The Skokie Home Scoop - March 2, 2018 

Dear Skokie Families,

Several newsletters ago, I introduced an offering that Dave Kanne (Principal of Washburne) and I will be co-hosting for parents during the Spring months.  Coffee and Conversation is an opportunity for parents to join the middle school administrators in an informal conversation around a theme that challenges us as those raising adolescents.  Our first Coffee and Conversation had been scheduled for Friday, February 9; however, that ended up being a canceled school day due to the snow.  We would like to re-offer this event for Friday, March 16 at 9:30am in the Community Room at Skokie.  Please consider making the time to join us as this first session will center on the theme of cell phone use and abuse.  We know this is a topic many parents of middle schoolers have questions about and we look forward to having a guided discussion together.  There is no need to RSVP for this event, but we do hope you are able to join us.

Finally, this week concluded both second trimester and our second Inquiry Period.  6th graders who elected the Art/Music/Drama strand will see a shift in their exploratory schedules beginning on Monday to reflect the third trimester change.  If you have not already begun following us on twitter (@skokie36), please do, as there are a number of pictures and tweets shared out from the classrooms on the variety of projects happening during our Inquiry period.  

Enjoy the sunshine and slightly warmer weather this weekend, and the time together with your family.

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess
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Dear Parents/Guardians,

March 4, 2018, kicks off the annual Alliance for Early Childhood's Screenbreak week- ( ). During Screen Break, families are encouraged to turn off their televisions and other screens for seven days and, together, experience a week with no screens. During the week, there are many alternative activities going on throughout the community.  Click here for more on Screenbreak.

As a school district, we rely on technology to support teaching and learning and to provide resources for our students to develop the four C's of creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.   We do, however, realize that as a community, we must support our students to make healthy, balanced choices around technology use.

In coordination with Screenbreak, The Winnetka Public Schools will be making it a little easier for families of students in 5th-8th grade to participate by turning off the internet capabilities for our District provided iPads from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., March 4-18, 2018.  Students should plan accordingly, and if they need internet access to complete homework after 10:00 p.m., they will need to access a personal device from home.  

Currently, all district provided student devices connect back to our network for internet access, whether they are on our campus or away.  This allows the devices to pass through our federally-mandated internet content filter, no matter where they are connected to wifi.  Please note, no filter can replace adult supervision partnered with open and honest communication and guidelines regarding district iPads or personal cell phones.
*Please see these resources for additional information:


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.

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 


Wednesday, March 7  
6th Grade Shadow Day  
at Washburne

Tuesday, March 20
School Board Meeting 
7:15 p.m.
Washburne RC 
March 24 - April 2 
Spring Break    
Tuesday, April 3 
School Reopens

Play It Now Math Club - Session 2
Open to both  
5th and 6th graders!

Play it Now Math Club is a returning math and logic game club for all Skokie students!  Whether your child can't get enough of all things math or wants to build math confidence and skill, this club is the perfect fit!  Each week, engaging new games are introduced that grow perseverance, logic, strategic thinking, and computational fluency.  Our club provides a relaxed environment for building both friendships and mathematical thinking! We have tons of great games like: Blockus, Krypto, Chess, Math Dice, Blink, Swish, Battleship, 24, Quirkle, Set and many, many more! 
The Club meets 7:30 - 8:25 a.m. in the Skokie School Loft on Wednesday mornings.   Sign up now for session 2, which runs from February through May.
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