Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - February 6, 2023

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Washburne Families,

We are excited to welcome families into our building this week for winter conferences this Thursday and Friday, February 9th and 10th. Our conference appointment system is open and all families should have received an email with instructions on how to sign up. If you did not receive this email, or have any questions, please reach out to Ben Horwitz - Please note that the scheduling system will close at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, February 7th. All appointments must be made before the system closes.

As a reminder, parents can choose to schedule either in-person or virtual appointments. If you see room numbers listed for your appointments, you have scheduled in-person conferences. If you see Zoom links, those are virtual appointments. If you have accidentally scheduled the wrong type of appointment, please reach out to Mr. Horwitz.

If you will be holding your appointments over Zoom, please make sure that your name is easily identifiable so that our teachers know whom to let in. We would suggest using your child’s name to eliminate any confusion. If you are coming to Washburne, please enter through our main entrance.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

Cafeteria Menu

Parents can see the monthly menus in our cafeteria by clicking HERE. Please feel free to use this menu to plan out your child’s meals.

Skokie/Washburne Dance Marathon

We are counting down the days to the 2023 Dance Marathon on March 3, 2023 from 3:30-5:30pm. Our community is playing an important role in the advancement of care and treatment at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Through the Washburne/Skokie Dance Marathon program which will be hosted the students will come together to raise vital funds to support the nearly 223,000 patients that Lurie Children’s treats annually, as well as build awareness for health issues that affect children.

Generous support from Washburne/Skokie Dance Marathon program contributes directly to this mission and to the care and comfort of the children. In 2020, our last in-person event raised over $ 42,000 dollars for the patients and families at Lurie Children’s

Registration links will be sent in the upcoming weeks, but here are ways that you can help us help the kids:

  • Volunteer with us. Join our Parent Committee to help volunteer at the event and get the community further involved in the dance marathon. For more information, email HERE.

  • We invite your student to be involved. Register your student and “JOIN A TEAM” by their advisory class HERE:

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New Trier Scheduling Conferences - Updated Instructions

Thank you to all of our 8th grade families who have signed up for a scheduling conference with New Trier on Monday, February 13th. Parents should enter the school through the gym entrance off the Elm St. parking lot and go directly to the North Gym.

If your conference is during school hours, we will send your child to meet you in the gym. If your conference is after school, please bring your child with you. Parents should arrive approximately 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment to ensure that we stay on schedule.

If you have not yet scheduled an appointment, you can do so by clicking this LINK.

Window to Washburne

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

Project-based learning continues to be a priority at Washburne this year with many different teachers implementing innovative ideas. In Mr. Pappas’s 7th grade science class, students have embarked on a project to help them learn more about human body systems. Individually, students have set personal goals for themselves, taking their areas of interests and setting an improvement goal. For example, some students are hoping to improve at sports, such as improving their free throw shooting, while other students are trying to become better artists. In order to achieve their goals, students are studying how the human body and specific systems, such as cardio-vascular or muscular-skeletal, are responsible for the things they want to do. Over the next two weeks, students are tracking their progress and working hard to achieve their goals.

Kudos to Mr. Pappas and his students for implementing another fantastic example of project-based learning.

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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.

Students have had an amazing month of movement and fun in KW. We recently turned the north gym into a bowling alley and 7th grade students learned how to bowl properly and how to score without the use of technology. 7th Grade students are also using our heart rate monitors and learning about each training zone and what they mean. 8th grade students are learning to identify each muscle group and they are resistance training in KW. They also learned a new sport called Team Handball. Team Handball is a combination of basketball and soccer and our students have had a blast playing this sport. Lastly, all students have had the opportunity to roller skate this week using traditional four wheel roller skates. The students were taught how to forward skate, backward skate, crossovers, turns and several tricks.

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CW Broadcasting Club Sign-Up Information

The CW Broadcasting Club is open for registration on the District Web Store.

Students! Come and be a part of the CWB Club and produce news segments for our school's YouTube News Channel. 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 in learning how to produce a news broadcast.

Come join Mr. Selgrat and the crew to build your skills using our professional studio equipment in the Washburne TV Studio. The CW Broadcast Club, Session II will be Wednesdays, after school from 3:30pm - 4:30pm, beginning February 1st, 2023 through May 24th for a total of 16 meetings.

Hope to see you in the TV Studio!

District 36 News

Beverages with the Board

Beverages with the Board is an opportunity for community members to connect with Board Members on a regular basis. Drop in to chat with Emily Rose and Dawn Livingston on topics that impact our school community:

February 14 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Peets Coffee

817 Elm Street in Winnetka

Acceleration Policy Information

Thank you to the parents and community members that attended the WPI event about the acceleration policy on January 25. Click here to access a recording of the session. Attendees were provided a draft copy of the acceleration request form in order to provide feedback before the form goes live on March 6. If you would like to provide feedback, please review the draft of the form here. Feedback that is specific and aligned to a particular question would be most helpful. Consider which items need to be changed, looked at further, or improved. Please share your feedback with Dr. Becky Mathison at by Friday, February 10.

The criteria for the acceleration request process includes Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) scores two or more achievement scores at the 99th percentile one grade level above over the last two years. Students recently completed the winter MAP test. Winter student reports are not sent home. Student reports are sent home at the end of the school year with fall to spring growth measures. If you need further information on your child’s recent testing session please contact your building principal. To view a chart that depicts the achievement percentiles for MAP scores by grade level, click here.

Winnetka Voices Podcast Episodes

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.

NEW! Episode #3:

Supporting Literacy Needs & Fostering a Love of Reading

Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent, is joined by Dr. Becky Mathison, the District’s Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, Ms. Missy Parks, second grade teacher at Crow Island School, and Anna Karwowska, Youth Services Manager of The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library. Topics addressed include how we've seen students' needs evolve following the result of the pandemic, how the District approaches supporting students in their reading skills, and tools that may help parents and caregivers support an interest in reading at home.

Listen here:

Apple Podcast



iHeart Radio

Winnetka Parents Institute

The District is offering an array of upcoming educational sessions for families and community members. Click here for session dates and more information.


From Washburne to New Trier:

A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition

March 7, 2022

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Carleton Washburne School, 515 Hibbard Rd.

Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman Campus, and Lori Worth, 8th Grade Transition Faculty, will discuss the New Trier freshman placement process and the efforts made to ensure a smooth transition to high school. A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience.

Interested: RSVP here.

Learning the Mood Meter- District Implementation of RULER

(District 36 SEL Coaches)

March 14, 2023

Location: Washburne RC

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

Interested: RSVP here

D36 K-8 Math Programming: An Overview

(Dr. Becky Mathison, Director of ITL and District Math Teachers)

March 21, 2023

Location: Washburne RC

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

Interested: RSVP here

If you missed it:

View the Acceleration in Winnetka 36 Presentation here.

Director of Innovation, Teaching, and Learning Dr. Becky Mathison hosted this information session about the acceleration policy. The acceleration policy provides the opportunity for parents, students, and licensed educational professionals to request that accelerated programming be examined for an individual student. The policy identifies acceleration as: early entrance in Kindergarten, early entrance into 1st grade, single-subject acceleration (any subject), and grade-level acceleration. The content included a review of the purpose of the acceleration policy and a preview of updated procedures this year. Please note that the New Trier Math program and Washburne accelerated math are not a part of this policy. Thank you to the parents and community members that attended the WPI event about the acceleration policy on January 25.

Attendees were provided a draft copy of the acceleration request form in order to provide feedback before the form goes live on March 6. If you would like to provide feedback, please review the draft of the form here. Feedback that is specific and aligned to a particular question would be most helpful. Consider which items need to be changed, looked at further, or improvements. Please share your feedback with Dr. Becky Mathison at by Friday, February 10.

Adventures in Learning Summer 2023

The Winnetka Public Schools will offer its Adventures in Learning summer program from June 14th to July 19, 2023. There will be no classes on June 19th or July 4th. Our General Program is designed for students entering 2nd grade through 8th grade and will be held at Washburne School.

Our Primary Program provides activities for children Pre-K (4 years old by June 1st, 2023) and K-1st grade (5 years old by September 1st, 2022) and will be held at Crow Island. Classes will be as varied as wilderness skills, archery, tennis, science, cooking, and many types of crafts​...along with the annual favorite, Animal Care.

Registration will go live in March.

Online Registration Open 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 is now open on the District website and via Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2023, are eligible to enroll.

The new student registration process is completed in three steps:

  1. Complete new student pre-registration forms online beginning November 16, 2022.

  2. Provide the original or certified copy of your child(ren)'s birth certificate and a parent photo ID. The certified copy can be submitted in person at the District Office. If you have the original birth certificate, you may bring it to the District Office to be photocopied. The District Office is at 1235 Oak St., Winnetka.

  3. Provide proof of residency and paper registration forms. For your convenience, all required residency documents may be uploaded during online registration. Click here to view the list of documents that will meet these requirements as well as the other forms required for registration (Registration Forms & Information).

Children will not be considered enrolled until both the online and paper portion of registration has been completed and residency documentation is verified. If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400.

Painting our Portrait

We recently launched a new series called “Painting our Portrait,” highlighting each of these areas along with examples of how the Portrait of a Graduate is coming to life in our schools. Follow along on our website, in the Winnetka Wire, and on social media to learn more about how our educators infuse these competencies into our students’ learning experiences.

Composting in District 36

Composting is in full swing at Greeley, Hubbard Woods and Washburne Schools. A plan is underway to introduce composting at Crow Island and The Skokie School.

Please note that items that are not on the lists below are not eligible for composting. This includes dog waste, scrap wood, and yard waste. While leaves and other organics are compostable, this service is not intended to take the place of the current Winnetka community systems and home composting solutions. If you notice composting bins are full, the District is unable to accept the materials and kindly requests that you do not place items outside of the bins for health and safety reasons. We also ask that residents abide by the hours designated for our schools. Further information on hours and bin locations is available on the Village website.

Food Products:

• Baked goods

• Bones

• Breads

• Candy

• Cereal

• Coffee grounds

• Dairy products

• Egg shells

• Fish/seafood

• Flower/plant cuttings

• Fried food

• Fruits

• Grains and grain products

• Meats

• Vegetables

• Spices/herbs

• Sugars/syrups

Paper Products:

• Blue painters tape (it’s paper!)

• Cardboard (pizza boxes!)

• Coffee filters

• Sugar/salt/pepper packets

• Egg cartons (paper only)

• Microwave popcorn bags

• Napkins

• Newspaper

• Paper food packaging

• Paper towels and wrap

• Tea/tea bags (no staples)

• Untreated wood products/sawdust

From our Partners at New Trier: New Trier High School Wants to Hear from Elementary School Families!

New Trier High School is always seeking to improve its communication with community members. The District is asking all community members to take the time to fill out a

brief online survey about communications preferences:

The survey includes questions specific to parents with children in New Trier Township elementary schools. It should take only a few minutes to complete. The survey link will close on Friday, Feb. 10.

New Trier encourages all sender school families to take the time to complete this very brief survey. Thank you!


  • READ: Alliance’s Fall/Winter Newsletter

  • REGISTER: Virtual Parent Series: Using Connection, Compassion, and Co-Regulation to Address Challenging Behavior in Young Children with Cari Ebert, February 9, 7-8:30pm

  • REGISTER: Let’s Play! Let’s Play! Winter Woods Exploration Saturday, February 11, 10:00am-12:00pm, Crow Island Woods, 1140 Willow Rd, Winnetka

  • REGISTER: Virtual Parent Series: Attachment and Your Young Child’s Mental Health: How You Can Make a Difference with Kate Blaker and Sarah Eastburg in Conversation with Carly Andrews, February 23, 7pm

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

Thursday, February 9th & Friday, February 10th: Winter Conferences - No School

Tuesday, February 21st: School Board Meeting @ 7:15pm