Crow Island Parent Newsletter

October 3, 2022

Dear Crow Island Families,

We are looking forward to a great week at Crow Island. We have our PTO sponsored Walk and Bike to school Week and we hope to see many of our families participate. In addition, we have our Run-A-Thon on Thursday and we are looking forward to cheering on our students as they run!

I also want to remind families that you should sign-up for your parent teacher conference slot. The sign-up will close on Friday of this week.

Stay well,


  • Monday, October 3rd - Friday, October 7th: Walk & Bike to School Week
  • Wednesday, October 5th: No School, Yom Kippur
  • Thursday, October 6th: Run-a-Thon (details below)
  • Tuesday, October 11th: 4th Grade Trip to Snake Road
  • Thursday, October 13th: Early Dismissal at 11:20 AM, Conferences in the PM
  • Friday, October 14th: No School, Conferences
  • Monday, October 17th: District 36 Referendum Info Session @ Crow Island 9:30am
  • Monday, October 17th: Annual Crow Island Food Drive (all week)

Keeping Schools Safe Presentation

Students and staff gathered together for a morning assembly at all five schools today. The presentation included information about seeing something and saying something, being an up-stander and what steps to take if you are in an unsafe situation. While this was a natural opportunity for us to review these things with our students, we made it clear that there are situations in which the safest way to be an up-stander means calling for help–whether that is dialing 911 or getting an adult. We also wanted to recognize that there are going to be instances that if unreported, could escalate into something worse, and want our students to know who they can go to in their school for help. Today’s presentation slides are linked below.

K-4 Presentation

Panorama SEL Survey

The Panorama Student SEL Survey will be administered in grades K-8 between October 3-7th, 2022 as part of our District-wide strategic plan goal to support SEL which is explained below:

Positive Culture & Well Being:

A culture of positive well-being amongst students, staff and community serves as a catalyst for continual growth. Relationships and understanding of others are prioritized to promote educational excellence, equity, and resilience. Understanding personal identities and self-awareness is used to facilitate better connections in an increasingly complex world.

The surveys will provide data to help inform our efforts to support the well-being of all students, teachers and staff.Teachers in K-2 will complete the Teacher’s Perceptions of Student’s SEL for each of their students. Based on this year’s goals, the survey focuses on four areas: Grit, Self Management, Emotional Regulation, and Engagement. Students in grades 3-8 will complete the two survey modules during their advisory/meeting time. We are administering this survey as part of our District-wide goal to support SEL for all students. Based on this year's goals, the survey focuses on seven areas: Emotional Regulation, Self Management, Grit, Sense of Belonging, Engagement, School Climate and School Safety.

All staff will take the Panorama Teacher and Staff Survey. The staff and teacher survey focuses on five areas: Wellbeing, Belonging, SEL Professional Learning, School Climate, and Efficacy.

Run-A-Thon Schedule (October 6th):

We will be running the schedule below. All visitors will go to the back playground area of the school to view the Run-A-Thon.

  • 9:15-9:45 1st soccer field and 2nd Park District
  • 10:00-10:30 3rd soccer field and 4th Park District
  • 10:45-11:15 Kdg soccer field

2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum

As a member of The Winnetka Public School community, we want to ensure you are 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 an upcoming informational session, in person or via Zoom. Please see the image below for further information, or visit our website at

Parent Education Sessions from District Partner Family Action Network (FAN):

For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.

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