Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - February 13, 2023

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Washburne Families,

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Thank you for making time to connect with our staff during winter conferences this past week. Your collaboration with our teachers is a crucial piece of the student experience at Washburne. We know our staff were excited to share and reflect on the progress made by Washburne students as they continue to demonstrate the characteristics listed in our Portrait of a Graduate.

As we head into spring (hopefully sooner rather than later if the current weather is any indication), we are encouraged by our students’ resilience and look forward to their continued growth and development.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

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New Trier Scheduling Conferences - TODAY!

Thank you to all of our 8th grade families who have signed up for a scheduling conference with New Trier on Monday, February 13th. Parents should enter the school through the gym entrance off the Elm St. parking lot and go directly to the North Gym. If your conference is during school hours, we will send your child to meet you in the gym. If your conference is after school, please bring your child with you. Parents should arrive approximately 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment to ensure that we stay on schedule.

Cafeteria Menu

Parents can see the monthly menus in our cafeteria by clicking HERE. Please feel free to use this menu to plan out your child’s meals.

Skokie/Washburne Dance Marathon

We are counting down the days to the 2023 Dance Marathon on March 3, 2023 from 3:30-5:30pm.

Registration links will be sent in the upcoming weeks, but here are ways that you can help us help the kids:

  • Volunteer with us. Join our Parent Committee to help volunteer at the event and get the community further involved in the dance marathon. For more information, email HERE.

  • We invite your student to be involved. Register your student and “JOIN A TEAM” by their advisory class HERE:

Save the Date: 8th Grade Graduation

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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.

The creative writing students finished their poetry unit and are well into planning their longer fiction stories. They began the unit by learning about the various ways that writers develop characters, such as through actions, dialogue, and thoughts. To playfully practice with the different characterization techniques, groups of students acted out skits demonstrating each method while the class discussed the performances. Some groups got very creative and even made puppets! Currently the students are plotting out their long stories and beginning the drafting process. At the end of the trimester, they will have the opportunity to share their stories with their classmates.

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CW Broadcasting Club Sign-Up Information

The CW Broadcasting Club is open for registration on the District Web Store.

Students! Come and be a part of the CWB Club and produce news segments for our school's YouTube News Channel. Whether you want to be in front of the camera or behind the scenes, there is a role for you! No experience is necessary; all you need is an interest in learning how to produce a news broadcast.

Come join Mr. Selgrat and the crew to build your skills using our professional studio equipment in the Washburne TV Studio. The CW Broadcast Club, Session II will be Wednesdays, after school from 3:30pm - 4:30pm, beginning February 1st, 2023 through May 24th for a total of 16 meetings.

Hope to see you in the TV Studio!

District 36 News

Beverages with the Board

Beverages with the Board is an opportunity for community members to connect with Board Members on a regular basis. Drop in to chat with Emily Rose and Dawn Livingston on topics that impact our school community:

February 14 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Peets Coffee

817 Elm Street in Winnetka

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, click here to view an infographic and click here to visit our updated webpage. Note that the acceleration request form will be open March 6-31. If you have questions about the policy, please contact the Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, Dr. Becky Mathison, at

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:

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:

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 #3:

Supporting Literacy Needs & Fostering a Love of Reading

Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent, is joined by Dr. Becky Mathison, the District’s Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, Ms. Missy Parks, second grade teacher at Crow Island School, and Anna Karwowska, Youth Services Manager of The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library. Topics addressed include how we've seen students' needs evolve following the result of the pandemic, how the District approaches supporting students in their reading skills, and tools that may help parents and caregivers support an interest in reading at home.

Listen here:

Apple Podcast



iHeart Radio

Winnetka Parents Institute

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


From Washburne to New Trier:

A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition

March 7, 2022

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Carleton Washburne School, 515 Hibbard Rd.

Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman Campus, and Lori Worth, 8th Grade Transition Faculty, will discuss the New Trier freshman placement process and the efforts made to ensure a smooth transition to high school. A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience.

Interested: RSVP here.

Learning the Mood Meter- District Implementation of RULER

(District 36 SEL Coaches)

March 14, 2023

Location: Washburne RC

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

Interested: RSVP here

D36 K-8 Math Programming: An Overview

(Dr. Becky Mathison, Director of ITL and District Math Teachers)

March 21, 2023

Location: Washburne RC

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

Interested: RSVP here

Adventures in Learning Summer 2023

The Winnetka Public Schools will offer its Adventures in Learning summer program from June 14th to July 19, 2023. There will be no classes on June 19th or July 4th. Our General Program is designed for students entering 2nd grade through 8th grade and will be held at Washburne School.

Our Primary Program provides activities for children Pre-K (4 years old by June 1st, 2023) and K-1st grade (5 years old by September 1st, 2022) and will be held at Crow Island. Classes will be as varied as wilderness skills, archery, tennis, science, cooking, and many types of crafts​...along with the annual favorite, Animal Care.

Registration will go live in March.


  • READ: Alliance’s Fall/Winter Newsletter

  • REGISTER: Virtual Parent Series: Using Connection, Compassion, and Co-Regulation to Address Challenging Behavior in Young Children with Cari Ebert, February 9, 7-8:30pm

  • REGISTER: Let’s Play! Let’s Play! Winter Woods Exploration Saturday, February 11, 10:00am-12:00pm, Crow Island Woods, 1140 Willow Rd, Winnetka

  • REGISTER: Virtual Parent Series: Attachment and Your Young Child’s Mental Health: How You Can Make a Difference with Kate Blaker and Sarah Eastburg in Conversation with Carly Andrews, February 23, 7pm

Painting our Portrait

We recently launched a new series called “Painting our Portrait,” highlighting each of these areas along with examples of how the Portrait of a Graduate is coming to life in our schools. Follow along on our website, in the Winnetka Wire, and on social media to learn more about how our educators infuse these competencies into our students’ learning experiences.

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

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 20th: Teacher Institute Day - No Student Attendance

Tuesday, February 21st: School Board Meeting @ 7:15pm