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Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM
K, 1, 4 - Lunch  
11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

2, 4, 5 - Lunch 
11:35 AM - 12:05 PM

AM Kindergarten
8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:05 PM to 3:00 PM

Student Late Arrival
Instructional Schedule

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

Student Late Arrival Dates

September 14,  October 19,

November 9, December 14,

January 25, February 15,

March 15, April 19 and May 17

Parent Links

Office Contacts

Bailey, Jane
Manuel, Jon Monique
Lead Secretary
Guerino, Michelle
Assistant Secretary
Loza Navarro, Eren
Parent Liaison




Please continue the community conversation by participating in the star step of our Focus205/Thoughtexchange survey. In step 2, participants will review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best. This will help us to better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205. To date, over 600 participants have shared over 2,400 thoughts.

Even if you could not participate in the first part of this process, you are invited to participate in this next step. 
Click here to self-register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. To access frequently asked questions about the process, please click here.


Please join The Annie LeGere Foundation in raising allergy awareness this Halloween. Please display a teal pumpkin sign on your door to let trick-or-treaters know you have non-food treats available. Signs can be downloaded here. Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy, if you choose to hand out both items. Examples of items may include:

  • glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • pencils, pens, crayons, or markers
  • bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • mini slinkies
  • whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • bouncy balls
  • finger puppets or novelty toys
  • spider rings
  • vampire fangs
  • mini notepads
  • playing cards
  • bookmarks
  • stickers

Help make Halloween safe and enjoyable for all children. To learn more go to


The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence unanimously approved to provide $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom project, a pilot program that will create three future ready classrooms at the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade levels. The Foundation will use proceeds earned throughout the year to help fund the project, which began this summer and should be completed in late fall of 2016.

Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”

Schools selected for project are Fischer (Dawin Strelow/ Kindergarten), Lincoln (Cecilia Dunn/third grade) and Bryan Middle School (Erin Fox/6th grade). In the spring of 2016, all three teachers, along with principals Jane Bailey (Fischer) and Jacquie Discipio (Bryan), as well as Mr. Bresnahan and Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli, participated in Future Ready Model Classroom workshops, led by Wight and Company, the District’s architects. “You could feel the excitement in the room as teachers and administrators collaborated on a vision for the future that would permanently impact the classroom experience on a daily basis,” said Mrs. Fanelli.


Architectural firm Wight & Company was hired by the District as part of a process to develop a long-range Facility Master Plan. Wight has completed a facility study that resulted in an educational alignment guide. Findings and recommendations from this guide will be used to move forward. According to Wight, ready schools must be “agile” and accommodate small group collaboration, learning commons, hubs for social learning, tech-infused spaces, STEM and maker spaces, as well as addressing safety and security considerations, health and comfort, fitness/wellness and outdoor learning.


“The fact that we received multiple Thiems Grant applications requesting new types of seating options, desks and other furnishings, is evidence that teachers want their classrooms to evolve in order to meet current needs,” said Geri Sorrentino, Foundation Programs Chair and District REACH teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.

These model classrooms will allow people to go beyond imagining what future ready learning environments could be and will actually make the vision come to life in these spaces. Both the Board of Education and Superintendent Moyer have expressed gratitude to the Foundation Board for their support in this project. “These classrooms will assist with future planning to ensure that, one day, all District 205 students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes engagement, rigor, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and citizenship in the global information age,” commented Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent of Schools.

Following the completion of these model classrooms, the plan is to gather feedback from participating teachers and students to develop a recommendation toward a District standard for furniture, finishes and integrating classroom technology, as part of a visionary Facility Master Plan. These model classrooms will test and inform that process.

There will be a special public open house at Bryan Middle School on Monday, October 24, from 5:15 to 6:35 PM, just prior to the Focus 205 focus group meetings, held at the three District 205 middle schools from 7 to 8:30 PM.

"We are thrilled with the Foundation's support for Future Ready learning in the District. We could not be more appreciative and are excited for the potential that this project has to begin to shape future decisions about how we utilize space to support learning and teaching," noted Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

This project is another example of supporting innovation and positioning the District for the future. The Foundation has funded and supported numerous pilots over the years, most of which have later been adopted to benefit teachers and students.

Detailed information about plans for the classrooms, as well as the opportunity to make a donation supporting the project, can be found on the District 205 Foundation website:


On Monday, October 24, Focus 205 focus group meetings will be held at each of our three middle schools - Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg - from 7 to 8:30 PM. Parents of elementary and high school students are encouraged to attend their child's "feeder" middle school; parents of middle school students are invited to attend their child’s current school. Community members are also invited to participate.

These meetings will involve a short formal presentation on what the future ready classroom looks like, as well as an overview of the educational alignment study conducted by architects Wight & Company last spring. This will be followed by asking for reaction from attendees to some related questions. There will be a moderator and a note taker to record comments. This feedback will help shape the Monday, December 5, Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6 at York High School. Please join the conversation!


Also on October 24, catch a glimpse of the new future ready model classroom at Bryan Middle School, which was just unveiled this week. An open house will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 PM, just prior to the focus group meetings. For more information, click here.


Honor the Elmhurst Community’s holiday tradition and order a festive Nova Scotia Balsam tree for your front yard from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation’s holiday tree sale. Proceeds from the tree sale will support educational grants, enhancements and programs that benefit the students of Elmhurst Public Schools.

An outdoor tree is $19 and neighborhood group orders of 4 or more will be delivered free of charge on Nov 26th. Individual orders of outdoor yard trees, as well as an assortment of beautiful indoor trees, may also be purchased for receipt on December 3rd. Visit for more information and to learn about being a neighborhood tree captain. Orders due Friday, October 28th.


Mindset Matters

This year we will be working on Mindset at Conrad Fischer School. Think for a minute about your beliefs. Do you believe that we each have a certain level of intelligence and specific talents or do you believe that most basic abilities can be developed through dedication, perseverance, and hard work?  


Carol Dweck, a noted Psychology Professor at Stanford University, teaches us that a growth mindset creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for accomplishing our goals despite challenges, setbacks, and adversity. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and increases achievement in all areas of life from the classroom to the athletic arena and the workplace.   


A fixed mindset occurs in those who do well in school as well as those who struggle. You can make a difference by what you say and how your respond to your child. We instill a growth mindset in our children when we praise them for effort rather than simply reinforcing how smart they are. Messages like “You’re so smart!” reinforce natural ability and that effort is not essential for success. Recent research even shows that a growth mindset can overcome the effects of poverty.


Let your child see your thinking. Think aloud as you make decisions or solve problems. Many children are simply doing, but we want them to be learning and growing through mistakes, trying again, and persistence in the face of challenge. Many of these ideas they practice willingly when they play video games. Before you know it, their effort pays off and they earn the reward, defeat the villain and/or win the game. Use those lessons to help your child understand that learning leads to growth, a sense of accomplishment and a taste of success.


For more information read Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Fall Fest 2016

Fall Fest 2016

Family fun for everyone!

Enrollment: 437

Dates to Remember

Monday 10/24 - Intramurals - 3:00-4:00 

Monday 10/24 - ESL Adult Classes - 6:00-8:50 

Monday 10/24 -  Focus 205 Churchville Community Event - 7:00 @ Churchville

Monday 10/26 - Intramurals -3:00-4:00

Monday 10/26 - ESL Adult Classes - 6:00-8:50 

Monday 10/26 - Intramurals -3:00-4:00

Monday 10/31 - Halloween - No school based celebration

Monday 10/31 - ESL Adult Classes - 6:00-8:50 

Monday 10/31 - Intramurals -3:00-4:00

Wednesday 11/2 - ESL Adult Classes - 6:00-8:50 

Friday 11/4 - End of 1st Trimester 

Wednesday 11/9 - Late Student Arrival

9:30 - Student arrival

9:45-11:55 AM Kdg

12:55-3:00 PM Kdg

9:45-3:00 Gr. 1-5

Friday 11/11 - Veteran's Day - Not a School holiday

Monday 11/14 - Vision and Hearing Screening

Tuesday 11/15 - 7:00 PTA Meeting – LRC - Free Babysitting 

Friday 11/17 - Student Progress Reports sent home in backpacks

Monday 11/21 - Regular student attendance - 8:15-3:00

  Parent.Teacher/Student Conferences 4:30-8:00

Tuesday 11/22 - No student attendance

  Parent.Teacher/Student Conferences 10:00AM -6:00PM

Wednesday 11/23 - Friday 11/25  Thanksgiving Break

Monday 11/28 - Classes resume at 8:15

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