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Weekly News You Can Use: 4/16/23


Updates & Reminders

We have seen an increase in students bringing personal toys and gadgets to school. Please have students to leave these special items at home unless your classroom teacher grants permission or a special classroom event.

We are seeing a rise in toys that are leading to a distraction in the classroom.

Additionally, cell phone/ smart watch usage is not permitted at school. We have a lot of students using their devices during school. In a time of high alert, we completely understand the need for students to have phone devices, but please note that these items are not allowed during the school day. If you need to contact your child, please call the main office for support.

Science Fair

We have over 100 students participating in the Willard Science Fair!

The Science fair will be in person on April 18th from 6-7 pm at Willard.

We hope to see you all here to support our students and their hardwork.

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Willard PTA Rummage Sale April 29th!

After a several year hiatus, the Willard Rummage Sale is BACK!

This is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting Willard PTA/D65 PEP One Fund!

MANY volunteers are needed to help this fundraiser be successful: Please sign-up HERE to volunteer!

Donations accepted at Door 5 (Kindergarten door):

  • Thursday April 27th 5:00-8:00pm
  • Friday April 28th 9:30am-11:30am & 5:00-8:00pm
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Willard Social Worker Updates

We have amazing social workers available to support your children at Willard:

Full time:

Mrs. Emma Kornhauser

At Willard Every day

Contact: kornhausere@district65.net


Dan Coyne: SEEL Teacher & Social Worker

At Willard 5 days a week half days


Karen Singer (Bilingual Long-term sub for Mrs. Natalia Polomarkakis)

At Willard on Tuesday & Friday


Spring Panorama Student Survey

The Panorama Student Support Survey will be administered from April 24th- May 5th. The survey is for grades 3-8. This is a change from previous years where the survey was only administered for grades 5-8. These surveys are anonymous and data is viewed at a school or grade-level, not at the individual school level.

Letters will be sent home to 3rd-5th grade families this week regarding more details.

Yearbook Order Details Coming Soon!

AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Celebration

We are excited to announce our very first annual AAPI Event will be coming to Willard.
Save the Date!

When: May 12th

Time: 6-8 pm

Where: Willard

More detaIls to come

5th Grade End of Year Activities

5th grade picnic: Lovelace Park

  • June 2, 2023 (Rain date: June 6th)

  • 12-2pm

5th Grade Breakfast

  • June 5th
  • 9:30-10:15 am

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

  • We will have a separate ceremony for each class to provide an intimate/ personal setting.
  • June 5th
  • Times to come

More details to come

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.


Willard Open House

Please Join us to learn more about a day in the life at Willard Elementary School.

If you have family members or friends who are looking at Willard next year, please share this link with them.

Who:Kindergarten & New Families

When: April, 25, 2023

Time: 6-7 pm

Open House

The Moran Center Hosts: Legal Clinic on Guardianships and Expungement

The Moran Center is co-hosting a walk-in legal clinic on Guardianships/Expungement with the Evanston Public library on April 18th.

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Presione aquí para visitar nuestra página Evanston/Skokie School District 65 en Español


District 65 is always looking for more bus aides.

If there is anyone that is interested in being a bus aide but not a D65 employee, please have them contact Michelle Williams at Positive Connections mdwilliams@ridesta.com to apply.

LGBTQ+ Family Session

The next LGBTQ+ family session is: April 19, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

These meetings are for families and students and are facilitated by Chicago Therapy Collective professionals, providing a safe space for families to share their stories, learn from each other, gain access to resources, and receive support throughout the school year. Families can join the virtual meeting here.

Zoom Link
Personal Meeting ID 420 827 2855

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Elementary Athletics

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).


Brandan Lane

District 65 Elementary Athletic Director


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.

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

Science Fair

  • Tuesday, April 18th
  • 6-7 pm

Willard Open House

  • April 25th
  • 6-7 pm
  • Willard

TWI Parent Chat

  • April 27th
  • 6:30-7:30 pm

Willard Rummage Sale

  • April 29th
  • 9 am - 2pm

AAPI Event

  • May 12th
  • 6-8 pm