News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

Dear Jackson Families, 

While we are all balancing many roles at home and work, we are also receiving news and information each day and it can seem overwhelming. Please make sure you take some time each day to enjoy hobbies, relax and get some physical activity. We miss our students so much and not only do we want them to work on their academics, but also their mindfulness and social emotional well being.

We are here to support your family! If you need any resources or support related to learning or navigating school closure, please just reach out to us. 

We are noticing an increase of families not completing their attendance online by 11:00am.  Please mark your child's attendance in PowerSchool each day by 11am, Monday-Thursday.  If you do not record your child's attendance or absence, we will contact you by phone. 

Jackson Virtual Spirit Week Starts Monday
Our wonderful student council planned a virtual spirit week that starts on Monday. Please participate by posting pictures on social media (tag us!), emailing pictures to Mrs. Trendel ( or Mrs. Smith (, and posting to your classroom SeeSaw. 

  • Monday: PJ Day

  • Tuesday: Hero/Career Day: Dress like one of your heroes or a career you want

  • Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day

  • Thursday: Creative Day Do something creative! build or make something 

  • Friday: Spirit Day: wear as much Jackson gear as you have! 

Online Auction to Benefit Bryan PTA in lieu Treasure Hunt
As most of you know, the Bryan PTA and its Clues Committees spent our winter and spring working hard to make our one and only fundraiser, the Bryan Treasure Hunt, a huge success on April 18. Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our only fundraiser, leaving our PTA behind where we'd like to be financially. We are very grateful for the teams who donated all or part of their registration fees - so thank you!

We have several donated items for you to bid on to help us close our fundraising gap for the year so we can be back on track when school reopens to support our students, teachers and staff as we'd planned. We know there is some uncertainty around gift certificates and tickets. If any item has an expiration date, we've noted it. If you bid on an item that is cancelled due to circumstances outside of the PTA control, we will not be able to offer refunds. Thank you for your understanding. 

The Online Auction site will be open through Tuesday, April 28th, or until everything sells out! CLICK HERE to access the site.

PTA Volunteers will contact the winners to arrange for delivery of items and payment. You can pay for Auction Items via cash, check made out to Bryan PTA or on our link here: Bryan PTA Memberhub Store.

We are also accepting (link here:) Open Donations to the Bryan PTA.

Please note: Bidding is only allowed for supporters that are associated with Elmhurst D205 PTAs, Schools and the Elmhurst community. We reserve the right to delete bids from supporters that are not part of our community.

THANK YOU for your support of Bryan PTA!

We Miss You!
Please share this video with your child. It is also posted to our Jackson social media pages. Please follow us to see daily posts from students and staff! @JacksonD205

Placement For 2020-2021
Later this spring, we will be placing our students into classes for the 2020-2021 school year. It is certainly a unique time to be thinking that far ahead. While we cannot accommodate parent requests for specific 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 Friday, May 1. Please contact me directly at with any information you would like to consider. **Please do not send requests for specific teachers.

Supporting Our Students Emotionally
Our social worker, Carly Bartnick, has curated some resources that may help you support your child with any feelings of anxiety, worry, or sadness during this time. Feel free to also reach out to her at

D205 Home Learning/E-Learning Days & School Closure Information
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced that school closures will extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. D205 will continue to provide instruction through remote learning

All D205 buildings and playgrounds also are closed. The York Football Stadium also is closed and while other fields and lawns are still accessible to the public, we ask that patrons practice social distancing and not congregate in groups.

D205 is working cooperatively with the City of Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Police Department. Law enforcement will disperse groups/individuals who do not follow the governor’s order. Community members are encouraged to call 9-1-1 to report violations of the “Stay at Home” order.

Chromebook Support Needed During Remote E-Learning?
The York High School Technology Services Internship team holds a daily Chromebook help session daily (Mon-Fri) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Watch the TSI video for an overview of services.

D205 Foundation Offers Parents an Opportunity to Appreciate Teachers
Help us celebrate the Elmhurst teachers who have made a meaningful impact on your student this year, while also supporting local businesses. Teachers from across D205 strive to create rich and positive learning experiences for their students and this is a perfect opportunity to recognize their efforts. 

Each $25 donation allows you to recognize one extra special teacher with a heartfelt note and a $20 gift card from a local business that you select. Your note and gift card will be delivered to your teacher by the District 205 Foundation.

$5 of your donation will help support the District 205 Foundation to ensure that educational excellence is a reality for all students in District 205. Orders taken now through May 4, 2020. 

D205 and Community Meal Services
D205 Grab-N-Go Meal Service
To assist students, the D205 Food Services Department is offering meal pick-up services during the closure period.

District 205 will supply meals for any students under 18. Pick up will take place at Churchville Middle School-Curb drive-thru and York High School - Curb drive-thru on Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of April 2020. We ask that as you pull through the pick-up line at CMS, please be courteous of our neighboring properties and not block driveways:

  • Monday, April 27 from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for two days can be picked up for each child

  • Wednesday, April 29 from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for three days can be picked up for each child.

Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry Services
Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry, 1083 S York St, Elmhurst, IL 60126, is available to help those in need during this critical time. Client service hours are:

  • Monday: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Thursday:1:00-4:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm

New Clients: Please register prior to visiting the pantry here. Registration is only needed once. There is no need to re-register for each visit.

EYFP has implemented the following client service procedures in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all those we serve as well as our volunteers.

  • Clients must remain in their vehicles and line up along the parking lot lane next to Jimmy Johns.
  • When you pull up to the pantry garage door, hold your EYFP client punch card up against your closed, driver side window so volunteers can record the household number.
  • Open your trunk from the inside so volunteers can place pre-packed grocery boxes/bags in the trunk. These include commonly used non-perishable food items, fresh produce, bread and pastries, milk, eggs, and frozen meats.
  • If you have to step out to open your trunk or your trunk is full, you will be asked to pull off to the side but remain in your car. A volunteer will leave your grocery box/bags on the pavement. Once the volunteer has cleared the area, you can get out and load the groceries in your car. Volunteers are not permitted to enter any client vehicles. No exceptions.

#ElmhurstStaysHome Campaign
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, the City of Elmhurst, Elmhurst Public Library, Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst College are challenging you to lift up our community's spirits while we all adjust to a new normal. While it is not the spring that we hoped or planned for, our hearts are turned toward home -- #ElmhurstStaysHome. 

We're calling all residents to get creative! Send us your pictures and videos on how you and your families are staying positive and having fun through the State's "Stay at Home Order". We will collect this content through the month of April, and feature it on our website and social pages. Some of the submissions may also make a debut in the next City of Elmhurst Front Porch Newsletter.

All you have to do is fill out this form!

Elmhurst stays safe. Elmhurst stays well. #ElmhurstStaysHome.

Donating PPE to Elmhurst Hospital
Edward-Elmhurst Health is committed to providing the personal protective equipment appropriate to the role and the risk for our front line staff. However, the COVID-19 crisis has placed significant pressure on resources. The hospital will be happy to accept donations of PPE equipment. The items most commonly needed are:

  • N95 masks
  • Procedural/surgical masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Isolation gowns
  • Goggles
  • Thermometers

Safe donation sites have been established at the Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital loading docks from 9 a.m. to 3p.m., Monday to Friday. Please contact to coordinate drop-off or pick-up of donations. Special thanks to York High School for its recent PPE donation of 2,750 gloves, four cans of wipes, 1,000 thermometer probe covers, five pulse Ox meters, and one thermometer. Way to go Dukes!

Pritzker Administration Releases WI-FI Hotspot Map to Support Illinois Students
Illinois state agencies released a wi-fi hotspot map to help students across the state who lack internet access in their homes. The wi-fi map has at least 200 hotspots students can use to complete coursework. Students and their parents or guardians should continue to practice social distancing by remaining in their cars while utilizing the hotspots. If a student or caretaker is sick or experiencing symptoms, they should remain at home.

Other Free Internet/WiFi Services:

  • Comcast Internet Essentials Is Free to New Customers: Low income families who live in a Comcast service area may sign-up for Internet Essentials with 60 days of complimentary service (normally available to all qualified households for $9.95/month). 

See or, or call 1-855-8-INTERNET.

  • Comcast Xfinity WiFi Is Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

  • AT&T is expanding “Access from AT&T,” our low-cost home internet offering to qualifying households AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. Click here for more information. PDF Download 


Christine Trendel

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Celebrating Arbor Day

The City of Elmhurst planted a tree in front of our school in celebration of Arbor Day. The 2nd grade class celebrated by singing songs, presenting cards to the city and putting the finishing touches to plant the tree.

5th graders working in groups on decimal division.

4th graders planning their Nora friend visit!

Our day started with lots of work as readers and writers. 3rd grade researching countries, 2nd graders using non fiction text features, and kindergarten readers’ workshop!

Our kinder cuties explored snow today and discussed what they notice/wonder. One asked, “why is the snow still white even though the sun isn’t shining on it?” (They previously learned snow is clear.) 💚 this problem based learning experience and our teachers for trying something new!

Kicking off passion projects for 2020 in 4th grade! All students are channeling passion focused on a historic event or person. Love this amazing start!

5th graders posing questions they want to answer through their explorer research. Next one was: What was the effect of their trip?

Third graders are sharing their backpack designs in See Saw! Today the class watched one example!

First grade tackling three steps to solve math problems: Read, Draw, Write! One student told another, “Don’t be scared! Think positive!” 💚💚

5th graders find main idea using different strategies and reflect on what works for them as readers.

3rd graders are in the final phases of design on their Defined STEM backpack project!

2nd graders are getting ready for their human body unit! 🤣 We had lots of fun tracing today!

Blended learning in @jacksonartspace! 5th graders watching their next steps on video!

Adding 2 addenda by making a new ten! Conceptual math helps students understand place value and expand number sense!

5th graders posing questions they want to answer through their explorer research. Next one was: What was the effect of their trip?

Learning about Simple machines is so much more fun and engaging when the Dupage Children’s Museum comes to us!! 3rd grade kicks off their unit with some really cool authentic exploration!

Our kinder cuties explored snow today and discussed what they notice/wonder. One asked, “why is the snow still white even though the sun isn’t shining on it?” (They previously learned snow is clear.) 💚 this problem based learning experience and our teachers for trying something new!

Kinder students are predicting which kind of salt will melt the snow first. Making predictions in their inquiry based unit!

3rd graders are learning fractions! Small groups and games are helping build number sense!

What better way to celebrate coming together to meet a goal for Kindness than Fort Reading! 🙌🏻 Ms. Q’s 4th graders were giddy with delight in their cozy spaces. 📚📖📚

Kindergarten got right to work writing today! They will be ready for 1st grade before we know it!


Fifth grade has started printmaking in Art and it’s all about those intricate details!! Sketch, transfer, reveal, cut and use...can’t wait to see their finished products!

Fifth grade has started printmaking in Art and it’s all about those intricate details!! Sketch, transfer, reveal, cut and use...can’t wait to see their finished products!

Second graders are activating schema by connecting what they already know about crocodiles to what might happen in their new book 👏🏻📚

4th graders are synthesizing their research into rough drafts for their “Who Was...” passion project and will be writing their own books. Cover art to be done in @jacksonartspace !

Third graders are launching book clubs and setting norms for their meetings!

Third graders are using graphic organizers to curate their country research and draft their informational writing.


4th graders playing a game for an organized, indoor recess. All students participate! It’s a great team builder!

5th grade student led discussion using a short article about the controversy of exotic animals as pets.