Archive for District 65

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



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.

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

Art & Adventure for Early Release Days

Art & Adventure-style class when Evanston School District 65 has half days! Encourage exploration in an open, playful atmosphere with traditional plus new & unexpected art materials. Champion your child’s artistic path & nurture creativity through curiosity & discovery. Materials and snacks provided. Taught by Jan Ellenstein, who has been making art fun for children for the last 30 years! Children under 6 must be accompanied by parent or caregiver. Per session: $25 member/$28 non-member; $25 each additional sibling.

  • Oct 12 2016 – 1:30pm to 2:45pm
  • Nov 9 2016 – 1:30pm to 2:45pm
  • Dec 7 2016 – 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Register at or call 847.475.0390

Open Studio Project

903 Sherman Ave.

60202 Evanston , IL

D65 Community Cafes

Connect with Superintendent Paul Goren over coffee and conversation as part of District 65’s Community Café series for the 2016-2017 school year! There is no set agenda or presentations – simply an opportunity to talk about what’s happening in District 65 and in the Evanston/Skokie community.

All cafés will take place from 9-10am. No need to RSVP. Spanish interpretation will be provided.


Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (Curt’s Café North)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (Levy Center)
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (Curt’s Café South)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (Curt’s Café North)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (Levy Center)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (Curt’s Café South)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (Curt’s Café North)

Curt’s Café North (2922 Central Street, Evanston)
Curt’s Café South (1813 Dempster Street, Evanston)
Levy Center (300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston)

D65 Special Services 101 – Weds., Sept. 21

The Special Services department will be hosting three workshops to learn about D65 special services.  By participating, you can:
* Advocate for your child and other children with special needs in D65
* Have a voice in decisions made regarding special services
* Connect with other D65 families
* Take away tools, resources, and tips for supporting your child
Workshops will all take place at JEH (1500 McDaniel) from 6:30 – 8:00pm.  (Spanish interpretation will be provided)

September 21, 2016 – Special Services 101: helpful info for families navigating D65 special services

December 7, 2016 – Transitions: Supporting your child during key transitions in school
January 25, 2017 – Parent/Caregiver Toolkit: Practical tips to use at home
ALL parents are welcome to attend!

Pipes & Precipitation Program – Volunteer Orientation – Sept. 19

FYI: Orientation is 10-11 am and also 7-8 pm that same date.

We’re getting ready to kick off another year of Great Lakes education!

This fall, over 700 District 65 6th grade students will take a closer look at our precious resource, the Great Lakes watershed: where water goes, what pollutes it and why this matters. We are looking for community volunteers to join students, teachers and Pipes and Precipitation partners at upcoming field trips to Evanston beaches to study the land and water.

We are holding an Orientation to fill in volunteers on all you will need know to be a confident guide on the field trips. Orientation is REALLY important since our time with students is brief–but memorable–! At that Orientation, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the field trip(s) that best fits your schedule. Trips will take place on weekday mornings in late September and early/mid October.

What: Pipes & Precipitation Program – Volunteer Orientation
Date & Time: 9/19 Monday 10-11am or 7-8pm (two options, pick one)
Location: Lagoon Building (just south of Clark Beach)

If these dates/times don’t work and you still want to participate, I will catch you up. To RSVP or Questions?: Contact Pipes Program Director Clare at

Let me know if you’re able to make it on the 19th and PLEASE share this volunteer opportunity!

District 65 Digital Backpack – Sept. 7

See all digital backpack listings

District 65 Early Dismissal Camp at Little Beans Cafe Begins Sept. 21

District 65 Early Dismissal Camp

Starting Wednesday, September 21 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Wondering what to do with your kids on those monthly Wednesday early dismissal dates? Little Beans Café has a solution….early dismissal drop-off camp at Little Beans Café in Evanston for 4-11 years old!  Below is a list of dates that camp will be offered.  You can pack a nut-free lunch for your child or purchase a lunch from the café for $5.00.  One snack will be provided.

The camp will run on the District 65 calendar dates below from 12:30pm-4:30pm.

  • Sept 21st
  • Nov 8th (full day- times to be determined)
  • Dec 7th
  • Jan 18th
  • Feb 1st
  • March 1st
  • May 3rd

The cost is $40 for one child, $30 for first sibling and $25 for additional siblings.

Registration for each date must be done in individual transactions to keep accurate rosters.

District 65 Parenting Workshops

Supporting Our Families
Join us this fall for a series of free classes and workshops open to all District 65 family members! Classes will be held from the week of September 19, 2016 – December 12, 2016. Class sessions have limited availability.Please register by September 12, 2016.
PARENTS AS EDUCATION PARTNERS (PEP) – Families play a critical role in their child’s success in school! Learn how to better advocate for your child and feel more comfortable participating in their education. Get practical advice and learn skills for navigating your child’s school and district programs and services. Learn how to form a strong partnership with your child’s teacher(s) and develop relationships with families around the district. Two of the sessions will help strengthen parents’ communication skills in English leading to greater school involvement.

UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP CLASSES – Parents will prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam by reviewing all the questions included in the test, through conversations and written material (printed version of the U.S. citizenship test).

Mondays from 6-7pm
Oakton Elementary (436 Ridge Avenue)
Instructor: Kathy Graves
Thursdays from 6-7pm
Family Focus (2010 Dewey Avenue)
Instructor: Kathy Graves
Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am
Washington Elementary (914 Ashland Avenue)
Instructor: Ellen Urquiaga
Thursdays from 6-7pm
Dawes Elementary (440 Dodge Avenue)
Instructor: Ellen Urquiaga
UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP CLASSES Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am
Dewey Elementary (1551 Wesley Avenue)
Instructor: Manuel Aleman
Click here to register (en Espanol) or call 847-859-8095.
*Childcare will be available for the evening sessions. District 65 instructors speak both English and Spanish.
Questions? Please contact Izzy Nuñez, Family & Community Engagement Coordinator at nunezi@district65.netor 847-859-8095.

Manuel Aleman

Bilingual Parent Liaison

JEH Education Center


 Kathy Graves
Child Parent Center Liaison
 Ellen Urquiaga
Child Parent Center Liaison

District 65 Digital Backpack

digital backpackIn an effort to “go green” and reduce the amount of paper sent home in our students’ backpacks, District 65 hosts the ‘Digital Backpack’ on its website. The Digital Backpack is updated weekly and contains approved flyers and brochures from District 65 schools as well as organizations serving the communities of Evanston and Skokie.

School Supply Distribution – Aug. 12 & 13

Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston: COPE will distribute free school supplies Aug. 12 & 13. There is a limited supply but COPE hopes to serve 1000 students this year!

Distribution will take place at St. Marks Parish, 1509 Ridge in Evanston on the following dates:

Friday, August 12th 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 13th 10:00am – 1:00pm


3D Design and Laser Cutting for 6-8 Graders


Still Time to Donate for the School Supply Drive

C.O.P.E. (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston) still needs to raise about $4,500 for the school supply drive. Please help!

There are four ways to donate:

1. At their website
2. At the Evanston Community Foundation website
3. Through a direct purchase of a backpack
4. Drop off a new backpack at Curt’s Cafe (North or South)

Pipes and Precipitation – Sat. May 21: UPDATE

This event has been moved to the YEA Festival in Raymond Park. Find more information on the Facebook page.

PipesOn Saturday, please come check out the work students have been doing outdoors this spring as part of the Pipes and Precipitation program! Run like an open house from 9:30-11:30, there will be stations representing activities students did, and a slideshow.
For a second year, all third and sixth graders at District 65 have had expanded water units with Great Lakes and local-Freshwater foci through a grant from the IL Coastal Management Program.
 In addition to at-school model making and labs conducted by their classroom teachers, students have explored their schoolyards with local environmental experts and have visited the beaches in Evanston.
  • Third Graders visited the Water Treatment Plant on the Lake, the place where Evanston draws and filters its water from Lake Michigan. Then they explored the dunes at Lighthouse beach.
  • Sixth graders visited the beach for a four part field study: Infiltration, Water Quality, Litter and Data collection,  a Tag game, and Reflection. Bessie Rhodes and King Arts also visited the Wastewater Treatment Plant on McCormick.
Please come with your children and have them share their experiences!
For more information, please email Clare Tallon Ruen, project director, at


Park School Family Fun Fest – Fri. May 20


Parent Advisories on Black & Latino Student Achievement – May 17 & 18


Be a part of the Parent Advisories on Black and Latino Student Achievement!
Join us to continue the discussion on the achievement and opportunity gap, family and community engagement, and what is being done to better serve all children in District 65.

Parent Advisory on Latino Student Achievement and BPAC Meeting
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
St. Nicholas Catholic Church ž (806 Ridge Avenue, Evanston)

As important partners in education, this discussion will provide an opportunity to learn from our families’ experiences. Learn about and participate in a discussion on Latino student achievement and bilingual education in District 65. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Parent Advisory on Black Student Achievement
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center (1655 Foster Street, Evanston)
The evening’s discussion will focus on K-3 literacy interventions and supports, school climate, and culturally relevant teaching. There will be an opportunity for small group discussion and to provide feedback.

Refreshments and childcare will be provided at both events.

Every Child, Every Day, Whatever it Takes.

District 65 Kindergarten Registration Dates

March 1  12pm-7pm  Incoming Dawes, Oakton, and Walker students.
 March 2  12pm-7pm  Incoming Kingsley, Lincolnwood, Orrington, and Willard students.
 March 3  12pm-7pm  Incoming Dewey, Lincoln, and Washington students.
 March 4  7am-11am  Make-up day for all schools.

 Additional information available here

District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of Feb. 17

Community/Recreational/Civic flyers that were shared and approved for posting this week:

Navigating Real Life Diversity – Thurs. Feb. 18

Join the PTA Council’s Winter kick-off of Navigating Real Life Diversity
The American Dream is for all who work hard…or is it?
Facilitated by Noor Ali & ETHS Students from SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism)
Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8:30pm
ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave, Room E112
Free child care and Spanish translation provided.
Adults are welcome at this session of the 2015-2016 Parent Education series,
Becoming Allies: Inspiring Our Kids to Understand and Stand With Each Other
As we encourage messages to children like “you can do anything with hard work”, how are we also conscious of the significant challenges facing marginalized identities?  Join us as we explore the “American Dream” in an interactive and fun session.  During this session we hope to challenge stereotypes of marginalized identities, as well as shed light on the unequal playing field in our society. Come to discuss methods and share suggestions for change with our community!

Nav RL Diversity Winter Session English