The Skokie Home Scoop  - November 21, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,
As we head into the long Thanksgiving weekend, I wish all of you a restful and enjoyable holiday. For those of you traveling this week, be safe and enjoy the time away. I am certainly grateful for our school community, the generosity and support of our parents, the curious and creative nature of our students and the unwavering dedication of our teachers. Enjoy the time away to celebrate what you are most thankful for. We look forward to everyone's safe return to school on Monday, November 27.

Most Sincerely, 

Kelly Tess
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Cold Weather Gear for Students
Now that the cold weather is officially upon us, this is a great time to remind our families of our practices when it comes to chilly temperatures.  We ask that students come to school with a coat, hat and gloves in order to safely play outside.  When there is snow on the ground, students interested in playing in the snow will need to have boots and snow-pants as well.  We will not send students outside for recess when the temperature (including wind chill) dips below 15 degrees.  Please also keep in mind that supervision of children does not begin until 8:10am in the building.  Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe and warm!  

We continue to witness unsafe choices made by drivers during student drop-off and pick-up times at the intersections of Elm/Glendale and Oak/Glendale.  Please keep in mind that the crossing guards staffing those intersections are staff members out to protect our students and see them safely into or out of the school building.  While we know our families are busy and often hurried, we ask that all be mindful and respectful of the stop signs both at the intersections and those held up by our crossing guards.  We thank you for your help in keeping our staff and students safe, especially as winter approaches and the weather presents new challenges.
District Office

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 are also available at the District Office and all elementary schools, 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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