Crow Island Parent Newsletter

November 14, 2022

Dear Crow Island Families,

As we head into our final week before Thanksgiving break it is important to reflect on all the great things happening at Crow Island. I am beyond thankful for our students who work hard every day, teachers who care deeply, and our families who support our school. This week, we will end with our school-wide Thanksgiving Assembly and celebrate our really positive start to the school year with all students.

I also wanted to make a plug for a parent meeting I will be hosting in December for any parent who wants to learn more about our WIN block at Crow Island. You can register and learn more below.

Stay well,


  • Friday, November 18th: Kindergarten Performance 10:15am
  • Monday, November 21st: Thanksgiving Break starts - Non-Attendance for students
  • Wednesday, November 30th: Crow Island Book Fair 2-7pm
  • Thursday, December 1st: Crow Island Book Fair 8-10am
  • Thursday, December 22nd: Winter Sings
  • Friday, December 23rd: No School; Winter break begins

WIN Parent Presentation:

Mr. Livingston will be hosting a parent presentation on the WIN time at Crow Island. WIN is a 30 minute daily intervention & enrichment block at Crow Island.

  • Day: Wednesday, December 7th
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Registration: Sign-up here if you plan to attend.

Elementary Math Core Values in Winnetka D36

Over the summer a team of elementary teachers, math specialists, and math facilitators collaborated across the district to articulate the K-4 Math Core Values. Below are the five core values. Each month starting in December a core value will be featured in both principal newsletters and teacher newsletters.

Core Values of Elementary Math in Winnetka

​​Everyone can do math. Each child comes into the classroom with their own abilities and strengths as well as areas to grow and explore. Our goal is to meet each student where they are, build on, and deepen their understanding. Instruction is differentiated to each student’s individual needs. Math is creative and an integral part of the world around us.

Elementary Math Instruction in Winnetka…

  • Emphasizes active, hands-on learning.

  • Values perseverance and making mistakes.

  • Promotes flexible thinking, student agency, and creativity.

  • Focuses on deep conceptual understanding.

  • Cultivates communication, collaboration, and community.

Winnetka Voices Podcast Premieres!

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.

Premiere Episode:

Fostering Post-Pandemic Growth & Resilience for our Children

Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent, speaks with Ms. Carly Andrews, Executive Director of The Alliance for Early Childhood, on how we can best support our childrens’ social and emotional needs, academic growth, and socialization in the wake of the pandemic.

Listen here:

Apple Podcast

iHeart Radio


Click here for resources and events from The Alliance for Early Childhood.

The Winnetka Wire

Check out the November 2022 issue here.

Text-for-Help Available to Support Student Safety & Well-Being

Text-for-Help is is intended to provide confidential support to students at school. This resource is available 24/7, 365 days a year, completely anonymous, and staffed by fully-licensed counselors on the other end. Based on the students’ needs and preferences, a counselor will then direct the user to further assistance.

For further details about the tool, please review this recent Winnetka Parents Institute Session.

Winnetka Parents Institute

The District is offering an array of upcoming educational sessions for families and community members. Click here for a complete list of 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 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!

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


Time to Gather Up Your Plastic Bags...

The TREX Plastic Film Challenge Starts November 15th! Each year Go Green Winnetka and all District 36 schools participate in this program, which enlists schools to collect plastic bags and wrap, which are then recycled and made into alternate wood products. The Challenge runs from November 15 - April 15, with winners announced on Earth Day. During this time, bins are placed at D36 schools to collect the *plastics listed below.

●Grocery bags

●Bread bags

●Case overwrap (e.g. water, soda and juice bottles)

●Dry cleaning bags

●Newspaper sleeves

●Ice bags

●Wood pellet bags

●Ziplock and other reclosable bags

●Produce bags

●Bubble wrap

●Salt bags

●Cereal bags

*Please note, all plastics must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.

Contact with any questions.