Greeley Greeting

Monday, October 24, 2022

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A Message from the Elementary Principals

Dear Winnetka Families,

Spooky season has arrived! We are looking forward to celebrating Halloween on Monday, 10/31. Our festivities will include dressing up as well as spooktacular activities. While each school and classroom will put its own twist on the day, we are all looking forward to having fun together!

Any adults coming into the building, to support class parties, must have their state ID screened by our entrance monitors. This can be done prior to Monday. We will hold your name tag at school for an expedited check-in on Monday. If you have been recently screened, please let the entrance monitor know you are coming and they will check the system and can print out your name tag without you stopping by.

Here are some reminders that will help to ensure that all students enjoy their time in school.

  • Please remember to leave any costume weapons at home
  • Only regular safety/health masks can be worn; no Halloween masks may be worn at school
  • Due to safety considerations, there will be no food served per district practice
  • Dismissal is at 2:45 pm, as it is a Monday
  • Additional reminder: there is no school for students on 11/1 (Teacher Institute Day)

Thank you for helping us to create a safe event for all of our students.


Beth Carmody, Hubbard Woods

Luke Livingston, Crow Island

Joshua Swanner, Greeley

Greeley Unity Art

Each year, October is designated as National Bullying Prevention Month, inviting schools to focus resources and efforts on promoting kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. In addition to the annual bullying prevention presentations occurring in the classrooms, all five Winnetka schools participated in a Unity Spirit Week.

As part of this week, students at Greeley engaged in a unity art project. We created artwork to inspire and remind us of our commitment to unity in our school. We are inviting the larger community to participate in this art project!

Please have household members (who are not students at Greeley) create an image of themselves freehand or using the template provided. Design your person with a vision for how you see yourself. Cut out your illustration and return it back to school. Please turn in your artwork by November 4th. We will be uniting our Greeley community by displaying everyone holding hands. Our goal is to get enough people to wrap around the entire school. Thanks for your participation!

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Picture Retakes

Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, October 25. If you would like to have your child's picture taken again, please email Ms. Park ( and Mr. Schreiber ( so we can see they get to the photographers for a retake. We also have a list of children who didn't get their picture taken so if your child was absent on Picture Day we will also see that they have their portrait done that day.

Reminder: Mosaic Dedication Ceremony

Please join us on the playground for a brief dedication of our new Greeley mosaic tomorrow, October, 25th at 4:15pm. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided by our PTO. We hope to see you there!

2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum

As a member of The Winnetka Public School community, we want to ensure you remain 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 any of our remaining informational sessions, in person or via Zoom. Please see the image below for details, or visit our website at

If you are unable to participate in an informational session, you may also view the screencast of the presentation here. A final mailing with additional information will be sent to the entire community later this month as well.

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Fall Winnetka Parents Institute Schedule

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:


Emotions Matter and an Introduction to RULER

Sachiko Kawata-Burke and Allison Szczecinski (District 36 SEL Coaches)

This overview presentation for parents will provide a more in-depth understanding of the emotions matter mindset and the RULER skills and tools. We will also share how RULER will be integrated into the classroom and applies to life at home. This presentation is geared for parents and caregivers of Winnetka 36 students. You can learn more about the RULER framework here.

October 26, 2022

9:00-10:00 A.M.

The Community Room; Skokie School


RSVP for this event here

Following the event a link will be provided to the taped presentation on the website.


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 (confirmed)


RSVP here.

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

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  • 10/25 - Mosaic Dedication: 4:15pm
  • 10/25 - Greeley Picture Retake Day
  • 10/26 - Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Display
  • 10/26 - 9am - 10am: SELf Parent Coffee: Social Problem-Solving & Peer Conflict
  • 10/28 - October Birthday Lunch with Principal Swanner
  • 10/31 - Ghost Dance & Ghost Walk: 12:45pm - 1:30pm
  • 11/1 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day
  • 11/8 - NO SCHOOL - Election Day

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