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Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM
Lunch Period 1 - 
11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

Lunch Period 2 - 
11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

Lunch Period 3 - 
12:05 PM - 1:05 PM

AM Kindergarten
8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:05 PM to 3:00 PM

Student Late Arrival
Instructional Schedule


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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Thomas, Heidi
O'Brien, Dianne
Lead Secretary
Kirchhoff, Leslie
Assistant Secretary
Patel, Dipika
Registered Nurse


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School News


Dear Falcon Families,

Last week we celebrated September and October birthdays and this past Wednesday, November birthdays. I must say the lunches were a definite highlight for me. I loved spending time with the kids and learning about them. The conversations were so insightful and fun!

I apologize for the length of this newsletter. I wanted to be sure you were aware of several upcoming events and other important information. In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • PTA Book Fair
  • Standards-Based Report Cards
  • Illinois 5Essentials Survey
  • Vision & Hearing Screenings
  • Elmhurst Crossing Guard Posting
  • Fall Family Service Day
  • Lost & Found
  • York Student - Make A Wish Request

PTA Book Fair – The Field gym was transformed into our very own book store this week. The Book Fair will be open until 6:00 PM this evening as well as on Monday from 3:00-8:00 PM. I wanted to send a sincere thank you to our many Book Fair volunteers! A special thank you goes out to everyone that made this event possible, especially our Book Fair Coordinators, Mrs. Jensen and Mrs. Meade. Also, thank you families for supporting the Book Fair and helping your children grow as readers.

Standards-Based Report CardsAs you know, Field is piloting a new report card this year. The pilot allows you to access your child’s report card electronically. Your child’s report card will be available for viewing after 4:00 PM today. Also, a hard copy was sent home today.

Below you will find instructions for retrieving the report card:

  1. Sign in to PowerSchool
  2. Under the Navigation pane select Report Cards
  3. After you select Report Cards, a list of available report cards will appear
  4. Select Standards Progress Report - 17-18 Trimester 1

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey Beginning shortly, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey will allow you and your child (in fourth and fifth grade) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with your child’s school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers, parents and students in fourth through twelfth grade will be asked to respond to this survey. Reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2018 and data will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material. The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15 through January 18, 2018. I hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey or to view previous years’ reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or

Sunday is Fall Family Service Day (Message from PTA) - Come help the PTA beautify the Field grounds for winter! We can pick up fall leaves/debris, plant more tulips/other bulbs, and help to start a butterfly garden by planting seeds in the back of the school. Please bring garden tools such as leaf pickers, rakes, gloves, shovels, trowels and other useful tools. The PTA will supply leaf/garbage bags, coffee, water and donuts during the cleanup and there will be a pizza party in the multi-purpose room afterwards. If you have questions please email

Lost & Found We have an overflow of items in our Lost & Found looking to make it back home! Please stop by and check the bin in the foyer while you’re here at Field for Parent-Teacher Conferences and see if you recognize anything.

Vision & Hearing Screenings – As mandated by Illinois law, annual vision and hearing screenings will be conducted at Field on Monday, December 4. The following grade levels will be screened:

  • Kindergarten - Vision & Hearing
  • First Grade - Hearing Only    
  • Second Grade - Vision & Hearing
  • Third Grade - Hearing Only
  • All special education students, transfer students and teacher referrals - Vision & Hearing

Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Students are not required to undergo vision screenings if an optometrist or ophthalmologist completed and signed a report indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months and that evaluation is on file at school. If a vision examination report is not on file at school then students in the mandated group will be tested.

Any student that does not pass the initial vision and/or hearing screening is automatically rescreened on December 18. If the student does not pass the rescreen parents/guardians will be notified by mail.

If your child wears glasses, please have them bring their glasses to school on testing day. If you have any questions regarding the above information please contact the health office.

City Seeks Crossing Guards for District 205 Locations The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards (up to 15 hours per week). Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2017-18 school year. Lead a safe environment for our children and become a staff member of the Elmhurst Police Department.
The safety of our school children is a concern for the City of Elmhurst, District 205 school personnel, all parents and citizens. Training and safety equipment are provided. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 
125 E. First St, Elmhurst, IL or interested candidates may apply online at this link. Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and pre-employment drug screen/physical. The City of Elmhurst is an equal opportunity employer. Check out the related flyer posted on our Virtual Backpack page.
Make-A-Wish (York Student Working to Make a Difference) This week I received an email from a York High School student asking if we would join her in the holiday Make-A-Wish campaign by writing letters to Santa (or to the world) that she will send to Macy’s for the official program. Many of our classrooms will be participating. I wanted to make you aware and share her letter with you in case you would like to support this letter writing at home as well. Letters need to be returned to school by Wednesday, December 20. We will collect the Field letters and deliver them to the York student. Here are the contents of the email with more details and a description of the program:

Dear Mrs. Thomas,

My name is _____ and I am currently a junior at York High School. I am emailing you to ask for Field´s help with a project for the holidays.

A few years ago my cousin was diagnosed with DIPG at the age of nine. DIPG is a type of brain cancer common in children. Her tumor was located on her brain stem, and due to the amount of nerves there, having an operation was too high risk. However, despite her condition, she was always thinking about helping others. Every year during the holiday season, Macy´s collects letters written to Santa. For every letter written, Macy´s donates one dollar to the Make-A-Wish foundation. My cousin made it her mission to collect as many letters as possible, not only to give back to the foundation that granted her a wish, but to help bring joy to other kids. She received letters from schools, friends, family and from around the world - in the end, raising almost $250,000 for kids who deserve a wish. However, in October of 2013, my cousin passed away at the age of 10.

Every year since her death, I've collected letters to bring to Macy´s to raise money to help grant other children’s wishes. Last year, I collected about 4,000 letters, and would love to surpass that number! Therefore, this year, I would like your help with getting the elementary school students involved. I understand that your students are older, and some of them do not believe in Santa or celebrate Christmas. I actually do not celebrate Christmas myself, and neither did my cousin. Yet, I think this cause, and this project, is a great way to teach students to think of helping others during the holiday season.
If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you please share my cousins' story and how this program helps to benefit and bring joy to kids their age who are battling a serious illness, and to have the students write letters to Santa? Once again, I understand not all students celebrate. Another idea is to have students write a short letter on their wish for the world (not addressed to Santa Claus). Letters do not need to be in envelopes, nor do they need stamps. In the past, I have had students fold their paper into thirds, draw a stamp in the corner, and write “To Santa” in the middle.

I would need the letters by December 20. I can pick them up from your school that day or sooner. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a happy, healthy, holiday season!

(York High School Student)

Upcoming Events:

  • November 20 & 21 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 30 - PTA Family Math Night
  • December 14 - First Grade Music Performance at 6:15 PM
  • December 14 - Second Grade Music Performance at 7:00 PM

Have a wonderful weekend! I look forward to seeing many of you next week during conferences.

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal


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Poster Contest Winners!

A student at Field School was the Grand Prize Winner for the Annual Elmhurst “Learn Not to Burn” Poster Contest for 2016. The contest is part of the Fire Safety Program presented to all fourth grade students in District 205 as well as private schools in Elmhurst. Students work on their poster designs under the guidance of their art teachers. The theme of the winning poster was "Practice Your Escape Route". This winning poster was published and distributed throughout Elmhurst before Fire Prevention Week in October. It's an honor that a Field School student's creativity and hard work created such an important message about fire safety. Congratulations!

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