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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

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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

January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day... NO SCHOOL

January 16- PTA Meeting 8:30 am
January 16- PTA Rec Night 3rd Grade 6:30-7:30
January 17 - Student Late Arrival
January 17 - Emerson Singers sing National Anthem at Elmhurst College evening basketball game
January 17- PTA Rec Night Kindergarten 6:30-7:30
January 18- PTA Rec Night 4th Grade 6:30-7:30
January 22 - Teacher Institute Day...NO SCHOOL for students
January 23- PTA Rec Night 5th Grade 6:30-7:30
January 24- PTA Rec Night 1st Grade 6:30-7:30
January 25- PTA Rec Night 2nd Grade 6:30-7:30

See Emerson Events for additional calendar items

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


Special Announcement! One of our own Emerson families, the Greves Family, was chosen as this year’s recipient for the No Frills Fun Run this year! All proceeds from the event will go to their family, here is the website with more information! http://nofrillsfunrun.org/index.html


Drawn by Frannie Buxton, 4th grader

Author/Illustrator David Biedrzycki Visits Emerson School

Emerson News


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Happy Friday!

We had a great first week back at Emerson!  The students jumped right back into learning and were working hard all week. On Monday, some of our 5th grade students did an awesome job reteaching the rest of the students our PBIS expectations of respectful, responsible and engaged behavior across the day!  This week we also received new touchscreen chromebooks for our kindergarten and second grade classrooms because our school was chosen for a primary grade technology pilot!  The teachers are very excited to use this new technology!  On Wednesday, the students met with their future focused learning buddies and learned about adaptability and flexible thinking. The students had such good discussions with their buddies about how to be flexible thinkers and go with the flow!  We all demonstrated flexibility this week with our plumbing troubles… but good news, as of this afternoon the issue has been resolved!

Notes and Reminders:

-Thank you to everyone who has taken the 5 Essential Survey!  We met our goal! We have had 21% of parents respond so far and we need at least 20% for our results to be counted! These results are used to drive our school improvement plan, go into our state report card and are a part of our school ranking when organizations assign rankings.  Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the survey, if you haven’t taken it yet you still have until January 31st to complete the survey. Here is the link to the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

-Next week we have no school on Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day) and Student Late Arrival on Wednesday. Monday, January 22nd is also a non-attendance day for the students for Teacher Institute.


-Wednesday, January 17 evening the Emerson Singers will be singing the National Anthem at the Elmhurst College Basketball game if you would like to come out at support!


-PTA Rec Nights are starting next week!  Here are the dates:

  • 3rd grade: Tuesday, January 16, 2017
  • Kindergarten: Wednesday, January 17, 2017
  • 4th grade: Thursday, January 18, 2017
  • 5th grade: Tuesday, January 23, 2017
  • 1st grade: Wednesday, January 24, 2017
  • 2nd grade: Thursday, January 25, 2017

    -Friday, February 9th is our first PTA Trivia Night!  We would love to see you there!

    -Read below for information from the D205 Foundation regarding their upcoming fundraiser!


    I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and welcome back!

    Michelle Thompson



    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.

    The Foundation's goal is to provide enhanced opportunities for students to learn and practice skills that will better prepare them for their future. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in educational enhancements that bring added resources and creative educational opportunities to the classrooms of Elmhurst District 205.


    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. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala for details.



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