Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo (On a Tuesday) - May 30, 2023

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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. Friday, we were able to celebrate with our entire student body and around 100 parents and family members at our annual awards assembly. It was awesome to hear performances from our amazing Chorus, Band, and Orchestra students, as well as recognize the numerous talents of our students. Washburne student leadership shared the stage with Henry from Henry’s Heroes, this year’s student chosen charity that raises funding and awareness for epilepsy.

We are excited to host Field Day this Thursday, June 1st (please remind students to bring a water bottle and sunscreen, as it looks to be a warm day), 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 30th @ 7:30pm in the Little Theater for this year's Musical Theatre production, Seussical Jr. 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!

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

8th Grade Class of 2023 Graduation Reminders

We are excited to celebrate our 8th graders one week from today at the Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony. Please CLICK HERE for a graduation reminder checklist.

We 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 5th - Last day of school for 8th graders

    • 8th graders will wear their graduation t-shirts that they will bring home on Friday, June 2nd

  • Tuesday, June 6th @ 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 2023 party

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

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

KW Uniform and School Supply Ordering Information

All rising 6th , 7th and 8th grade families! The PTO and the KW teams at Skokie and Washburne are excited to announce a new partnership. This year, we will be ordering KW uniforms through New Trier High School’s One Stop Trev Shop! The One Stop Trev Shop is an innovative job training/life skills program for New Trier’s Transition Program students. Please CLICK HERE for more information on how to order your KW uniform.

Please note:

  • Putting in your order as soon as possible really helps our friends at One Stop Trev Shop!

  • Once you place your order, you will receive an email letting you know that your items are ready for pick up. Once your order is ready, please pick up your order from the Glencoe shop by June 2nd. For orders that are ready after June 2nd (or if you are unable to pick up by that date), there will be a pick-up table staffed by students at the Trevian Way entrance of the New Trier East campus.

If you have any questions, please reach out to

It is time to order your school supply kits for the 2023-24 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.

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.

Spring Musical - Seussical, Jr. on stage Tonight!

Come one, come all to the final Washburne drama performance of the year! The Stagecraft and Musical Theatre students are excited to present Seussical, Jr. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 7:30 pm in the Washburne Little Theatre. This show is the culmination of weeks of hard work and dedication from both the actors on stage to the crew who designed and constructed all of the sets, costumes, lights, sound effects, and props. This type of theatrical production offers students the opportunity to collaborate and communicate effectively with their peers, to solve problems creatively, and to develop resilience and self-confidence.

We can’t wait to celebrate the end of the year with this fun show! See you there!

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Cafeteria Menu

Parents can see the monthly menus in our cafeteria by clicking HERE. Please feel free to use this menu to plan out your child’s meals.

District 36 News

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

Register for the 2023-2024 School Year

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 phone 847-446-9400, with any questions. Additional information and login to the portal can be found on the District website.

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.
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Upcoming Dates

Thursday, June 1st: Washburne Field Day

Monday, June 5th: Last Day of Attendance for 8th Grade

Tuesday, June 6th: 8th Grade Graduation 7:00pm @ Gaffney Auditorium

Friday, June 9th: Last Day of School 11:50am Student Dismissal