The Skokie School Home Scoop
 

Dear Skokie Community,

Happy New Year! We hope you had the opportunity to enjoy some quality time together with your children over the past two weeks. 

As we look to these next two weeks of remote learning, I wanted to share several important reminders with you:
  • Please take note that all students will be attending morning advisory via Zoom with their advisory teachers from 8:30-8:50 a.m. during the two weeks of remote learning. This will give students in both the AM and PM sections of each advisory a chance to meet each other.
  • In preparation for these two weeks of remote learning, our teachers have worked with students to review their schedules, practice finding Zoom links, and review common technology skills that will come in handy during the remote learning period. 
  • On the Wednesday prior to Winter Break, all students attended a technology training led by our Technology Integration Specialist, Matt Boyer, during advisory.  The presentation, which includes tips and tech best practices, can be accessed here for your convenience.
  • Technology questions will inevitably come up in the coming weeks. Please make your first step in seeking help with technology specific questions a contact to help@winnetka36.org. This will yield your fastest result.
The teachers and students have worked hard to prepare for the coming two weeks. We anticipate there will be some bumps as we all adjust to new routines; we greatly appreciate your patience and collaboration as we work through this experience together.

Take care,

Betty Weir          Louis Kotvis
Principal             Assistant Principal


District News


Schedule Following Winter Break
The post-winter break schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, January 4 - Remote Planning Day (non-student attendance day)
  • Tuesday, January 5 - Friday, January 8 - K-8 Remote Learning
  • Monday, January 11 - AM Remote Learning (AM/PM pods will merge), PM Teacher In-Service (non-student attendance)
  • Tuesday, January 12 - Friday, January 15 - Remote Learning
  • Monday, January 18 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)
  • Tuesday, January 19 - Return to Hybrid In-Person model 
The best way to return to campus safely after break is to have families and staff limit exposure to others and return home no later than January 3 in an effort to prevent the return of the virus on our campuses.  The 2-week remote learning transition plan is intended to afford the recommended 14-day quarantine for those who travel or become close contacts.  This should not be viewed as a window of time to extend vacations.  If you do extend travel, there will not be capacity in our remote classrooms for temporary enrollment due to travel-based quarantine.  Parents will be responsible for supporting student learning while away on travel and any related quarantine Teachers have limited ability to assist students prior to and returning from vacations given the demands of the current context.  

Please instruct your student to gather personal belongings needed for winter break BEFORE break begins on December 18. Buildings will be closed during the break and we will be unable to grant access; there will be no exceptions provided as deep cleaning will occur during this time.

Importance of Adhering to Health/Safety Protocols
 First, we recognize that the vast majority of families are following our processes.  Thank you.  Unfortunately, there are some who have not followed protocols and have risked potential exposure to others when it could have been prevented.  The District reserves the right to move students from in-person learning to the remote environment for the duration of the Trimester should a family break safety protocols. Circumstances warranting action include sending a child to school while symptomatic, while awaiting test results, or while awaiting a family member's test result, etc.  These are avoidable risks that compromise the District's ability to maintain in-person learning. Thank you for understanding our collective responsibility to maintain a safe environment for in-person learning under increasingly challenged circumstances.

Environmentally-Friendly Activities for Families
The District's Green Team has compiled family-friendly outdoor activities, virtual field trips, and parent resources focused on environmental stewardship and outdoor learning.  Please click here to access these resources. If your child participates, we'd love to hear from you and feature the activity on our District social media. Please email your photos to katehughes@winnetka36.org.

Access This Fall's District Parent Education Sessions Below




Kindergarten & New Student Registration
 
Registration for Kindergarten and students new to The Winnetka Public Schools in 2021-2022 is now open and can be accessed from the  District website. Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2021, are eligible to enroll. 
 
The New Student Registration includes the following:
  1. Complete the following new student registration forms  online. 
  2. Provide proof of residency.  Click here to view the list of documents that will meet these requirements. For your convenience residency documents may be uploaded during online registration.
  3. Provide the original or certified copy of your child(ren)'s birth certificate and a parent photo ID. Scanned copies or snapshots of these documents may be uploaded during online registration or can be submitted in-person at the District Office by appointment. Please contact the District Registrar at (847) 446-9400 or via email carolinhuh@winnetka36.org for more information. 
  4. Next spring you will receive an email from the District with a link to your child's registration. You will be asked to review the information provided in the past, answer additional questions, pay student fees, and sign up for transportation and before/after-school care at that time. Registration information will be sent to the student's primary email and home address.
Please note: children will not be considered enrolled until both the online registration and all supporting documents (steps 1-3) have been completed.  We look forward to welcoming you to The Winnetka Public Schools.

News from The Alliance for Early Childhood

Please access the  2020-2021 Parent Program Flyer to view information on these upcoming events:
  • Pandemic Parenting: Tools and Tips, February 18,  7-7:45pm Register Here
Additionally, families are invited to participate in Let's Play! 2020-2021 Ongoing Community Programs. Upcoming events are as follows:
  • Let's Play! Winter Woods Exploration, Crow Island Woods, February 20, 10am-4pm
Family Action Network Events
Family Action Network, FAN, hosts a series of parent sessions with renowned authors, educators, and experts.  

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