The Skokie Home Scoop  - January 19, 2018 

Dear Skokie Families,

Believe it or not, it is time to sign up for the winter Parent/Teacher Conference period. Below are links to conference schedules. If you see your child's advisory/team name below, click on the link to sing up for a conference time. Advisories/Teams not linked below will be reaching out to families on their own to arrange conference times.
The winter conference period is another opportunity for parents and teachers (and students, in the case of sixth grade) to sit down together, reflect on growth and progress, monitor goals and plan for the remainder of the year together. Keep in mind that your child's teachers have a tremendous amount of information they look forward to sharing with you. Given that each conference is twenty minutes in length, we want to make the most of that time. If you have specific questions or concerns that you would like to address either before or during the conference, it is helpful to reach out to the teachers prior to the conference appointment so that we can plan our time accordingly.
Finally, I would highly encourage anyone in our school community to mark their calendar for Tuesday, January 23, 7pm. We will be hosting another community event to provide information around Future Ready D36. This event will take place in the Community Room at The Skokie School. Expect to hear information focused on environmental design, student learning and research on best practices.
Enjoy the warmer temps this weekend, and an additional day off on Monday for our students. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday for another short week!

Most Sincerely,

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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


Please Take a Brief Survey Regarding Future Ready D36
We are the midst of Future Ready D36, our District's first Educational Master Facility Plan in over 20 years. Thank you to all who have been engaged in process as we formulate a long-term plan to address our imbalanced enrollment, facilities needs, and educational environments. Please continue to share your input on Future Ready D36 by completing this brief survey : . The survey is open NOW through January 25, 2018 and may also be accessed via .
Feedback from our school community will help us prioritize our values as our Core Team and DLR Group (the District's educational architectural firm) formulates initial Future Ready D36 concepts for community review in March 2018.  Also, we invite you to more about Future Ready D36 by attending our next Community Outreach Event focused on environmental design, student learning, and research on best practices.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
7:00 p.m.
The Skokie School, 520 Glendale Avenue
Further information on Future Ready D36 is available at .

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 .
Winter MAP Testing
We are approaching our second testing window for the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test, which will take place between January 16 - 26, 2018.  Your child's school or teacher will inform you of his or her specific testing dates.
Similar to the fall, all students  in Grades 3 - 8 will take one Reading Test and one Math test.   MAP is a computer-adaptive test, which means every student receives a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions.  This provides a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student's learning level.  The purpose of the second testing session is to provide teachers with midyear progress data that will help inform their instruction as they move forward into the school year. Student  Reports are sent home at the end of the school year with fall to spring growth measures. Additional information on the MAP assessment may be found on our district website at .
Early Childhood Screenings
The Department of Student Services will be holding early childhood screenings on March 13th, with registration on February 13th. 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 full information about the screening.
Opportunity for Students
The Students Involved with Technology Conference (SIT), is an annual conference for 3rd through 12th grade students. The event will be held on February 10, 2018, from 8:30- 2:00 p.m. at 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

WPSF Carlson Event
Please plan to join the Winnetka Public School Foundation (WPSF) Board and District 36 Leadership for our annual Carlson Event. This year's event will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at an elegant private home in Winnetka.
The annual Carlson Event is a great opportunity for community members to see Foundation grants in action as well as enjoy conversation and delicious hors d'oeuvres in a beautiful setting. We are pleased to have the following presentations this year:
  • The Skokie School will share their Padcaster system which allows students to transform their iPads into a mobile production studio.
  • The Washburne School is excited to introduce their new STEAM ambassador, the NAO humanoid robot.
We hope you will join us! Please email Sarah Alshouse ( ) to RSVP or with any questions.

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 

Monday, January 22 
Teacher Institute Day

January 16 - 26 
MAP Testing
Tuesday, January 30
School Board Meeting 
Washburne RC - 7:30 p.m.

February 5 - 16 
Parent/Teacher Conferences 

After School Sports 
Registration Open for
Second Semester  
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.

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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