The Skokie Home Scoop  - November 3, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,

We are looking forward to tomorrow's 4th annual Skokie Shuffle 5K Run/Walk.  The forecast is calling for rain, and chilly temps, but we will proceed as planned in the name of raising funds for two very deserving organizations:  The Live Like Leah Foundation and Hurricane Relief Effort.  Since we are proceeding rain or shine, we recommend everyone dress in layers, wear water-proof gear and possibly bring an umbrella.  Remember that parking is not available at the race start.  Instead, plan to take the race shuttle, which leaves from Skokie running continuously from 7am to 8am.  The race will begin promptly at 8:30am.  

Get plenty of rest tonight for an early start tomorrow morning.  Remember to turn your clocks back an hour, and enjoy that extra hour of sleep this Sunday.  Next week is a short week, with no student attendance on Friday.  

Enjoy the time together with your family this weekend.

Most Sincerely,
Kelly Tess

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Dear Skokie Families,
Four years ago, our school began a new tradition of The Skokie Shuffle.  This year's 5k Fun Run/Walk  will benefit the Live Like Leah Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research and Hurricane Relief Efforts. Not only is this an event benefiting two fantastic causes, it is another opportunity to bring our school community together to connect, have fun and make new memories.  Many registrants choose to walk, so don't let the 'run' portion of the title deter you.  Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome as well!  Please consider adding this to your family calendar. 

Day of registration and packet pick-up will run from
6:30 - 7:45 AM at Skokie School. 
Day of Registration is $50. Cash or checks should be made payable to Winnetka Public SchoolsSorry - no credit cards.
7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. - Bus Service from The Skokie School to Race Start (Forest Way Grove Picnic Shelter)** LAST BUS LEAVES AT 8:00 a.m.

The race will start promptly at 8:30 AM.
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 News
Thank you to the approximately 100 parents, staff, and community members who attended "Global Perspectives" sessions on October 24. This was an opportunity to learn more about trends in education and continue the discussion on the purpose of Future Ready D36 . This video was shared , highlighting how the recent renovation has impacted teaching and learning at New Trier, as well as this video about a school in New Zealand with progressive practices. If you were not able to attend a session, you are able to view both the video and presentation slides from DLR Group by visiting our website .

Over the past two weeks , the Future Ready D36 Core Team (comprised of staff, administrators, parents, and community members) has toured several schools in the North Shore and Chicago areas, such as New Trier, North Shore Country Day, Sunset Ridge, and Lane Tech College Prep. Seeing other learning spaces is providing us a valuable opportunity as we work with DLR Group and our staff and parent community to begin to develop possible iterations of Future Ready D36.
You can access all Future Ready D36 information here: 

Upcoming Winnetka Parents Institute Events

Tour Crow Island School: Honoring Our Past & Informing Our Future
Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Crow Island School, 1112 Willow Road
Join The Winnetka Historical Society and the Crow Island Stewardship Group for free, self-guided tours (iPads provided) of Crow Island School. This National Historic Landmark, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015, was designed by legendary architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen with the Chicago architectural firm of Perkins, Wheeler and Will. Explore the unique features of this internationally-recognized school, where its child-centered design exemplified the past and inspires the future of The Winnetka Public Schools. Please call The Winnetka Historical Society with any questions about this event: (847) 446-0001.
CROW ISLAND SCHOOL historic photo.jpg

Progressive Education in The Winnetka Public Schools: Reflecting on our History, Planning for our Future
Thursday, November 9 at 9:30 a.m.
The Skokie School Community Room, 520 Glendale Ave.
Dr. Daniel Ryan, Assistant Superintendent for Professional Learning and Human Resources, will share an engaging look back on the history of Progressive Education in The Winnetka Public Schools. Learn about Carleton Washburne's vision for Winnetka, the international influence the District has had in education since its inception, and longstanding traditions of project-based learning.  This session will also discuss Future Ready D36 and how through this process we honor our past yet strive to innovate for the future. RSVP here: .

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

Important Update Regarding Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019

Due to the timeline of the Future Ready D36 Educational Master Facility Plan that extends to June 2018, it was determined that the Kindergarten program will remain at Greeley and Hubbard Woods Schools in 2018-2019.  This early announcement provides our incoming kindergarten families with clear information at the time of registration.

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.  More information about this registration process will be shared next week.
It's not too late to join MathCounts!

If you are a student with a passion for Math, you may be interested in joining Skokie's MathCounts team--a competitive team engaged in solving complex Math problems, coached by Mr. DeGiulio on Thursdays after school.  

Dates to Note 

Saturday, November 4
Skokie Shuffle
     5K Run/Walk    
Sunday, November 5 
Daylight Saving
Time Ends 
Friday, November 10
Teacher Institute Day

November 22-24
Thanksgiving Holiday 
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