April 2019

The Winnetka Wire
Monthly News from The Winnetka Public Schools
Superintendent's Message

Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

Last week, the District was honored that two of our long-time educators were named Winnetka's Educator of the Year (Assistant Superintendent Daniel Ryan) & Man of the Year (Washburne KW teacher & coach Victor Cooper) at the Annual Winnetka  Chamber of Commerce Recognition Lunch. It was also very exciting to see a D36 alum, Marzuk Rashid, named Youth Achievement Honoree for his work with Binary Heart, a NTHS student organization that refurbishes tech devices for those in need. These individuals exemplify a dedication to leadership and service beyond themselves and have collectively impacted many lives in Winnetka and beyond.

While accepting his award for Man of the Year, Mr. Cooper shared, "Our teachers believe in our children, they believe in progressive education, they believe in experiential learning, they believe in the whole child...that is what this community is about...it is all about children." Dr. Ryan recognized, "The progressive education Carleton Washburne initiated 100 years ago still stands today...we are dedicated to what is best for children." As he thanked the Winnetka community, he encouraged us to continue the interchange of ideas, instilling democratic values in our students.

As the community moves forward post referendum, it is evident that there is a desire to continue to work together. Our community values our schools, as amplified at the recent Chamber event.  In District 36, we remain committed to excellence, collaborative problem-solving, modeling civil discourse for our students, and fostering positive connections within our community. We celebrate our long history of partnering with you, and we intend to move forward in a positive and productive manner.

Sinc erely,
Dr. Trisha Kocanda
Board Meeting Preview
The next School Board Meeting will be held at Hubbard Woods School on Tuesday, April 23. The first Regular Meeting at 7:15 p.m. will be the final meeting for Board Members Matt Hulsizer, Jennifer Pehlke, and President Kristen Hertel. After that brief meeting, the new Board Members will be seated at the Board's Organizational Meeting at 7:30 p.m. New Board Members Maxie Clarke, Megan Panje-Wilson, and Emily Rose will take the Oath of Office. The final meeting of the night will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. and include the following presentation on the agenda:
1. Post Referendum Report
The Board welcomes public comment at meetings. Each speaker is given three minutes to speak.  The speaker will be notified when the time limit is reached. Please note, the Board uses this time to listen to community questions and concerns, but will not respond immediately to individual requests and cannot take formal action on non-agenda items.  

In partnership with the New Trier Township Schools, the Apple Store at Old Orchard is offering an exclusive event for our parents/guardians. Space is limited to 15 per session. Please sign up for only one session.
All sessions are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. If you can't make one of the sessions, the Apple creatives are always willing to help, just schedule a time to meet with them one on one.  RSVP here.

RSVP for the  A to Zzz'a of Sleep Training Individuals with Autism  here .

Inquiry Based Learning:
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Skokie School Community Room
Join Assistant Superintendent Dr. Daniel Ryan and Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning Barry Rodgers for an informational session on Inquiry Based Learning. Inquiry builds upon Winnetka's rich tradition of progressive education by harnessing students' natural curiosity to facilitate higher levels of engagement and understanding.
RSVP here.

From our partner, The Alliance for Early Childhood:
The Alliance for Early Childhood is a collaborative, community organization that supports and guides families and educators to nurture the healthy, well-rounded development of children from birth to eight years old.  As a community, we can "put the child back in childhood" and build a strong developmental foundation for our children's lifelong learning, accomplishment, and joy. We hope you can join us at the following programs that are free and open to the public:

Parent Program: Before There Was STEM There Was Nature
Tuesday, April 30, The Skokie School, Winnetka 
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 
Click  here to RSVP.  
There is growing research showing that nature is beneficial for children and their brains.  Spending time in nature enhances physical, cognitive, emotional, and social growth. Parents will come away empowered with concrete, easy, and developmentally appropriate ways to reconnect their children with nature. Presented by Marilyn Brink, M.Ed., Brookfield Zoo, and Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D., OTR/L, Kid Links Unlimited, Inc.

Family Event: Let's Play! Loose Parts
Saturday, May 4, Clarkson Park, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
Click  here for more information.
Unplug and connect to engage in creative, imaginative, and enriching free-play with your family.  

Kindergarten pre-registration for 2019-2020 is now open. Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, are eligible to enroll. The District's Kindergarten Committee and Central PTO unanimously approved shifting to an online process versus an on-site process. This shift minimizes the time needed to pre-register and respects the busy schedules of our families.  

The Registration process is completed in two steps:
  1. Complete an online pre-registration form
  2. Provide proof of residency (documents can be uploaded online): child(ren)'s original birth certificate and a parent photo ID will need to be provided in person. Opportunities to do so will be made available in Spring 2019.  The list of documents that will meet these requirements is here.
If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400.

A webpage dedicated to Redistricting will continue to be updated regularly: www.winnetka36.org/redistricting_in_D36.
In the News
Winnetka Talk covered a special visit from NYC artist, Marco Santi, to Hubbard Woods, where he spent the day with students. The Winnetka Current ran a story on the recent Chamber of Commerce Recognition Luncheon, where two D36 educators were honored.

Adventures in Learning 2019 runs from June 17th-July 19th, 2019. There is no camp on July 4th. A decades-long tradition, this summer program includes classes as varied as Rock Guitar Band, Life Around the World, Zany Art Explosions, Drone Flight School, Camping Adventures, Make Your Own Music Video, Adventures in STEAM, Archery, The Wacky World of Water, Kitchen Magicians, Programming and Robotics, Tennis, Computer Animation, Improvisation, Yoga for Kids, Animal Care, Purposeful Repurposing and Spa-Licious to name a few!

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.

This year's program will be held at Washburne for the 2nd-8th graders and Hubbard Woods for the Pre-K (4 years old by June 1st, 2019), K Primary program (5 years old by September 1st, 2019) and 1st grade program.

Registration is available via www.winnetka36.org/adventures.

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Winter in  District 36...

Greeley students are studying civil rights and participated in a march to advocate for causes of their choice, such as being kind to animals and 
stopping littering.

 In March, street artist and designer Marco Santini visited Hubbard Woods. The same artist who has created murals throughout New York City, recently collaborated with Bloomingdales, and has seen his work featured at SXSW and Miami's Art Basel, spent the day working with students on a mural for their Spring Sing. The visit inspired both students and educators.

Crow Island students engaging in a World Language activity.

Carleton Washburne Science students collaborating on  an experiment.

Crow Island students finished their economy 
unit and used the money 
to purchase items at The Grand to donate to the 
New Trier Township
food pantry.

Thanks to all of the participants and volunteers who helped make the 
Jungle Jog a success!

Welcoming new Kindergarten families at the Transition to Kindergarten event in D36 this week, along with our partners at 
The Alliance for Early Childhood.

From the Archives...

D36 students are pictured 
in these vintage images.

View the goals along with an updated version of the District's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan here.

For a list of upcoming FAN speaker 
series events, 

The Winnetka Public Schools community empowers every student 
to flourish in an innovativeexperiential environment. 
We support and challenge all learners
 to actively engage in their continual growth and achievement 
to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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