December 11th-PTA News

Notes from the PTA Co-Presidents

Thanks to all who have contributed to the City of Evanston annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive.  Your generosity is truly appreciated and will help many Evanston families in need this holiday season.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

  • Elevate – Book Discussion this Wednesday, December 13th at 7pm

  • Teacher and Staff Holiday Breakfast on Thursday, December 21st

  • Winter Break – Monday, December 25th through Friday, January 5th

  • MLK Day – No School – Monday, January 15th

  • Early Dismissal – Wednesday, January 17th

Many thanks,
Marjory Oliva and Nancy Gonzalez

Bookstore is Open This Week

Tell your kids that Bookstore is open during recess on December 12 and 13Tuesday and Wednesday of this week! We have tons of new titles, Battle Books, graphic novels, and many terrific free books to offer our Willard holiday shoppers.

If you would like to add money to your child’s account, please put a check (made out to Willard PTA Bookstore) or cash in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and “Bookstore,” and give it to their teacher. Also, if you would like to donate any elementary school age-appropriate books, we would love to take them off your hands. Simply leave them at the front office. Email with any questions, and thank you for supporting Bookstore!

Janine Macris, Becky Reno, Gerri Sciarra, and Patti Sload
Bookstore Chairs

Holiday Breakfast for Willard Teachers and Staff

Please join us in helping to thank our teachers and staff this Holiday Season.  Please sign up to bring an item to our annual Holiday Breakfast on Thursday December 21stClick here for sign-up details. Thank you!

Holiday Toy Drive

We are inviting Willard Families to be a part of the City of Evanston’s annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive sponsored by Mayor Hagerty and local community organizations.  Your donations will go directly to Evanston families in need to make their holiday season a more joyful one.

We have set up a collection box in the main office where students and parents can drop off new and unwrapped toys. Toys can be for children of all ages.  When you’re out shopping this holiday season, consider purchasing an extra toy to donate to this worthy cause.

The deadline for donating at Willard is Friday, December 8th.

If you would like more information, please CLICK HERE to visit the City’s website

Send questions to Allyson Ward (

From the Willard PTA Family Fund:

First Grade Families!  Throughout the school year, the Willard PTA Family Fund will be collecting food items for local families.  Each month, we will reach out to a different grade for donations.  For the week of December 11 – 15, we’re asking for donations from First Grade families.  If you are willing and able, please consider sending your first grade student with a new unopened package of any of the following specific shelf-stable items (no expired items please):

* shelf stable milk cartons (case or single servings)
* cans of protein: tuna, meat-based soups/chili
* 1lb – 2lb bags of white rice (not instant)
* jars of jelly/jam
* pasta sauce
* plain noodles (boxed or bagged)

Students can bring items to their teacher or to the front desk.  If you have any questions, please contact Family Fund co-chairs, Jennifer Golem and Sarah Price – Thank you everyone!

Willard Green Team

Have you been thinking about how to reduce your family’s plastic waste? This short video has great ideas:

The Willard Green Team needs your help to decrease lunchroom waste by helping with our recycling efforts. You’ll receive clear instructions on what to do in the sign up link. We have lots of available 45 minute slots coming up! It’s easy and you’ll get to see your kids as an added bonus. Click Here to Sign Up

Girls Play Sports

Registration is OPEN for the Girls Play Sports 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on January 3rd at 9:00am at ETHS. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

This tournament will begin with a skills segment to ensure the proper fundamentals are taught.  Girls will register as individuals and then teams will be assembled to provide competitive balance. Rules are implemented throughout the tournament to reinforce the importance of proper fundamentals. This tournament consists of pool play, followed by a bracketed tournament.  The GPS Basketball Tournament will expand and deepen our girls’ connection and interest in sports while giving them the hands-on experience to strengthen their confidence to compete.

Questions contact

Lost & Found Items going to ESCCA

Please take some time to look through the Lost & Found items located in the Multi-Purpose Room … you may be surprised by what you find!

Whatever is left over by end of school on Friday, 12/22, will be donated, as per District 65 policy, to ESCCA (Evanston School Children’s Clothing Assoc).

Questions? Beverly Breslow ( or Leslie Grayson (

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