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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

April 9-20- PARCC Testing 3rd-5th grade only
April 17- 7:00pm PTA Meeting

April 19- Incoming Kinder Parent Information Night

6:00 PTA Tour, 6:30-7:00 Teacher Presentation, 7:00 PTA Tour

April 25- Student Late Arrival
April 26- Spring Celebration of Learning 5:30-7:00
April 27- Pajama Day!
April 27- Fairy Tale Follies Night Performance
May 1- Spring Sing!  Grade level performances during the day and Emerson Singers 6:30-7:00 pm

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!



Drawn by Frannie Buxton, 4th grader

Full STEAM Ahead at Emerson!


Happy Friday!


Spring has arrived!! We had a busy but fun week at Emerson! We got back into our groove after PARCC testing and I have seen many students working on some awesome work to share with you next Thursday at the Spring Celebration of Learning! I’ve seen (and participated in) interesting science projects, amazing WeVideos and witnessed some stellar writing going on. We can’t wait to share our learning with you next week! On Wednesday of this week we had a PBIS Celebration to let the students know they earned another celebration. We also had future focused learning buddies and we learned about how to be courageous. On Thursday night, we welcomed our incoming kindergarten parents with an information night, it’s hard to believe we are at that point in the year already! Next week is Fairy Tale Follies! I know Mrs. Wenig, Ms. Kawa and the students have been working so hard to prepare, I can’t wait to see the show!!



We look forward to seeing you Thursday night from 5:30-7:00pm! Be sure to stop by the library, the multipurpose (lunch) room and Senorita Q’s room to see additional projects and art work!


SPRING SING TIMES… May 1st is our Emerson Spring Sing

  • 5th Grade: 8:45-9:15 am
  • 4th Grade: 10:00-10:30 am
  • 1st Grade: 12:15-12:45 pm
  • 2nd Grade 1:15-1:45 pm
  • 3rd Grade 2:15-2:25 pm
  • Emerson Singers… 6:30-7:00 pm



While we cannot accommodate parent requests for particular teachers, we do value your input and hope that you will share any insights you have about your child’s learning. We spend a great deal of time and effort making class placements each year, and try our best to consider each child’s needs. If you would like to share any input, please send me an email or a written letter to the office before the end of April. Also, at this point our only anticipated certified staff movement will be Ms. Herman looping up to teach second grade. There will be four sections of second grade and three sections of first grade next year. Thank you!



Next year all elementary schools will be using standards based report cards! We will be holding an information session for parents prior to the May PTA meeting to share information about Standards Based Report Cards if you are interested. The session will begin at 6:15pm in the library. More information sessions will follow in the Fall if you are not able to attend!



Our PBIS Tier one team met earlier this month, here is an update from the team!  The students have earned their All School Celebration for filling the buckets with Soar Slips! The winning celebration will be an all school picnic on Friday, May 4th! We are looking for parent volunteers, please fill in the Sign Up Genius if you are interested in helping us out! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090945AAAE2DA3FF2-allschool


Our next B Sticker day will be on May 3rd! We are also continuing to promote PBIS in the lunchroom! Classrooms can now also earn Talon Tokens by winning the Golden Spoon as a class!


We will have one final Future Focused Learning Buddies on May 9th that will be a wrap up on using all of the skills we learned!


¿Qué pasa en la clase de español?

Does the snow in April have you daydreaming of a warm getaway? 5th graders have been planning a vacation to a Spanish speaking country and plan to display their work at our "Vacation Expo" during the Spring Celebration of Learning! Come find your next trip in the Spanish Room 206 on April 26th. Interested in staying up to date with the happenings in your child's Spanish class? Please check out the most recent update! -Señorita Q


Additional Notes and Reminders:

  • April 25th and May 9th are our last two Late Arrival dates this year!
  • Thursday, April 26th from 5:30-7:00pm for the Spring Celebration of Learning (formerly known as Brag Night)
  • Friday, April 27th is Fairy Tale Follies… the show begins at 6:00 pm!
  • Mark your calendar!  We are going to be having a Make A Difference Day at Emerson!  The Parent School Improvement Team, PTA, and scout troops are all working to beautify the outside of Emerson. More info to come but we will be looking for volunteers to help with outside work at school on Sunday, May 20th!
  • Field Day will be Tuesday, May 22nd!
  • See below for a message from D205!


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson



Future Focused Listening Group/Conversation: May 2nd at 6:30 PM

You’ve likely heard that the District is creating a Master Facility Plan that will focus on educational needs for students, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), All Day Kindergarten, and Future Ready Learning. The plan will also address pressing maintenance and facility needs.


Several options for meeting these goals have been developed. The District planning team would like to gather feedback from parents and the community so that plans can be refined and the next steps defined.


You are invited to be part of a Field-specific listening group/conversation on May 2nd, at 6:30 PM in the Field Auditorium. The District will share draft plans and gather feedback about Field School.


I also hope you will be able to attend one of the four Future Focused community presentations. Additional information about the full Master Facility Plan will be shared at these meetings, and you will have the opportunity to provide feedback about the full plan. The same information will be presented at all four meetings, so please attend the one that is most convenient for you.


Saturday, May 12th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

York Community High School


Monday, May 14th from 7-9 p.m.

Churchville Middle School


Wednesday, May 23rd from 7-9 p.m

Bryan Middle School


Wednesday, May 30th from 7-9 p.m

Sandburg Middle School


Please share these dates with friends, family and neighbors. The District would like to hear from everyone, including residents who do not currently have students enrolled in D205 schools. Please invite them to join the conversation!

Emerson News


The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program held Wednesday, April 18, at Sandburg Middle School in front of a packed house. Ken Bartels served as Master of Ceremonies. District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer and Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley welcomed the honorees and their families.

The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well–being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The 83 honorees ranged in age from elementary through high school. Nine groups and 18 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Anaszewiczand Alderman Marti Deuter.Speakers for the evening included Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients from Kartwheels for Kids, a group of five York High School students who have been volunteering and fundraising together since they were fifth graders.

Other Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients included an elementary group known as the Sweet Treats and the following individuals: from Churchville Middle School – Jackie Cimino and Cayliann Gillie and from York High School – Sean Hayes, Dani Kolosiekeand Samantha Uditsky.

The program will air on Uverse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 6 next month and will also be available for viewing at www.ElmhurstTV.com. The program is linked below.

Youth Commissioners include: Jackie Tamer (Chair), Kim Brigman, Jan DeCoursey, Sharon Karpiel, Marisa Mancini, Patricia McKernan, Bob Rasho, Derek Schlager, Mark Soehn, Ann Zimmer, Dan Corrigan, Nick Waldenmeyer, Melea Smith and Alderman Dannee Polomsky.

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Kartwheels for Kids

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Sweet Treats


On Tuesday, April 24, at the D205 Board of Education meeting, there will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company, which will highlight various facility options, overlaid with findings from Focus 205. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York. All community members are welcomed to attend. As a reminder, the new boundary report was presented by Cropper GIS at the April 10 meeting. To view other related presentations delivered to the Board over the last few months, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/masterfacilityplan.

There will be multiple opportunities to participate in Future Focused community meetings during the Master Facility Plan process. Please make an effort to attend one of these meetings so you are informed about proposed changes that may affect you.

  • Saturday, May 12, 9:30 – 11:30 am, York High School
  • Monday, May 14, 7 – 9 pm, Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 pm, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 pm, Sandburg Middle School 

Your feedback and participation throughout this entire process is important. Come join the conversation!


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.”




The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM in the York High Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeo, Fratello, Gulliver, Lou Malnati, Mama Maria and Roberto's. Newcomers include Aurelio's and Rosati's.

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration.

Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our  EC-12 schools. For more information and to purchase entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line, click HERE.




The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th - 8th grade band and orchestra students and all current 6th - 8th grade choir students to continue practicing in an ensemble during the summer. Consistent, regular practice during the summer helps students to retain and reinforce concepts and skills that they have learned during the school year and helps them continue to learn and grow as young musicians.

  • Summer Band and Orchestra for current elementary students will run June 4 through June 29 at Sandburg Middle School. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday mornings. Each rehearsal is one hour. The final performances will be on Friday morning, June 29 at Sandburg Middle School.
  • Summer Band, Orchestra, and Choir for current middle school students will run June 4 – July 6 at York High School from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Band and Orchestra rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Choir rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. There will be no rehearsals on July 3rd and 4th. The final performance will be on Friday, July 6 at York High School.
  • The registration fee for all levels is $92.00. The fee includes a Summer Music Program T shirt.
  • Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band at no additional cost.
  • Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost.

The Dist. 205 Summer Music Program welcomes students who will be on vacation for some rehearsals and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend as often as they can! Students who practice during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band, orchestra, and choir. We strongly encourage your child to participate as much as they are able!

Please see the attached summer music program description for more detailed course information, rehearsal times, and registration options. If you have questions, please contact Brian Berg (bberg@elmhurst205.org) or your child's band or orchestra director.

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program will open on Monday, March 19, 2018. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore at this link. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 4, 2018.


What is a PLC? In District 205, PLCs play an important role in promoting student growth and building the capacity of our teachers. But what is a PLC and what is its function?

PLC stands for Professional Learning Community. PLCs are designed to ensure high levels of teacher collaboration focused on student learning. They can take many forms. Examples include ensuring that teachers of the same grade level or subject area, as well as instructional coaches, special education teachers and support staff, have time to analyze assessment data, share best practices for success, and plan for future learning.

PLC groups meeting during student late arrival days, institute days and also during the school day at various times throughout the week.

Watch the video below, and let our teachers show you how PLCs are utilized in D205 schools. 




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