Archive for Elementary School

Evanston Public Library – Gender Expansive and Transgender Lego Event – Ages 5-12 – March 29

Spring Break Programs – McGaw YMCA – Grades K-5

STEMeX Family STEM Learning Program – Engineering Challenge (Kids ages 6-10) – February 26

Fleetwood – Jourdain Center
Sunday, February 26, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Come take the Index Card Tower Engineering Challenge! Families with children ages 6-10 are invited to fine-tune your engineering skills in this fun STEM session with an engineering expert and library staff.

Space is limited and registration required.
Call the Evanston Public Library Children’s Services at: 847-448-8610 to register.

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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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The Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards

The 39th Annual poetry contest will open for submissions in early January 2017. The submission deadline is March 13, 2017.  Submission rules and judging information.

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District 65 – Kindergarten Registration and Open House Dates

If you have an incoming Kindergartener, you may want to look into the dates below. Attend your school’s open house and definitely try to make it to one of the district information nights in February – any questions you may have will be answered there!


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)

February 22, 2017 – Kindergarten Information Night
February 23, 2017 – Kindergarten Information Night
March 7, 2017    (Incoming Dawes, Oakton, and Walker students.)
March 8, 2017    (Incoming Kingsley, Lincolnwood, Orrington, and Willard students.)
March 9, 2017    (Incoming Dewey, Lincoln, and Washington students.)
March 10, 2017  (Make-up date for all schools.)
For more information, including questions about the Kindergarten registration process, please visit District 65 website 

District 65 Digital Backpack – week of January 16

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

Art Classes at Chandler-Newberger Begin Sept. 21


Art with Lisa

Registration is now open for Art With Lisa at Little Beans Cafe.  Classes for 5-8 year olds Wednesdays at 5:30p. 3-5 year olds Thursdays at 11a.  Get ready for a hands-on studio art experience that weaves art history, aesthetics and production.  Children will be inspired by the styles of great modern artists (Jacob Lawrence, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, etc.), and will explore drawing, painting and clay.

About the teacher:
Lisa Lieb, art teacher, is a graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago.

Lisa has taught an award-winning art program for students from pre-K-8th grade at Chicago Public Schools for 20 years. She offers private classes and birthday party group art activities.



Family Lego Night @ EPL – Mon. Aug. 8

Family Lego Night

Family Lego Night. Come build Lego Tree Houses; bring the whole family! Geared to elementary school kids and their parents, but ages 3 and up welcome. Drop-in; no registration is required. What will your family create together? Monday, August 8, 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

STEM Make-a-Thon – Sat. June 25

A dyPaige and Paxton Trademark Logonamic environment to engage little learners—ages 4 to 7—in the rewards of hands-on discovery, problem-solving and design.


Saturday, June 25, 2016
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Oakton Elementary School
436 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons are the very best STEM experiences a kid, ages 4-7, can have. This full day of hands-on learning will provide little learners and their parents with a whole new outlook on the possibilities and opportunities in STEM.

Paige & Paxton Make-a-thons are dynamic, fun learning experiences that feature a full day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) challenges for kids, ages 4 to 7, based on characters and storylines from the Paige & Paxton children’s book series.
Challenges are led by REAL scientists, engineers, and technologists, and there’s lots of exploring, testing, breaking, making and learning!
The concept of the Make-a-thon derives from the do-it-yourself spirit of the “maker’s movement” and Silicon Valley hackathons. Here the term “hack” is used in the sense of playful, exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime.
The foundation of both movements is showing the power of creativity and collaboration to solve pressing problems in our society.
Thank you to our hosts at Oakton Elementary School! Go Cougars!
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Classes for Elementary & Middle School Students @ NU

Interested in learning new, interesting skills from Northwestern student groups? Northwestern is now offering small classes for elementary to middle school students in a variety of disciplines, including magic, comedy, cooking, and more.

Sign up now, as spots fill up quick!

February 20th
February 27th
March 5th

If interested, fill out the following Google form, or contact Prianka Murthy at or Shayna Servillas as

Winter Break Camps

Winter BreakThere are a variety of options available around town for kids during the winter break:

Evanston Pride Hoopfest


Kids Sewing Classes

Studio Classes:

Fall Session 1:  September 14-October 16 (5 weeks)

Fall Session 2:  October 19-December 18 (8 weeks)

For children ages 8 – 12 with a little wiggle room on both ends.

Learn the ins and outs of sewing while exploring project themes that incorporate creative surface design and personal style.   Early projects may include a variety of decorative or useful items like sachets/pincushions/pillows, tea towels, book covers, banners or potholders.  In time, sewers can take on projects that match their skill level and personal style such as fleece mittens, various bags, softies, quilting projects or apparel (including skirts or pj shorts).

Class assumes no prior sewing experience.  All materials are provided.

For more information and registration:

Evanston Stitchworks
1234 Sherman Ave., #109 Evanston, Illinois
(773) 320 – 5802

STEM Workshop for Kids Ages 4-7 – Sat. Sept. 12

Looking for mini innovators who like to make (and break) things!
The Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thon features 3 to 4 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges for kids ages 4 to 7, based on characters and story lines from the Paige & Paxton series.
Date / Time / Location:
Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
444 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
How it works: 
Experiences are led by STEM and education experts (engineers, technologists and designers) and will range from the basis of technology and design to paleontology to civil engineering.
Why should a kid attend? 
  • Get to make a lot of cool stuff
  • Don’t have to sit in your seat or be quiet
  • Get to make a mess and even mess up without getting in trouble
  • Get a kit to take home to make more cool stuff
  • Leave with some new answers to the question that adults keep nagging you about, like “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

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Help Provide School Supplies for D65 Kids

This summer, District 65 is partnering with COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston) and the District 65 PTA Council to provide school supplies for students in need. With over 40% of students qualifying for free or reduced-priced meals, there are many families who need our support. Together, we can make sure our children are ready to start a new school year prepared to learn and ready for success.

Individuals and organizations are invited to make donations to help reach this year’s fundraising goal of $15,000. By attaining this goal, we can support at least 600 District 65 students in need and provide them with the necessary school supplies. Any donation makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.

COPE is working to organize community support and raise funds, District 65 will source and order the supplies, and the PTA Council will coordinate volunteers to assemble and distribute supplies so all funds raised can be dedicated to the cost of supplies. For more information about donating, please call COPE at 847-905-6332 or email

Thank you for your continued support of our students and our schools!

Here is the link to make a monetary donation:

The following Starbucks locations will be collecting supplies as well, from July 24th – August 7th:

  • 1515 N. Sheridan, Wilmette
  • Dempster & Chicago, Evanston
  • 2114 Central St., Evanston
  • Chestnut & Spruce, Winnetka
  • Lake & Skokie, Edens Plaza Wilmette
  • Chicago & Main, Evanston
  • 3330 Central St, Evanston
  • McCormick & Touhy, Skokie
  • Lake & Laramie, Wilmette
  • Green Bay & Washington, Wilmette
  • Dempster & Dodge, Evanston

Supplies can also be donated at:

  • Little Beans Cafe, 430 Asbury St., Evanston

Backpacks (new, please) can also be donated at:

  • Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, 1901 Central Street, Evanston
  • Curt’s Cafe, 2922 Central St, Evanston
  • Curt’s Cafe South, 1813 Dempster, Evanston

Information on Evanston Girl Scouts

girlscouts5Evanston Girl Scouts would like to reach every incoming D65 kindergarten girl. They would like to tell incoming kindergartners about what Girl Scouts has to offer and how they can get involved.  New troops can be formed from kindergarten on. (If you have just one or two girls, they can join an existing troop.  If you have a group of second graders, they could start a troop, too!). Please contact Marie Erbeck for more information.
Marie Erbeck
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago Northwest Indiana
Membership Specialist