Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - September 19, 2022

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Washburne Families,

Thank you to the families who stopped by the principal coffee last Wednesday. It was a pleasure meeting with you and hearing about the first few weeks of school from a parent perspective. Washburne students are off to a great start. Teams have implemented consistent practices to help with executive functioning and it has been a joy to watch students happily moving from class to class and settling into their daily routines. Today is our second day of MAP testing at Washburne. Students are testing this morning and we are running a modified schedule for the remainder of the day.

We wanted to bring your attention to a recent trend we’ve been dealing with at lunch, the “one-chip challenge.” Students are bringing a dangerously spicy chip to school and either eating the chip themselves or sharing it with friends. The result has been numerous visits to the nurses office. We are sharing this information with parents so that you can help us discourage this behavior at school. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

Washburne Picture Day This Wednesday

Wednesday, September 21st is Picture Day at Washburne!

Weather permitting, all grade levels will have their pictures taken outside this year.


8th Grade: This is a formal, graduation picture. Students are recommended to wear a dark sports jacket, a white or pastel shirt, and a tie –or-- a dark top and a simple piece of jewelry.

7th Grade: More casual attire is permitted. In general, darker clothing shows well, and shirts with collars are better than those without.

Retakes: Picture retakes will be held on October 18th. Retakes will not be allowed for cosmetic reasons (new hair styles, no braces, new outfits, etc.). They will be permitted for photographic mistakes, such as double exposure, closed eyes, etc., and absences.

Window to Washburne

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

One of our takeaways from the last few years is the value of our outdoor spaces. Even without COVID restrictions, it is beneficial for our students to spent time outside. Last week, students in Ms. Etter’s 7th grade English class spent time in our courtyard reading their companion novels to The Outsiders. Students were able to choose a book that complements The Outsiders with similar themes about identity. Ultimately, the students will write a comparison essay between the two texts.

Kudos to Ms. Etter for designing a thoughtful unit and allowing our students to take advantage of our outdoor space.

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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.

Kinetic Wellness classes are off and running, literally!

After starting the year with some team building activities, each class has moved on to their first instructional units. These units are pickleball, lacrosse, badminton, golf, and an overarching fitness unit. In the fitness unit, students have been introduced to the fitness room and completed multiple fitness tests. Students also have had various opportunities to enjoy a "choice day" in which they could choose from three different activities to be involved with for the period.

Classes will switch through these units (and more) before the end of the first trimester.

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Club

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Club takes science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) to the next level. Together, the club will gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping our students build a better future together. As a club, we will engage in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering through building and programming our own custom LEGO robot that navigates the missions of the Robot Challenge Map. Friendly competition is at the heart of FLL Club as we prepare for the Regional Qualifying Challenge Tournament.

Click here to sign up for Lego Robotics Club

The club will meet Tuesdays after school from 3:30-4:45, in the CW CoLab (N102) with Mr. Selgrat.

GSA Club

Join GSA! The Gay-Straight Alliance, or GSA, is a club for the purpose of learning about and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Expect to participate in fun and creative activities pertaining to the community. Plenty of snacks will also be provided! The club is open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 in Maestra Falk’s room (C304), starting on September 20.

CW Broadcasting Club

Learn how to take your Broadcasting skills to the next level. As a club, we will create broadcast segments for the Washburne community. Whether you want to be in front of the camera or behind the scenes, there is a role for you! No experience is necessary! All you need is an interest and dedication to learn broadcast and video production. Come join Mr. Selgrat and the crew to build your skills using our professionally upgraded studio equipment in the Washburne TV Studio.

Click here to sign up for CW Broadcasting Club

The CW Broadcast Club will meet Wednesdays, after school from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.

Hope to see you in the TV Studio!

Washburne Debate Club

Washburne Debate is back for the 2022-2023 school year!

Debate meets after school on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm in Maestra Falk's room (C304). This is a great opportunity for students to hone their research skills, become polished public speakers, and challenge themselves outside of the classroom. Students can compete in after-school tournaments with other New Trier feeder schools a few times throughout the year.

Please reach out to Maestra Falk ( with any questions.

Text for Help

Text for Help is an anonymous reporting tool that individuals can use to report a crisis concern for another person or to seek help for themselves. It was formerly known as Text-A-Tip and is used by several surrounding New Trier Township districts.

Text for Help is connected to local municipalities and resources in order to best support the individual in crisis and keep others safe. Upon calling, users are connected with a licensed social worker within approximately 3 minutes who helps to determine the level of risk, who needs to be contacted, and how to best provide support. It's our hope that our students view this as another resource that they can trust and use when they or someone they know is in crisis to receive help and support.

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District 36 News

Downsized Capital Improvement Plan

As a member of The Winnetka Public School community, we want to ensure you are informed about the improvements to all five schools as part of the 2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum, which was adopted as a resolution by the School Board on August 16th and will be on the ballot November 8th. You are invited to attend an upcoming informational session, in person or via Zoom. Please see the image below for further information, or visit our website at

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Student Growth & Achievement Reporting

There are several opportunities throughout the year to receive formal standardized reporting related to your child’s growth and achievement on standardized assessments. Additionally, there are designated times at which you will receive formal reporting on your child’s growth and achievement in the classroom. Please note the following dates coming up this fall. You are encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions.

  • Spring 2022 IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) Reports Mailed Home

    • Week of September 16

  • Fall 2022 MAP Reports Printed and Shared at Fall Conferences

    • Thursday, October 13 or Friday, October, 14

  • Fall Conferences

    • Thursday, October 13 or Friday, October 14

  • Progress Reports Sent Home

    • Friday, December 9


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

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

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

Monday, September 19th: MAP Testing

Tuesday, September 20th: School Board Meeting - Crow Island School @ 7:15pm

Wednesday, September 21st: Washburne Picture Day

Monday, September 26th: No School - Religious Holiday