The Skokie Home Scoop - May 26, 2017 


Dear Skokie Families,

We have worked very hard this year to provide students with opportunities to explore their own ideas and curiosities in the form of various hands-on projects.  I have mentioned before projects like the Skokie Garden and The Nora Project, but wanted to defer my authorship to the students this week so they could share some of the research they have independently done and feel passionate about.  These two student approached me earlier this month seeking an audience with an administrator to discuss the benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling.  Pretty impressive!  As you read what these students have written below, take note of their forward thought and rationale.  I recently read that children of this generation will be more likely to pursue entrepreneurship, contribute to organizations that support environmental and human rights issues, and seek out collaboration that is less hierarchical and more cooperative in nature.  I see that already in our 5th and 6th graders today, and am always amazed at the pro-active, compassionate instincts they have developed.

Enjoy the holiday weekend, and the time together with your families.
 
Most Sincerely,
 
Kelly Tess




By 5th Grader, Maggie James
I was a member of the Green Ribbon Sustainability Club. The Green Ribbon Sustainability Club researched Geothermal Heating and Cooling. Here is what we learned. One way of Geothermal heating is with volcanoes. The ground, which is typically stone, traps the heat. The pipes then transport the heat to the building where the heat is needed. Another way of geothermal heating and cooling is with bodies of water, typically ponds and lakes. The pipes collect the air and then transport the air to the building where heat and air conditioning is needed. The most popular and easiest way of Geothermal Heating and Cooling is with pipes in the ground. The ground is hot during Winter, and cold during Summer. The pipes collect the warm or cold air, and then release it into the building. It works just like regular heating and cooling, just much better for the earth. If the Skokie School were to install Geothermal Heating and Cooling, the most efficient way would be using the the ground.  


By 5th Grader, Timon Cappella-Pimor
The Green Ribbon Sustainability Club - Geothermal Energy
Q: What is geothermal energy?
 
A:Geothermal energy is energy that comes from the ground(geo-ground thermal-heat). Since deep underground, the earth stays at a constant temperature, geothermal heat pumps transfer the heat from the ground into buildings during winter and automatically reverse the process during the summer.
 
Q: What are the different types of geothermal heat pumps?
 
A: There are three different types of geothermal heat pumps. They are the horizontal loop, the pond loop, and the vertical loop. The horizontal loop works well when there is a big area of space. The pond loop works under water if there is a nearby pond. The vertical loop should be used when there isn't much space.
 
Q: How much would it cost to have a horizontal loop?
 
A: According to the Scientific American, geothermal energy would cost 3.6 cents per kWh. What we currently use costs about 3.2 cents  per kWh. However, the environmental benefits compensate for the cost.
 
Q: What would the environmental benefits be?

A: Because of carbon emissions, global warming is happening. If no changes are made, eventually, enormous amounts of land will be submerged under water and later, another ice age. Since geothermal energy is renewable and doesn't burn anything, there are no carbon emissions when geothermal energy is being used and you don't have to worry about running out of a certain temperature.
 
Would you rather have your descendants see
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Tech Corner        
Students from the Agouridis/Lambros team are currently working on an end of the year architecture project which consists of designing and building their own apartment with certain restraints.  You can see in the pictures below how students have gone from designing their units first in their notebook, then using an app called Home Design, and now in the final steps using Easel to measure and cut their walls, windows, and doors using our Carvey machine.  In the end, they will have a 3D scale model of their apartments fully decorated and furnished.  

        


 
   
 
Request from the Skokie-Washurne PTO

Please remember to turn in your  2017 Grand  Food Center  Receipts  to support the Skokie-Washburne PTO (so ultimately our schools!) as well as The  Grand , a fabulous local grocery store.  Please drop off your  Grand   receipts  in the colorfully wrapped boxes labeled " Grand   receipts " located in lobby of each school. Your 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grader can get involved in the process and drop off the  receipts  themselves. The  Grand  generously donates 3% of the pre-tax amount to the PTO on each  receipt collected from their Winnetka or Glencoe stores.

Thank you! 


 
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 mariaperez@winnetka36.org, 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.
 
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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Skokie Student iPad Collection
Starting May 29, 2017, teachers will be checking in with students to verify the condition of their ipads for collection.  iPads are expected to be returned in the same condition they were when distributed at the start of the school year.  Teachers will be checking the condition of the screens and cases.  Students will be charged based on the extent of any damage.  
 
Students are expected to keep their charging cable and charging block for the extent of their time in Winnetka Public Schools.  June 2nd all iPads must remain in school and will be stored and locked in their respective carts.  Charges are based on whether device coverage was obtained or not, see chart below.  Cost to replace a case or a charger is $10 each.
 
 
With Device Coverage
Without Device Coverage
Occurrence
Damaged Device
Lost/Stolen Device
Damaged Device
Lost/Stolen Device
1
No charge
$50
$100
Cost of Device Replacement
 
 
2
$50
$75
$150
Cost of Device Replacement
 
 
3
Cost of Device Replacement
Cost of Device Replacement
$300
Cost of Device Replacement
 
 
*Intentional damage to an iPad will be the full responsibility of the student  
whether they have selected the optional device coverage or not.
 
Washburne Student iPad Collection
Starting May 22, 2017, advisory teachers will be checking in with students to verify the condition of their ipads for collection.  iPads are expected to be returned in the same condition they were  when distributed at the start of the school year.  Teachers will be checking the condition of the screens and cases.  
 
Students will be charged based on the extent of any damage. 7th grade students may keep their charging block and cable for next year, 8th grade students are expected to return their charging cables and charging blocks with their iPads on collection day.  Charges are based on whether device coverage was obtained or not, see chart below. Cost to replace a case or a charger is $10 each.
 
 
With Device Coverage
Without Device Coverage
Occurrence
Damaged Device
Lost/Stolen Device
Damaged Device
Lost/Stolen Device
1
No charge
$50
$100
Cost of Device Replacement
 
 
2
$50
$75
$150
Cost of Device Replacement
 
 
3
Cost of Device Replacement
Cost of Device Replacement
$300
Cost of Device Replacement
 
 
*Intentional damage to an iPad will be the full responsibility of the student  
whether they have selected the optional device coverage or not.
 
 
 
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Skokie Calendar
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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 
Monday, June 5       
        Skokie Field Day
Tuesday, June 6        
         Skokie Field Day (Raindate)

Thursday, June 8         

          Last Day of School - 1/2 Day
                11:50 a.m. Dismissal 
 
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