Whoot There It Is

Weekly News You Can Use: 5/29/23


WOW 6 Days Left!

I can't believe we are in the final week of the 22/23 school year.

As we sprint into the final 6 days of the school year I want to take a moment to celebrate a few of our amazing team members:

Thank you to Mrs. Skoglund for being such a pillar at Willard. Her passion for reading, equity, and so much more are just a small part of why we love her & will truly miss her at Willard.

We wish you well on your new journey.

Thank you to our PTA!

Our PTA is responsible for so many wonderful elements of our school. The support that each of you provide through monetary gifts, volunteer support is crucial to our school.

Our PTA has done an amazing job creating our school yearbook, planning family night events, making teacher appreciation week a huge success for our teachers, and so much more. Their partnership in our school equity work is beyond appreciated & valued.

Thank you to our executive board & to our PTA Co-Presidents: Melissa Denton, Sarah Gordon, & Danielle Cohen for leading the charge.

ABC Countdown

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As we wind down the school year we are looking forward to the Hootenanny music festival on May 30, 2023 7pm at the Fleetwood Jourdain Center.

We are also looking forward to offering our first ever Summer Rock Camp! June 12-16, 2023. There are scholarships available! thanks to the generosity of D65 Foundation. If you are interested in a scholarship please contact Mr. Fuerte at fuertea@district65.net

For more information visit our music website!

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Dogs & Animals

Please refrain from bringing your beautiful family pets on school grounds.

In addition to this being a city ordinance, we also want to maintain a safe & open space for staff & students to feel comfortable.

Registration for Kindergarten is Now Underway!

The start of kindergarten is an exciting new adventure and our school cannot wait to welcome our new students and families into our community! Registration is currently underway for the 2023-2024 school year. If you have an incoming kindergartener or know someone who does, watch this short video to learn more about the kindergarten experience in District 65. Kindergarten Registration Information

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: June 1, 2023

Time: 6-7 pm

Open House


Our first Sneakerball was a huge success. Thank you to all who were able to come out & join us. Check our school Facebook page for awesome pictures of this night.

5th Grade End of Year Activities

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
  • Griffin 1:50-2:10 (parents arrive at 1:40; photos from 2:10-2:30)

    McLaughlin 2:20-2:40 (parents arrive 2:10; photos from 2:40-3:00)

    Barriera 2:50-3:10 (parents arrive 2:40; photos from 3:10-3:30)

5th grade picnic: Lovelace Park

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

  • 12-2pm

More details to come from the 5th Grade Teachers & Parent Support Team

Grade Level Picnics


Willard North Field (11:00-1:30)

Tuesday, May 30th


Willard North Field (10-1)

Thursday, June 1st


Lovelace Park

Friday June 2nd


Willard North Field (11:30-2:00)

Friday June 2nd


Willard North Field (11:00-1:00)

Monday, June 5th


Lovelace Park

Tuesday, June 6


SY24 Student School Fees

After two years of using federal funding to purchase student instructional supplies, the District is going back to local funds and parent fees to fund the program.

This summer, families will be charged student supply fees ($50 for a full fee student and $25 for a student on reduced lunch) while students on free lunch will be exempt from the fee. The fees were approved by the Board in December of 2022.

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.

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


  • Tuesday, May 30th
  • 7:00-8:00
  • Fleetwood

Willard End of Year Family Celebration

  • Friday, June 2nd
  • 5:30 - 7:30 pm

5th Grade Promotion Ceremonies

  • June 5th
  • 1:30-3:30 pm

Last Day of School

  • Tuesday, June 6th

Family and Community Engagement Retreat

  • Saturday, June 10th
  • 9-12 pm
  • Willard