By: Carol Beaver - Skokie Associate

The Skokie Home Scoop - January 13, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,

This Monday, January 16, 2017 is a nationally recognized day to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As of 1994, legislation was put forth declaring this day each calendar year as a national day of service.  Unlike previous school years, The Winnetka Public Schools will be in attendance on this date.  All five of our schools will be using this time together as an opportunity for focused learning about the incredible civil service and fight for human rights that Dr. King committed himself to, and the impact that his legacy continues to have on our country.  Our staff has worked together to plan a meaningful day of learning and service projects for our students.

Both Washburne and Skokie schools will come together in The Skokie auditorium at the start of the school day to hear speaker, Mawi Asgedom.  Mawi is a refugee from Ethiopia who went on to graduate from Harvard and write numerous books with the intention to inspire and motivate students to achieve great things and overcome adversity.  Later, students will participate in a variety of service projects throughout the building and in the community.  Students and staff will have time to reflect and discuss with each other as we focus on the values and rights that Dr. King fought for, and the relevance those efforts still have in today's world.

We are grateful for the support of Barb Tubekis and The Volunteer Center in supporting our efforts to connect with meaningful service efforts, and to our team of staff for planning such a thoughtful and purposeful way to spend our day together.  

For more information about Mawi Asgedom, visit and for more information on The National Day of Service, visit  As you head into the weekend, take a moment to reflect as a family on how you can work to serve those not as fortunate as yourselves, and what your 5th or 6th grader can look forward to in their school experience on Monday.  Enjoy the weekend together with your family.

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess


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February Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be hosted at The Skokie School in the window between February 6th and February 17th.  Your child's team of teachers has a specific schedule based on their availability to conference with families in that window.  Below is a list of links to sign up for a 20 minute period of time to conference with your child's advisor (please only sign up for a time slot with your child's advisor, as you will have an opportunity to shift to their team teacher during your 20 minutes)  If you do not see your child's team listed below, your child's teacher will contact you directly to schedule your conference time.

5th Grade

6th Grade

Students Involved With Technology Conference
Does your child have an interest in technology?  This day long Students Involved With Technology (SIT) conference offers an opportunity for her/him to learn from other students. Students are also invited to present a topic. Skokie 6th grade student Matthew Greenstein will be presenting Drones at the conference. The event is on Saturday, February 11, in Arlington Heights. Information and registration is provided on their website .

Also feel free to contact Kathy McDonough if you would like more details. Skokie students who have attended in previous years had a great day and learned a lot! This conference fills up quickly on a first come-first serve basis.
A Thank You from The Volunteer Center...
Dear Skokie Families,

On behalf of The Volunteer Center, it's been a pleasure working with your wonderful school as it addresses Martin Luther King Day in a very thoughtful, productive way. It's been impressive to witness the dedication of your administration, staff and parent volunteers to provide very carefully planned service projects and instruction for your children. 

I would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to continue these efforts to honor King's legacy of service at The Volunteer Center and The Kindness Connection's MLK Day event that will be held that same afternoon at The Winnetka Community House from 1 until 4pm. As Monday is a shortened school day for Winnetka schools (2:30 dismissal), there is ample time for you and your child to join us. There is no fee or registration required, just hop over and rotate through 10 different service projects. Of particular note, we will have an Open Mic set up in Matz Hall for people of all ages to share their perspectives on civil rights, Dr. King and how we can unify to continue to strive for equality for everyone. Participants may share prepared remarks, recite a poem or an excerpt from one of King's speeches, or speak extemporaneously. Creativity and respectful discourse appreciated. For additional information,

Peace to all of you. Hope to see you Monday,
Barb Tubekis, Director, The Volunteer Center 

District News

Enrollment Balancing Project - Update & Reminder

Materials from the January 12, 2017 Board Advisory Committee Meeting are now on the Enrollment Balancing Project webpage:

The Committee determined to further analyze these models as potential Phase I solutions (for implementation in fall 2017) at its January 17, 2017 Meeting:

  • All Crow Island Kindergarten students attend another District school
  • Some Crow Island Kindergarteners attend another school

These models were removed from consideration for Phase I:

  • Crow Island fourth graders attend The Skokie School
  • All students remain at Crow Island (a second temporary unit is installed)

The Committee will make a recommendation to the Board at its January 24, 2017 Board Meeting at Hubbard Woods School. There is an opportunity to share your comments via

Winnetka Parents Institute Opportunities

"Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child"
Thursday, January 19
9:30 a.m.
Greeley School Resource Center
Join us for an informational morning session focusing on the ins and outs of the growing middle school child.  We will spend time exploring both the academic and social-emotional needs appropriate to 5th-8th grade children, how they change over that four year span, as well as the neurological changes that contribute to these needs.  Parents with current middle schoolers, or soon-to-be middle schoolers, are encouraged to join us for an engaging, encouraging and educational hour together.  We were thrilled to host 50 interested parents for this presentation on December 1, and hope to see many more this month.  Grab a friend for coffee and valuable conversation with some of your children's school leaders. To RSVP, visit

Reading: The Home-School Connection for Younger Readers
Featuring Brianna Parlitsis Teachers College, Columbia University
Friday, January 20, 2017
1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Greeley School Auditorium
Targeted for parents of kindergarten, first, and second graders
How can I help support my child's reading at each level? How can I best help my students move up reading levels, with high comprehension? This workshop will help you to consider the books your children are reading and the ways you can support their decoding, fluency and comprehension of these texts. You will learn about the typical ways that texts become more complicated and the ways that readers' thinking needs to become increasingly sophisticated, as well. You'll also learn about ways you can support your child's progress through authentic conversations at home. The event is facilitated by District 36 staff and features guest speaker , Brianna Parlitsis, Staff Developer, at the Teachers College, Columbia University. To RSVP, please visit

New Trier Township Family Engagement Night
Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Misner Auditorium, Central School, 620 Greenwood Avenue, Glenco e
New Trier Township schools invite parents AND students grades 5 - 12 to join in a Family Engagement Night to view clips from "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age." This is the first feature documentary to explore the science behind screen-time, how it affects young people's development and offers practical ways to set boundaries and find balance. We will be sharing clips from this film, listening to a panel of local teens, parents, and a social worker from Glencoe Family Services as they talk about the ups and downs of their digital lives, and engaging with our children on the challenges we face in our own lives with technology.
Reading: The Home-School Connection for Younger Readers
Featuring Emily Butler Smith Teachers College, Columbia University
Friday, March 3, 2017
9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
Hubbard Woods School
Targeted for parents of students in grades three through five.
How do I know if my child is 'getting it?' How can I support upper grade reading development at home? This workshop will help you to consider the books your children are reading and the ways you can support their comprehension of these texts. You will learn about the typical ways that texts become more complicated and the ways that readers' thinking needs to become increasingly sophisticated, as well. You'll also learn about ways you can support your child's progress through authentic conversations at home. The event is facilitated by District 36 staff and features guest speaker Emily Butler Smith, Associate Director for Professional Development , at the Teachers College, Columbia University. To RSVP, visit

From our partner, The Alliance for Early Childhood:

5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do: Strategies to Empower and Authentically Engage Your Children
Friday, January 20, 2017
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Church of the Holy Comforter (222 Kenilworth Ave, Kenilworth
FREE EVENT | Open to the Public
Join Gever Tulley, founder of Tinkering School and Brightworks (San Francisco), and author of Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) and Dangerism !   Gever will share 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do - and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.  Gever's work has shown that through play, risk-taking, tinkering, and solving real problems, children develop responsibility, and strengthen their innate curiosity and desire to learn.  Parents will come away with exciting and empowering ways that children can explore the world around them.  For more information about Gever Tulley, visit .

Students Involved in Technology Conference (SIT)
The Students Involved with Technology Conference (SIT) is an annual conference for 3rd through 12th grade students. What makes the conference unique is that it is completely presented by students for students with adult volunteers from local schools and the community to help the day run smoothly.  

SIT is a great opportunity for your child to learn from their peers or to step into a leadership role by sharing their expertise.  Space is limited and registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis.   For more information visit .

Skokie Calendar
January 19, Thursday
5th Grade Cadet Band & Elementary Orchestra Concert - 7:30 p.m.
Skokie Auditorium  
February 9 & 10 
Conference & Reportin g
After School Sports
The second semester of After School Sports begins this coming week.
Tuesday, January 17
For 6th Grade Students
Wednesday, January 18
For 5th Grade Students

Skokie Climbing Club 
Climbing Club registration is now open for January, February, March, April and May.   

Cardio Club
Cardio Club is open to all 5th and 6th graders. Students will be able to extend their KW time in the fitness center. We will learn how to use all the machines appropriately and all the functions that are available. Students will be able to have an opportunity to create their own fitness goals and plan. The Club will meet from January 10 to February 2, 2017 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
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