If you’re shopping for the holidays … Support Walker by shopping @ Barnes & Noble (Old Orchard location) Saturday 12/16

If you’re looking for some great gifts , stop by Barnes & Noble’s Old Orchard location on Saturday December 16th using Walker’s exclusive voucher and Walker will get a percentage back!  It’s that easy.    Download and share the Walker Elementary Voucher

We love B&N, they always have great reads and great stocking stuffers for all the different interests on your list 🙂

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Thank you from the 5th grade & PTA Engagement Committee!

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A HUGE thank you to all of you who purchased Lou Malnati’s gift cards to support the PTA in gifting the entire 2017-2018 5th grade class their last yearbook from Walker Elementary.

It was a great success! The kids sold 113 certificates and surpassed our hopes to raise at least half the cost to cover the yearbooks from this endeavor. Because of you, we are now only $200 away from accomplishing our overall goal of $780.  Big thanks also to Erin Sacluti for leading this effort!

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Walker Lead/Water Testing Results and info

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D65 Media Release Form: Needed for your child(ren)’s inclusion in Walker yearbook

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Just In case you haven’t yet given the district permission to share your child’s photo for our school yearbook, please fill out this form completely and return to the main office.

If you have more than one child, please note that there must be a form completed for EACH CHILD.

This will also provide permission if your child is included in event photos (field trips, Camp Timberlee, school-wide concerts & activities,  Club and enrichment activity group photos, etc.

Download the D65 Consent Form here

 

 

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5th grade yearbook fundraiser + Lou Malnati’s pizza gift certificates = WIN WIN!

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Who doesn’t love Lou Malnati’s pizza and our Walker 5th Graders?!? Today the 5th graders will be bringing home order forms for Lou Malnati’s frozen pizza certificates. All proceeds will go to funding yearbooks for all the 5th grade students at the end of this school year. The certificates are $13 each (cash or check made out to Walker School PTA) and are good at any Lou Malnati’s location, even Arizona, – so this is the perfect fundraiser for hitting up out of town friends and family! Orders and $ are due to school by Monday, December 4th so that we can get the certificates back in time to distribute before Winter Break. In addition to providing one of the easiest, most delicious dinners ever – these certificates also make great holiday gifts, so stock up! Find a 5th grader and place your order today! Don’t know a 5th grader? Stop by the school office to place an order and I will get your certificates to you when they arrive!  Questions? Contact Erin Sacluti

If you’re really motivated and want to sell a bunch of Gift Certificates to your friends/family/co-workers, you can download your own Lou Malnatis order form HERE

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SAVE THE DATE – FOUNDATION 65 Benefit will be Friday, January 26 @ Smylie Bros.

 

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The My 65 Benefit will take place on January 26, 2018 at Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Stay tuned for more information!

Interested in sponsoring the event?  Learn more >>>

Register to attend the My 65 2018 Benefit!

  • $85 – admission for 1 – REGISTER NOW
  • $100 – admission for 1 and 1 raffle ticket ($10 savings) – REGISTER NOW
  • $250 – admission for 2, 5 raffle tickets ($25 savings) – REGISTER NOW

The My 65 Benefit will feature an open beer & wine bar, delicious Smylie Brother’s food, and an inspiring student poetry performance!

Thanks to our own Walker Families for supporting the Foundation’s work throughout the District and Walker school.

Special Thanks to incoming Foundation 65 President Keith Robinson & Co-Chair of this 2017 Benefit Erin Rams!  Would love to see Walker represent and show support for these amazing individuals and all who worked on this event!

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WalkerFest Raffle – THANK YOU!

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Thank you to everyone who sold & purchased WalkerFest Raffle tickets.  We are grateful to our students who all went above and beyond in supporting this effort.

We would also like to thank each of our generous local donors for their contributions to our raffle!

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Shop for Schools Week starts today @ Becky & Me Toys!

Becky&Me Toys Walker Fundraiser FlyerIn the mood for some shopping for the little ones? It’s Shop for Schools week at Becky & Me Toys in Evanston. Just mention Walker Elementary when you purchase online or in store and we will get a percentage of sales between now and Nov 18. back to our school!

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Walker’s Winter Wonderland Dance 12/9!

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SAVE TIME AND PRE-PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY! http://walkerpta.corecommerce.com/winter-dance/

We can’t wait to see you there!   🙂

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Concern re: social service resources in D65 – Info From PTA Council

PTA Council shared the following information.

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The City Manager of Evanston is proposing to cut all social services from the Evanston Police Department.

This would dissolve the positions of 3 Victim Advocates (the people who aid the victim in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, death notifications, orders of protection, and the victim’s family in homicide cases).

This would also dissolve the position of Youth Services Counselor. This person provides family counseling, runs the diversion program for alternatives to juvenile arrests and court referrals, and coordinates the Restorative Justice Program. Restorative Justice is a victim-centered response to crime that allows the victim, the referred youth, their families and representatives from the community to address harm. Restorative Justice emphasizes the importance of holding youth accountable to the individuals and the community they have harmed, and restoring the emotional and material losses of victims while providing a range of opportunities for dialogue and problem-solving to crime victims, youth, families and support persons. This process offers opportunities for competency development, reparation, and healing for the entire community. The goal of the program is to divert youth from the judiciary process while helping them right the wrong that they caused. The Youth Services Counselor also provided training for District 65 Schools to facilitate these Peacemaking circles where this process continues today.

City Manager, Wally Bobkiewicz, is proposing that these positions move from the Evanston Police Department to the Department of Health and Human Services. Under this proposal:

3 full-time positions and 1 part-time position in the EPD could turn into 1 full-time position and 3 part-time positions with Health and Human Services. All of these EPD employees have been pink slipped. Their positions will cease to exist on 12/31/17. They will receive a severance and have to apply for the different and reduced, new positions.

At first this may appear to be simply shifting titles around to streamline budgets, but moving social services away from the EPD will undoubtedly lead to less utilization of these services by the EPD. The Youth Services Provider at the Evanston Police Department shares constant communication and confidentiality with officers in addition to having access to police reports and making pre-arrest referrals for counseling. Why move that away from the EPD?

There is no guarantee that these positions will exist under their new department title, nor that the employees who are skilled in their background and practice will retain any position, nor that the Restorative Justice program will continue. This is exactly how good programs die: when administrative shifts and reduction of job positions lead to the edging out of qualified personnel who know how to run them. The City Manager’s proposal does not recognize the impact that disassociating these services from the Evanston Police Department will have on the community.

The City of Evanston and the community is calling for more alternatives to arrest for juveniles. Our entire society needs more streamlined access to mental health services in conjunction with its police departments, not less.

Call on City Manager, Wally Bobkiewicz, (wbobkiewicz@cityofevanston.org; 847.866.2936) to retain social service positions at the Evanston Police Department. Tell your Alderperson how you feel because the Council votes next month on this proposal. If you have been positively impacted by any of the services above, please include that story in your communication. Please also feel free to share this email.

p.s. the Restorative Justice program is the grandfather of the Sharing Circle program in District 65

Meagan Novara

Miriam Barnett
mhbarnett@gmail.com
(773) 610-5516

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