Middleton Weekly

Feb 8-12, 2016

Door with the word "Welcome"Parent-Teacher Conferences

Middleton teachers will be available for 15 minute conferences on Thursday, February 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. or Friday, February 12 from 8:00 to 12:00 noon. District 73.5 uses an online sign-up system called PT Conference Maker (PTCM) for conference communication and scheduling.  PTCM is designed to be easy to use; requires little to no experience using the Web; and allows parents to sign up for conferences from anywhere, at anytime, on any Internet-connected device. Parents can contact the Middleton School office at 847.673.1222 during school hours for assistance or with questions. 

Middleton Fitness Night

Middleton Fitness Night is Thursday, February 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. There will be tons of fun and new fitness stations for you and your parents to try out! We also will be having a huge raffle with over 50 prizes! Come out and join the fun, and remember you must have a parent/ guardian or someone over the age of 18 to come with you. Hope to see you there!

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.

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 Days

Friday, February 19
Hawaiian Day

Cuties Fundraiser

The Student Council will be selling Cuties (clementines) during 1st-5th grade recess periods on February 9-11. Students can purchase a bag of two cuties with a valentine for $1.00. Due to a limited supply, each student is allowed to purchase no more than three bags. All proceeds from the Valentine's Day fundraiser will be given to Middleton Student Council, and assist with purchasing a gift for Middleton School at the end of the school year. Thank you in advance for your support. 

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!

Participation Update: At the end of this week, our reports show that 15% of parents have taken the survey!

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.

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...

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.