Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - November 7, 2022

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Washburne Families,

The seasonal time change often brings with it a time to reflect on the past few months. As we enter the last two weeks of the first trimester, we look forward to the continued academic and social growth of our students. We are so proud of the work our students are doing each day, and how they continue to demonstrate the qualities listed in our portrait of a graduate. We are also thankful for our Washburne staff who had the opportunity this past Tuesday to participate in their own professional learning around our RULER program, Project Based Learning, and a number of other topics.

We have been fortunate so far this fall in regards to the temperature, we know that cold temperatures are just around the corner. Please remember that students are allowed to enter the building at 8:20 AM each day unless there is extreme, severe weather. Students should be dressed appropriately for cold weather.

This Friday, November 11th from 9:00-10:00am please join the Skokie and Washburne administrators in the Washburne Cafeteria for our next, “Coffee and Conversation with the Principals”. Please enter via the Washbunre main office for this event. We look forward to seeing you this Friday.

We also wanted to bring your attention to an event our PTO is hosting for our 7th grade students this Friday after school:

7th Grade Weekend Warmup

Please have your 7th grader join us for a fun afternoon of music, friends, food and fun!

  • When: This Friday, November 11th

  • Time: 3:30 – 4:30PM

  • Where: Washburne Cafeteria

  • What: A Friday after school hour of fun, weekend warmup, chance to celebrate another week of school with friends and snacks.

    • Cool raffle prizes donated by La Taquiza, Fizz ‘n Pop, and more!

    • Hot Chocolate & Churros

    • Music by DJ Mr. Selgrat

  • Admission: $10 Fee

    • Proceeds will support the students’ charity of choice Henry’s Heroes

Click HERE to register

Parent volunteers needed from 3:15 – 5pm.

Click HERE to volunteer

The PTO is planning a similar event for 8th grade students in December. As always, we are so thankful for their partnership and support of Washburne and our students.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

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Washburne KW Uniform Store Closes Today 11/7

Today is the last day to order from the KW uniform store, if students are interested in ordering a Washburne sweatshirt & sweatpants as well as a KW uniform.

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

KW Uniform Link

Halloween Candy Drive

Washburne is collecting extra halloween candy to benefit Lurie Children’s Holiday Wish List. If you would like to donate extra Halloween candy, we have a bin in the main office. Students or parents can bring in donations through November 9th.

Lockdown Drill Next Week

Carleton Washburne School will be conducting our annual lockdown drill in conjunction with the Winnetka Police Department on 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.

This past Wednesday, November 2nd, Washburne held an all school assembly to help students learn more about Text-For-Help. Andy Duran, the CEO of LEAD Coalition, spoke to our students to help them understand what this resource is and how it could potentially be helpful for them or a friend in need. Text-For-Help is an anonymous helpline that our students have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that is staffed by licensed social workers. Students can reach out for a variety of mental health reasons to get help for themselves or a friend. While we know that students have access to many trusted adults both in and out of school, this resource can be used at any time of day, especially when students do not have access to other people who could help them.

In order to use this resource, students just need to text D36Help to 844-823-5323. This information can be found on the back of our students’ ID cards.

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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.

7th grade Spanish students are exploring their first novel of the year. The novel is entirely in Spanish, so students have the opportunity to improve their vocabularies and reading comprehension during this unit. The novel, Tumba, introduces students to Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican tradition in early November. Thus, students have done interactive readings and gallery walks about Día de los muertos and have enjoyed acting out scenes from the novel (pictured below).

8th grade Spanish students are diving into Bolivian culture by reading El ekeko. Students are learning about La Paz from the protagonist as well as from researching Bolivian geography and traditions, such as the festival of Alasitas. Throughout the novel, students are reviewing vocabulary through interactive games, acting out scenes with classmates, and reflecting on the plot in writing. It is exciting to watch the kids' oral and written proficiency improve every day!

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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 begins Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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

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

2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum

The 2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum, was adopted as a resolution by the School Board on August 16th and will be on the ballot Tuesday, November 8th.

You may view the screencast of the Informational Sessions here. For additional details, visit the District website at

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!

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Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day - No School

Friday, November 11th: Parent Coffee and Conversation w/ Principals - 9-10:00am

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