The Skokie Home Scoop  - September 29, 2017 

 Dear Skokie Families,
This last week was an eventful one at The Skokie School with a visit from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and our first community meeting hosted by DLR Group as we conclude phase one of Future Ready D36 (Educational Master Facilities Planning).  If you follow Skokie on Twitter, you will have seen pictures from both events.  Our students impressed the Congresswoman with the types of questions they asked and their interest in her experience.  Students left with the message that their voice and values matter, and that sometimes all it takes is a letter or email sent to the right person to gain attention on an issue you feel is deserving.  Our motto, "Skokie Serves," continues to motivate us as a school community, and we are always excited to offer our students learning experiences that expand their understanding of service beyond that of charitable giving.  

We were pleased with the turn-out of interested teachers, parents and community members at Monday evening's community presentation hosted by DLR Group.  This was the first opportunity to hear from DLR on environmental data collected in the school, as well as it was a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and share big ideas for the future of our schools.  Skokie will host another event on Tuesday, October 24 at 7pm.  This "Global Perspectives" event will allow for an opportunity to ideate and dream about educational facilities that both honor our past and plan for our future.  Please mark your calendar for this date and plan to join us.  Your voice and investment of time is incredibly important in guiding this process.   CLICK HERE to access the district's webpage devoted to our Future Ready D36 process.

Finally, October is Bullying Prevention Month.  We are remaining committed to a school-wide theme of "Choose Kind," as inspired by the book, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.  This two word phrase carries with it a tremendous amount of power and impact, and is one we seek to instill in all of our students.   Our  District's Bullying Prevention Plan commits to notifying students (and parents) of how to report, where to report, and gives definitions of what bullying is and isn't.  It also indicates that there is a process for following up on any reports made. Students discuss the difference between mean, rude and bullying behavior in advisories this month , as well as the resources available to them in the school to report bullying and/or seek out support.  While we work to develop supportive and trusting relationships with our students in order to best help them navigate difficult situations, we also provide students with an opportunity to anonymously report unkind behavior using a reporting form that is accessible online as well as in hard-copy form in the office.  These reports are then followed up with a response from myself or Mrs. Woodring, our Assistant Principal. CLICK HERE to view the bullying reporting form.  
Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend, and the time together with your families. when we return on Monday it will officially be October!
Most Sincerely,
Kelly Tess
Vision & Hearing Screening      
We will be conducting our annual vision and hearing screening on Tuesday October 3rd and on Wednesday October 4th for all students.
Please send your child with eyeglasses on those dates should they wear them on either an occasional or regular basis. If your child visits a vision or hearing specialist, please send any recent reports from these professionals to our health o
ffi ce if you have not already done so.
Thank you,
Marianne Siegel, Skokie Nurse 
Skokie After School Activities       
After School Sports 
We are pleased to offer the After School Sports Program for our 5th and 6th graders again this year. 
6 th graders will meet on Tuesdays
September 12th  - December 12th
NO SESSION on:  Tuesday, October 31st  or  Tuesday, November 21st
5 th graders will meet on Wednesdays
September 13th  thru December 13th
NO SESSION on:  Wednesday, November 1st  or  Wednesday,  November 22nd

The program for both grade levels will run from 3:35 pm  - 4:30 pm.  
KW staff, as well as other teachers from District 36, will supervise all activities, including: volleyball, soccer, floor hockey, flag football, softball/blamball and other low organized games.  It is understood that conflicts with other commitments may arise - e.g. scouts, music lessons, doctor appointments - however, your child is encouraged to attend the program on as many dates as are available.  
Parents are responsible for arranging transportation home following the After School Sports Program, which ends promptly at 4:30 pm.

Climbing Club 
Once again, we are pleased to offer the Skokie Climbing Club to students who would like to climb the Skokie High Ropes Course after school. This is a great way to spend some time climbing in an extended session. So, sign up with a friend or come to meet new friends!
Who is eligible to enroll? 
  • Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader who has previously completed climbing instruction at Skokie School.
  • Any 5th grader who has completed climbing instruction during the 2017 Adventures Program.
  • We will be offering 12 sessions of co-educational classes during our first semester, with a limit of 14 climbers per session.
  • The Climbing Club begins September 12th and runs through December 21st ( * please note 'skipped dates').
  • Each session starts promptly at 3:35 pm and ends at 4:30 pm.
  • Students are expected to stay until 4:30 pm to assist with clean up.
  • Parents are responsible for arranging transportation home following the Climbing Club Program.
  • Personal nut-free snacks are allowed.
  • Parents are invited to watch their children climb!
  • All sessions are conducted and supervised by the Skokie KW teachers.
We must have a minimum of 4 participants in order to hold a climbing club session.

Creative Writing
Love to write? Enjoy sharing your writing and working with other writers? The Creative Writing Club is for you! The Creative Writing Club is a workshop-based club, focused on building skills, sharing work, receiving feedback, and striving for publication.
Bi-Weekly - Wednesdays : Oct 4 & 18, Nov 1, 15 & 29;  
7:25 AM - 8:10 AM
Club meets at the Skokie School in Room 176 
Open to 5th and 6th grade.

First Lego League Robotics Team 
Come be a part of the Skokie/Washburne FLL team!  Take on Frist Lego League challenges. Build and program with Lego Mindstorms to accomplish tasks.  Compete against other teams for global domination!  The club meets Tuesdays  from 3:30-4:30 at Skokie School (10/3-11/28).  Join Mr. Martinsen, Mrs. McDonogh, Mr. Selgrat, and experienced FLL champion coach, Mr. Graham in our inaugural season!

Happy Tillers
Dates: Fridays (October 13 - December 15)  
Time: 7:30 - 8:10 am 
Where: Auditorium

We are pleased and excited to be offering a garden club program for the sixth and fifth graders, for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The garden club will give students at Skokie an opportunity to better understand the relationship they could have with nature, creating a dynamic environment for learning core subjects and promote cooperation through group activities.  Children will also be taught to conserve natural resources to help preserve their environment.  The garden club hopes to encourage self-confidence and a sense of responsibility for all who participate.

Play It Now Math Club - Open to both 5th and 6th graders! 
Play it Now Math Club is a returning math and logic game club for all Skokie students!  Whether your child can't get enough of all things math or wants to build math confidence and skill, this club is the perfect fit!  Each week, engaging new games are introduced that grow perseverance, logic, strategic thinking, and computational fluency.  Our club provides a relaxed environment for building both friendships and mathematical thinking! We have tons of great games like: Blockus, Krypto, Chess, Math Dice, Blink, Swish, Battleship, 24, Quirkle, Set and many, many more!  Club meets 7:30 - 8:25 a.m. in the Skokie School Loft on Wednesday mornings.   Sign up now for session 1, which runs from October 18 to January 31.  Come and join the fun! 

Skokie Art Club 
Students in the Skokie Art Club will use this time to explore a variety of media, processes and techniques. This is an opportunity to dive deep into personal interests while expressing yourself creatively, as well as work alongside and with other young artists.
Tuesdays: OCT 3, 2017 thru DEC 19, 2018; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
NO SESSION OCT. 31st, 2017
Wednesdays: OCT 4, 2017 thru DEC 20, 2017; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
NO SESSION NOV 22nd, 2017
Club meets in the Skokie School Art Room. 
Open to 5th and 6th Grade
Skokie Memory Book Club  
Our Memory Book is a student-run publication that tells the yearly story of Skokie School in words & pictures. It's a history book AND a memory book, but it's also a Journalism Lab that encourages students to learn through hands-on experience. Students plan, design, write, edit & take pictures during the production of the memory book with a goal of including everyone in the school. Club members work after school on Tuesdays to make the memory book a reality.
Tuesdays: OCT 10, 2017 thru FEB 27, 2018; 3:45 - 4:45p.m.
NO SESSION: OCT 19, OCT 31, NOV 28, DEC 26, & JAN 2

There are a number of other clubs with registration in the works....keep an eye out for Math Counts, Science Olympiad and more. You can keep up to date with registration as it becomes available through the district at 

This year Skokie will be hosting its fourth annual 5K -
The Skokie Shuffle on Saturday, November 4th. 

We welcome all walkers and runners for a fun event
and a great way to come together as a school community!
Click on the link below to register. 

  • 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.
  • District News
    Future Ready D36--Important Dates!
    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.

    Building-specific community engagement opportunities started last week for all who wish to learn more and share input.  Materials from the first sessions at Skokie, Crow Island, and Washburne are available on the District website.

    Building-specific presentations will continue the week of October 1:

    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

    At these presentations, community members will be asked to answer some questions via a polling app called Turning Point. If you would like to download this app on your device in advance, links are below. If you do not have a smartphone or similar device to use for this purpose but would like to participate, the District will have extra devices available.


    Google Play

    Please save the date for GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, a District-wide engagement session
    to dream big for the Future Ready D36 initiative. What does the future of D36 schools look like? It is time for our community to explore and discover the possibilities together.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
    7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
    The Skokie School Community Room
    Please note that the same interactive presentation will be shared during each session.

    Further information on Future Ready D36 is available at

    Blackboard Emergency Testing
    On Monday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m., we will be conducting a test via Blackboard, our emergency call, email, and text system. Blackboard is used to alert parents and staff of weather-related school closures and emergency situations. Please contact your building secretary if you would like to update your emergency contact phone numbers or email addresses.

    New Trier Anew-October 15, 2017
    You are invited to New Trier High School's Building Dedication and Open House, New Trier Anew, where community members will get their first look at the new Winnetka Campus addition. The celebration will be held on October 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gaffney Auditorium on the Winnetka Campus, 385 Winnetka Ave . The event will begin with a general ceremony and ribbon-cutting in the auditorium, followed by an open house with self-guided tours from 3:00-5:00 p.m. All ages are welcome!
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    International Walk to School Day
    On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, students at all schools may choose to participate in International Walk to School Day. Facilitated by the District 36 Green Team, this event encourages all forms of active, non-motorized transportation. If bikes, scooters or skates are used, please be sure your child is wearing a helmet. For details click here .
    Conference Sign-Up Links
    (FOR THE NAMES BELOW, ONLY SIGN UP UNDER YOUR CHILD'S ADVISOR--You will have an opportunity to meet with both teachers)

    Skokie Serves

    Students on the Martinsen-Hoyt team have dedicated their own time and interest to supporting victims of the recent hurricanes.  Lemonade stands and a collection of donations were initiated by these generous and thoughtful students in the spirit of helping others.  Way to go!

    Dates to Note 
    October 3 & 4 
    Vision & Hearing
    Friday, October 6 
    Health & Wellness Day 
    Friday, October 13     
    SK/CW Parent's Night Out
    October 9-20
    Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Saturday, November 4
    Skokie Shuffle
         5K Run/Walk    
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