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ESCCA Needs Clothing


We gratefully accept good quality, new or gently-used clean clothing for Kindergarten through 8th grade children. Our focus is on warm school clothing and outerwear.

We most need:

  • Winter parkas and warm coats for sizes 8 (youth) through teen/adult
  • Boys long sleeved shirts sizes 10-18
  • Fleece jackets and pullovers for girls and boys
  • Hoodies, sweatshirts and sweatpants for girls and boys
  • Warm gloves, scarves, snow pants

Please, don’t donate:

  • Footwear
  • Baby or toddler clothes or sizes smaller than 5-6 youth
  • Clothing with rips, stains, broken zippers

Drop off at 1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston, Il 60201 | | 847.859-8018

ST Math Parent Night – Weds. Nov. 2


D65 is sponsoring a PARENT NIGHT — so parents can learn more about ST Math and how to use it at home to supplement their student’s learning. Representatives from ST Math and the District will be there to demo and answer questions.

This TEDx talk is also very powerful, and shows the founder’s motivation for creating ST Math – he is dyslexic and struggled to learn because he could not read!

Field Hockey Open House – Sat. Nov. 5


FAN Events – Nov. 2 & 3

“Late Specialization: The Surprising Key to Athletic Success”
David Epstein, Investigative report, ProPublicaFormerSenior writer, Sports illustrated Author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, Evanston Township High School (Class of 1998)

EVENT #1: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Late Specialization: The Surprising Key to Athletic Success, 7:00 PM, Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201.


EVENT #2: Thursday, November 3, 2016, Late Specialization: The Surprising Key to Athletic Success, 7:00 PM, New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, 60093.

Many of us assume that given how incredibly competitive sports are these days, every athlete needs to be running, jumping, throwing, and hitting practically as soon as he or she is walking.  The necessity of an early start on the lifelong road to athletic expertise is the subject of a half dozen bestselling books, not to mention national commercials, thousands of youth sports programs, and more articles than anyone can count. Unfortunately, typically, the people running those programs and writing those articles are oblivious to the growing body of cutting-edge science that illuminates the true foundation of athletic expertise — and it isn’t what you may think!

David Epstein, an investigative reporter at ProPublica, a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance will examine what science reveals about the (often surprising) best path to sporting stardom, underscoring why a late start can sometimes be a head start.

Mr. Epstein is a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Evanston Township High School (Class of 1998), and has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, where he was a university record-holder in track and field. His 2014 TED Talk was one of the 20 most watched of the year.

More information can be found on the FAN website:

Register for Team Girls Play Sports

Registration is open for the Team Girls Play Sports!  Whether your daughter has played a few sports, many sports, or your daughter is simply interested in trying sports for the first time, consider signing her up for a few of our Team GPS Sessions this school year. To view the entire Team GPS calendar go to

The next 3 week session will focus on Cross Country and Soccer and will meet on November 6th, 13th and 20th at ETHS from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.  The social discussion topic for November will be Body Image.

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE: We provide opportunities for ALL girls to join Team GPS, because we believe cost should never be an obstacle to participation.

To register go to  For additional information or questions about our programs, email

Megan Livatino
Girls Play Sports

Navigating Real Life Diversity: Session 2 – Weds. Nov. 2 – CANCELLED



Register for Girls Basketball


Día de los Muertos – Sun. Oct. 30

Community members are invited to celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Academy of Mexican Dance & Music(AMDM), the region’s premiere Mexican Folkloric performing ensemble. The event will take place at the Levy Center, located at 300 Dodge Ave., on Sunday, October 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages.

In addition to the performance, the event will feature delicious Mexican food and drink available for purchase, free interactive arts stations where families can create ofrendas, and a costume parade.

Founded in 2011, AMDM is dedicated to providing high-quality instruction in all facets of Mexican folk dance and music. They are committed to providing a progressive, well-rounded education and appreciation of Mexican Folkloric dance.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Halloween Festivities Around Town

Halloween is the season for tricks and treats, candy and costumes, and pumpkins and pumpkin pie! In Evanston, your family can enjoy everything from a Fall Fest at the Farmers’ Market to a free Halloween Skate Party and more! Check out information here.

Power to the Arts – Sat. Oct. 29


Little Red Hen… Part II – Fri. Oct. 28

The “little sibling” to the Evanston Children’s Theatre, Tater Tot Theatre Company was created to allow young thespians ages 5-7 the opportunity to participate in the magic of live theatre. This year we will be revisiting an adaptation of the classic Little Red Hen… Part II; the moralistic story teaching that you are rewarded for the work that you put in. This adaptation of the original adds plenty of sly humor, dance and song to the well-loved story.

We are all very excited about Tater Tot Theatre in Evanston. For more information contact us at 847-866-5914 or visit

Location: Piven Theatre at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
Age: All ages
Admission: $6 at the door
Time: 5pm

Sign up for Badminton


Download registration documents: evanstonjrbadmintonclub_winter2016-7

FAN Event: Kwame Alexander – Fri. Oct. 28

“The Writerly Life”

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:00 PM

Evanston Township High School Auditorium
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Suitable for all ages.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children and the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor. For this event, Mr. Alexander shares a bit of conversation, a dash of storytelling, and a splash of performance from his recent children’s books, educational insights, and worldwide experiences.
Mr. Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his PAGE TO STAGE Writing and Publishing Program released by Scholastic. A regular speaker at schools and conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love: Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, and recently, Mr. Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded.

2nd Special Needs Family Resource Fair – Sat. Nov. 5


Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend and connect with local organizations and clinicians that provide services for special needs families. Among those participating are the Dyslexia Buddy Network, who will host a Dyslexia simulation experience. Other participants include Cherry Preschool, Moran Center, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, Wee Speech and Evanston/Skokie School District 65.

No Registration is necessary.

Saturday, November 5, 11am – 3pm

Main Library
Community Meeting Room
1703 Orrington Ave

Piccolo Theatre Panto Family Pack


Court Kingz vs. Evanston’s Elite – Sat. Oct. 22

Cursed Costumes – Oct. 22-30


Park School Open Door Day – Tues. Oct. 25


Tours Available at: 10:00 to 11:00 AM/1:00 to 2:00 PM

PARK SCHOOL 828 Main St. Evanston IL 60202

Park School is a public therapeutic day program serving students with the most significant special needs. Our “Open Door Days”, are an opportunity for prospective families, parents, friends, community members, and educational/related service providers to tour Park School and view our unique program. Though we require an RSVP for our “Open Door Days”, all interested parties are welcome to set up a tour or observation by appointment all throughout the school year.

Please RSVP by phone or email to: 847-424-2300 We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Hullabaloo at Howard Street Farm – Sat. Oct. 22

The Talking Farm hosts
The 6th annual 
Saturday, October 22, 2016
12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Join our Celebration of Harvest and Community!

Since 2011, we’ve opened up our Howard Street Farm every fall for a community celebration. The HULLABALOO is our way of celebrating autumn, harvest and progress we made in building the Howard Street Farm from weed to seed.

This year’s Hullabaloo will open with PUMPKINS! Grab a pumpkin at noon and stay to decorate it!

Emcees Mike Nowak of The Mike Nowak Show and Peggy Malecki of Natural Awakenings Magazine will guide you through the day’s activities.

We are excited to announce two storytelling sessions by Elysabeth Ashe. Elysabeth tells nature folktales and spooky stories that tantalize the imagination and stir the senses. Elysabeth has performed at festivals, conferences, nature centers, and academic settings for almost twenty years. She is also the Youth Programs Director at the Jewish Council Youth Services and an experiential educator with a primary focus on team-building.

Schedule of Activities

12 noon  Pumpkin Sales begin

1 pm Strictly Jug Nuts

1:30 Story telling by Elysabeth Ashe

2:00 The Old Town School Community Choir

2:30 Strictly Jug Nuts

3:00  Story telling by Elysabeth Ashe

3:30  Tell ’em Henry

All-Day Activities

Antique Cider pressing by Ben Harris
Pumpkin decorating
Farm Tours

Details: All are welcome.* Family-friendly. Casual. $5 suggested donation per person/$20 per family. Pumpkins $6-$8 each.

The Howard Street Farm is located at 3669 Howard Street in Skokie, behind the Tot Learning Center. Free parking onsite.

All proceeds raised from the Hullabaloo support The Talking Farm, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates the Howard Street Farm.

Special thanks to the Skokie Park District for helping us host this event.


Award Winning Authors at King Lab – Mon. Oct. 24

Author Invasion: Five Award Winning Children’s Authors to Visit Evanston

During the week of October 24 – 28th, Foundation 65 will bring five critically acclaimed authors to visit fifteen District 65 schools. This ‘author invasion’ is part of a visiting author series called Perspectives: A Shared Author Experience. The program was created by the District 65 library department and is funded through a grant from Foundation 65.

The authors represent diverse cultural backgrounds, writing styles and topics. Authors include, Matt de la Peña, Janice Harrington, Grace Lin, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Steve Sheinkin. Each visiting author will work with a specific grade level(s) and visit schools across Evanston (see which grade levels will work with each author below).

The Perspectives program helps highlight the importance of diversity in children’s literature and the intent is to give District 65 students and families the opportunity to view issues from multiple perspectives, and see themselves represented in the authors, the author’s life experiences, and the stories they tell.

“We are thrilled to bring these amazing authors to our schools,” said Tracy Hubbard, chair of the library department, “Reading is a way of exploring the world around us, and navigating difficult ideas. We believe that this program deeply supports the equity work that District 65 is so committed to.”

All authors will take part in a panel discussion that is open to the public on October 24th. This event will be co-hosted by the Evanston Public Library and will be moderated by Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager for the Evanston Public Library. The event will be held at King Arts Magnet School, 2424 Lake Street, Evanston.

“Rarely have I seen this impressive a gathering of authors and illustrators gathered in Illinois outside of a conference setting.  Each one of them is a master of their art.  It’s a privilege to get a chance to talk to them together,” said Betsy Bird.

The event will begin at 5:30 with student art inspired by the authors’ work on display. Books by each author will be available for purchase from the Book Stall.Two food trucks, La Cocinita and Gotta Bee Crepes will have food for purchase on site. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.

Authors will work with the following grade levels during the week of Oct 24 – 28th:

Matt de la Peña – all 7th & 8th graders
Janice Harrington – all K & 1st graders
Grace Lin – all 2nd & 4th graders
Steve Sheinkin – all 5th & 6th graders
Duncan Tonatiuh – all 3rd graders