Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - November 14, 2022

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Washburne Families,

Last week ended with over 100 seventh graders hanging out in the Washburne Cafeteria for music, churros, hot chocolate and fun times with friends. A huge thank you to the PTO for coordinating this event and for all of our parent volunteers. We are looking forward to hosting our 8th graders for a similar event in a few weeks. We also wanted to thank the parents who were able to join us for coffee and conversation on Friday. We are hopeful that the conversations were informative.

These opportunities to connect with our families and provide time for our students to connect socially are a huge part of keeping our building connected to the community. Thank you, as always, for your partnership.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

Lockdown Drill This Week

Carleton Washburne School will be conducting our annual lockdown drill in conjunction with the Winnetka Police Department this Tuesday, November 15th. Illinois law requires that all schools conduct a drill with law enforcement within the first 90 school days of the year. Prior to the drill, Washburne teachers will be discussing it with students to ensure that they understand that it is a planned drill and to know what actions to take.

Illinois law allows for parents to opt out of the drill with written notice to their child’s school. If you would like to opt your child out of the drill, please indicate so using this form. You do not need to take any action if your child will participate in the drill.

Window to Washburne

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

Project-based learning continues to be a priority across our classrooms, and students in Ms. Berna’s 7th grade science class recently completed an outstanding unit focusing on the rusty-patched bumblebee. One of the key elements of project-based learning is authenticity; in other words, there is a real-world component of the students’ learning. In this case, after learning about the reasons why this pollinator has become endangered, students created plans to spread awareness and help this species. Students created many different thoughtful plans, ranging from creating gardens in Winnetka to removing invasive buckthorn on our school’s campus. This past week, students presented their plans to an audience of parents, students, and staff members.

Kudos to Ms. Berna for designing such a thoughtful project-based learning experience for our students, and kudos to our students for creating such thoughtful projects.

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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.

As this school year's first trimester ends, we find our Innovation Technology students completing STE(A)M challenges; our Computer Scientists finishing coding their Capstone projects; our CW Broadcasters and Video Producers finalizing their videos. The students will then add these artifacts to their STE(A)M Sites Portfolio before heading into the Thanksgiving Break.

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Science Olympiad

Science. . . . is awesome. Science Olympiad is FINALLY BACK!

There will be an informational meeting for students on Wednesday, November 16th at 3:35pm in Ms. Berna's room (W221N).

Practices will begin on Wednesday, November 30th, and will be every Wednesday from 3:35-4:30pm.

Please reach out to Ms. Berna at if you have any questions.

Washburne Art Club

Art club is new and is open to all Washburne students.

This club will provide materials and individual guidance for 7th and 8th grade students who have an interest in art and have projects they want to work on. Come with your ideas!

Registration opens at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 15th. Sign up via the District Web Store.

Class will take place on Wednesdays beginning 11/30 - 5/24 from 3:30- 4:30 in the Art Room C302.

Math Counts

Do you have a deep passion for math?

Do you want to learn new concepts and compete with other schools in a National Competition? You should join our District MathCounts Team!!

We will be meeting on Tuesdays after school from 3:45-4:45 pm in Room 181 at Skokie School.

Our first session is November 29th, 2022. You can find the club on the District website under Skokie > Non-Sports.

Please reach out to Mr. DeGiulio at with any questions.

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

District 36 News

Winnetka Voices Podcast Premieres!

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.

Premiere Episode:

Fostering Post-Pandemic Growth & Resilience for our Children

Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent, speaks with Ms. Carly Andrews, Executive Director of The Alliance for Early Childhood, on how we can best support our childrens’ social and emotional needs, academic growth, and socialization in the wake of the pandemic.

Listen here:

Apple Podcast

iHeart Radio


Click here for resources and events from The Alliance for Early Childhood.

Text-for-Help Available to Support Student Safety & Well-Being

Text-for-Help is is intended to provide confidential support to students at school. This resource is available 24/7, 365 days a year, completely anonymous, and staffed by fully-licensed counselors on the other end. Based on the students’ needs and preferences, a counselor will then direct the user to further assistance.

For further details about the tool, please review this recent Winnetka Parents Institute Session.

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:

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.

Online Registration Opens November 16 for Incoming Kindergarteners & New Students for the 2023-2024 School Year

Registration for incoming Kindergarteners and students new to The Winnetka Public Schools in 2023-2024 opens on November 16, 2022. Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2023, are eligible to enroll. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

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


Time to Gather Up Your Plastic Bags...

The TREX Plastic Film Challenge Starts November 15th! Each year Go Green Winnetka and all District 36 schools participate in this program, which enlists schools to collect plastic bags and wrap, which are then recycled and made into alternate wood products. The Challenge runs from November 15 - April 15, with winners announced on Earth Day. During this time, bins are placed at D36 schools to collect the *plastics listed below.

●Grocery bags

●Bread bags

●Case overwrap (e.g. water, soda and juice bottles)

●Dry cleaning bags

●Newspaper sleeves

●Ice bags

●Wood pellet bags

●Ziplock and other reclosable bags

●Produce bags

●Bubble wrap

●Salt bags

●Cereal bags

*Please note, all plastics must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.

Contact with any questions.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 15th: School Board Meeting - 7:15pm @ Crow Island School

Monday - Friday, November 21-25: No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 28th: Beginning of 2nd Trimester