Evanston/Skokie School District 65 students return to classes on Monday.

Starting times vary — with elementary schools starting at 9:05 a.m., middle schools at 8:30 a.m., magnet schools at 8 a.m., and Park School at 9 a.m.

Several schools are holding special events before the start classes.

Dawes School PTA holds a kindergarten play date on the school’s kindergarten playground from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Willard School PTA is having back-to-school play dates for parents to bring their kids to school to see old friends, make new ones, and welcome our new families to Willard — today from from 3 to 4 p.m. for 4th grade and from 4 to 5 p.m. for kindergarten students, and Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. for 5th graders. Sessions for other classes have already been held.

Washington School Kindergarten Play Date will be held on the Washington School kindergarten playground 914 Ashland Avenue on Friday at 5 p.m.  Attendees are invited to wear green and gold, the school’s colors.  

Dewey School holds an  incoming kindergartner meet and greet on the Dewey front playground on Saturday from 3-5 p.m.  

The final Orrington School PTA-sponsored kindergarten play date is on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Noah’s Playground near Lighthouse Beach.

Martin Luther King Literary and Fine Arts School PTA hosts a kindergarten/1st grade play date on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the King Arts Playground.  This is an opportunity for kindergarten families to meet each other and speak with experienced first graders and their families.  Snacks will be served. The PTA will also hold a coffee Monday at 8 a.m. in the school courtyard.

Walker School‘s PTA-sponsored Back-to-School Picnic is at Harms Woods (Harms and Golf Roads), Grove 5 on Saturday from 3 p.m. to dusk. PTA supplies burgers and hot dogs. Families are asked to supply their own drinks and a side dish or dessert to share.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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