Greeley Greeting

Monday, August 29, 2022

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A Message from the Principals

Dear Families,

It is with great joy that we celebrate the start of the new school year! It was a pleasure to welcome children and families to our school on a bright, Wednesday morning. Our teachers and greater school staff have immediately sought to engage students in learning and meaningful community-building. A special thank you goes out to our PTOs for partnering with us this past week.

Each week, our schools will send home a newsletter such as this via email. These newsletters are typically sent on Mondays, or the first day of the school week. They will contain important information from your child’s specific elementary school, district-wide updates, and news about joint efforts between our three elementary schools. For this reason, many weeks will include a joint letter from the elementary school principal team. Communication specific to your child’s classroom will be communicated by their individual teacher.

Lastly, we want to encourage parents and caregivers to mark their calendars for our Go-to-School Night on Thursday, September 15th (6:00 - 7:30pm). A more detailed communication sharing the structure and specific times of the evening will be coming soon.

Thank you for partnering with our schools with the common goal of providing an exceptional learning environment for our students.


Beth Carmody, Hubbard Woods

Luke Livingston, Crow Island

Joshua Swanner, Greeley

Outdoor Safety


  • For the safety of community members, dogs are not allowed on the immediate sidewalk around Greeley. If you are walking with your dog(s), you must be across the street.
  • Everyone should be crossing the street using the crosswalks. Please join our staff in reminding children that is it unsafe to cross the street anywhere except the designated crosswalks.
  • Last Name Pickup Signs - please affix the sign to your visor or dashboard. These signs make pickup run faster and smoother for everyone.

Strings Announcement

Attention ALL current 2nd grade Crow, Greeley, Hubbard Woods students and families:

At each elementary school next week, your child will be introduced to the string instruments that they can learn to play right at school: violin, viola, or cello.


Please come to the Washburne cafeteria on Wednesday, September 7 anytime between 4 and 6:30 p.m. to sign your child up for the instrument of their choosing as well as the required equipment and music books they will need.

For RETURNING STUDENTS who took lessons last year:

If your instrument is too small, please wait until your first lesson to be remeasured. Please DO NOT come to Washburne on 9/7!

For any questions, please contact:
Greeley/Hubbard Woods: Yue Cai

Crow Island: Sheryl Nussbaum

Downsized Capital Improvement Plan

At the August 16 Meeting, the School Board approved a resolution to move forward with placing the $59.4MM referendum on the November 8, 2022 ballot. If this referendum should pass, it would fund the following work at our schools:

  • Updated safety components, including secure entry vestibules

  • Upgraded HVAC systems to improve air quality, air flow, temperature control and energy efficiency

  • Accessibility for all students, staff and visitors that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Electrical wiring and panel upgrades to support technology and improve energy efficiency

  • Plumbing replacements to address fixtures that have reached the end of their useful life

  • The addition of a multipurpose room/cafeteria at Hubbard Woods

  • Removal of the temporary trailers at Crow Island and the subsequent addition of three permanent classrooms

  • ​​Repurposing of the current gym to serve as a multipurpose room/cafeteria and the subsequent addition of a gym at Crow Island

  • Extension of the useful life of existing facilities and proactive reduction of costly emergency repairs

This letter from the Board and Superintendent was shared on Wednesday, August 17 with the community.

To view the presentation video, please click here.

To view the presentation slides, please click here.

In an effort to ensure that our community is well-informed, we look forward to hosting Informational Sessions on the following dates (all are welcome):


Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. (Zoom details to follow)

In person:

Weds., Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. (Crow Island--followed by tour)

Sat., Oct. 8 from 9-10 a.m. (Hubbard Woods--followed by tour)

Monday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m. (Crow Island)

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Hubbard--followed by tour)

Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. (Crow)


Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon (Zoom details to follow)

Insurance for Student Devices (Deadline is September 2, 2022)

Students in grades K-8 have the option of purchasing iPad coverage at a cost of $25, for accidental damage or a lost/stolen device. Click here for cost comparison. Coverage may be purchased up until the end of the day on Friday, September 2, 2022. After that date it will no longer be available for current students to purchase. Click here to sign up.

Bus Registration Re-Opens on September 6

If you have not registered and paid for the bus yet for this school year there is still time to do so. Registration for bus service will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th. An email will be sent with the link to register your child along with the bus routes and stops.

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

For upcoming events, 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

About Us

School Hours:

8:30am | Doors open

8:37am | School promptly begins

2:10pm | Extended day kindergarten dismissal

2:45pm | Early Release (MONDAY ONLY)

3:15pm | Grades 1-4 & Extended play kindergarten dismissal