The Skokie Home Scoop - September 16, 2016

Dear Skokie Families,

As the school year begins to move ahead full steam, I know there are a few things that you may be wanting more information on as we head into the Fall.  Over the last two years, Skokie has greatly increased its after school offerings for students based on a growing interest in staying connected to the building, our staff, and the activities we can make available to our students.  This year, our district was able to transition what had been a paper/pencil version of tracking registration, attendance and payment to a more streamlined online process.  At this time, only After School Sports, Climbing Club and Cross Country are up and running, but I wanted to update everyone on the progress of the others, as many have inquired.  Teachers are now able to put in the information necessary to get clubs started, which means we are that much closer to offering online registration for our other clubs.  Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for a registration link.

Additionally, you all know that this year is a pilot year for a new schedule model.  We look forward to involving students, staff and parents in the collection of feedback as we move through the pilot as we explore the benefits and shortcomings of a new use of our instructional day.  As a means of providing some initial background on the pilot, we have put together some helpful information that can be accessed by clicking here.  This link will also be available on our Skokie website for future access as a resource.  Some of the new features in this piloted schedule model a value of student voice, interest and the curiosity that most inspires authentic learning.  The idea to explore a new model came about with inspiration from our district's shared vision and the challenge to be innovative in providing meaningful and experiential learning opportunities for our students.  

As you head into the weekend, ask your 5th or 6th grader what they have most enjoyed about the start of this school year, and what they are most looking forward to.  Enjoy the beautiful weather and the time together with your families.

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess


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The Enrollment Balancing Project in District 36

Please share input on what you would like considered throughout the Enrollment Balancing Project decision-making process via a short survey, available at . This survey will be open through September 18. Visit the District's website for more information on The Enrollment Balancing Project: .

Mobile Learning Initiative (MLI) Device Coverage 
for accidental damage or loss  

We encourage parents to purchase device coverage for student iPads $25/year. If you missed purchasing Device Coverage at registration, you may still purchase coverage through September 30th.  Cash/check payments can be dropped off with your school secretary or at the District Office.  

Curriculum Summaries

The Department of Innovation, Teaching and Learning would like to make you aware that curriculum summaries that are on the District website.  For each grade level the summaries contain:
  1. Content Area Information (Math, LA, Science and Social Studies)
  2. Related Studies/Specials (including SEL)
  3. Other support services (ex: Resource Center)

Parent Education Opportunity

The Wilmette Public Schools District 39 invites the District 36 community to The Mindset Revolution: Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset, with Stanford University's Jo Boaler and Cathy Williams, on Thursday, September 29 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Skokie After School Activities 
We are pleased and excited to be offering, for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, our After School Sports Club for fifth and sixth graders, Skokie Climbing Club, and participation on the Washburne Cross Country Team for 6th graders. 
Click here for more information and directions on
how to sign-up for these clubs.

Saturday, November 5th, 8:00am

This year, Skokie will be hosting its third annual 5K, The Skokie Shuffle.  We've moved it up from the Spring and into the Fall!  Click on the link below to register.  We welcome all walkers and runners for a fun event, and a great way to come together as a school community!

Click here to register for The Skokie Shuffle

Skokie Calendar
October 3, Monday  
October 12, Wednesday  
October 13, Thursday  
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If your child was absent  on Picture Day  - 
Picture Retake Day
is Thursday,   
October 13th.
Click here for Picture Order Form. 
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