The Skokie Home Scoop  - December 8, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,
Our building schedule incorporates a two week period at the end of every trimester called the Inquiry Period. This final forty minutes of the day allows students the opportunity to explore a topic or interest of theirs, that invites the application of learned skills or a deepened understanding of something new and engaging. Each trimester follows a theme to help guide student exploration. This trimester's Inquiry Theme was "Who Are We?" Each advisory found their own unique ways to explore this topic, and I wanted to take this week's newsletter to share some with you.

Ms. Walker's 6th grade advisory is located in a classroom with a special feature: a tiled fireplace dating back to the first year that Skokie was open: 1921. This class adapted their interest-based research to the theme of "Who Are We?" and focused on the identity of those students who created the tiles for the fireplace. In connection with our district archivist and The Winnetka Historical Society, Ms. Walker's students discovered some very interesting information not only about what Skokie was like in its earliest years, but who the children and teachers were filling its classrooms and halls in those days. Our students were fascinated by the values around gender equity, the values within the community at the time and the wide variety of offerings at The Skokie School for students. Most importantly, Ms. Walker's students were driven by their own interest to do this level of research, and made vital connections with resources in order to find the answers to their burning questions.

Ms. Hoyt's and Mr. Martinsen's 5th grade advisories worked together to improve our south courtyard and student garden, taking an environmental spin on the theme of "Who Are We?" Among several tasks, these students worked together to build raised and covered "cold boxes" for the winter months, to protect some of our vegetation and prepare for further work in the spring. Some of the pictures you'll see below harken back to the old black and white photos that line many of our walls, in which Skokie students were encouraged to participate in hands-on, real-world work and experiential learning.

By building in time for our students to explore, we are modeling for them that curiosity and interest are the precious fuel that drive innovative contributors to society, leaders in all fields, and voices for change. While a project may be as simple as concocting a new recipe for angel food cake and trying out the recipe, it is a school's way of telling a child, "Your voice and ideas matter, and your drive to pursue a passion is only as powerful as the people around you that support it." Congratulations to our staff and students on a successful first trimester!

Enjoy this chilly weekend together with your family. The clock is winding down to winter break, but we look forward to two more fun, packed weeks together!
Most Sincerely,  
Kelly Tess

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This holiday give our school a gift that doesn't cost a thing! Please remember to
turn in your 2017 Grand  Food Center receipts to support the Skokie-Washburne 
PTO, as well as The  Grand, our fabulous local grocery store.

We need to turn in all receipts for 2017 by December 22, 2017so please bring them in as soon as possible so that we can total and submit them to The Grand. 
Thank you!

District News

If you were not able to pre-register your child on December 1, 2017, 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
we have proper staffing for our students. 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
verified and all forms are submitted. If you have any questions,
please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400.

As is always our goal in Winnetka, keeping our students at the center of all
that we do is vital to the Future Ready D36 process. The Future Ready D36
Core Team has toured several schools in and around the North Shore as part
of their research on how facilities and learning environments best meet the
needs of students today and prepares them for the future. Here is a glimpse
into some of the spaces toured so far (including New Trier High School,
Sunset Ridge, North Shore Country Day School, and Lane Tech College

In late November, small teams of Core Team members and students
participated in school tours in three different geographic regions in the U.S.
This research will help inform the Core Team's work, which will include
additional community engagement opportunities once we return from
Winter Break. Visit for more information on
Future Ready D36

Opportunity for Students 
The Students involved with Technology Conference (SIT), is a n annual conference for 3rd through 12th grade students.  The event will be held on February 10, 2018, from 8:30 at-2:00 p.m. Westgate Elementary School in Arlington Heights.  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 information and registration visit

Calling All Winnetka Public Schools Alumni! 
The Winnetka Public Schools features a monthly "Alumni Spotlight" column to highlight how graduates are making a difference in the world. From entrepreneurial 
ventures, to helping others through charitable endeavors, to pursuing excellence in
academia or the arts, the District wants to hear your story. Interested candidates should
email Communications Coordinator Kate Hughes at .

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Dates to Note 

December 19, Tuesday
School Board Meeting
Washburne RC
7:15 p.m.
December 23 - January 7 
Winter Vacation
January 8,  Monday 
Schools Reopen
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