The Skokie Home Scoop - August 31, 2018 

Dear Skokie Families,

This has been a fantastic first week back for our students and staff!  We have been thrilled to welcome our fifth graders to the building and excited to see our veteran sixth graders return as well.  Fortunately the weather smiled on us in the second half of the week, cooling things down a bit.  Please do remind your 5th or 6th grader that the weather will tend to fluctuate in these first weeks of school, and it is always a good idea to come equipped with a water bottle and light layers.

As a new school year begins, we have a few reminders we want to share in this week's edition of the Skokie Home Scoop.  You will receive an email containing the Scoop each Friday.  It will include highlights from the school as well as upcoming information that we want you to be aware of.

Bike Safety
During these warm months, many of our students choose to bike to and from school.   We are encouraging all of our bike riders to carefully check the front and rear quick release clamps on their bicycles before riding , as there have been a small number of students who have experienced a bicycle accident related to an unsecured clamp.  

To ensure a coordinated safety effort, we have notified the Winnetka Police Department of these accidents, so they are aware if any similar incidents occur throughout the village.  We will also have supervision at our bike racks before and after school and will communicate bike safety reminders.

Additionally, please remind your bike rider to wear a helmet when riding and dismount their bike when crossing a street or traveling on school property.  This is for their safety as well as others. We appreciate your support.

Traffic on Oak and Elm Surrounding Skokie
We have crossing guards positioned at the intersections of Elm & Glendale and Oak & Glendale.  They are posted to assist with crossing during drop-off in the morning and at dismissal time.  Due to our location in the neighborhood, our crossing guards are supporting student traffic from Skokie, as well as Washburne and Crow Island.  Our primary goal is to keep our students safe, and we can do that most effectively with your help.  Please follow the direction of our crossing guard staff as you approach these intersections.  You may click here to view more information regarding arrival and dismissal times.  

Go To School Night
Please join us for a parents-only evening on Wednesday, September 5 from 6:30-8:00.  Go To School Night is an informational event in which you will be able to hear from your student's advisor and team teacher, as well as visit the exploratory classrooms they go to each day.  The first half hour of the evening begins in the auditorium with a message from the principal, as well as the PTO and Winnetka Public Schools Foundation.  We look forward to seeing you next week!

Finally, as you head into the long weekend with your family, you may want to try a questioning strategy that all Skokie students will experience this year called "Notice and Wonder."  Simply ask "What do you Notice about..." and complete the phrase with a topic from the week.  In this case, you may ask "What do you notice about yourself this week as you start a new school year?"  Follow it up with the phrase "What do you wonder about..." and see what you get.  This is a strategy we have used in the Math classroom before, but one we are expanding to many subjects as it elicits such thoughtful and intuitive responses.  It has been such a pleasure to see our student settling back into the routine of the school day this week.  We are all looking forward to a great year together!

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess

The first Chorus rehearsal will be
Tuesday, September 18th  
at 7:30 a.m.

September 2018
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.
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

Dates to Note 


September 3, Monday
Labor Day 
 September 5,  Wednesday
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
September 6, Thursday
Student Picture Day
September 10, Monday
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