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Attendance Line

630-617-8264

Program Info

Office Staff

Kondrat, Susan
Principal
Rios, Erica
Secretary erios@elmhurst205.org
Taddei, Ann
Lead Secretary ataddei@elmhurst205.org

Parent Liaison

Delgado, Adriana
Staff

Nurses

Janis, Cara
Staff
Ziccardi, Angela
Staff

Great Days at Madison!

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May 24, 2018-Last Day of School for Students

 

 

SUMMER SCHOOL SCHEDULE

 

MONDAY, JUNE 11 TO TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018

                   (ATTENDANCE DAYS ARE DAILY MONDAY-THURSDAY)                     

NO SCHOOL JULY 4-5, 2018

8:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M

 

 

Summer School Office Hours

 

June 11, 2018 through July 6, 2018

Monday-Thursday

9:00 am till 1:00 pm

 

 

FIRST STUDENT BUS FORMS SENT HOME-  Bus forms were sent home in backpacks last week and are needed ASAP.  This form is for students that used First Student bus transportation previously.  Parents please return your completed bus form to the office if you would like bus service for your child in the fall.  If you can't get in to the office to drop it off, please fax to 630-617-2385.

 

***Children who will be Kindergarten eligible at the end of next school year will be placed in an afternoon session.  This is done in order to allow space for students who are newly three years old when they enter throughout the year the opportunity to be available for learning by attending in the morning session.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to grant AM session preferences for older students as we are currently at our maximum enrollment capacity every year.  If you have a session preference due to extenuating circumstances, you can send in a written request for a session along with the reason for the request to your child’s teacher or give your request to the office staff on or before May 11, 2018. We will try to accommodate some requests if received by this date but we cannot guarantee that you will receive the session requested as balanced classrooms and certain ratios must be maintained and space is not available to accommodate many requests.  We will notify all registered parents by June 8, 2018 of your child’s session so that you will have plenty of time to make arrangements for child care, etc. before the school year begins. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to make the best placements for all of our students for the upcoming school year.

 

News

5/23/18

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

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

 


 

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5/12/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5/10/18

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

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

View the Kindergarten video created by D205 Communications Office here:
 

 

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Madison Sensory Garden Schematic

Madison Sensory Garden Schematic