Crow Island Parent Newsletter

September 7, 2022

Dear Crow Island Families,

I hope you had a great long Labor Day weekend! It was wonderful to see many of you at our PTO sponsored Back to School Bash. I want to thank our PTO for their planning and organizing to celebrate our first week back to school.

This week, we are starting our fall reading and math assessments for students. We complete these universal assessments three times each year (fall, winter, and spring). The assessments help our teachers look for trends to adjust their classroom instruction. In addition, the assessments help the school look for students who might need additional support with learning. During fall conferences, teachers will be able to share data points your child along with their observations and classroom work.

Stay well,

Luke Livingston

  • Thursday, September 15 ~ PTO Meeting 9:15am
  • Thursday, September 15 ~ K-4 Go to School Night 6pm
  • Wednesday, September 21 ~ Picture Day
  • Monday, September 26 ~ Rosh Hashanah No School

Go to School Night:

We are looking forward to welcoming families to school for our fall Go to School Night on Thursday, September 15th. We will be running the presentations based on the first letter of your last name. You can see the agenda below.

5:40 - 6:00pm

Last Name A-L Principal Message in Auditorium

6:00 - 6:30pm

Last Name A-L: K-2 Classrooms

Last Name M-Z: 3-4 Classrooms

6:30 - 6:35 pm Passing Period

6:35 - 7:05pm

Last Name A-L: 3-4 Classrooms

Last Name M-Z: K-2 Classrooms

7:05 - 7:25pm

Last Name M-Z Principal Message in Auditorium

After School Sports Registration:

Grade 3 and 4 students can register for After School Sports. Registration opens at 9am on Tuesday. You can register here: District Web Store. If you have questions you can email Coach Sweene.

Strings Registration - Grade 2:

2nd grade families. Your child has seen a demonstration of the string instruments that they can learn this year at Crow: violin, viola or cello. Please use this form to register your student for the program. If your child is new to the program and you DO NOT have an instrument at home,

please come to the Washburne Cafeteria on Wednesday, September 7 anytime between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Representatives from Quinlan and Fabish will be on hand to walk you through the process.If you have questions email Sheryl Nussbaum.

Fall MAP Testing

District 36 has established a robust suite of assessments utilizing multiple measures to provide information on student performance. One of those tools is the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Fall testing will occur at Crow Island on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 14th Reading

  • Thursday, September 15th Math

The MAP Assessment is designed to measure a student’s achievement level at different times of the school year and compute growth over time. MAP is a computer-adaptive test, which means every student receives a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. This provides a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level. Fall MAP results will be sent to families on October 8th. Additional information on the MAP Assessment may be found on our district website in the Assessment Section of ITL.

2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum

At the August 16 Meeting, the School Board approved a resolution to move forward with placing a $59.4MM referendum on the November 8, 2022 ballot. If this referendum should pass, it would help to fund $82.6MM in necessary projects at all 5 schools:

  • Updated safety components, including secure entry vestibules

  • Upgraded HVAC systems to improve air quality, air flow, temperature control and energy efficiency

  • Accessibility for all students, staff and visitors that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Electrical wiring and panel upgrades to support technology and improve energy efficiency

  • Plumbing replacements to address fixtures that have reached the end of their useful life

  • The addition of a multipurpose room/cafeteria at Hubbard Woods

  • Removal of the temporary trailers at Crow Island and the subsequent addition of three permanent classrooms

  • ​​Repurposing of the current gym to serve as a multipurpose room/cafeteria and the subsequent addition of a gym at Crow Island

  • Extension of the useful life of existing facilities and proactive reduction of costly emergency repairs

This letter from the Board and Superintendent was shared on Wednesday, August 17 with the community.

To view the presentation video, please click here.

To view the presentation slides, please click here.

In an effort to ensure that our community is well-informed, we look forward to hosting Informational Sessions on the following dates (all are welcome):


Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Please click the link below to join the Zoom webinar:

Passcode: 738688

In person:

Weds., Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. (Crow Island--followed by tour)

Sat., Oct. 8 from 9-10 a.m. (Hubbard Woods--followed by tour)

Monday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m. (Crow Island)

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Hubbard--followed by tour)

Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. (Crow)


Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon

Please click the link below to join the Zoom webinar:

Passcode: 164472

Cub Scout Information:

  • Crow Island Pack 18 Cub Scout Kick-Off – September 6

  • Crow Island Woods – 6:30 to 7:30pm

Crow Island Cub Scout Pack 18 will be holding its annual Kick-off Campfire at Crow Island Woods on Tuesday, September 6 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. We are excited for another year of scouting with activities including the PineWood Derby, Rocket Day, Cubmobile, exploring the outdoors during hikes and camping trips, and most importantly making friends and having fun. The meeting is for boys, girls and adults of Crow Island to learn about Pack 18 and upcoming activities for the year.Pack 18 is open to boys & girls in first through fifth grades. Please feel free to reach out with any questions to or directly to Khalid Ghantous, 312.446.8333. You can learn more about scouts here.

Registration Reminders:

Please note the following deadlines that are fast approaching:

  • The deadline for signing up for milk in the K-4 elementary schools and Skokie is 9/9/22.

  • The deadline for registering for Kindergarten Stay and Play is on 9/30/22.

If you would like to sign up for either please follow this link and log into your Revtrak account.

The Winnetka Public Schools Excessive Heat Procedures

Excessive Heat Procedures (Day 1)

  • If the heat index (combination of heat + humidity; also known as “Real Feel” on is between 95-103༠ as reported on for the hours between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on a given school day, the following Excessive Heat Procedures will be put into place for the District’s buildings

    • Keep overhead lights to a minimum if possible.

    • Teachers will limit all physical activity in the classroom.

    • School nurses and staff will watch for any warning signs of heat distress.

    • Outdoor, shaded areas will be utilized for learning as much as possible.

  • Please refer to chart from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)

Excessive Heat Procedures (Day 2)

  • If the predicted heat index is between 95-103༠ for the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the day immediately following the first day of a heat index between 95-103༠, a Remote Learning Day will be implemented for that second day.

  • Parents, students and staff will be notified via Blackboard and the district website of the Remote Learning Day by 9:00 p.m. the previous evening.

Excessive Heat Procedures (Day 3 and subsequent consecutive days predicted heat index between 95-103༠)

  • Remote Learning Days will be implemented.

  • Parents, students and staff will be notified via Blackboard and the district website of the Remote Learning Day by 9:00 p.m. the previous evening.

For any day a heat index is predicted to be 103༠ or above, a remote learning day will be called, meaning protocols for Day 2 action will be followed.

Bus Registration Re-Opens on September 6:

If you have not registered and paid for the bus yet for this school year there is still time to do so. Registration for bus service will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th. An email will be sent with the link to register your child along with the bus routes and stops.

New Website Launched

The District launched a new website on September 1.. Our goal is to improve both the user experience and design of the site for families, staff, prospective employees and prospective residents. We will continue to refine and add additional features this fall. If you are experiencing any challenges or need help navigating the website, please contact

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