December 18th-PTA News

Notes from the PTA Co-Presidents

The PTA hosts a holiday breakfast each year for teachers and staff as a thank you for everything they do.  The breakfast is scheduled for this Thursday, December 21st – many thanks to those of you who have volunteered to bring in items for this meal.  Thank you to Mary Mettee and Jessie Wise for coordinating this wonderful tradition.

Thanks to all the families who participated in the wrapping paper fundraiser and a special thanks to Maureen Taylor for setting this up a second year.  Your support helped raise over $3,000 for Willard PTA!

Happy Holidays to all – we hope the winter break is a joyous and restful one for our entire Willard community.  See you back on Monday, January 8th!

Many thanks,
Marjory Oliva and Nancy Gonzalez

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!

Register for the Science Fair

Registration is now open for Willard Science Fair! Please use our new online form to register.

The Science Fair will be held on February 8th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Children from all grades are encouraged to participate and may sign up to do a project on their own or with a group of other students. Please register by January 26. All students who participate will get a FREE t-shirt!

Questions about registration? Contact Peter Dodzik at
Need help with a project idea? Contact Alissa Jamison at
Other questions? Contact Cathy O’Malley at

Winter Sewing Club

Learn to sew in sewing club! 2nd – 5th grades, Thursdays or Fridays starting January 11, running for 10 weeks. This session we’re making giant penguins, Valentine decor and more!  Click here for flyer.

Boys’ Winter Lacrosse

Please see the attached flyer for information on a winter lacrosse program offered by Evanston Youth Lacrosse.  Join us for some games and skills for new and existing players!

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 (

Willard Fundraiser

Our fundraiser this year is Saturday, February 24, 2018.  In addition to fun, food and music that evening, there will be a silent auction with many wonderful items to bid on. Additionally, every year, some of the most popular items to sign up for are what we call BUY-IN parties donated by Willard parents.  For those who are not familiar with them, Buy-In parties are a fun way to support our school, spend time with friends and meet new parents.  They are hosted by one or more parents or families (typically depending on the cost of throwing the party) and are activity or theme based.

Please click here for the forms (In Spanish and English) for donating either an item(s) for the silent auction or providing a Buy In party experience.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

The Willard 2017-18 Fundraiser Committee


Kindergarten Lunchroom/Recess Help Needed

Sign up for as many spots as you’d like! Volunteers are needed throughout the school year. The sign up has the information you need about what is involved as well as the time (it is less than one hour). The children are doing great at lunch/recess and they love to see parents, grandparents and caregivers come in to help.
If you have questions, please email me:
Use this link to sign up or get more info: wLqnzHV


Chinese Enrichment Class 

Registration is now open for winter session of Chinese Enrichment. Highlights for winter session include celebrating Chinese New year on 2/16, vegetable and/or fruit market with corresponding lessons, learning about fruits and vegetables, learning the names of Chinese cities and famous landmarks, and planning a one-week vacation to China. Fill out the attached form and return with a check to the PTA drawer in the school office.

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