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Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM

Lunch Period 1 

(1st, 2nd grade) 
10:55 AM - 11:55 AM

Lunch Period 2

(3rd, 4th & 5th grade)
11:25 AM - 12:25 PM

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

Parent Links

Office Contacts

Thompson, Michelle
Billenstein, Sheila
Lead Secretary sbillenstein@elmhurst205.org
Guimon, Eileen
Assistant Secretary eguimon@elmhurst205.org
Pavone, Karen


School Nurse

Charlene Roubik


Upcoming Important Dates

Dates to Remember

May 20- Emerson's Make a Difference Day!
May 21- Kindergarten Field Day and Picnic
May 22- 1st-5th Grade Field Day
May 24- 8:30 am Emerson "Listening Group" Meeting
May 24- Last Day of School for Kinder AM and PM
May 25- Last Day of School for 1st-5th grade (11:15 dismissal)

See Emerson Events for additional calendar items

Follow Emerson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year! @EmersonD205


Do you have an new Kinder or 1st Grade student for next year??

Follow this link for more information about Kindergarten and new to First Grade registration for the 2018/2019 school year!



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Emerson News


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.


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:



District 205 is working to develop the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. There are two community-wide Future Focused meetings remaining on the following dates and at these locations:

  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 PM, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 PM, Sandburg Middle School

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you, and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

The remaining Future Focused school-specific informational sessions are:

  • Wednesday, May 23 at Bryan - 6:15 PM
  • Thursday, May 24 at Emerson - 8:30 AM
  • Wednesday, May 30 at Sandburg - 6:15 PM

More information is available at www.elmhurst205/masterfacilityplan.


The final calendar of the 2017-18 school year was approved at the April 24 Board of Education meeting. Below is a list of last days and dismissal times. Both the calendar and last days are posted on the District website's calendar page. They are:

          May 24th:  Last day of school for Early Childhood students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for AM/PM kindergarten students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for high school students
          May 25th:  Last day of school for elementary school students (11:15 AM dismissal)
          May 25th:  Last day of school for middle school students (11:35 AM dismissal)



Calendario aprobado de fin de año

El calendario final del año escolar 2017-18 (final calendar of the 2017-18 school year) fue aprobado en la Reunión de la Junta del Consejo de Educación del 24 de Abril. A continuación se muestra una lista de los últimos días y los tiempos de salida. Tanto el calendario como los últimos días se publican en la página del calendario (calendar page) del sitio web del Distrito. Los días son:

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de preescolar.

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de Kinder AM/PM

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Preparatoria

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Primaria (Salida 11:15 AM)

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Secundaria (Salida 11:35 AM)


At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the Board heard from three teachers and an instructional coach about how the infusion of technology via the District’s Mobile Learning Implementation has dramatically changed student engagement in their classrooms. They also provided teacher feedback samples on the topics of creativity, student-to-device ratios and device types.

A video created by the Communications Office demonstrated these new and exciting modes of learning and teaching. Assistant Superintendent of Innovation & Growth Dr. Mark Cohen noted that “these skills fit our concept of being future ready and future focused, allowing for collaboration in the digital space beyond the walls of the classroom.”





Happy Friday!


We had a great penultimate week of school full of many fun and special events! On Monday, the Elmhurst Public Library came to tell the students about their Summer Reading Program.  They are awarding a trophy this year to the school that has the most percentage of their students participate. I know Emerson can bring home the win!!  Be sure to head to the library this summer to help your child participate in the program! On Tuesday, the third graders had an awesome field trip to the Chicago Historical Museum. From the pictures I have seen it looks like they had tons of fun! On Wednesday, the second graders had a beautiful day to experience a historical setting at the Napersettlement.  Congratulations to our 5th graders as they celebrated their DARE graduation on Thursday afternoon and thank you to Officer Hawkins and the Elmhurst Police Department for their partnership! Also, throughout the week the three kindergarten classrooms celebrated their moms with a Mother’s Day activity and sing. We also had the materials and labor donated to build a fence around our new teaching garden! Next week we are looking forward to our field day events, our last cultural assembly provided by PTA, Planting Day in our new teaching garden and the last day of school!


FIELD DAY REMINDERS: We will have a normal lunch on Tuesday (Field Day). There is no box lunch this year!  Students can bring their own lunch or buy a hot lunch just like a regular day. We will be starting the lunch time thirty minutes later than usual that day. 1st and 2nd lunch hour will be 11:30-12:30, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be 12:00-1:00.


5th GRADE CLAP OUT: Just a reminder, the 5th grade students will be “clapped out” next Friday morning at early dismissal time. They will walk through the halls and be applauded by all the other students, then come out through Door 5 (where they normally dismiss). We invite parents to create a tunnel outside that door for the students to walk through. They will begin their walk at 11:10 so parents, be sure to get there by 11:10 so you don’t miss it!  The other students will be dismissed after the clap out is over and the bell rings out their normal doors!


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK: We would love some extra help next week at a few events…

-Composting Day in the Lunchroom (Tuesday from 11:30-1:00), we will be teaching the students about composting in the lunchroom.

-Planting Day (Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-2:30), we would love extra hands in the new teaching garden to help guide students to plant and to help run a learning activity.

Please let me know if you are able to help volunteer! michellethompson@elmhurst205.org


YEARBOOKS: Yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday next week. If you missed the yearbook deadline and would like a yearbook for your child, please contact Lisa Moran via email at L_moran22@yahoo.com. Quantities are limited and the cost is $18 cash only. Please do not ask the office for extra yearbooks...you must contact Lisa for more information.


Additional Notes and Reminders:

  • Current student 18-19 registration… you should have received a snapcode email last week, please contact the Emerson office if you did not.
  • May 20th is Make a Difference Day… thank you to all of the families who have signed up to help! In case of inclement weather, we will email all families who signed up on Sunday morning if we need to postpone!
  • 1st-5th grade Field Day will be May 22nd and Kindergarten Field Day will be May 21st! The day for 1st-5th graders will consist of games in the morning, a regular lunch, and an awesome assembly in the afternoon… thank you PTA for your help planning all the events of the day!
  • Last Day of School…The last day for kindergarteners will be Thursday, May 24th with a regular dismissal schedule. The last day for 1st-5th graders will be Friday, May 25th. Dismissal will be at 11:15am!
  • Thursday, May 24th at 8:30 am is Emerson’s Listening Group with Dr. Moyer and a member of his cabinet. Please join us to learn about the future plans for D205!
  • See below for information from our PTA Go Green Committee and an Eat and Earn opportunity for the D205 Education Foundation!

Have a great weekend!

Michelle Thompson



No need to pack a lunch or cook dinner on Tuesday, May 22nd! Head to Currito  272 N. York Rd (next to Panera Bread) for  lunch and dinner entrees! You will be supporting the D205 Foundation which just funded close to $97,000 in educational grants for Elmhurst Public Schools. 20% of eat in or carry out purchases will be donated to the foundation all day! Remember to put your receipt in the ballot box near the register! 




The Go Green Committee is hosting a “Composting Day” in the Emerson lunchroom on Tuesday, May 22nd!  Go Green has donated a Hot Frog compost bin so we can make rich soil for our new Learning Garden.   We need to get it started and we need your help!


Please consider packing a lunch for your child on this day, filled with fruits and vegetables!  Encourage them to look for the compost collection when they’re done eating so they can toss their scraps (banana peels, apple cores, crusts of bread, etc) into the bin!


Do you have a green thumb and would like to volunteer in the lunchroom on Tuesday, May 22nd?  We’ll need some helpful eyes watching what goes IN and make sure the “no-no’s” don’t become a part of our wonderful mix.   Email Leslie Robbins at Leslie@LeslieGrayRobbins.comfor more info!


Ingredients to Include in Compost:

  • Any non-animal food scraps: fruits, vegetables, peelings, bread, cereal, coffee grounds and filters, tea leaves and tea bags (preferably minus the staples)
  • Old herbs and spices
  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings



  • Old, dry pasta
  • Nut shells
  • Corn cobs
  • Pits from mangos, avocados, peaches, plums, etc.


    Real No-Nos

  • Animal products — meat, bones, butter, milk, fish skins
  • Pet droppings, especially dogs & cats


    The raw materials that go into compost come from organic waste. These green, organic disposables can come from your garden, your kitchen (coffee grounds), and even your home at large.   The more of it you keep from the trash, the more you keep from landfills. According to the United States EPA, yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 20-30 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. That’s a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become beneficial, environmentally sound compost instead!


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