Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo (On a Tuesday) - September 27, 2022

Big picture

Washburne Families,

Washburne students and staff gathered together for a morning assembly today.

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:

5-8 Presentation

K-4 Presentation

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

Big picture

Fall Conference Information

We are looking forward to fall conferences, which will take place on Thursday, October 13th and Friday, October 14th. Your child’s advisor will be reaching out to families this week to begin scheduling conferences. Conferences can be held online via Zoom or in person based on your family’s preference.

Students should be in attendance for their conferences.

Help Wanted

Washburne has two immediate staff openings - one for a permanent sub position and the other for a special education associate. If you know of anyone who would be interested in working within our school, please have them contact us at and

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 class is made up of 14 passionate writers! So far they’ve written 3 poems, focusing on various forms of figurative language, but above all, they’ve been having FUN playing with words. Their first poem was a Found poem, where they literally “found” the words in magazines. The resulting poems are always surprising and clever! Next, they wrote a Memory Map poem about a memory sparked by drawing diagrams of their bedrooms. For the third poem, we toured the school, dropping in on different environments such as the lunchroom and a KW class to practice writing with sensory details. This week was Whatever Week, where the kids get to write whatever they want, and our fiction unit is on deck!

Big picture
Big picture

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Club

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Club takes science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) to the next level. Together, the club will gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping our students build a better future together. As a club, we will engage in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering through building and programming our own custom LEGO robot that navigates the missions of the Robot Challenge Map. Friendly competition is at the heart of FLL Club as we prepare for the Regional Qualifying Challenge Tournament.

Click here to sign up for Lego Robotics Club

The club will meet Tuesdays after school from 3:30-4:45, in the CW CoLab (N102) with Mr. Selgrat.

District 36 News

Downsized Capital Improvement Plan

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

Big picture


The deadline for registering for Kindergarten Stay and Play is on 9/30/22.

If you would like to sign up, please follow this link and log into your Revtrak account.

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

For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.

Follow us on Social Media!

Please follow the District via the following social media platforms in order to see day-to-day happenings and more.

Facebook and Twitter: @Winnetka36

Instagram: @WinnetkaPublicSchools

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, October 5th: No School - Religious Holiday

Friday, October 7th: Autumnfest

Thursday, October 13th: Early Dimissal 11:50am - Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 14th: No School - Parent Teacher Conferences