The Skokie Home Scoop - March 24, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,

Today's warm weather is certainly sending us off into a week's vacation with the true feeling of spring.  As your families prepare to spend the time traveling or relaxing at home, use the opportunity to catch up with each other.  The pace of life today is certainly a hurried one, and our children benefit so greatly from the gift of our time and attention.  Read books together, play games, be silly.  We all gain from the opportunity to focus on fun for a bit before returning to our daily routine.

As I indicated in last week's newsletter, our calendar becomes very full at Skokie in the Spring.  We are looking forward to welcoming our incoming fifth grade families and celebrating several different showcase opportunities with our 5th Grade Arts Nite, Choral and Band Concerts, 6th Grade Talent show and more.

Rest up, rejuvenate and unwind!  Travel safely, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on April 3.  

Most Sincerely,
Kelly Tess

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5th Grade Orientation

Families coming to us with a fifth grader next year are invited to two orientation opportunities: 

- Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30pm, all incoming 5th Grade Families for the 2017/2018 school year are invited to a one hour orientation at The Skokie School.  Students and parents are invited to come and 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 at 6pm, 5th grade families with a student on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 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 at The Skokie School.  This comprehensive presentation is a great introduction to receive prior to spring transition meetings, which will take place in May.  You do not need to plan to attend this presentation if your child will not be a fifth grader next year and does not have an IEP.

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 9:30 am 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!
CW Track & Field Now Open to 6th Grade Students

Track and Field season is set to begin on  Tuesday, April 4.  Practices are held from  3:30-4:30 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday on days we have school.  Track meets are on various days throughout the week, with no Saturday or Sunday commitments.  The team will meet in Washburne school near the gyms.  Students should bring with them comfortable running shoes, a water bottle, and athletic clothing appropriate for the weather.  We will be outside as much as we can, unless the weather does not allow us to do so safely.  New for 2017, we will be inviting 6th graders from Skokie School to join the Washburne Track and Field team.  Registration is now live, please see the Washburne Athletics page to register.  Prior to participation, students must have a medical clearance form on file at the school.   
If you have any questions, please contact Andy Becker .

District News
PARCC assessment
The PARCC assessment will be administered to students in grades 3 through 8 from April 3-28, 2017.   Grades 3 - 5 will complete 7 testing sessions (3 Language Arts and 4 math) and Grades 6 - 8 will complete 6 testing sessions (3 Language Arts and 3 Math).  Individual teachers or schools will be sending details concerning specific dates and times of testing sessions. In order to ensure that students feel comfortable in the testing environment and understand the nature of the questions that will be presented on the exam, teachers will be familiarizing students with the testing platform and expectations. Approximately four instructional hours will be spent on test preparation. Regular curriculum will continue to be taught during this time. Moreover, our approach holds that students are best prepared for PARCC exams by participating in learning activities that reflect current state standards throughout the year. The Illinois State Board of Education requires all public school districts to administer the PARCC exam. For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit .

Winnetka Parents Institute Opportunity
Understanding The MAP Assessment in District 36
Wednesday, April 5, at 10 a.m.
Carleton Washburne School Resource Center
Barry Rodgers, Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, will conduct this informational session for you to learn more about the MAP assessment in the context of how assessments are used to support the growth and achievement of all students in District 36. To RSVP, visit .

Adventures in Learning
A decades-long tradition, this summer program includes classes as varied as Rocket Engineering, Camping Adventures and S'more Fun, Archery, Kitchen Magicians, Lacrosse, Computer Animation, Yoga for Kids, Animal Care, and the Wonders of Science. Students in grades 2-8 may choose up to four classes from over 100 options. Younger children (pre-Kindergarten through grade 1) will explore educational concepts through guided play and outdoor activities.

Adventures in Learning runs from June 12 to July 14, 2017.
Skokie Calendar
** Tuesday, March 21 
    School Board Meeting
    Crow Island Auditorium - 7:15 p.m.
** Monday, March 27
    Spring Vacation Begins 
** Monday, April 3 
Schools Reopen 
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