Greeley Greeting

Monday, September 12, 2022

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REMINDER: Go To School Night is this Thursday, September 15

5:40-6:00pm

Principal’s message - Auditorium


6:00-6:30pm

Grades K-2: Last name A-L

Grades 3-4: Last name M-Z


6:30-6:35pm

Travel to next class


6:35-7:05pm

Grades K-2: Last name M-Z

Grades 3-4: Last name A-L


7:05-7:25pm

Principal’s message - Auditorium

(Repeat of the 5:40 presentation)


Based on the feedback gathered from families, we are also sharing curriculum summaries with parents digitally (see below). It is our sincere hope that the information shared and connections made on this night will better help families construct an understanding of their children’s learning experiences.


Kindergarten

1st Grade Curriculum Summary

2nd Grade Curriculum Summary

3rd Grade Curriculum Summary

4th Grade Curriculum Summary

A Message from the Principals

Dear Families,


As we know you are aware, your child’s safety at school is of utmost importance to us. Creating a safe learning environment for all students is a key tenant of The Winnetka Public Schools.

The first step to keeping our communities safe is keeping a secure building. When visitors come to our buildings, they ring the bell and are asked about the reason for their visit. They are then buzzed in by our entrance monitors. We thank you in advance for always coming in the front doors, stopping at the front desk, turning in your identification card, and wearing a visitor’s lanyard. We do ask you to bring your ID each time you enter the building- even if we know you- as sometimes we have a substitute at the front desk and that person may or may not be familiar with you. Further, it is important for everyone entering the building to know that we are always consistent with our security protocols.


We have several other protocols in place to help us prepare in the event that an emergency situation should arise. Regularly scheduled fire drills take place throughout the year in which students practice safely and quietly evacuating the building. Fire Prevention Week is in October and the Winnetka Fire Department will visit each school for brief assemblies and a supervised fire drill. We also have a tornado drill to practice for severe weather.

In addition, each school practices a “safe place” or “lockdown” drill. Teachers introduce this procedure in an age appropriate manner for each grade level. With teacher guidance, students will move to a “safe place” in their classrooms and will follow procedures to secure classrooms and account for children. There will be no school announcement made for this drill. The teachers will run the drill for their individual classrooms. Students will be allowed to speak and ask questions throughout the drill.


We also practice a “restricted access” procedure in which we secure the building against the possibility of a safety threat from the outside. We work closely with The Winnetka Police and Fire Departments during these drills. Our Safety Teams regularly participate in Safety Summits hosted by area fire and law enforcement agencies during which we work on refining our practices of the above protocols. A student may be exempt from participating in lockdown exercises through written notification from a parent or guardian at least 24 hours prior to the start of the exercises. Please contact your principal directly if this is of interest.


Sincerely,


Beth Carmody, Hubbard Woods

Luke Livingston, Crow Island

Joshua Swanner, Greeley

Outdoor Safety


PLEASE REMEMBER

  • For the safety of community members, DOG ARE NOT ALLOWED on the immediate sidewalk around Greeley. If you are walking with your dog(s), you must be across the street.
  • Everyone should be crossing the street using the crosswalks. Please join our staff in reminding children that is it unsafe to cross the street anywhere except the designated crosswalks.

REGISTRATION REMINDERS

Please note the following deadlines that are fast approaching:


  • 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.

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 between September 12 - 23, 2022 with all students in Grades 3 - 8 taking one Reading Test and one Math test. Your child’s building or teacher will inform you of his or her specific testing dates.


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):


Virtual:

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

Please click the link below to join the Zoom webinar:

https://winnetka36.zoom.us/j/86171947365?pwd=Z0YxQ0E5SkZvSklSWUE4UldxcjcyZz09

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)


Virtual:

Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon

Please click the link below to join the Zoom webinar:

https://winnetka36.zoom.us/j/88014741432?pwd=UGkrRzRvVG5pQlJMR2RJOHZvSHB3QT09

Passcode: 164472


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 accuweather.com) is between 95-103༠ as reported on accuweather.com 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 this 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.

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 help@winnetka36.org.

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

About Us

School Hours:

8:30am | Doors open

8:37am | School promptly begins

2:10pm | Extended day kindergarten dismissal

2:45pm | Early Release (MONDAY ONLY)

3:15pm | Grades 1-4 & Extended play kindergarten dismissal