The Skokie Home Scoop - September 9, 2016

Dear Skokie Families,

It was so wonderful to see so many of you join us for Go To School Night on Wednesday evening.  While it was a toasty evening, it was nice to visit with so many of you, welcome you into our building, and hear how the school year has started for your families.  That evening I spoke about the importance of the partnership that exists between a school and the families it serves.  For our fifth grade families, the transition from the elementary school to Skokie can be a daunting one in that you are graduating from a place which you have called home for five years.  Your family had the luxury of getting to know the staff over a number of years, and potentially see several of your children through its classrooms.  These two years at Skokie are fleeting ones, but nevertheless impactful, as they open the window to a series of pivotal years in a child's life when the most change, even evolution occurs.  

It is important to recognize that Skokie is not a true middle school, despite the fact that we do fall right between our elementaries and Washburne.  Our 5th and 6th graders spend the majority of their school years here between the ages of 10 and 11, and as such we are an upper elementary.  It may seem unimportant to consider whether a middle school or upper elementary is associated with our school; however, it has everything to do with how we design our instruction and what types of expectations and standards are developmentally appropriate for these ages.  Another important consideration is that our students join us at the entree into adolescence.  So many of the new concerns, questions, interests and worries that come with this age can be troubling to address as a parent at times, but are very much a part of our repetoire as Middle School Educators.  Please come to us with your questions and concerns, and engage us in the partnership we so hope to have with you.  As these years are such fleeting ones, it is our hope to form that partnership quickly, knowing that we share a commonality:  wanting the very best for your child.

Please enjoy this weekend together with your families.  We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday!

Most Sincerely,

Kelly Tess 


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The Enrollment Balancing Project in District 36
The District 36 School Board launched an Enrollment Balancing Project in June to study potential solutions to address imbalanced enrollment patterns at the District's elementary schools. Throughout the fall and winter, a Board Advisory Committee comprised of staff, parents, community members, and School Board Members will work toward potential solutions that address the District's enrollment imbalance.

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

To learn more about the role of the Advisory Committee and/or to submit an application for Advisory Committee membership, Click Here
Applications are due no later than noon on September 11, 2016.

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.  

New Keyboarding Program  at The Skokie School for 5th and 6th graders
The Winnetka Public Schools District 36 subscribed to a new typing program, Typing Club . Our subscription is for students in grades K- 6.  Students can login  with their District email address and password via the Typing Clu b link  listed under "Students" on each school's website.  The Resource Center Directors will be introducing students to Typing Club and teaching students to login.  Typing Club is available at school and home. We are encouraging students to practice at home as keyboarding success requires regular practice.  Students can also access Typing Club via this link:

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
September 13, Tuesday 
First Chorus Rehearsal 
Skokie Auditorium -
7:30 a.m. 

September 15, Thursday 
Picture Day  

Skokie Picture Day is Thursday -
Sept. 15th

Click here for Picture Order Form. 
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