Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo (On a Tuesday) - May 31, 2022

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Washburne Families,

We hope that everyone enjoyed the nice weather and had a safe holiday weekend. We have a number of activities packed into these last two weeks of school, and are excited to celebrate a great school year with our students. For the first time since 2019, we were able to have our entire student body and almost 100 parents and family members join us for our annual awards assembly on Friday. I can’t express enough how awesome it was to have our whole building together to celebrate our amazing students.

We are excited to host Field Day this Thursday, June 2nd (fingers crossed for good weather), and we want to thank our Kinetic Wellness staff and many parent volunteers in advance for your help in coordinating and running this day.

Also, please join us tonight, Tuesday, May 31st @ 7:30pm in the Little Theater for this year's Musical Theatre production, On Broadway. No advanced tickets are necessary, so come on out and support the talented cast and amazing Stagecraft crew in what is sure to be a great celebration of the end of the school year!

We wanted to pass along a reminder from our PTO that volunteer sign-up information for the 2022-23 school year will be sent out later this week. We are so thankful for the collaborative partnership from our PTO and parent community.

Thank you for your continued support.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

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8th Grade Class of 2022 Graduation Reminders:

We are excited to celebrate our 8th graders one week from today at the Class of 2022 Graduation Ceremony. I know this time of year is hectic and we wanted to include some important dates and reminders for our 8th graders and their families.

  • Monday, June 6th - Last day of school for 8th graders

    • 8th graders will wear their graduation t-shirts that they will bring home on Friday, June 3rd

  • Tuesday, June 7th @ 7:00pm - Graduation Ceremony at the Gaffney Auditorium / New Trier East Campus

    • Doors will open at 6:30pm

    • After the ceremony students will be transported by bus to the Washburne Gymnasium for a Class of 2022 party

    • Party ends at 10:00pm and parents are asked to pick up 8th graders at this time. (Pick up is at the Washburne Gym Entrance off of Elm Street)

If you have any questions about the graduation ceremony or party, please email

School Supplies and KW Uniforms

It is time to order your school supply kits for the 2022-23 school year. The deadline for ordering is July 1st. Supply kits will be delivered to your home two weeks before the start of school in August. CLICK HERE to order.

Next year, our 7th and 8th Graders will need a KW uniform daily. We are partnering with an online vendor, to ensure uniforms arrive by the start of the school year. Students will need a pair of shorts and a KW shirt and we encourage students to purchase sweats for colder weather. The uniform store will be open for online orders until June 9th.

Please make sure to order your uniform to ensure it arrives by the beginning of the school year. Washburne KW Uniform Link

Window to Washburne

After back-to-back years of cancellations due to the pandemic, we were so happy to bring back Civil War Day for our 7th grade students this year. Over the course of the year, students have been studying American history in social studies classes, including the period of time leading up to the Civil War and the details of the war itself. On Civil War Day, historical reenactors taught our students many different aspects of life during that time, everything from life on the battlefield to medicine and music to photography. Later in the day, students were treated to a presentation from Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, who recounted details from Lincoln’s early life and Presidency.

Kudos to all of our social studies teachers, Ms. Gylling, Mr. Hovis, Mr. Rice, Mr. Senechal, and Ms. Zuehl, for planning such an interactive day of learning for our students.

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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.

The Creative Writing students are putting the finishing touches on their fiction stories. With this assignment, they had free rein to write in any genre: historical fiction, sci-fi, realistic fiction, or fantasy. The story ideas are as diverse as the students. They feature spies, Cambodia, zombies, climate scientists, and even Batman! The unit included lessons on building suspense, punctuating dialogue, and paragraphing effectively. We will celebrate the end of the trimester by having a popcorn party and reading each other’s stories.

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Two teams representing Carleton Washburne recently earned Highest Honors in the 2021-22 WordMasters Challenge -- a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually.

The WordMasters Competition consists of three meets throughout the year. Students are required not only to learn challenging vocabulary words, but also to be able to complete high-level analogies using these words. The Team Revelation seventh graders placed fourth nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 560 points out of a possible 600, while Revelation 8th graders also earned a cumulative 560 points to finish in 6th place nationwide.

Congratulations to all our WordMasters!

District News

SHIELD Testing Ends the Week of May 31st

As we are nearing the end of the school year, SHIELD testing will stop the week of May 31st.

iPad Collection Information

Please review this letter for details on the process to return your child’s iPad before the end of the school year.

2022-2023 Online Registration for New and Returning Students is Now Open

Please register early! Parents are asked to complete registration at their earliest convenience to help inform planning for the 2022-2023 school year.

Registration information for next year was sent via regular mail and email this week. Look for these materials in your mailbox and inbox. Once you receive this information, you may contact District Registrar, Carolin Huh, at 847-446-9400 or, if you have any registration questions, or did not receive notification.

Health Form Reminder for Next School Year:

All medical forms required by the State of Illinois are due before the first day of school. You can find additional copies of the forms on the district website here. Please see the information below:

State of Illinois Health Examination:

Kindergarten & Grade 6

Eye Examination:


Dental Examination:

Kindergarten, Grade 2 & Grade 6

Please use the links to upload your child’s completed forms. Further details in the links. Please select your child’s school and grade for the school year 2022-2023.

Hubbard Woods:


Second Grade

Crow Island:


Second Grade



Second Grade


6th Grade

All Schools (Grades 1-5 and 7-8 for NEW STUDENTS ONLY) use form below:

New Students

Winnetka Children's Fair 75th Anniversary on Thursday, June 9 & Friday, June 10

The Winnetka Children's Fair's 75th Anniversary will be held on

Thursday, June 9, from 12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Friday, June 10, from

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Winnetka Village Green. Hosted by the

Winnetka Community Nursery School, The Winnetka Children's Fair is a

beloved community event offering carnival rides, arcade games,

pony/camel rides, balloon artists, face painting, live music, food,

drinks and much more! Learn more, including how to volunteer at the

Fair and buy tickets in advance, by visiting this link or

following us on Instagram: @winnetkacommunitynurseryschool and

Facebook: @WinnetkaChildrensFair.

Parent Education Sessions from District Partner Family Action Network (FAN):

For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, June 2: Washburne Field Day (Friday, June 3rd make-up rain date if needed)

Tuesday, June 7: 8th Grade Graduation @ 7:00 pm - Gaffney Auditorium NT Winnetka Campus

Thursday, June 9: Last Day of School for 7th Grade - 11:50am dismissal