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2017 Dajae Coleman Achievement Award – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – Due by April 14

The Dajae Coleman Achievement Award recognizes two African American (male or female) Evanston Township High School freshman students for their leadership capabilities and ability to honor the values articulated by Dajae’s life and ethics. Winners of the Award receive $1000 scholarships to be applied toward their post-secondary education.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Dajae Coleman Achievement Award.  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 14, 2017.

DCAA Application


Let The Children Play! – Playwork Workshop – March 8 – Please note the time change!

Parents, early (and not so early) childhood educators, park and rec staffers, children’s librarians, nature and forest educators, play therapists, and anyone interested in livable and child-friendly environments – come and hear about this unique professional approach to children’s play!

District 65 – Black and Latino Parent Advisory Meeting – February 21

District 65 – TWI Information Night – Save the Date, March 2

District 65 Kindergarten: Open House – January 31 Attendance Area Schools (February 1 for Bessie Rhodes, February 2 for King Lab)


January 31, 2017   Attendance Area Schools (Click here to view the District 65 school directory.)
February 1, 2017   Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies (3701 Davis Street, Skokie)
February 2, 2017   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary & Fine Arts School (2424 Lake Street, Evanston)

All kindergarten open houses will be held at our schools and will begin at 7pm. Please note that District 65 has 10 attendance-area elementary schools (grades K-5) and two magnet schools (grades K-8). Click here to view District 65 attendance maps. Applications for magnet schools and programs are available from January 31, 2017-August 9, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. The application process is open only to registered students living within the District 65 attendance boundaries.

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District 65 Digital Backpack – January 22

District 65 – Winter Workshop for Families

district65-logoDear District 65 Families,

This winter, we are following up on the success of our fall workshop series for families. We had a great turnout with over 70 family members participating in our first session! As partners in education, our goal is to provide support and resources for the benefit of our students.

We are excited to announce new opportunities for this winter! Join other families from throughout the district and learn about district programs and services, make connections, and to discover way to help your child in school.

These opportunities are open to all families and include:

Reading Skills for Parents
Parents Supporting Parents
English as a Second Language (ESL) for Beginners
Computer Basics Class (offered in English and Spanish)
Parents as Educational Partners

Click here to read class descriptions and to view dates and time options. Please register for the classes listed as winter sessions on or before January 19. Click here to register. We look forward to connecting with our families through these engagement opportunities this school year.

2nd Annual Exploratorium Event @ Chiaravalle – Sat. Nov. 5

Register Now!

Sat. Nov. 5, 9-11 am

Get hands on at Chiaravalle’s 2nd Annual Exploratorium to learn how Montessori education supports creative, innovative thinkers.

  • Sample the Chiaravalle experience
  • Enjoy storytime, snacks and other fun activities
  • Explore the LEED Platinum North Wing
  • Children ages 6 months to 6+ years

Register at

Accepting applications for 2017-18 school year now!

Navigating Parent-Teacher Conferences Workshop – Sun. Oct. 16

pt-conferencesEstablishing a rapport with your child’s teacher is a crucial partnership. When having limited time at a parent-teacher conference of 10 or 15 minutes you must prepare to get to the heart of the matter.

Join Felisha Parsons, Ed.D., for a few hours of unlocking the keys to a more meaningful parent- teacher conference. Learn to effectively navigate through the conference:

* Key questions that lead to answers
* Claim your presence and power
* Be an engaged participant
* Communicate your expectations
* Seal the collaborative partnership

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Where: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster Street Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free & Open to Public
Light Refreshments Served

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)

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


Back to School Prayer Vigil – Fri. July 22

Back to School Prayer

The Second Baptist Church of Evanston will host their our annual community wide, Back-to-School Prayer Vigil.  It will be held Friday, July 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church Community Garden on the corner of Church and Pitner Streets.

This year’s vigil will include a special litany written by Evanston Township High School students and prayers for children, parents/guardians, youth, teachers, administrators, college students and other personnel. Also included in this year’s vigil will be the music ministry of Second Baptist Church and a guest choir.

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)

Ribbon Cutting at Evanston Ecology Center – Tues. July 19

Community members are invited to attend a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Evanston Ecology Center’s new classroom extension on Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m., at the Ecology Center, located at 2024 McCormick Blvd.

Refreshments will be served and the public can enjoy tours of the room and visit the Center’s resident critters.

Thanks in part to an Evanston Environmental Association donation of $43,000 to complete funding for the project, the city broke ground on construction of the former greenhouse in August of 2015. The project transformed the greenhouse into an accessible extension of the classroom, allowing room for new educational displays and open space for families to enjoy.

The new space features a tree exhibit that will highlight Illinois native habitats and wildlife. Ecology Center staff has worked to expand and update the enclosures of the critters that call the Ecology Center home as well as expand the educational programming opportunities offered in the space.

Conference for Gifted Students & Their Families – Sat. June 25

Center for Talent Development’s annual summer conference features stimulating workshops and presentations designed to help gifted students and their parents plan for the future. Adults enjoy a keynote address and sessions led by experts in gifted education. Students in grades 4 through 12 attend workshops that provide new perspectives on current areas of study as well as future career opportunities.Children age 4 through grade 3 are invited to participate in fun supervised learning activities led by Center for Talent Development’s Summer Program staff.

Grades: Age 4-Grade 12 & Parents
Tuition:  $95-135
Program Dates: Saturday, June 25, 1-5 pm
Program Location(s):

Technological Institute
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

More information and registration

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.

Meetings for Parents of Special Needs Kids


Evening Parent Connections Support Group Meeting 
May 11th 7:00-9:00 pm at 1940 Sherman, Suite A. in Evanston.

Brown Bag Lunch Parent Connections Support Group Meeting
May 18th 11:30-1:00 at 1940 Sherman Ave. Suite A in Evanston.
Bring your lunch and join us!

Let us know you are coming by calling (847) 556-8676 or email at   Drop-in’s are welcome.

Summer Reading Buddies Needed

Greetings from the Y!

Each summer we invite community leaders and volunteers to join us during our summer learning programs as Reading Buddies on Thursday mornings.  Reading Buddy visits are among the favorite experience of our summer learners and as our programs continue to grow, we need to recruit more Reading Buddies than ever before!

At this time we still have over 70 Reading Buddy openings for summer 2016!

I’m writing to ask your help inviting volunteers who can contribute to the Summer Learning Program – Y Readers and Power Scholars – experiences!  Can you please forward this link, which includes reading buddy details, to colleagues, friends, and community leaders who would enjoy sharing in our work?

This summer, our Reading Buddies will join us from 10:30-11:30am June 16 -July 21.

Math Camp Enrolling Now

Licensed professional teacher and licensed clinical social worker, Tracy Loland is offering summer Math Camp with the theme: “Enrichment Math Is for Everyone”. Whether you’d like your child to sharpen essential math skills, or explore and experiment with math far beyond what any school curriculum can do, Math Camp is the solution.

Students will collaborate on activities and games and boost confidence levels as they take on active roles as problem-solvers. Using the highest-quality curriculum, students will work out problems and puzzles, while doing lots of work on reinforcing fundamental skills.

Math Camp sessions are held in southwest Evanston, near Main and Dodge.

Summer I, from June 6–July 1 (8 sessions), $200

  • Grades K–2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 am
  • Grades 3-5: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00–4:30 pm
  • Grades 6-8: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30 am

Summer II, from July 25–August 19 (8 sessions), $200

  • Grades K–2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 am
  • Grades 3-5: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00–4:30 pm
  • Grades 6-8: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30 am

There will be no more than four students in each session. The grades listed below refer to the grade your child will be entering in the fall. To enroll your child(ren), simply contact Tracy Loland by phone: 224-392-8994, email:, or on this site to inform her which session you’re enrolling in, and to arrange for payment to reserve your child’s spot. Payments can be made on the payment page, or you can pay by cash or check.

If you’re interested in summer Math Camp but these times don’t work for you, just contact Tracy. She will offer additional sections on different days/times as needed.

Interested in learning more about the thoughts behind this year’s Math Camp theme? Visit Tracy’s website.

Need a scholarship? For every four students who enroll in Math Camp, Tracy will offer one reduced-rate scholarship spot to students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school. Contact her for more information!

Racial Equity in Education – Tues. April 12

Opal Equity Education