Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - May 9, 2022

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Washburne Families,

Thank you to our PTO and all Washburne families for your kindness and support as we celebrated our teachers last week during teacher appreciation week! It looks like we will finally be getting some warmer weather this week, and it will be great to have students utilize the courtyards again for lunch. Please remind your students to bring a water bottle with them so they can stay hydrated throughout the day.

Washburne students will be MAP testing this week on Wednesday, May 11th and next week on Tuesday, May 17th. Please make sure that your child brings his/her fully charged iPad to school on these dates. Additionally, lunch is served later on these days. Please provide a snack for your child as we will provide time for one earlier in the day.

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.

Last, but most definitely not least, we would like to wish all the Mothers a Happy Mother’s Day, and we hope you were able to enjoy some well-deserved appreciation yesterday.

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

Window to Washburne

Drama and Improv is one of our newest elective courses that students at Washburne can take. Led by our theater teacher, Ms. Markos, students learn improvisation techniques and how to work with one another to create a successful scene. After students perform, they receive feedback not only from Ms. Markos, but from their classmates as well. To be successful, our students need to demonstrate many of their characteristics of our Portrait of a Graduate, including strong communication and collaboration skills. Successful improv requires a skillful balance of give and take, and our students are learning how to build off each other’s ideas.

Kudos to Ms. Markos for bringing this new course to Washburne and for our students for performing successful scenes.

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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 in Industrial Arts are currently working on their C02 car project. This is a five-week activity, in which students use the engineering design loop to create a car. During this project students learn about thumbnail sketches, multi view drawings, and the science that goes into making a fast car. Once the car has been created, they test the efficiency of their designs using a wind tunnel to measure drag, a fog tunnel that highlights the vehicles’ aerodynamic qualities, and a test track that measures speed.

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7th Grade Sexual Health Education Unit

Please CLICK here to read the message that was shared with all 7th grade families last week regarding the upcoming sexual health unit beginning the week of May 23rd.

For parents who would like to learn more, we are hosting an informational parent webinar tonight, Monday, May 9th, at 6:00pm.

Zoom Meeting Information:

8th Grade Graduation Tickets Available This Wednesday, May 4th

Washburne 8th grade graduation ticket ordering is now live!

If you did not receive the WASHBURNE 8TH GRADE GRADUATION 2022 email from the PTO last week, please reach out to

Attention 7th Grade Families: Electives for 2022-2023

Now is the time for 7th grade students and families to select electives for the 2022-2023 school year. Parents can now make elective requests for students in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please follow these steps to enter requests:

1) All elective requests will be entered online through the PowerSchool parent portal. You can access the site at this address:

2) If you do not remember your login information, please click the "forgot username or password" button. You can also email: for help.

3) When you log in, click on class registration in the left-hand menu.

4) Once you are in the class registration area of PowerSchool, follow the instructions for each section. Clicking on the pencil icon will allow you to select requests for each area.

5) Students with an IEP should select Learning Strategies for next year, and they will select three (3) elective courses and three (3) alternate selections. Students taking either Spanish or French this year will select three (3) elective courses and three (3) alternate selections in addition to their language. Students who do not currently have an IEP and do not take Spanish/French will select six (6) elective courses and three (3) alternate selections.

6) When you have completed the process, you will see a checkmark for each section. Make sure that you click the submit button at the bottom to finalize the process.

All elective requests should be entered into Powerschool by Friday, May 6th. Please note that course requests are not first come, first served. Please use this course description guide to assist you as you make your selections.

District News

Dr. Kelly Tess Named Next Superintendent of The Winnetka Public Schools

At a Special School Board meeting on May 5, Dr. Kelly Tess was named the incoming Superintendent as of July 1, 2022.

Click here for a letter from the School Board.

Dr. Tess shared this letter and video with our school community on May 6.

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

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.

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

Bike Safety Initiatives

As we enjoy more spring-like weather, more students will be riding bikes and walking to school. The District and Winnetka Police Department recently sent this letter to our school community on Bike Safety efforts.

In the letter, we shared information on safety pledges for students, safe route maps for each elementary school, and noted we are reintroducing the elementary “Bike Rodeo” event for second grade, hosted collaboratively with Scout Troop 20, Green Bay Cycles, and our school PTOs on the following dates:

  • Greeley: Wed, 5/4, 4:00pm (5/5 rain date)

  • Hubbard Woods: Wed, 5/11, 4:00pm (5/12 rain date)

  • Crow Island: Wed, 5/18, 4:00pm (5/19 rain date). The Winnetka Police will be present at this particular event for community engagement and photo opportunities.

At this event, second grade students will learn basic guidance about proper bike and helmet use. If your family is unable to attend the event at your child(ren)’s home school, you are welcome to attend another event.

Animal Care Opportunity

ATTENTION all lovers of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, reptiles, birds and other small animals! Winnetka's Adventures in Learning/AnimalCare Class is back this summer. 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.

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

For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, May 24: Board of Education Meeting @ 7:15pm

Thursday, May 26: 7th Grade Civil War Day

Friday, May 27: CW Awards Assembly

Friday, May 27: Half Day AM - 11:50am early dismissal

Monday, May 30: No School - Memorial Day

Thursday, June 2: Washburne Field Day

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