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Weekly News You Can Use: 2/12/23

100 Day's of Willard Excellence!

It is hard to believe that Friday marked our 100th Day of School!

We have done so much in so little time!

In just this year we have seen our Willard school be recognized as Exemplary, for our academic achievements will the state report card! This recognition is just one way of showing the amazing things that our educators are doing to prioritize learning & high standards at Willard.

Our team has been pushing hard during WIN time to give every child exactly What They Need for individualized learning and progress. As we continue to prioritize learning and academic success, we continually review various pieces of student data to see where their strengths are and where they have areas of unfinished learning. Our team of amazing educators are so excited to share your child's learning progression at the conferences that will occur this week. We hope that you will walk away with pride as you learn about all of the amazing things your child has accomplished so far this year!

It has been a great journey thus far & we are excited to push towards success as we finish the year strong.


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.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held the week of February 13th.

Our conferences will be held on:

Tuesday, February 14th 4-6 pm

Wednesday, February 15th 4-7 pm

5 Essentials

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.

Click here to take the 5 Essentials Survey

Valentine's Day: Kindess Week

This week we will celebrate kindness week. Each class will host an activity that promotes kindness and care in our school or within our community.

We will not do traditional Valentine's Day cards. However students will make items in their classroom as it relates to the class selected activity.

Your child's teacher will follow up with classroom specific details.

Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning Opportunities will be available on February 13th.

Applications will be accepted on February 13-March 3rd.

Families will be notified of their acceptance the week of March 13th.

Summer Learning Options will be available on the district website after February 13th.

Summer Learning Website

Summer Learning Application Process: English/ Spanish


Spelling Bee

All of our Willard Owls did an amazing job in the Willard Spelling Bee!

Congratulations to our Willard Spelling Bee Winners:

English Bee Winner: Frances Lamb

Spanish Bee Winner: Juan Carlos Delgado

Frances did an outstanding job representing Willard on Thursday at the District Wide Spelling Bee. Juan Carlos will compete on this upcoming Thursday, February 16th.

Mrs. Khloe Battle: Teacher of the Year -Those Who Excel Award

Congratulations to our very own, Mrs. Khloe Battle!

We are so proud to announce that she was selected as a recipient of the Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Award!


2023 African - American Youth Achievement Awards

This year the Evanston African American Youth Achievement Awards celebrated their 26th anniversary. This award was initiated to recognize and reward constructive accomplishments of African American youth who long after the celebrations of February dissolve, continue to pay homage to African American pioneers through their daily actions.

Our Willard recipients were:

Aniya Milan-Rhone & Micah Thompson

Congratulations on your excellence in action!

Elementary Athletics

There will be no games at King Arts on March 4, 2023.

Please see the schedule details in the link below.

Basketball Schedule Links Below:

District 65 5th Boys/Non-binary Basketball Schedule

District 65 4th grade Boys/Non-binary Basketball Schedule

District 65 Girls/Non-binary/Co-ed Basket

Recess & Weather

Dr. Horton has shared an update for our district wide recess & weather expectations.

At Willard, effective immediately we will have indoor recess when the Accuweather real feel temperature is 20 degrees or lower/ inclement weather.

Please be sure that students are wearing proper winter clothing so that they are warm during their recess time.

If you have donations, we are glad to receive them for students who need them.


Smart Tag

To assist with safety on the bus, we will be implementing Smart Tag district wide.

When students enter/exit the bus they will scan their Smart Tag.

The Smart Tag identifies when students get on/off the bus. For students in grades K-2, parents/ care takers will scan their cards when students are retrieved from the bus in the afternoon.

This process will tell us when the bus is late & exactly where it is using GPS location. It will also alert us to students who are/are not on the bus each morning/afternoon.

Willard will be launching Smart Tag on Feb. 20th.

Each bus rider will receive a bus card & lanyard that will be attached to their backpack.

Hall Pass

Hall Pass is our new district wide safety management system.

When guest enter the building, they will scan their ID.

  • If they are cleared, they receive a badge to go to their approved location.
  • If they are flagged, they are brought to a secure location & will be supervised the entire time from an administrator's office.
  • If you are coming to volunteer in the building, please bring your ID.

This is NOT an effort to keep people out of the building, but it is an opportunity to ensure we are keeping our students & staff safe.

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...


Are You Following Us On Social Media?

Social Media:

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  • Facebook: @WillardOwls
  • Instagram: WillardOwlsD65

Upcoming Events

5 Essentials Window Opens:

  • January 24th

Parent - Teacher Conferences:

  • Tuesday, February 14th 4-6 pm
  • Wednesday, February 15th 4-7 pm

District 65 Spanish Spelling Bee:

  • Thursday, February 16th
  • 4:15p-5:30pm
  • Chute Middle School 1400 Oakton St, Evanston, IL 60202.

No School:

  • Friday, February 17th
  • Monday, February, 20th (President's Day)

African Diaspora Celebration

  • Friday, February 24th

Community Conversation:

  • Tuesday, February 28th
  • 6:30-8:00 pm