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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

March 19-23- Jump Rope for Heart
March 19- Illinois Science Assessment 5th grade only
March 20- PTA Meeting 8:30 am in Multipurpose Room
March 23- Full STEAM Ahead... Make Across Emerson Event!
March 26-31-No School... Spring Break
April 9-20- PARCC Testing 3rd-5th grade only
April 10- Science Olympiad!

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

Author/Illustrator David Biedrzycki Visits Emerson School

Emerson Updates 3.16.18

Happy Friday!


What a great week we had at Emerson! Penny Wars was a huge success! Thank you so much to everyone for your support, the students had a great time raising funds for our sign. I will let you know next week what our grand total is! I wanted to take a few minutes this week to update you about what our Parent School Improvement Team has been working on. The team meets every six weeks or so and brainstorms ways we can provide our students with a great elementary school experience. We had our most recent meeting last Friday afternoon. The team has been instrumental this year in helping to get the fundraising for the sign underway, providing insights and support for the improved drop off zone in the Mary Queen Parking Lot, they are also helping to get a teaching garden built at Emerson. We are currently working on plans to have a Make a Difference Day at Emerson to prepare the teaching garden (which will be built this spring) for planting and to clean up the grounds around Emerson. I appreciate the time the team members take to meet with me and help provide insights into how we can continue to make Emerson an amazing school!



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. Thank you!


Notes and Reminders:

  • Parking lot reminders… please be cautious as you are entering and exiting the parking lot to pick up and drop off for before and after school clubs. Also, remember there is no cell phone use in school zones. I see many parents on their phones during drop off and pick up. Thank you for helping to keep our kids safe!
  • Spring Break is coming… March 26-30th, school resumes April 2nd
  • Next Friday March23rd in the morning is our first ever STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) event from 8:25am-10:50am. We could still use a few volunteers so let Mrs. Blanford know if you would like to help.
  • Jump Rope for Heart is next week! The students will participate in Jump Rope for Heart during their PE classes March 19-23th! You can continue fundraising through spring break if you are interested. Here is the website Jump Rope For Heart !
  • Spring Testing: 5th grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment on Monday, March 19th. The 3th-5th grade students will take the PARCC Assessment from April 9th-20th.
  • Student Late Arrival dates in April are on the 11th and 25th! 
  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 26th from 5:30-7:00pm for the Spring Celebration of Learning (formerly known as Brag Night) and the Spring Sing will be on May 1st! A detailed schedule from Mr. Miller will be coming home soon!


Have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

Emerson News


Good Afternoon -

As most of you know, there was an increased police presence at York High School today, March 22, to ensure the safety of our students and staff in light of what the police have called "a suspicious threat" which they received. Classes at York proceeded smoothly today, and there were no incidents of any kind. There have been no reports that suggest a reason to be concerned at any of our other schools. I have been in contact with the Chief of Police throughout the day as we have been monitoring the situation.

School will be in session tomorrow, March 23, and it will be treated as a normal school day. There will continue to be a heightened police presence at York and additional security measures will be in place. Please be advised that all York students should be prepared to show their IDs when they enter the building tomorrow.

I would like to thank all of you who have expressed concern and support in this difficult time. Rest assured that if we believed students and staff were in imminent danger, we would not be holding school tomorrow. Whether or not you decide to keep your child(ren) home from school on Friday - or any other day - is a family decision.


Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools


What you have been waiting for is almost here! The York ECO Club book sale starts Tuesday, April 3rd at 6PM in the York High School Commons. The sale will be open the rest of the week before school and during every lunch period. There are hundreds of boxes of books for you to choose from. Hardcover books are $1 each and paperback books are 50 cents each. Be sure to shop early, because there are many treasures to be found!


The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament was held at York High School on March 7, 2018. This year’s contest attracted 262 pre-registered players and meant another record turnout, with 242 sign-ins to compete.

Again this year, members of the York Chess Team assisted on the tournament floor. Organizers Chris and Debbie Khayat thank all of the parent volunteers, the judges (who do not have students in our community), food support team, technical support team, teachers and parents who supported these school clubs with their time.

Ranking in top positions for 2018 were:

2nd Grade:

1st Place: Emmett Carroll, Visitation
2nd Place: Sarah Abraham, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Merritt Stolzenbach, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Samuel Scarlett, Immanuel Lutheran

3rd Grade:

1st Place: Nicholas Stangarone, Visitation
2nd Place: Gage Jacobs, Edison Elementary
3rd Place: Ben Ellens, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Anthony Carroccio, Visitation

4th Grade:

1st Place: Lukas Alexander, Lincoln Elementary
2nd Place: Hunter Sepanich, Jackson Elementary
3rd Place: Kevin Wheeler, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Daniel Davies, Edison Elementary

5th Grade:

1st Place (tied): Brendan Carroll, Visitation
1st Place (tied): Grant Huckabee, Jefferson Elementary
2nd Place: Nathan Arcos, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Patrick McGrail, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Jake Wede, Visitation

Middle School:

1st Place: Elliot Mathew, Timothy Christian, 6th Grade 
2nd Place: John Dietz, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade 
3rd Place: Trent Parker, Bryan Middle School, 6th Grade
4th Place: Zack Fidrocki, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade




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.


Members of the District 205 Community Advisory Team (CAT) have been chosen and notified. With more than 125 applicants for a 30-member committee, the selection process was extremely difficult. We are grateful that so many residents are willing to help D205 in this important work!

A rubric was used to make sure that every school was represented, along with as many stakeholder groups as possible. The number of members was expanded from 25 to 33. We will be seeking to engage the remaining 93 applicants in other meaningful ways as the journey continues.

CAT members will be asked to:

  • Ensure that messages and materials related to the MFP are clear and easy-to-understand
  • Help anticipate and provide representative community questions and concerns
  • Offer suggestions to make sure the District is using every opportunity to reach stakeholders

While the CAT will assist the D205 administration with crafting clear communications for the community, it will not make decisions regarding the draft plan, as all community feedback will carry equal value and weight. The District plans to offer many opportunities for parents, staff and the community to weigh in on the Master Facility Plan.

The first CAT planning meeting will be on Monday, March 19. Please note that this is not a public meeting.


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. 




Please know that Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed or there is a late start called. In general (excluding other emergency situations), if there is NO announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ElmhurstD205; the D205 Twitter account - www.twitter.com/ElmhurstD205. If your phone number has recently changed, please contact your child(ren)’s school so that they can update that information in PowerSchool.

Additionally, you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - www.emergencyclosings.com (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, that decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.

When District 205 determines that weather conditions or an emergency situation warrant an Emergency Late Start Schedule, families will be notified in the same manner they would be notified in the event of a school closing. Each family will receive a phone, email or text notice (if you've opted in) from our rapid notification system. More information about the Emergency Late Start Schedule is available online.

On Emergency Late Start days, parents and staff are encouraged to monitor the District’s website for updates on the status of after-school activities. Information about York athletics would be posted on the York School webpage in the afternoon.

If an Emergency Late Start schedule is activated:

  • Classes will begin using the standard Student Late Arrival schedule
  • Buses will operate using the standard Student Late Arrival pick-up and drop-off times.
  • Parent should use the standard Student Late Arrival schedule for drop-off - 20 minutes prior to the start times below.

Emergency Late Start schedules are as follows (same as standard Student Late Arrival schedule):

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

AM Kindergarten and AM Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten and PM Early Childhood Classes - 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
All Day Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Elementary Schools

Grades 1 to 5 - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Middle Schools

Grades 6 to 8 - 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School

Grades 9 to 12 - 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM After school activities and athletics could remain as scheduled, weather permitting. 

Out-of-District Programs

If out-of-district programs are in session, transportation will proceed as normal.\

Before/After School RecStation

The AM RecStation program will not be offered on late start days. The PM (after-school) RecStation hours will remain as scheduled on late start days.

Before School Programs

All before-school programs, including but not limited to, orchestra, band, choir, clubs, athletic practices or student activities will be cancelled on late start days.

Field Trips

Any field trip scheduled on the day of a late start will be cancelled as would be the procedure on days when school is cancelled for emergency reasons.

Technology Center of DuPage (TCD)

Due to the modified schedule, only PM TCD students will attend TCD.

Este es un recordatorio que la información de Inicio Tardío relacionada con emergencias (que sigue el horario habitual de llegadas tardías de los estudiantes) está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito 205 en Recursos -> Enlaces Rápidos -> Cierres de emergencia. También se publicará información más detallada en el sitio web del distrito y el sitio web de las escuelas afectadas. Aquí puede encontrar documentos en español acerca de los cierres de emergencia.


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