Middleton Weekly

Feb 22-26, 2016

Item Drop Off

Yearbook FlyerDear families: We know that there are times when students forget to bring lunches, band instruments, books and other items to school. Please know that when you drop those items at school, our front office staff will email or call teachers to inform them of this. Teachers do their best to send students down as soon as possible to retrieve these items. It is not possible for secretaries to deliver items or lunches to classrooms due to the busy nature of the front office. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this. Please also know that if a child forgets a lunch at home, they will always be fed here at school, so it may not be necessary for you to drop lunch off during the day.

Traffic Pattern/Drop-Off/Pick-Up

Please remember to follow procedures when dropping off or picking up children from school. We want to make sure that everyone is safe!

Cars dropping off students must enter westbound on Madison Street and enter St. Louis Avenue heading northbound. You will then turn left into Drake Alley, where children should be dropped off in the circle drive. Cars will then exit northbound on Drake Avenue and head eastbound on Main Street. 

Please note the following:

  • Cars may begin lining up for morning drop off starting no earlier than 8:00 a.m.
  • Cars may begin lining up for afternoon pick-up starting no earlier than 2:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. on Tuesday)
  • There will be no turning southbound onto St. Louis Avenue during drop-off and pick-up times. Additionally, you are only allowed to turn right on Main Street when exiting Drake Avenue.
  • Please obey posted signs, or risk being ticketed by the Village of Skokie Police.
  • Cars may not enter St. Louis or Drake Alley by way of the alley between Trumbull and St. Louis.
  • Please be mindful of neighbors who may be exiting their parking spaces or garages during drop-off or pick-up times.
  • Please do not leave your car idling while waiting in line.

Winter Enrichment 2016

The Winter Session of Enrichment ends on March 17.

Spring Enrichment 2016

There will be a new 6 week Spring Enrichment Session starting the week of April 11 and ending the week of May 16. The Spring Enrichment brochure will go home on Tuesday March 8. Enrichment registration form and fees are due on Tuesday March 15. Confirmation forms will go home on Tuesday March 22. 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.

District 73.5 2016 Summer School

Summer School LogoDistrict 73.5 will offer Summer School for:

  • Students entering grades 1-8 who are in need of academic support
  • Students who fail a class (attendance is mandatory)

Summer School will be in session from Monday, June 13th through Friday, July 8th (no class on Monday, July 4th) at Oliver McCracken Middle School, 8000 East Prairie Road. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (times vary according to selected classes). More information regarding tuition cost will be available in the upcoming months. Teachers will be making recommendations for student attendance during conferences in February.

If you are currently planning your child's summer activities and would like to know in advance if your child should attend Summer School, contact your child's teacher.

Bus transportation is available to and from summer school at no additional cost.  Parents will identify bus pick-up and drop-off locations once registration is complete. The park district offers a section of Camp Iwannago to align with Summer School. It is the afternoon session 220532-05.  The district bus can pick up and drop off at Oakton Community Center.

Lost And Found

There is an abundance of items in our lost and found. Students are encouraged to check for their belongings. Parents should also check for lost items. All items will be donated to charity on February 16, 2016.

Board of Education Vacancy

February Is National Children's Dental Health Month

Important reminders for your children for optimal health from the American Dental Association:

  • Drink water instead of soda pop.
  • Clean between teeth with dental floss.
  • Limit between meal snacks.  Eat sweets sparingly to keep your smile healthy.
  • Wear a mouthguard to protect your smile when playing sports.
  • Visit the dentist regularly.

Proof of a dental exam is required by May 15, 2016, for all second grade students.  If you are unsure as to whether you have met this requirement, please call Nurse Nellie in the health office at 847.676.8020. If needed, please call the health office for assistance in finding a dentist.

Spirit Day

Friday, March 25
Professional Day

Yearbook Orders Extended

Please see the attached flyer for information.

Community Health Survey

The Skokie Health Department is seeking input from anyone who lives, works or attends school in Skokie through a short “Community Health Survey.”  The survey is anonymous and should not take more than 5 to 10 minutes to complete. This is part of a Community Health Needs Assessment conducted every five years to decide which health issues to prioritize in Skokie.  Input from the community is vital to this process. Please click on the following link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SkokieHealth2016. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Russian, and Korean. If you would prefer a paper copy or have any questions about the survey please call the Health Department at 847.933.8252. Thank you for helping us to make Skokie a healthier place to live, work, and play.

Skokie District 73.5  Participates In The 5Essentials Parent Survey 2016

Beginning on January 11 teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our schools. 

5 Essentials Survey LogoThe Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey will be conducted January 11 through March 11, 2016. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois and click the “Parent Survey” to begin. There are 17 questions and the survey should take approximately 15 minutes. If you have children in multiple buildings please complete one for each school.

Your participation in the parent survey will help us better understand our schools and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. If at least 20 percent of parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. This will allow us to access to your valuable feedback.

Please help us reach at least 20 percent and participate! We will post updated participation rates in our Weekly and on the website during the survey window.  Additionally we will have devices available for parents to complete the survey at events such as parent visit day and PTA meetings. Thank you in advance for participating!

Thank you in different languagesParticipation Update: Our reports show that 27% of parents have taken the 5Essentials Parent Survey. We've exceeded our original participation goal and would love to climb even higher to 100%. If you haven't already taken the survey, please take a few minutes to help us get there. Thank you, everyone, for your feedback!

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. In the meantime, check out the PTA flyer for this week and be on the lookout for details about these upcoming events...

  • PTA Meeting
    Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Adult Dance & Auction
    Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
  • PTA Board Elections
    Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Scholastic Book Fair @ McCracken
    Tuesday, April 12 through Thursday, April 14

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.

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.

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.