Dear Parents,

We look forward to reconnecting as we begin another week of Remote Learning tomorrow. 

In Thursday's Letter from the Superintendent, we shared that on Monday, April 13 we will have our first District-wide Grey Day, with a Social Emotional Learning focus specifically centered on "Gratitude." A guide of activities for this day organized by grade level bands is available with further instructions here: 

Grey Day Overview
Gratitude- 4.13.20
Gratitude- 4.13.20

As a reminder, Grey Days were added to the calendar to achieve the following:
  • Provide all students with common, theme-based activities designed to be accessible to the whole family. 
  • Add time for students to engage in independent work and to catch up on assignments/projects. 
  • Afford teachers common time to prioritize curricular objectives across the District for consistency and alignment.  
Please note that attendance will need to be taken on Grey Days.  Your children's classroom teacher will be sharing links to record attendance in the same way that they have been taking attendance on all other remote learning days. Washburne students will sign into Schoology to track attendance as they have done so far. 

If you have questions regarding the Grey Day activities, please email WE36@winnetka36.org . We have specific staff dedicated to supporting our Grey Day so teachers can remain available for important meetings and for responding to student emails about other learning.  We also encourage you to share photos of your students' Grey Day experience via this email, which we may share on our District social media and other communications. 

As we look ahead to starting our week with a day focused on gratitude, we are also sharing this video from Ms. Weir, Skokie School Principal. She discusses why practicing gratitude is helpful for all of us at this challenging time. We hope you enjoy supporting your students as they work through this first Grey Day experience.

Sincerely,

Maureen Miller                                       Barry Rodgers
Director of Technology                          Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning


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