The Skokie Home Scoop - April 14, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,

Despite the short four day week, it has been a busy one for us here at The Skokie School.  PARCC testing continues in its second week and has been going smoothly.  For those 5th graders that continue to test next week, remember to get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.  We are nearing the end of the testing window!

A giant congratulations is due to our Skokie Chorus, their director, Mrs. Kragt, and all of our Winnetka Choral groups.  This Tuesday evening, Skokie was host to all of the Winnetka Chorus ensembles in our District Choral Concert.  This thriving program continues to be one of great pride for our school.  Congratulations on a job well done, and a fantastic evening for all those in the audience!

Remember that this Monday, April 17 there will be an orientation open to incoming 5th grade families with students who receiving Special Education support.  This orientation begins at 6pm and will be hosted in the Community Room at The Skokie School.  An orientation evening for the entire incoming 5th grade class and their parents is hosted on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30pm.  Please enter through the main doors off of Glendale Avenue, and be ready to pair up with a current 5th grader for a building tour before joining us in the auditorium for a presentation.  We look forward to seeing everyone on these two informative evenings!

Enjoy the warm weather and long holiday weekend together with your families!

Most Sincerely,
Kelly Tess

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Fourth Grade Shadow Day
If you are the parent of a current fourth grader, mark your calendar for Friday, May 26th.  This is a half day of school attendance for students, but is one you won't want to miss.  All Winnetka Fourth Graders join us at The Skokie School for our annual Shadow Day.  It is an opportunity to be paired with a current fifth grade buddy, tour the building, meet our teachers and receive your very first Skokie Spirit Wear!  Fourth graders begin the day at their elementary school and are bussed (or walk over, if at Crow Island) over to Skokie at 9:00.  Fourth graders return on the bus before dismissal at their elementary school.  We look forward to a fun day with our future 5th graders!

Village Adding Street Signage

With the safety of both students and drivers in mind, Winnetka Public Works will be making some adjustments to street parking signage effective Monday, April 10th. During drop-off and pickup hours, there will be no parking, stopping, or standing permitted on the west side (school side) of Glendale Avenue, south of Oak Street. The goal of this change is to free up traffic and encourage drivers to head south on Glendale rather than turning east (left) on Oak Street. Please note: drop off and pickup will still be permitted directly in front of the school.   

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!
St. Baldrick's and Wigs for Kids
Monday, May 1 st , from 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.
If you are interested in shaving your head or cutting your hair, please contact Mr. Hynes (,
Ms. Goldberg (, or Mr. Rowe ( for a registration form.  

You must be registered by Tuesday, April 25th.

Bernie's Book Bank Donations
Do you have any books you don't need or read? Why not donate a book to Bernie's Book Bank! Bernie's provides children the opportunity to have books in their home to read.  A box will be located in the front lobby of Skokie School for donations.  We will be collecting books through April 21st.  
We are collecting books for grades K- 5 reading level.  As little as one book would make a huge difference for a child in need!  
ATTENTION all rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, turtles, birds and other small animals!  Winnetka's Adventures in Learning/Animal Care Class is back this summer beginning Monday, June 12th.  If your son or daughter's small animal (or you) is due for a brief break this summer, please let us know.  We can also attempt to arrange for a permanent adoption if it is time to pass your pet on to another loving family. 
Please e-mail Anna at .
District News

PARCC assessment
The PARCC assessment will be administered to students in grades 3 through 8 through April 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. 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 Opportunities
The Transition to Kindergarten in D36
Thursday, April 27 at 9:30 a.m.
Greeley School Resource Center
Hosted in Partnership with The Alliance for Early Childhood
District 36 administrators and elementary principals will share the rich history of our nationally-recognized schools and how teachers effectively apply the Progressive philosophy in classrooms.  Find out how you can partner with our schools to support your child's educational journey.  Hear about the Extended Day Kindergarten program and ask questions about what to expect as your child enters school in the fall.

Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child
Friday, April 28 at 9:30 a.m.
The 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 

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
**Friday, April 14 
**Tuesday, April 18
     5th Grade Orientation
      (for 4th Grade Families)
      Skokie School  - 6:30 p.m.  
**Thursday, April 27
        Class Pictures  
Save the Date!
      For the 6th Grade Party 
Friday, May 12th
7:00 - 9:00 pm  
Washburne Gyms & Cafeteria
(Permission slips and more information will be sent home closer to the event).
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