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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 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 next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, December 6. 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.

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 is 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: 12/5/17




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Happy December to you!  There are only three weeks left of school in 2017!  Here at school, we are moving into teaching nonfiction text in literacy and just started new groups during acceleration. Recently, our students participated in an effort to write letters/make cards for our troops to receive over the holidays.  The Daily Herald wrote a wonderful article about our participation in this service project.  I am so proud of our Jaguars!  

 

At our PTA meeting this week, I shared information about our School Improvement Plan.  We have three goals that focus on a culture of collaboration, student engagement, and differentiated instruction.  So far, we have worked on getting a formal Professional Learning Community (PLC) structure in place on each grade level team.  PLCs focus on what and how students are learning rather than a sole focus on which lessons should be taught.  We are also working on small group instruction during literacy with guided reading groups. You can find the detailed plan here.  At the PTA meeting,  Ms. Lewis taught parents how they can log into their students' library accounts to search for books, place holds, and see what is checked out. If you missed the meeting, don't hesitate to e-mail her at mlewis@elmhurst205.org for directions. If your Jaguar is in second grade or above, he or she might even be able to show you. Just start at the Jackson home page and let your student take it from there!

 

Now that parents have PowerSchool accounts due to conference sign up, you will get alerts when your child is marked absent from school.  Occasionally, a teacher will click the wrong button and mark a child absent.  Usually, this is corrected immediately and the teacher will fix it.  Even when corrected in the moment, you will still get notice that your child was marked absent.  If you have any questions about attendance, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or the main office.

 

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 5: Five Essentials Survey opens

  • December 6: Student Late Arrival

  • December 8: PTA Cookie Exchange for Jackson Staff

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

 

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 12/1/17




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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




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As Thanksgiving approaches next week, I can’t help but feel, grateful to be a part of the Jackson school community.  This first trimester has gone by in the blink of an eye!  As a school, we have focused on building strong relationships with students, providing each student with responsive instruction to support their growth as a reader through our acceleration block, and having fun!  To celebrate our efforts during read-a-thon, we will have an all school PJ day on Monday!

 

PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting is on Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm in the library.  I will be sharing information about our School Improvement Plan and goals for the 2017-2018 school year.  Mrs. Kuziel, our instructional coach, and Mrs. Lempke, our reading specialist, will also be in attendance to meet you and talk a little bit about their roles at Jackson.   Ms. Lewis will be there to share information about library resources!

 

Gym Shoes

Please remember that students should have a pair of gym shoes in their locker to change into for gym.

 

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found table is overflowing with new winter coats, jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes, gym shoes and other articles of clothing. When you are here for conferences or the book fair, check out the table in the lobby. All items will be donated after Thanksgiving.


 

Upcoming Events:

 

  • November 20: Full school day and evening conferences, PJ day for Read-a-thon celebration

  • November 21: No school; conferences

  • November 22-24: No School

  • November 29: PTA Meeting, 7pm in the Jackson Library

  • December 6: Student Late Arrival

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

 

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 11/17/17




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The fifth all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, November 8. 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.

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: 11/7/17




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Parent-Teacher Conferences at the elementary schools will take place on November 20 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and on November 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM with no school for elementary school students that day. Sign up will be held via Power PTC and begins this Tuesday, November 7 at 6 AM and closes on November 14 at midnight.

 

A PowerSchool parent single sign-on (SSO) account is required to access the PowerPTC web portal for conference sign-up. Parents who have not yet created an SSO account have received a separate communication with instructions. Contact your school's main office for questions or assistance with creating an SSO account. Step-by-step instructions for conference sign-up can be found on www.elmhurst205.org/PTC.

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 11/6/17




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Each week brings more learning opportunities to our staff and students! Our literacy acceleration block has been a wonderful opportunity for students to work with other teachers and have a targeted time to focus on their literacy needs.  As a staff, we are preparing to revisit our acceleration groups and make adjustments based on student’s growth.  We have SO MANY readers that have made incredible growth over the past few weeks!  Please continue fostering a love of reading at home; keep books on hand to read in the car, visit the library, read together each evening!  As a mom myself, our family reading time is my favorite time of day!

 

Our PTA sponsored Boo Bash is tonight from 6:30-8:30pm.  Students are encouraged to wear costumes for this celebration!  All children must be supervised by an adult; this is not a drop off event.  

 

This week, you received an email from PowerSchool with information about creating your account. You need to create this account in order to be able to sign up for conferences online.  Online sign up with open on November 7.  Information is coming soon about how to sign up for conferences using PowerSchool!

 

If you are dropping off in the morning along Mitchell Avenue, please do not drop off driving north on Mitchell and have your child cross the street.  As you drop off off on Mitchell, you must also continue to exit school grounds by driving south.  Do not make a u-turn in neighbors driveways!  Continue to drive south until you get to Van Buren.

 

Please see below for an exciting community event for our fourth and fifth graders!

 

Many of the students and classes at Jackson have been enjoying the book Wonder by RJ Palacio.  All fourth and fifth graders at Jackson School are invited to watch the movie Wonder  with a parent at the York Theater!  

  • When: Saturday, November 18th, at 10:00am-12:00pm

  • Where:  York Theater, 150 N. York Rd., Elmhurst

  • Cost: $6.50 per person (children and adults are the same price).  You will purchase tickets upon arriving at the theater.

  •  No advance reservations are accepted.

We are fortunate to have reserved an entire theater for Jackson School as a community event.  There is a 294 maximum seating capacity for our theater.  This event will be on a first come, first served basis.

Every child must be accompanied by a paying adult.  Jackson School is not responsible for any transportation or supervision. This is not a school sponsored event, rather an opportunity for our community!

York Theater has agreed to open up the concession stand for us that morning. Hope to see many of you there!

 

Information from last week:

 

If your child will be going home with a friend for lunch, please notify your child’s teacher.  We cannot send students home with another family without permission.  

 

District 205 is hoping to get input from parents about the implementation of a Dual Language program.  Please visit  https://tinyurl.com/D205dualsurvey to take a very brief survey.  

 

Is there is a District 205 educator who you feel merits nomination for a 2018 Golden Apple Award? Nominations are now open for awards in excellence in teaching and leadership. This year, Golden Apple is honoring teachers and leaders currently working in a public or non­public elementary schools at the Pre-K-3rd grade levels. The deadline to nominate an educator for the 2018 award is December 15, 2017. Click here for the online nomination form.

 

On November 1st we will start a NEW PTA fundraiser and community activity! The Jackson Read-A-Thon Fundraiser which will run from 11/1 through 11/17.  Our goal is for our Jaguars to read and raise money for 2,500 books for our classroom libraries. Please be on the lookout for more information coming soon!

 

The Aidan Shea Foundation's 2nd Annual Event - "Greek Gods in the Gutter" - is being held from 7-10pm December 2, 2017 at Fitz's Spare Keys.  All in the Jackson Community are invited to attend and bring friends to this special night remembering Aidan and raising funds in his honor.  The night will feature bowling, kids prize room, silent auction, gift card grab bag and food and drink fit for Greek Gods!  We have some really great Jackson auction items - Principal and Librarian for 1/2 day in the silent auction so come ready to bid!  Tickets ($75 for adults and $30 for kids) are available on EventBee (search for Aidan Shea Foundation or Greek Gods in the Gutter).  All kids tickets come with a free event t-shirt!  Proceeds will benefit Lurie Children's Hospital Project IGNITE, the Jackson Library, and Gift of Hope Organ/Tissue Donor Network.  For more information or to donate something to the event, check out our Facebook page or email info@aidansheafoundation.org.

 

Please see below for a message from Student Council:

 

Hello Parents,

As some of you may know, we are having a staff pumpkin raffle. The pumpkin raffle is when you buy raffle tickets, sold by student council, for a dollar a ticket. Then you put your ticket in a bag for a pumpkin you like that is made by a staff member. On Tuesday, October 31, Halloween, there will be a big assembly for the whole school. Finally, Mrs. Trendel will draw a name out of the bag and whoevers name it is will win the pumpkin. You may even win multiple times. Ticket sales will be during the lunch hours on Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31.  

 

Written by

Sophia Amendola: President

Alison Poku: Secretary

Avery Orel: Treasurer  


 

Upcoming Events:

 

  • October 27: 6:30-8:00pm, PTA Boo Bash

  • October 30 and 31: Pumpkin Raffle tickets for sale at lunch

  • November 1-17- Read-a-thon

  • November 7: PTC sign up opens online

  • November 8: Student Late Arrival

  • November 16: Wheel of Wisdom; evening event for Families

  • November 20: Full school day and evening conferences

  • November 21: No school; conferences

  • November 22-24: No School


 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 10/27/17




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District 205’s Social Work Department presents "Well-parented Kids: 10 Anchors for Building Strong Families." This free program for parents will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 12:30-2:30 PM in the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium. This presentation will identify the key elements of effective parent-child relationships including setting communication norms, modeling values, sponsoring constructive conflict resolution, maintaining respect and trust, facilitating growth, teaching coping skills and navigating change. Presenters are Katie McDougall, LCSW and Steve Ritter, LCSW. No reservations are needed. Please enter through door 2, in the auditorium. Parking is available in the back of the school, just be alert for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/21/17




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The purchase of an outdoor or beautiful indoor tree will benefit Elmhurst 205 schools and students long after the holiday is over. This pre-order fundraising sale supports the long-standing Elmhurst tradition of beautifully lit streets that line our neighborhoods during the holiday season. Trees can be purchased as part of a neighborhood group scheduled for delivery on November 25th, or ordered individually and picked up (or delivered for a $20 fee) on December 2nd.

The District 205 Foundation website contains all the tools you will need to be a tree captain for your block or to purchase a tree. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for more information or to place an order. Orders are due by Friday, October 27th. 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/20/17




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The second “Coffee With the Superintendent” of the school year will be held on Monday, October 16 at Bryan Middle School, 111 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, beginning at 10:00 AM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/17




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Even though this was a short week, we have gotten so much accomplished as a school! This week, we had a student late arrival.  Our teachers spent Wednesdaymorning meeting in Professional Learning Communities planning for guided reading groups and acceleration block.  On Thursday, I met with a group of parents for my first “Treats with Mrs. Trendel.” I hope you will consider joining usnext Wednesday night before the PTA meeting for another opportunity to get to know me and learn the changes to our literacy instruction at Jackson and across District 205.  This week also brought us the start of running club during lunch for our third, fourth, and fifth graders.  Their motivation and energy is inspiring!  Thank you to our parent volunteers who help supervise and organize this club!  

Our new third grade teacher, Miss Miner, will begin shadowing and observing in our current third grade classes Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Her students will begin in their classroom community on Thursday!  Parents of students joining this new class have received an email from me earlier today.  We are excited to welcome Miss Miner and have an extensive plan in place to support the transition of students to this new classroom.  

If you drop off along Mitchell Avenue in the morning, you may have noticed an increased police presence.  Please pay attention to posted signs on Mitchell Avenue and DO NOT park on Mitchell Avenue during drop off.   Students need to exit cars and cars need to pull forward and exit the lane immediately to keep traffic flow going.  If you would like to watch your child walk into school, you must park on another street.  I am reviewing our morning traffic patterns and considering options for improvement.  

Parent-teacher conference sign up WILL take place online.  The first step for all parents will be to create an account in PowerSchool.  I had hoped to have information to you this past week about creating that account, but there has been a delay in the technology set-up. You will receive an email from PowerSchool NEXT WEEK about creating an account.  You will need to sign up for PowerSchool prior to being able to sign up for conferences.  You will not actually sign up for conferences until early November.

After school, we have quite a few students on the playground without supervision and it has been causing safety and behavior concerns.  Please have a plan for supervision of your child if they are going to stay and play on our school playground.  We appreciate your cooperation.  

On November 1st we will start a NEW PTA fundraiser and community activity! The Jackson Read-A-Thon Fundraiser which will run from 11/1 through 11/17.  Our goal is for our Jaguars to read and raise money for 2,500 books for our classroom libraries. Please be on the lookout for more information coming soon!

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, October 18: Treats with Mrs. Trendel, 6:00pm in the Jackson MPR (before the PTA meeting)
  • Wednesday, October 18: 7pm, PTA Meeting in Jackson Library
  • Wednesday, October 25: Student Late Arrival
  • Friday, October 27: 6:30-8:30pm, PTA Boo Bash
  • Tuesday, November 7: PTC sign up opens online.  More information coming soon!
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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 10/14/17




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The York Performing Arts Department is proud to present “From the Mainland to the Islands” featuring York alum Paul McDermand with a special performance by the York High School Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday evening, October 10, at 7:30 pm in the Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for adults (general seating) and children 18 and under are free! Click on the following link to purchase tickets www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama

Steel drum and marimba artist Paul McDermand, York Class of 1974, has appeared with some of the biggest names in music including Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Natalie Cole and the Moody Blues. Paul is surrounded by an all-star rhythm section culled from the stages of Stevie Nicks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. See a video clip at http://bit.ly/ElmhurstD205McDermand 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/8/17




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It has been a wonderful first week of October at Jackson! Teachers are beginning literacy acceleration block, which is focused on accelerating the learning of all students. It is thirty minutes per day in addition to the Reading Workshop block. During Literacy Acceleration, support staff “flood” the grade level so we are able to regroup students across the grade according to their reading levels. Students who are not performing at grade level are in small groups and working to get to grade level. Students who are performing at grade level are in larger groups and will be enriched and challenged. The groups are made based on MAP scores, Fountas and Pinnell Reading Running Record Levels, and teacher input. The groups are flexible and students will be moved so they are constantly working at an appropriate level. Our goal with the Literacy Acceleration block is to ensure all students are making growth and groups will be revisited every five weeks.

Morning drop off traffic continues to be an issue. DO NOT park on Mitchell Avenue. There are signs that say NO PARKING along the street. This is a drop off lane. Students need to exit cars and cars need to pull forward and exit the lane immediately to keep traffic flow going. If there continue to be parked cars on Mitchell, you WILL receive a ticket. If you would like to watch your child walk into school, you must park on another street.

You will receive information on Tuesday about creating an account for PowerSchool. You will need to sign up for PowerSchool prior to being able to sign up for conferences. Please look for a message on Tuesday. 

Classrooms have earned their reward for improving their greetings of others. We focused on making eye contact, smiling, and saying “hello” or “good morning” when entering school. For the rest of October, we will be focusing on bathroom manners and reminding students to “go, flush, wash, and leave,” respect the privacy of others, and to keep our school bathrooms clean. If we improve, we will earn an all school dance party!

Given recent events in our world, I wanted to remind you that we do take safety very seriously at our school. Our Raptor sign in system uses identification from each visitor to print a badge with a picture and name.  This system also runs a safety check for each visitor and alerts us of any concerns. We also practice safety drills for fire, weather, and emergencies. In the event of a dangerous situation in our school, we have procedures to “lockdown” our school. We practice a “lockdown” drill a few times a year in which students are behind a locked door and hidden out of sight from any windows.

PARCC testing results will be coming home today (for 4th and 5th graders.) This is from the spring 2017 test. Please see the letter accompanying your child’s results for more information.

On November 1st we will start a NEW PTA fundraiser and community activity! The Jackson Read-A-Thon Fundraiser which will run from 11/1 through 11/17. Our goal is for our Jaguars to read and raise money for 2,500 books for our classroom libraries. Please be on the lookout for more information coming soon!

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, October 11: Student Late Arrival
  • Thursday, October 12: Treats with Mrs. Trendel, 8:30am in the Jackson MPR
  • Wednesday, October 18: Treats with Mrs. Trendel, 6:00pm in the Jackson MPR (before the PTA meeting)
  • Wednesday, October 18: 7pm, PTA Meeting in Jackson Library
  • Wednesday, October 25: Student Late Arrival
  • Friday, October 27: 6:30-8:30pm, PTA Boo Bash
  • Tuesday, November 7: PTC sign up opens online.
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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 10/6/17




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Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, became Illinois law in 2013. This legislation requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention for grades Pre-K through 12. In Elmhurst, we already have personal safety built into many grade levels’ health education curriculum. Beginning two years ago, after reviewing the requirements of the new legislation, we recognized that our students could benefit from additional information and strategies in order to consider past events and prevent future encounters. Our curriculum was enhanced at each grade level to cover the following:

  • Distinguishing different types of touch
  • Saying “NO”
  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
  • Identifying and telling a trusted adult

Again this year, an award-winning non-profit group, Imagination Theater, will deliver age-appropriate experiences for our students in 1st through 8th grade. Information about their program, called “No Secrets,” may be found by visiting www.imaginationtheater.org. A schedule of all elementary and middle school student assemblies can be found below.

Our school social workers will visit all of the Early Childhood and Kindergarten classrooms, as they did last year, to share age-appropriate read-alouds with students as a part of the Personal Safety Unit that is already in place at our schools.

York High School will be bringing in presenters from Elmhurst Hospital, as well as addressing the topic in multiple courses.

Please direct all questions about your school’s lesson(s) or assemblies to your child’s principal.

 

School Date Performance 1 Performance 2 Performance 3
Bryan MS 10/16/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Churchville MS 10/12/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Conrad Fischer 10/10/17 1:00 2:00 N/A
Edison 10/13/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Emerson 10/17/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Field 10/19/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Hawthorne 10/17/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jackson 10/13/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jefferson 10/19/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Lincoln 10/10/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Sandburg MS 10/6/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/29/17




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We have an exciting new instructional block starting throughout the next week! We will be starting our Literacy Acceleration instructional block. This is a second dose of literacy instruction for ALL students. It is thirty minutes per day in addition to the Reading Workshop block. During Literacy Acceleration, support staff “flood” the grade level so we are able to regroup students across the grade according to their reading levels. Students who are not performing at grade level are in small groups and working to get to grade level. Students who are performing at grade level are in larger groups and will be enriched and challenged. The groups are made based on MAP scores, Fountas and Pinnell Reading Running Record Levels, and teacher input. The groups are flexible and students will be moved so they are constantly working at an appropriate level. Our goal with the Literacy Acceleration block is to ensure all students are making growth! The teachers have been working very hard to plan and prepare for the start of acceleration and I cannot wait to see it in action!

 

I have added a few opportunities to open dialogue with parents.  Please join me for “Treats with Mrs. Trendel!”  This is a great opportunity to get to know me including my past experience, leadership philosophy, and vision for our school.  I will also share information about the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment (given individually to each student), readers' workshop approach to literacy instruction, and the new acceleration block. Together, we will learn more about literacy instruction in the classroom and how you can support a love of reading at home.  There are two opportunities to accommodate parent schedules.  “Treats” will be provided.  These dates are: October 12 at 8:30am in the Jackson MPR and October 18 at 6pm in the Jackson MPR (before PTA meeting).



 

Third Grade Update

As many of you have heard, we are adding another section of third grade.  The hiring process for this new teacher is underway.  There is an informational meeting planned for Monday night.  This meeting is for third grade parents only.  I will continue to update our community with information and decisions as we have them.   The addition of another third grade class impacts our classroom spaces.  Mrs. Alfano will be transitioning her music classroom to the stage and MPR for all of her music classes except second grade.  Second grade will have music classes in a second grade classroom due to our lunch schedule.    We are working to set up the stage as a formal instructional space including a new coat of paint, bulletin boards, a whiteboard, sound system, and furniture.  Music classes will not take place on the stage for a another few weeks. As a staff, we committed to making this a smooth transition for all kids.  Thank you for your positive support throughout this process.  

 

Morning Arrival and Afternoon Dismissal

During morning arrival and afternoon dismissal, there is NO parking on Mitchell Ave.  This serves as a drop off/pick up lane and parents CANNOT park long Mitchell.  There are no parking signs posted. It is ILLEGAL to drive around or pass a bus with a stop sign out that in loading or unloading children.  Please use care when using the crosswalk on Swain and Van Buren.  THANK YOU to our parent volunteers that keep this intersection safe in the morning!

 

See Below for information about the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.  
Dear Parents,

This year the district began using the BAS system (Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System) to determine individual student reading levels. This system will be administered three times throughout the year in the fall, winter, and spring. This assessment is administered one-on-one with teachers and assists them in determining student fluency and comprehension levels. Teachers are able to learn what students do as readers, what students need to learn as readers, and how we will support them as readers.

 

This information will be critical for teachers as they begin to teach guided reading during the literacy block. This information will also be used to assist teachers in ensuring that students are being stretched appropriately during their acceleration block. Classroom teachers will discuss where your child is reading and comprehending on the literacy continuum during parent teacher conferences, but in the meantime I wanted you to be aware of this new assessment the district has begun implementing this year. Also know that if your child is reading below grade level expectations  you will be informed by the classroom teacher shortly after the assessment window. Most student needs will be met during the acceleration block to avoid missing core instruction in the classroom. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your classroom teacher, principal, or myself if it is regarding the actual assessment.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Nikki Tammaru

Director of Literacy

ntammaru@elmhurst205.org

630-617-2331

 

Please see below for important information about Erin’s Law:

Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, became Illinois law in 2013. This legislation requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention for grades Pre-K through 12. In Elmhurst, we already have personal safety built into many grade levels’ health education curriculum.  Beginning two years ago, after reviewing the requirements of the new legislation, we recognized that our students could benefit from additional information and strategies in order to consider past events and prevent future encounters. Our curriculum was enhanced at each grade level to cover the following:

  • Distinguishing different types of touch

  • Saying “NO”

  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her

  • Identifying and telling a trusted adult

 

Again this year, an award-winning non-profit group, Imagination Theater, will deliver age-appropriate experiences for our students in 1st through 8th grade. Information about their program, called “No Secrets,” may be found by visiting www.imaginationtheater.org. Our Erin’s Law presentations  will take place the morning of October 13, 2017 for all first through fifth graders.  Our social workers will visit all of the Early Childhood and Kindergarten classrooms, as they did last year, to share age-appropriate read-alouds with students as a part of the Personal Safety Unit that is already in place at our schools.

 

Through the first week of October, we are focusing on greetings for our PBIS targeted skill. As students enter the building in the morning, we are practicing greeting others with a smile, eye contact, and a “hello” or “good morning!”  This helps create a welcoming, positive atmosphere as students enter the building each day.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • September 30: The District 205 Foundation is sponsoring the Wizards basketball game at 5pm at York.  We hope to see you there!

  • Monday, October 9: Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL

  • Wednesday, October 11: Student Late Arrival

  • Thursday, October 12: Treats with Mrs. Trendel, 8:30am in the Jackson MPR

  • Wednesday, October 18: Treats with Mrs. Trendel, 6:00pm in the Jackson MPR (before the PTA meeting)

  • Wednesday, October 18: 7pm, PTA Meeting in Jackson Library

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 9/29/17




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It has been a  busy week at Jackson!  This week has brought us a student late arrival, student council speeches and election, and a practice  fire drill!  Our PTA meeting on Wednesday had such a great turn out!  Thank you for all to attended!

During student late arrival, our teachers spent time learning about guided reading. This is small group instruction that focuses on matching a reader to a text and the teacher providing purposeful instruction and immediate feedback to a small group of students.  I will share more information about guided reading at our next PTA meeting on October 18, 2018 at 7pm in the Jackson Library.  

Morning Arrival and Afternoon Dismissal:
During morning arrival and afternoon dismissal, there is NO parking on Mitchell Ave.  This serves as a drop off/pick up lane and parents MUST stay in their cars. It is ILLEGAL to drive around or pass a bus with a stop sign out that in loading or unloading children.  

Please see below for important information about Erin’s Law:
Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, became Illinois law in 2013. This legislation requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention for grades Pre-K through 12. In Elmhurst, we already have personal safety built into many grade levels’ health education curriculum.  Beginning two years ago, after reviewing the requirements of the new legislation, we recognized that our students could benefit from additional information and strategies in order to consider past events and prevent future encounters. Our curriculum was enhanced at each grade level to cover the following:

  • Distinguishing different types of touch
  • Saying “NO”
  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
  • Identifying and telling a trusted adult

Again this year, an award-winning non-profit group, Imagination Theater, will deliver age-appropriate experiences for our students in 1st through 8th grade. Information about their program, called “No Secrets,” may be found by visitingwww.imaginationtheater.org. Our Erin’s Law presentations  will take place the morning of October 13, 2017 for all first through fifth graders.  Our social workers will visit all of the Early Childhood and Kindergarten classrooms, as they did last year, to share age-appropriate read-alouds with students as a part of the Personal Safety Unit that is already in place at our schools.

Through the first week of October, we are focusing on greetings for our PBIS targeted skill. As students enter the building in the morning, we are practicing greeting others with a smile, eye contact, and a “hello” or “good morning!”  This helps create a welcoming, positive atmosphere as students enter the building each day. 

Jackson Parents’ Night Out: PTA Event
Please join us for a fun Intro. Class guided by an expert at Red Arrow Tap Room. Afterwards, let's continue the evening with a fun night of socializing and meeting other Jackson parents!
When: Thursday, October 5th
Where: Red Arrow Tap Room, 111 E. 1st Street, Elmhurst
Time: Intro. Class 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Details: Cost of class: $15/person.  Advanced registration and payment is required for the class. To reserve your spot(s) please turn in your checks by9/27/17 made payable to Jackson PTA.  Please attn: Daphne Stepanich on envelope.
If you cannot make the class, please join us any time after 8:00 p.m.  For more details and additional information please visit the Jackson PTA website for more details.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • September 25: 7:15pm, Third Grade Parent Meeting in Jackson MPR
  • September 30: The District 205 Foundation is sponsoring the Wizards basketball game at 5pm at York.  We hope to see you there!
  • Monday, October 9: Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, October 11: Student Late Arrival
  • Wednesday, October 17: 7pm, PTA Meeting in Jackson Library
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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 9/22/17




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The first “Coffee With the Superintendent” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Hawthorne School, 145 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, beginning at 1:30 PM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: October 16, 10 AM - Bryan; January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/11/17




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Please plan to join us on Monday, September 18 at 7 PM in the York High School Commons, when Superintendent Dr. David Moyer will present a State of the Schools address, along with brief reports from the Learning & Teaching Department, principals, instructional coaches and teachers. Entertainment provided by York High School musicians. Come celebrate student and staff achievements, share our District goals for 2017-18 and talk about plans for Focus 205 Phase II.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/6/17




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District 205’s three middle school student councils are fundraising to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 50 Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools have been flooded to some degree, other schools are being used as shelters, and a growing number of students and families have left their homes behind.

 

There are three ways you can help students in Houston:

1. HISD has an immediate need for children’s clothes of all sizes (clean and in reasonably good repair) and school supplies. Please bring donations to Bryan, Churchville or Sandburg and we will send them to Houston for you. If you prefer to send items directly, they can be forwarded to: HISD Harvey Recovery, ℅ Delman Stadium, 2020 Mangum, Houston, TX 77092

 

2. Drop off a monetary donation of any amount and we will forward funds to the Houston Independent School District Foundation.

 

3. The HISD Foundation has set up a special to provide assistance to their students and families. To read more about their effort and/or make an online donation, please visit www.houstonisd.org/Page/164281

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Kerins or Eric Gorton at Sandburg Middle School.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/5/17




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The first full week of school is under our belts!  We have been focusing on settling into routines and getting to know students.  The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment (a reading record) and MAP testing windows have opened and we are starting to collect information about students reading and math skills.  This baseline data will help teachers know how to support your specific child’s growth throughout the year.  Our teachers are also starting to meet in Professional Learning Communities (PLC).  PLCs are a structure in which teachers collaborate with a focus on what and how students are learning, rather than a focus on solely what we are teaching.

 

We hope to see all parents on Tuesday for curriculum night from 5:30-7:00pm.  Classroom teachers will be presenting at both 5:30-6:00pm and 6:30-7:00pm. Specialists and related service team members will also be available during these times.   I will be providing some building and district wide information from 6:05-6:25pm in the Multipurpose Room.

 

On Wednesday, August 30, we will have our first student late arrival of the school year.  As a reminder, there is no morning supervision until 9:30am.  Please do not drop your child off at school earlier than 9:30am as there will be no supervision until then.  For bus riders, your late arrival bus routes have been posted to our school website.  Please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

 

Please do not bring dogs on school grounds, especially during arrival and dismissal times.  While we love to be pet friendly, many students are allergic and/or afraid of dogs.

 

Please click here for information about a district sponsored event about Building Strong Families at Sandburg Junior High on October 24, 2017.

 

Please click here for information about our Jackson social skills groups from Mrs. Kahovec, our school social worker.  These groups take place throughout the year and your child may have the opportunity to participate.  

 

Follow Jackson on Instagram AND Twitter.  @JacksonD205



 

Events:

  • Back to School Bash IS TONIGHT!   Back to School Bash Invitation  Please join us for this PTA event!.

  • Curriculum Night on Tuesday, August 29 from 5:30-7:00pm.  From 5:30-6:00 AND 6:30-7:00 will be classroom presentations.  The principal’s presentation will be from 6:05-6:25pm in the multipurpose room.  

  • Student Late Arrival, Wednesday, August 30, arrival begins at 9:30am

  • No School Monday, September 4 (Labor Day)

  • First PTA Meeting on September 20 at 7pm

  • Have your child wear GREEN or Jackson spirit wear on Fridays!  Information coming about purchasing spirit wear from PTA.

 

 

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Posted by: Jacki Lawrence
Published: 8/25/17




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If you missed Dr. Bill Daggett's presentation, Why the Future of Education is Now, at York High School on August 14 you'll want to take a look at the attached file of his slideshow and check out this video of his keynote presentation at this summer's Model Schools Conference.

Dr. Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Governors Association. His System for Effective Instruction and Rigor & Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/21/17




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The Harlem Wizards are back in Elmhurst on Saturday, September 30th to entertain the crowd with high-energy exhibition play and audience participation. Cheer on our team of Elmhurst school district principals and teachers as they challenge the Wizards in a basketball game that is sure to include wild antics and lots of laughs. The event will be held at York High School beginning at 5:00 PM. Concessions, merchandise and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this family-friendly fundraiser support District 205 Foundation programs and enhancements that benefit all Elmhurst public school students. Click here to learn more and guarantee a seat at this popular Saturday event.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/21/17




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, part of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, will sponsor a presentation outlining when student anxiety becomes a problem. Hear about the effects of anxiety on learning, sources of anxiety in schools, and school refusal. Treatment requires a collaborative approach that includes the student, school staff, parents and mental health professionals. Dr. Laura Koehler, PsyD. Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Linden Oaks, leads the discussion on August 29, beginning at 7:30 PM (note change of time) at Bryan Middle School.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/19/17




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On Monday, August 14, Dr. Bill Daggett, of the International Center for Leadership in Education, will speak in Elmhurst. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at the District 205 opening faculty meeting. That evening, all interested parents, area educators, community members, elected officials and business leaders are invited to share a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand when he presents Why the Future of Education is Now! Join us at 7 PM in the York High School Commons.

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships, as well as creating schools that focus on the future. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.

 

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Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/6/17




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The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reminding parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records to make sure they meet immunization requirements prior to the first day of school.

The federally funded Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines at no cost to children in low-income households. Families can call (312) 746-6050 in Chicago or (217) 785-1455 in all other parts of Illinois to learn about free vaccines.

“Immunizations are central to keeping students healthy and ready to learn,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Keeping children’s vaccinations up to date according to the recommended schedule is one of the most important things parents and guardians can do to protect the health of the youngest and oldest among us. Whether for a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, or a student going back to elementary, middle or high school, I encourage parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records and, if necessary, schedule a visit with a physician or clinic. Doing so now will avoid a potential last-minute rush.”

Immunizations have eradicated several serious diseases, such as smallpox, polio, and diphtheria in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instances of other serious diseases, such as measles and rubella, have dropped by more than 99 percent since the pre-vaccination era. Keeping students’ vaccinations up to date is especially important, as diseases can spread quickly among groups of unvaccinated children.

“Child care facilities, preschool programs, and schools are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors, such as interacting in crowded environments. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their child care centers, classrooms, and communities – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.”

View the Fall 2017 Minimum Immunization Requirements and other resources on the IDPH website at www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/immunization.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/5/17




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The DuPage Regional Office of Education, in partnership with volunteers from the DuPage Credit Union and Catholic Charities (Diocese of Joliet), will sponsor the annual Back to School Fair for low-income families on Wednesday, August 2, from 11 AM to 6 PM at St. Francis High School in Wheaton.

This is an opportunity for families to meet with and learn about services provided by numerous agencies from DuPage County and the State of Illinois. Each K-12 student in attendance will receive free vision/dental screenings, plus free school supplies - even a free haircut, if desired. Visit the event website at https://catholiccharitiesjoliet.org/back-to-school-fair-2014-dupage-county.

 

Meant to be a fun day for kids, the Fair will offer balloon art, games and face painting. Books and novels will be given away, as well as coupons for free haircuts. The Fair, which is sponsored by Catholic Charities and the DuPage Regional Office of Education, is a totally free event, but participants must bring proof of residency in DuPage County, identification for all family members and proof of family income. For additional information, see the flyer(s) posted below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/24/17




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Is there a new family in your neighborhood? Please let them know that families should enroll new students at the District 205 Center. Information about documentation needed for enrolling students can be found on the New Student Enrollment page.

 

District 205 Center (162 S. York) (walk-in and residency)
 

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 19

Tuesday, July 25

Thursday, July 27

 

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Wednesday, July 26

 

Grades 9-12:
York High School (by appointment, call 630-617-2487)

 

Pre-K: 
Madison Early Childhood Center (by appointment, call 630-617-2385)

Evening enrollment hours will be held on August 1 and August 7 from 4 to 8 PM at the District 205 Center and at Conrad Fischer Elementary, 888 N. Wilson, during those same dates and times (for students attending Fischer only).

 

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/19/17




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Elmhurst District 205 is thrilled to welcome Dr. Bill Daggett of the International Center for Leadership in Education to the community on Monday, August 14. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at our opening faculty meeting. That evening, we cordially invite all local parents, community members, school board members, business and community leaders, legislators, and area educators to share with us a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. in the York High School Commons.
 

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships and share some important concepts about his organization's Rigor and Relevance Framework. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.  I predict that if you are able to join us, you will never think about "school" the same way again.
 

Clear your calendars now!  I hope to see you then!
 

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent


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Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.


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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/12/17




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May 25th

 

Today, I got a chance to be the principal for half of a day.  I thought that it was going to be plain fun.  Well, I was wrong. Today, I learned about the various duties of a principal.  Mr. Anderson taught me about what he did every day.  We talked about the budget, and we spent possibly an hour trying to make a schedule for field day.  We went to every corner of this school and walked through every hall.  I even got to arrange a special lunch with some 5th graders.

 

Today was fun.  It was more fun than I thought it would be.  A principal's job is hard.  I thought it was just to make sure no one did anything bad and make sure the teachers worked well with the students.  I was very very wrong.  A principal's best job is to let students learn.  Mr. Anderson has made so many decisions that made me think, "Why did he do that?"  Now, I know that he made those decisions so students could learn better.  Mr. Anderson is devoted to learning.

 

Lanz Galdo, Principal for the Morning

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 5/26/17




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Each day at school, our students recite the Jackson School Pledge following the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a character pledge which has connections with the our PBIS initiative to help students be successful.
 

At Jackson School, we:

Are prepared

* Have a positive attitude

* Make wise choices

* Work and play safely

 

This year, our staff has continued its work with our students to try to help them operationalize this pledge; students need to understand what these statement look and sound like.
 

Some of these teaching efforts occur in common areas and during the lunch hour. Throughout the year, we will be recognizing some students who step up to demonstrate these characteristics during the lunch hour.

For the character pledge of working and playing safely, our lunch staff nominated the following students for our lunch PAWS award:
 

First Grade:

Robert Pauling

Ava Martellotta

Alexandra Kroumov

 

Second Grade:

Emma Braathen

Madeline Braathen

Ava Amendola

 

Third Grade:

Nathan Nicholson

Ryan Meydrech

Christopher Leon

 

Fourth Grade:

Quinton Pintozzi

Jack Sebastian

Elijah Badeaux

 

Fifth Grade:

Jake Juskie

Nicole Vitullo

Peter Benson

 

Congratulations to all of our award recipients and thank you to all students who step up to work and play safely during their days at Jackson!

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 5/26/17




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Our annual DARE graduation event will be held on Wednesday, May 24th at 1:30 pm in our multipurpose room.  Parents and families are invited to celebrate the completion of this curriculum.

 

Attached is the invitation to 5th grade families.

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 5/12/17




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Again this year, Jackson School is supporting the Elmhurst Relay for Life event on June 9th.  Each student was given a blank luminaria bag and asked to decorate it.  Of course, if they know someone who is fighting cancer, they could design it in honor of that person.  Otherwise, they can just simply make a decorative design which will be displayed along with all the other luminaria at Beren's Park on that night.  Please have your student bring them back during the week of May 15-19.  If interested, they can also donate loose change to the buckets in their classrooms.

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 5/12/17




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Each day at school, our students recite the Jackson School Pledge following the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a character pledge which has connections with the our PBIS initiative to help students be successful.
 

At Jackson School, we:

Are prepared

* Have a positive attitude

* Make wise choices

* Work and play safely

 

This year, our staff has continued its work with our students to try to help them operationalize this pledge; students need to understand what these statement look and sound like.
 

Some of these teaching efforts occur in common areas and during the lunch hour. Throughout the year, we will be recognizing some students who step up to demonstrate these characteristics during the lunch hour.

For the character pledge of making wise choices, our lunch staff nominated the following students for our lunch PAWS award:
 

First Grade:

Hannah Murphy

Amelia Zielke

Cole Laux

 

Second Grade:

Nataly Medina

Ava Mackay

Juliene Calago

 

Third Grade:

Leo Nardini

Benny Castellanos

Sonny Castellanos

 

Fourth Grade:

Taylor McMillen

Adell Weseloh

Caitlin Ledbetter

 

Fifth Grade:

Olivia Mendel

Jack Mackay

Raeva Modi

 

Congratulations to all of our award recipients and thank you to all students who step up to make wise choices during their days at Jackson!

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 5/12/17




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With only a few weeks left until the last day of school, it’s time to take stock of your child(ren)’s lunch balance(s). To access their MySchoolBucks account(s), please visit the Café 205 page and click on the MySchoolBucks link. For those who have a positive balance, please know that at the end of the year your student’s account will roll over to the next school year (and be transferred to his/her new location, if they are moving schools within District 205).

Families with a senior at York High School may transfer an unused balance to a sibling. If there are no siblings remaining in District 205, the cutoff for refund requests will be this Friday, May 12. Those requests need to be made to Director of Food Services Cheryl Spencer at 630-617-2436 or Eileen Carroll at 630-617-2467. Balances under $5 will not be refunded.

For parents that use automatic replenish for lunch accounts, please know that MySchoolBucks will stay up and running during the summer to accept payments. If you use auto payment and don’t want money deducted during the summer, you will need to turn off that feature and then remember to re-activate it again in August. Questions may be directed to the MySchoolBucks Parent Helpline at 855-832-5226.

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/9/17




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The next  Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, May 17, and only for grades EC-8. 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.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 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

 

 

The 2016-17 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: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/9/17




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Our last student late arrival day is Wednesday, May 17th.  This school year is structured a little different from last year as far as our student late arrival days.  These are important opportunities for built-in professional development time for our staff.  These will work as follows:

  • Once per month on various Wednesdays, school will start later than normal.  On these days, the bell to start school will ring at 9:45 am.  In most cases, students should start arriving to Jackson for morning line-up at 9:30 am.  For families who need to maintain the same schedule for student late arrival days this year, supervision will be made available at 9:10 am.  Transportation is not provided at this earlier time.
  • Kindergarten will have a modified schedule on these days, with AM kindergarten from 9:45 am to 11:55 am and PM kindergarten from 12:55 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • Before school care will be provided by the Elmhurst Park District on these scheduled District 205 Student Late Arrival Days for Rec Station participants who are registered for Wednesday morning Rec Station.  For more information about the Rec Station program, please call the Park District's Program Manager at 630-993-8678.
  • The Student Late Arrival Schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

Wednesday, September 14

Wednesday, October 19    

Wednesday, November 9       

Wednesday, December 14  

Wednesday, January 25

Wednesday, February 15

Wednesday, March 15

Wednesday, April 19

Wednesday, May 17

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 5/5/17




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The last day of school was approved at the April 25 Board of Education meeting. Due to a mild winter, and no other weather-related incidents, the five emergency days which are built into the school calendar, have not been used. Below are the student dismissal dates and times. The 2016-17 End-of-Year Calendar contains helpful information about final exams and 8th grade promotion times.

May 25 - Last day of attendance for York High School freshmen, sophomores and juniors at the conclusion of exams.

May 31 - Last day of attendance for Early Childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students. Last day of attendance for 8th grade students.

June 1 - Last day of school for grades 1-5; early dismissal at 11:15 AM. Last day of school for grades 6 and 7; early dismissal at 11:35 AM.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/4/17




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This afternoon at about 1:25 District 205 staff, students and families were sent messages with the Subject: xxxxxx Has shared a document on Google Docs with you.
 

DO NOT OPEN THESE EMAILS - DELETE THE EMAIL WITHOUT CLICKING ON ANYTHING!

 

When and if we have any updates, we will notify families and staff.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/3/17




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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored 73 young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program, on Wednesday, April 26, at Sandburg Middle School. Featured speakers were York High School students and 2016 Exemplary Volunteer Service award winners Ella Pittman, Brenna Bohaboy and Christina Sapata.

Named as Exemplary Youth Volunteers were the following individuals: Eisleigh Harding, Benjamin Hoffmann, Elizabeth Maloney, Theodore Miller and Maria Muehleis. Exemplary groups were: The Dependent Clauses, Kartwheels for Kids and the York Community High School Garden Club. A link to the Exemplary Youth Service Awards program is available below.


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 nominees range in age from elementary through high school. Eight groups and 13 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Diane McGinnis, Director of Community and Government Relations for Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare; Marti Deuter, First Ward Alderman; and Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean.

The program will air on the Elmhurst government access channels (Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T Channel 99) on Fridays at 5:00 PM, beginning on May 5, and Sundays at 6 PM throughout the month of May
and will also be available for viewing on www.ElmhurstTV.com.


Pictured above are Ted Miller and his nominator Meg March (with husband Harold March), as well as The Dependent Clauses - both recipients of 2017 Exemplary Youth Service Awards, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/1/17




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Jackson School was excited to have three students qualify for the MathCon national competition.  They placed into this event by scoring in the 99th percentile on the placement test.  There were approximately 50,000 online round participants from across the country.

 

Students nationwide from all types of schools, including home-schooled children, in the middle and upper grades compete across several mathematical disciplines: algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, number systems and pre-calculus.

 

On April 22nd, they were among 576 students from across the country to participate in a fun, engaging math competition at the University of Chicago.  They represented Jackson well!

 

Congratulations to Mikayla Southwell, Nicholas Cifelli, and Kayla Mikos.

 

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/28/17




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Jackson is excited to be participating in Brookfield Zoo’s Share the Care Program again this year.  During the week of May 1st at lunch time, Jaguars can pick from five different animals and donate to get a pin showing which one is their favorite.  If it is too hard to pick just one, Jaguars can donate to as many as they like and collect multiple pins.  At the end of the week, the animal with the most money will be declared the winner.  The money collected for all the animals will be pooled together and donated to Brookfield Zoo to support the winning animal.  So check out those piggy banks this weekend and support your favorite animal next week.  Jackson Jaguars donated $350 to support the Red Panda last year, which is amazing.  Thank you to the Jackson PTA and Eco Club for sponsoring this great program!!  

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/28/17




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The annual Robert Crown presentations (“Michael” and “Linda”) will be presented to Jackson 5th graders on May 25th for all students who have the signed permission slips returned, which were recently sent home.  An instructor from Robert Crown will present the objectives of both programs at a meeting for all interested District 205 parents of fifth graders on May 9th, 2017, Field School Auditorium, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., 295 Emroy, Elmhurst, IL  60126

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/28/17




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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer joins more than 400 school chiefs from across the state, representing 1.35 million students, in calling for the Illinois General Assembly to immediately pass a state budget. The grassroots initiative - called “Pass Illinois’ Budget!” - also urges lawmakers and Governor Rauner to improve the state’s education funding formula, and pay school districts millions of dollars owed in unpaid bills this year.

As legislators return to Springfield following their spring break, school districts are using school marquees to share their frustration with the state budget crisis and taking to social media with a call to #PassILBudget. As of April 24, 2017, the state now owes District 205 $3,670,579 and has been operating without a full budget for the past 22 months.

“I stand with over 400 superintendents from across the state in a call for action,” said Dr. Moyer. “We need to end the impasse now and move forward with a budget that will serve the two million K-12 Illinois public school students who represent our future.”

The superintendents are calling on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:

  • Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
  • Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education, throughout the state.
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year.

While K-12 education has benefited from a partially-funded state budget, Illinois schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. Districts will continue to struggle if “Mandated Categoricals,” state payments which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year. District 205 has not received three categorical payments this year. Here are the largest funds due:

  • Transportation -$990,078.06
  • Special Education - $2,616,602.18
  • State Free Lunch - $1,818.25
  • Driver’s Education - $22,080.28
  • Early Childhood - $40,000.00

State revenue accounts for about 8.13 percent of District 205’s operating budget or $9,341,790. The General State Aid payments, which support general operating expenses, are being paid on time, however, the categorical payments are not. District 205 has not received any categorical payments this year with the exception of one late quarter payment from last fiscal year.

"Because this money reimburses costs to existing programming, and because the majority of these services are required by law, the District will likely have to consider either spending down its fund balance, which is an unsustainable solution, or study options to reduce spending in other programming areas in which discretionary decisions are possible," noted Dr. Moyer.

More than 400 superintendents, representing 66 percent of Illinois’ public school students from Carbondale to Chicago to Rockford have joined the effort. Please see press release link below to view the list. Please also reference the Frequently Asked Questions document via the link below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/24/17




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Congratulations to 5th graders Delaney Butterly and Arthur Nowak for being selected as the Jackson School recipients of the DuPage County Illinois Principals Association Student Recognition Award, which they will receive on April 24th.  They are being recognized at this county event for consistently displaying exemplary leadership, citizenship, academic performance.  Great job, Delaney and Arthur!

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/21/17




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Each day at school, our students recite the Jackson School Pledge following the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a character pledge which has connections with the our PBIS initiative to help students be successful.
 

At Jackson School, we:

Are prepared

* Have a positive attitude

* Make wise choices

* Work and play safely

 

This year, our staff has continued its work with our students to try to help them operationalize this pledge; students need to understand what these statement look and sound like.
 

Some of these teaching efforts occur in common areas and during the lunch hour. Throughout the year, we will be recognizing some students who step up to demonstrate these characteristics during the lunch hour.

For the character pledge of having a positive attitude, our lunch staff nominated the following students for our lunch PAWS award:
 

First Grade:

Christos Danigeles

Sebastian Janowski

Brooke Weseloh

 

Second Grade:

Brennen Blanchett

Chelsie Danko

Tyler Stanley

 

Third Grade:

Alivia Schumaker

Lilly Burda

Jason Koleno

 

Fourth Grade:

Kate Stalker

Delaney Rhoades

Sophia Amendola

 

Fifth Grade:

Shaun Hammerle

Trenton Parker

Delaney Butterly

 

Congratulations to all of our award recipients and thank you to all students who step up to have a positive attitude during their days at Jackson!

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/21/17




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The final student council fund raiser is right around the corner. The Jackson staff raffle will be held on Friday, May 5. Students will have a chance to win prizes donated by Jackson's generous teachers and staff. Tickets are $1 per chance and will available for purchase Wednesday, May 3 during BRAG night, as well as at lunch time on Thursday and Friday, May 4th and 5th. 

 

Proceeds from our fund raiser are split equally between a donation to Jackson School, and a charity. This year's charity is Lurie's Children's Memorial Anthony Rizzo Foundation. 

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/21/17




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Bring Relatives' Attention to Growth (BRAG) Night is an event designed to showcase the work of preschool and elementary students in Elmhurst CUSD 205.  The purpose of the evening is to provide an opportunity for parents to visit their child's classrooms as their child shares his or her learning experiences.  Parents and families will be able to visit Jackson anytime between 5:30-7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

 

The library will be open with technology available for students to show their skills.  The art room will be open, as well. The music room and gym will be closed, but Mr. Fijor and Mr. Mitchell will be meeting and greeting families with Ms. Lewis and Ms. Antonson in the library and art room.

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/13/17




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Elmhurst District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, along with Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching Dr. Mary Henderson-Baum, will meet with parents of current 4th – 7th graders to share information about the Middle School Task Force recommendations and the implementation of the new schedule for 2017-2018.

 

The same meeting will be held at each of the middle schools according to this schedule:

Sandburg Middle School: Thursday, April 13th7:00-8:00 PM
Bryan Middle School: Monday, April 17th7:00-8:00 PM
Churchville Middle School: Tuesday, April 18th7:00-8:00 PM

 

If the meeting date at your child's middle/feeder school does not work for you, please feel free to attend at one of the other schools. Spanish interpretation will be provided at the Churchville meeting.

 

For details regarding the Middle School Task Force recommendations, please visit Dr. Moyer’s webpage.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/17




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The tradition continues with this year’s sixth annual Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst on April 27, from 5:30-7:30 PM in the York High School Commons, sponsored by the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence. Elmhurst restaurants and pizzerias will be showcasing their traditional, specialty varieties and gluten-free pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites. The event will also feature raffles and musical entertainment.

This is a great family fundraising event that allows adults and kids to enjoy dinner together with friends and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Make it dinner-and-a-play by combining the evening with this year’s York High School spring musical, West Side Story, which is currently sold out.

Proceeds from Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for K-12 schools. For more information and to purchase the entrance fee in advance, visit 
www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/17




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The RevTrak Web Store is getting a makeover. This new mobile-friendly design will simplify end-user experience when making payments from any device. Visit the Web Store through any web browser on the device of your choosing – it’s that easy. In addition to the responsive design, the following features have been added:

  • Quick, two-step checkout process
  • Convenient login window

Access the Customer Account Guide and Webstore Guide for further details.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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District 205 continues its professional development time for the purpose of school improvement planning throughout the year. 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. The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, April 19. The final district-wide Student Late Arrival date for 2016-17 will be Wednesday, May 17.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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Square 1 Art orders have been shipped!

Square 1 Art orders have been shipped and processed.  Thank you to everyone who ordered Square 1 Art products. Expected arrival date of all ordered art products is April 14.  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 2017!  Shop online anytime during the year at www.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.  If you cannot find your child’s access code, please contact Daphne Stepanich at dstepanich@gmail.com.

 

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

 

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/7/17




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As we do each spring, our students will be excited to perform for their families at our school sing events.

 

For grades 1-5, students will perform on the evening of Thursday, May 11th in the multipurpose room:

 

Grades 1-2: 5:00pm

Grades 3-4: 6:00pm

Grade 5/Jackson Singers: 7:00pm

 

Students need to arrive 15 minutes prior to their performance. They will meet in the gym, where they will line up in riser order by class.

 

For our kindergarten students, we have scheduled informances for families to observe the learning process in the music classroom.  Those are scheduled for:

 

Mrs. Sgarbossa's PM class - Monday, May 8th, 12:55pm

Mrs. Engbers' AM class - Wednesday, May 10th, 10:25am

Mrs. Sgarbossa's AM class - Thursday, May 11th, 10:25am 

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/7/17




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Our next student late arrival day is Wednesday, April 19th.  This school year is structured a little different from last year as far as our student late arrival days.  These are important opportunities for built-in professional development time for our staff.  These will work as follows:

  • Once per month on various Wednesdays, school will start later than normal.  On these days, the bell to start school will ring at 9:45 am.  In most cases, students should start arriving to Jackson for morning line-up at 9:30 am.  For families who need to maintain the same schedule for student late arrival days this year, supervision will be made available at 9:10 am.  Transportation is not provided at this earlier time.
  • Kindergarten will have a modified schedule on these days, with AM kindergarten from 9:45 am to 11:55 am and PM kindergarten from 12:55 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • Before school care will be provided by the Elmhurst Park District on these scheduled District 205 Student Late Arrival Days for Rec Station participants who are registered for Wednesday morning Rec Station.  For more information about the Rec Station program, please call the Park District's Program Manager at 630-993-8678.
  • The Student Late Arrival Schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

Wednesday, September 14

Wednesday, October 19    

Wednesday, November 9       

Wednesday, December 14  

Wednesday, January 25

Wednesday, February 15

Wednesday, March 15

Wednesday, April 19

Wednesday, May 17

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 4/7/17




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The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.

District 205 anticipates being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/3/17




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The Elmhurst History Museum reminds second graders and their schools that the annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest will soon begin. Packets with contest information and entry forms will be sent to all District 205 second grade teachers during the first week of April. The 2017 deadline for poster entries is Friday, May 5, by 5:00 PM. Schools with ten or more participants will earn a $100 grant for the school’s library from the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, so please be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity. For more information or to download entry forms, visit the History Museum’s website.

 

Winners and their families will be honored at a reception in the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center on Wednesday, May 24, at 4:00 PM. In addition, the contest winners will be invited to march in the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29 and be recognized by the City Council on Monday, June 5. Posters will be displayed at the museum throughout the summer months, and winning entries will be exhibited at Elmhurst City Hall.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/30/17




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The Elmhurst District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students and 6th – 8th grade choir students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year ‘round.

  • The Summer Instrumental Music Program will run from June 12 through July 14. (No class on July 3 or 4.)
  • The registration fee is $92.00. The registration fee includes a Summer Instrumental Program T shirt.
  • Rehearsals for current elementary band and orchestra students (incoming 5th and 6th graders) will be held Monday through Thursday mornings at Bryan Middle School. Each rehearsal is one hour. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 3rd holiday). The final performances will be on FRIDAY, morning, July 14.
  • Rehearsals for current middle school band and orchestra students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at York High School. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 4th holiday). Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.
  • NEW this year, current middle school choir students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) may participate in the summer choir at York High School on Monday and Wednesday evenings (No Class on Monday, July 3rd). Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.

The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation 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 whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program began on March 20, 2017. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore (District) link, also found on the District 205 website: www.elmhurst205.org. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 12, 2017. More details can be found on the Summer School website.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/28/17




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Bryan Middle School is excited to welcome our incoming 6th grade parents on Thursday, May 18th. All current 5th grade families who will be attending BMS are welcome to attend.

 

Our program will start promptly at 7:00 in the auditorium. 6th grade teachers, support staff, current students, and administrators will be there to help support the transition to the middle school.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone at Bryan Middle School! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office at 630-617-2350.  

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/23/17




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Running Club (for 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders) for the spring will begin again on Tuesday April 11th and continue through until May 25th. If you participated in the fall session, there is no need to turn in a new waiver.  If you wish to join as a new runner this spring, please click here for the waiver. The waiver must be returned in order to participate. 

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/23/17




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Each day at school, our students recite the Jackson School Pledge following the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a character pledge which has connections with the our PBIS initiative to help students be successful.
 

At Jackson School, we:

Are prepared

* Have a positive attitude

* Make wise choices

* Work and play safely

 

This year, our staff has continued its work with our students to try to help them operationalize this pledge; students need to understand what these statement look and sound like.
 

Some of these teaching efforts occur in common areas and during the lunch hour. Throughout the year, we will be recognizing some students who step up to demonstrate these characteristics during the lunch hour.

For the character pledge of being prepared, our lunch staff nominated the following students for our lunch PAWS award:
 

First Grade:

Sahana Pandya

Nyla Palumbo

Amy Wang

 

Second Grade:

Jason Kaci

Noah Cooley

Ruari Van Santen

 

Third Grade:

Amy Pontrelli

Anthony Patrone

Liam Shea

 

Fourth Grade:

Austin Lee

Ashley Winters

Emma Stancy

 

Fifth Grade:

Sydney Dickinson

Connor Shea

Vincent Bonesteel

 

Congratulations to all of our award recipients and thank you to all students who step up to be prepared during their days at Jackson!

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/22/17




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Congratulations to all of the 45 Jackson Jaguars who came out and competed in the 21st Annual District 205 Chess Tournament on March 14th.  Placing within the top 10 in each of their grades were the following:

 

2nd Grade:    6th place - Madden Michalski

 

3rd Grade:    3rd place - Liam Shea

 

5th Grade:    10th place - Alex Casey

   

 

The last Chess Club of the year is Friday, March 24.

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/17/17




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By now, you should have received your child’s personalized order form and stickers. I hope you are as excited about your child’s artwork as much as they are!

 

It’s not too late to order your child’s keepsake art. The order deadline of Wednesday, March 22nd is quickly approaching. 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.

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.

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/17/17




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The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.

In addition to the PARCC assessment, state and federal regulations require each school to assess achievement in science for students in 5th grade, 8th
grade and high school biology. The Illinois Science Assessment will be administered in each school between Monday, March 13 and Friday, March 24. This assessment is approximately one hour in length and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.

We anticipate being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/15/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, March 15. 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.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 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

 

The 2016-17 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: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/10/17




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The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. 

At Jackson, students in 4th grade will complete the PARCC test between April 4-7, and students in 3rd and 5th grade will complete the PARCC test between April 10-24.

 

In addition to the PARCC assessment, state and federal regulations require each school to assess achievement in science for students in 5th grade, 8th grade, and high school biology.  At Jackson, the Illinois Science Assessment will be administered on Monday, March 13. This assessment is approximately one hour in length and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.

 

We anticipate that we will be able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of the PARCC assessment, please contact Mr. Anderson.

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/10/17




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Our student council is holding a fund raiser to support the Anthony Rizzo foundation for childhood cancer and Lurrie's Children's memorial. 

On March 23rd, students will be able to wear and hold various glow items while they enjoy a dimly lit lunchroom.  We did this last year, and it was a memorable lunch for the Jaguars.  Between March 13-17, students will be able to order and pay for the glow objects so that they are ready to go on March 23rd.  Thanks for supporting our student council's efforts.

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/10/17




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The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive and is asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will begin on Monday, March 6th and conclude on Friday, May 12th. Look for collection bins in our school foyers. Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa, as well as to Indian Reservations in the United States.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/4/17




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Each day at school, our students recite the Jackson School Pledge following the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a character pledge which has connections with the our PBIS initiative to help students be successful.
 

At Jackson School, we:

Are prepared

* Have a positive attitude

* Make wise choices

* Work and play safely

 

This year, our staff has continued its work with our students to try to help them operationalize this pledge; students need to understand what these statement look and sound like.
 

Some of these teaching efforts occur in common areas and during the lunch hour. Throughout the year, we will be recognizing some students who step up to demonstrate these characteristics during the lunch hour.

For the character pledge of working and playing safely, our lunch staff nominated the following students for our lunch PAWS award:
 

First Grade:

Isabella Perri

Chiara Crain

Nathan Shell

 

Second Grade:

Sarah Gerbasi

Taylor Stepanich

Kayla Winters

 

Third Grade:

Kayla Callahan

David Wiewiura

Lucy Stamm

 

Fourth Grade:

Emma LaMorte

Rafael Canete

Ryan Hayes

 

Fifth Grade:

Jake Fujiwara

Nora Jardon

Hailey Glitto

 

Congratulations to all of our award recipients and thank you to all students who step up to work and play safely during their days at Jackson!

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/3/17




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Hopefully, you have heard the exciting news by now that Jackson Elementary School has partnered with Square1 Art and that each student has been creating a masterpiece of their own that is now complete. 

The wait is over, and you will see the artwork that your child created on their very own personalized Square1 Art catalog and order form.  These personalized catalogs should have been sent home this week.
 

Through Square1 Art, you will be able to order timeless keepsakes of your child’s artwork to cherish for years to come.  These would make great gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!  Take a sneak peek at all of the great gifts you can order at www.square1art.com/shop. Celebrate your child's artistic achievement!

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/3/17




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The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive, and they are asking for your support with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, the Key Club has successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will start Monday, March 6th  and conclude on Friday, May 12th.  Jackson will collect shoes to support the Key Club.  Collection will occur through our main office.
 

Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa as well as Indian Reservations in the United States. Many times families in these places need to pick between shoes and food, so we aim to provide the shoes for free.
 

For more information on the charity itself, such as where the shoes are going or how they are getting there, we’ve attached the link of the Soles for Kids website for your convenience.

http://solesforkids.org/index.html

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 3/3/17




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At its February 28 meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2017-18 school year calendar, which includes parent-teacher conference dates/times; student late arrival dates/times; and quarter/trimesters/semesters. It is posted at www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/1/17




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Tickets are selling fast to The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala to be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. The event features great food and drink, as well as entertaining fundraising games and raffles. The auctions feature a York student parking pass, great tickets to Cubs, Hawks, Bulls and Bears games, signed merchandise by pro athletes (Arrieta, Crawford, Butler and more), multiple concert tickets, tasting events at Cuvee and Red Arrow, an in-home cooking class for 16, a Napa Valley trip, $2000 credit for orthodontic treatment and other amazing items.

Support future ready learning while having a great time for a good cause! Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to choose one of the following trips: 4-night stay in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included. To purchase a ticket, please contact Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at lfanelli@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2328.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/28/17




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The PTA Council will once again be holding its annual Fannie May candy sale which helps fund scholarships for York High School seniors. Be on the lookout for the sales catalog and order form, which will be coming home in your children’s backpack soon! Order forms and checks made payable to Elmhurst PTA Council will be due to the school office or can be returned to Megan Winton, 577 W. Comstock, Elmhurst, by March 2nd. Candy orders will be delivered to your door on April 3rd, just in time for Easter.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/27/17




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This year, the DuPage Region of the Illinois Principals Association will be offering new and exciting opportunities for your students to earn scholarships to camps, enrichment programs, colleges and universities that your students plan on attending.

 

They will be offering up to three scholarships this year, and the students chosen will be honored at our Student Recognition Breakfast on April 24, 2017.  Students enrolled in Kindergarten through eighth grade have the opportunity to earn up to $250 to a camp or enrichment program they plan on attending in the Spring/Summer of 2017, and high school Seniors have the opportunity to apply for a $500 scholarship to a college or university they plan on attending in the Fall of 2017. They will be awarding one elementary scholarship, one middle school scholarship and one high school scholarship.

 

In order for the student to apply, the principal or assistant principal of the building must be a member of the Illinois Principals Association.  All students meeting this and other criteria listed on the scholarship application are eligible to apply.

 

The scholarship applications are below in two separate Google forms (Elementary/Middle School and High School).  Students will need to fill out the form and answer questions; there are also additional materials that students have to email, all of which are indicated on the application.

 

Scholarship applications are due by Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

 

 

Elementary/Middle School Scholarship Application Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUmtjlggRZ6t3Rf89cKg7OBwLBZ6h4T21QI1FNuG44ApMwBg/viewform


 

High School Scholarship Application Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScik-EPbAtC6AdAfVW1a8GU7Kv6Mwyk2ImBUbcYcdPHE3l9vw/viewform

 

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 2/24/17




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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!

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 2/17/17




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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

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 8th. The 21st annual Student Chess Tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 14th, 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.
ribbons 
receive; 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. Last year, over 200 students participated in the tournament.

Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slips 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: 2/16/17




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Know an outstanding youth volunteer? The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, the presentation of which will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Sandburg Middle School. Nominations are being accepted for young volunteers who reside within Elmhurst District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.

 

To receive a paper nomination form, call the City of Elmhurst at 630-530-3010 or visit www.elmhurst.org/1291/Exemplary-Youth-Service-Award to access the online form. Nominees must be students in grades K-12; service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations must be received by Friday March 10, 2017. Award winners will be personally congratulated by the Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, with a reception following the program. For more information, contact Youth Commission Chair Jackie Tamer at jackietamer@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/14/17




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With a theme of The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala will be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. Join a community of friends ready to support a learning revolution by raising funds that will help promote future ready learning and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools. The event promises to be an elegant and entertaining evening featuring a plated dinner, beverages, raffles, awesome mini and live auctions, as well as an opportunity to hear about new trends in learning spaces and education. Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to chose one of the following trips: 4-nights stay in Puntacana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included.  To purchase a raffle ticket, please email Pam Hamil at pjhamil@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/9/17




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On Tuesday evening, January 24, the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education approved the appointment of three new elementary principals who will serve Emerson, Jackson and Lincoln Schools in 2017-18. All three will begin work in District 205 on July 1, 2017.
 

Christine Trendel will be heading up Jackson Elementary School next fall.

 She comes to Elmhurst from Naperville District 203, where she has served for three years as the assistant principal of the highly diverse Mill Street Elementary School. She has served as the point person on special education issues and has direct experience with a Spanish dual language program.
 

Previously, she was a third and fourth grade teacher in Arlington Heights District 25 for four years, where she also worked as an assistant principal. She was the District’s Teaching and Learning Facilitator for five years, where she led professional development for teachers and administrators. “I am honored and excited to be appointed principal at Jackson Elementary School. I am looking forward to developing positive relationships with each parent and staff member. Working in partnership, I am confident that all students will be challenged, nurtured, and motivated to be innovative learners and leaders,” said Ms. Trendel.
 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish Teaching from the University of Illinois, Champaign; a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University and a General Administrative endorsement from Roosevelt University. "Christine is a natural leader. She has experience with diverse learning populations, a deep understanding of instruction and the effective use of data, and demonstrated success working with students with special needs. Her combination of building and district-level experience will be invaluable in helping us manage the change process. She is the right person at the right time, and we are lucky to have her," said Dr. Moyer.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 1/27/17




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We are looking to locate potential kindergarteners and new first grade students for the 2017-2018 school year.  Eligible kindergarten students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2017.  If you have a child who may be eligible, please call the Jackson office.

If you know of a family in your neighborhood that may have a child that is eligible, please encourage them to call.  Our number is 630-834-4544. 

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 12/9/16




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Parents or guardians are expected to schedule vacations during the summer or on school holidays. In instances where absences are requested for vacation, parents and guardians must submit a written request to the principal two weeks in advance. The absence will be considered unexcused if this procedure is not followed. Students approved for a vacation will be expected to complete missing class work after returning. Students will be given one day for each day missed to make up work. Teachers will not provide class work or assignments in advance.

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Posted by: Ryan Anderson
Published: 8/19/16