The Skokie Home Scoop - April 28, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,

This time of year, you may hear teachers and principals refer to the "100 days of May," as it is truly the busiest time of our school year.  So many fun and exciting things are happening both in celebration and recognition of the year's work we are wrapping up, as well as in preparation for the coming school year.  I wanted to take this week's newsletter to celebrate a few events from this past week or two, as well as highlight some upcoming events.

Congratulations are in order for Mrs. Antman, our drama teacher, and 6th graders who participated in last week's talent show.  Each year, our 6th graders are invited to participate in a talent show for their peers in a showcase of any unique talent they would like to share.  This year's show was a great display of creativity and enthusiasm from our students, not only in the variety of performances, but in the support from our students in the audience.  Fantastic work, 6th graders!

This past week we recognized Earth Week with daily efforts toward conservation and protection of our planet.  The week ended with the planting of a new tree on the school's parkway, closest to Elm Street.  Students from Mrs. Erickson and Mr. Martinsen's advisory helped our village arborist plant a new tree.  A great big thank you to Mrs. Kunkle and Ms. Dolkart for making this happen for our school community today.

Next week is both Cancer Awareness and Teacher Appreciation Week.  The week begins with our annual hosting of an after-school St. Baldrick's event.  Students were invited to participate in supporting either St. Baldrick's or Wigs for Kids either with the gesture of haircut or raising funds for the organizations.  We even appreciate having students and staff stay to cheer on their peers and show their support for each other.  This event is one near and dear to our school community and always proves to be a fantastic example of the generosity and compassion that our staff, students and families are capable of.

As principal, I am reminded daily of the gift of educators we have in our building.  The greatest gesture of appreciation often comes in the simplest of forms....if your 5th or 6th grader is looking for a way to express their appreciation for a teacher, you might invite them to write a note.  Words are powerful, and a teacher is always touched by the effort to put a pen to paper to express gratitude for a learning experience.  A big thank you goes out to our PTO as well, for facilitating a few special events in our school next week to show our teachers how loved they are.

Stay warm and dry this weekend, as the chilly temps and rainy weather is back.  Enjoy the time together with your families, and we'll look forward to seeing everyone back for the start of May on Monday!

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!
Tech Corner  
Field trips are a way for students to get an experience outside of what they normally would be able to see or do inside of a classroom.  Here in Winnetka, we are lucky enough that this isn't entirely true.  Students in D36 are able to experience virtual field trips through our VR headsets and the use of Google Expeditions .  These headsets allow students to experience things such as: Ancient Rome, Egyptian pyramids and tombs, and even Earth's Moon.  Below you will see a picture of some 6th graders on a visit to Ancient Rome. 

District News  
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.

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Skokie Calendar
Monday, May 1 
     St. Baldrick's Event
     2:45 p.m. - Skokie Audito

Tuesday, May 2
    Spring Orchestra Concert
               Grades 5 - 8
    7:30 p.m. - Skokie Auditorium 

Thursday, May 4
Skokie /Washburne  
Spring Band & Choir Concert 
7:30 p.m. - Washburne Gym
Friday, May 12

        6th Grade Party
        Washburne 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Skokie Guidelines for Treats
For all treats that are brought in to school for special occasions or other events, please remember that the treats need to be:

-Commercially prepared.
-Not contain any nuts.
-Have an attached ingredients              label.   

Thank you for your help in making sure that all of our students are able to enjoy a safe and healthy treat!  
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