June 2023

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A Message from the Superintendent

June 2023

Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

As we conclude our 2022/23 School Year, please take a moment to view this short video. As expressed in my message to you, I wish you an incredible summer and time to rest with your loved one. I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to our Class of 2023 eighth grade graduates. As educators, we are beaming with pride and here to cheer you on as you take your next step to high school.

Thank you to the parents who poured their time and energy into making graduation, the post-graduation party, Skokie 6th grade send-off, 4th grade parties, Field Days, and many other celebratory events so special.

I would also like to recognize our incredible teachers. This week, students said it best:

“They value all of our traits…and make you feel special even if you’re not feeling it yourself.” -5th grader

“I like the vibe here.” -7th grader

“Kindergarten was so awesome…I’m going to miss it every day.” -Kindergartener

“Our teacher is amazing. I have the best teacher in the school!” -5th grader

“I’ll miss my teacher so much.” -Kindergartener

“They never give up on you.” -5th grader

“The teachers appreciate you and support who you are.” -7th grader

(School is) “Crazy cool.” -Kindergartener

“My teachers helped me SO much.” -5th grader

Finally, to our students, you are the “WHY” behind why we come to work each day. We are so very honored to have you at the center of all we do here in The Winnetka Public Schools. We look forward to seeing some of you at Adventures in Learning this summer, and welcoming current and new students back to campus in August. As we say on social media, #youbelonghere! Happy Summer!

Most Sincerely,

Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent of Schools

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Winnetka Voices is a podcast hosted by The Winnetka Public Schools, featuring candid conversations on issues relevant to education and shared resources to support our students and families.

Listen to all seven episodes from our inaugural 2022/2023 season here!

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Registration for the 2023/2024 School Year

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is open for all students (returning and pre-registered). Email notification was sent to the primary contact on record with the District March 17, 2023. Additionally, families will receive notification via regular mail. Contained within the notification is a unique “snapcode” that parents will need to login. Please phone 847-446-9400, with any questions. Additional information and login to the portal can be found on the District website.

Board Meeting Preview

The next School Board meeting will be held at Carleton Washburne School on June 13, 2023. A Work Session will be held a 5 p.m. on information related to the School Improvement Plans. The Regular Meeting is at 7:15 p.m.

The following presentations are on the agenda:

  1. Preliminary FY 2024 Budget

  2. Year-End District Improvement Plan

In-person seating for the public is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To observe via Zoom:


Meeting ID: 880 9070 7037

Passcode: 353337

The meeting will include an opportunity for in-person public comment. Please note, the Board will be following policy 2:230 and limit public comment to three minutes - however, if there is a high volume of public comment, the Board may need to limit the amount of time dedicated to public comment in order to efficiently conduct business. Community members can send communications to board members at board@winnetka36.org which will be individually reviewed by each board member prior to the meeting.

Attention Incoming 2023/2024 Kindergarten Families

Please review this communication for important information and upcoming dates. We look forward to welcoming you and your children to our school community!

If you did not receive this information from the District, please call our office at 847-446-9400.

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

For upcoming events (& videos of past events) with an array of highly-regarded authors, educators, and more, access FAN’s website here.

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

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