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Main Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Attendance Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:25 a.m. -3:25 p.m.

(7:30 a.m. - 8:18 a.m. B/O/C)

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Office Contacts:

Fehrenbacher, Linda
Gail, Jeff
Assistant Principal
DeMare, Lucy
Lead Secretary
Nelson, Susan
Assistant Secretary
Tansor, Rosanne




Sept 29 Picture Make Up/Retake Day
Oct 3 Focus 205 Community Engagement 7-9PM York High School Commons
Oct 5 Parent Teacher Conferences 4-8:30PM
Oct 6 Late Start Arrival 10:00 AM                                       No Band/Orchestra/Choir
Oct 7  Parent Teacher Conference   8-3:00 PM
Oct 7

NO SCHOOL- Middle School Students ONLY

Oct 10  Columbus Day - No School
Oct 19 Late Start Arrival 10:00 AM                                         No Band/Orchestra/Choir

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Executive Function in the Gifted Population- The REACH PTA presents Founder and Director of the Center for Identity Potential, Andy Mahoney, Executive Function in the Gifted and the Role it Plays in Developing Potential, Thursday October 27th at 7pm at Sandburg Middle School Auditorium. 


Andy Mahoney is a recognized expert and pioneer in the field of counseling the gifted and talented. His expertise spans 30 years as a counselor, family therapist, and trainer of mental health professionals. Andy's workshop will provide parents an overview and understanding of executive function as it relates to giftedness and the role executive functions play in developing potential. The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal such as self-monitoring, task initiation, organization, planning and prioritizing. Andy will discuss practical means to address executive functioning issues for gifted children in a variety of social, emotional, and academic settings.



A full-day kindergarten option, implementation of a formal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, the addition of a dual language option, systemic interventions and/or enrichments and the addition of instructional coaches – these were the top educational priorities identified in Phase I of Focus 205 – a collaborative conversation between the community and Elmhurst School District 205.

District 205 launched this community engagement program last fall. Phase 1 involved four town hall-style meetings held September through December of 2015, focusing on next generation learning, future-ready educational environments and utilization of resources for maximum student success. The Focus 205 Findings Report summarizes the work of this phase.

Phase 2 began last spring with a comprehensive Educational Alignment study; an update was presented to the Board of Education on May 24, 2016.

Focus 205 continues this fall with two more community meetings on October 3 and December 5, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Commons. We hope you will join us as we recap the work done last year, celebrate student achievement in District 205 and begin exploring options that will support educational priorities in Elmhurst for years to come. RSVP at (630) 617-2300 ext. RSVP (7787) or at Please indicate if you require childcare (for ages 3-12).

In between those meetings, District 205 will be gathering community input through an online, interactive and completely confidential survey administered by a company called Thoughtexchange.
What is Thoughtexchange? Watch their one-minute video to find out.

This is your chance to share what you value about District 205 as a parent and/or community member, what your vision is for our students’ future-ready learning, as well as ask any questions or contribute any thoughts you might have regarding public education in Elmhurst. Watch for the link in early October. Join the conversation!


Get ready to share your thoughts beginning Monday, October 3 through an interactive Focus 205 survey, in order to help us better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205.

Administered by a third-party company called Thoughtexchange, this is an online learning process that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made in District 205. This process enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities.

There are three steps that you will be invited to participate in:

  1. Share – answer three open-ended questions about education in our schools (through October 12)
  2. Star – review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best
  3. Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole

To access frequently asked questions about the process, please click here.

On October 3, parents, staff and D205 key communicators will receive an email with an invitation to participate. If you don’t receive this email, click here to self register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. Please join the conversation!



This message serves as notification that TruGreen will be applying fertilizer, herbicide and vegetation control throughout Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 grounds.   Applications will be applied at all schools Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Due to decreasing budgets and limited available personnel, it is impossible for District 205 to prevent weeds without some chemical assistance. The best weed prevention is a healthy lawn and the majority of the applications will be feed for the grass. A limited amount of weed control will also be used in very low concentrations. All EPA guidelines will be followed. The chemical dries in less than an hour. For further information, please click on the links below:

District 205 Buildings and Grounds page -
The US EPA site –
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) –

If you have any additional questions, please contact the District Buildings and Grounds Office at 630-617-8326.


Student Late Arrival Days provide time for certified staff and administrators to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

In October, the Student Late Arrival days vary by level and are as follows:

High School - October 5, 12 and 26

Middle School - October 6 and 19

Elementary and Early Childhood - October 19

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 is:


AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Early Childhood – 12:55 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

Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM


Supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to these start times. However, for families of elementary students who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available beginning at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.

The 2016-17 School Calendar - which provides a one-page overview of this information - may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

The Elmhurst Commission on Youth will host author Devorah Heitner in a presentation based on her newly-released book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 PM in the Sandburg Middle School auditorium,
Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Dr. Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents guide them. In this presentation parents will learn about the digital world to help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology. Hear about the concerns —and advantages—that teens experience thanks to this level of connection.
Dr. Heitner presents practical parenting "hacks" - quick ideas that can be implemented today to help understand and relate to "digital natives." Parents will be empowered to recognize that the wisdom they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their children’s digital savvy and will better understand the skills necessary for managing the new challenges of parenting today. Dr Heitner offers a realistic and optimistic perspective, as well as practical advice, on helping kids navigate the friendship and identity issues that all young people face growing up in the digital age.
Dr. Heitner founded Raising Digital Natives to serve as a resource for schools and organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. Her book,
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Screenwise is a useful resource for parents looking for a guide to mentoring their children on navigating friendships, school, and social media. Dr. Heitner's curriculum, Connecting Wisely: Social Emotional Insights and Skills for Plugged in Kids is
ā€‹uā€‹sed by schools around the country. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Soceity from Northwestern University. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native.

The Annual Walk/Bike to school event will be held at Sandburg Middle School on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  BOC students will meet at Washington Park by the playground at 7:00am.  We will walk and roll to school at 7:10am. All other students will meet at Washington Park at 7:50am.  We will walk and roll to school at 8:05am. Washington Park is at the southeast corner of Poplar and May streets.


All students that participate will receive a sticker to wear on their shirt.  With this sticker, students will receive a treat at lunch.  They will also have their names put in a raffle to win some generously donated prizes.  


Hope to walk and roll to school with you! 


Join other parents at the Elmhurst Public Library on Tuesday, October 18 from 12:30-2:30 PM when Jacqueline Rhew from Alexian Brothers will be presenting Intervention Strategies to Engage Students with Parents Struggling with School Anxiety and School Refusal. Sponsored by District 205 Social Workers, this program is free, but limited to the first 70 in attendance.


“Welcome to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205” premiered at elementary and middle school Curriculum Night events last week. It features the voices of D205 students who are also members of the Elmhurst Children’s Theatre. The two-minute video is an overview of the District’s educational priorities, punctuated with images of our students and staff at work and play. It reminds viewers that District 205 is a student-centered, future-focused community which believes all students can and must learn and grow.

Thanks go to the principals and staff of York High School, Churchville Middle School, as well as Lincoln and Field Elementary Schools, for making time in their busy May schedules to accommodate the camera crew from Motion Source. Produced by the Communications Office, the video is posted above and can also be found on the District 205 YouTube channel.



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The mission of Sandburg Middle School is to encourage students to become confident, independent, responsible and respectful learners by reinforcing and supporting their academic and co-curricular growth in conjunction with parents and the community.