Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - October 24, 2022

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Washburne Families,

We hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather this weekend. Please CLICK HERE to read the safety and security updates we shared last week. Our staff will be working with students this week as we help them manage these changes.

As a reminder, if you are considering other high schools besides New Trier, there is a common Winnetka Teacher feedback form that parents need to sign and return the first page to Jen Pistorius ( in the Washburne Office to begin this process.

You can then send the Common Teacher Feedback Form, Linked Here, to each teacher.

Students are welcome to dress up for Halloween on Monday, October 31st.

Students who choose to dress up need to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Students may not wear a mask that is part of a costume. A health and safety mask is okay.
  • All costumes should reflect good taste and common sense. Nothing deemed inappropriate by our regular dress code will be acceptable.
  • Weapons of any nature are not acceptable. This includes toy guns, knives, sticks, swords, etc.
  • Students will be in their costumes for the entire day, so it should be comfortable for them to wear.

Thank you as always for your collaboration and partnership.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

Window to Washburne

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

We are fortunate to have access to some incredible resources within the Winnetka community, and our staff do an outstanding job of creating partnerships to bring these resources to our students. One such partnership has been our Resource Center Director, Katie Nelson, and the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library. Once a month, Maddy Belk, Youth Services Librarian with the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library visits Washburne during lunch periods to promote Anime and Manga activities for interested students. This past week, students were able to discuss their favorite anime characters while creating magnets like the ones pictured below.

Kudos to Ms. Nelson and Ms. Belk for creating such a wonderful partnership for our students.

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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 Washburne String Orchestra, (7th/8th grade) has had a great start to the school year. Rehearsals are going well as we continue preparations on the music for our December concert.

On October 5th, several Orchestra members submitted video auditions for the ILMEA Honors Orchestra. I'm proud to announce that four Washburne students were selected!

They will have the unique opportunity to perform with the ILMEA District 7 Honors Orchestra on November 5th at Grayslake Central High School in Grayslake, Illinois.

Congratulations to all who auditioned and all who were selected!!!

On Thursday, October 27th, our 8th grade orchestra students will be traveling to New Trier's east campus to join forces with the Township middle schools for the annual 8th grade Township Orchestra festival. During the day, there is a rehearsal with a pizza lunch followed by the evening performance! Please join us in Gaffney Auditorium at 7pm for what promises to be a wonderful concert.

Tickets are not required! Hope to see everyone there!


7th and 8th Grade Symphonic Band is off to a very strong start this year. We are currently working on "Prelude and Toccata" and "Kyiv, 2022" for our upcoming concert and plan to play a seasonal selection alongside the 6th Grade Concert Band. Our first concert will be on December 8th at 7:30 PM in the Washburne Gymnasium.

8th grade members of the Symphonic Band recently performed alongside the New Trier High School Wind Ensemble and other 8th grade students from the surrounding New Trier Township schools at the New Trier 8th Grade Festival. We are excited that these students had the opportunity to work with Mr. Temple and Mr. Meyer, who will be their Band directors next year.

On Monday, October 17th, the Washburne Jazz Ensemble attended a field trip to New Trier High School to engage in a shared rehearsal with Mr. Meyer and the New Trier Jazz Ensemble 1. WJE students played alongside and participated in a performance clinic with upperclassmen from New Trier.

Finally, several Symphonic Band members submitted video auditions for the ILMEA Honors Band and Jazz Band and we are proud to announce that two Washburne students were placed into ensembles! The ILMEA Honors Junior Band performance will take place on November 5th at Grayslake Central High School and the ILMEA Honors Junior Jazz Band performance will take place on November 19th at Woodstock High School. Congratulations to all students who participated in this audition process.

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Washburne KW Uniform Store is Back Open

If students are interested in ordering a Washburne sweatshirt & sweatpants as well as a KW uniform the KW uniform store is now open and will remain open until Monday, November 7th.

Please use the link located below or on the Washburne website.

KW Uniform Link


Calling all 8th-grade girls and gender-expansive students!

Are you excited about science, technology, engineering, and math? We are too! Join us at a conference/field trip just for you:

  • Explore diverse STEM careers

  • Meet successful women in STEM

  • Enjoy cool workshops

  • Learn how to get involved in STEM at the high school

  • And get to know others who love STEM too!

Thursday, December 15th, from 9am - 2pm @ Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus.

See your science teacher or Mr. Selgrat to sign up!

Please register by Friday, October 28.

Basketball Tryout Information

Basketball tryouts continue this week. Please see the dates and times below:

8th Grade Girls

Wednesday, 10/26 3:30-5:00pm

Thursday, 10/27 5:00-6:30pm

8th Grade Boys

Thursday, 10/20 3:30-5:00pm

Tuesday, 10/25 5:00-6:30pm

7th Grade Girls

Wednesday, 10/26 5:00-6:30pm

Thursday, 10/27 3:30-5:00pm

7th Grade Boys

Thursday, 10/20 5:00-6:30pm

Tuesday, 10/25 3:30-5:00pm

Friday Oct 28 - Possible 3rd tryout day, if needed

In order to participate in travel basketball, all students must be registered and have a medical clearance form or current physical on file at school.

If you have any questions, please contact Andy Becker at

CW Cardio/Resistance Training Club is Back!

Students can attend any & all of the Tues./Weds./Thurs. sessions, depending on their own schedule! Participating students will receive 3 hours a week in the fitness room, providing an opportunity to workout, while being supervised by a certified KW teacher. All students are welcome to join us as we set goals, work on personal training habits, and establish a routine for lifetime fitness.

If you have any questions contact: Mrs. Florance (KW Dept) - 847-446-5892 x 3179 OR

TUES/WEDS/THURS- Nov. 19, 2022 thru MAR 23, 2023 - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The club meets in the Washburne Cardio Room

Open to 7th and 8th Grade

Registration Link

Commemorative Bricks at Carleton Washburne School

Due to wear and tear from exposure to the elements, the bricks formerly on display at the Northwest corner of the Washburne campus were removed for safety reasons. If you or a family member previously purchased a commemorative brick (names are reflected in this list) and would like to retrieve the brick, you may do so between now and November 11th, 2022.

District 36 News

2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum

As a member of The Winnetka Public School community, we want to ensure you remain informed about the improvements to all five schools as part of the 2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum, which was adopted as a resolution by the School Board on August 16th and will be on the ballot November 8th. You are invited to attend any of our remaining informational sessions, in person or via Zoom. Please see the image below for details, or visit our website at If you are unable to participate in an informational session, you may also view the screencast of the presentation here. A final mailing with additional information will be sent to the entire community later this month as well.

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Fall Winnetka Parents Institute Schedule

The District is offering an array of upcoming educational sessions for families and community members. Click here for session dates and more information. Fall sessions include SEL-related topics and technology tips for parents regarding maneuvering the ever-changing landscape of technology, social media, and phones.

Up Next:

Emotions Matter and an Introduction to RULER

Sachiko Kawata-Burke and Allison Szczecinski (District 36 SEL Coaches)

This overview presentation for parents will provide a more in-depth understanding of the emotions matter mindset and the RULER skills and tools. We will also share how RULER will be integrated into the classroom and applies to life at home. This presentation is geared for parents and caregivers of Winnetka 36 students. You can learn more about the RULER framework here.

October 26, 2022

9:00-10:00 A.M.

The Community Room; Skokie School


RSVP for this event here

Following the event a link will be provided to the taped presentation on the website.

Technology Survival Skills for Parents

Patrick Dawson, Instructional Technology Coordinator

Maneuvering the ever-changing landscape of technology, social media, and phones for students is a daunting task for any parents. This session will increase parent awareness and provide basic skills of how to maneuver through platforms, identify warning signs to look for, and hopefully reduce the stress of parenting students online in addition to in-person.

November 14, 2022

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Resource Center at Carleton Washburne School


RSVP here.

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

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Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 1st: Teacher Institute Day -- No Student Attendance

Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day - No School