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Weekly News You Can Use: 1/21/23
Note from Principal McCoy
This week we had the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King with an observed day off. As a Willard School community our students took time to watch videos and learn about Dr. King, his journey, and the impact that he along with so many other Civil Rights Leaders had in leading the change for justice. Many of our students also shared their own dreams for our society.
Yesterday was a truly significant day! As a school we joined together for an assembly to honor Dr. King. We had wonderful Willard Owls: Etta Pierce & Joshua Denton, who had courage to get on stage & share wonderful information about Dr. King. We also had Mr. Eddie Reeves who gave an awe-inspiring oration of Dr. King's, I have a Dream speech.
As we shared with our students, the work that we have centered at Willard has truly been inspired by leaders such as Dr. King.
Our Willard Mission Statement is all about intentionally fighting about injustice, bigotry, and all forms of racism.
Our Willard Peace Pillars were created to build the character of our students as they lead with PEACE & the courage that it takes to ignite it & keep it going.
As we continue to move forward, I encourage you to take time to have the conversations with your children around who they are, what they experience, and how they can be international with pursuing the mission of justice, equality, and peace.
Check out our school Facebook page for video clips & pictures from the assembly.
Have a Great Weekend,
SCHOOL REMINDERS & HAPPENINGS
We will have our very first ever Winterfest.
The event will take place in the school, but we have some reminders:
- Food will be served from 5:30-6:00
- Children MUST remain WITH their parent/guardian/caretaker at all times
- Please ONLY go into rooms being used for activities, we want to respect classroom spaces.
- Please place garbage in the trash receptacles throughout the building.
- Have Fun!
We are looking for volunteers to assist with some games & stations.
This week classes took the spelling bee in their classes. On February 2nd we will host our school wide spelling bee to identify our school winners & representatives who will participate in the district wide bee in early February.
The District champion will receive a sponsored trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in late May or a sponsored trip to the Spanish National Spelling Bee in summer 2023.
Paper copies of the Spelling Bee word list will be provided to all students during the week of December 19.
Families can access information, resources and book titles that boost vocabulary on Scripps National Spelling Bee website’s “Parents” tab
Find quiz and study tools for different word lists on the free Word Club app
Surveys are for 3rd-8th grade this year (Change from previous years when it was just 5th-8th grade)
Surveys are not REQUIRED but highly encouraged.
Surveys are anonymous and data is viewed at a school or grade-level, not at the individual school level.
The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on Teacher-Student Relationships, Sense of Belonging, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, and Wellness and SEL.
We are asking that all of our students participate in the surveys, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential. We are partnering with a third-party vendor to support us in administering these surveys.
Letters will be sent out this week to all 3-5th grade families with additional details.
DISTRICT-WIDE UPCOMING EVENTS/IMPORTANT NEWS:
Kindergarten Registration Orientation Session
Jan. 18, 2023
Starts at 7:00 PM
District 65 Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year opens on Monday, December 5, 2022. Families can register their incoming kindergarten students by visiting https://www.district65.net/kindergarten. Children must be five years old on or before September 1 to register for kindergarten and are assigned to an attendance-area school based on their residency address.
BPAC: Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee
Check out the upcoming meeting that they are hosting.
D65 Chat n' Chew
District 65 parents/caregivers and community members are invited to join Superintendent Horton and members of the District 65 Leadership Team for informal conversation and to discuss the important initiatives underway in support of our students.
Spanish interpretation will be provided.
Light refreshments will be served.
January 25, 2023
Yo Fresh Cafe - 635 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
D65's BIG 5
In everything that we do we are committed to:
Please partner with us as we live out the BIG 5 in our daily walk, talk, & communal interactions.
Paper- Student Athlete Tutoring
This program is available for all student athletes in D65.
Paper is a 24/7/365 chat based platform that gives students access to live "1 on 1" tutoring in over 200 subjects, 4 different languages, and offers unlimited annotated essay review. They're designed to help students develop critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills. No answers are given to students and all Paper tutors are taught to use the socratic teaching method. To learn more about the program click this link.
Please view this video for additional details
HEALTH & WELLNESS
IDPH Flu Updates
IDPH recommended all schools distribute the linked informational materials regarding influenza and influenza vaccinations and meningococcal disease and meningococcal vaccinations to families.
The influenza publication should be provided to parents or guardians of all students.
The meningococcal publication should be provided to parents or guardians of age-appropriate students. The age-based recommendation for the meningococcal vaccination is for children 11 years of age or older.
Thank you for your assistance in providing this important information to the families of District 65.
Weather & Proper Dress
Please also send them with coats, hats, and gloves. If they need any of these items please let us know, we do have extras.
- January 10th - February 3rd
- Thursday, January 26th
- 6:30-& 7:30 pm
- Friday, January 27th
- 5:30-7:00 pm
PTA Town hall
- Tuesday, January 31st
Special Education Parent Information Night
- February 7th
- Location: JEH
- 6:30-8:00 pm
African American Achievement Awards
- February 9th
- Location: ETHS
- 6:00-8:00 pm
Parent- Teacher Conferences
- Week of February 13th
- February 17th
- February 20th
African Diaspora Family Event
- February 24th