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Jefferson PTA Home

This is your Jefferson PTA!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year at Jefferson!

The Jefferson Elementary PTA provides several programs to all students, including the Thanksgiving Feast, Science Olympiad, and Author Visits at no cost to the students or teachers. Check out a list of all the great things your PTA offers!


Letter from the 2018-19 Jefferson PTA President


The PTA needs you!  Membership allows you to participate as a voting member in an organization that not only benefits your child, but all children at Jefferson.

  • PTA Membership form
  • Join the PTA and you also receive access to MySchoolAnywhere, the Jefferson online directory and app.
    • If you are interested in volunteering for any of the events the PTA has to offer, you can sign up at the PTA Ice Cream Social or complete the Volunteer Sign-up form and mail to:  Jefferson PTA, 360 E. Crescent Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126.

We can’t wait for you to join and get involved!

Jefferson PTA Newsletter

Jefferson Elementary School Home


September 24, 2018

Jefferson Elementary PTA 2018-19 - If you didn't get a chance to register, below is the information that you need to sign up for the PTA. Thanks to everyone that joined us for last weeks' meeting. We look forward to seeing you at the next PTA meeting on 10/16!

  • PTA Membership - Don’t forget to pay your PTA dues by Sept. 30th! Act NOW so you don’t lose access to the Jefferson online directory! Your Membership plus your Student Support Donations help keep Jefferson a NO SELL school!! Hooray!! Did you know that last year alone the PTA funded over $200 in benefits per student including the NEW playground, the MakerSpace Center, classroom libraries and all the fun activities like the Book Fair and Science Olympiad? Your membership AND your donations are critical to our success. We truly appreciate your membership and continued support!!

    Please visit the PTA Home Page and click on/download the membership form. Don't delay!

  • The Jefferson PTA is now on Facebook! Join our group Families of Jefferson 205 and you’ll get important PTA event reminders and announcements there. 

Scholastic Book Fair - It's Book Fair Week at Jefferson!

  • Please visit our Book Fair Homepage for hours of operation, special events, and online ordering.
  • School Day Visits (Tuesday 9/25 and Wednesday 9/26): During the school day students will find their free book from the PTA and may also shop with cash from home in a clearly marked re-sealable bag. PTA will provide change and a receipt for all purchases. Sales tax does apply. 
  • Special Event: Family Night is Thursday 5-8pm. Mrs Weber's storytime will start at 6pm. There will be crafts and games for students. Please RSVP on the homepage to give us an idea of how many crafts and fun to prepare. Just click on Thursday and the RSVP is quick and easy. 
  • Donate your used books!: What kind of books? New and gently used books appropriate for birth to 5th grade. Please no textbooks, activity books, or reference books. Please only donate books that a child would be happy to receive. All donated books will go to elementary school students in need or the Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry. Each day you donate will also earn one entry in the prize drawing at the end of the fair.
  • "All for Books!": Don't have any books to donate? Another way to help promote books for everyone is to donate $1 to our All For Books fund. These funds go to buy more books in the Jefferson Elementary library for all students. Each family will receive 2 forms in the packet sent home via your mail carrier student. Additional forms are available in the front office.

Eat & Earn at Portillo's - Portillo's is the perfect place to have dinner or grab carry-out before/after Family Reading Night at the Book Fair on September 27th. Mention the Jefferson PTA fundraiser when you order, and Portillo's willdonate 20% of the qualifying food orders to our organization. What better way to support the Jefferson PTA? Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join. Portillo's is located at 155 South Route 83 in Elmhurst. This event will last from 5-8pm. We hope to see you there!


Science Olympiad - Today is the last day to sign up! Is your child interested in science? Our annual Science Olympiad is one of Jefferson’s favorite events all year. Whether you’re a new student or a returning Einstein, this year’s event won’t disappoint. This year’s event will be on October 11, 2018 at 6:15 pm. The sign up forms are accepted online. Click here to sign up!

In order for this year’s event to be successful, we are in need of parent volunteers. The Science Olympiad is a great way to get involved! Please indicate on the sign up form if you’re willing to help. Please direct any questions to Carly & Meredith at Last day for sign up is Monday, Sept. 24th.


Jefferson Running Club (JRC) - A big thank you to all of our volunteers last week! Please know there are more dates and times available to volunteer - we generally need at least 12 volunteers for the first session (1st, 2nd and 3rd graders running 11:30am-11:55am) and 8 volunteers for the second session (4th and 5th graders running 11:55am-12:20pm) in order for running club to take place! Running club is able to operate safely and efficiently due to our wonderful parent volunteers! 

If you have any questions regarding Running Club please contact: Laura White or Patty Gorski.


Junior Great Books - Sign up is now available for Fourth Grade Junior Great Books. Information about the program and sign up can be found here.


Dad’s Club Event - The Jefferson Dad’s club will have their annual bike crawl on Thursday, October 4th. Please meet at the gazebo on Spring Rd at 5:30pm. For more information, please contact Danny Villanueva.


Lunch Room & Playground Volunteers Needed - WOW, thank you to everyone that volunteered, the whole month of October is covered! We will share the November sign-up calendar in the coming weeks. Any questions, contact Becca Harpster


REACH Parent Informational Meeting - please join us on October 3rd, 7pm at Sandburg Middle School's Auditorium, to hear invited speaker: Deborah Lee, Director of Curriculum. The presentation will cover a program overview, identification, expectations, appeals, and more. There will be an added focus on those families new to REACH. In addition, experienced REACH parents and students will be on hand for a Q&A session to address parent questions and/or concerns. This program is open to all parents including second-grade parents wanting to learn more about the program.


The Special Education Resource Group (SERG) - is thrilled to present an informative, insightful session showcasing the resources available from Pre-K to Post High School. Come hear valuable information on Special Education Resources Curriculum. Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7pm, District Administration Office at 162 S York on 2nd floor.

  • State of Special Education in D205, presented by Dr. Kosteck
  • Insight into Curriculum and Programming Process, presented by Dr. Cohen and Dr. Kosteck
  • Teacher Collaboration Between General and Special Education, presented by Dr. Kosteck
  • Special Education Updates in the upcoming Referendum, presented by Emily Bastedo

If any parents would like to be added to the SERG mailing list, please click here to complete our simple form. If you have any questions regarding this meeting or SERG PTA in general, please contact Jefferson SERG PTA chairs, Yukari Finley at and Yolo Adams at


Reflections Program - Does your student enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then have them join us and have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me,” calls for their own unique interpretation through the arts. Click here for submission guidelines and an entry form.

Deadline is Friday, November 2nd, 2018. There will be a container available for submissions at the front desk. For questions, contact Deepa Thakar.


D205 Foundation - This year, students and staff are benefiting from over $192,000 in Foundation funding that provides educational enhancements, more resources and additional programming across all K-12 district schools. This is a direct result of community support, and we thank all of our donors for their generosity. We are currently seeking Foundation sponsors for this upcoming year. Contact our Executive Director at 630-617-2328 to learn more about this special opportunity.
Please save the dates for these upcoming fundraiser and stay tuned for details:

  • Holiday Tree Sale: Orders due October 26th. 
    Support the charming Elmhurst tradition of tree lined streets by volunteering as a block captain or purchasing an outdoor or indoor tree. Neighborhood Tree Order deliveries Nov. 24th , pick up Dec. 1st. Visit for information and to place an order.
  • Harlem Wizards vs. D205 All-Stars Basketball Exhibition Event: Saturday., November 3rd 5:00 pm.  York High School
  • 2019 Foundation Gala: Saturday, February 9th 6:00 pm Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook

Learn more about us by visiting


Learn About the D205 Master Facility Plan and Upcoming Referendum Vote - The Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education has placed a $168.5 million facilities bond referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Learn more about the upcoming referendum. Visit the revamped D205 Master Facility Plan page for additional background information.


Mark Your Calendars! Student Late Arrival days for elementary students are: September 26; October 24; November 28; December 12; January 16; February 6 & 20; March 6 & 20; April 3 & 24; and May 8.


Important Dates and Upcoming Events 

  • September 24th - Book Fair Week
  • September 26th - Student Late Arrival Day
    • Grades 1-5 and AM Kindergarten - instruction begins at 9:45am
    • AM Kindergarten dismissal at 11:55 am
    • PM Kindergarten - instruction begins at 12:55pm
  • September 27th - Reading Night for Book Fair Week
  • September 27th - Eat and Earn at Portillo's for Jefferson PTA
  • October 3rd - REACH Parent Meeting, Sandburg Middle School
  • October 4th - Jefferson Dad's Club Event
  • October 5th - Institute Day, No School
  • October 8th - Columbus Day, No School
  • October 11th - Science Olympiad
  • October 16th - PTA Meeting, 7pm (MPR)
  • October 18th - SERG meeting, District Administration Office



October 16th at 7:00 PM

Location: Jefferson Elementary School Multi-purpose Room


All are welcome.

Please join us!


Be a part! Join the PTA!

It's never too late!

Sign up here.

All PTA Members receive access to the MySchoolAnywhere directory, which includes contact information for all students.

Questions about membership? Contact Becca Harpster.