Internet Essentials, Park District programs, etc.).

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/17/18




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On Tuesday, June 19, at the Board of Education meeting, Todd Schmidt was named the new Director of Facilities for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Mr. Schmidt has 18 years of experience in facilities in the Rockford Public School District, serving as the Chief Operations Officer/Executive Director of Operations since 2009.

Mr. Schmidt has directed a department of approximately 900 in-house and privately contracted employees in Facility Maintenance, Custodial Services, Transportation, Nutrition Services, Student Assignment, Materials Management, Construction Engineering and Life Safety. He was responsible for $68 million in annual operating expenditures and $250 million capital improvement plan. Additionally, he has supervised the implementation of a $250M capital improvement plan that was the result of a successful ballot initiative.

“Todd has a wealth of knowledge and experience in facility management. He will be a huge addition to our facility team, and we are looking forward to working with him,” said Chris Whelton, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations.

Mr. Schmidt received the Governor’s Environment Hero Award in 2011 and is a veteran of the United States Navy.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/27/18




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Several District 205 schools achieved a level of distinction from the Midwest PBIS Network. Churchville Middle School earned a Platinum distinction, the highest recognition possible. Churchville is one of only three middle schools in Illinois and the only DuPage County middle school to earn the Platinum distinction. A group from New Zealand will visit Churchville when they are in Chicago for the National PBIS Leadership Forum in October.

Additionally, Jackson, Lincoln and Emerson Elementary Schools earned a Gold distinction, Edison Elementary earned Silver distinction and Bryan Middle School received a Bronze distinction.

The Midwest PBIS Network supports the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in state, local, and community agencies throughout the Midwest. The Network encourages promoting positive school behavior and preventing behavioral problems.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/6/18




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On May 23rd, at approximately 3:36 p.m., the Elmhurst Police Department responded to Churchville Middle School, located at 155 Victory Parkway for a reported suspicious person. Upon the arrival of police, officers learned a 12-year-old female reported that while outside of the school shortly after dismissal, a male/Hispanic, approximately 35-40 years old, with short dark hair and a mustache, driving a Black Toyota Sienna minivan asked her if she needed a ride. The Toyota Sienna was parked in the pick-up lane of the school. The subject started to exit the vehicle and the female immediately ran away from the area. The area was checked by police, but was not able to locate the vehicle.

A school surveillance video captured a picture the vehicle in front of one of the doors. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Elmhurst Police at 630-530-3050.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/23/18




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It is hard to believe that next week is our last week of school.  We will say goodbye to our kindergarteners for the summer on Thursday, May 24.  The last day for students is Friday, May 25, dismissal is at 11:15.

Field Day on Monday

Please make sure your child dresses for the weather (including sunscreen), wears gym shoes and Jackson spirit wear!  Our parent volunteers have planned some wonderful activities! Our entire school will have lunch and recess from 11:05am-12:05pm.

Staffing for 2018-2019

There are a few changes to our teaching staff for next school year.  Laura Scheel (Rhoney) is moving to second grade. Cathy Moran is looping with her current class to third grade. Sandy Laszkiewicz will be teaching fourth grade.  We are welcoming three new staff members from other D205 schools.  Annie Quebbemann (currently at Emerson an Field) will be joining our 4th grade team and Lexie Paist (currently at Hawthorne) will be joining fifth grade.  Carla Schmidt, currently at Fischer, will be joining us as our instructional coach. Kasey Molidor, currently a part time resource teacher at Jackson, will be joining us full time.  We are hiring a new part time resource teacher.

Currito Eat & Earn for BUSY PARENTS AND D205 STAFF:

No need to pack a lunch or cook dinner on Tuesday, May 22nd! Head to Currito  272 N. York Rd (next to Panera Bread) for  lunch and dinner entrees! You will be supporting the D205 Foundation which just funded close to $97,000 in educational grants for Elmhurst Public Schools. 20% of eat in or carry out purchases will be donated to the foundation all day! Remember to put your receipt in the ballot box near the register!

Luminaries for Relay for Life

On Monday, each student will be getting a luminaria bag to decorate for Relay of Life. Please have your child decorate and send back to school. The decorated bags will be set up at the Elmhurst Relay for Race event in June.  This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. If you wish to donate, each classroom will have a purple donation bucket for your student to bring in loose change.

School Supply Recycling

The students will have an opportunity to donate their school supplies that they do not want for next year. There will be boxes in the school lobby starting on Monday. 

Information from Last Week:

Moving?

We will be sad to see you go! If you have plans to move out of Jackson boundaries, please call the main office to let Jacki know.

Plan to Join the Future Focused Conversation!

District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. Architects Wight & Company presented facilities scenarios at the April 24 Board meeting.

D205 administration is working with the Community Advisory Team to create a presentation that will be shared with the public in Future Focused meetings on the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 – 9 PM, Bryan Middle School

  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7 – 9 PM, Sandburg Middle School

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!In addition, school-specific listening sessions are planned for May 2 at Edison (8;15 AM), Lincoln (2 PM) and Field (6:30 PM).

School-specific informational sessions are also planned as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 23, Bryan 6:15 PM

  • Thursday, May 24, Emerson - 8:30 AM

  • Wednesday, May 30 Sandburg 6:15 PM

Last Day of School

The last day of kindergarten is Thursday, May 24.  The last day of school for grades 1-5 is Friday, May 25 and is a half day for students.  Dismissal on May 25 will be at 11:15am.

Elijah’s Coffee and Jackson Student Artwork

Elijah’s Coffee is now hosting a display of Jackson student artwork.  Next time you stop to grab a coffee, take a look! Thank you to Mrs. Neigel for getting our wonderful artwork out into our community!

Office Max Give Back to Schools Program

If you shop at Office Max, please let them know that you have a child at Jackson School. A portion of your purchase will come back to Jackson which we can use to purchase supplies for our classrooms.

Upcoming Jackson Events:

  • May 21: Field Day for Students (during school day)

  • May 21: PTA Appreciation Luncheon

  • May 23:  DARE Graduation (5th grade) 1:30 pm

  • May 24: Last Day of Kindergarten

  • May 25: Last Day of School; dismissal at 11:15am

Sincerely,

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 5/18/18




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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is evolving in many ways as it seeks to prepare our students for a future we can only imagine. Future Ready is more than a catch phrase. It is a commitment to empowering and equipping our students with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to be college, career and life ready.

Our District is working to deliver future focused curriculum and provide supportive learning environments for all students. In order to do that, we have embarked on a journey to address aging facilities and infuse our schools with the necessary tools to achieve that goal. The Focus 205 community engagement process, which began in 2015, was the first step. Master Facility Plan (MFP) work continues today; click here for more information and a meeting schedule.

Our community has long valued small class sizes and neighborhood schools. Elementary school class size targets are 25 in grades K-2 and 27 in grades 3-5. The current average class size in District 205 is 21.8. Occasional enrollment anomalies mean that class sizes are not consistent; some are below target and others are close to high end of the range. School capacity (percent of space that is being utilized) is another issue in District 205. Some of our buildings are overcrowded; others are operating at nearly full capacity, and some are underutilized. This poses instructional and staffing challenges that may increase as the community of Elmhurst continues to grow.

One potential component of the draft Master Facility Plan is boundary adjustments. The District realizes that any adjustments, even those that impact less than 5% of students, families, and/or houses, will be difficult. The options that have been presented to the Board of Education, and are being shared with the community, are preliminary. This is a work in progress and community feedback will be an important part of the process as we move forward.

Boundary adjustments can provide a long-term solution to overcrowding and student population “bubbles.” When schools are evenly sized and utilization is consistent, it is easier for the District to adhere to class size targets and maintain appropriate staff-to-student ratios. Consistencies like these help all students learn and grow.

D205 hired Cropper GIS in early 2018 to conduct a boundaries study. The primary goals were to increase space to accommodate All Day Kindergarten and balance class sizes across the District. The District asked the Cropper team to identify solutions that would affect the least number of families possible.

Two options (A and B) were presented to the Board on April 10. Both addressed ADK and balancing class sizes.  They also provided potential options for housing students during construction at Lincoln and Field Schools, two of our oldest buildings at 103 and 87 years old, respectively.

In response to feedback from the Board of Education and parents, the administration asked Cropper to see if there were alternative solutions that could meet the criteria and better preserve natural barriers such as train tracks and major roads. Two additional options (C and D) were developed and presented to the Board on May 8. Option D impacts the fewest students (3.6%), does not require busing students who currently walk, preserves natural barriers and does not send any students away from new construction, but also does not preserve contiguous boundaries.

Developing these additional options emphasizes the importance of community feedback. The plans remain a work in progress. No decisions have been made, nor will any changes be made in the immediate future. The Board will consider how it wants to move forward with the boundary discussion at its May 22 meeting. Options A, C and D are linked below.

Boundary adjustments would only be considered in a Master Facilities Plan that includes All Day Kindergarten. The District is committed to ensuring that current students will not be impacted by boundary adjustments and will be developing “grandfathering” provisions to minimize the impact on siblings and families. As with the entire process, we will be seeking community input on this portion of the plan as well. Our goal is to minimize the impact on individual families and achieve the goals outlined above.

Four community meetings have been scheduled. Draft plans, budgets, and potential boundary adjustments will be presented. The presentations will be followed by small group discussions. All attendees will have the opportunity to provide additional feedback via an electronic exit survey. Meeting dates:

  • Monday, May 14, 2018, 7 pm @ Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 pm @ Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7 pm @, Sandburg Middle School

For additional information related to the development of the proposed MFP, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/MasterFacilityPlan.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/12/18




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At its May 8 meeting, the Board of Education heard an update from the All Day Kindergarten Committee. In the state of Illinois, 79% of 859 districts are offering all-day programs, as of 2015.

 

“All Day Kindergarten educates the whole child in a developmentally appropriate manner,” said Lincoln Principal Jen Barnabee. “It enhances the legacy of Elmhurst by supporting students to reach their full potential. Children in full day classes excel in reading, number knowledge, writing and self-regulation versus their half-day peers. A full day program provides us the time to make the learning experience for our youngest students even better. They deserve the same robust, inter-disciplinary as the rest of our students receive.”

 

View the Kindergarten video created by D205 Communications Office here:

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/10/18




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District 205 is working to develop the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. There are two community-wide Future Focused meetings remaining on the following dates and at these locations:

  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 PM, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 PM, Sandburg Middle School

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you, and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

The remaining Future Focused school-specific informational sessions are:

  • Wednesday, May 23 at Bryan - 6:15 PM
  • Thursday, May 24 at Emerson - 8:30 AM
  • Wednesday, May 30 at Sandburg - 6:15 PM

More information is available at www.elmhurst205/masterfacilityplan.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/8/18




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Dear Jackson Families,

 

As the end of year approaches, there are many fun events and activities for our students!  These are great opportunities to build community and end the year celebrating all the work we have done.  I look forward to the next three weeks!

 

Glow Lunch

Glow lunch will be Friday, May 18 and is sponsored by student council.  All students (grades 1-5) can purchase a glow stick for lunch. More information to follow about Glow Lunch soon!  Proceeds from the lunch will benefit Back to School Backpack Drive through Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center.  This is a project all Jackson students will continue to work on in the fall by hosting a school supply drive!

 

Moving?

We will be sad to see you go! If you have plans to move out of Jackson boundaries, please call the main office to let Jacki know.

 

Think Kindness Assembly

Today, our school participated in an Assembly from Think Kindness!  Each Jackson student will be completing a journal documenting their random acts of kindness and we have been challenged to complete 5,000 random acts of kindness until the end of the year.  We have also entered a friendly competition to see which school has the most random acts of kindness by May 25. If we get 15,000 random acts of kindness, we could win the title of one of the “kindest schools in America!”

 

Plan to Join the Future Focused Conversation!

District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. Architects Wight & Company presented facilities scenarios at the April 24 Board meeting.

 

D205 administration is working with the Community Advisory Team to create a presentation that will be shared with the public in Future Focused meetings on the following dates and locations:

 

  • Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, York Community High School

  • Monday, May 14, 2018, 7 – 9 PM, Churchville Middle School

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 – 9 PM, Bryan Middle School

  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7 – 9 PM, Sandburg Middle School

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Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

 

In addition, school-specific listening sessions are planned for May 2 at Edison (8;15 AM), Lincoln (2 PM) and Field (6:30 PM).

 

School-specific informational sessions are also planned as follows:

  • Monday, May 7, Jefferson - 8:30 AM

  • Monday, May 7, Fischer - 6:30 PM

  • Monday, May 14, Churchville 6:15 PM

  • Tuesday, May 15, Hawthorne - 7:00 PM

  • Wednesday, May 16, Jackson - 6:00 PM

  • Wednesday, May 23, Bryan 6:15 PM

  • Thursday, May 24, Emerson - 8:30 AM

  • Wednesday, May 30 Sandburg 6:15 PM

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Volunteer Luncheon

Please join the PTA for lunch in appreciation of all our volunteers so we may thank you for your hard work, time and effort.  Your dedication to Jackson School made this year a great success! Please RSVP here. Kids not in school are welcome.

 

Information from Last Week:

 

Last Day of School

The last day of kindergarten is Thursday, May 24.  The last day of school for grades 1-5 is Friday, May 25 and is a half day for students.  Dismissal on May 25 will be at 11:15am.

 

Standards Based Reporting Presentation (PTA)

On Tuesday night, I presented some information related to the implementation of Standards Based Reporting next year.  All 205 elementary school will be implementing standards based reporting. You can view the presentation here.  There will be additional opportunities to learn more in the fall.

 

Spring Sing Information

We have been quite busy in the music space preparing for our upcoming programs. Below are the dates and times of each performance. The students are excited to share some of the songs and skills they have worked on over the course of the year. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

May 10th - Kindergarten and 1st Grades- 5:50 call for students (they will line up in the gym). The performance will begin at 6:00 Students should plan to wear picture-day best. Please no flip flops or heels.

 

May 17th - 4th and 5th grades- 6:15 call for students (they should line up in the gym). The performance begins at 6:30. Fourth graders should plan to wear jeans and a red, white, or blue top. Fifth graders should plan to wear jeans and a solid colored t-shirt (feel free to roll up the sleeves rock-and-roll style). Please no flip flops or heels. Thank you to all of our families for supporting the arts at Jackson! Your student is excited to share their performance with you!


 

Elijah’s Coffee and Jackson Student Artwork

Elijah’s Coffee is now hosting a display of Jackson student artwork.  Next time you stop to grab a coffee, take a look! Thank you to Mrs. Neigel for getting our wonderful artwork out into our community!

 

5th Grade Welcome Night at Bryan

On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting a Welcome Night for all incoming 6th grade parents. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.

 

6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)

6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library)

7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium

8:15-Conclusion of Program

 

Office Max Give Back to Schools Program

If you shop at Office Max, please let them know that you have a child at Jackson School. A portion of your purchase will come back to Jackson which we can use to purchase supplies for our classrooms.

 

Upcoming Jackson Events:

 

  • May 8: Incoming Kindergarten Welcome; 3:15-4:15pm

  • May 9: Student late arrival

  • May 10: Spring Sing for grades K and 1; 6:00-7:00pm

  • May 16: District CAT Informational meeting; 6pm

  • May 16: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm

  • May 17: Spring Sing for Grades 4 and 5; 6:30-7:30pm

  • May 21: Field Day for Students (during school day)

  • May 24: Last Day of Kindergarten

  • May 25: Last Day of School; dismissal at 11:15am

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 5/4/18




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Dear Jackson Families,

Spring is here! With only a few weeks of school left, we are hard at work!  Third graders are working on opinion writing, second graders are working on their portfolios, and everyone is striving to make the most of the rest of the 2017-2018 school year!

Our “Choose Kind” campaign continues and we are having an all school assembly on Friday May 4 to finish the year strong!    Please have you child wear his/her “Choose Kind” t-shirt on Friday, May 4.

Last Day of School

The last day of kindergarten is Thursday, May 24.  The last day of school for grades 1-5 is Friday, May 25 and is a half day for students.  Dismissal on May 25 will be at 11:15am.

Standards Based Reporting Presentation (PTA)

On Tuesday night, I presented some information related to the implementation of Standards Based Reporting next year.  All 205 elementary school will be implementing standards based reporting. You can view the presentation here.  There will be additional opportunities to learn more in the fall.

Information From Last Week:

Spring Sing Information
We have been quite busy in the music space preparing for our upcoming programs. Below are the dates and times of each performance. The students are excited to share some of the songs and skills they have worked on over the course of the year. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

May 3rd- 2nd and 3rd grades- 6:15 call for students (they should line up in the gym). The performance will begin at 6:30 Students should plan to wear picture-day best. Please no flip flops or heels.

May 10th - Kindergarten and 1st Grades- 5:50 call for students (they will line up in the gym). The performance will begin at 6:00Students should plan to wear picture-day best. Please no flip flops or heels.

May 17th - 4th and 5th grades- 6:15 call for students (they should line up in the gym). The performance begins at 6:30. Fourth graders should plan to wear jeans and a red, white, or blue top. Fifth graders should plan to wear jeans and a solid colored t-shirt (feel free to roll up the sleeves rock-and-roll style). Please no flip flops or heels. Thank you to all of our families for supporting the arts at Jackson! Your student is excited to share their performance with you!

Community Advisory Team

District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is working to create a Master Facility Plan that will well serve our community for many years to come. There will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company at the April 24 Board meeting which will incorporate the boundary report (presented on April 10) overlaid with findings from Focus 205.

The District will work with the Community Advisory Team (CAT) to create a presentation that will be shared with the public on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, at York High School

  • Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 PM at Churchville Middle School

  • Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9 PM at Bryan MS

  • Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 9 PM at Sandburg MS.

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

Elijah’s Coffee and Jackson Student Artwork

Elijah’s Coffee is now hosting a display of Jackson student artwork.  Next time you stop to grab a coffee, take a look! Thank you to Mrs. Neigel for getting our wonderful artwork out into our community!

5th Grade Welcome Night at Bryan

On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting a Welcome Night for all incoming 6th grade parents. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.

6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)

6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library)

7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium

8:15-Conclusion of Program

Office Max Give Back to Schools Program

If you shop at Office Max, please let them know that you have a child at Jackson School. A portion of your purchase will come back to Jackson which we can use to purchase supplies for our classrooms.

Upcoming Jackson Events:

  • May 3: Spring Sing for Grades 2 and 3; 6:30-7:30pm

  • May 8: Incoming Kindergarten Welcome; 3:15-4:15pm

  • May 9: Student late arrival

  • May 10: Spring Sing for grades K and 1; 6:00-7:00pm

  • May 16: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm

  • May 17: Spring Sing for Grades 4 and 5; 6:30-7:30pm

  • May 21: Field Day for Students (during school day)

  • May 24: Last Day of Kindergarten

  • May 25: Last Day of School; dismissal at 11:15am

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 4/27/18




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The final calendar of the 2017-18 school year was approved at the April 24 Board of Education meeting. Below is a list of last days and dismissal times. Both the calendar and last days are posted on the District website's calendar page. They are:

          May 24th:  Last day of school for Early Childhood students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for AM/PM kindergarten students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for high school students
          May 25th:  Last day of school for elementary school students (11:15 AM dismissal)
          May 25th:  Last day of school for middle school students (11:35 AM dismissal)

 

 

Calendario aprobado de fin de año
 

El calendario final del año escolar 2017-18 (final calendar of the 2017-18 school year) fue aprobado en la Reunión de la Junta del Consejo de Educación del 24 de Abril. A continuación se muestra una lista de los últimos días y los tiempos de salida. Tanto el calendario como los últimos días se publican en la página del calendario (calendar page) del sitio web del Distrito. Los días son:

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de preescolar.

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de Kinder AM/PM

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Preparatoria

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Primaria (Salida 11:15 AM)

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Secundaria (Salida 11:35 AM)

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/25/18




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Spring is finally here! It has been a great week at Jackson! Running club had sunshine and warmer temperatures, student council had a wonderful meeting about our Kindness Campaign, and instruction in the classrooms continue to engage our students. It is hard to believe that there are only 25 days of school left in the 2017-2018 school year!

As many of you may know, next school year, all elementary schools in D205 will be using Standards Based Reporting systems. I will be providing our first parent learning opportunity at Tuesday night’s PTA meeting. I hope to see you there!

Yearbooks
Yearbook flyers with ordering instructions went coming home in backpacks last week. Ordering is done online. If you have already ordered a yearbook, you do not need to take any further action.

Spring Sing Information
We have been quite busy in the music space preparing for our upcoming programs. Below are the dates and times of each performance. The students are excited to share some of the songs and skills they have worked on over the course of the year. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

May 3rd - 2nd and 3rd grades- 6:15 call for students (they should line up in the gym). The performance will begin at 6:30. Students should plan to wear picture-day best. Please no flip flops or heels.

May 10th - Kindergarten and 1st Grades- 5:50 call for students (they will line up in the gym). The performance will begin at 6:00 Students should plan to wear picture-day best. Please no flip flops or heels.

May 17th - 4th and 5th grades- 6:15 call for students (they should line up in the gym). The performance begins at 6:30. Fourth graders should plan to wear jeans and a red, white, or blue top. Fifth graders should plan to wear jeans and a solid colored t-shirt (feel free to roll up the sleeves rock-and-roll style). Please no flip flops or heels. Thank you to all of our families for supporting the arts at Jackson! Your student is excited to share their performance with you!

5th Grade Party
All 5th graders are invited to celebrate at Lazer X in Addison on Monday, May 21st from 4-7pm. The Invitation/Class T-shirt form with all of the info you need went home in the backpacks on Friday, April 6th. Class T-shirts are $8 (checks can be made out to Jackson PTA). Order forms with your Party RSVP are due back to school no later than Monday, April 23rd. Questions? Please contact Kim Peckkimfischerpeck@gmail.com or Jill Hayes jilljohnstonhayes@gmail.com

Community Advisory Team
District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is working to create a Master Facility Plan that will well serve our community for many years to come. There will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company at the April 24 Board meeting which will incorporate theboundary report (presented on April 10) overlaid with findings from Focus 205.

The District will work with the Community Advisory Team (CAT) to create a presentation that will be shared with the public on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, at York High School
  • Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 PM at Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9 PM at Bryan MS
  • Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 9 PM at Sandburg MS.

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

Information from Last Week:
Top Pizza - Taste of Elmhurst in York's Campbell Gym
The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26,from 5:30-8:00 PM in the York High School Green & White Gym (please note change of location). Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeos, Fratellos, Gullivers, Lou Malnatis, Mama Marias and Robertos. Newcomers include Aurelios and Rosatis.

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration.​​

Elijah’s Coffee and Jackson Student Artwork
Elijah’s Coffee is now hosting a display of Jackson student artwork. Next time you stop to grab a coffee, take a look! Thank you to Mrs. Neigel for getting our wonderful artwork out into our community!

Book Fair on April 26 at Celebration of Learning
On Thursday, April 26, we will host our Celebration of Learning, formerly BRAG night. Please come and see the work of your child and visit our book fair. The Celebration is from 5:30-7:00pm and the book fair will remain open until 7:30pm.

Kindergarten Welcome - May 8, 2018
On May 8, we will welcome our incoming kindergarten families for an informational session from 3:15-4:15pm. Our kindergarten teachers, PTA, and I will have information to share. Incoming kindergarten students are welcome to join us and will participate in activities in the kindergarten rooms while their parents have an opportunity to learn about our school, what to expect from the first weeks of kindergarten, and how to become involved in our school community. 

Standards Based Reporting - Parent Education at April 24 PTA Meeting
At our April 24 PTA meeting, I will providing parents with an introduction to Standards Based Reporting, which will be implemented at all district elementary schools next year. There will be additional learning opportunities for parents in the fall.

5th Grade Welcome Night at Bryan
On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting a Welcome Night for all parents of incoming 6th grade students. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.

6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)
6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library) 
7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium
8:15-Conclusion of Program

Office Depot/OfficeMax Give Back to Schools Program
If you shop at Office Depot/OfficeMax, please let them know that you have a child at Jackson School. A portion of your purchase will come back to Jackson which we can use to purchase supplies for our classrooms.

Upcoming Jackson Events:

  • April 24: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm
  • April 25: Student Late Arrival
  • April 26: Spring Celebration of Learning; 5:30-7:00pm
  • May 3: Spring Sing for Grades 2 and 3; 6:30-7:30pm
  • May 8: Incoming Kindergarten Welcome; 3:15-4:15pm
  • May 10: Spring Sing for grades K and 1; 6:00-7:00pm
  • May 16: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm
  • May 17: Spring Sing for Grades 4 and 5; 6:30-7:30pm

Sincerely,

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 4/20/18




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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program held Wednesday, April 18, at Sandburg Middle School in front of a packed house. Ken Bartels served as Master of Ceremonies. District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer and Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley welcomed the honorees and their families.

The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well–being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The 83 honorees ranged in age from elementary through high school. Nine groups and 18 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Anaszewiczand Alderman Marti Deuter.Speakers for the evening included Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients from Kartwheels for Kids, a group of five York High School students who have been volunteering and fundraising together since they were fifth graders.

Other Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients included an elementary group known as the Sweet Treats and the following individuals: from Churchville Middle School – Jackie Cimino and Cayliann Gillie and from York High School – Sean Hayes, Dani Kolosiekeand Samantha Uditsky.

The program will air on Uverse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 6 next month and will also be available for viewing at www.ElmhurstTV.com. The program is linked below.

Youth Commissioners include: Jackie Tamer (Chair), Kim Brigman, Jan DeCoursey, Sharon Karpiel, Marisa Mancini, Patricia McKernan, Bob Rasho, Derek Schlager, Mark Soehn, Ann Zimmer, Dan Corrigan, Nick Waldenmeyer, Melea Smith and Alderman Dannee Polomsky.

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Kartwheels for Kids


Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Sweet Treats

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/19/18




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On Tuesday, April 24, at the D205 Board of Education meeting, there will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company, which will highlight various facility options, overlaid with findings from Focus 205. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York. All community members are welcomed to attend. As a reminder, the new boundary report was presented by Cropper GIS at the April 10 meeting. To view other related presentations delivered to the Board over the last few months, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/masterfacilityplan.

There will be multiple opportunities to participate in Future Focused community meetings during the Master Facility Plan process. Please make an effort to attend one of these meetings so you are informed about proposed changes that may affect you.

  • Saturday, May 12, 9:30 – 11:30 am, York High School
  • Monday, May 14, 7 – 9 pm, Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 pm, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 pm, Sandburg Middle School 

Your feedback and participation throughout this entire process is important. Come join the conversation!
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/18/18




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It has been another great week at Jackson school.  Teachers have been taking advantage of the spring weather by having students participate in readers’ workshop and other class activities outdoors!  I hope to see many of you at Spring Fling tomorrow from 2:00-4:00pm.

 

Community Advisory Team

District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is working to create a Master Facility Plan that will well serve our community for many years to come. There will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company at the April 24 Board meeting which will incorporate the boundary report (presented on April 10) overlaid with findings from Focus 205.

The District will work with the Community Advisory Team (CAT) to create a presentation that will be shared with the public on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, at York High School

  • Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 PM at Churchville Middle School

  • Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9 PM at Bryan MS

  • Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 9 PM at Sandburg MS.

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

 

Top Pizza - Taste of Elmhurst in York's Campbell Gym

The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM in the York High School Green  & White Gym (please note change of location). Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeos, Fratellos, Gullivers, Lou Malnatis, Mama Marias and Robertos. Newcomers include Aurelios and Rosatis.

 

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration.​​

 

Elijah’s Coffee and Jackson Student Artwork

Elijah’s Coffee is now hosting a display of Jackson student artwork.  Next time you stop to grab a coffee, take a look! Thank you to Mrs. Neigel for getting our wonderful artwork out into our community!

 

Book Fair on April 26 at Celebration of Learning

On Thursday, April 26, we will host our Celebration of Learning, formerly BRAG night.  Please come and see the work of your child and visit our book fair. The Celebration is from 5:30-7:00pm and the book fair will remain open until 7:30pm.

 

Kindergarten Welcome- May 8, 2018

On May 8, we will welcome our incoming kindergarten families for an informational session from 3:15-4:15pm.  Our kindergarten teachers, PTA, and I will have information to share. Incoming kindergarten students are welcome to join us and will participate in activities in the kindergarten rooms while their parents have an opportunity to learn about our school, what to expect from the first weeks of kindergarten, and how to become involved in our school community.  

 

Information from Last Week:

Robert Crown 5th Grade Parent Information Night

A letter went home to all fifth grade parents last week regarding our Robert Crown presentation.  Our fifth graders will participate in this program on April 26. The district parent information night will be on April 17, 2018 at the District Office, 7pm.

 

Standards Based Reporting- Parent Education at April 24 PTA meeting

At our April 24 PTA meeting, I will providing parents with an introduction to Standards Based Reporting, which will be implemented at all district elementary schools next year.  There will be additional learning opportunities for parents in the fall.

 

5th Grade Welcome Night at Bryan

On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting a Welcome Night for all incoming 6th grade parents. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.

 

6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)

6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library)

7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium

8:15-Conclusion of Program

 

Office Max Give Back to Schools Program

If you shop at Office Max, please let them know that you have a child at Jackson School. A portion of your purchase will come back to Jackson which we can use to purchase supplies for our classrooms.

 

THINKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR ALREADY?

While we cannot accommodate parent requests for particular teachers, we do value your input and hope that you will share any concerns about friendship issues and learning needs. We spend a great deal of time and effort making class placements each year, and try our best to consider each child’s needs. If you would like to share input with me, please do so before April 15. Thank you!

 

Upcoming Jackson Events:

 

  • April 24: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm

  • April 25: Student Late Arrival

  • April 26: Spring Celebration of Learning; 5:30-7:00pm

  • May 3: Spring Sing for Grades 2 and 3; 6:30-7:30pm

  • May 10: Spring Sing for grades K and 1; 6:00-7:00pm

  • May 16: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm

  • May 17: Spring Sing for Grades 4 and 5; 6:30-7:30pm

 

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 4/13/18




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At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the Board heard from three teachers and an instructional coach about how the infusion of technology via the District’s Mobile Learning Implementation has dramatically changed student engagement in their classrooms. They also provided teacher feedback samples on the topics of creativity, student-to-device ratios and device types.

A video created by the Communications Office demonstrated these new and exciting modes of learning and teaching. Assistant Superintendent of Innovation & Growth Dr. Mark Cohen noted that “these skills fit our concept of being future ready and future focused, allowing for collaboration in the digital space beyond the walls of the classroom.”

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/18




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I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break!  I wish we came back to spring weather, but it has been quite cold outside.  Please review the weather and encourage your child to dress appropriately for recess! Please review this week’s newsletter carefully as there is some new and important information.  

 

Robert Crown 5th Grade Parent Information Night

A letter went home to all fifth grade parents on Monday regarding our Robert Crown presentation.  Our fifth graders will participate in this program on April 26. The district parent information night will be on April 17, 2018 at the District Office, 7pm.

 

Square 1 Art Orders are Coming Home Soon!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Square 1 Art fundraiser! By preserving your child’s art on memorable keepsakes, you have helped contribute to both the school and your child’s self-esteem. Thanks for your support! And throughout the year, if you need to order more keepsakes — for special occasion holidays or those hard-to-buy-for family members — simply go to square1art.com/shop, enter the art access code from your catalog, and select the art and item wanted. Our school will benefit financially from orders all year long! Thanks again!

 

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​Top Pizza ​T​aste of Elmhurst

The tradition continues with this year’s seventh​ annual Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst ​on ​April 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. ​in​ the York High School Commons. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating ​again ​this year include​:​ Bacci, DiLeos, Fratellos, Gullivers, Lou Malnatis, Mama Marias and Robertos. Newcomers ​are Aurelios and Rosatis.

 

This is a great ​community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those students and families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for ​our EC​-12 schools. For more information and to purchase ​your ​entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line, visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza​.​

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Standards Based Reporting- Parent Education at April 24 PTA meeting

At our April 24 PTA meeting, I will providing parents with an introduction to Standards Based Reporting, which will be implemented at all district elementary schools next year.  There will be additional learning opportunities for parents in the fall.

 

5th Grade Welcome Night at Bryan

On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting a Welcome Night for all incoming 6th grade parents. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.

 

6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)

6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library)

7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium

8:15-Conclusion of Program

 

We look forward to seeing you in May!

 

Jump Rope for Heart Wrap-up

Jackson School ended its Jump Rope for Heart campaign with an annual Jump Day on March 22, 2018. Students, teachers and parents all joined together to celebrate the end of another successful "heart month".   The sounds of music, laughter and the rhythm of jump ropes resounded through the halls as students had one last day to show off or advance their jump rope skills! As you know, Jump Rope for Heart is more than just a fundraiser. It is a platform that brings an exciting way for kids to improve their cardiovascular endurance and coordination while also having discussions regarding heart health. We asked our students to become ambassadors for the American Heart Association by sending out emails with lifesaving information to family and friends.  Jackson School sent over 1000 emails this year! Subsequently, we raised over $12,000 – a record for Jackson School! The success of our event helped the AHA further their efforts in the fight against heart disease and stroke. I want to thank all of our Jackson families for supporting the American Heart Association. Whether it was by making a donation, encouraging your kids to talk with you about heart health, or joining us on "Jump Day" ... each one of you made a difference!!!! -Tammy Henderson, PE Teacher

 

Spring Celebration of Learning (formerly known as BRAG Night

Our Celebration of Learning will take place on April 26 at 5:30-7:00pm.  This will be an open format for you to visit classrooms. There will also be a small book fair in the MPR.

 

April PTA Meeting Date Change

The April PTA meeting was scheduled for April 18.  This date has changed to April 24, 2018 at 7pm

 

Information From Last Week:

Office Max Give Back to Schools Program

If you shop at Office Max, please let them know that you have a child at Jackson School. A portion of your purchase will come back to Jackson which we can use to purchase supplies for our classrooms.

 

School Improvement Plan

Our School Improvement Plan drives the work of our school.  This year, we have three goals: teacher collaboration, student engagement, and differentiated instruction.  We have added some activities and work to our School Improvement Plan.  

 

Safety and Security

During morning arrival, if students arrive after 8:15, all entrances will be locked and adults will no longer be supervising the doors.  If your child arrives to school at 8:15am or after, they will need to go to the main entrance.  When parents visit during the school day, please enter through the main entrance. Staff and students are explicitly directed NOT to open any entrance for visitors.  When entering, you will be asked provide your state issued ID and we will print you a visitor pass.

 

Eureka Math Presentation

Thank you to all the parents that attended our presentation from Dave Beedy, Director of STEM for D205 on March 8, 2018.  You can access his presentation here. You can visit the district parent math website for additional information here.  


 

THINKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR ALREADY?

While we cannot accommodate parent requests for particular teachers, we do value your input and hope that you will share any concerns about friendship issues and learning needs. We spend a great deal of time and effort making class placements each year, and try our best to consider each child’s needs. If you would like to share input with me, please do so before April 15. Thank you!


 

Upcoming Jackson Events:

 

  • April 11: Student Late Arrival

  • April 14: Spring Fling; 2:00-4:00pm

  • April 24: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm

  • April 25: Student Late Arrival

  • April 26: Spring Celebration of Learning; 5:30-7:00pm

  • May 3: Spring Sing for Grades 2 and 3; 6:30-7:30pm

  • May 10: Spring Sing for grades K and 1; 6:00-7:00pm

  • May 16: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm

  • May 17: Spring Sing for Grades 4 and 5; 6:30-7:30pm

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 4/6/18




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The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM in the York High Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeo, Fratello, Gulliver, Lou Malnati, Mama Maria and Roberto's. Newcomers include Aurelio's and Rosati's.

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration.

Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our  EC-12 schools. For more information and to purchase entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line, click HERE.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/6/18




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Spring Break is here!  This week, school was full of energy and students are excited of a week off.  When we return from spring break, there are eight weeks of school left. We will be making the most of those eight weeks to continue academic progress and our work on our Kindness Campaign.

 

PARCC Testing- After Spring Break

Headphones are needed for all third, fourth, and fifth graders for PARCC testing.  If your child doesn’t have a pair at school, please bring them in the next week. If you aren’t sure if your child has headphones at school, please contact the teacher.  

 

We will begin PARCC testing on April 3 and all 3-5 graders will test each day through April 9, 2018.  Your child’s teacher will send specific testing dates home. If you have concerns regarding your child’s participation in the assessment, please email me directly at ctrendel@elmhurst205.org by March 23, 2018.

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is full of boots, winter coats, lunch boxes and more. All items will be donated to the Clothing Closet in Elmhurst after spring break. If you think your child may have left something at school, please have him/her check the lost and found the first few days after break.

 

Office Max Give Back to Schools Program

If you shop at Office Max, please let them know that you have a child at Jackson School. A portion of your purchase will come back to Jackson which we can use to purchase supplies for our classrooms.

 

Information From Last Week:

School Improvement Plan

Our School Improvement Plan drives the work of our school.  This year, we have three goals: teacher collaboration, student engagement, and differentiated instruction.  We have added some activities and work to our School Improvement Plan.  

 

Safety and Security

During morning arrival, if students arrive after 8:15, all entrances will be locked and adults will no longer be supervising the doors.  If your child arrives to school at 8:15am or after, they will need to go to the main entrance.  When parents visit during the school day, please enter through the main entrance. Staff and students are explicitly directed NOT to open any entrance for visitors.  When entering, you will be asked provide your state issued ID and we will print you a visitor pass.

 

Eureka Math Presentation

Thank you to all the parents that attended our presentation from Dave Beedy, Director of STEM for D205 on March 8, 2018.  You can access his presentation here. You can visit the district parent math website for additional information here.  


 

THINKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR ALREADY?

While we cannot accommodate parent requests for particular teachers, we do value your input and hope that you will share any concerns about friendship issues and learning needs. We spend a great deal of time and effort making class placements each year, and try our best to consider each child’s needs. If you would like to share input with me, please do so before April 15. Thank you!


 

Upcoming Jackson Events:

 

  • March 26-30: No School; Spring Break

  • April 11: Student Late Arrival

  • April 14: Spring Fling; 2:00-4:00pm

  • April 18: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm

  • April 26: Spring Celebration of Learning; 6:00-7:30pm

  • May 3: Spring Sing for Grades 2 and 3; 6:30-7:30pm

  • May 10: Spring Sing for grades K and 1; 6:00-7:00pm

  • May 16: PTA Meeting; 7:00pm

  • May 17: Spring Sing for Grades 4 and 5; 6:30-7:30pm

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 3/23/18




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Good Afternoon -

As most of you know, there was an increased police presence at York High School today, March 22, to ensure the safety of our students and staff in light of what the police have called "a suspicious threat" which they received. Classes at York proceeded smoothly today, and there were no incidents of any kind. There have been no reports that suggest a reason to be concerned at any of our other schools. I have been in contact with the Chief of Police throughout the day as we have been monitoring the situation.

School will be in session tomorrow, March 23, and it will be treated as a normal school day. There will continue to be a heightened police presence at York and additional security measures will be in place. Please be advised that all York students should be prepared to show their IDs when they enter the building tomorrow.

I would like to thank all of you who have expressed concern and support in this difficult time. Rest assured that if we believed students and staff were in imminent danger, we would not be holding school tomorrow. Whether or not you decide to keep your child(ren) home from school on Friday - or any other day - is a family decision.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/22/18




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What you have been waiting for is almost here! The York ECO Club book sale starts Tuesday, April 3rd at 6PM in the York High School Commons. The sale will be open the rest of the week before school and during every lunch period. There are hundreds of boxes of books for you to choose from. Hardcover books are $1 each and paperback books are 50 cents each. Be sure to shop early, because there are many treasures to be found!

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/20/18




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The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament was held at York High School on March 7, 2018. This year’s contest attracted 262 pre-registered players and meant another record turnout, with 242 sign-ins to compete.

Again this year, members of the York Chess Team assisted on the tournament floor. Organizers Chris and Debbie Khayat thank all of the parent volunteers, the judges (who do not have students in our community), food support team, technical support team, teachers and parents who supported these school clubs with their time.

Ranking in top positions for 2018 were:

2nd Grade:

1st Place: Emmett Carroll, Visitation
2nd Place: Sarah Abraham, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Merritt Stolzenbach, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Samuel Scarlett, Immanuel Lutheran

3rd Grade:

1st Place: Nicholas Stangarone, Visitation
2nd Place: Gage Jacobs, Edison Elementary
3rd Place: Ben Ellens, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Anthony Carroccio, Visitation

4th Grade:

1st Place: Lukas Alexander, Lincoln Elementary
2nd Place: Hunter Sepanich, Jackson Elementary
3rd Place: Kevin Wheeler, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Daniel Davies, Edison Elementary

5th Grade:

1st Place (tied): Brendan Carroll, Visitation
1st Place (tied): Grant Huckabee, Jefferson Elementary
2nd Place: Nathan Arcos, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Patrick McGrail, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Jake Wede, Visitation

Middle School:

1st Place: Elliot Mathew, Timothy Christian, 6th Grade 
2nd Place: John Dietz, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade 
3rd Place: Trent Parker, Bryan Middle School, 6th Grade
4th Place: Zack Fidrocki, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/18




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The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th - 8th grade band and orchestra students and all current 6th - 8th grade choir students to continue practicing in an ensemble during the summer. Consistent, regular practice during the summer helps students to retain and reinforce concepts and skills that they have learned during the school year and helps them continue to learn and grow as young musicians.

  • Summer Band and Orchestra for current elementary students will run June 4 through June 29 at Sandburg Middle School. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday mornings. Each rehearsal is one hour. The final performances will be on Friday morning, June 29 at Sandburg Middle School.
  • Summer Band, Orchestra, and Choir for current middle school students will run June 4 – July 6 at York High School from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Band and Orchestra rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Choir rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. There will be no rehearsals on July 3rd and 4th. The final performance will be on Friday, July 6 at York High School.
  • The registration fee for all levels is $92.00. The fee includes a Summer Music Program T shirt.
  • Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band at no additional cost.
  • Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost.

The Dist. 205 Summer Music Program welcomes students who will be on vacation for some rehearsals and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend as often as they can! Students who practice during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band, orchestra, and choir. We strongly encourage your child to participate as much as they are able!

Please see the attached summer music program description for more detailed course information, rehearsal times, and registration options. If you have questions, please contact Brian Berg (bberg@elmhurst205.org) or your child's band or orchestra director.

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program will open on Monday, March 19, 2018. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore at this link. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/18




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It is hard to believe that spring break is around the corner!  We have some amazing things happening at school. Our teachers are trying new instructional strategies from their recent professional learning: students are posing questions, inquiry is driving learning, and students are engaged in reflection. Spring is in the air and we couldn’t be more excited!

 

PARCC Testing

Headphones are needed for all third, fourth, and fifth graders for PARCC testing.  If your child doesn’t have a pair at school, please bring them in the next week. If you aren’t sure if your child has headphones at school, please contact the teacher.  We will begin testing on April 3 and test each day through April 9, 2018.

Your child’s teacher will send specific testing dates home.  If you have concerns regarding your child’s participation in the assessment, please email me directly at ctrendel@elmhurst205.org by March 23, 2018.

 

School Improvement Plan

Our School Improvement Plan drives the work of our school.  This year, we have three goals: teacher collaboration, student engagement, and differentiated instruction.  We have added some activities and work to our School Improvement Plan.  

 

Square 1 Art

Coming home this week should be your child’s personalized Square 1 Art order form and stickers. I hope you are as excited about your child’s artwork as much as they are!  It’s time to order your child’s keepsake art. The order deadline is next week, Thursday, March 22nd.  Act now to receive *free shipping, which is only available during the fundraiser sale.

 

Three Easy Ways to Order:

  1. Online: www.Square1Art.com/Shop

  2. Phone: 888-332-3294

  3. Paper Order Form on the back of your child’s custom catalog.  Please turn in the completed order form to the Jackson front office. Cash or check accepted.  Please make checks payable to: Jackson PTA.  

Remember, your child’s access code is located on their catalog.  *All orders ship to the school.

Together, we can help support the school, build your child’s self-esteem and create lasting keepsakes from your child’s artistic achievements.

 

PTA Meeting Thursday, March 22

Our daytime PTA meeting is Thursday, March 22 at 2pm in the library.   Please join us!

 

Information From Last Week:

Safety and Security

During morning arrival, if students arrive after 8:15, all entrances will be locked and adults will no longer be supervising the doors.  If your child arrives to school at 8:15am or after, they will need to go to the main entrance.  When parents visit during the school day, please enter through the main entrance. Staff and students are explicitly directed NOT to open any entrance for visitors.  When entering, you will be asked provide your state issued ID and we will print you a visitor pass.

 

Eureka Math Presentation

Thank you to all the parents that attended our presentation from Dave Beedy, Director of STEM for D205 on March 8, 2018.  You can access his presentation here. You can visit the district parent math website for additional information here.  


 

THINKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR ALREADY?

While we cannot accommodate parent requests for particular teachers, we do value your input and hope that you will share any concerns about friendship issues and learning needs. We spend a great deal of time and effort making class placements each year, and try our best to consider each child’s needs. If you would like to share input with me, please do so before April 15. Thank you!


 

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is once again overflowing.  There are brand new boots, coats, snow pants and more. If your child is missing something, have him/her check in the lost and found located in the front foyer. All items not claimed before Spring Break will be donated to the Clothing Closet in Elmhurst.

 

Upcoming Jackson Events:

 

  • March 22: PTA Meeting; 2:00pm

  • March 26-30: No School; Spring Break

  • April 11: Student Late Arrival

  • April 14: Spring Fling; 2:00-4:00pm

  • April 26: Spring Celebration of Learning

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 3/16/18




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Members of the District 205 Community Advisory Team (CAT) have been chosen and notified. With more than 125 applicants for a 30-member committee, the selection process was extremely difficult. We are grateful that so many residents are willing to help D205 in this important work!

A rubric was used to make sure that every school was represented, along with as many stakeholder groups as possible. The number of members was expanded from 25 to 33. We will be seeking to engage the remaining 93 applicants in other meaningful ways as the journey continues.

CAT members will be asked to:

  • Ensure that messages and materials related to the MFP are clear and easy-to-understand
  • Help anticipate and provide representative community questions and concerns
  • Offer suggestions to make sure the District is using every opportunity to reach stakeholders

While the CAT will assist the D205 administration with crafting clear communications for the community, it will not make decisions regarding the draft plan, as all community feedback will carry equal value and weight. The District plans to offer many opportunities for parents, staff and the community to weigh in on the Master Facility Plan.

The first CAT planning meeting will be on Monday, March 19. Please note that this is not a public meeting.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/16/18




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What is a PLC? In District 205, PLCs play an important role in promoting student growth and building the capacity of our teachers. But what is a PLC and what is its function?

PLC stands for Professional Learning Community. PLCs are designed to ensure high levels of teacher collaboration focused on student learning. They can take many forms. Examples include ensuring that teachers of the same grade level or subject area, as well as instructional coaches, special education teachers and support staff, have time to analyze assessment data, share best practices for success, and plan for future learning.

PLC groups meeting during student late arrival days, institute days and also during the school day at various times throughout the week.

Watch the video below, and let our teachers show you how PLCs are utilized in D205 schools. 

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/12/18




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The weeks are going by so quickly, and I can hardly believe it is March!  With a continued focus on kindness, I challenge you to do an activity as a family that spreads kindness to others!  Please post and share on social media using #findKINDatJackson.  Also, I hope to see many parents at Thursday night’s “Treats with Mrs. Trendel” to discuss safety and security and Eureka math.  We will begin in the library at 6:30pm.

 

Choose Kind

This month, we will be wearing our Choose Kind shirts on Mondays.  Please encourage your child to wear their shirt!  We will also be spreading Kindness during lunch times with “Smile Files.” Classrooms and students can earn a positive referral for their “Smile File”.  Each Friday,  I will read some “Smile File” celebrations over the morning announcements.  

 

THINKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR ALREADY?

While we cannot accommodate parent requests for particular teachers, we do value your input and hope that you will share any concerns about friendship issues and learning needs. We spend a great deal of time and effort making class placements each year, and try our best to consider each child’s needs. If you would like to share input with me, please do so before April 15. Thank you!

 

ECO Club Update

Everyone has done such an amazing job collecting plastic bottle caps and lids that we have already reached our goal. Eco Club has more than enough for our bench and will be wrapping up collections next week. If you have any caps collecting at home, please bring them in by March 7. Thank you!!

 

Dismissal

There is no parking .  There will be patrol cars ticketing people.  Please follow posted signs.

 

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is once again overflowing.  There are brand new boots, coats, snow pants and more. If your child is missing something, have him/her check in the lost and found located in the front foyer. All items not claimed before Spring Break will be donated to the Clothing Closet in Elmhurst.

 

PARCC Testing

For students in grades 3-5, PARCC testing will begin April 3.  Your child’s teacher will send specific testing dates home.  If you have concerns regarding testing, please email me directly at ctrendel@elmhurst205.org.


 

Information from last week:

 

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART 2018     (Grades 2nd -5th Grade)

Jackson School is excited to bring Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) back to our building! It may look a little different than it has in the past. JRFH has become a platform to build enthusiasm and excitement around staying fit and helping others. It culminates with a “JUMP DAY” on March 22. As part of Jackson School’s annual event, our students will be acting as ambassadors for The American Heart Association. With your permission, students are asked to send emails to adult family & friends. The emails will provide education about heart disease & stroke prevention. The emails will also allow the recipients to make a donation, but this is strictly voluntary – the goal is to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke risk (and prevention) in our families and community.  Please help your child send these emails through the AHA kid safe website to adult family, friends, and anyone who could benefit from this life saving information.  

 

Our goal for Jackson is to send out 1,500 emails as a school. Please help us achieve this goal!  If we attain this team goal, every student will receive a special Jump Rope for Heart t-shirt!  Here is information about the Jackson JRFH program.  You may also like to read the American Heart Association Mission as well!  All Information has been sent home with students this past week.

 

During “JUMP DAY” on March 22 we need many parent volunteers to help the stations run smoothly. Please consider spending 75 minutes of your day with us! For safety reasons only Jackson students and adult volunteers will be allowed at the event.  If you are able to volunteer, please sign up below. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F094DADAF2BA1FD0-jump

 

Thank you in advance for your support! Mrs. Henderson (PE teacher) and Chrissy Carlson (parent volunteer)

 

Square 1 Art

We are excited to announce that Jackson Elementary has again partnered with Square 1 Art to create a unique opportunity to celebrate your child’s artistic accomplishments while raising funds for the school. Your child has been very busy in art class working on a special one-of-a-kind masterpiece that Square 1 Art will take and make it into fun products for you to purchase such as magnets, t-shirts, mouse pads, ornaments, note cards and much more!  These type of products make perfect memorable keepsakes for family members and friends, especially for mom and dad as a gift on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!  Watch for more details about the campaign and order deadlines.  View more information here.


 

Upcoming Jackson Events:

  • March 8: Treats with Mrs. Trendel, 6:30 pm

  • March 9: SPR’s go home

  • March 14: Student Late Arrival

  • March 22: PTA Meeting; 2:00pm

  • March 26-30: No School; Spring Break

  • April 11: Student Late Arrival

  • April 14: Spring Fling; 2:00-4:00pm

  • April 26: Spring Celebration of Learning

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Published: 3/2/18




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, February 28. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community. In addition, Friday, March 2 will be a Teacher Institute Day with no school for students.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 will be as follows:

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

 

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above-listed start times. The 2017-18 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/27/18




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As we continue our Choose Kind Campaign, students will continue to engage in activities with their buddy classes.  We will also celebrate “March Kindness Mondays” with students wearing their Choose Kind t-shirts on Monday.   Thank you for your participation in this campaign.  Please discuss kindness at home and the impact your child can have on someone’s day just by showing kindness.

 

Treats with Mrs. Trendel

I would like to invite you to our next “Treats with Mrs. Trendel” on the evening of Thursday, March 8 at 6:30pm in the library.  Topics will include school safety and security and Dave Beedy, Director of STEM will be here to talk more about Eureka math. Please consider joining me!

 

Influenza

Over the past few days, we have been notified of several students who have tested positive for the influenza virus.  If your child becomes ill and you take him/her to the doctor, we ask that you please notify the school health office by phone, at (630) 834-4544.  It is very helpful to know if a specific diagnosis has been given, and may help in keeping the spread of the flu to a minimum.  We are also taking extra precautions to clean and sanitize our classrooms to minimize spreading.  

 

PARCC Testing

For students in grades 3-5, PARCC testing will begin April 3.  Your child’s teacher will send specific testing dates home.  If you choose to opt your child out of testing, information on that process will be coming out soon.
 

School Drop off and Pick-up Procedures

For the safety of students, there is NO IDLING and NO CELL PHONE use allowed in school zones.  If you get to pick-up early in our parking lot OR on Mitchell Avenue, you may not idle your car.  Please follow posted signage.

 

Research Grant Participation

Our school is participating in a national professional development process concerning principal use of time.  As a principal, I try to make working with teachers to improve their practice and time with students and to improve their learning, my priority.  

Management duties, however, often get in the way. I am starting the SAM process so I can increase my time with students and teachers.

A data collector will be shadowing me the week of February 20, 2018. Every five minute my "shadow" will take data on what I am doing. The data collector can't talk to me, or anyone else. The data collector will carry a clipboard with a stopwatch and will try to be as "invisible" as possible and not disrupt our work.

I will receive the results of the data collection the following week and will work to increase the percentage of time I spend on instructional tasks.

Please make every effort to interact with me as you do every other day during data collection.

PS:  You can learn more about the SAM process at www.SamsConnect.com


 

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART 2018     (Grades 2nd -5th Grade)

Jackson School is excited to bring Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) back to our building! It may look a little different than it has in the past. JRFH has become a platform to build enthusiasm and excitement around staying fit and helping others. It culminates with a “JUMP DAY” on March 22. As part of Jackson School’s annual event, our students will be acting as ambassadors for The American Heart Association. With your permission, students are asked to send emails to adult family & friends. The emails will provide education about heart disease & stroke prevention. The emails will also allow the recipients to make a donation, but this is strictly voluntary – the goal is to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke risk (and prevention) in our families and community.  Please help your child send these emails through the AHA kid safe website to adult family, friends, and anyone who could benefit from this life saving information.  

Our goal for Jackson is to send out 1,500 emails as a school. Please help us achieve this goal!  If we attain this team goal, every student will receive a special Jump Rope for Heart t-shirt!  Here is information about the Jackson JRFH program.  You may also like to read the American Heart Association Mission as well!  All Information has been sent home with students this past week.

 

During “JUMP DAY” on March 22 we need many parent volunteers to help the stations run smoothly. Please consider spending 75 minutes of your day with us! For safety reasons only Jackson students and adult volunteers will be allowed at the event.  If you are able to volunteer, please sign up below. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F094DADAF2BA1FD0-jump

 

Thank you in advance for your support! Mrs. Henderson (PE teacher) and Chrissy Carlson (parent volunteer)

 

REACH Identification/Appeal Process
Families of students currently in Grades 2 and 5 who are newly identified for REACH, the District’s gifted program, will receive an email notification from District 205 on Thursday, March 1. Services will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. REACH identification information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/REACH_ID.

Parents, teachers and administrators may appeal REACH placement for students currently in grades 3-7. The Application for Appeal is open between February 1 and March 15, and for which additional testing is required. The application and additional information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/Appeal.

 

Square 1 Art

We are excited to announce that Jackson Elementary has again partnered with Square 1 Art to create a unique opportunity to celebrate your child’s artistic accomplishments while raising funds for the school. Your child has been very busy in art class working on a special one-of-a-kind masterpiece that Square 1 Art will take and make it into fun products for you to purchase such as magnets, t-shirts, mouse pads, ornaments, note cards and much more!  These type of products make perfect memorable keepsakes for family members and friends, especially for mom and dad as a gift on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!  Watch for more details about the campaign and order deadlines.  View more information here.

 

Upcoming Jackson Events:

  • February 28: Student Late Arrival

  • March 1: Science Olympiad; 6:30pm

  • March 2: Institute Day, No school

  • March 14: Student Late Arrival

  • March 22: PTA Meeting; 2pm

  • March 26-30: No School; Spring Break

  • April 11: Student Late Arrival

  • April 14: Spring Fling; 2:00-4:00pm

  • April 26: Spring Celebration of Learning

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 2/23/18




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The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be applicable to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. The deadline for registering is March 1. Parents who are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner for the Dual Language magnet program should click on the link below to complete the application form:

Dual Language Program Application 2018-2019


Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program.

La mesa directiva del distrito Elmhurst 205 ha aprobado el programa de lenguaje dual en la escuela Conrad Fischer por el año 2018-2019. El programa es para los niños que comienza de Kinder. Haz clic por detalles sobre el programa de lenguaje dual.


Si está interesado en el programa de lenguaje dual para su hijo(a), haz clic debajo para completar la forma apropiada:

Solicitud para el programa de lenguaje dual 2018-19

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/14/18




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Please know that Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed or there is a late start called. In general (excluding other emergency situations), if there is NO announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ElmhurstD205; the D205 Twitter account - www.twitter.com/ElmhurstD205. If your phone number has recently changed, please contact your child(ren)’s school so that they can update that information in PowerSchool.

Additionally, you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - www.emergencyclosings.com (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, that decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.


When District 205 determines that weather conditions or an emergency situation warrant an Emergency Late Start Schedule, families will be notified in the same manner they would be notified in the event of a school closing. Each family will receive a phone, email or text notice (if you've opted in) from our rapid notification system. More information about the Emergency Late Start Schedule is available online.

On Emergency Late Start days, parents and staff are encouraged to monitor the District’s website for updates on the status of after-school activities. Information about York athletics would be posted on the York School webpage in the afternoon.

If an Emergency Late Start schedule is activated:

  • Classes will begin using the standard Student Late Arrival schedule
  • Buses will operate using the standard Student Late Arrival pick-up and drop-off times.
  • Parent should use the standard Student Late Arrival schedule for drop-off - 20 minutes prior to the start times below.

Emergency Late Start schedules are as follows (same as standard Student Late Arrival schedule):


Kindergarten and Early Childhood

AM Kindergarten and AM Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten and PM Early Childhood Classes - 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
All Day Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM


Elementary Schools

Grades 1 to 5 - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM


Middle Schools

Grades 6 to 8 - 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM


High School

Grades 9 to 12 - 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM After school activities and athletics could remain as scheduled, weather permitting. 


Out-of-District Programs

If out-of-district programs are in session, transportation will proceed as normal.\


Before/After School RecStation

The AM RecStation program will not be offered on late start days. The PM (after-school) RecStation hours will remain as scheduled on late start days.


Before School Programs

All before-school programs, including but not limited to, orchestra, band, choir, clubs, athletic practices or student activities will be cancelled on late start days.


Field Trips

Any field trip scheduled on the day of a late start will be cancelled as would be the procedure on days when school is cancelled for emergency reasons.


Technology Center of DuPage (TCD)

Due to the modified schedule, only PM TCD students will attend TCD.


Este es un recordatorio que la información de Inicio Tardío relacionada con emergencias (que sigue el horario habitual de llegadas tardías de los estudiantes) está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito 205 en Recursos -> Enlaces Rápidos -> Cierres de emergencia. También se publicará información más detallada en el sitio web del distrito y el sitio web de las escuelas afectadas. Aquí puede encontrar documentos en español acerca de los cierres de emergencia.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/8/18




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The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school. Last year, over 250 students participated in the tournament.

All students who attend school in Elmhurst – public or private – are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category receive ribbons; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

The annual Student Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1st. Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slip and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or khayats@yahoo.com

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/18




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Parents of fifth grade students receiving special education services are invited to attend one of two meetings to answer any questions you may have as your child moves to middle school. The purpose of this meeting is to provide parents details on how special education services are implemented in the middle school setting. Answers to commonly asked questions about a "day in the life of a middle school student" will also be discussed. 

Each meeting will present the same information. The first meeting was held on February 8. The second meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, from 6-7 PM at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St.

Slides from the presentation are linked below.
 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/18




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Enrollment for 2018-19 incoming kindergartners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 7, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, enrollment will only be offered at Conrad Fischer School (for Fischer students) and at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York (serving all District 205 elementary schools).

If you are enrolling your child in Kindergarten, please consider participating in our Dual Language program for 2018-19, which will be located at Conrad Fischer School. For more information, contact District 205 English Language Coordinator Ariana Leonard at aleonard@elmhurst205.org.

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.

For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-834-4530 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/5/18




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Thank you to all who attended the February 1 evening information meetings at our three middle schools. If you were unable to attend, you may access recordings of the two Sandburg Middle School meetings at this link. As promised, links to the course selection forms are as follows:

Course selections for 7th and 8th grade are due Tuesday, February 13th. Course selections for 6th grade are due Friday, February 16.

If you have questions about course availability and/or course options for students, you may contact your middle school counselors, principal or Dr. Mary Henderson (mhenderson@elmhurst205.org) and Dr. Mark Cohen (mcohen@elmhurst205.org) of the Learning & Teaching Department.

Al final de este correo electrónico encontrará un enlace con los cursos de elección para la selección de los cursos de sus estudiantes del año escolar 2018-19.


Si no pudieron asistir a la presentación el 1 de febrero, pero le gustaría ver el video de las reuniones, por favor utilice este Enlace.

Una presentación realizada en google también se adjunta a este correo electrónico. Aunque hay cierto grado de personalización en cada escuela, los contenidos relacionados con lo académico y las opciones de elección es el mismo para las tres escuelas.

Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de los cursos de selección para su estudiante, por favor, póngase en contacto con el consejero/a de su escuela secundaria.

 

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 6

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 7

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 8

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/2/18




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Plan to attend the 17th annual Summer Recreation Open House, sponsored by the Elmhurst District 205 PTA. This is a FREE event open to all Elmhurst families and neighboring communities. Browse the tables of various organizations offering summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. This popular event will be held on Tuesday, February 6, from 6-8 PM at York High School.

 

Be sure to support the Pot Belly Eat & Earn that same night from 5 to 8 PM at the St. Charles Road location. No flier or coupons are needed. PTA Council will receive a percentage of the total sales collected during those hours. Fundraising proceeds are used to provide scholarships to York High School seniors.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/1/18




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Tickets to the District 205 Foundation Gala are now sold out. Please consider supporting the Foundation's efforts by purchasing a ticket for the Golden Raffle with a chance to win your choice of three great trips. Information about the Golden Raffle is available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/1/18




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What a wonderful week at Jackson!  On Monday, our teachers participated in professional learning with their colleagues from across the district.  Their conversations centered around determining focused teaching points for readers and making instructional decisions using Eureka math.  We are determined to accelerating learning for ALL students!

#findKINDatJackson
Many students have already written their names on our Wall of Fame!  If a student is shown demonstrating leadership or kindness to others, they can be referred to the Wall of Fame by any staff member.  

Valentine’s Day
As Valentine’s Day approaches, if your child’s classroom participates in a valentine exchange, please remember that we have a NO FOOD policy.  Your child can send in paper valentines, pencils, stickers, etc.  

Spring Celebration of Learning
Mark your calendars for our “Spring Celebration of Learning” (formerly known as BRAG night) on Wednesday, April 25.  Please note that the original date was Thursday, April 26, but has changed to Wednesday, April 25.  More details will come as the date approaches!

Information From Last Week

 

Author Visit
We have an exciting opportunity to host bestselling author, Andrew Clements on February 12!  Thank you to Scholastic for providing this amazing opportunity for our Jackson students and staff.   This experience will be for students in first through fifth grade.  There will be a 30-45 minute assembly with an opportunity for students to ask questions. Students will be able to pre-order copies of his book(s) and Andrew Clements will personalize and sign them for each student.  An order form for the books has been sent home and is dueFebruary 9, 2018. Please visit his website to learn more about Andrew Clements and his books!  


Upcoming STEM Workshops
These STEM programs below are scheduled at various schools in D205 over the next three months on Sundays. http://www.centerforgifted.org/elmhurstPromo_link.pdf


5 Essentials Survey Information 
Please take the parent survey to provide feedback on our school.  Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.  The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted through the end of January 31, 2018.  We need at least 20% of parents to participate in order to receive results for our school report card. Please take about 10-20 minutes to complete this online survey!

Summer Recreation Open House
Join the Elmhurst District 205 PTA for its 16th Annual Summer Recreation Open House on Tuesday, February 6th at York Community High School between 6-8pm. Parents: Learn about 100+ summer kids' programs for free during this open-house style event.

Let us help you design a summer full of great activities for your kids (3-18), whether you want to send them to something in Chicagoland or something farther away.  Questions? Email the organizers at sroh205@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!


Incoming Kindergarteners
In February, we will be registering new kindergarteners and first graders (new to Jackson). If you have a child who will be 5 on or before September 1st, 2018 please call the school office now at630-834-4544. Also, please relay this message to anyone in your neighborhood that might have a child of this age.

SAVE THE DATE!  Jackson Science Olympiad—Thursday, March 1st
Science Olympiad is an evening of science activities.  Students team up and work with a parent, participating in three different grade-level activities.  These vary from science experiments, hands-on fun, to discovery learning.  The children experience science in a fun way.  There is no advance preparation on the children’s part and love working in groups in an evening of science!Parents helping with this event will only need to give a few hours of time.  Look for a Sign up Genius coming out soon!

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR D205 FOUNDATION 2018 GALA
Create. Innovate. Collaborate. That's the theme of the 2018 Gala. Rise up to the challenge of making a difference in the education of our children. The 2018 D205 Foundation Fundraising Gala, Empowering Futures, will take place on Saturday, February 10th, beginning at 6:00 PM at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook. The evening will feature a plated dinner, beverages, fundraising raffles and games, as well as a terrific mini and live auction. This year, the event has an added bonus with a post party that includes a deejay and dancing. Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION WITH THE PURCHASE OF A 2018 GOLDEN RAFFLE TICKET 
The District 205 Foundation is selling 100 Golden Raffle tickets that offer a choice of three fabulous trips to a single winner. The winning ticket will be drawn at the 2018 Gala on February 10th, but the winner need not be present to win. Tickets are $100 each. Consider splitting the cost with friends then have your own contest to determine the winner should you hold the winning ticket! This is a great way to support the Foundation with decent odds for a chance to ski in Lake Tahoe, sun in the Dominican Republic or golf at Pebble Beach. Vsitwww.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala for details.

Upcoming Events:

  • February 14: Student Late Arrival

  • February 19: No School; Presidents’ Day

  • February 21: PTA Meeting; 7pm

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 1/26/18




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The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be applicable to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program. There are two remaining parent information sessions: Thursday, February 1st from 6:30-7:30 PM at the District 205 Center (162 S. York) and Tuesday, February 13th from 6:30-7:30 PM at Madison Early Childhood Center (130 W. Madison).

Parents who are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner for the Dual Language magnet program should click on the link below to complete the application form:

Dual Language Program Application 2018-2019

La mesa directiva del distrito Elmhurst 205 ha aprobado el programa de lenguaje dual en la escuela Conrad Fischer por el año 2018-2019. El programa es para los niños que comienza de Kinder. Haz clic por detalles sobre el programa de lenguaje dual.


Hay dos más sesiones informativas para padres: el jueves, el primero de febrero desde las 6:30 hasta las 7:30 de la noche en el centro de distrito (162 S. York) y el martes, el 13 de febrero desde las 6:30 hasta las 7:30 de la noche en la escuela Madison (130 W. Madison).

Si está interesado en el programa de lenguaje dual para su hijo(a), haz clic debajo para completar la forma apropiada:

Solicitud para el programa de lenguaje dual 2018-19

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/23/18




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On Wednesday, January 31, the Elmhurst Public Library will offer Google Classroom for Parents from 7 to 8:30 PM. Google Classroom is a tool often used by District 205 teachers for grades 3-12 to distribute and grade assignments. Come to this class to learn more about how your student uses Google Classroom in school. Details and registration are available at http://elmlib.org/googleclassroom.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/18




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District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application deadline is fast approaching. The application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. District 205 teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and, ideally, demonstrate creativity/innovation.

Applications are due on Monday, February 12. Applicants requesting technology (including hardware, software, digital subscriptions, and audio/visual equipment) should review the Multimedia Recommendations and Computer Tech Options forms prior to drafting their proposals and must include the submission of a completed Thiems Grant Technology Review Form. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or lfanelli@elmhurst205.org with questions.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/18




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With one member absent, the D205 Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. There was extensive discussion on the Dual Language program before the final vote. Jane Bailey, Principal at Conrad Fischer Elementary, discussed the issue of space. She said they are planning for five kindergarten sections for next year; the school currently has four sections. Mrs. Bailey said many rooms at the school are allocated for “resource rooms,” which is nothing more than office space. If those rooms were allocated to kindergarten classes, resource personnel who previously used those rooms could partner with a classroom teacher and co-teach and/or provide acceleration.

"No implementation is without growing pains, and this will be the growing pain, but I do think it will be worth it at the end of the day,” Mrs. Bailey said.

According to Principal Bailey, it is difficult to plan for potential space concerns further down the road than the first year of the program because it is still unknown how many students will participate. If there are too many Dual Language students to fit into Fischer, plans can be made to add a second location.

Regarding impact to the Fischer community, Dr. Henderson said the District will look to collect feedback from parents, students and teachers in a similar fashion to the way feedback is currently being collected for the Standards-Based Reporting system.

“It’s not something to be fearful of, because we have to think differently,” Ms. Bailey said. “If you're talking about opportunities in a global economy, then you need to be bilingual."

Dr. Moyer added that “There are benefits for both the native English speaking and native Spanish speaking students in this program, even though the rationale focuses more on native Spanish speaking students. It’s a phenomenal enrichment opportunity to truly allow all students to graduate bi-lingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural.”

Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program planned for 2018-19 and Dual Language in general.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/15/18




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The D205 Foundation is proud to announce Jill Riecker as this year's “Friend of the Foundation.” Jill's 20-year dedication to volunteerism and tireless commitment to providing Elmhurst students across all levels with opportunities and experiences both in and outside of the classroom are unparalleled. Jill's award will be presented as part of the festivities at the Foundation Gala -Empowering Futures to be held on February 10 at The Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook.

This promises to be an amazing evening with the goal of raising funds that will enhance education and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools.
Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you cannot attend the event, consider supporting the Foundations efforts by purchasing a ticket for the Golden Raffle with a chance to win your choice of three great trips. Information about Mrs. Riecker's contributions, Gala and Raffle details and tickets are available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/14/18




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Congratulations to Jacquelyn Discipio, Principal of Bryan Middle School, for being selected as the 2017-2018 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association DuPage Region. Ms. Discipio was selected from a pool of nominees from throughout the DuPage County region. She was honored by the District 205 Board of Education at its January 9 meeting.

She was nominated by Elmhurst District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, who stated in his nomination that “Ms. Discipio has been asked to lead monumental and transformative change in a short period of time, examples of
which include: a successful one-to-one personalized learning implementation utilizing Chromebooks in year one; implementation of a new English Language Arts curriculum and the addition of instructional coaches in year two; ongoing development of common assessments in all grade levels and content areas; and a major overhaul of the schedule to include dedicated time for interventions and enrichment and increased co-teaching for the 2017-18 school year.”

Ms. Discipio will be honored at the DuPage IPA’s annual Spring Student Recognition Breakfast on April 23. She will now be considered for a State award from among 20 nominees representing the other regions of the Illinois Principals Association. The state winners will be announced in the spring.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/12/18




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Next week brings our final week of 2017 and we have so much to celebrate as we head into the holiday season!  Our students have been focusing on being readers and mathematicians.  As readers, we have experienced fiction and nonfiction text. Eureka math has brought us many opportunities to stretch our math thinking!   This week and next, we have been in the middle of an “Instagram Takeover!”  Various staff have been taking over the @JacksonD205 Instagram account to share a day from their perspective.  Please follow us to see the great things happening daily at Jackson School!

 

Thank you to parents for helping plan holiday parties. Please remember that we have a strict no food policy this year.  This helps us keep students with life threatening allergies safe.

 

Incoming kindergarteners

In February, we will be registering new kindergarteners and first graders (new to Jackson). If you have a child who will be 5 on or before September 1st, 2018 please call the school office now at 630-834-4544. Also, please relay this message to anyone in your neighborhood that might have a child of this age.

 

Information From Last Week:

5 Essentials Survey Information

Beginning December 5, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. 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. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with your child’s school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

 

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

 

·         Effective Leaders

·         Collaborative Teachers

·         Involved Families

·         Supportive Environments

·         Ambitious Instruction

 

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5 Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

 

All teachers, parents, and 4th through 12th grade students will be asked to respond to this survey. Reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2018 and data will also be included in the State School Report Card.

 

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.  Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birthdate in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material. The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website.

 

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted December 5 through the end of January, 2018. I hope you will participate.

 

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.  Thank you for your cooperation!

 

Upcoming Events:

  • December 19: Orchestra Concert (Gr. 4 and 5) at Bryan MS, 7pm

  • December 25 - January 5:  No School; winter break

  • January 15: No School, MLK Day

  • January 17:  Student Late Arrival

  • January 22: No School; Teacher Institute Day

 

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 12/15/17




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Enrollment for 2018-19 incoming kindergarteners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 7, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, enrollment will only be offered at Conrad Fischer School (for Fischer students) and at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York (serving all District 205 elementary schools).

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.

For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-834-4530 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/15/17




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The District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application is now available. In consideration of the demands on your time, the application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. We encourage you to get creative, innovate and collaborate, and apply for programs or enhancements that will help you deliver curriculum and engage students. Applications that contain technology or media components must include a Technology Review form.

District 205 teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and, ideally, demonstrate creativity/innovation.

Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, December 1, and are due on Monday, February 12, 2018. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or lfanelli@elmhurst205.org with questions.

Since 1990, educational grants totaling nearly $1.5 million have been awarded through the Thiems Grant Program.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/30/17




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Students, teachers and parents across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey allows you and your child (in grades 4 through 12) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with their child’s school, giving school leaders critical input to help develop school improvement plans.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

In March of 2018, reports will be sent to schools and districts that achieve the 20% participation threshold for parents and 50% threshold for students and staff. Data will also be included in the Illinois State School Report Card next fall.


Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey takes about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey was scheduled to be conducted in November. The survey will be open through January 31, 2018. We hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/27/17