Dear Skokie Families,
Despite appearances with snow on the ground this St. Paddy's Day, Spring is actually around the corner. That means our school calendar is about to get very busy. I wanted to highlight a few upcoming dates that you might want to add to your family calendar, if you haven't already.
This year's PARCC testing window runs through the month of April. In order to complete testing amongst our student body of 400, we will need to utilize the full window. 6th graders will begin testing on Tuesday, April 4th, and 5th graders will begin testing Thursday, April 13. Our 5th graders participate in 3 English Language Arts testing sessions and 4 Math testing sessions. 6th graders participate in 3 English Language Arts testing sessions and 3 Math testing sessions. Students will have the opportunity to participate in three practice sessions with their advisory next week in which they will be reoriented with the testing format as well as practice questions in the areas of ELA and Math. For more information regarding the PARCC test, read below in our District News section, or
to be directed to the PARCC site.
5th GRADE ORIENTATION
Families coming to us with a fifth grader next year are invited to two orientation opportunities:
-Tuesday, April 18th all incoming 5th Grade Families for the 2017/2018 school year are invited to a one hour orientation at The Skokie School beginning at 6:30. Students and parents are invited to come. Students and their parents will enjoy a tour of the school with a current fifth grader and a welcome presentation given by Mrs. Tess and Mr. Swanner.
-Monday, April 17, 5th grade families with a student on an Individualized Education Plan are invited to a presentation given by Mrs. Tess and members of our Special Education team to review our continuum of services offered to students with an IEP. This comprehensive presentation is a great introduction to receive prior to spring transition meetings, which will take place in May.
WINNETKA PARENTS INSTITUTE: A Reprise
Mrs. Tess, Mr. Swanner and Mr. Kanne will be providing another opportunity for parents to attend their WPI presentation, entitled "Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child," on April 28 at 9:30am in The Community Room at The Skokie School. This is a chance for those who missed prior presentations to attend, especially after the 5th grade orientation on April 18th. Please mark this on your calendar as it has been a popular and informative presentation for parents with soon-to-be adolescents!
I hope you all have a safe and relaxing weekend. Enjoy the time together with your families.
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