Whoot There It Is

Weekly News You Can Use: 9/16/22

Being the Change

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022 we will host our school International Day of Peace from 1:45-3:15.

This is a time that will allow us to celebrate the life of Devin McGregor, while also bringing attention to our Willard Peace Pillars. Help us to Be the Change as we come together in the name of Peace.

Looking for a way to participate? We need volunteers to assist:

  • 1:45-2:15
11 Volunteers to assist K,1, & 2 classes with creating rocks and posters. (Prior Sign-Up

Required by completing volunteer form)

  • 2:30-3:00
Guests will join in the walk around the school.

  • 3:00-3:15
Peace Circle: Guests can assist with students getting into circle position.

We hope that you will join us.

Being the Change that we want to see in our school community!

Missed Curriculum Night...No Worries

Your child's teacher will be sharing their presentations.

Here is the administration presentation.

Willard Curriculum Night 22/23


We absolutely love that many families stay after school and enjoy the playground. However, we are seeing a lot of unsafe behaviors during this time. Please remind students of our playground expectations:

  • No climbing on the fences
  • No climbing on the top of the slides.
  • Get on the slide 1 person at a time.
  • Please do not thrown the swings over the bars.

We want to ensure that all students are able to have fun & remain safe.

Picture Day: Friday, September 23rd

Big picture

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.

Willard Sustainability Projects:

Lunchroom Composting & Recycling

We're excited our kids will begin composting and recycling in the lunchroom next Monday! Now we need your help: if you can spare an hour between 11:15am and 1:05pm to come in and help ensure our kids are sorting correctly, we'd really appreciate it. Our youngest ones especially need help as they learn this new routine. Please sign up here: https://bit.ly/3BKuXRU

Background: Willard was among the first schools to start lunchroom composting in the spring of 2018. During the 2018/19 school year, around 5,000 lbs. of food scraps from our lunchroom and PTA events were composted, tons recycled, and so much waste, money and energy was saved. Fast forward: Willard is the 16th school in the district to start composting this school year!

Willard Tree Planting: Saturday, September 24 from 1 to 4pm

Please join the Willard Climate Action Team next Saturday, 9/24 between 1pm and 4pm to help plant seven trees on our school grounds. We have lost many big trees around our school in recent years and need to plant more so future generations can enjoy the beauty, shade and peace our trees provide. Please sign up to help here: https://bit.ly/3xvcQNs

These trees were secured by Natural Habitat Evanston via a grant offered by The Morton Arboretum's Centennial Tree Planting Initiative. Thank you, Natural Habitat Evanston!

New School Nurse

Help us to welcome Ms. Heather Hall, R.N. to Willard Elementary! Nurse Hall joined our team this past Tuesday, and is a welcome addition to the Willard team.

If you need to contact her please email or call her at:

Email: hallh@district65.net

Phone: (847) 905-3602

Welcome To Willard

Check out our Welcome to Willard Packet with everything that you would like to know about Willard Elementary School.

Communication Channels

Communication Outlets:


Newsletter- A detailed newsletter will be released on the FIRST Friday of every month.




Quick update- week at a glance. 2nd through fourth/fifth Fridays.


Tuesday, September 20th

- 6-6:45 pm

September 21st- Via Zoom

- 10:00-10:45 am

Social Media:

  • Follow Us For up to Date Pics of Willard Owl Awesomeness in Action!
  • Facebook: @WillardOwls
  • Instagram: WillardOwlsD65

Upcoming Events


  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022
  • 6-6:45 pm

International Day of Peace: Peace Celebration

  • Wednesday, September 21st
  • 1:45-3:15 pm
  • Willard

Morning Coffee Chat: ZOOM

  • Wednesday, September 21st
  • 10:00-10:45 am

Picture Day

  • Friday, September 23rd

Hispanic Heritage Month

  • September 15th - October 15th

No School: Monday, September 26th

  • Rosh Hashanah

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

  • Friday, September 30th
  • 6:00-7:30 pm