Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - April 17, 2023

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Washburne Families,

This Friday is Earth Day, and the students at Washburne will be participating in a variety of activities this week (daily activities listed in the graphic below) to help raise awareness of the ways that the Winnetka community can positively impact the environment and Earth with some small intentional acts. Thank you to the District 36 Green Team for planning these activities.

The warmer weather last week brought an increase in bike traffic to and from school. We have shared the following safety reminders with our students and appreciate your support in helping us reinforce the following practices:

  • walking a motorized scooter or bike on school grounds

  • being respectful to pedestrians while riding on the sidewalk

  • wearing a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard or scooter

  • understanding the importance of following all traffic signals, and

  • walking bikes through crosswalks.

We are grateful for your partnership on this important issue. Please ensure that your student follows safety guidelines when biking to school.

On April 21st, Skokie 6th grade students will visit Washburne to learn more about our school and elective offerings. 7th and 8th grade students will be on field trips or participating in other special activities throughout the day. Please note that the cafeteria will be closed to 7th and 8th graders on this date. Any students who are in the building on this date will need to bring a lunch.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

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Window to Washburne

Welcome to Window to Washburne! Each week, we will be highlighting some of the learning taking place in our classrooms.

The creative writing students have been practicing using figurative language in free verse poems. For their third poem, the students were “flies on the wall,” visiting different locations in the school, such as a KW class, to hone their powers of observation. They also popped into the lunchroom and the library to describe different environments using the five senses. Now the students are in the midst of “Whatever Week,” when they get to choose their genre and topics for five days of writing. Many of the students have chosen to work with a partner and are having a blast writing collaboratively. During Whatever Week, the sky's the limit!

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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.

We're off to an exciting start in trimester 3 in our Computer Science, InnoTech, and CW Broadcasting classes! The students have been actively engaged in taking charge of their learning, discussing and setting classroom norms, and diving into some exciting projects.

In Computer Science, our students have been busy writing code and working on some pretty cool capstone projects by coding their own games. In InnoTech, all students participated in a mini-design challenge using their creative problem-solving to brainstorm ideas for robots that solve a real-world problem and then brought their creations to life in TinkerCAD.

Finally, in CW Broadcasting and Video Production, our students are currently working on creating an About Me video while learning to use editing software WeVideo. It's an exciting time in our STE(A)M classes and with our students stepping up and taking ownership of their learning.

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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.

Save the Date: Incoming 7th Grade Parent Night - April 19th - 6:30 PM

All Skokie 6th grade families are invited to join Dr. Fenton and Mr. Horwitz in the Washbune Little Theater on Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30pm to learn more about Carleton Washburne School and the transition to 7th grade. Parents will have the opportunity to hear about the structures and school experience for Washburne students and ask questions about the school.

8th Grade Graduation Information

All families of 8th grade students should have received a letter containing Washburne Class of 2023 graduation information. Click Here to view that information

Please Click Here to view the message sent out from the graduation committee on April 10th regarding ordering tickets.

For any questions regarding ticketing or troubleshooting, please email

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.

District 36 News

Winnetka Parent Communication Survey: Closes April 28

Please take a moment to participate in this survey to provide us with your feedback around district communication with parents. Extended through April 28, 2023!

Spring 2023 Superintendent Parent Sessions

Learn about the results of the Winnetka Parent Communication Survey and how the District plans to be responsive to the feedback.

Crow Island: May 17, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Greeley: May 8, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Hubbard Woods: May 3, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Skokie/Washburne (Hosted at Washburne): May 17, 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Safety Procedure for Building Visitors

For anyone visiting our school buildings during school hours, we will now be requiring a driver’s license or state ID to be left at the front desk until your guest lanyard is returned. This decision was made in accordance with other safety procedures we are enhancing for the security of our students and staff.

Online Registration has opened for Returning & New Students for the 2023-2024 School Year - Updated information for all families

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now 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 contact District Registrar, Margie Karabas via email ( or phone 847-446-9400, with any questions. Additional information and login to the portal can be found on the District Website - Parent Registration

Safety Procedure for Building Visitors

For anyone visiting our school buildings during school hours, we will now be requiring a driver’s license or state ID to be left at the front desk until your guest lanyard is returned. This decision was made in accordance with other safety procedures we are enhancing for the security of our students and staff.

Earth Week Activities

In recognition of Earth Day, the District’s Green Team has planned themed days the week of April 17-21 to help raise awareness of the ways that the Winnetka community can positively impact the environment and Earth with some small intentional acts. To view more information on each themed day, click here.

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

For Incoming Kindergarten Families

Please save the dates listed below and review this communication for further details . We look forward to welcoming you and your children to our school community!

Kindergarten Open House

Thursday, May 25, 2023

6:15 p.m.- 7:15 pm

This presentation is intended for adults only.

District Office staff will be present to collect any remaining paperwork, proof of residency, original/certified copy of child’s birth certificate and parent drivers license (copied and returned to you).

Kindergarten Connection

Monday, August 21, 2023

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Times will vary by signup

Kindergarten Bus Roundup

Friday, August 25, 2023

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Meet & Greet:

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

10:45a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

First Day of School:

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023 (11:20 a.m. dismissal)

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

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.

Listen here:

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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).

2023 Fees

General (base cost*) and Primary Program

$675 Winnetka residents

$725 Non-residents

*Some General Program classes have an additional supply fee (will be noted in the catalog).

Registration is now open for Winnetka residents.

Adventures in Learning: Animal Care Opportunity

ATTENTION all rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, reptiles, birds and other small animals! Winnetka's Adventures in Learning - Animal Care Class is looking for small animal volunteers to help our students learn about their care. 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.

Follow us on Social Media!

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Facebook and Twitter: @Winnetka36

Instagram: @WinnetkaPublicSchools

Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 17th: IAR Testing

Wednesday, April 19th: Incoming 7th Grade Parent Presentation @ 6:30pm

Friday, April 21st: 6th Grade Shadow Day

Tuesday, April 25th: Board of Education Meeting 7:15pm @ Washburne School