The Skokie Home Scoop  - November 10, 2017 

November 10, 2017

Dear Skokie Families,

Each Fall, we schedule a variety of safety drills in order to stay practiced in our response to emergencies.  This week, our students and staff participated in a lockdown drill, and I wanted to use this week's newsletter to share information around the importance of this practice.  District 36 shares a strong partnership with the Winnetka Police Department in our efforts to provide a safe and secure learning environment in all of our buildings.  In 2013, we began conducting law enforcement safety drills in concert with Illinois state law.  The drills include the participation of both the Winnetka Police and Fire Departments.  The drills are conducted in a manner that is not intended to create fear or panic, but rather to instill confidence and sense of purpose in an emergency scenario.

In partnership with the Winnetka Police Department, schools may initiate a lockdown or lockout situation.  A lockout is where entrance and exit from the building is restricted, due to a dangerous situation taking place in the vicinity of the school.  A lockdown situation could be due to the possible presence of an intruder in a school or other type of accident that could pose a threat to the safety of staff and students.  

In addition to law enforcement safety drills, Winnetka Police Officers frequently visit our schools and provide a visible presence on school properties.  Before these drills, teachers talk to their classes and walk students through the procedures.  We also utilize this as an opportunity to talk about the importance of reporting unusual behavior amongst those within our school community, or perhaps a stranger in or around the building. Please take a few minutes and speak with your child about the purpose of the drills and reinforce the commitment both District 36 and the Winnetka Police Department have in keeping our students and staff safe.

Finally, I want to thank all of the students and families who showed their incredible dedication last Saturday and participated in our Skokie Shuffle despite the cold and rainy weather.  We were proud to host another hugely successful event in support of two very worthy causes.

Stay warm and dry this chilly weekend. Enjoy the time together with your family.

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess


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Holiday Spirit Wear Sale at Skokie--Nov. 2-15
Skokie is offering a re-run of our Spirit Wear Sale in anticipation of the holidays. The sale will take place November 2-15.   Consider adding to your Skokie Spirit Wear collection!


District News
Future Ready D36
As is always our goal in Winnetka, keeping our students at the center of all that we do is vital to the Future Ready D36 process. The Future Ready D36 Core Team has toured several schools in and around the North Shore as part of their research on how facilities and learning environments best meet the needs of students today and prepares them for the future. Here is a glimpse into some of the spaces toured so far (including New Trier High School, Sunset Ridge, North Shore Country Day School, and Lane Tech College Prep).

As the District continues to research and explore solutions to best meet the needs of our students and school community, we will keep you informed. Our goal is to have a long-term plan that addresses our vision for teaching and learning, enrollment, and facility needs.

Visit for more information on Future Ready D36 .

Winnetka Parents Institute Events

Upcoming events:
From Washburne to New Trier: A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition
Tuesday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Resource Center at Carleton Washburne School, 515 Hibbard Rd.
Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman Campus, will discuss the New Trier freshman placement process and the efforts made to ensure a smooth transition to high school.  A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience. RSVP here: .

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Student Potential with Jo Boaler, Ph.D.*
Thursday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m. (geared toward educators but parents are welcome)
The Skokie School Auditorium, 520 Glendale Ave.
Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. (geared toward parents but educators are welcome)
North Shore Country Day School, 310 Green Bay Rd.
Family Action Network presents two opportunities to hear Dr. Jo Boaler speak in Winnetka on November 16. She is an esteemed professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, co-founder of math resource YouCubed , and best-selling author. During the presentation, Dr. Boaler will...
  • Explain how the brain processes mathematics learning
  • Reveal how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences
  • Provide examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning
  • Explain ways to give students a positive math mindset
Dr. Boaler will also conduct a Q & A and book signing.
*Special FAN event

STEAM in District 36
Wednesday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m.
Greeley School Resource Center, 275 Fairview Ave.
Learn more about the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) experience and the purpose behind the makerspace environments in District 36 with Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology. RSVP here:

For those who are unable to attend Winnetka Parents Institute events in person, most sessions are recorded and shared on the District website at .

Kindergarten registration for 2018-2019 will open on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Carleton Washburne School. Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2018, are eligible to enroll.  

Click here for documents required for all new students when you register your child. Online pre-registration is available starting November 15. Registration packets will also be available at the District Office and all elementary schools beginning November 15, should you wish to pick one up prior to Registration Day. Children will not be considered enrolled until residency documentation is verified and all forms are submitted. For that information, click here. If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400 .

Winnetka Wire
If you missed it, here is the November edition of the WINNETKA WIRE, the District's monthly newsletter: .

TREX Plastic Film Challenge
Thanks to the Green Team for organizing the TREX Plastic Film Challenge, which runs now through April 2018. Each year all schools participate in this program to collect plastic bags and wrap, which are recycled and made into alternate wood products.Collection bins are now in our schools.School communities that collect the most plastic will be announced on Earth Day. 
Dates to Note 

Friday, November 10
Teacher Institute Day

Tuesday, November 14 
6th Grade - New Trier Math Test 
(Make-up test given on
Monday, November 20)
November 22-24
Thanksgiving Holiday 
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