Principal's Community Newsletter

Hello Emerson Eagles and Families! 

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!  I am so excited to be joining Emerson and looking forward to a fantastic year!  As many of you know, Dr. Thompson accepted a position in the district office as the Director of Literacy.  Mrs. Billenstein, the Lead Secretary, also accepted a position in the district office, so, there will be many new faces in the front office!

To tell you a little bit about myself, I graduated from Eastern Illinois University and taught for seven years in  Carpentersville CUSD 300 as a middle school English Language Arts Teacher, as well as an elementary summer school teacher for five years.  While there, I earned my National Board Certification and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. Most recently, I have served as a kindergarten through eighth grade Curriculum Coordinator in Des Plaines District 62 for eleven years, where I oversaw teaching and learning for English Language Arts, Social Studies, Gifted, and Fine Arts education.  I am so thrilled to be back in a school setting working with teachers and kids on a daily basis! I am currently working on my doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership. I grew up in Naperville and currently live in Elgin; I have two furbabies, Tigger and Boots (cats), and I LOVE Harry Potter! I hope to learn more about you and share more about myself as we meet throughout the year!  


From our new Assistant Principal:

Hello!  My name is Caity Collins and I am the Assistant Principal at Emerson and Conrad Fischer.  I grew up in Elmhurst, graduating from York High School. I then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned my degree in special education.  I have been an elementary special education teacher for the last eight years, most recently in River Forest School District 90. During this time, I earned my Master of Education in Reading Literacy from Benedictine University and my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.  I also have my Director of Special Education endorsement. For the past three years, I have been the summer school and extended school year principal planning and carrying out the elementary and middle school program. I have a dog named Comiskey, which may give away my favorite sports team! I am very excited to be back in Elmhurst and can’t wait to meet you!


Welcome to our new Emerson staff members!

Ms. Sheleen DeLockery - Principal

Ms. Caitlin Collins - Assistant Principal, shared with Fischer (here every other Mon; and every W/Th)

Ms. Jillian Hamblin- part time Speech-Language Pathologist

Ms. Rosie Egan- English Language Learner Teacher

We will also have more new staff joining us, but are still in the process of hiring.


Upcoming Dates:

Friday, August 9th Teacher assignments will be emailed to you sometime in the late afternoon. These are generated by the district to all students who are currently registered.  Please be sure to update your registration prior to that date or your child will not have a classroom placement.

Tuesday, August 13th from 3:30-4:30pm PTA Ice Cream Social and School Supply Drop-off/Meet your Teacher!

Wednesday, August 14th First Day of School!  All teachers will meet their class at their designated spot on the blacktop starting at 8:05 and will head into school at 8:15.  There is a District 205 First Day Photo Contest - click here for details!

Thursday, August 29th from 6-7:30pm is Curriculum Night; more information to come.

Monday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm The District is hosting New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims at York High School, who will be speaking about her book, “How to Raise an Adult.”  More information can be found here.  All are welcome!


Important Info/Reminders:

  • Please check the website for upcoming dates, including kindergarten play dates!

  • Parking Logistics: please remember to always park in the Mary Queen lot during arrival, dismissal and if you are coming to volunteer during the day. We have limited spots for our staff members in our own lot. Please feel free to use the fifteen-minute parking spot right by the front door if you are picking up a sick child. Please share this information with any grandparents or care-givers that might be picking up or dropping off your children!

  • We will not be running the Drop and Go Zone in the Mary Queen Parking Lot on the first day of school because many parents will be parking and walking their child. We will start the Drop and Go Zone on Thursday, August 15th. Please remember to pull all the way up, and do not walk through the Drop and Go Zone!


That’s all for now!  More specific information about class line-ups, K/1 first day PTA coffee, and logistics will be included with your class placement letter.  See you all soon!


Ms. Sheleen DeLockery