November 20th PTA News

Notes from the PTA Co-Presidents

A fun night was had at our Giving Thanks Gathering last Wednesday night!  We hope you enjoyed the first and second grade performances, crafts and desserts!  A HUGE thank you to the co-chairs of this event – Molly Aceves, Angie Cora and Katie Jenio – for all of their time and hard work organizing this special Willard tradition.  Thank you also to all the parent and staff volunteers who helped during the event – school-wide events like Giving Thanks are only possible with your help!  A special thank you to our Fine Arts Team – Mr. Fuerte, Ms. Scott and Ms. Szczepaniak, for their hard work creating the art displays and musical performances.  Also, many thanks to all the families who donated grocery gift cards, money and non-perishable foods to The Willard PTA Family Fund – your support is greatly appreciated!

We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

  • No School – Thanksgiving Break – November 22-24
  • Willard Kids Craft Fair – Saturday, December 2nd from 9am-12pm
  • Elevate’s first Event – Wednesday, December 13th at 7pm in the library

Many thanks,
Marjory Oliva and Nancy Gonzalez

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


Calling all 3rd and 4th graders who are interested in being a part of the Owlette Gazette!!

The Willard newspaper club will begin on November 29. We will meet in the library once a week (on Wednesdays at lunch recess). Each grade will come at their designated recess time. Our goal is to publish one amazing issue of our school newspaper. The students will have the opportunity to work on writing, interviewing, comics, movie/book reviews and more! We will do our best to accommodate all interests. The publication of our paper will be celebrated with a pizza party!  So, if you have a budding reporter, editor, fiction writer, poet, or comic illustrator, be sure to sign them up! To get your student involved, please fill out the permission slip that was sent home this past week in your child’s backpack and in the Friday folder.  Any questions? Please email Jen Streicker at

And parents…if you want to help out — either at weekly meetings or behind the scenes with editing and design — please let me know. We could use the help!

Girls Play Sports

Registration is open at for:

  • Team GPS – – December Track & Field and Volleyball session – for 5th – 8th grade girls. This 3 week session will meet on December 3rd, 10th and 17th. The social discussion topic for December is Social MediaScholarships Available – simply select ‘Yes’ when asked on the registration form

Willard Green Team

The Green Team needs your help! Please sign up to help with our lunchroom recycling efforts. You’ll receive clear instructions on what to do in the sign up link. It’s easy and you’ll get to see your kids as a bonus. We have 45 min slots starting November 27th. To sign up go to:

If you’re interested in learning more about how to reduce waste, watch this short video about easy ways to minimize our use of plastic:

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