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Weekly News You Can Use: 5/07/23


Educator Appreciation Week

Help us to show tons of love & support to our educators this week as we celebrate Educator Appreciation Week!

The work that we do is beautiful & rewarding. Let our educators know how much you love & appreciate their hard work & dedication.

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Click this link to order your 22/23 Yearbook.

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

TWI Chat

We will host our next TWI Chat on Wednesday, May 17th from 6-7:30.

We will start with an update on the Student Assignment Project ( TWI update in the Fast 5).

We will then go into Open Space Rotations.

Please complete the google form to share ideas that you want to discuss at the Open Space.

Open Space Idea Bank

This is the final one this school year, we hope to see you all there as we continue to build and connect our school community.

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We present our SNEAKERBALL!

We will be hosting our very first dance of the school year!

Save the date: FRIDAY, MAY 26TH



Details to come.

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
  • Times to come

5th grade picnic: Lovelace Park

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

  • 12-2pm

More details to come

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

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.


¡Siga y suscríbase a nuestra nueva página de Facebook ‘Evanston/Skokie School District 65 en Español’!

Siga y suscríbase a nuestra nueva página de Facebook ‘Evanston/Skokie School District 65 en español.’ Esta nueva página exclusivamente en español tiene el fin de proporcionar un diálogo directo entre personas con miembros de nuestra comunidad de habla hispana del D65. Además de ser otra herramienta como recibir comunicaciones del distrito entero, ‘Evanston/Skokie School District 65 en español’ es un sitio donde podrá ver información en relación a los servicios multilingües del distrito, puntos de enfoque mensuales acerca de una variedad de temas tal como una herramienta directa para hacer preguntas acerca de todo conectado al D65. La página es estrictamente controlada por miembros de nuestro equipo de comunicaciones del D65. ¡Síganos hoy!

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

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District 65 PTA One Fund Native Plant Sale

The second annual District 65 PTA One Fund Native Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 13 from 10am to 1pm at the District 65 warehouse (2017 Greenleaf St., Evanston). Many native plants, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase, and pick up is available for all who pre-ordered.

Volunteers needed! If you are able to help set up on Friday, May 12, or assist at the sale on Saturday, May 13, please sign up here: https://bit.ly/D65plantsalevolunteer. Your help is greatly appreciated.

To view a list of the trees, shrubs and plants available for sale on May 13th, please visit www.bit.ly/D65nativeplantsale and click "Buy Items."

LGBTQ+ Family Meeting

Given some of the recent legislation being proposed as well as the news surrounding the tragedy in Nashville, we want to make sure we are providing support and resources for students, staff and families in our LGBTQ+ community who are impacted by the harmful rhetoric and media attention. Please access and share the resources below which include a list of community resources and lesson supplements. Although the District is not continuing with Equity weeks, educators may absolutely implement lessons from the resources provided in the past.

Community Organizations & Resources

Lesson Supplements/Resources

There will be at least two more LGBTQ+ staff and family sessions offered through Chicago Therapy Collective this school year. We are working to identify one more additional session and will provide updates once this has been confirmed. These virtual sessions provide an opportunity for our staff and families to build community, support each other and share valuable resources and support. Please help spread the word!

Family Sessions 7pm-8:15pm, Zoom Link

  • Wednesday, May 17

Staff Sessions, 3:30-5:00pm, Zoom Link

  • (allies welcome and invited!)

  • Wednesday, May 24th

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

AAPI Event

  • May 12th
  • 6-8 pm
  • Willard

D65 Native Plant Sale

  • May 13th

Haven Orientation: Rising 6th Graders

  • May 16th
  • 6-7 pm

TWI Chat

  • Wednesday, May 17th
  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Fleetwood

Affinity Group Meeting

  • Thursday, May 18th
  • 6:00-7:30 pm

LGBTQ+ Family Meeting

  • May 17th

PTA Townhall

  • Tuesday, May 23rd
  • 6-7 pm
  • Zoom


  • Friday, May 26th
  • 6 - 7:30 pm

Field Day

  • Friday, May 26th
  • 3-5: 9:20-10:50 pm
  • K-2: 1:50-3:20 pm

No School- Memorial Day

  • Monday, May 29th


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

Willard End of Year Family Celebration

  • Friday, June 3rd
  • 6:00-8:00 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