The Skokie Home Scoop - June 2, 2017 

Dear Skokie Families,

If you found yourself walking in or around The Skokie School this week, you would have seen a student or two dressed in a toga (our 6th graders) or colonial garb (our 5th graders).  Well before the bell rang to start the day this morning, our front lawn was a flurry of activity with students pitching in to carry out tables and props, setting up our annual 5th grade Colonial Faire.  I have to say, this year's costumes may be among the best that I've seen.  Better yet, we had a high number of parents join us to peruse the faire and visit booths like the Blacksmith, the Apothecary or the Milliner.  Talking to one of our 5th graders, you would have been taken back in time as they shared their Colonial story with you and the role of their job in the community.  Inside, we had numerous 6th graders donning togas as they wrap up their Greek and Roman units.  It's not often that you hear a student shout down the hall to their friend, "Wait up, I need to fix my toga!"

These hands-on, experiential opportunities that we provide our students with the memory-making moments they will carry with them.  It is often moments like these that inspire a child to become a teacher some day, as the experience alone reached a side of them as a learner that they had never before recognized or appreciated.  From the Pioneer Room, to the Colonial Faire to a realistic Civil Re-enactment at Washburne, Winnetka makes history come alive for its students and inspires them to think creatively about their own learning.  

Enjoy this final weekend of the school year before summer hits.  As you head into it, take a moment to ask your fifth or sixth grader what some of their favorite memories of the school year have been and why.  We look forward to our final four and a half days together next week, and wish you all a relaxing weekend together with your families.

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess

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Skokie Field Day - Monday, June 5

Field Day Reminders:
  • Students and volunteers are encouraged to sport their green and white to show school spirit!
  • Apply sunscreen before school.
  • Colored hairspray is okay, but must be applied before school, off school grounds.
  • No face paint allowed.
  • Bathing suits can be worn under clothing, but shirt and shorts must be worn at all times.
  • Wear old athletic shoes for morning activities (water is involved).
  • Bring an extra set of dry clothes and shoes for afternoon activities.
Festive BBQ lunch will be served by Grand Foods - burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers.

The day will conclude with Memory Book signing!

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

Tech Corner        
Minecraft is one of the world's most popular games, but did you know it is also educational?  Students at The Skokie School have used Minecraft for learning in a variety of ways this year.  Some examples include: building a colonial village, building social pyramids and recreating different historical landmarks.  Take a look at the picture below to see a group of 6th graders working on building pyramids after studying Egypt.   
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, 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.
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Skokie Calendar
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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