August Meeting Minutes

Hi Everyone! Here are the August meeting minutes. August 2018 PTA Minutes

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August PTA Meeting Agenda

PTA Meeting BannerWe hope that you and your kids are enjoying your summer and would love to see you at our upcoming meeting on August 8th at 7pm. Our meetings will be at the school cafeteria this year and our Principal, Ms. Lumpkin, will be there to connect with parents. We will also provide childcare in our school gym. We hope to see you there!

August 2018 PTA Meeting Agenda

 

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June 2018 PTA Meeting Minutes

Here are the minutes from our last meeting in case you weren’t able to attend.

June 2018 PTA Minutes

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 8th at 7pm in the Walker Cafeteria. We hope to see you there!

Have a great summer!

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5th Grade: Photos needed for 5th grade farewell slideshow

Hello! My name is Miriam Diversiev and I am creating the slideshow for our 5th graders’ Farewell Event, held on May 31, 2018. I am looking for pictures of this school year only (August 28, 2017 – May 11, 2018).
 
1. Please email them to my personal address: miriam.diversiev@gmail.com.
 
2a. The Subject should read: “5th Grade Farewell Slideshow 2017: Firstname Lastname (of your child). For example, if I were to send the email, the Subject would be: 5th Grade Farewell Slideshow 2017: Jacinta Diversiev
 
2b. You may submit more than one photo, but please make sure they are labeled. Very helpful!
 
3. Submitted photos should be high resolution; any image file above 3MB would be ideal! If it is less than 999KB, it will not display well, and is therefore unacceptable.
 
4. Photo submissions are accepted until May 11th, 2018.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Miriam Diversiev, 847.814.8621

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New Walker PTA Executive Committee

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Please join us in congratulating our new PTA Leadership voted in unanimously by our membership at the April meeting!

While the outgoing executive committee (Stacey, Keith & John) will be helping to transition them, all inquiries should be directed to our new officers. Their individual contact info is below, or you can send a note to the collective executive committee at walkerptagroup@gmail.com.

Co-Presidents: Erin Sacluti (erinsacluti@gmail.com) & Inbal Fraiman (inbal.fraiman@gmail.com)

Secretary: Darlena Simmons (darlena.simmons@gmail.com)

Treasurer: Terry Velan (terry.velan@googlemail.com)

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D65 African American, Black, & Caribbean (ABC) Parent Group Meeting 4/26

D65 ABC group

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Equity Communication from Dr. Goren

Championing Equity in District 65

Dear Families,

In District 65, our mission is to prepare each student to achieve academically, grow personally, and contribute positively to a global society. Despite our best efforts, academic outcomes of our students of color remain several grade levels behind their White peers. For longtime Evanstonians, District 65 educators, and especially for members of our Black and Latinx communities, this is a familiar story.

Nearly three years ago, we renewed our focus on racial and educational equity with a strong, unwavering commitment from our school board and administration. I believe that this work is critical for the well-being and academic success of our Black and Latinx students and to prepare our White students for success in a multicultural world that is far from race neutral.

In an effort to close the racial opportunity gap, our approach is multi-faceted and goes far beyond the classroom. We have taken an equity lens to our strategic priority areas to make systemic change across all levels of our organization – ranging from curricular practices, to employee hiring, to examining school climate – acknowledging that programmatic fixes and one-off solutions have not and will not make a sustained difference.

Changing the practices and policies of a system takes time, yet must be faced with urgency. Shifting attitudes and beliefs is not easy. In an effort to enhance and expand our capacity to discuss race in meaningful ways, we offer a range of professional learning opportunities, mostly in whole group settings and occasionally through self-identified affinity groups. This technique has been used for staff and family groups in District 65 for several years and is commonly used throughout the Evanston community, across public education, and in the corporate world.

As a White superintendent, I strongly support our equity champions and the efforts being undertaken by those who hold multiple social identities to address race, racism, and bias in an open and honest manner. While we are not the first to do this work, we are excited to be at the forefront of these efforts and to see other districts embark on this work as part of the State of Illinois required training on implicit bias in schools.

Our agenda will continue to promote racial and educational equity in our schools and we will not shy away from difficult conversations. Only by naming and learning about race, can we create a socially just and welcoming environment where children of color and White children have opportunities to fulfill their true potential.

Paul Goren

Superintendent of Schools

Evanston/Skokie School District 65

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Chute PTA needs volunteers for 2018-2019 school year!

A message from current Chute PTA Co-Presidents Kelliann and Rebekeh:

Hello all!
We are having our final PTA meeting to vote in the new executive board.  It will be May 3, 2018 at 7pm in Chute’s library.  A number of people have been nominated (see below) for positions and more are welcome.  If you would like to volunteer or nominate someone, please e-mail me (babysydney@comcast.net) ASAP to be added to the ballot.  The final vote (open to current Chute PTA members) will be held at the May 3rd meeting.  We are also hoping more people will attend the meeting to add their names to the many committees we need help with at Chute.  Some people are continuing in their current roles and that too is noted.  I’ve included descriptions of the committees we need volunteers for below.  Please feel free to reach out to Rebekeh or I with questions.

President or co-presidents: Nominees: Sara Carlson and Stacey Porter
Secretary/Communications : Nominee: Allie Drew (already filling communication position)
Treasurer:  Nominee: Aaron Van Nice
Membership: Junette Moseley (continuing in position)
Fundraising: need
Spiritwear: Christina O’Connor (continuing in position but needs committee members)
Hospitality: need
Miscellaneous: need
AOTT: Miriam Diversiev (continuing in position but needs committee members)
PBIS committee member: need
Equity Committee: Nominee: Alicia Aiken

Events during the school year
📍Donuts and coffee- first day of school
📍Back to school picnic
📍PTA teacher conference dinner October and February
📍AOTT fundraiser – April
📍Teacher Appreciation- May
📍6th grade orientation
📍8th grade graduation

Explanations of needs:

Fundraising: We have used the Direct Appeal approach the last few years snd have not used any sales type fund raisers.  We need someone to really talk up the appeal and get families to donate whatever they can.  We have a large number of free and reduced lunch families at Chute but every little bit helps.  No amount is too small.  This position mainly consists of talking up the appeal repeatedly and loudly, both in person and online (email and Facebook).  We have done a raffle the last few years (not this year) as well.  This position would also run that if it is reinstated. The students sell tickets and earn raffle prizes for most sold and in random drawings.  Grand prize was either an Apple watch or Visa gift card when we last did it.

Spiritwear: Christina has done fantastic with this position this year, she’s single-handedly bought new swag and sold it! She needs some help, mostly in the sales department.  This is showing up at Chute events and selling swag to people.  It’s easy, there is a price chart and we have a credit card swiper. She will happily train anyone interested in learning the ropes.  A few extras would be great!

Hospitality: This is the feed the masses job.  You would have a committee of people who would purchase/order food for events such as 6th grade orientation, 8th grade graduation, back to school picnic, teacher dinners for conferences, first day coffee.  We try to get donations when we can (i.e. Starbucks will often donate coffee) and we have a great relationship with Gigio’s and a caterer who’s wife works in district (we will provide all contact info). All events have a budget as well.

Miscellaneous: This is the fill in as needed job.  People on this committee are called randomly to fill in if someone on another committee has a conflict or there aren’t enough people to cover an event.  It is usually a one time job and not a long term thing.

AOTT: Miriam ran this event with just a few friends to help her this year.  This job is enormous!  I have done it as well and it takes a team, truly.  She is looking for a bunch of people to help her in a variety of ways.  There are both longer term and short term needs within this committee so whatever you’re able to do she can use you!! This event single handedly keeps our students working with an actual artist outside of electives so we need to load this one up (0:

PBIS Committee: Attend the PBIS meetings at Chute and report back on current status and events.  Help out as available and needed at Chute PBIS events.

Equity Committee: Attend D65 Equity committee meetings and report back to PTA on current status.

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PTA Meeting: Wednesday April 18, @ 7pm

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PTA Officer Elections and prepping for a busy spring.  We hope you will join us!

Click HERE For location and agenda information

 

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2017-2018 Walker Yearbooks!

Walker Yearbook Flyer 2018

Yearbook Flyer / Info

How to order your yearbook

How to Order Your Yearbook

How to Create Personal Pages for Yearbook

How to Create Personal Pages for your yearbook

Here are the PDF versions of the above ordering instructions:

Yearbook Flyer & Info

How to Purchase Your Yearbook

How to Create Personal Pages for your yearbook

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