The Skokie Home Scoop  - September 15, 2017 

 Dear Skokie Families,
We have officially completed our first five day week of the year together, and couldn't be ending with a more beautiful weekend. Many classes have spent time outside on campus this week or out in the community on field trips. It has been a pleasure to settle back into the school routine and see our students and teachers establish a bond with each other in their classes.

As the rhythm of the school year picks up speed, I want to take this week's newsletter to highlight our Future Ready D36 Master Facilities Planning Process and encourage our entire school community to become involved. Winnetka is home to five uniquely beautiful school buildings, all with historical significance of their own. Over Winnetka's 158 years of serving its public school children, it has also been home to a number of other school buildings (Lakeside School and Horace Mann School among two). These buildings were built in their time to accommodate the needs of the community and its children, growing as they could and evolving as was needed over the years. Even our current buildings have seen an evolution over time: Hubbard Woods, originally housed Kindergarten through 8th grade for the northern corner of Winnetka. When The Skokie School was built, it became home to the 6th through 8th graders, seeing additions in the 1930s and again in the 1960s. In time, growth in the community led to the construction of Crow Island School and later Carleton Washburne School. The timeline of Winnetka's schools is continued evidence that the community prioritizes high quality public education and wants only the very best for its students.

We are in an exciting position this year to work together for the first time in 20 years as a community to plan for Winnetka's future. We have launched an Educational Master Facilities Planning Process, entitled Future Ready D36. This is a
holistic process that will measure, validate, quantify and qualify opportunities to align our school facilities, our enrollment, and our vision for teaching and learning to meet the needs of current and future students in a fiscally responsible manner. In order to best begin this process, the community is invited to participate in building-based presentations that will not only afford attendees the opportunity to learn more about the current status of our buildings, but ask questions and share thoughts on what could be possible for our schools. The first of these presentations takes place at The Skokie School on September 25 at 7:00pm in The Community Room. I would encourage you to save this date on your family calendar and join us for the evening. The dates of all presentations are listed below as well.

Community Presentations
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sept. 25 - The Skokie School
Sept. 26 - Crow Island School
Sept. 27 - Carleton Washburne School
Oct. 2 - Hubbard Woods School
Oct. 3 - Greeley School

Additional information on the Future Ready D36 efforts can be accessed by
CLICKING HERE. I am excited to learn more together with you as we honor Winnetka's rich history, while planning for all the future of our children.

Enjoy the beautiful, summer-like weather this weekend and the time together with your family.

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess
Skokie After School Activities       
We are pleased and excited to be offering for the upcoming  
2017-2018 school year:
  • After School Sports Club for 5th and 6th graders
  • Skokie Climbing Club
  • Washburne Cross Country Team for 6th graders

The links below will provide you with information on how to register.

There are a number of other clubs with registration in the works....keep an eye out for Creative Writing Club, Art Club, Math Counts, Science Olympiad, Memory Book and more very soon!

Thursday, September 28--9:30am  

"Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child"

--Skokie School Community Room--Join Principal Tess and Principal Kanne for an informational morning session focusing on the ins and outs of the growing middle school child.  We will spend time exploring both the academic and social-emotional needs appropriate to 5th-8th grade children, how they change over that four year span, as well as the neurological changes that contribute to these needs.  Parents with current middle schoolers, or soon-to-be middle schoolers, are encouraged to join us for an engaging, encouraging and educational hour together. To RSVP visit 

  • Friday, October 6--9:30am  "Zones of Regulation" --Skokie School Community Room-- Join the Social Workers at The Skokie School and Kelly Tess, Principal, to learn more about The Zones of Regulation, a Socio-Emotional strategy that helps students identify their readiness for learning based on their physical and emotional help. This is a strategy we are using building-wide, and is a great resource for parents to utilize at home as well.
  • The Skokie Garden Needs Your Help!

    The Happy Tillers at Skokie are looking to give our garden a bit of a make-over.  If you have any unwanted brick pavers going unused at your home, we would love to put them to use.  Please email if you would like to donate any unwanted brick pavers to the Skokie Garden.  Thank you!
    Please remember to bring in your  Grand Food Center receipts  that you saved over the summer. Collecting  Grand receipts  is an easy and no-cost way for you to support the Skokie-Washburne PTO (so ultimately our schools!) and also support The  Grand , a fabulous local grocery store. 
    It's simple, too.  Just collect and drop off your 
    Grand receipts in the colorfully wrapped boxes labeled " Grand  receipts " located in Washburne's office and Skokie's lobby.  In fact, your 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grader can easily get involved in the process and drop off the  receipts themselves.  The  Grand  generously donates 3% of the pre-tax amount to the PTO on each  receipt  collected from their Winnetka or Glencoe stores. 
    District News

    Future Ready D36 Community Engagement Sessions & Core Team Application
    District 36 is conducting Future Ready D36, its first Educational Master Facility Plan in 20 years. Future Ready D36 is a holistic process that will measure, validate, quantify and qualify opportunities to align the District's school facilities, enrollment, and vision for teaching and learning to meet the needs of current and future students in a fiscally responsible manner. Your involvement as a Winnetka community member is essential to Future Ready D36. There will be many community engagement opportunities for all who wish to learn more and share input.  The first sessions are scheduled for the end of this month:

    Monday, September 25, 2017
    7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
    The Skokie School

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
    Crow Island School

    Wednesday September 27, 2017
    7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
    Carleton Washburne School

    Monday, October 2, 2017
    7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
    Hubbard Woods School

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017
    7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
    Greeley School

    For community members who would like to become involved in this initiative in a more formal capacity, please complete an application to serve on the Future Ready D36 Core Team by clicking here: . The application will be available through September 20.Further information on Future Ready D36 is available at

    Fall MAP Testing
    District 36 has established a robust suite of assessments utilizing multiple measures to provide information on student performance. One of those tools is the  Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Fall testing will occur between September 11 - 22 with all students in Grades 3 - 8 taking one Reading Test and one Math test.   Your child's building or teacher will inform you of his or her specific testing dates.

    Dates to Note 
    Thursday, September 21
         NO SCHOOL  
    Friday, October 13     
    SK/CW Parent's Night Out
    Saturday, November 4
    Skokie Shuffle
    5K Run/Walk    
    October 9-20
    Parent/Teacher Conferences 
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