The Skokie Home Scoop  -February 9, 2018 

Dear Skokie Families,

I hope everyone has remained safe and warm today, and will continue to through the weekend.  Today's snow day makes for a five day weekend, with no school for students on Monday and Tuesday due to the conference schedule.  Those that were planning to join Mr. Kanne and I for "Coffee and Conversation" today should keep an eye out for a new date.  We look forward to the opportunity to sit and discuss with you around topics that impact our middle schoolers.  

If you are the parent of a 5th grader, please take a moment to complete the form linked below, selecting your child's 6th grade electives.  Each 6th grader has the opportunity to select their two electives for the year, and we need those choices by Friday, February 16 to begin planning for the coming year.  We appreciate your timely help with this selection.  


We look forward to the continuation of parent-teacher conferences next week.  Enjoy the long weekend ahead, and the time together with your family.  

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess
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Adventures In Learning 2018

Adventures in Learning 2018 runs from
June 18th - July 20th, 2018
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, Programming and Robotics, 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-Kindergarten through grade 1) will explore educational concepts through guided play and outdoor activities.
This years program will be held at Skokie School for the 2-8th graders and Hubbard Woods for the Pre-K (4 years old by June 1st, 2018) and K Primary program (5years old by September 1st, 2018). 
Registration begins March 1 for Winnetka residents and is open to the general public on March 
Elective Choices for Fall 2018 (Rising 6th Grade Students)

This is the time of year when we begin looking ahead to the following school year and begin planning for programming, student and staff needs.  If you are the parent of a 2018/2019 sixth grader, we need your help in this process.  Our sixth graders have the opportunity to make two elective choices given the following choices:  Orchestra, Band, Art/Music/Drama, Spanish or French.  Students with a resource period will utilize one of these elective periods for that purpose, and then select a second choice.  In order to best prepare for the coming year's needs, we ask that you complete this brief survey on elective choices by Friday, February 16th.  Read the detailed instructions carefully to help you and your sixth grader arrive at the chosen electives for the coming year.

Legos Needed
In preparation for our 2nd Trimester Inquiry Period, the Architecture / Engineering / Lego building group is searching for unwanted Legos.  If your family is no longer using their Legos and is willing to donate, please contact:
                                                       Thank you!


Skokie Memory Book
Order Deadline Quickly Approaching
The deadline to order for your child is
February 28, 2018 .
The Memory Book Club, comprised of twelve fifth and sixth graders, has been hard at work gathering photos and laying out a 2017-2018 keepsake for each Skokie School student.  
The Skokie Memory Book is purchased separately from the school or PTO.  
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 Future Ready D36 Core Team will use the data collected from the recent community and staff surveys in order to develop initial Future Ready D36 concepts for community review at a Special Board Meeting on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will launch a highly iterative process that will engage the community in an effort to continuously refine the Future Ready D36
Educational Master Facility Plan over the course of March through June, 2018.   

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

Early Childhood Screenings
The Department of Student Services will be holding early childhood screenings on March 13, with registration on February 13. If you are a Winnetka resident and have any concerns about your child's development in the areas of speech, language, coordination, hearing, vision, learning readiness, or emotional maturity, you are encouraged to register your child for an early childhood screening. The intent of the screening is to identify children who may have delays in their development and may require specific supports to address these delays. To be eligible for this screening, your child must be at least three years old. Click here for more information about the screening. 

From The Alliance for Early Childhood:

Monday, February 19, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Note: This course is for junior high school students who are at least 11 years old or who have completed 5th grade.
$125 per student (includes lunch and snacks)
Visit this link to register:
Would your child know what to do if a child choked when he or she was babysitting?  Would he or she know how to call 911 or how to handle a nosebleed?  American Red Cross teaches all these things...and more!  The ARC Certification course is designed to provide students who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants.  This training will help participants develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, and help children behave.  In addition, participants will learn about basic child care and basic first aid.
Dates to Note 

February 12 & 13
Conference Reporting 

Monday, February 19

President's Day

February 5 - 16 
Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Science Olympiad
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 is led by  
Mrs. Ninorta Gabriel and  
Mrs. Danielle Kimak. Registration is limited to the first 30 students to submit the online form.

Science Olympiad meets on Thursdays
February 8 - April 26
7:30 - 8:20 a.m
NO Session: March 29
Skokie Cafeteria
Open to 5th and 6th Grade

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.
After School Sports  
We are pleased to offer a second semester of the After School Sports Program for our 5th and 6th graders. The second semester of this co-ed program will run for 14 weeks. Our 6th Grade program will start on Tuesday, January 23rd through Tuesday, May 15th. Our 5th Grade program will start on Wednesday, January 24th through Wednesday May 16th.

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