Crow Island Parent Newsletter
December 5, 2022
Dear Crow Island Families,
First graders recently finished a unit of study guided by the question “Why are farms and farmers important?” The Farm Study knitted together an array of academic subjects including science with the studying and growing of plants, language arts with the creation of a farm book in which they recorded their learning, and social studies with the exploration of the Farm to Table process. As a culminating activity, the first graders tapped into their art and math skills by creating a Farmers Market to market and sell “produce” (faux fruits and vegetables crafted from construction paper) to students and teachers at Crow. The Farmers Market was a wonderful way for the students to take ownership of their learning and to practice the skill of collaboration. The first graders embraced all aspects of the project with zest. The first grade hallway was buzzing with excitement, empowerment and a sense of accomplishment!
I also want to thank our PTO for their support with the Book Fair. This was a huge hit for families, staff, and students and a lot of work goes into setting up, operating, and taking down the books. We appreciate all the support!
We plan to go outside whenever possible for recess. Our rule of thumb is “when in doubt, we go out.” That said, the weather is getting colder and we ask for families to partner with us to ensure students are prepared to go outside. Our ask is that you take a look at the weather in the morning and send students with the gear needed to head outside even in the colder weather.
Only in the event of very cold days will we not be going outside for recess. In the morning, we will closely monitor the temperature and if the “feels like” temperature falls at 10 degrees or below we will plan for indoor recess. That said, if the day is sunny and students have winter gear we may head outside for a few minutes of fresh air.
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.
- Day: Wednesday, December 7th
- Time: 6:30pm
- Registration: Sign-up here if you plan to attend.
We are looking forward to our annual Sing-a-Long at Crow Island. This is a time for students and families to celebrate the holiday season together. The Sing-a-Long will take place on December 22nd and follow the schedule below:
- 9:00am - Last Name A-G
- 10:30am - Last Name H-O
- 1:00pm - Last Name P-Z
This year the Sing-a-Long will take place in the auditorium.
After School Sports Registration:
Grade 3 and 4 students can register for Session 2 of After School Sports. Registration opens at 9am on Tuesday. You can register here: District Web Store. If you have questions, you can email Mr. Sweene.
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 https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=30658&culture=en. 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:
Complete new student pre-registration forms online beginning November 16, 2022.
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.
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.
Elementary Math Core Values in Winnetka D36
Above are the five core values. This month the core value “Hands-On Approach” is featured. Elementary math education in Winnetka is hands-on! As we know from child development research, learning begins at a concrete level. Children learn best when they make sense of situations in a multi-sensory manner. In our classrooms, we use a wide range of tools to help students explore and deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. From kindergarten through fourth grade, students use a variety of manipulatives like blocks, models, and drawings to investigate, explain, represent, and reason about mathematical ideas. These experiences are key to building a strong foundation that will serve them well in the future.
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.
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.
Stay & Play Registration
Kindergarten students who are not currently enrolled in Stay & Play will have the opportunity to register for the 2nd half of the year after 8:00 am January 9th through this link. Please note that the registration period ends January 31, 2023 and will remain closed for the remainder of the year. The rates are prorated below. If you attempt to register before the 9th, you will receive an Item Unavailable message. After purchasing Kindergarten Stay & Play registration, your child will be able to begin their attendance in the program the following Monday so the schools can plan accordingly.
Number of Days
Original Fee - Full Year
Prorated Fee - January - June
The Alliance for Early Childhood:
The Winnetka Wire
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.
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:
Developing a Family Charter- District Implementation of RULER
Danielle Klimak (SEL Coach)
In this presentation we will be taking a closer look at one of the 4 RULER anchor tools: The Charter. A Charter is a tool that can be used to help create a positive and supportive social-emotional environment at school or home. A Charter helps to explore how we want to feel and what we can do to ensure that everyone has those feelings more consistently. In this presentation you will learn about the benefits of a Charter and how to create a Charter in the home setting.
December 12, 2022
Resource Center at Washburne School (confirmed)
Parent Education Sessions from District Partner Family Action Network (FAN):
For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.
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TREX PLASTIC FILM CHALLENGE BEGINS
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 through April 15, with winners announced on Earth Day. During this time, bins are placed at D36 schools to collect the *plastics listed below.
●Case overwrap (e.g. water, soda and juice bottles)
●Dry cleaning bags
●Wood pellet bags
●Ziplock and other reclosable bags
*Please note, all plastics must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.
Contact GoGreenWinnetka@gmail.com with any questions.