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Hackstudio Mid-Season Sessions Start Nov. 9

Fall sports are ending and kids are ready for new goals.

Register for Mid-Season Sessions, November 9th -December 23rd, 2-hour sessions, MondayWednesday, with start times at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 6:30 and 7:30.

MidSeason Start

Piccolo Theatre Half Day Playcation- Weds. Nov. 4

Book Signing and Storytelling – Sat. Oct. 17

Book Signing

Book signing and storytelling event release event for “The Toothless Fairy.” Kids getting in the mood for Halloween? The story is one of fun, acceptance and friendship with a great message, all centered around Halloween.

Come to Creative Coworking, 922 Davis in Evanston, anytime between 2-5p. The illustrator will be signing copies and reading the tale every half hour.

Open Studio Project: After School Artists

Open Studio “AFTER-SCHOOL ARTISTS” Children’s Art Classes 4 – 5:30 P.M. TUESDAYS starting October 6, 2015 “After-School Artists” is the perfect way to end the school day: with creativity in an open, playful atmosphere. Children 7 – 12 years old can be dropped off from 4 – 5:30 pm (children 6 and under to be accompanied by adult). They will have fun exploring a variety of 2-D and 3-D materials, along with Jan Ellenstein who has been making art fun for children for over 30 years. All materials and snacks are included.

Sign up at

Questions? email or call 847-475-0390
903 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL

Download flyer

Meet the D65 Leadership Team – Weds. Sept. 30

Meet the D65 Leadership Team D65
Hosted by District 65 and the PTA Council 

Join us for a meet-and-greet and get to know members of Superintendent Goren’s leadership team. Team members will share information about their roles, responsibilities, and tips for a great school year! There will be time for questions and visiting at the end of the session. Childcare will be provided. To reserve, please send an email to

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Joseph E. Hill Education Center
1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston
7-8:30 p.m.

District 65 Digital Backpack

The D65 Digital Backpack, compiled weekly, includes flyers and announcements from Community organizations that have been approved by District 65.  Click on each event for more information:

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

Register for Hackstudio

HackStudioWhy is it that some people seem to be able to achieve whatever they set out to do? Names like Steve Jobs, Taylor Swift and Sir Richard Branson come to mind. Talent? Genius? As Calvin Coolidge once said, “nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent… unrewarded genius is almost a proverb…”

Talent and genius are wonderful things to have but they’re not what make things happen. At Hackstudio, we believe the key to achieving your dreams is connection, and it starts with connecting with who you are.

We help you discover and align your identity, your purpose, and the courage to share yourself generously so you can achieve anything important to you. Our mission is to help kids connect with who they are so they can connect who they are with the world.

That’s who we are.

“Hackstudio is for ANY Kind of Kid.”

Remember, applications are online now. Please click to apply for Fall 2015.


Grand Opening of New Tutoring/Test Center – Sat. May 30

C2C2 Education is proud to announce the opening of a new tutoring and test prep center in the Evanston community. The tutoring center provides local Cook County students with access to fully personalized academic programs, including SAT prep, ACT prep, K-12 subject tutoring, and college admissions counseling.

Grand Opening
Sat., May 30
10am – 12:30pm
745 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Park School Family Fun Fest – Thurs. May 28


Summer Camps at Evanston Stitchworks

Evanston Stitchworks offers immersive studio experiences that combine the practical and the whimsical for children ages 9-14.  All levels of sewing experience are welcome.  Machine basics are covered or reviewed in each camp.  To ensure a qualitative experience, size is limited to 4 children per camp.  Boys and girls are encouraged to participate together.  Extra time will focus on an additional project in line with the theme of the camp.  Please send a non-perishable nut-free lunch, snack and beverage with your child.

Payment may be made online via credit/debit card.  Email if you would like to reserve a spot and pay with cash or check.

Stuart Little @ ETHS – May 8 & 9

Freshmen and sophomore students at Evanston Township High School will present E.B. White’s classic story “Stuart Little” on May 8 at 4:00pm and May 9 at 7:00pm in the high school’s Little Theatre. Tickets are available at the door – $7 for adults; $ 1 for students on May 8 and for $5 for students on May 9.
The play, directed by Anne Lefkovitz, is based on the tale about a mouse named Stuart Little who is born into an ordinary sized human family. The production continues ETHS’s “frosh-soph” tradition of offering a children’s theater production for families each spring.
ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave. The Little Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available in the front lot, directly across from the main entrance on Dodge Avenue, or in the rear lots (enter off Church or Lake Streets).

AYSO Soccer Registration Begins May 1

Registration for Evanston AYSO soccer begins May 1 and goes through June 15.  There will be a $25 discount for registering by May 15, and a $15 multi-player discount for siblings.  Financial Assistance is available. The season will run from August 30th to October 25th in the Fall and TBD in the Spring. All info and a registration link at  AYSO is a fully volunteer-run organization, so coaches and refs are always needed (and training is provided).

Please contact Frank Barbaro ( or 224-420-2275) if you have questions.

Latinos for Education – Weds. April 29

Latino Student Success is a concern of parents, students, elders and teachers. What are the solutions for addressing the achievement and opportunity gaps our Latino students’ experience?

Plan to attend the first meeting of Latinos for Education. Meet and learn from other Latinos about scholarships and other opportunities that promote Latino Student Success from pre-school through college. We welcome all Latinos to join us as we share our stories about education in America.

Light refreshments will be served. Food contributions are appreciated.

RSVP Today:

Weds. April 29, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Morton Civic Center, 2nd Floor-Room 2403
2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston,IL 60201


Disciplinary Literacy in D65 – Tues. April 28


  • What is disciplinary literacy?
  • How will it impact instruction in District 65?
  • How does disciplinary literacy reflect changes in the Common Core State Standards?
  • How can parents help children at home with these new standards?
  • How does disciplinary literacy address the achievement gap?

About Disciplinary Literacy:
Reading in science is different than reading a poem and is different than reading in social studies or math.

Learn how teachers will prepare students by emphasizing skills and attitudes that teach the differences of reading by discipline.

Join John Price, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and members of the curriculum team to learn about disciplinary literacy in District 65.

Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Tuesday, April 28
Chute Middle School (Library)
1400 Oakton Street, Evanston
7 PM – 8:30 PM


etc. Music School Summer Registration

All of us at Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts winner etc. Music School welcome your family to join us for summer fun this year!

We have multi-modal, welcoming, exciting offerings for young artists aged K-12 this summer, including private lessons in piano, voice, guitar and songwriting, summer musical theatre camps for K-12, and a summer choral program for students going into gr. 8-12 in Fall ’15.

Check us out at the link below, find our past performance videos on YouTube, or feel free to e-mail us anytime with any questions at!

Helping Parents to Raise Upstanders – Mon. March 30

UpstandersOakton Elementary School & Response presents

Helping Parents to Raise Upstanders
(A person who stands up for their peers when they see bullying happen.)

Monday, March 30, 2015
Oakton Elementary School Auditorium
436 Ridge Avenue, Evanston

Bullying has become an increasingly hot topic among youth, parents, and our community at-large. There are so many elements that parents and guardians need to be aware of to help their children through bullying and conflict at school. Response staff will detail how to identify the difference between conflict and bullying behavior, how to empower your child to resolve conflict or be an upstander to bullying. We will also facilitate a community conversation around how to foster empathy among all students and provide parents with the tools to have discussion around these topics at home.

All District 65 families are welcome to attend. Appropriate for all school-aged children. Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided. Attached is a flyer about the event in English and Spanish.

Free Drama Classes at NU for D65 Students

The Department of Theatre at Northwestern University is proud to offer free creative drama classes for fourth through eighth grade students in District 65.  These classes will continue the rich collaborative tradition between the NU Theatre Department and the Evanston School District 65 Drama program. The classes will meet on 5 consecutive Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. beginning April 13

and ending on May 11, 2015. The classroom locations are on the Northwestern campus. Students should be dropped off at 4:25 and picked up at 5:35. Directions will be sent as the start of class approaches.


The classes will be taught by advanced creative drama students at Northwestern University under the supervision of Rives Collins, Associate Professor of Theatre at Northwestern University and Betsy Quinn, Chair of the District 65 Drama Program.  Enrollment in the classes will be limited so please respond as soon as possible, but no later than April 1, 2015.


Please include the following information in your responses:
  • Child’s Name
  • Grade
  • School
  • Parents Number(s) during class time on Mondays.
  • Another contact in case of emergency
  • Any other information we should know
The Northwestern students are excited to work with your children and carry on the rich tradition of Creative Drama in Evanston.  Creative Drama was introduced into the Evanston/Skokie school system in the late 1920’s by Winifred Ward, Northwestern University professor and founder of the American creative drama movement.  For over 90 years, drama specialists trained by Miss Ward and her successors have taught drama to Evanston students.


Please feel free to contact Rives Collins with any questions at or by phone at 847-491-3163.  Thank you for your continued support of this historic collaboration.


Rives Collins, Associate Professor
Area Head, Theatre and Drama for Youth

Ridgeville Park District Spring Classes – March 23-May 29

unnamed(1)Help your child grow with dance classes for ages 2-14! Students develop lifelong skills and improve technique to be great dancers and movers. Classes run 9 weeks, March 23-May 29.

Register here.

D65/PTA Council Parent Forum – Social Emotional Learning – Tues. March 24

D65/PTA Council Parent Forum – Social Emotional Learning
Tues. March 24, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Joyce Bartz, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, social workers and psychologists from around the district will discuss social emotional learning. Learn just what that means in District 65 and the services and programming available to students.

Nichols Middle School Library
800 Greenleaf Street
Evanston, IL 60201

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