The Skokie Home Scoop - February 23, 2018 

Dear Skokie Families,

We are nearing the end of our second trimester, which means we are in the midst of our Inquiry Schedule.  I have referenced this in past newsletters, but being that this is still new to Skokie, I wanted to take another opportunity to highlight this student-centered aspect of our building schedule.  Each trimester, we have designated two weeks (which ends up being 8 days as we do not utilize Mondays due to the shortened schedule) for Student Inquiry.  The word 'inquiry' is utilized more and more in education now when referencing learning opportunities centered around student interest, project-based learning, passion projects. etc.  This is a movement reminiscent of John Dewey's influence in education, and deeply connected to our Progressive roots in education, in which the value of the whole child is considered when designing learning experiences that provide a balance of academic exposure and real-world application.  Additionally, there is consistent research that shows that students are more successful, more engaged and more likely to apply their learning when it is connected to an interest of theirs.  

The Skokie Inquiry period provides 40 minutes at the end of the school day for students to pursue a project related to an interest of theirs.  This trimester, we have 20 different Inquiry groups running with the facilitation of a staff member with some interest or background in that area.  These groups were formed after both students and staff responded to an interest survey.  The groups range in focus from vocal music to astronomy to book making to architecture, and more.  Student projects/pursuits range in depth from learning to play a musical instrument to building a launch-able model rocket from scratch.  In this first week of Inquiry we have seen motivated, inspired students interacting with staff members they may or may not be familiar with, and able to see the diverse strengths and talents we all bring to our school.  Students are engaged in pursuits that extend a particular subject they are already passionate about, or perhaps trying something completely new and unfamiliar to them.  Take a moment this weekend to ask your 5th or 6th grader about the project/group they are engaged in and what they might like to pursue next trimester.  

For more information about student inquiry and the power of considering student interest when designing learning opportunities, click here.  
Enjoy this final weekend of February, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday.

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess
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Skokie Memory Book   
The deadline to order for your child is
this coming Wednesday, February 28, 2018 .
Orders are made online at:
The cost is $20.00 per Memory Book.
Please direct questions to Tip Walker - Memory Book Advisor.

District News
Future Ready D36 Update
The Core Team is working to formulate potential models for staff and community review at a special School Board Meeting at Carleton Washburne School at 7:00 p.m. on March 12, 2018. These models are intended to address the District's enrollment imbalance, aging facilities, and to align with the District's vision for teaching and learning. Over the spring, there will be revisions to the models based on feedback from this meeting. It  is anticipated that the Board will approve one of these models in June 2018.
Winnetka Parents Institute  
Executive Functioning and Your Middle School Student
Monday, February 26
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Washburne Resource Center
Executive Functioning--otherwise known as planning, organizing, and memory--is tied closely to success in school and life. Would you like to learn what Washburne is doing to support Executive Functioning? Are you looking for strategies to support your Washburne student to stay organized and turn in  homework on time? Join Washburne staff to learn more about this topic.
RSVP here:

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

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-Liscious. 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 begins March 1 for Winnetka residents and is open to the general public on March 8 at .

Erin's Law
Winnetka Public Schools will hold a Winnetka Parents Institute event on March 8 regarding implementation of Erin's Law curriculum. The WPI will take place in the Community Room at Skokie School at 9:30am. RSVP here: . In mid-March, building social workers will implement state-mandated sexual abuse prevention education during one 20-30 minute session in each classroom. Parents have the option to opt their children out of the program as they deem appropriate, and must do so by March 9. For more detailed information about Erin's Law and curriculum content, or to find the opt-out form, please refer to the Erin's Law page of the District website or contact your school's social workers, Lori Barsztaitis and Kelly Keane.

Dates to Note 


February 20 - March 2

Skokie will follow the
Inquiry Schedule (below)
during this time.
Monday's schedule will
not change during this period.   
    The Skokie School
     Inquiry Schedule
8:25 - 8:35
8:38 - 9:08
9:11 - 9:41
9:44 - 10:14
10:17 - 10:47
10:50 - 11:21
11:24 - 11:55
11:58 - 12:29
12:32 - 1:03
1:06 - 1:36
1:39 - 2:09
2:12 - 2:43
2:46 - 3:30


Skokie Climbing Club
Climbing Club is a great opportunity for students who would like to climb the Skokie High Ropes course in an extended session after school. Sign up with a friend or come to meet new friends!
  • Climbing Club is conducted and supervised by the Skokie KW teachers.
  • 3:35-4:30pm. Personal nut free snacks are allowed.
  • Students are expected to stay until 4:30pm and will assist with clean up.
  • Each session is limited to 10 climbers.
  • Parents are invited to watch their children.
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