D65 Return to School Planning

Dear District 65 Community –

While I will officially be joining the District 65 team next week, I wanted to take the opportunity to check in and to shed more light on our planning for the fall. I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to our administration, school leaders, and board members. We feel your anxiety and hear your concerns. What school will look like in the fall is a conversation that many of us are having around our dinner tables. We knew this already but the past few months have shown us just how important schools are to our communities. Under the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, schools can re-open in Phase 4.

I truly believe, and you will hear me say it often, our students do not fail. The structures that we create as adults fail our students. While, in some ways, we all wish that we could go back to normal. And yet, this situation provides us with the opportunity to create our new reality which includes bold steps in addressing systemic racism and accelerating learning for Black and LatinX students. We cannot go this important journey alone. The Evanston and Skokie community has proven that when we all come together, great things will happen. Please see below for several important updates on our return to school planning and how we are working to re-imagine our PreK-8 public schools:

Building Understanding
We are actively planning various scenarios for our safe re-opening in accordance with public health guidelines. We anticipate having updated guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health in the coming weeks. To build awareness and understanding, we have created a five-minute video and one-page summary for your reference. These are available in both English and Spanish at district65.net.

Listening to and Learning from our Community
Thank you to our educators, students, and families who responded to our Remote Learning Survey. We received over 4,500 responses! The information we have learned from your experiences will be instrumental in our planning efforts.

We need to hear more from you, especially about your feelings in sending your children to school and how we can best support all of you. A brief survey for D65 parents/caregivers will be forthcoming.

Return to School Planning Teams
This week we convened our first meetings of our Return to School Task Force. This is an incredible group of over 60 staff members, parents, and community representatives. This group will spend significant time through early July in planning for our various return scenarios.

In addition, a team of teachers, paraprofessionals, curriculum and instruction staff, and school and district administrators have formed a committee to focus on teaching and learning for the various scenarios.

We will be very transparent about this process and will be sharing updates throughout the summer. Please stay tuned for more information. Thank you and have a nice weekend!

With appreciation,

Dr. Devon Horton
Incoming Superintendent

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June Meeting Minutes

Find our June meeting minutes here: June 2020 PTA Meeting Minutes

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FAN Event Friday, June 12th: White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.

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D65 Parent/Caregiver Virtual Equity Learning Series

Click here for details on the D65 Parent/Caregiver Virtual Equity Learning Series being offered.

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Have you reached your “eTeaching” capacity?

Has eLearning surpassed your capacity for eTeaching?
During this challenging time of shelter-in-place, ETHS students heard there is a need for homework help, tutoring, and activities for D65 K-8 students. They’ve responded with providing free support for everything from quick eLearning questions to on-going tutoring and fun!
Sign your child/ren up for Evanston COVID-19 At-Home Tutoring.
Even more tutors, a Spanish website, and more activities for your child/ren coming soon!
This is provided through a partnership between ETHS students and Evanston Cradle to Career.
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PTA Summery for May 2020 (No Meeting this Month)

Click here for a Walker community update.

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Evanston Care Network

CITY, COMMUNITY PARTNERS LAUNCH THE EVANSTON CARE NETWORK

Evanston Care Network

EVANSTON, IL – The City of Evanston, in partnership with the Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston 311 and the Evanston Public Library, has launched the Evanston Care Network to better connect individuals seeking social service assistance and resources with verified providers.

The Evanston Care Network, available at evanstoncarenetwork.org, is hosted by the free social care networking platform Aunt Bertha. The platform connects residents with social service information and resources, while allowing businesses and non-profits to better coordinate their efforts. Resource categories include food, shelter, health care, employment, financial assistance, and more. Contact information and eligibility criteria are listed under each resource.

Those seeking resources can visit the website or call 311 for assistance. English and Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

All organizations currently providing free or reduced-cost support to Evanston residents are encouraged to add their information to the website. For assistance, organizations may call/text 847-448-4311 or simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Link to press release

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Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4-8th

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Here is our staff directory for contact info: Staff Directory 2019-2020

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April Meeting Minutes

Our minutes from the April meeting are posted: April 2020 PTA Meeting Minutes

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There will still be a yearbook this year!

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Yearbooks for all 5th graders & 5th grade teachers have already been purchased by PTA.
K-4 students who wish to purchase yearbooks may do so at www.TreeRing.com/validate (school passcode: 101507041679653). Click here for flyer. The deadline to order is April 26th.
We also need pictures! If you have any please upload them to www.Treering.com. Click here for instructions.
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