Middleton Weekly

Dec 7-11, 2015

Students readingMap Testing

Winter Map testing will begin Monday, December 7, through Friday, December 11, for all 2nd - 5th  graders.  Please be sure your child arrives to school well rested and on time. If you know your child will be absent during this time, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to set up an alternate date.

Bus Routes

We’ve just completed our first week with a sixth bus route. Please take the time to review your child’s new bus number if applicable. If you are unsure, please call the Middleton office.

Yearbook Design Contest

Calling all artists! Middleton is in need of a cover for the 2015-2016 yearbook!  Would you like to design it? Contest guidelines were sent home with students this week and entries are due by December 17. If you have any questions about the contest please email Ms. Katie Sater. Good luck!

Winter Enrichment

Winter enrichment starts January 25, 2016. Enrichment brochures went home Monday, January 4, 2016, right after we returned from winter break. Registration forms and fees are due Monday, January 11, 2016. Please note that 4th grade math support has been moved from Thursdays to Mondays. This is an invitation only class. Contact enrichment coordinator Kimberly Davis by email if you have questions.

Important Notes

If a student has any outstanding fees, such as instructional, bus, lunch, library, etc., which are over $6.00, the student will not be allowed to participate in the Enrichment and any other student paid activities, until these fees are paid.

Food Drive

Help feed our needy Skokie families by donating non-perishable food items to the Niles Township Food Pantry.  The Student Council is collecting food items until December 14. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in helping our community members.

...Spirit Days...

Friday, December 18
Pajama Day

Musical Concerts

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Winter Music Concert time! Please join us for our upcoming Winter Concerts including:

  • 3rd/4th grade show at McCracken on December 10 (students should arrive at 6:30 p.m)
  • 5th grade show at Middleton on December 16 (Students should arrive at 6:30 p.m)
  • 1st grade show at Middleton on December 17 at 9:00 a.m.
  • 2nd grade show at Middleton on December 17 at 10:00 a.m.

We hope to see you there!

Emergency School Closing Information

In the event of severe weather conditions or a building emergency which necessitate school closings, closings will be announced on the following radio and television stations:

  • AM Radio Stations: WGN 720, WBBM 780
  • Television Stations: CBS Channel 2, NBC Channel 5, ABC Channel 7, WGN Channel 9, FOX Channel 32, CLTV Channel 41

Listen for "Skokie School District 73½"

In addition, school closings will be posted on the District’s website www.sd735.org. You can also check online at www.emergencyclosing.com.

In the event our schools are closed, the District will activate the District's automated phone messaging system, which will call each family with a recorded message.

Please make sure the school offices have your most current contact information.

Mark Zuckerberg QuoteFamily Night Of Code

Join us for a Night of Code at McCracken! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The goal is for tens of millions of students, globally, to try an Hour of Code during December 7-13, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week! District 73.5 and the PTA are excited to bring this opportunity to our district to engage students and families in problem-solving, math, and science.

  • Who: All interested students and families K-8 
  • When: December 9, 2015
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: McCracken Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

All registrations were due no later than December 1.

Elp Inquiry Window

Our Extended Learning Program provides honors classes for students in Math and English Language Arts in grades 4-8. Students qualify for these classes based on a variety of measures. Families are notified of this information in June (for class placement for the upcoming school year). Parents may complete a Parent Inquiry if they feel their child may benefit from a more rigorous curriculum. The Parent Inquiry window opens October 1 and remains open until April 1. Parent Inquiry paperwork is available in the main office of Middleton and McCracken, or by contacting your school’s Assistant Principal.


It's time to order your 2015-2016 yearbook! What better way to remember this school year than with a yearbook for you and your child? These are memories you'll want to keep for years to come! The school yearbook costs $20 and is available for pre-order from now until December 18. Yearbooks will be distributed in May.

How to order: You may order online or return payment in the ordering envelope your child received at school. All checks should be made payable to HR Imaging. To order online, please visit book.hrimaging.com and select John Middleton Elem School.

Community Pages

Visit the Community section of our website for links to Community Pages, an archive of "frequent flyer" handouts shared by our community partners for students to take home in their backpacks and folders.

PTA LogoPTA News & Information

The PTA is live on SD735.org! Look up in the bookmark bar for the PTA link and then click it to get to know your PTA, find out how you can get involved, learn about events, download/print PTA flyers, and more.

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