Crow Island Parent Newsletter

January 17, 2023

Dear Crow Island Families,

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. This past week, students in all grades reviewed our school-wide expectations of Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. The winter edition included recess expectations around winter gear and snow as well. As always, students did a wonderful job listening and participating. The staff volunteers on our Social Emotional Learning Committee did a nice job planning and facilitating the student conversations.

With the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day we had staff take on a variety of classroom projects and conversations. For example, during technology class that takes place weekly, with Mrs. Banas and Ms. Maneck, 1st graders read "Martin's Big Words" and are completing a project using their iPad and tech tools to explain how they are unique and special.

Stay well,


  • Wednesday, January 25th: 3rd Grade Pioneer Room Open house 9-10am & 7-8pm
  • Thursday, February 9th: No School Conferences
  • Friday, February 10th: No School Conferences
  • Monday, February 20th: Non-Attendance day for students

Math Elementary Core Values ~ Perseverance

In an elementary Winnetka classroom, mistakes are embraced as an essential and expected part of the learning process. Brain research shows that children learn at the highest level when they come to an understanding of their own mistakes. Therefore, mistakes are always seen as an opportunity. This shift in thinking helps cultivate curiosity and reflection, as well as, reduce math anxiety. Perseverance, persistent effort to make sense of a problem, is another value in our classrooms and a key to mathematical achievement. Flexibility, curiosity, and a growth mindset are all components of perseverance we strive to model and cultivate in our students. This goal of our instruction shapes our responses to student work, thinking, and attitudes. Students are often asked to reflect on their work or a classmate’s work, to see if they can understand a different strategy or revise their thinking. A student’s ability to persevere is a key factor for their mathematical growth and achievement in the long run. We strive to cultivate this mindset early on in their journey.

Pokemon Club Starts Tuesday:

Pokemon Club will start at Crow island on Tuesday morning at 8:10am

  • When: Tuesday @8:10-8:30 am, beginning Jan 10
  • Who: 1st-4th graders
  • Where: Downstairs lunchroom. Students will get dropped off or arrive in the front circle drive.
  • What: come show your cards to students of all grades and battle your decks! NO trading of cards will be permitted due to issues in the past. Cards must be kept in students’ backpacks for the rest of the school day.

Questions you can contact Mr. Medina (

Winter MAP 2023 Testing

We are approaching our second testing window for the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test, which will take place at Crow Island on January 18th (Math) and January 19 (reading) for third and fourth grade.

Similar to the fall, all students in Grades 3 - 8 will take one reading test and one math test. The MAP Assessment is designed to measure a student’s achievement level at different times of the school year and compute growth over time. MAP is a computer-adaptive test, which means every student receives a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. This provides a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level.

The purpose of the second testing session is to provide teachers with midyear progress data that will help inform their instruction as they move forward into the school year. Winter student reports are not sent home. Student reports are sent home at the end of the school year with fall to spring growth measures. Additional information on the MAP Assessment may be found on our district website in the Assessment Section of ITL. If you need further information on your child’s testing session please contact your building principal.

Winnetka Public Schools Foundation's Annual Carlson Event on January 26

YOU ARE INVITED to an evening you won't want to miss...

Winnetka Public Schools Foundation's Annual Carlson Event

Thursday, January 26, 2023

7pm - 9pm

Winnetka Community House, Garden Room

The annual Carlson Event is a lively, interactive evening that provides an opportunity for D36 parents and community members to see the Foundation grants in action.

The Foundation is excited to host a panel of D36 educators who will speak about significant grants which are funding professional development on two hot topics for all K-8 teachers. K-4 teachers received training from the Reading League on the “Science of Reading”, and 5-8 teachers received training from the Buck Institute on “Project Based Learning”. Attendees will learn about these important training investments and their current impact on students in the classroom.

Join us and bring your friends for conversation, a glass of wine, and delicious hors d'oeuvres! All are welcome for this free community event.

Please RSVP to

For more information about the Foundation, go to

This complimentary event is sponsored by a generous gift left to the Foundation in 2002 by Charlotte Carlson, a long-time educator in the Winnetka Public Schools.

Winnetka Parents Institute

The District is offering an array of upcoming educational sessions for families and community members. Click here for a complete list of session dates and more information.

Introduction to Kindergarten in The Winnetka Public Schools

Tuesday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Greeley School

275 Fairview Avenue


This informational session is intended for Winnetka parents of preschool students who will be attending The Winnetka Public Schools. Parents will learn more about the support and services that the District provides to current preschool students attending local preschool programming. Additionally, families will receive a preview of:

  • The transition-to-Kindergarten process by Crow Island, Greeley and Hubbard Woods Principals,

  • The resources available to families from the Department of Student Services, Equity and Inclusion

  • Details on Kindergarten Connection that will occur in summer 2023

  • Highlights of a typical kindergarten day in The Winnetka Public Schools

We look forward to meeting new families at this event!

Acceleration in Winnetka 36

January 25, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

The Skokie School Community Room

Director of Innovation, Teaching, and Learning Dr. Becky Mathison will host this information session about the acceleration policy. The content will include a review of the purpose of the acceleration policy and a preview of updated procedures this year. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on specific components including the initial request form.


January 25, 2023

10:00-11:00 AM

RSVP here.

Parent Education Sessions from District Partner Family Action Network (FAN):

For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.

Online Registration Open for Incoming Kindergarteners & New Students for the 2023-2024 School Year

Registration for incoming kindergarteners and students new to The Winnetka Public Schools in 2023-2024 is now open on the District website and via Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2023, are eligible to enroll.

The new student registration process is completed in three steps:

  1. Complete new student pre-registration forms online beginning November 16, 2022.

  2. Provide the original or certified copy of your child(ren)'s birth certificate and a parent photo ID. The certified copy can be submitted in person at the District Office. If you have the original birth certificate, you may bring it to the District Office to be photocopied. The District Office is at 1235 Oak St., Winnetka.

  3. Provide proof of residency and paper registration forms. For your convenience, all required residency documents may be uploaded during online registration. Click here to view the list of documents that will meet these requirements as well as the other forms required for registration (Registration Forms & Information).

Children will not be considered enrolled until both the online and paper portion of registration has been completed and residency documentation is verified. If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400.

Stay & Play Registration

Kindergarten students who are not currently enrolled in Stay & Play will have the opportunity to register for the 2nd half of the year after 8:00 am January 9th through this link. Please note that the registration period ends January 31, 2023 and will remain closed for the remainder of the year. The rates are prorated below. If you attempt to register before the 9th, you will receive an Item Unavailable message. After purchasing Kindergarten Stay & Play registration, your child will be able to begin their attendance in the program the following Monday so the schools can plan accordingly.

Text-for-Help Available to Support Student Safety & Well-Being

Text-for-Help is is intended to provide confidential support to students at school. This resource is available 24/7, 365 days a year, completely anonymous, and staffed by fully-licensed counselors on the other end. Based on the students’ needs and preferences, a counselor will then direct the user to further assistance.

For further details about the tool, please review this recent Winnetka Parents Institute Session.

Follow us on Social Media!

Please follow the District via the following social media platforms in order to see day-to-day happenings and more.

Facebook and Twitter: @Winnetka36

Instagram: @WinnetkaPublicSchools