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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer joins more than 400 school chiefs from across the state, representing 1.35 million students, in calling for the Illinois General Assembly to immediately pass a state budget. The grassroots initiative - called “Pass Illinois’ Budget!” - also urges lawmakers and Governor Rauner to improve the state’s education funding formula, and pay school districts millions of dollars owed in unpaid bills this year.
While K-12 education has benefited from a partially-funded state budget, Illinois schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. Districts will continue to struggle if “Mandated Categoricals,” state payments which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year. District 205 has not received three categorical payments this year. Here are the largest funds due:
State revenue accounts for about 8.13 percent of District 205’s operating budget or $9,341,790. The General State Aid payments, which support general operating expenses, are being paid on time, however, the categorical payments are not. District 205 has not received any categorical payments this year with the exception of one late quarter payment from last fiscal year.
Dear Field Families:
Have you noticed the beautiful tulips popping up in front of the building? Last fall’s clean-up day at Field included planting bulbs and now we have beautiful tulips popping up everywhere. Thank you again to those parent and student volunteers who shared their time and talents. Your hard work is sprouting up!
Currently, Field has some pretty amazing beautification projects going on that you may have noticed. In the front yard a bench is being installed by the kindergarten doors for families to enjoy. Behind the school a picnic table is being installed under a shade tree. Students who want to find a shady spot to sit and chat with friends will now be able to do so. Thank you to the PTA for purchasing the bench and picnic table.
As you can see the end of the year is full of special activities.
Good News – The following students were sent to my office for good things as part of the Good News Program:
I am so proud of you boys and girls. Keep up the good work!
Staff Updates for Next Year – I want to share some sad news with you regarding a couple of Field staff members who will not be returning next year.
Birthday Lunches with the Principal – The students with summer birthdays always worry they won’t have their birthday lunch with me but there is no need to worry. I will be celebrating with students who have May, June and July birthdays on Tuesday, May 16. With the nice weather our birthday lunches have been outside in the reading garden which the students love.
BRAG Night – Bring Relatives Attention to Growth Night is coming up District-wide in Elmhurst. We are excited to have you come back to school from 6 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday, May 3rd to view student work in the classrooms and hallways. Feel free to invite other family members as well.
Class Lists – We have started working on class lists as a school. Please know we put a great deal of time and effort into placing students into classrooms. Teachers take the following into consideration and divide students accordingly:
As you can see it is a complicated procedure. Parents frequently ask teachers who they think would be a good fit for their student. This is a very tough question both personally and politically as most teachers haven’t really seen each other teach and many feel uncomfortable making such recommendations about their peers. Given the information above please keep in mind I cannot always honor all parent requests for specific teachers as a result.
American Ninja Warrior Course – The students are still working hard to earn the much anticipated warrior course. They need 25 total points/days without any office referrals. They are at 16 so I know they can make it!
Speech Information – Please review the newsletter from Mrs. Schneider, our Speech Pathologist.
Fifth Graders Going to Churchville Middle School or Sandburg Middle School Next Year – Dr. Moyer met with parents on Thursday, April 13 from 7 to 8 PM in Sandburg's auditorium to share information about the middle school task force and soliciting information and feedback on the implementation of the new schedule for next year. Sandburg’s Parent Night will be on Monday, May 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in Sandburg's auditorium.
If you live in the Churchville boundaries for middle school the Parent Orientation Night is Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Also, on this evening, parents interested in Band/Orchestra/Choir are welcome to stay for a brief presentation afterwards.
PARCC Tests – PARCC testing is almost done! Third grade students are now starting make-up tests. I am certain the students did well and were adequately prepared for the rigor that the PARCC test is designed to test students on. I am proud of their positive attitude and determination to do well. I was helping to administer the PARCC test to some students and was amazed at the ability level of our students in answering these questions.
Kids Say the Funniest Things – I must say the students at Field from kindergarten through fifth grade have been very vocal and open with me about their feelings regarding me leaving Field. Many of them have told me exactly how they feel which has brought upon a mixture of emotions from pure laughter to sadness so I thought I would share a few stories with you:
Do you see why I love these kids at Field? It is these daily conversations and the funny things they say that warm my heart! They simply speak from their hearts.
As always if you have questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 630-834-5313. Have a wonderful weekend.
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The Elmhurst History Museum reminds second graders and their schools that the annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest will soon begin. Packets with contest information and entry forms will be sent to all District 205 second grade teachers during the first week of April. The 2017 deadline for poster entries is Friday, May 5, by 5:00 PM. Schools with ten or more participants will earn a $100 grant for the school’s library from the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, so please be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity. For more information or to download entry forms, visit the History Museum’s website.
Winners and their families will be honored at a reception in the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center on Wednesday, May 24, at 4:00 PM. In addition, the contest winners will be invited to march in the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29 and be recognized by the City Council on Monday, June 5. Posters will be displayed at the museum throughout the summer months, and winning entries will be exhibited at Elmhurst City Hall.
The Elmhurst District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students and 6th – 8th grade choir students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year ‘round.
The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation 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 whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!
The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.
Parents or guardians are expected to schedule vacations during the summer or on school holidays. In instances where absences are requested for vacation, parents/guardians must submit a written request to the student’s principal two weeks in advance (see attached). The absence will be considered unexcused if this procedure is not followed. Students approved for a vacation will be expected to complete missing class work after returning. Students will be given one day for each day missed to make up work. The school will not provide class work or assignments in advance.
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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!
The mission of the Field School community is to empower every student to achieve academic excellence and to become a responsible, caring citizen.