Dewey School, one of 16 District 65 schools. District 65 and District 202 (Evanston Township High School), as well as private and parochial schools, are preparing to welcome students back to school in the coming days.

There is no getting around it: Public schools begin classes on Aug. 29. Memories of summer jobs, summer reading lists, summer school and summer fun could fade well before tans.

Evanston Township High School students report by grade level on opening day:

Grade 9: Freshmen start at 8 a.m. on the first day of school, and will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. to attend the annual Freshman Picnic at Lazier Field (the football field). Freshmen will be dismissed from the picnic to go home at 12:30 p.m.

Grades 10-12: Students in grades 10-12 start at 12 p.m. on the first day of school, and will be dismissed to go home at 3:35 p.m. Lunch will not be served on the first day.

School District 65 reminds families that all students new to the District, and all students entering kindergarten, third or sixth grade must register in person at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave.

Student registration information is available online at or by calling 847-492-5887. School supply lists are available from the school or may have been posted on the school’s website.

District 65 is adding classroom space and making other renovations to Dewey and Willard schools. In its latest estimates, District 65 is projected to increase enrollment by 101 students this year and to add 13 teachers.

District 65 invites the community to visit its table at the Evanston “CommUNITY” Picnic, to be held noon-5 p.m. on Aug. 28 in Ingraham Park, behind the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

The annual City of Evanston CommUNITY Picnic gives Evanstonians an opportunity to gather with their friends, family and neighbors at a free picnic in the park.

Residents from neighborhoods throughout the City will celebrate the back-to-school season with free food, games and entertainment.

New this year will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a youth stage. The fun also includes a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers, a second entertainment stage, balloon art, face painting, a dunk tank, bingo and board games. CFL lightbulbs will be distributed free of charge.

Children enrolled in School District 65 or School District 202 who attend the picnic can receive a backpack and school supplies, as supplies last.

The picnic is sponsored by the City of Evanston, with generous support from sponsors. More information is available at or 847-448-8138. Anyone who wishes to volunteer may visit or call 847-448-8266.