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Address and Phone

Edison School

246 South Fair

Elmhurst, Illinois 60126


fax (630) 617-8333


24-Hour Attendance Line


Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM

Lunch 11:05 to 12:05


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

Parent Links


Office Contacts

Pluskota, James
Principal jpluskota@elmhurst205.org
McGreal, Martha
Lead Secretary mmcgreal@elmhurst205.org
Hamby, Dorothy
Registered Nurse dhamby@elmhurst205.org

Conwell, Jennifer
Health Services Supervisor


Upcoming Dates




Aug 22 during school

Instrumental Music Demo & Fitting

for 4th & interested 5th graders

Aug 24 5:30 - 7:00


5:30 - 6:00   K-2nd Grade in Classrooms

6:00 - 6:30   Everyone in the Gym

6:30 - 7:00   3rd - 5th in Classrooms





As local children head back to class, it brings back many memories of bygone school days. To bring that past to life, the Elmhurst History Museum's schoolmarm is gearing up for a new year at the Churchville Schoolhouse, the City of Elmhurst's 1850s-era one-room schoolhouse, located in Bensenville. Last year, more than 800 students explored local history through this unique living history experience.


You can visit this area treasure at the annual Churchville Schoolhouse Fall Open House on Saturday, October 1 from 11 AM-2 PM. Featured will be: class with the schoolmarm, musical performances by the Conrad Fischer School Singers, live music by the Battlefield Balladeers, and new this year - dancing the Virginia Reel and Circassian Circle Dance with the school marm. More information is available here.


District 205 elementary schools are seeking caring, out-going individuals to serve as lunch and playground supervisors. The main job duties are to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students can eat, play and socialize in positive and productive ways. Expectations include the development of professional relationships with students, as well as teaching and reinforcing the behavioral expectations for the playground, lunchroom and transitions in between. Effective communication and management strategies are required to be successful in this position. This role functions as a part of a team of staff members who support students.

Regular daily hours for the position involve one two-hour shift (to be determined by each building) on all full school days when students are in attendance. The rate of pay for a lunchroom supervisor is $13.31 per hour. Lead lunch supervisors are paid $15.19 per hour. For more information or to complete an application, visit www.elmhurst205.org/employment.



The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards. Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2016-17 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.



This letter contains new staff information, important dates and information, the building map, morning routines, lunch information, after school routines, drop off/pick up areas and PTA recognition.


Welcome New Staff Members

We welcome the following staff members to Edison School:

Janet Costello - 1st Grade - Jan Costello has been a substitute teacher in Elmhurst School District 205 from 2009 to 2016.  She has subbed in all of our elementary schools and has a fine reputation in each of the schools, we are very happy to have Jan as a full time Edison staff member.  Jan graduated from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas with a BS in Education.  She moved back to the Chicagoland area after graduating from college and taught kindergarten and 2nd grade in St. Charles School District 300.  Jan and her family reside in Elmhurst, she is a York High School graduate and an Edison Elementary School Alumni!  Welcome Jan!     


Ashley Nimtz – 2nd Grade – Ashley is an Elmhurst resident and graduate of York High School and a 2014 graduate of Elmhurst College.  She completed a long term substitute position in Schaumburg for one year and most recently she was a 5th grade teacher in Waukegan School District 60.  Ashley is an Edison Bobcat!  She has her hand print on the MPR wall and is very proud to be a teacher in the school where she began her learning.  We welcome Ashley as a 2nd grade teacher!

Michelle Quinn – 3rd Grade - As a product of Elmhurst schools, Michelle is grateful to be able to teach in this great community. When first hired, she taught Spanish at Emerson for seven years.  She transitioned into the third grade classroom where she remained at Emerson for twelve years.  Michelle attended Northern Illinois University for her undergraduate work and earned her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Lewis University.     

Meghan Ferst – 5th Grade – Meghan is a 2016 graduate of Illinois State University.  She completed her student teaching in 4th and 5th grade.  Each of Meghan’s references told me that she was a “hard worker who is never satisfied and strives for improvement for her students and herself.”  Meghan is a Palatine resident who is very excited to begin teaching at Edison School.  Please join me in welcoming Meghan to the Edison Team!   


Kristen Childrey – Art - Kristen has worked in the district for 4 years and has enjoyed working at Jackson Elementary and Emerson Elementary School as an art teacher.  She also worked at Hawthorne Elementary school as an educational assistant.  Kristen graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in art education.  Please join me in welcoming Kristen to the Edison Educational Team. 


Casey Erklin – PE  - Casey resides with his family in Naperville. Casey taught 4 years in Sandwich, Illinois as a PE teacher.  After Sandwich, Casey has taught PE in Baltimore, Maryland and Columbus, Ohio.  When the family returned to Chicago he has been a substitute teacher in Napervillle School District 203 and 204.  He also taught in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn.  I am very happy to have Casey teaching PE to our students, I know they will enjoy his energy and enthusiasm for physical activities!  Please join me in welcoming Casey to the Edison Team!

Our hiring is not yet complete.  As of this writing, we have an Instructional Coach, a Music Teacher/Coordinator and a part time assistant to hire.  I’m working on each of these positions. 


Music, PE, and Spanish for 2016-17;

PE                   Sanna Bashor and Casey Erklin

Music              To be announced

Art                  Terry Neigel and Kristen Childrey

Spanish/ELL    Jessica Smith

Front Office Bulletin Board

The front office photo bulletin board continues to be a huge hit with parents and students.  We will continue to post student summer vacation photos as well as the events of our school year.  Please send your summer vacation pictures to mmcgreal@elmhurst205.org or jpluskota@elmhurst205.org


School Hours

Please note, our first day of school is August 18 and it will be a full day as shared below;

  • AM Kindergarten
  • 8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
  • PM Kindergarten
  • 12:05 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Grades 1-5
  • 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Lunch – Grades 1-5
  • 11:05 AM to 12:05 PM


Tardy to School

The morning school day begins at 8:15am.  If you bring your child to school after 8:15am, you must enter the office and sign them in.  If a student arrives to school after 8:35am (20 minutes after the start of the morning session) it will be counted as a ½ day absence.

The afternoon school day begins at 12:05pm.  If you bring your child to school after 12:05pm, you must enter the office and sign them in.  If a student arrives to school after 12:25pm (20 minutes after the start of the afternoon session) it will be counted as a ½ day absence.  


Lunch Hours

The lunch hour for Edison students will be as follows;




11:05am – 11:35am

1, 2, 3


4, 5


11:35am – 12:05pm

1, 2, 3


4, 5



Lunchtime Routine

Lunch for all students in grades 1st to 5th is scheduled from 11:05 am to 12:05 pm.  Each day your child has the option of going home, bringing a cold lunch or purchasing a hot lunch. 

Lunch Procedures for Students Going Home for Lunch – Any parent wishing to have their child leave the building for lunch between the hours of 11:05am and 12:05pm, will be asked to follow these simple guidelines;

  • Each child will be asked to bring a note from their parent or guardian stating that the student will be leaving the building for lunch.  Students should give that note to their teachers.  
  • The parent or guardian will come into the office to sign their child out and meet their child in the front foyer or the office at 11:05am.  Often we have one parent picking up a group of children for an out of school lunch, frequently this happens with birthday celebrations.  If your child is leaving the building with another parent, please write the parents name on your child’s lunch note to their teacher.  The parent picking up the group of students will come into the office to pick up all children at one time.  For these situations, the parent picking up children other than their own must sign them in and out of the building.
  • If someone other than the parent or guardian is taking your child out of the building for lunch, please write this person’s name on your child’s lunch note to their teacher.  Inform this person they should enter door 1 and inform the office of the purpose of their visit.  For these situations, your designated adult must sign the child in and out of the building.
  • Please bring your child back to school no sooner than 12:00 noon to the front office door 

Hot lunch will begin on Thursday, August 18, 2016.  All lunch menus and payment information and lunch money balances will be available on line at http://www.elmhurst205.org/elem_menu.


The cost of the hot lunch is $3.00 per meal.  Students can purchase milk for .50¢.

Kindergarten Student Arrival and Dismissal Procedures




8:00am – 8:15am

Outdoor Staff Supervision  

8:00am - 8:10am

AM kindergarten students line up outside door #3


1st Bell Rings – students enter building


2nd Bell Rings – Outdoor Supervisors close doors and proceed to their daily assignment.  Students arriving after 8:15am must enter through the office doors with a parent to sign them in.    


AM kindergarten students will be released to an adult family member outside door #3



12:00pm - 12:05pm

PM kindergarten students line up outside door #3


Bell Rings – students enter building


Bell Rings to begin PM academic session - students arriving after 12:05pm must enter through the front office doors with a parent to sign them in.


PM kindergarten students will be released at door #3 to an adult family member.  


1st to 5th Grade Student Arrival and Dismissal Procedures


  • Please see student arrival & dismissal map for your child’s building entrance location.
  • Students should not use the front door before 8:15am.  The front door area is not supervised
  • During the first week of school, August 18 to 24, each homeroom teacher will be outside to greet children as they arrive at their designated location.   



8:00am –8:15am

Outdoor Staff Supervision  

8:00am - 8:10am

Students line up outside their designated grade level door 


1st Bell Rings – students enter building


2nd Bell Rings – Outdoor Supervisors close doors and proceed to their daily assignment.  Students arriving after 8:15am must enter through the front office doors with a parent to sign them in and they will be considered tardy.    


Students will exit the same doors they entered in the morning.   



  • If siblings are walking home together and they are exiting different doors, please walk them through their after school routine before the first day of school.  Please set their outdoor meeting area; the slide, the basketball court, or a door.  These plans should be reviewed with them prior to the first day of school.
  • If you are going to be late picking up your child, please call the office so we can have your child wait for you in the office.
  • To ensure your child’s safety, parents should remind their child to contact a staff member outside if they don’t see you at the end of the day.   
  • At the end of the day, if a child is waiting outside for their parent and for one reason or another, they have not arrived at Edison to pick up their child, most likely, Mr. Pluskota has brought them to the office to ensure their safety. 

Safety Patrol

Student safety patrols will not stop/direct traffic to cross students.   They will only cross students when it is safe to do so.    


Late Arrival Schedule

The Late Arrival schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:


Wednesday, September 14
Wednesday, October 19
Wednesday, November 9
Wednesday, December 14
Wednesday, January 25
Wednesday, February 15
Wednesday, March 15
Wednesday, April 19
Wednesday, May 17


Schedules on these student Late Arrival days are as follows:


Staff Collaboration Time: 8:00am – 9:30am


AM Kindergarten – 9:45 am to 11:55am

1st to 5th Grade - 9:45 am to 3:00 pm

PM Kindergarten – 12:55pm to 3:00 pm


Bike Riding

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are allowed to ride their bicycles to school unaccompanied.  Students in kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grades may ride their bikes, as long a as a parent or guardian accompanies them both ways.  Please obtain a permission slip from the office or download one from the Edison website and submit the completed form to the office.  Students should walk their bikes on school property and use crosswalks to cross streets.   



Please bookmark the Edison website for dates and events throughout the school year. 


Parent Teacher Conference Dates

November 21 and 22, 2016

Sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences at Curriculum Night on August 24



Thanksgiving Break – November 23, 24, 25

Winter Break – December 22 to January 6

Spring Break – March 27 to March 31

Spring Break – March 25 to 29


Building Maps

Please review our drop off & pick up procedures carefully as we are concerned for each child’s safety and well-being.   Please follow the pickup and drop off procedures to ensure each child arrives to school and returns home safely each day.  You may also refer to the student arrival & dismissal map for student arrival and dismissal areas and doors. 



Our PTA is a cornerstone to Edison School’s success!  We applaud and appreciate all their efforts and dedication to the students and staff.  Their website is constantly updated with school information.  Please bookmark and review their site often.  http://www.edison.elmhurst205.org/pta


Class Assignments

On Friday, August 12, you will receive your child’s classroom teacher assignment as an email.  Please know that a great deal of time, thought, consideration went into creating class lists and all the professionals involved focused on the optimal learning and social environment for each student.  Learning style, instructional style, peer relationships and student teacher relationships are priorities when assigning students to a class.  Should you have questions once you receive the class assignment, I am available to speak with you, yet will not be able to make changes to class assignments because it would entirely disrupt the classroom dynamics.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in working with staff on such an important topic. 


This will be an extremely exciting year for me as we continue our educational relationships.  I’m looking forward to seeing our community come together in the fall for a most important event of the year….the first day of school.  Welcome Back!!


Educationally Yours,



James Pluskota


Edison School


This is one of our favorite Edison traditions!!!  Please remember to email a summer/vacation picture of your child/family for our annual photo bulletin board.  Photos can be emailed to either Mr. Pluskota at jpluskota@elmhurst205.org or Mrs. McGreal at mmcgreal@elmhurst205.org


Bike Permits

To qualify for the privilege to ride your bicycle to school you must meet the criteria below:

  • Students in the third, fourth and fifth grade are eligible to ride their bicycles to school.
  • Students in first and second grade must ride their bicycle to and from school with a parent at all times.
  • Fill out the bicycle permit and return to the Edison school office.  The permit is located HERE, or from the link on the left of this webpage.

Enrollment:  276

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Lost & Found

When you visit Edison School please take a look in the Lost and Found located just inside the main entrance.  We have many coats, sweatshirts, hats, lunchboxes, etc.  Please make sure you label your children's belongings so items are returned to the rightful owner.