The Skokie Home Scoop - April 20, 2018 

Dear Skokie Families,
We were thrilled to welcome families from Crow Island, Hubbard Woods and Greeley this past Tuesday evening for 5th grade orientation.  Our newest fifth graders begin with this initial welcome to the school, followed by a visit to Skokie on Friday, May 25 for Shadow Day.  These opportunities to familiarize with the building, meet our staff and buddy up with a current fifth grader are great ways to ease the transition from elementary to middle school, and are designed to be a celebration too!

As the year begins to wind down, I wanted to remind you of two parent learning opportunities coming up:

Friday, May 11: Coffee and Conversation, 9:30am--Skokie Community Room
A themed group discussion and opportunity to connect with other middle school parents around the topic of anxiety.

Friday, May 18:  Winnetka Parent Institute, 9:30am--Skokie Community Room
"Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager:  The Developmental Progression of the Adolescent Brain"  Join Dave Kanne and Kelly Tess for a presentation that highlights the biological reasoning behind why our adolescents behave the way they do during these vulnerable, formative years.

Finally, next week marks Earth Week and five days of themed activities in our building.  Our students and staff can look forward to the following:  

Monday:  Wear Green in support of Earth Day!

Tuesday:  Trash Free Lunch:  Pack a lunch in re-usable containers to minimize our waste!

Wednesday:  Walk or bike to school!  Green Apple Day of Service--student clean-up will take place in our school garden

Thursday:  Conserve Energy--Turn off the lights and reduce power use!  Skokie will hear from a speaker on the impact of waste and recycling

Friday:  Arbor Day

The weather will finally warm up a bit this weekend, so enjoy the sunshine and look out for muddy shoes!  We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday.

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess

                       SAVE THE DATE

The Skokie School Baldies (St. Baldrick's)
            The Skokie School Clippers (Wigs for Kids)
What:      Shaving our heads and cutting our hair.
When:     Monday, April 30th, from 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where:   The Skokie School Auditorium

Why:    To raise money in support of childhood cancer research and                
to provide wigs for children who have no hair.  
Registration Information:

St. Baldrick's participants can sign up online:  
Wigs for Kids participants can find a packet of information to  
participate on or off stage in the foyer. 
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018
Questions? See Mr. Rowe, Ms. Goldberg, or Mr. Hynes

For more information on the St. Baldrick's Foundation and Wigs for Kids, please visit their web sites:

Extension for a Cause!

This year we are excited to offer a new opportunity for the students, their families, and staff that are not shaving or donating their hair.  Rather than losing hair, students can add hair by purchasing and wearing a colored hair extension. This year, we are offering GREEN to represent solidarity for St. Baldrick's and a means to show solidarity for the children going through chemotherapy.  

Hair extensions are available for a minimum donation of $25.00.  Cash and checks (made out to Winnetka Public Schools) will be accepted.  Participants can choose which organization (St. Baldricks or Wigs for Kids) they want their donation to support.  Forms to reserve your extension can be found in the front foyer.

Babe hair extensions are a highly reputable company. The tape in extensions are made with 100% Indian human hair. They have been dyed the Kelly green and treated so they won't fade and will easily wash. They can be easily removed with baby oil and or rubbing alcohol applied to the adhesive. The tape in extensions will last 4 to 6 weeks  they will last longer if properly cared for. They can also be re used if they want to come in to the Hair Lounge and reapplied.  The hair Lounge #847-446-5600. Or 

Adventures In Learning Request - Animal Care Classes
ATTENTION all lovers of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, turtles, birds and other small animals!  Winnetka's Adventures in Learning/Animal Care Class is back this summer beginning Monday, June 18th.  If (you or) your child's small animal is due for a brief break this summer, please email Anna at
Attempts at permanent adoptions can also be made if it is time to pass your pet on to another loving family. 
District News 
Future Ready D36
The next School Board Regular Meeting, which will include a presentation on Future Ready D36, will be held at Hubbard Woods School (please note location change) on April 24 at 7:15 p.m. It is anticipated that the Board will approve an Educational Master Facility Plan in June 2018. At that time, no immediate change will occur in our District in 2018-2019. Once a concept is approved, it will undergo further refinement and financial analysis, and community engagement will continue throughout the course of the summer and fall.

Future Ready D36 FAQs are available on the District's website . To continue to share your input with the Core Team, please email . Documents and meeting materials regarding Future Ready D36 are accessible via .

Winnetka Parents Institute Session

"Supporting Your Child's Success: Demystifying your Child's IEP"
Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Carleton Washburne School Resource Center

Join us for an evening designed to provide a basic understanding of special education, student support services, and the process of developing an Individual Education Plan. This introductory program is appropriate for all parents who may have interest in this topic.  Presentation hosts include Sue Hans, Parent Mentor with NSSED and Beth Martin, Director of Student Services with District 36. RSVP here .

Earth Week News
Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day. Working in partnership with our PTOs and District Green Team, we will be recognizing this holiday in several important ways next week (4/24-4/28) and wanted to give you a heads up so you can work with your child to recognize this important day at home, as well. Please see below for details:
Monday, April 23 - Mother Earth Monday
Education/awareness. All administration, faculty/staff, and students:Wear Green! Have discussions about and increase awareness of ways to be sustainable in our schools and at home every day. Discuss sustainability and Earth Day and what it means.
Tuesday, April 24 - Trash Free Tuesday
If you bring a lunch to school, use a reusable lunch bag or box and reusable containers for everything inside; if you buy your lunch, make sure you recycle all the containers and packaging that you can. Talk about ways to consume less and how to reuse and recycle what you don't consume rather than putting it in landfill.
Wednesday, April 25 - Walk/Bike to School Wednesday
Everyone is encouraged to use active, non-motorized transportation to get to and from school. If bikes, scooters or skates are used, please be sure to wear a helmet. If you need to drive, try to carpool. Discuss the environmental (and safety and health) benefits of fresh air, movement, and fewer vehicles on our roads, and fewer emissions in our air.
Thursday, April 26 - Therm Thursday
Turn off the lights in school and at home and otherwise try to reduce electricity use throughout the day. Discuss therms, energy, and electricity. Discuss turning off lights in general and especially when you leave a room. Use technology less. Unplug - literally and figuratively.
Friday, April 27 - Arbor Day - Think about the trees and what we can do to keep our trees and plants healthy and growing.

Is Your Child Starting Kindergarten in 2018?
To pre-register your child for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact the District office at 847-446-9400 to begin the process. This early pre-registration process helps ensure that The Winnetka Public Schools have proper staffing and most accurate school assignments.  Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2018, are eligible to enroll. Click here for documents required for new students.  Registration packets are available at the District Office ( 1235 Oak St .). 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 .
Adventures in Learning 2018
Adventures in Learning 2018 runs from June 18th-July 20th, 2018. (There is no camp on July 4th.) A decades-long tradition, this summer program includes classes as varied as Drone Flight School, Camping Adventures, Make Your Own Music Video, Adventures in STEAM, Archery, The Wacky World of Water, Kitchen Magicians, Tennis, Computer Animation, Improvisation, Yoga for Kids, Animal Care, and Spa-Licious. Students in grades 2-8 may choose up to four classes from over 100 options. Younger children (pre-K through grade 1) will explore educational concepts through guided play and outdoor activities.

This year's program will be held at The Skokie School for the 2-8th graders and Hubbard Woods School for the Pre-K (4 years old by June 1, 2018) and K-grade 1 Primary program (5 years old by September 1, 2018).

Registration is now open for Winnetka residents and is open to the general public on March 8 at .

PTO Communications for Incoming Families
The District and PTO will be sharing content specific to new families on an occasional basis throughout the spring and summer. If you do not wish to receive these communications at the email address(es) you provided during pre-registration, please complete this form to opt out:

The New Trier Township Innovation & Tech Expo is an opportunity for parents to hear about how technology is being used throughout the township. All New Trier Township schools will be participating in this joint mini-conference taking place Saturday, April 28, 2018. It will be held at New Trier Winnetka Campus, 385 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka, IL , from 8:30am to 12pm.

To view sessions, click here .  Registration is not required, but if you select your sessions, you will be sent an email reminder the night before.  Hope to see you on the 28th!

TREX Challenge News
Thanks to the Green Team for organizing the TREX Plastic Film Challenge, which ran through the fall and has now ended . Due to the completion of the challenge, recycling bins for plastic film will be removed from our schools for the remainder of the year. Please continue to recycle plastic film at area stores such as The Grand, The Grand, Mariano's, or Jewel. Thanks to all who have participated!

Dates to Note 


April 26,Thursday            
         Class Pictures

April 27, Friday 
   6th Grade Talent Show

Class Pictures 
Thursday, April 26th 
Class Advisory Pictures will be taken on Thursday, April 26th. Order forms were sent home last week.  You may also click here for an order form.
Save the Date!
The 6th Grade Party 
Friday, May 4th
6:00 - 8:00 pm  
Washburne Gyms & Cafeteria 
(Permission slips and more information will be sent home closer to the event). 

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