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Pipes and Precipitation – Sat. April 18

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Team GPS Registration – Water Polo and Swimming

Spots in their next session are filling up fast! The next Team Girls Play Sports session starts April 19th and the sports include Swimming and Water Polo. This month their social topic will be the Psychology of Sports.

You can now register for Team GPS using our on-line registration form at

Visit for additional information about the program. If you prefer to print the registration form, it is still okay to register using this method. Email with any questions.

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

The JWLA Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament – Sat. March 14

The JWLA Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Saturday, March 14, 2015
CO-ED for grades 3-6

The tournament is in honor of both Justin Wynn and Mike Wynn.

All proceeds will go to help support True North Treks, an Evanston organization that uses nature, peer support, and mindful awareness practices to help teens and young adults diagnosed with cancer.

Where: Beardsley Gym, ETHS (Please use the Dodge Avenue entrance)
3rd/4th Grade Tournament 11:45-12:15 registration, 12:30-2:30 tournament
5th/6th Grade Tournament 2:15-2:45 registration, 3:00-5:00 tournament


Team pre-registration ONLINE at by March 7:
Team of 3= $36
Team of 4= $48


Team day-of-registration:
Team of 3= $40
Team of 4= $50


Spectators= $5 each (under 8 years old enters for free)




Family Night @ EPL: Meet Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat – Mon. March 9

titleMonday, March 9, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Meet team supreme Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and 2015 Caldecott Award-winning artist Dan Santat (The Adventures of Beekle)!  They will celebrate the publication of Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn, the sixth book in the Ricky Ricotta series, featuring Dan Santat’s brand-new full color illustrations!  The authors will discuss their collaboration and autograph copies made available for purchase by co-sponsor The Book Stall!  Children will also enjoy some Ricky Ricotta activities!  This event is recommended for ages 6 and up.  Children and adults must register.  Patrons registered for the event must claim their seats by 6:50 pm.  Register online, in person, or by by calling 847-448-8610.

District 65 Math is FUNdamental Program Seeks Tutors

Math Fluency Tutors Needed!

Do you like math and want to help young students learn how fun and useful mathematical concepts can be? If so, please consider becoming a math fluency tutor for the:

D65 Math is FUNdamental Program

What is Math is FUNdamental? This District 65 pilot program trains volunteers to lead first grade students while they play games focused on math fluency.
The volunteer will coach a group of 3-4 students as they play math games to practice their math facts and provide reinforcement of math strategies and D65 math curriculum.

Why Math Fluency and Games? Research shows while “mastery of basic facts is foundational for becoming mathematically proficient” rote memorization often proves ineffective. Math-based games harness children’s enthusiasm for play to create opportunities for “meaningful practice.” Game play naturally provides the repetition and student reasoning necessary to master math facts.

How Can I Volunteer and What are the Requirements?

Do you like math and are comfortable with numbers?

Are you available to volunteer once a week for 45 minutes during schools hours (9-3:30) from February through May? We match you to a classroom based on your availability and the teacher’s math block.
Are you willing to provide feedback about the pilot during an additional training session held in early April and via survey at the end of the year? Ideally, would you be able to return for the 2015-2016 school year to help this pilot program grow?

If so, then please plan to attend a training session Tuesday, January 27th from 9:30-11 am in the JEH Building Boardroom. 1500 McDaniel Evanston.

Questions or to RSVP: Contact Michelle Mehlis, Math is FUNdamental Program Manager at fluencytutors or 847-971-3856.

Every Child, Every Day, Whatever It Takes


Fleetwood-Jourdain Tater Tot Theatre Company Auditions – Mon. Jan. 12

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 be involved in stage plays. This year we will be presenting the classic The Little Red Hen, the moralistic story teaching that you are rewarded for the work that you put in. We are excited to work with the young children and allow them to present the first of many stage plays for the Tater Tot Theatre Company. No child is turned away!

Location: Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston
Participation Fee: $75

January 12 at 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Camp DIY Registration Open

Camp DIYCamp DIY is a new arts & crafts camp in Evanston for incoming 2nd – 6th graders focused on creating a unique way to experience the fun of arts and crafts in a relaxed, encouraging environment.

Located at a NW Evanston elementary school, most of camp DIY will be held on the property outdoors. If it can be done outside, it will be!

Rotating through 3-4 areas of study a week, campers learn from local artists, professional crafters and art teachers.

Saturday Sewing

Another session of Saturday Sewing is starting soon! The dates are February 7 – March 21 (7 weeks) same place (Northminster) same time (9-10:30). Contact Meredith Rogowski if you’re interested.


Parent Circle Swap and Sale – Sat. Nov. 8

Swap & Sale Flyer Full Sheet Fall 2014The Semi-Annual Parent Circle Swap and Sale Event!! Clear out your closets and pick up the kids’ new wardrobes and gear! Invite all your friends! Rummage sale prices for gently used items – most items Newborn to 5T.

WHEN: Saturday, November 8th 2:30 – 4pm. Free entry to TPC members, $1 entry fee for non-members.

WHAT IT IS: Donate your gently used children’s and maternity clothing, gear, books, and toys the week before the event to receive coupons for free clothes and 50% off gear coupons. Then shop at the event for new stuff at garage sale prices! You may shop at the event even if you have not donated anything.

WHERE: St. Joan of Arc Parish Basement (stairs required) 9248 North Lawndale Ave Evanston

WHAT ELSE? It’s an awesome way to get great children’s stuff for free or dirt cheap.

To get donation locations and other details, visit or email

Swap & Sale Flyer Full Sheet Fall 2014

Fall Festivals in D65

Saturday, October 11, Willard School will host its annual Fall Fest. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the school grounds at 2700 Hurd Ave. Children and their families can enjoy favorite Fall Fest attractions, including bounce houses, a mechanical bull ride, human bowling with bubble balls, sports, face painting, a cakewalk, crafts, a ropes course, food and prizes. Fall Fest will be held rain or shine, and events will take place inside the school in the event of inclement weather. All District 65 families and community members are invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Joyce Van Overmeiren,, Libby Harrison,, or Kate Lister,


Attend Washington Elementary’s biggest fall event, the annual Fall Fest on Sat. Oct. 11th, 11am-3pm. This outdoor festival is free and open to the public and attracts hundreds of families from Washington as well as others from around the area. Enjoy live music, food and dozens of fun activities for the whole family. The Fall Fest helps raise money for Washington PTA sponsored events and scholarships that directly support student activities and enrichment.

Highlights include pony rides, a petting zoo, moon walk, haunted house, carnival games, arts and crafts, food, drinks and more. While the festival is free, tickets are required for some activities. Tickets are $.50 each and prices vary per activity.


Fall Fiesta is just around the corner! On Saturday, October 11 from 11am-1pm, join Dewey School friends and enjoy Latino dancers and music as you indulge in a tamale and horchata tasting. Grab a costume

at the costume swap and bring old ones to share. Kids will paint free miniature pumpkins and you can buy carving, decorative and novelty pumpkins for the season!

Sewing Classes for Kids

Learn to Sew for Kids
Learn hand and machine sewing from Evanston Sewing Club moms Meredith Rogowski and Khania Lund. We will even learn counted cross stitch and appliqué!

We will make these awesome projects:

  • Stuffed animal with sleeping bag
  • Pillow in the shape of your initial
  • Fabric purse
  • Cross stitch project
  • and more!

Any experience level is welcome (including none!)

Space is limited so sign up early.

Grades 1- 6

Saturdays, September 27 – December 13 9am­10:30am (no class October 11 or November 29)

Meets at Northminster Presbyterian Church,
2515 Central Park, Evanston
Fee: $150 (10 weeks) includes all materials needed
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Yeladim Art Club of Evanston


Peanut Flag Football at Ridgeville Park District

Dates: 9/13-10/25 (7 weeks)
Day/Time: Saturdays, 9-10:30am
Location: Kamen East Field
Ages: 2nd-3rd graders
Fees: RPD Residents $55; Non-Residents $65

Register now for Ridgeville’s Peanut Flag Football League! Designed to introduce kids to the fundamentals of flag football, this Peanut League will have minimal contact and focus on skill building and teamwork. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches, assistants, and team-parents.

NOTE: On the first Saturday(September 13th), there will be a special clinic/orientation

Add to Cart: RPD Residents $55 Non-Residents $65

To request a scholarship, click here.

Dharma for Kids – Sat. August 2

The Tibetan Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery will be having a KIDS CAMP
Sat – Aug 2, 2014 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Dharma For Kids! Children’s Sangha Summer Camp

Our monks will facilitate hands-on workshops for all ages. Work one on one with monks to learn how to create art in the rare Buddhist tradition. The following are the workshops currently planned:

  • Butter Sculpture
  • Coloring Tibetan Designs
  • Sand Paintng
  • Mani Stone

Ages 6 -12. $50 – 150 per child.
Healthy snacks included. Pack a bag lunch All proceeds benefit Drepung Gomang Monastery

Contact Debi Buzil for more information: debibuzil[at]


One Day Spring Sewing Workshop – Sat. March 29

Make your own swim cover-up just in time for spring break!
For girls in grades 1-5
Meets at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park
Saturday, March 29, 9am-12pm
$28, all materials included
To sign up, contact Meredith Rogowski at

Team Evanston Spring Soccer

TeamEvanstonBasic Information:

Our Academy program introduces kindergarteners and 1st graders to the basic skills of soccer in a fun and exciting environment. The program consists of two sessions per week for eight weeks in the spring. The first session of each week on Mondays will focus on fundamental skill-building, while the second session on Wednesdays will focus on game-play. It is Team Evanston’s belief that the game is the best teacher and our players must be put in that environment weekly.

Academy Details:

  • Time and Days: Monday & Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm
  • Location: Bent Park
  • Dates: April 14 – May 21
  • Cost: $240
  • Eligibility: players who are starting kindergarteners and 1st grade in the Fall of 2013 are eligible to sign up.
  • Note: we also accept players who are younger based on their ability/experience.
  • To register: go online to

Additional Benefits:

As part of the registration fee, all Academy players will receive two Team Evanston t- shirts, one pair of socks, one pair of shorts, and a soccer ball on the first day of practice. Players should always bring a bottle of water.

The Transition of Doodle Pequeño – Feb. 27 – March 1

Purple Crayon Players present:
The Transition of Doodle Pequeño by Gabriel Jason Dean
Produced by: Khari Shelton
Directed by: Lindsay Amer
*Recommended for 3rd grade and up

Doodle Pequeño and his trilingual goat, Valencia (she speaks English, Spanish, and goat) just moved to Southern California. The apartment they share with mama is packed with unopened boxes. With Halloween comes trick-or-treaters and a boy who wears dresses, Reno, like the city in Nevada. Doodle and Reno evade capture from the evil pumpkin-wielding troll, Baumgartner, and out run their nemesis, marjoram, and her little brother, toph all while the Santa Anna winds rap at the door. It is a story of two boys who become friends in spite of their differences while examining the consequences of misused language, providing insight into the lives of Mexican-immigrant children and interrogating the issues of gender-identity and homophobic bullying.

Thursday, February 27th at 7pm
Friday, February 28th at 7& 9pm
Saturday, March 1st at 11am& 2pm

FREE for children under 18
$5 for college students, $10 for adults
Tickets are sold at the door.
If you are interested in reserving for a group, please email us.

The Louis Room
Norris University Center at Northwestern University
1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60201


Purple Crayon Players Fall Workshop – Oct. 19 – Nov. 9

Drama Workshop
inspired by With Two Wings
A drama-based workshop for ages 8-10

Join Purple Crayon Players for an educational workshop based on the play With Two Wings by Anne Negri. The workshop will be focused on creating and following our own paths in order to achieve the goals we set out for ourselves, and it will tie in directly with themes from the play.

*Workshop recommended for grades 3rd-5th

October 19th – November 9th
Saturdays 10:30am-12pm
Northwestern University Campus
Enrollment: $20 (scholarships available)

Includes FREE admission to the November 9th matinee performance of With Two Wings for all participants!

Questions? Email us at




Pioneer Press Scary Stories Contest

The Pioneer Press is accepting entries for the annual Scary Story Contest for children in the third, fourth and fifth grades.

The rules are simple:

  • Stories should be no longer than 350 words and must be typed.
  • Stories must include: The child’s name, home address and telephone number; the child’s grade level; and the name and address of the child’s school.
If any of this information is missing, the entry will be disqualified. The child’s address and telephone number will not be published; they will be used only to notify winners.
Entries must be original creations. They cannot include characters or plots from movies, television shows, or books, or be a dream sequence. Such entries will be disqualified.
Artwork is welcome, and although no prizes will be awarded, we will publish some of the best artwork.
Prizes will be given for the winners in first, second and third place in each grade level. Judges’ choices for the top three stories in each grade level, as well as some submitted drawings, will be printed in our Oct. 31 editions.
Deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Entries should be emailed to

Peanut Flag Football in Ridgeville Park District

Come join Ridgeville’s new Peanut Flag Football League! This program is a minimal contact activity designed to introduce the basic developmental skills of youth flag football. Teams will be created with participants from local grade schools. Ideally, there will be one team representing each school, and parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches, assistants, and team-parents.

Dates: 9/14-10/26 (7 weeks)
Day/Time: Saturdays, 9-11am
Location: Kamen West Park
Ages: 2nd-3rd graders
Fees: RPD Residents $55; Non-Residents $65

More information:

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