Greeley Greeting

Monday, October 3, 2022

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Greeley Families,

October is here, and preparations for next week's conferences are underway. We look forward to sharing the story of our students' learning thus far! I wanted to take a brief moment to highlight some key dates and events at Greeley.

Birthday lunch with the principal: Our birthday lunches with the principal have officially begun. Toward the end of each month, students in grades 1-4 have the option of eating with the principal. This is a simple event in which we celebrate students' birthdays with a balloon, small gift, and a game or activity. Please note: June, July, and August birthdays are celebrated during their "half-birthday" months (December, January, and February, respectively). A special thank you is due to our PTO for organizing these lunches with us!

No school this Wednesday: This Wednesday, October 5th, is a non-attendance day.

Fall Festival: Thank you to our PTO for organizing this year's Fall Festival, which will be hosted this Friday at Greeley School, starting at 5:30pm. Please see the latest PTO newsletter for more details.

Conference week: In order to accommodate conferences next week, Thursday, October 13th will be a half-day. Friday, October 14th is a full non-attendance day as well.

Picture retake day: Picture retakes will be made available on October 25th.

Lastly, thank you to Jaime and Scott Kemper for hosting the New Family Welcome Party last week. We have many new families at Greeley School (it was the largest turnout I have ever seen!), and it was nice to see families come together for an evening of connection.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Joshua Swanner


Panorama SEL Survey

The Panorama Student SEL Survey will be administered in grades K-8 between October 3-7th, 2022 as part of our District-wide strategic plan goal to support SEL which is explained below:

Positive Culture & Well Being:

A culture of positive well-being amongst students, staff and community serves as a catalyst for continual growth. Relationships and understanding of others are prioritized to promote educational excellence, equity, and resilience. Understanding personal identities and self-awareness is used to facilitate better connections in an increasingly complex world.

The surveys will provide data to help inform our efforts to support the well-being of all students, teachers and staff.

Teachers in K-2 will complete the Teacher’s Perceptions of Student’s SEL for each of their students. Based on this year’s goals, the survey focuses on four areas: Grit, Self Management, Emotional Regulation, and Engagement.

Students in grades 3-8 will complete the two survey modules during their advisory/meeting time. We are administering this survey as part of our District-wide goal to support SEL for all students. Based on this year's goals, the survey focuses on seven areas: Emotional Regulation, Self Management, Grit, Sense of Belonging, Engagement, School Climate and School Safety.

All staff will take the Panorama Teacher and Staff Survey. The staff and teacher survey focuses on five areas: Wellbeing, Belonging, SEL Professional Learning, School Climate, and Efficacy.

September 27 “Keeping Our Schools Safe Together” Presentation

Students and staff gathered together for a morning assembly at all five schools on September 27. The presentation included information about seeing something and saying something, being an up-stander and what steps to take if you are in an unsafe situation. While this was a natural opportunity for us to review these things with our students, we made it clear that there are situations in which the safest way to be an up-stander means calling for help–whether that is dialing 911 or getting an adult. We also wanted to recognize that there are going to be instances that if unreported, could escalate into something worse, and want our students to know who they can go to in their school for help. Today’s presentation slides are linked below.

K-4 Presentation

5-8 Presentation

2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum

As a member of The Winnetka Public School community, we want to ensure you are informed about the improvements to all five schools as part of the 2022 Downsized Capital Improvement Plan: Referendum, which was adopted as a resolution by the School Board on August 16th and will be on the ballot November 8th. You are invited to attend an upcoming informational session, in person or via Zoom. Please see the image below for further information, or visit our website at
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Parent Education Sessions from District Partner Family Action Network (FAN):

For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.

Follow us on Social Media!

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  • 10/5 - NO SCHOOL - Religious Holiday (Yom Kippur)
  • 10/6 & 10/7 - Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • 10/13 - HALF DAY - 11:20am Dismissal
  • 10/14 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences
  • 10/25 - Greeley Picture Retake Day
  • 10/28 - October Birthday Lunch with Principal Swanner
  • 11/1 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day
  • 11/8 - NO SCHOOL - Election Day

About Us

School Hours:

8:30am | Doors open

8:37am | School promptly begins

2:10pm | Extended day kindergarten dismissal

2:45pm | Early Release (MONDAY ONLY)

3:15pm | Grades 1-4 & Extended play kindergarten dismissal