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Weekly News You Can Use: 3/21/23


Chat n' Chew with Dr. Horton

Please note that the March District 65 Community Chat ‘n Chew event has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 21, from 5-6:30pm at Jennifer’s Edibles (1623 Simpson Street).

Join D65 leaders for refreshments and casual conversation! Spanish interpretation will be provided.

District-wide Powerschool Parent portal informational night for Spanish speakers Only

Powerschool Parent portal informational night for Spanish speakers Only
Wednesday March 22, 2023, District 65 will host a virtual Powerschool Parent portal informational night exclusively for Spanish speaking families.

We will review the basic steps to viewing the student's report card, signing up for Summer school registration and changing basic contact information all through the Powerschool Parent portal.

On Friday, March 24, report cards will be viewable through the Parent portal so we would like to give parents a refresher Powerschool parent portal training. The Zoom link available below.

WHAT: Powerschool Parent portal informational virtual night for Spanish speakers

WHEN Wednesday March 22 2023 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

WHERE: Zoom link

NOTE: The meeting will be entirely in Spanish.

Noche informativa del Portal de padres de Powerschool para hablantes de español solamente

El próximo miércoles 22 de marzo del 2023, acompáñenos para una noche informativa virtual acerca del portal de padres de Powerschool exclusivamente para padres de familia hablantes de español. Revisaremos los pasos básicos para ver la boleta de calificaciones de su hijo, inscribirse a los programas de aprendizaje de verano y cambiar información básica de contacto a través del portal de padres de powerschool. El viernes 24 de marzo se podrán ver las boletas de calificaciones a través del portal de padres entonces está es la oportunidad perfecta para recibir un entrenamiento de repaso del portal de padres de Powerschool. Por favor acompáñenos a través del enlace de Zoom disponible debajo.

QUÉ: Noche virtual de información del portal de padres de Powerschool para hablantes de español

CUÁNDO: Miércoles 22 de marzo del 2023 de 6:30pm a 7:30pm

DÓNDE: Enlace de Zoom

NOTA: La reunión será llevada a cabo completamente en español.

D65 Spanish Facebook Page

Check out out D65 Spanish Facebook page. It has tons of district wide information & school content.


Read-a-thon was a huge success! Thank you for supporting our students' reading at home & we also appreciate your fundraising support.

The children loved the popcorn and the classes had fun classroom celebrations!

Willard read 118,607 minutes or over 1,976 hours!

The best part...the students are proud of all the reading they did.

5 Essentials: The window is closing soon, please take the survey today. We are at 19% and need to hear from you.

Thank you to those who have completed the 5 Essentials Survey thus far!

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.

The window closes on March 31st.

Click here to take the 5 Essentials Survey

PTA Townhall - March 28th 6-7 pm


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

Upcoming State Assessments

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.​

Please have students at school on time daily.

Kindergarten Registration for SY24: Deadline March 31st

The selective enrollment programs and magnet school options lottery application is open from December 5, 2022, through March 31, 2023. This application is embedded in the online registration form for kindergarten students.

Click here to complete the online registration form to begin the registration process for your student.

6th Grade Registration for SY24: Deadline March 31st

The application for 6th grade for the 2023-2024 school year closes on March 31, 2023. Families who do not complete the required registration will NOT be automatically enrolled for the upcoming school year and will have to register as a new student to continue their enrollment in District 65. Below, you’ll find all of the information you need to properly re-register your student.

  • The registration for current students uses information already in the PowerSchool system.

  • Parents and caregivers will be asked to update important information and provide proof of address.

  • Current students who would like to enter the lottery to attend one of the district's magnet schools will also have the opportunity during this process.

  • Current students enrolled in King Arts or Bessie Rhodes do NOT need to enter the lottery.


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.

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.

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

District 65 Chat n Chew

  • March 21st
  • 5:00 - 6:30pm
  • Location: Jennifer’s Edibles

Black Affinity Group Pot Luck

  • Friday, March 24th

Trimester 2 Report Cards Released

  • Friday, March 24th

PTA-Admin TownHall

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

  • Window: March 20th - April 17th

Kindergarten Registration for SY24

  • Window closes on March 31st

6th Grade Registration for SY24

  • Window closes on March 31st

Spring Break:

  • April 3rd- April 7th

Science Fair

  • Tuesday, April 18th