The Skokie Home Scoop

Dear Skokie Families,

The Winnetka Public Schools has always prioritized the investment of professional development for its staff, allowing our teachers and administrators to attend national conferences in their subject area at various times during the school year.  These types of learning opportunities allow us to hear the latest in best practice, connect with other educators across the country, expand our repertoire and build on the content of collaboration that we enjoy within our district.  Several of our Skokie teachers are away in Kansas City this weekend, not only attending this year's regional edition of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, but they were also invited to present!  Mr. Brad Krupinski, Ms. Marla Goldberg, Ms, Shannon Anderson and Ms. Eileen Goldberg will be giving a presentation this Friday afternoon entitled, "Using Problems of the Week to Challenge and Enrich ALL Learners."  This presentation was designed to highlight the ways in which our 5th and 6th grade students have benefitted from utilizing a resource called The Math Forum. 

This resource (hosted by the NCTM website) provides a rich bank of challenging word problems that encourage depth of thought, analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving.  We began using this resource two years ago, and have been pleased with the way in which it provides enrichment opportunities for students with a readiness and interest in challenging word problems.  The beauty of this resource, is that it is not reserved for any one group of students, but rather accessible on many levels to all students.  We are proud to be represented by this stellar team of teachers this weekend, and congratulate them on being recognized for their efforts amongst our students.

On an unrelated note, we are running a second window of Spirit Wear Sales in anticipation of the holidays.  Click here to place an order for your Skokie Spirit Wear--makes for a great holiday gift or a fun surprise in anticipation of the cold winter weather.  Enter "The Skokie School" in the search bar to view the items.  All orders are due by Friday, November 16!

Enjoy this first weekend of November, and time together with your family.  We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday!

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess

#beatree  #everybodyin

This year's Home Scoop will feature the "AP Corner," giving our Assistant Principal, Betty Weir, an opportunity to share information each week. You can follow Betty on Twitter at @BettyWeirEdu.

Moments of Beauty

As we wave goodbye to Halloween season and welcome the anticipation of Thanksgiving, we are fortunate enough to be graced by the vibrant colors of fall. The trees adorning our streets are decorated with gorgeous yellows, reds, and oranges. Each day, as I make my way here and there, I am taken by the beauty of the nature surrounding me. I am also very aware that it will not be long before the leaves have fallen and the cold will set in.

Ever since I have become a parent, the most frequent piece of advice I receive is, "It goes by quickly!" and "The years are long, but the days are short." I find myself contemplating the breakneck speed of my boys' childhood similarly to my thoughts about the fall leaves: it is not going to last long. Treasure it. Breath it in.

I strive to find the balance between reminding myself to enjoy the moments and purely treasuring them. And let's be honest, these moments of beauty are not without moments of angst and argument.

As parents, we always have work to do when it comes to raising our children. In this month of giving thanks, I hope you are able to set aside some time for reflection to appreciate the moments of beauty you share with your child. Take that mental snapshot and tuck it into your memory as you would snag a bright, red leaf off the sidewalk and put it in your pocket.

Morning Arrival of Students

As the weather turns colder, we wanted to remind everyone of school supervision hours.  Supervision does not officially begin in the building until 8:00am.  Students arriving early may do so if they have made an arrangement with a teacher (the teacher will meet them at the door), and/or are participating in a morning club/activity (again, teacher will meet them at the door).  Due to supervision and security reasons, the front door will not be unlocked for student arrival prior to 8:00am.  
District News

Future Ready D36 Update

This letter was shared on Friday, October 26 from Superintendent Kocanda and School Board President Kristen Hertel:
Dear Winnetka Public Schools Community,

We would like to share some exciting news.  As a result of the October 23 Board Meeting, we have an approved Educational Master Facility Plan (EMFP).  The EMFP is a facility plan and vision to guide our decision-making and priorities over the next 10 years. The implementation planning has commenced.

The Board committed to include the following components in the EMFP:

  • K-4; 5-8 Grade Level Configuration with consolidation to a single (1) 5-8 grade campus at Carleton Washburne School and a 5-year utilization plan for The Skokie School. This model upholds the neighborhood schools configuration.
  • Baseline facility needs that recognize priorities for:
    • Health, Life Safety items/projects
    • Safety and security enhancements
    • ADA accessibility upgrades
    • HVAC upgrades with improved indoor air quality and temperature regulation
    • Domestic water pipe replacement
    • Electrical capacity upgrades
  • Updated and multi-tiered modernized instructional and common spaces to afford greatest flexibility in future planning. This includes multi-purpose cafeteria and gym space renovations or additions to serve District needs and community use.
  • Sustainability planning for Air Quality, Student-Centric Design, Sustainable Operations, and Energy Consumption as some of the high priority items among a range of important topics addressed in the EMFP.
  • Redistricting Plan (shared no later than spring 2019)  in consultation with School Board, District administrators, community leaders, and Village and safety officials, to determine changes to the elementary school attendance boundaries and the implementation timeline to achieve optimal enrollments and elimination of the short-term Kindergarten plan.  

We are extremely grateful for the many ways parents, staff, and community members have dedicated time and expertise to help the Board reach this decision. We would especially like to acknowledge those who served on the Core Team to help the District address complex challenges and determine wise solutions.

As planning begins immediately to define the first phase of our long-range EMFP, we are also looking ahead to an April 2, 2019 referendum. You may continue to follow the process by accessing future dates and meeting materials at

Again, thank you for the collective energy you have invested on behalf of our students. The District and School Board believes the EMFP will help support the needs of all students for many years to come.


Trisha Kocanda              Kristen Hertel
Superintendent              School Board President

Winnetka Parents Institute Events
From Washburne to New Trier:
A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition
Thursday, November 15 at 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Carleton Washburne School, 515 Hibbard Rd .
Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman
Campus, and Lori Worth, 8th Grade Transition Faculty, 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: .

D36 & Winnetka-Northfield Public Library: What Can We Do for You?
Friday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Winnetka Library, 768 Oak Street
Our school and Village libraries aren't quite like the libraries many adults remember as children--they are dynamic learning environments that include opportunities for creating and collaborating--from exploring a vast collection of books and digital materials to experimenting with 3-D printing and embroidery. D36 Resource Directors and leaders at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library will share resources that are available to enhance reading and creating at home, school and the public library. All community members are welcome to attend! RSVP here:

Hour of Code
December 5, 2018
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Crow Island School MakerSpace, 1112 Willow Road
December 3-9 is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).  Each year, millions of people participate in #HourofCode, the largest learning event in history, to promote the importance of Computer Science Education. We encourage families and community members of all ages to join us as our students guide various coding and technology activities as part of the international event #Hour of Code.  RSVP here: .

Visit this link to RSVP-

Update to the District's Bullying Prevention Plan

The District's Bullying Prevention Plan, first piloted in 2015-2016, educates students on how to identify bullying behavior and how to report an incident. When the Plan was piloted, two mechanisms for reporting were provided. Paper forms were made available within classrooms and a collection box for those forms placed in a centralized location providing access for all students. Alternatively, an online communication form was placed on each school's website (Students/School Documents/Bullying Communication)  and accessible from the District's home page (Parents/Registration & School Forms/Bullying Communication)

Each year since the plan was piloted, an end-of-year review has been held to ensure that the objectives of the Plan are being met. Last year, we heard from students, staff and parents of middle school students that paper forms were not being utilized and that accessing the form from the website required too much intentionality.  To ensure that middle school students have a method of reporting bullying behavior, they will soon have access to the communication form via an "app" on their iPad.

And now, in conjunction with Bullying Prevention Month, students in grades 5-8 will be informed, in their advisories, of this new system. This information will be part of an ongoing conversation with students about bullying prevention, identification, reporting, and taking a stand to do their part to stomp out bullying.

***A Note from KW for our 6th graders: 
As the weather cools down, please be sure to bring sweats for KW as we will still be outside for class.***

Dates to Note 


Daylight Savings Ends!
Turn your clocks back one hour and enjoy the extra sleep on Sunday, November 4!
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