The Skokie Home Scoop - May 12, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,

This year, The Skokie School undertook one of the largest scale projects we have experienced in some time.  Our building of teachers, students and staff lived through a full year of a schedule pilot in which two schedule models were experienced to guide us toward a final schedule model decision for the 2017/2018 school year.  There were several points throughout the year where the detail of that work was shared out as a means of keeping our school community informed of our work.

As we near the end of the school year, we are narrowing in on feedback from our staff and students, and would be interested to hear our parent voices in this reflection as well.  If you have a moment, please take the time to complete the survey linked below.  

We have already surveyed our staff and students, and you may be interested to see the following responses on just a few of the questions we asked:



Just based on these responses, it is clear that both students and staff value a balance of inquiry and intervention in the educational experience; however, the ultimate challenge is finding the healthy balance of the two.  I am confident that we are nearing a decision about the schedule that accomplishes this for the benefit of our students.  I do want to take the time to thank the teachers that dedicated two full years of time, research, and interest to this effort.  The Skokie School's schedule has been largely untouched since 1999, and it was time to give it some attention.  Nevertheless, this is one of the largest undertakings a school can commit to, and one that our staff has experienced with total commitment to do what's best for our students.  

Happy Mother's Day to all those celebrated this weekend!  Mothers are often a child's first teacher, and a vital partner in the work that our schools do.  Enjoy the gorgeous weather coming for us this weekend, and we'll look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday.

Most Sincerely,
Kelly Tess

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5th Grade Parents - Save the Date for ARTS NITE EXPRESS

All orders placed by June 9 ship to school for free.

Tech Corner  
zSpace is an interactive hardware and software platform that allows users to visualize, create and experience in ways not possible in a traditional computer environment. zSpace's virtual reality environment gives depth to the digital learning experience by improving the ways things are studied, explored, and designed.
The zSpace bus stopped by Skokie earlier this year for students to test out what all zSpace has to offer.  Students can also experience zSpace in the Skokie MakerLab.  See some pictures of students using zSpace below.
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District News

2017-2018 Online Registration is Now Open
Registration information for next year has been sent via regular mail and email i. Look for these materials in your mailbox and inbox. Once you receive this information, you may contact District Registrar, Maria Perez, at 847-446-9400 or, if you have any registration questions, or did not receive notification.  Registration should be completed and submitted by June 23, 2017

You will need to have your registration letter that includes login information handy. 

All students entering the sixth grade are required to submit a Certificate of Health Examination and Proof of a School Dental Examination. Incoming second graders must submit Proof of a School Dental Examination. Both are due before the first day of school and must be dated after August 29, 2016. Please schedule your child's doctor appointments now and return the forms before the end of this school year if possible.

Winnetka Parents Institute Opportunity
Navigating Internet Safety & Social Media Use
Tuesday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m.
Carleton Washburne School, Curriculum Planning Room
Hosted in Partnership with Family Service of Glencoe
Are you looking for guidance on navigating the ever-changing social media landscape, tips on apps to allow and avoid, as well as more information on age-appropriate internet use? This session will provide insight on how to keep children safe in their online interactions, set parental guidelines, and reinforce healthy Digital Literacy practices in your family. This WPI event will be conducted by Al Ross, clinical director at Family Service of Glencoe, a counseling center that provides support to families. To RSVP visit this link: .

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.

A Message from the Skokie/Washburne PTO for Parents of Incoming Fifth Graders 
The Skokie/Washburne PTO has an expanding need for parent volunteers. No matter where your interests or talents lie, we have a position for you. Please visit the links below for the PTO Volunteer Opportunities and Room Parent Sign-Up forms, and sign up for those positions that interest you. Keep in mind, the chair-person positions are filled on a first come, first served basis, so sign up today.

Both of these forms can also be found on the Skokie/Washburne PTO website at:

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Open Houses at Hubbard Woods and Greeley Schools for Incoming Kindergarten Families
Monday, May 22, 2017
We look forward to welcoming 2017-2018 Kindergarten parents and students to meet teachers and visit their new school environments.
Families with last names starting with A-L will visit from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and students with last names starting with M-Z will visit from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Skokie Calendar

Friday, May 12
        6th Grade Party
        Washburne 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, May 16
        School Board Meeting
        Crow Island Aud. - 7:15 p.m. 
Monday, May 29
        NO SCHOOL
        Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 30
       Beginning Band/String Sign-up
       2017-2018 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
        in the Washburne Cafeteria  
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