Middleton Weekly

Feb 29 - Mar 4, 2016

Construction head artCommunity Meeting Regarding Additions To Meyer & Middleton

Please join members from the Board of Education and administrative team to discuss additions to Meyer and Middleton Schools on Tuesday, March 1 at Middleton School. Read here for info...


The North Shore Center For The Performing Arts Presents Out Of Bounds

What happens when you can’t protect your own kid from the cruelty of their friends?  A National Theatre Project Award Winner, the public performance of Out of Bounds confronts the effects of school cyber-bullying from a parent’s point of view.  In combination with post-show panel discussion, the North Shore Center will serve as the backdrop for an important community dialogue around the hazardous effects of cyber-bullying. Out of Bounds is a freeperformance for parents, educators, and their students in grades 5th and up on Monday, February 29 at 7:00 p.m.  Go to www.northshorecenter.org to reserve your seats.

4th & 5th Grade Concert

Mark your calendars! On March 24 at 7 p.m. in the McCracken Gym the 4th and 5th graders will have their Spring Music Concert! The 4th graders will be showing off their recorder skills and 5th graders will be STOMPing the night away with some rhythmic rounds. We hope to see you there!

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.

Highlights from this week's "World Read Aloud Day" at Middleton! More photos are available here. (and videos, too).

Board of Education Vacancy

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.

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.

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.