The Skokie Home Scoop

May 9, 2022

Dear Skokie Community,

We hope all of you moms out there had a lovely Mother’s Day! Thank you from our entire Skokie Staff for making Teacher Appreciation Week so special for us. The community really went all out, and we greatly appreciate your generosity and kindness.

There are several things happening at Skokie this week that we wanted you to be sure to you have information about:


  • Students will be taking the MAP Reading test during their morning academic block. Here are some helpful ways to prepare your child for the MAP test:

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  • Cadet and Jazz Band Performance (5th Graders and Jazz Band Members) 7:30 p.m., Skokie Auditorium


  • On Wednesday, we will hold an all school assembly during advisory. During the assembly, our Lions of Leadership Club will share how much money the school raised during our Ukraine fundraiser. Ms. Weir and Mr. Joynt will review some schoolwide expectations, such as how to act in our hallways and at lunchtime. We will also discuss the “why” behind these expectations, honing in on how we can spread kindness and help all school community members feel respected. Finally, our Skokie Chorus will perform our new Skokie Song, which a group of students wrote and composed as a gift to Skokie for its 100th birthday.


  • Speaking of our Skokie Chorus, they will perform on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Skokie Auditorium.

Let’s make it a great week!

Betty Weir and Larry Joynt

Skokie Principal and Assistant Principal

KW Uniforms for Next Year's 6th Graders

Next year, our 6th Graders will begin wearing KW uniforms again. We are partnering with an online vendor, and they have several order windows that will be open for you. Parents can order in May or June, and then the uniforms will arrive at school in August. You can order in August, however it means that your child’s uniform will not arrive until late September or early October. We recommend you order in May or June to ensure your child’s uniform arrives by the beginning of the school year. Please use this link to order.

May 1-15

June 1-15

August 1-September 15

**All orders arrive 3 weeks after the ordering window closes.

PLEASE NOTE: KW Uniforms are needed for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders only. Only shorts and shirt are required. Sweatshirt and sweatpants are optional.

5th-8th Grade Orchestra Concert Photos

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, May 10: MAP Testing in AM

  • Tuesday, May 10: Cadet and Jazz Band Performance (5th Graders and Jazz Band Members) 7:30 p.m., Skokie Auditorium

  • Thursday, May 12: Skokie Choral Showcase, 7:00 p.m., Skokie Auditorium

  • Tuesday, May 17: MAP Testing in AM

  • Friday, May 20: 6th Grade Talent Show 2:30-3:30

  • Friday, May 27: Half Day of Student Attendance in AM/Skokie Carnival 10:30-11:30

District News

Dr. Kelly Tess Named Next Superintendent of The Winnetka Public Schools

At a Special School Board meeting on May 5, Dr. Kelly Tess was named the incoming Superintendent as of July 1, 2022. Click here for a letter from the School Board. Dr. Tess shared this letter and video with our school community on May 6.

2022-2023 Online Registration for New and Returning Students is Now Open

Registration information for next year was sent via regular mail and email this week. Look for these materials in your mailbox and inbox. Once you receive this information, you may contact District Registrar, Carolin Huh, at 847-446-9400 or, if you have any registration questions, or did not receive notification.

Please register early! Parents are asked to complete registration at their earliest convenience to help inform planning for the 2022-2023 school year.

Bike Safety Initiatives

As we enjoy more spring-like weather, more students will be riding bikes and walking to school. The District and Winnetka Police Department recently sent this letter to our school community on Bike Safety efforts.

In the letter, we shared information on safety pledges for students, safe route maps for each elementary school, and noted we are reintroducing the elementary “Bike Rodeo” event for second grade, hosted collaboratively with Scout Troop 20, Green Bay Cycles, and our school PTOs on the following dates:

  • Hubbard Woods: Wed, 5/11, 4:00pm (5/12 rain date)

  • Crow Island: Wed, 5/18, 4:00pm (5/19 rain date). The Winnetka Police will be present at this particular event for community engagement and photo opportunities.

At this event, second grade students will learn basic guidance about proper bike and helmet use. If your family is unable to attend the event at your child(ren)’s home school, you are welcome to attend another event.

Animal Care Opportunity

ATTENTION all lovers of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, reptiles, birds and other small animals! Winnetka's Adventures in Learning/AnimalCare Class is back this summer. If your child's small animal is due for a brief break this summer, please email Anna at If it is time to pass your pet on to another loving family, we can also try to arrange adoptions.

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

For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.