Mustang Memo

March 5, 2023

A Note from Administration

Mustang Friends and Families,

Students have been hard at work as we wrap up the 2nd Trimester of the year. Staff continue to work diligently to present grade level instruction incorporating fine arts. We are excited to Spring Forward into Trimester 3 and all of the amazing learning we will be able to share, especially at our Fine Arts Integration Night in May.

Please note that our Greenwood Office is filled with miscellaneous items that students have lost or forgotten at school this winter- coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves, etc. If your scholar is missing any articles, please have them double check at the Greenwood Office Vestibule. Any items not collected by 4pm on Friday March 17, they will be donated to ESCCA.

Each year, we seek parent and caregiver feedback via the 5Essentials Survey. This feedback guides our work on our school priorities and maximizes the likelihood that these plans will be relevant and successful in improving school climates and student outcomes. The data are also valuable to planning at the District level.

Please take a few moments to share your feedback:

5Essentials Survey

As always, thank you for your continued partnership!

King Arts Admin

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The SIT-uation

Your School Instructional Team's Need-to-Know Information

After engaging in Learning Walks and reviewing Unit Plans, SIT has come up with three next steps to refine our focus for trimester 3:

  • Revising Unit Planning Template to capture the most critical aspects of standards aligned planning and simplifying process for teachers.
  • Determining Learning Walk structures that allow all teachers to engage in the process.
  • Focusing on how to help ensure instruction is rigorous and connected to broader contexts outside of the classroom.

Thank you for your engagement drafting an exemplar and analyzing an upcoming performance task. Being clear on end of unit expectations helps you provide clarity to students and look for meaningful applications to broader contexts, like the arts. Please continue to upload your unit plans on this document. The revised unit planning template (including the new SIT revisions) is linked there, as well.

The Curriculum Corner

PTA Updates

Magnet School Open Enrollment & Rising 6th Grade Registration

The deadline is quickly approaching – District 65 registration for the 2023-2024 school year ends on March 31, 2023.

If your scholar has a sibling looking to enter Kindergarten at King Arts or transfer to the school, they too must register to attend King Arts by March 31st. Know friends who are considering attending King Arts? Let them know there will be a final Intro to King Arts session on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 pm. They will enter our entrance at Greenwood & McDaniel and will be escorted to our library. Kindergarten and middle school teachers will provide an overview of the day-in-the-life of a student at King Arts. The evening will conclude with a tour of the school.

Have a rising 6th grader? The deadline to complete registration for the SY2024 is also March 31, 2023. Caregivers do not have to complete the Magnet School Open Enrollment form, but they do need to use the personalized registration link emailed on or around January 23. If you have questions and/or need your personalized registration link emailed to you, please contact or 847-859-8065.

King Arts Yearbook Puzzle Hits the Press Soon

The King Arts Yearbook cover has been selected! Solve the puzzle and find out which 8th grade artist will be featured on the cover of the 2022-2023 King Arts Yearbook.

Haven’t ordered your yearbook yet? Click here to place your order. Deadline to purchase school yearbooks is Friday, April 28.

Have photos you’d like to share for possible inclusion? Email them over to us at by Friday, March 31.

Shop the D65 PEP Plant Sale!

The second annual PTA Equity Project's Native Plant Sale is live! Proceeds from this sale help support every District 65 school via the One Fund Initiative.

Orders will be available for pick-up on Saturday, May 13 from 10am to 1pm at the District 65 warehouse (2017 Greenleaf St., Evanston). Some native plants, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase.

4th & 5th Grade Students – Soccer, Track & Field Spring Season

District65 will soon transition and prepare for the spring season. The district is offering soccer and track and field during the spring season to all 4th and 5th graders. If your child is interested in participating in soccer or track and field for their school, the deadline to register is March 11th.

Need to Register/Create an account? (Registration will close on March 11th)

Register for spring soccer and track and field through

1. Create an account

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

3. Add contacts and complete registration

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

Already have an Eventlink account?

We want to ensure that your child is registered and ready to go. If you already have an account, follow the steps below.

1. Log in to your account

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

a. Click “Available items”

3. Click 2022-2023 Registration*

*Please fill out all the information that is asked, including your child's student ID number. Please only select one sport (soccer or track and field).

Justin Wynn 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament – Register TODAY!

Registration for the 17th Annual Justin Wynn Leadership Academy 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is still open!

This fun community event, to be held on March 12 at ETHS, is open to players of all abilities from 3rd to 8th grade. There are both co-ed and girls' tournaments.

The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament honors the legacy of Justin Wynn, a young leader who died at the age of 9. This year, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Girls Play Sports.

For more information and to register, go to

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Save the Date

Intro to King Arts – Final Open House, All Grades

Tuesday, March 21, 7 – 8 pm

King Arts Library, Enter at Greenwood Entrance (near corner of Greenwood & McDaniel)

The final session will be focused on students interested in attending Kindergarten and transferring into King Arts! During this event King Arts teachers will present an overview of the day-in-the-life of a student at King Arts. You’ll also have an opportunity to tour the school and meet caregivers who can answer your questions. District 65 registration for the 2023-2024 school year ends on March 31, 2023.

March King Arts PTA Open Virtual Meeting

Monday, March 27, 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Virtual Event

During the March PTA Virtual General Meeting, we will discuss strategies and techniques for combating cyberbullying, and bullying in general. The PTA will provide a financial update, discussion on SY2024 open Executive Team positions and information regarding upcoming spring events.

The link to login to all meetings is provided below:

Dial-In: Join PTA Virtual Meeting

Meeting ID: 860 0145 8541 Passcode: 894395

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