Enrollment Balancing Project News
At the January 24, 2017, Board Meeting,
the School Board unanimously approved the Board Advisory Committee's recommendation that
All Crow Island Kindergarten students attend another District school
. This will be effective starting with the 2017-2018 school year. This Phase I solution for the Enrollment Balancing Project is expected to be in place for one to two years as the Board identifies a long-term Phase II solution to address imbalanced enrollment.
The District is working to provide logistical information to Kindergarten families, especially those who live in the Crow Island attendance area, by February 24, 2017. The District is dedicated to collaborating with all families to ensure that our youngest learners are familiar with their new school environments in preparation for a positive Kindergarten experience.
Winnetka Parents Institute Opportunities
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
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.
Parents as First Teachers: How to Cultivate the Whole Child
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Carleton Washburne School, Little Theater
Family Action Network presents
Parents as First Teachers: How to Cultivate the Whole Child
, an opportunity to learn about best practices for supporting your child's creativity, persistence, resilience, and emotional engagement. The discussion is moderated by Superintendent Trisha Kocanda and Liza Sullivan, Executive Director of The Alliance for Early Childhood and FAN's Early Childhood Chair Panelists including Judy Harris Helm, Founder of Best Practices, Inc.; Amanda Moreno, Assistant Professor at Erikson Institute; Laura Reischel, Arts and Cultural Engagement Specialist at Chicago Children's Museum; Jennifer Rosina, President of Kid Links Unlimited, Inc.; and Hedda Sharapan, PNC Senior Fellow at The Fred Rogers Center.
: Sexual Abuse Prevention Education
Monday, February 13, 2017
Carleton Washburne Resource Center
This WPI event that will outline
; an Illinois law that mandates public schools to implement age appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades K-12 (School Board 6:60, Curricular Content). The District is partnering with the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center to share information regarding Erin's Law and how best to provide age-appropriate curriculum to our students. District school social workers will also be present at this event to provide samples of curricular materials and to address any questions that parents may have at this time. It is our intention to share the curriculum with students in March of this school year, where students will learn among their classmates in their classrooms. Instruction will be provided by our school social workers. It is anticipate that curricular sessions regarding Erin's Law will be offered once annually and will not exceed 30 minutes in length. Please RSVP here:
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.
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Early Childhood Screening
The Department of Student Services will be holding early childhood screenings in March 2017, with registration on February 24, 2017. If you are a Winnetka resident and have any concerns about your child's development in the areas of speech, language, coordination, hearing, vision, learning readiness, or emotional maturity, you are encouraged to register your child for an early childhood screening. The intent of the screening is to identify children who may have delays in their development and may require specific supports to address these delays. To be eligible for this screening, your child must be at least three years old. Click
for full information about the registration process and screening dates.
Students Involved in Technology Conference (SIT)
The Students Involved with Technology Conference (SIT) on February 11, 2017, 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.
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