Monday Memo - April 3, 2023
We hope everyone had a safe and restful spring break. We’re looking forward to an exciting Spring, full of learning and fun school events for students and families. As students return to Washburne today, we understand that safety is on the minds of many of our families. We wanted to share this letter that Superintendent Tess shared with all D36 families yesterday, and thank you again for your partnership in creating a safe and welcoming community at Washburne.
Next week, Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing will begin at Washburne. Students will be testing on Tuesday, April 11th, Friday, April 14th, and Monday, April 17th.
Take Care and Be Well,
Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz
Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal
Washburne Track and Field Starts Tomorrow 4/4
All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are welcome to join us to train and compete in the various track and field events. Students can choose to run sprints, distance races, and/or different field events. Practices are Tuesdays through Fridays from 3:30-4:30. Attendance is not required all four days of the week. We will have a meet against other schools once a week. The first day of practice is set for Tuesday, April 4. We will plan to meet in the back field between Washburne and Skokie.
Registration is open, please click here to register.If you have questions, please reach out to Andy Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trimester 2 Report Cards Available in Powerschool
Window to Washburne
The 2024 election is over a year away, but it was campaign season at Washburne prior to break. No, the students were not advocating for any political candidates, but rather they were campaigning for their favorite scientists. All 7th graders researched scientists to determine whom we should name our science labs after. To answer this question, students developed criteria for naming a building, conducted research, and created campaigns to persuade their classmates in favor of a particular scientist. On Thursday, March 23rd, students gathered in the Little Theater to present their work to their classmates.
Kudos to our science teachers and our 7th graders for such an innovative project.
What's Happening in Related Studies
Save the Date: Incoming 7th Grade Parent Night - April 19th - 6:30 PM
Information for 8th Grade Families
8th Grade Families should also make note of this upcoming event (see flyer below) available to parents of incoming freshman:
2023-24 School Supply Kits
Washburne has again partnered with 1st Day School Supplies so that families have the option of ordering a school supply kit for the next school year. The supplies included the kit have been chosen by Washburne teachers and administration for each grade and should provide your student with everything they need for the upcoming year. The final deadline for ordering school supplies through 1st Day is July 1st. Supply kits will be sent to your home and teachers will let students when to bring supplies into school at the start of the new school year. Please click here to order your school supplies through 1st Day.
Families are also welcome to purchase school supplies on their own, and can use the 2023-24 school supply list that will be posted on the Washburne Website in April.
What’s Happening in Related Studies
In this section we will be shining the spotlight on our Related Studies program and all the wonderful opportunities available to our Washburne students.
Bike Safety Reminder
As the weather warms up, we know that many of our students will return to biking or walking to school. Thank you in advance to our families for helping us reinforce the following practices:
understanding the importance of using caution and following all traffic signals
wearing a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard or scooter
walking a motorized scooter or bike on school grounds
being respectful to pedestrians while riding on the sidewalk, and
walking bikes through crosswalks.
We are grateful for your partnership on this important issue. Last year, Washburne students worked collaboratively with Skokie students to create this bike safety pledge. Please ensure that your student follows safety guidelines when biking to school.
District 36 News
Online Registration has opened for Returning & New Students for the 2023-2024 School Year - Updated information for all families
Safety Procedure for Building Visitors
Winnetka Voices Podcast Episodes
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.
NEW! Episode #5
Progressive Education: 100+ Years Strong in Winnetka
Dr. Kelly Tess speaks to School Board President Emily Rose, Crow Island Kindergarten teacher Melissa Brody (both of whom are alumni of The Winnetka Public Schools) and Tom Flemma, Head of School at North Shore Country Day, a private school in Winnetka with a unique shared history in progressive education. Throughout the episode, learn about the unique legacy of Progressive Education in Winnetka, and how our public and private institutions uphold our commitment to experiential learning. “I hope we continue to push ourselves to be a lighthouse of a District….the future is bright,” says Ms. Rose.
Earth Week Activities
Winnetka Parents Institute
Differentiation: What is it? What does it look like in D36?
Dr. Becky Mathison (Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning)
April 19, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: SK Community Room
During this session Dr. Becky Mathison, Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, alongside a team of educators from the District will provide an overview of what differentiation is, how it is implemented in D36 classrooms, explain how the approach aligns to progressive education and the portrait of a graduate, and ways to support your student at home. This session will feature a panel of D36 educators.
Interested: RSVP here
Adventures in Learning Summer 2023
Adventures in Learning 2023 runs from June 14th-July 19th, 2023.
No camp on June 19th or July 4th.
A decades-long tradition, this summer program includes classes as varied as Athlete's Club, Razzle Dazzle Science Magic, Recyclable Art,Basket Weaving, Camping Adventures, Make Your Own Music Video, Adventures in STEAM, Archery, Computer Animation, Greek Mythology Drama, Coding, Yoga for Kids, AIL Action News (New for 2023), Animal Care,and Spa-Liscious to name a few!
Students in grades 2-8 may choose up to four classes from over 60 options. Younger children (pre-Kindergarten through grade 1) will explore our progressive educational concepts through guided play and outdoor activities.
This year's program will again be held at Washburne for the 2nd-8th graders and Crow Island for the Pre-K (4 years old by June 1st, 2023)and K Primary program (5 years old by September 1st, 2023).
General (base cost*) and Primary Program
$675 Winnetka residents
*Some General Program classes have an additional supply fee (will be noted in the catalog).
Registration is now open for Winnetka residents.
A Message from The Winnetka Public Schools, the Village, and The Winnetka Police Department
Working in Winnetka 36:
Winnetka 36 is always looking for great candidates when there are openings and we appreciate referrals encouraging them to apply.
Here’s a link to our current openings: https://www.applitrack.com/winnetka36/onlineapp/default.aspx
We also get questions about the necessary steps on how to become a substitute teacher and thought we would share how to do that on the bottom of the document: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/how-become-sub-teacher.pdf
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
Acceleration Policy Information
The Accelerated Placement Act requires Illinois public school districts to adopt and implement policies on acceleration that provide opportunities for single subject and grade level acceleration. To learn more about District 36’s acceleration policy implementation visit the following links: acceleration infographic and updated webpage which includes a link to the application form. The request window closed on Friday, March 31.
Friday, April 7th: No School - Good Friday
Wednesday, April 19th: Incoming 7th Grade Parent Presentation @ 6:30pm
Tuesday, April 25th: Board of Education Meeting 7:15pm @ Washburne School