The Skokie Home Scoop  - November 17, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,
This week at The Skokie School would be a hard one to top!  We were visited by three change-makers, all spreading messages aligned with the learning opportunities we work hard to provide our students with.  We began the week with a visit from Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.  In order to prepare for his visit, our Assistant Principal, Ms. Woodring, spent time reading and discussing excerpts from one of his books, The Gift of Anger, with our students.  Skokie and Washburne students came together in our auditorium and benefited from hearing his message, promoting the channeling of the energy behind anger toward the betterment of society.  He explained that anger is a normal and healthy emotion, but it is what is done with the motivation behind that emotion that matters most.  We owe a great big thank you to Ms. Joanna Amaral, fourth grade teacher from Hubbard Woods, for inviting Dr. Gandhi to speak to our students this week.
On Tuesday, State Representative Robyn Gabel, visited our school as a part of a national invitation to legislators to shadow a principal.  Representative Gabel spoke with students in Mr. Rowe and Ms. Duthie's classrooms and enjoyed a visit to our MakerSpace to speak with students about how they participate in design thinking at Skokie.

(Two of our Skokie Makers show Rep. Gabel a trick to threading a needle)
Finally, we closed the week on Thursday afternoon with a Family Action Network sponsored event, in which Dr. Jo Boaler of Stanford University spoke with the audience about building confidence and accessibility in Mathematics and the brain science behind learning new concepts as well as making mistakes. 
(District 36 Administrators and Teachers with Dr. Boaler--center right, blue jacket)
Stay warm over this final chilly weekend before we head into the Thanksgiving week.  Enjoy the time together with your family.



Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess

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District News

Upcoming Winnetka Parents Institute Events

Birth to College: Build & Support the Female Talent Pipeline
In partnership with 50 Action 50, D36 will be host this special workshop
Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Hubbard Woods School Resource Center, 1110 Chatfield Road
How might families, schools, communities, and organizations impact a girl's decision to pursue careers in STEM or Entrepreneurship? Together we will ideate actionable solutions that can positively impact a girl's decision to pursue majors & careers in STEM and entrepreneurship, and how we can influence our families, communities, schools, workplace, country, and the world to start making changes. 50 Action 50 is a social impact group which brings women and men together to commit to activate women's full economic potential and contribution. To learn more about 50 Action 5 0, visit 50Action50 . To register for this FREE event, visit and enter the code Parent36 for a complimentary ticket.

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:

Hour of Code
Monday, December 4 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Carleton Washburne School, CoLab (N102), 515 Hibbard Rd.
We encourage families to join us as our students guide you through various coding and technology activities as part of the international event #HourofCode.  #HourofCode aligns with Computer Science Education Week from December 4-10, which is dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. All ages are welcome at #HourofCode, an engaging learning opportunity for the whole family. RSVP to Hour of Code here:

Tools for Math Success in College and Careers: Collaborative Problem Solving, Listening, and Communication
Tuesday, December 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Skokie School, Community Room

Join Max Ray-Riek of the Math Forum at NCTM for an interactive parents' workshop exploring how collaborative group problem-solving sets students up to be successful in math and in math-intensive careers. We'll discuss what it means to have rigorous standards for listening and communicating in math, how exposure to multiple approaches supports successful students to be sense-makers with deep understanding who never hit that "math wall," and how math-intensive careers require students to be able to problem-solve collaboratively and support their math skills with strong interpersonal skills. RSVP via this link:

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

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 .

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. Visit the District home page at to begin the online pre-registration process. 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. 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 .

Dates to Note 

November 22-24
Thanksgiving Holiday

December 5, Tuesday 
Winter Orchestra Concert
Skokie Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

December 7, Thursday
Holiday Band Concert
Grades 6, 7, 8
Washburne Gymnasium
7:30 p.m.  
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