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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

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Office Contacts

Bailey, Jane
Manuel, Jon Monique
Lead Secretary




With snow in the forecast, now is the time to remind yourself of the various ways District 205 announces school closings and late start openings resulting from inclement weather. (And it’s also the time to think about childcare plans.) A late start or school closing announcement is made by 5:45 AM via the following channels:

• Information is first posted on the District's website at

• Talk205 phone calls, e-mail and SMS messages are sent out.

• A message is recorded on the District 205 Center’s main telephone line at (630) 834-4530.

• Notification is sent to the Emergency Closing Center, which broadcasts such information on WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), FOX-TV, and CLTV cable. Visit the .web site at

On a late start schedule day, buses will arrive at the usual pick-up points two hours later than their The late start schedule provides the flexibility to begin school two hours later than normal, allowing time for roads to be cleared and temperatures to rise. This alternative eliminates a situation where severe weather in the early morning leads to a decision to close schools for an entire day when it is not warranted.
regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should not arrive prior to two hours before their regular drop-off times. In the event a late start schedule is activated, class periods will be shortened, but dismissal times will not change.

Be sure to check out the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website for more details.


The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, December 14. 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.


Looking for York Duke Apparel for holiday gifts?  Here is your chance for easy shopping!  Once a year, the York Athletic Boosters brings the entire inventory of York Apparel from the bookstore to the vestibule of Door 1 at York High School for easy shopping for you.  No ID needed to get to the sale on this day only.  It doesn’t get any easier than this to browse through our complete inventory of York apparel.  This will be everything the bookstore offers – traditional hoodies, sweats, T-shirts, spirit jerseys, cozy flannel pants, hats, gloves, socks, house flags and more. Great gifts for any age –current students or future Dukes. Thursday, December 15th from 11:00-2:30pm and 7-8:30pm at Door #1, York Academic Bldg (west bldg)– Just come to York and you will see our signs!


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.

Is our Child Persistent?


Persistence is a word in the news these days as it relates to our children. Many believe that we must teach children the value of effort, persistence, and hard work over self-esteem. As they move through life your children will face challenges and adversity but will they be prepared? Yes, they will if you start now. Here are five things to keep in mind:

  1. Praise the effort not the accomplishment.

    1. “You really worked hard on that math problem.”

    2. “Your writing is really improving; your extra effort is paying off.”

    3. “Great job cleaning up your room; you conquered that challenge and I’ll bet that feels good.”

  2. Put kids in difficult but doable situations, and don’t help them too much. Offer guidance and support, but keep your hands off the challenge. Yes, they may get frustrated and there may be a few tears. Remember there is no gain without a little pain.

  3. Be a model! Point out examples of your persistence despite adversity and that what is worth doing is worth doing well. If your kids see you give up on something because it is hard, expect to see the same behavior from your children. Instead, point out your successes when you worked hard and put forth your best effort.

  4. Tell stories about your failures and read about the failures of famous people. Thomas Edison’s failures to invent the light bulb is an inspiring story for all.

  5. Teach your children to value failure - they will actually grow from their failures, not their successes.

Watch this story of America Rice, an 11 year-old with a job and a story to tell.

A Sneak Peek

The model kindergarten classroom is now open for learning.

Enrollment: 437

Dates to Remember

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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