The Skokie Home Scoop

Dear Skokie Families,

To say that last Friday's Dance Marathon was a huge success would be an understatement.  This year, the Skokie and Washburne staffs made a collective commitment to come together, giving our teachers and students the opportunity to share a few memory-making experiences as one middle school community.  Dance Marathon is one of several efforts (see info below about St. Baldrick's and the Jungle Jog coming up next week!) to do just that.  A committee of Washburne and Skokie teachers and administrators came together to plan the event, with the added support of Ms. Julia Backer (a Winnetka parent), Washburne Student Council and a representative from Lurie's Children's Hospital.  Given that this would be the first time hosting an event like this, we weren't sure what to expect.  We began advertising the event at the beginning of February with a joint pep rally-style assembly in the Skokie Auditiorium, and continued advertising with different small fundraising events through the weeks leading up to March 1.  By the morning of March 1, we had 142 students registered to attend, and by the close of the night, 209 students ended up in attendance.  

We were graced with the presence of three families impacted by the incredible staff and support of Lurie's.  All three shared their stories, to include a celebrity of sorts:  Ms. Sophia Sanchez.  If you're not sure who she is, you might remember a news story about her back in August in which she participated in the "Kiki Challenge," asking recording artist, Drake, to make an appearance in her hospital room on a weekend when he was performing in Chicago.  The message made it to him, and Drake surprised Sophia, who was awaiting a heart transplant at the time.  Since then, Sophia has successfully received a new heart and is doing very well.  Her bravery and positivity have inspired many, and we felt lucky to have her at our Dance Marathon.  That evening, thanks to Sophia, our event was featured on WGN, CBS, ABC, NBC and WBBM radio.  We were not expecting that level of attention, but were thrilled to have it as by the end of the evening, we reported having raised $12,000....only to find after the fact, that we had actually raised $14,000 as donations continued to come in online.  

This event was not only a tremendous success, but a lot of fun for our kids, and hopefully the kick-off to many more opportunities to join our middle school community!  It serves as a reminder of the power of small, but incremental generosity, and the classic way that our staff and students find a way to come together and make big things happen.  A special shout out goes out to Mr. Mike Hynes (and his family!), Ms. Tracey Silverman, Mr. Noah Madden, Mr. Victor Cooper, Ms. Sheri Johnston, Ms. Carol Zalinski, our teachers who helped to plug the event leading up to it, all of the parents that volunteered to support the event, our PTO, Washburne Student Council, Ms. Julia Backer and the many more who made the night a possibility.  Thanks to this crew, Lurie's will receive a generous donation in support of their efforts to give families and children the very best in care.

Enjoy the time together with your family this weekend.  We'll be getting lots of rain, but hopefully a taste of spring temperatures.  We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday!  Two more weeks until Spring Break!

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess


#beatree  #everybodyin

Attention Future 6th Grade Families...

We are still waiting on some families to complete this form--As we begin to plan for the 2019/2020 school year, we are seeking out elective choices from our rising sixth graders. Each incoming 6th grade student needs to make TWO Elective choices for next year. So that we can begin to plan for the number of sections required to accommodate student preferences, we will need this form to be completed by TODAY, March 8. Carefully read the definitions below before making your selections.  The link to the form as at the bottom of this section.

WORLD LANGUAGE: The World Language Program includes the option of taking French or Spanish for the entire year. Students selecting a language are making a three year commitment to the program. Therefore, if your child does not choose to take French or Spanish as a sixth grader, the decision carries through to Washburne (the next opportunity to take a language will be as a Freshman at New Trier).

BAND/ORCHESTRA: 6th grade students may select to enroll in a daily Band and/or Orchestra class. Most students selecting this option have experience with an instrument; however, novice musicians are encouraged to register as well.

ARTS STRAND: The Fine Arts Strand: Art, Music and Drama rotate every trimester giving students 12 weeks in each class.

RESOURCE: Special Education students receiving a resource period as indicated on their IEP should select "Resource" as one of their two choices. Changes may be made to their selections at their annual review.

THIS FORM IS DUE TODAY, March 8. CLICK HERE if you have not yet completed this form.

St. Baldrick's and Wigs for Kids Event

Dear Skokie / Washburne Students, Parents, and Staff - 

Save the date of  March 11, 2019, for the 16th annual St. Baldrick's, 7th annual Wigs for Kids, and 2nd annual Hair Extensions for a Cause event!  Skokie and Washburne will be coming together to support pediatric cancer awareness.  For more information on these organizations, please watch the short videos below:

There are lots of ways you can get involved! 
  1.  Shave your head for St. Baldrick's.  If you are interested in participating, sign up here .
  2.  Donate your hair to Wigs for Kids.  If you are interested in participating, please grab a form from the front lobby. 
  3. Receive a temporary green hair extension.  If you are interested in participating, please grab a form from the front lobby. 
  4. Cheer on participants on Monday, March 11th!
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Mike Hynes ( or Marla Goldberg (

Winnetka D36-- JUNGLE JOG--5k, Run/Walk:  Saturday, March 16

The Skokie School and Carleton Washburne School are thrilled to co-host this year's Jungle Jog on Saturday, March 16 at 8am.  This is the 5th year that Skokie has helped to organize this race, and now we look forward to expanding our invite to the Winnetka Public Schools Community at large.  The race begins at the Winnetka Train Station and runs a 5k loop along the Green Bay Trail.  Click here to register, and start planning your race costume!

Adventures in Learning 2019 runs from June 17th-July 19th, 2019

No camp on July 4th.

A decades-long tradition, this summer program includes classes as varied as Rock Guitar Band, Life Around the World, Zany Art Explosions, 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, Purposeful Repurposing and Spa-Liscious to name a few!

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 Washburne for the 2nd-8th graders and Hubbard Woods for the Pre-K (4 years old by June 1st, 2019)and K Primary program (5 years old by September 1st, 2019). 

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

District News
Referendum Informational Session Dates, Building Tours & Personal Meetings with the Superintendent
To ensure that our community is well-informed on this topic, a Fact Sheet was mailed to all residents. School-specific Fact Sheets are here.  Additionally, the District's Referendum 2019 webpage is updated regularly and is dedicated to facts surrounding the referendum : . On the website you will find FAQs (updated every 7-10 days).


Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

The ISA is an hour-long, multiple-choice summative assessment given to students in grades five and eight. District 36 will be administering this state-mandated assessment during the Week of March 18 - 22.  Students will be taking the test during their regular science period and will not have any interruptions to the rest of their schedule.

Information from the test will provide feedback on District level curriculum. According to Illinois State Board of Education, "It is not designed to make teaching adjustments year-to-year for individual students." Parents will receive a report with the score during the fall of the 2019-20 school year.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten pre-registration for 2019-2020 is now open. Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, are eligible to enroll. The District's Kindergarten Committee and Central PTO unanimously approved shifting to an online process versus an on-site process. This shift minimizes the time needed to pre-register and respects the busy schedules of our families.  

The Registration process is completed in two steps:
  1. Complete an online pre-registration form
  2. Provide proof of residency (documents can be uploaded online): child(ren)'s original birth certificate and a parent photo ID will need to be provided in person. Opportunities to do so will be made available in Spring 2019. The list of documents that will meet these requirements is here:
If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400 .

A webpage dedicated to Redistricting will continue to be updated regularly: .

Winnetka Celebrates 150 Years!




Dates to Note 

Trimester 2 Ends
Friday, March 8

Trimester 3 Begins
Monday, March 11

St. Baldrick's/Wigs for Kids
Monday, March 11

Parent Orientation 6th grade to Washburne
Tuesday, March 12
6:00pm - 6:50pm meeting for parents of current 6th graders with IEPs - Resource Center
7:00pm meeting for all parents - Little Theater

Winnetka D36 Jungle Jog (5k)
Saturday, March 16

Trimester 2 Progress Reports Mailed Home
Week of March 18

Spring Break
March 23-31

5th Grade Orientation 
(for incoming 5th graders)
Tuesday, April 16
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