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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secretary: Darlena Simmons (email@example.com)
Treasurer: Terry Velan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Superintendent of Schools
Evanston/Skokie School District 65
A message from current Chute PTA Co-Presidents Kelliann and Rebekeh:
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 (email@example.com) 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)
Spiritwear: Christina O’Connor (continuing in position but needs committee members)
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.
PTA Officer Elections and prepping for a busy spring. We hope you will join us!
Here are the PDF versions of the above ordering instructions:
Start your day with your favorite Walker students and a sweet morning treat. Mark your calendars and plan to drop by Walker the morning of April 27 before school starts for a little celebration of the special women in our lives.
School Calendar Updates
Dear District 65 Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to share a couple of updates as it relates to the current school calendar and the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.
2017-2018 School Calendar
As a result of the winter storm on February 9, 2018, we closed District 65 schools and centers as a safety measure. In the past, the District has used Emergency Days in the event of an unscheduled school closing. This year, the last day of school for all K-8 students will remain as scheduled on Monday, June 4, 2018. On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, staff will participate in a full-day School Improvement Day to focus on school safety, crisis management, and school climate. This opportunity is made possible through the district’s calendar waiver approved by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2016.
2018-2019 School Calendar
On Monday evening, the School Board also approved an amended calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. The first day of school for K-8 grade students remains as scheduled on Monday, August 27, 2018. Due to the addition of two professional learning dates for staff prior to students’ return to school, the last day of school is now Monday, June 3, 2019 (pending the use of Emergency Days). This calendar, in English and Spanish, is now available on the District 65 website.
I wish everyone a great spring break. Thank you.
The Walker PTA is proud to organize College & Career Day annually at Walker! We invite parents & community members from all backgrounds and careers so we can share a diverse range of experiences with our students.