The Skokie Home Scoop - November 4, 2016

Dear Skokie Families,
Well, they did it!  The Chicago Cubs won the World Series!  Today served as a great example of how an enormous city is capable of coming together to celebrate as a community. Congratulations, Cubs!

The Skokie School has three upcoming opportunities to come together as a community.  The dates and details are below, and I would encourage you all to highlight them on the family calendar.

TOMORROW, November 5, 2016, 8:00am
NOTE LOCATION:  Forest Way Picnic Grove, 1 mile north of Tower Road, along Forest Way drive (same as last year)
The Skokie Shuffle 5k Fun Run/Walk
The race will kick off from last year's location.  We will have a free shuttle bus running from the Skokie School to the race start line, as parking is extremely limited at the race site.  Those who have not yet registered, may do so tomorrow; however, shirts are limited.  Registration begins at 6:30am at The Skokie School.  Bus shuttles begin at 7:00am.  This race kicks off at 8:00am.  Please join us for what promises to be a beautiful fall day and a fun community event!

A Winnetka Parent Institute Presentation:  "Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager:  The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child"
The Skokie School Community Room
Presented by Kelly Tess and Dave Kanne
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.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 6:30-7:30pm
Skokie MakerNight!
Open to all Skokie students and their parents:  RSVP required
Please join us for the first ever Skokie MakerNight.  We will have our three MakerSpaces open for a night of exploration, creativity and hands-on learning.  Come learn how to build a 3-D model, sew a gift for the holidays, code a program for a robot and much more!   CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend together with your families, and we look forward to seeing you all at these great upcoming events that we have planned.

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess


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The Skokie School is excited to offer the opportunity for both 5th and 6th graders to join a Division A Science Olympiad Team.  This is a non-competitive format of the Science and Engineering based program.  Skokie students participating in the program are then primed to participate in the competitive level at Washburne, should they continue to be interested.  This program begins on Thursday, November 17th and runs Thursdays after school from 3:45-4:45 in the cafeteria until Thursday, May 25, 2017, led by Mrs. Ninorta Gabriel, our building Science Facilitator.  Registration is limited to the first 30 students to submit the online form. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Play It Now Math Club - Now open to both 5th and 6th graders!
Play it Now Math Club is a new math and logic game club for all Skokie students!  Whether your child can't get enough of all things math or wants to build math confidence and skill, this club is the perfect fit!  Each week, engaging new games are introduced that grow perseverance, logic, strategic thinking, and computational fluency.  Our club provides a relaxed environment for building both friendships and mathematical thinking! We have tons of great games like: Blockus, Krypto, Chess, Math Dice, Blink, Swish, Battleship, 24, Quirkle, Set and many, many more!  Club meets 7:30 - 8:25 a.m., October 27 - May 18 (not in session 11/17, 11/24, 12/22, 12/29, 2/9, and 3/30) in the Skokie School Loft. Come and join the fun!

Join this adventurous crew as we experience the challenges suggested for The First Lego League. We will determine if we are ready to compete or if we want to pilot the experience for next year's competition. The Team will meet on Wednesdays, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. November 2 through December 14, 2016, in Room 142.

We are pleased and excited to be offering, for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, our After School Sports Clubfor fifth and sixth graders, and   Skokie Climbing Club . The Skokie Climbing club is for students who would like to climb the Skokie High Ropes Course after school. 6 - 8th grade students along with 5th grade Adventure Climbers are allowed to enroll during the first semester.

COMING SOON:  Cereal Club, Science Olympiad, and Math Counts (Science Olympiad and Math Counts are November/December through April Clubs)!


October 2016
Skokie Family,
This year, Skokie is again collecting tabs for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) near Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Ronald McDonald House's mission " to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community... by keeping families of hospitalized children together in a 'home away from home'." For more information, visit
Why tabs? United Scrap Metal, a local recycling company picks them up from RMH. They recycle the metal and then pay them the market value, plus a charitable match on a percentage of their profit. United Scrap Metal recycles all types of metal; however, they focus mostly on pop tabs since they are clean, compact, easy to collect and the aluminum in the tab is a higher-grade so it has a higher recycling value.   All types of tabs are accepted - from juice cans, pop cans, to cat food cans. Last year Skokie collected over 50 pounds of was quite amazing.
This year, we are hosting a competition between the advisories. The advisory with the most tabs, as determined by the weight, will win a prize.
Thank you for your support of this program.
Marla Goldberg

Breakfast With Friends, where you can start the day with  
conversation, cereal, and relaxation in a stress-free environment.  This club will meet Thursday mornings, November 3rd through December 15th from 7:40-8:10am in Room 159. The club will be free of charge, however, we will ask that the students bring in one box of cereal each. Students may sign up outside of Mrs. Martinsen's Room 159 or outside Ms. Keane's office Room 125. 
Cereal Club was originally established at New Trier in 2002.  Students at New Trier have said they enjoyed the departure from the busy and bustling atmosphere (experienced) during the rest of the school day, so we are hoping to create a similar environment at Skokie!
 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:, or
Parent Education Opportunities
From Washburne to New Trier: A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition
Tuesday, November 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Resource Center at Carleton Washburne School
Dave Kanne, Principal at Carleton Washburne School, and Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman Campus, will discuss how D36 works with leaders at New Trier throughout the freshman placement process to ensure a smooth transition to high school.   A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience. To RSVP, click here. 

From Washburne to New Trier: A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition
Tuesday, November 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Resource Center at Carleton Washburne School
Dave Kanne, Principal at Carleton Washburne School, and Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman Campus, will discuss how D36 works with leaders at New Trier throughout the freshman placement process to ensure a smooth transition to high school.   A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience. To RSVP, click here.

Cultivating Calm: Building Connected Families, Creating Peaceful Transitions, and Raising Kids Who Contribute
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 9:15 a.m.
Hubbard Woods School Auditorium
Molly Pope, Hubbard Woods School psychologist, will share tips and tools on how to elicit cooperation, manage upsets, and problem solve with your children. Using the positive parenting strategies of the Conscious Discipline program, Mrs. Pope will discuss how to foster connection with and among your children. You will learn developmentally-friendly strategies for supporting your child's social and emotional growth, and help support them along their path in life.

A Parent's Guide to Social Media & Digital Literacy
Tuesday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m.
Washburne School Resource Center
Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology, and Tony Venetico, Assistant Principal at Carleton Washburne School, will provide an overview on social media and share tips and tactics on fostering digital literacy with your child.

Enrollment Balancing Project - Update & Reminder

As the Enrollment Balancing Project (EBP) progresses, a reminder that the District has a web page dedicated to the project ( ). The third EBP Board Advisory Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, November 1. Information and materials presented at this meeting have been posted to the EBP webpage.

The School Board is dedicated to an open and transparent process to address the imbalance in enrollment at our schools.  Note that this Board Advisory Committee is in the midst of evaluating models addressing the enrollment imbalance. No recommendations will be made to the School Board without additional input from staff and community members. Input will be gathered in December and January. All Enrollment Balancing Committee meetings are open to the public. Additionally, there is an opportunity to share your comments and suggestion at any time via

If you want to learn more about the EBP process, please attend an informational forum on Thursday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Greeley School.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Crow Island, Greeley, and Hubbard Woods Schools. Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2017, are eligible to enroll. Online pre-registration is available beginning November 10, 2016, at Registration packets will also be available at all elementary schools beginning November 14, 2016, should you wish to pick one up prior to Registration Day.

Children will not be considered enrolled until residency documentation is verified and all forms are submitted. If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400.

For information regarding the Extended-Day Kindergarten program that is launching in 2017-2018, please visit

Skokie Calendar
 November 5, Saturday  
  Skokie Shuffle - 5K 
8:00 a.m.  
Erickson Woods 
( The forest preserve entrance located off Willow Road)
November 6, Sunday 
Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 9, Wednesday
  Winter Chorus Concert
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
Washburne Little Theater  7:00 p.m.

November 11, Friday 
       NO SCHOOL          T eacher Inservice
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