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The Elmhurst Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 22. Officers will be on hand in the parking lot of the police station from 10 AM to 2 PM to collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction.


Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is one of the most common forms of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends. Unused drugs that are flushed into toilets or thrown into the garbage are also environmental hazards, as they contaminate the water supply.


Please check your home for unwanted prescription medications and conveniently drop them off, no questions asked at the Elmhurst Police Station. If you are unable to drop off unwanted prescription drugs on the Take Back Day, you may drop them off at any time to the prescription drug collection box, located in the police department lobby. If you would like more information, please contact the Elmhurst Police Department at (630) 530-3050 or visit


Please join The Annie LeGere Foundation in raising allergy awareness this Halloween. Please display a teal pumpkin sign on your door to let trick-or-treaters know you have non-food treats available. Signs can be downloaded here. Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy, if you choose to hand out both items. Examples of items may include:

  • glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • pencils, pens, crayons, or markers
  • bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • mini slinkies
  • whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • bouncy balls
  • finger puppets or novelty toys
  • spider rings
  • vampire fangs
  • mini notepads
  • playing cards
  • bookmarks
  • stickers

Help make Halloween safe and enjoyable for all children. To learn more go to


The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence unanimously approved to provide $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom project, a pilot program that will create three future ready classrooms at the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade levels. The Foundation will use proceeds earned throughout the year to help fund the project, which began this summer and should be completed in late fall of 2016.

Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”

Schools selected for  project are Fischer (Dawin Strelow/ Kindergarten), Lincoln (Cecilia Dunn/third grade) and Bryan Middle School (Erin Fox/6th grade). In the spring of 2016, all three teachers, along with principals Jane Bailey (Fischer) and Jacquie Discipio (Bryan), as well as Mr. Bresnahan and Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli, participated in Future Ready Model Classroom workshops, led by Wight and Company, the District’s architects. “You could feel the excitement in the room as teachers and administrators collaborated on a vision for the future that would permanently impact the classroom experience on a daily basis,” said Mrs. Fanelli.


Architectural firm Wight & Company was hired by the District as part of a process to develop a long-range Facility Master Plan. Wight has completed a facility study that resulted in an educational alignment guide. Findings and recommendations from this guide will be used to move forward. According to Wight, ready schools must be “agile” and accommodate small group collaboration, learning commons, hubs for social learning, tech-infused spaces, STEM and maker spaces, as well as addressing safety and security considerations, health and comfort, fitness/wellness and outdoor learning.


“The fact that we received multiple Thiems Grant applications requesting new types of seating options, desks and other furnishings, is evidence that teachers want their classrooms to evolve in order to meet current needs,” said Geri Sorrentino, Foundation Programs Chair and District REACH teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.

These model classrooms will allow people to go beyond imagining what future ready learning environments could be and will actually make the vision come to life in these spaces. Both the Board of Education and Superintendent Moyer have expressed gratitude to the Foundation Board for their support in this project. “These classrooms will assist with future planning to ensure that, one day, all District 205 students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes engagement, rigor, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and citizenship in the global information age,” commented Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent of Schools.

Following the completion of these model classrooms, the plan is to gather feedback from participating teachers and students to develop a recommendation toward a District standard for furniture, finishes and integrating classroom technology, as part of a visionary Facility Master Plan. These model classrooms will test and inform that process.

There will be a special public open house at Bryan Middle School on Monday, October 24, from 5:15 to 6:35 PM, just prior to the Focus 205 focus group meetings, held at the three District 205 middle schools from 7 to 8:30 PM.

"We are thrilled with the Foundation's support for Future Ready learning in the District. We could not be more appreciative and are excited for the potential that this project has to begin to shape future decisions about how we utilize space to support learning and teaching," noted Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

This project is another example of supporting innovation and positioning the District for the future. The Foundation has funded and supported numerous pilots over the years, most of which have later been adopted to benefit teachers and students.

Detailed information about plans for the classrooms, as well as the opportunity to make a donation supporting the project, can be found on the District 205 Foundation website:


On Monday, October 24, Focus 205 focus group meetings will be held at each of our three middle schools - Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg - from 7 to 8:30 PM. Parents of elementary and high school students are encouraged to attend their child's "feeder" middle school; parents of middle school students are invited to attend their child’s current school. Community members are also invited to participate.

These meetings will involve a short formal presentation on what the future ready classroom looks like, as well as an overview of the educational alignment study conducted by architects Wight & Company last spring. This will be followed by asking for reaction from attendees to some related questions. There will be a moderator and a note taker to record comments. This feedback will help shape the Monday, December 5, Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6 at York High School. Please join the conversation!


Also on October 24, catch a glimpse of the new future ready model classroom at Bryan Middle School, which was just unveiled this week. An open house will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 PM, just prior to the focus group meetings. For more information, click here.


Honor the Elmhurst Community’s holiday tradition and order a festive Nova Scotia Balsam tree for your front yard from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation’s holiday tree sale. Proceeds from the tree sale will support educational grants, enhancements and programs that benefit the students of Elmhurst Public Schools.

An outdoor tree is $19 and neighborhood group orders of 4 or more will be delivered free of charge on Nov 26th. Individual orders of outdoor yard trees, as well as an assortment of beautiful indoor trees, may also be purchased for receipt on December 3rd. Visit for more information and to learn about being a neighborhood tree captain. Orders due Friday, October 28th.


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