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Weekly News You Can Use: 2/25/23


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Community Conversations on Race

Join us on Tuesday, February 28th!

We have a beautiful community that is full of diverse races, cultures, experiences and backgrounds. As we continue to build, strengthen, heal our school community, we invite you to join us for a communal conversation. Come share your voice & be apart of this amazing space.

We will have special guest moderators: The Mosaic Experience.

We hope to see you all there.


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Morning Arrival

Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.

Outside of breakfast, please do not arrive or drop off your students prior to 8:50 a.m.

5 Essentials

We want to know your thoughts on how we are doing as a school.

Please take a moment to complete the 5 Essentials Survey.

Please complete the survey for each school that your children attend throughout the district.

Click here to take the 5 Essentials Survey



African Diaspora Celebration

A Huge Shout Out to our PTA & our African Diaspora Planning Team!

We had an amazing time celebrating as a school community yesterday! Thank you to everyone who came out, we enjoyed celebrating & eating well with you all!


District-Wide Literacy Nights: Curriculum Update

Please join the District 65 team for a conversation about literacy instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade. During our time together, we will focus on:

● Share hopes and aspirations for students as it relates to literacy instruction

● React to the District’s Draft Vision for Equitable Literacy Instruction

● Understand where the district is heading to ensure all of our students are equipped with the

skills to become strong readers and writers

● Learn more behind “the why” for the future adoption of new instructional materials in

monolingual classrooms

Sessions will include an opportunity for discussion and questions. We are hosting several options so that our families can choose the one that is most convenient (content will remain the same across sessions).

Please note that this conversation applies most directly to families of students in monolingual K-5 grade classrooms; however, all are welcome to attend. Spanish interpretation will be provided at the March 1 webinar.

Session 1: Virtual Webinar March 1




Meeting ID: 837 3061 8888

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+13092053325,,83730618888# US

+13126266799,,83730618888# US

Session will be recorded.

Session 2: In Person Meeting March 7


Robert Crown Center

1801 Main St., Evanston, Room A/B

Session 3: In Person Meeting March 16


Fleetwood Jourdain Center

1655 Foster St., Evanston

All session content remains the same.

Shyla Kinhal

Director of Literacy

Summer Learning Opportunities

Applications will be accepted on February 13-March 3rd.

Families will be notified of their acceptance the week of March 13th.

Summer Learning Website

Summer Learning Application Process: English/ Spanish

Upcoming State Assessments

Illinois Science Assessment

  • Week of March 6th
  • 5th Grade

The ISA aligns with our new Illinois Learning Standards in science. This assessment helps families understand how well students are performing academically and see whether they are on track to succeed in college. The ISA represents Illinois’ commitment to preparing all students for college and careers, including in the high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The assessment also satisfies federal accountability requirements.

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

  • Window: March 20th - April 17th
  • Grades 3-5

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English language arts and mathematics to all students in grades 3-8.​

Elementary Athletics

There will be no games at King Arts on March 4, 2023.

Please see the schedule details in the link below.

Basketball Schedule Links Below:

District 65 5th Boys/Non-binary Basketball Schedule

District 65 4th grade Boys/Non-binary Basketball Schedule

District 65 Girls/Non-binary/Co-ed Basket

District 65 basketball and cheerleading elementary program schedule has been extended for two more weeks. The Saturday program will now end on March 18, 2023.

Evanston/Skokie District 65 4th and 5th Grade Spring Athletics

Hello District 65 Families,

We are excited to announce District 65 4th and 5th Grade spring athletics! This spring will offer soccer and track and field. Please see registration detail below:


Season: April 10 - May 20

Practice: Practices will begin the week of April 10th at your child’s school

Games: The first games will be Saturday, April 15th.

  • All games will be held at The Quad on Saturdays

2454 Oakton St, Evanston, IL 60202

  • Games will be 20 mins per half, two halves per game.

  • Games will take place in the afternoon.


Season: April 10 - May 20

Practice: Practices will begin the week of April 10th at your child’s school

Meets: Students will participate in at least 1 track meet

  • The first track meet will take place in Mid May (location/date/time TBD).


Registration for spring athletics is open from February 15th - March 11th

Need to Register/Create an account?

Register for spring soccer and track and field through https://eventlink.com.

  • Create an account.

  • Search for your school by name and add it to my subscriptions.

  • Add contacts and complete registration.

  • Once your account is active, you can register for your child’s desired spring sport (soccer or track and field).

Already have an Eventlink account?

If you already have an account, follow the steps below:

  • Log in to your account

  • At the top of the page, hover over the “Registration” Tab

    • Click “Available items”

  • Click 2022-2023 Registration

    • Please fill out all the information that is asked, including your child's student ID number. (email registrationinfo@district65.net if you need help locating your student ID #)

  • Please only select one sport (soccer or track and field).


The D65 athletics sports cannot be possible without amazing coaches. We are hiring coaches and accepting volunteers for the spring season. If you are interested in coaching or volunteering, please apply at here.


Brandan Lane

District 65 Elementary Athletic Director


Recess & Weather

Dr. Horton has shared an update for our district wide recess & weather expectations.

At Willard, effective immediately we will have indoor recess when the Accuweather real feel temperature is 20 degrees or lower/ inclement weather.

Please be sure that students are wearing proper winter clothing so that they are warm during their recess time.

If you have donations, we are glad to receive them for students who need them.


Smart Tag

To assist with safety on the bus, we will be implementing Smart Tag district wide.

When students enter/exit the bus they will scan their Smart Tag.

The Smart Tag identifies when students get on/off the bus. For students in grades K-2, parents/ care takers will scan their cards when students are retrieved from the bus in the afternoon.

This process will tell us when the bus is late & exactly where it is using GPS location. It will also alert us to students who are/are not on the bus each morning/afternoon.

Willard will be launching Smart Tag on Feb. 20th.

Each bus rider will receive a bus card & lanyard that will be attached to their backpack.

Hall Pass

Hall Pass is our new district wide safety management system.

When guest enter the building, they will scan their ID.

  • If they are cleared, they receive a badge to go to their approved location.
  • If they are flagged, they are brought to a secure location & will be supervised the entire time from an administrator's office.
  • If you are coming to volunteer in the building, please bring your ID.

This is NOT an effort to keep people out of the building, but it is an opportunity to ensure we are keeping our students & staff safe.

D65's BIG 5

This year we are committed to our BIG 5 & we ask that you will join us.

In everything that we do we are committed to:

  1. Courtesy
  2. Respect
  3. Dignity
  4. Professionalism
  5. Humanity

Please partner with us as we live out the BIG 5 in our daily walk, talk, & communal interactions.


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 send students with coats, hats, and gloves. If they need any of these items please let us know, we do have extras.

If you have any donations we always welcome them.

Looking to Volunteer?

The process just became easier!

Click here to fill out the virtual D65 Volunteer Form.

We have a few opportunities coming up be on the look out...


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Upcoming Events

Community Conversation on Race

  • Tuesday, February 28th
  • 6:30-8:00 pm

Willard TWI Chat

  • March 8th
  • 6:30-8:00 pm


  • March 1st - March 15th
  • Celebration on March 17th

Illinois Science Assessment

  • Week of March 6th

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

  • Window: March 20th - April 17th

Spring Break:

  • April 3rd- April 7th

Science Fair

  • Tuesday, April 18th