Crow Island Parent Newsletter

May 22, 2023

Dear Crow Island Families,

Last week, our 4th graders and many of our staff visited Camp Edwards for the culminating year end trip for 4th grade. Students engaged in pond mucking, hiking, camp fires, signing, and archery. Overall, the trip was a big hit with students and we had a lot of fun!

This week, we are looking forward to welcoming families into school for our Portfolio Day on Wednesday and Thursday. Portfolios show the cumulative efforts and learning of individual students over time. The portfolio showcases student improvement and skill mastery throughout the year. Along with student reflection, the portfolio provides detailed information about individual students and what is important to your child throughout the learning process.

Have a great week!


  • Wednesday, May 24: Portfolio Day 2nd & 3rd Grade
  • Wednesday, May 24: Bike Rodeo 4:30pm
  • Thursday, May 25: Portfolio Day 1st & 4th Grade
  • Monday, May 29: Memorial Day No School
  • Wednesday ,May 31: Crow Island Field Day
  • Thursday, June 8th: 4th Grade Crows on Parade 8am.
  • Friday, Jun 9th: Last Day of School

Crow Island School Supplies 23-24:

The Crow Island PTO is offering prepackaged school supply kits for your convenience through Educational Products, Inc. EPI will deliver the supply kits to Crow Island and PTO volunteers will deliver the kits to each classroom before the first day of school next year. Your child will arrive on the first day with all of his/her supplies. It’s so easy!

Please note that if you miss this opportunity to purchase school supplies online by June 4th, you will be responsible for purchasing school supplies on your own. EPI generally will have supplies available for purchase to ship directly to your home, but we cannot guarantee availability of all items after the sale closes.

  • You can place order(s) for your child(ren) by clicking HERE and using:
  • School ID: CRO020 (letters C, R and O followed by zero, two and zero)

Please email or contact Claire Winnard with any questions.

Bus Registration for the 23-24 Year:

Bus registration is completed during the annual online registration. Only students registered to ride the bus are allowed to ride the bus. If your child is not riding the bus for dismissal please contact the teacher and office. Over the next two years Crow Island will be going through school construction. It is encouraged that families consider the bus to avoid long lines at afternoon dismissal. Click here for more information and contact Mary Lee at the District office with any questions (847-446-9400 and

Strings Information:

Just a quick email to let you know it is that time of year again. Recruitment assemblies will be taking place this month at Crow Island, Greeley and Hubbard Woods for current 1st-3rd grade students. 4th grade students will have a separate assembly where they will learn more about the program at Skokie. 4th graders can also start on any string instrument including the string bass!! Students will be introduced to the instruments that they can learn at school: violin, viola, cello and string bass. (4th graders only) The registration forms will be electronic again this year via Google Forms.

If you have more than one child signing up next year, feel free to use the same form for both (all) of your children. The registration deadline will be Friday, June 10th. Please let us know if you have any questions. Looking forward to working with your children again next year!

Mrs. Sheryl Nussbaum

Mrs. Yue Cai

Online Registration has opened for Returning & New Students for the 2023-2024 School Year - Updated information for all families

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open for all students (returning and pre-registered). Email notification was sent to the primary contact on record with the District March 17, 2023. Additionally, families will receive notification via regular mail. Contained within the notification is a unique “snapcode” that parents will need to login. Please contact District Registrar, Margie Karabas via email ( or phone 847-446-9400, with any questions. Additional information and login to the portal can be found on the District Website - Parent Registration

For Incoming Kindergarten Families:

Continue to turn in your registration forms and pay your registration fees. The most accurate information is needed for us to create homerooms in the fall. Please save the dates listed below and review this communication for further details . We look forward to welcoming you and your children to our school community!

Kindergarten Open House

Thursday, May 25, 2023

6:15 p.m.- 7:15 pm

This presentation is intended for adults only.

District Office staff will be present to collect any remaining paperwork, proof of residency, original/certified copy of child’s birth certificate and parent drivers license (copied and returned to you).

Kindergarten Connection

Monday, August 21, 2023

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Times will vary by signup

Kindergarten Bus Roundup

Friday, August 25, 2023

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Meet & Greet:

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

10:45a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

First Day of School:

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023 (11:20 a.m. dismissal)

If you did not receive this information from the District, please call our office at 847-446-9400.

Safety Bulletin

Please take a moment to review the District’s Safety Bulletin, intended to share safety practices and other important information with you.

Acceleration Policy Implementation: Seeking Your Feedback

This year the District implemented new acceleration policy procedures for single-subject and grade acceleration, using a variety of methods to communicate the procedures. The Department of Innovation, Teaching and Learning is gathering feedback about this new approach. The survey results will be reviewed in order to determine areas of strength and areas for improvement related to implementation of single-subject and grade acceleration. Thank you in advance for sharing your input! Please complete the survey by Friday, June 2. Acceleration: Feedback Survey

NEW EPISODE of Winnetka Voices

Episode #7: Tips on Supporting Young Readers & Preventing the Summer Slide

Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendents, speaks to middle school reading specialists Sheri Johnston and Suzanne Savard about how to best foster childrens’ literacy during the summer months. Along with summer reading recommendations, they provide tips on what may support your child to grow in confidence in their reading skills–whether they are an avid or reluctant reader. You may be surprised by how simple and natural supporting your child’s literacy during summer break can be.

Listen here:

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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.

Adventures in Learning: Animal Care Opportunity

ATTENTION all rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, reptiles, birds and other small animals! Winnetka's Adventures in Learning - Animal Care Class is looking for small animal volunteers to help our students learn about their care. If your child's small animal is due for a brief break this summer, please email Anna at If it is time to pass your pet on to another loving family, we can also try to arrange adoptions.

From Our Partners at Alliance for Early Childhood

Let’s Play! Nature Exploration

Monday, June 5, 9:30am-11:30am, Erickson Woods, 1651 Willow Rd, Winnetka

Join The Alliance for Early Childhood and Community Partners, BackYard Nature Center and Cook County Forest Preserves, to engage in creative, imaginative, and child-directed, outdoor free-play as a family. Intended Age Audience: All ages are welcome.

To register, click here.

1st Day School Supply Kits for Rising 5th Graders

Skokie School has again partnered with 1st Day School Supplies so that families have the option of ordering a school supply kit for the next school year. The supplies included in the kit have been chosen by Skokie teachers and administration for each grade and should provide your student with everything they need for the upcoming year. The final deadline for ordering school supplies through 1st Day is July 1st. Supply kits will be sent to your home and teachers will let students when to bring supplies into school at the start of the new school year. Please click here to order your school supplies through 1st Day.

Families are very welcome to purchase school supplies on their own. A list will be posted to the Skokie School website soon.

5th Grade Orientation Materials:

If you were not able to attend orientation last week you can find the slide deck information here: 5th Grade Orientation.