Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - February 27, 2023

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Washburne Families,

Our Washburne students are excited for the Dance Marathon coming up this Friday after school. The dance marathon was last held in 2020, and it was the last in person event held at Washburne before the pandemic. We are excited to bring this event back, and even more excited that our Skokie and Washburne students are able to get together for a great cause.

Washburne 8th grade students will complete the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) during the month of March. Please be on the lookout for more communication from the district this week.

Please plan to join us in the Washburne Resource Center next Tuesday, March 7th from 9:00-10:00am for our next coffee and conversation with the principal. We will be joined by New Trier Freshman Campus Principal Paul Waechtler. Mr. Waechtler will share a brief presentation on transitioning to high school, followed by time for questions and discussion.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

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 this Friday 3/3

Dance Marathon 2023 will take place this Friday, March 3rd

ALL 5th – 8th Graders Are Invited & Encouraged to Participate

Immediately After School 3:30PM – 5:30PM in the Washburne Gym.

Click Here for Students to Sign Up

What an AMAZING response we have had so far to Dance Marathon 2023. Our Skokie/Washburne community is playing an important role in the advancement of care and treatment at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. As of today, our community has raised OVER $41,000, with all proceeds being donated to support the nearly 223,000 patients that Lurie Children’s Hospital treats annually. Way to Go Already, Skokie/Washburne LIONS!

If you want to make a donation to our dance marathon, here is a link to the general Skokie-Washburne donation page. SK CW Dance Marathon

All 5th through 8th Graders are invited and encouraged to continue participating through their classroom donations (happening now) and to join us and register for this inspiring, social afternoon (on March 3rd). Not only is this a wonderful social event for 5th through 8th graders to participate in together, it’s also helping build awareness among our student body about health issues that affect children during an afternoon of games, prizes, a DJ, food and fun with your friends right after school.

Parent Volunteers Are Needed

We are looking for families and parents to help ensure a successful Dance Marathon. Click link to sign up to help in one of two ways:

  1. Volunteer your time to chaperone at Dance Marathon on March 3rd, if all spaces are full and you want to volunteer email here!

  1. Donate a raffle prize for the kids to win. Raffle prizes need to be dropped off by March 1st to the Boulos home at 986 Grove St. There will be a bin on the side porch to put the raffle items in.

Thank you for all your help in making this a successful event!

Questions? Email here!

Window to Washburne

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

18 Skokie and Washburne students participated in a special Dungeons and Dragons after school program this past week, led by Ms. Warner from Skokie, Ms. Nelson from Washburne, and Ms. Belk from the Winnetka Northfield Library. Some of our students participate in a D&D program through the library, so we were happy to bring the event to school. It was especially fun to bring 5th through 8th graders together for a special event. The main focus of this week’s program was to introduce newer players to the characters and help students learn more about the game. We are planning another special program next month on the 23rd for all interested 5th through 8th grade students.

Kudos to Ms. Warner, Ms. Nelson, and Ms. Belk for planning such a fun afternoon 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.

CW Play Production Process

This trimester, the Centerstage class is preparing the characters for our Winter Play, Winnie the Pooh. Traditionally, this trimester’s show is a children’s play and we are so excited to host all of the D36 3rd graders at the morning show on Wednesday, March 8th. There will also be an evening performance for friends and family that night at 7:30 pm. The cast has been rehearsing their parts and Stagecraft students have been busy designing and constructing all of the costumes, props, and scenery for the show. This type of theatrical production offers students the opportunity to explore their own creative ideas, problem-solve, and collaborate with their peers on a real-life challenge. They are working very hard and are so excited to share their work with the community next week.

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Save the Date: 8th Grade Graduation

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WPSF Phone-A-Thon Fundraiser Is Coming Soon!

On March 12th , Winnetka Public Schools Foundation (WPSF) Board members will be reaching out to D36 parents and community members by phone, text and email in order to secure donations for the coming year. Every donation can make a difference in our schools and for our community!

Donate online by March 11 to to “Beat the Call!” With your support, WPSF can continue to provide our teachers with the resources they need to bring creativity to the curriculum while enhancing the learning experience for all Winnetka D36 students.

What is the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation (WPSF)?

WPSF is a non-profit volunteer organization which raises funds from District families and the

community. Those funds are used to provide grants to D36 educators which enable them to go above and beyond what is possible with tax dollars alone. This year, WPSF provided over $111,000 in grants to Crow Island, Greeley, Hubbard Woods, Skokie and Washburne.

What People Are Saying About WPSF

“The Foundation continues to be a vital partnership that supports [our] work, allowing us to consider resources that we may not otherwise have immediate access to, while also continuing to promote the creative and innovative instructional design that our district has historically celebrated. We are immensely grateful to the Foundation for its commitment to our schools, students and staff, and excited about the possibilities in the year ahead.”

Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent Winnetka School District 36

WPSF Funded Carleton Washburne Grant Highlight: Your Human Body

Through its Core Plus and Summer Institute grants, WPSF provides funding for teacher and staff professional development programs. This past year, training for teachers in Fifth through Eighth grades focused on Project Based Learning (PBL). In addition to providing deeper engagement and interaction with subject materials, PBL encourages higher order thinking and real-life problem-solving skills.

At Washburne, Seventh grade science teacher, John Pappas’s students embarked on a project to help them learn more about human body systems. Students set personal improvement goals and researched the body parts associated with their goal. They used this research to develop an action plan and then tracked their progress.

“Goal setting is a lifelong skill that requires hard work, dedication, discipline, and sacrifice, which is why many people make goals and eventually give up. This project started right after the New Year, where goal setting is a cultural theme making it particularly relevant.”

John Pappas, Science Department, Carleton Washburne

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District 36 News

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 #4:

Recruiting & Retaining Incredible Educators

In this episode Dr. Kelly Tess discusses the national teacher shortage with The Skokie School Principal, Michelle Cooney; Jeff Knapp, Assistant Superintendent of Professional Learning and Human Resources; and Daniel Walsh, Interim Dean of the School of Education and Associate Professor at North Park University. The guests reflect on the landscape when they initially began their careers in education, the need to enhance recruitment and retention practices, and what makes this a unique era in terms of hiring the next generation of teachers. The guests reflect on how these factors may specifically impact our practices in Winnetka. According to Principal Cooney, "In order to do hard and important work, we need to be in a community where we support one another." Listen the full episode to learn more about this timely topic.

Listen here:

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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

During this session Dr. Becky Mathison, Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, alongside a team of math educators from the District will provide an overview of D36 math programming K-8 including an upper grade course map, 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 math educators.

Interested: RSVP here

APRIL 2023:

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

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

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

Friday, March 3rd: Skokie/Washburne Dance Marathon @ 3:30pm

Friday, March 10th: Last Day of Trimester 2