December 4th PTA News

Notes from the PTA Co-Presidents

Thank you for your support last weekend at two of our PTA Events! First, those who shopped at Oliver’s Toys and Trains, 15% of all proceeds are coming back to our school! Many thanks to Dana Bokor for setting up this event.

Also, thanks to those who participated and shopped the Kids Craft Fair last Saturday.  Many thanks to the event chairs; Elizabeth Lyons-Pence, Maggie Lu and Megan Beltran Jewett and the many volunteers who helped make this event a success! The kids really look forward to this special annual tradition.

Please note that this Wednesday, December 6th is a School Improvement Day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:05pm.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

  • Elevate Book Discussion on Wednesday, December 13that 7pm

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

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!

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 (

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 (

Courageous Conversations

Thanks to all of you for your courageous attendance at our first Courageous Conversations event at Willard. More than 70 people showed up!  We all realized that there is work to be done to make our community more welcoming of the multiplicity of races, identities, cultures, and backgrounds we represent. In an effort to keep the momentum rolling, we are establishing monthly courageous challenges: yes, homework for grown-ups!

December’s challenge: Make new connections in our community by reaching out to someone you have never spoken to before. Consider a coffee date or a playdate with a family who may come from a different background but whose lives are intertwined with your own because of having children at Willard. Reflect on what you have learned from this experience.

Reading suggestion for this month’s action: Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston, by Mary Barr.

Cub Scout Pack 929

Cub Scout Pack 929 is chartered by the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club. We are thankful to District 65, and especially the Willard staff, for allowing us to hold Den and Pack meetings at Willard.

1st through 5th grade scouts and parents – The Pack – are invited to the annual Pack Event Thursday, Dec. 7th, @ 7:00PM in the Willard Multipurpose Room. On the agenda in the MPR and Auditorium:
*Build kits for the homeless
*Find out who is the best-dressed scout
*Discuss what we’ve done and what’s up ahead
*Toy Drive
*Receive Pinewood Derby Car kits

Contact Cubmaster Dave Scrim –

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