November 13th PTA News

Notes from the PTA Co-Presidents

Thanks to everyone who attended our PTA meeting last week!  We heard lots of exciting updates from Mr. Michel and co-chairs of existing and new committees. Be on the lookout for more information from Craft Fair, Green Team, Elevate and Friendly Families.

We are cancelling the January PTA meeting to encourage all to attend Elevate’s next two events listed below.

Our Giving Thanks Gathering will be held this Wednesday evening (November 15th, 6:15pm)!  There will be musical performances from first and second grade students, crafts and nut free treats.  We hope to see you all there taking part in this wonderful Willard tradition!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

  • No School – Thanksgiving Break – November 22-24
  • Willard Kids Craft Fair on Saturday December 2nd from 9am-12pm
  • Elevate: Book Discussion on December 13th at 7pm
  • Elevate: Panel Discussion on January 24th at 7pm

Many thanks,
Marjory Oliva and Nancy Gonzalez

Giving Thanks Gathering

Please save the Date for our Giving Thanks Gathering Wed Nov. 15th from 6:30-8pm. Please see attached fliers in both English and Spanish.

Also, please help make this event a success by volunteering. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.

We are looking forward to this Fun Willard Gathering!

2017 Willard Kids’ Craft Fair
What will YOU make?

Save the date for the one and only annual Willard Kid’s Craft Fair! Saturday, December 2, 2017 — 9:00 a.m. to 12pm.

It’s time to start thinking about what you’d like to make and sell at our annual Craft Fair this December. You can make your crafts at home and bring them or set up a craft project for your customers to make at the fair.

So go ahead and get crafty! Just no baked goods please.
Click here for a registration form.
Don’t forget to spread the word to friends and family! The craft fair is a great opportunity to purchase unique gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season.

Contact Elizabeth Lyons-Pence at,
Maggie Lu at or
Megan Beltran Jewett at


Let’s keep plastic out of our landfills and oceans! Beginning Wednesday, November 15, you can drop off your plastic film refuse in a bin in the front foyer. With the help of the Green Team, Willard has joined the Trex plastic film recycling challengethis year, held November 15 through April 15. Since 2006, hundreds of schools across the nation compete each year against each other to recycle the most plastic film; the winning school receives a Trex bench. Let’s win this, Willard! See attached for a list of what you can (and cannot) recycle.

¡Vamos a mantener el plástico fuera de nuestros océanos y vertederos! Comenzando el miércoles 15 de noviembre, usted puede dejar ciertos plásticos de envoltura en el receptáculo que se encuentra a la entrada de la escuela. Con la ayuda del Equipo Verde, Willard va a participar en el reto de reciclaje de envoltura de plástico de Trex. La competencia sera del 15 de noviembre al 15 de abril. Desde el 2006 cientos de escuelas a través de toda la nación  compiten anualmente para reciclar la envoltura de plástico. La escuela ganadora recibe un banco de Trex. ¡Vamos a ganar, Willard! Vea adjunto para una lista de lo que puede (y no puede) reciclar.

RIGHT AT SCHOOL – Winter Elective Registration starts Nov. 13!

Does your child have a passion for sports, science, arts, or cooking? Would they like to try martial arts or make their own video game? Registration for after school electives classes starts Monday, November 13. There’s something for everyone! See the attached flier for details and register or apply for a scholarship at Questions? Contact Janelle Romero at 224-470-0216 or

2018 Willard Basketball
4th and 5th grade Boys and Girls 

ALL kids are welcome – everyone plays! Have fun, learn new skills, and be part of a team. Each grade will have a girls and a boys team with one practice each week.

Season runs from January 13th-March 10th. To register, please click here. For Spanish, click here. Print the form and return form and checks to your child’s teacher or to the office. Hard copies will be coming home as well.

WE NEED COACHES! If you are interested in leading a 4th or 5th grade team, please contact Jennifer Lutgert at

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