Middleton Weekly

May 16-20, 2016

2016-17 School Year Information

Please complete and return the Affidavit of Residency form that was sent home with your student. Only one Affidavit of Residency form is required per family, but all children enrolled in District schools must be listed on that form.

Online registration for the 2016-2017 school year opens on July 1, 2016. Residency Verification Days are scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, August 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Oliver McCracken Middle School.

Please note: In preparation for online registration, please confirm your PowerSchool Parent Sign In page username and password. If you do not remember your username or password, click the “Forgot Username or Password” link on the Parent Sign In page and follow the prompts. Do not create a new account. Please call the the Middleton school office at 847.673.1222 for assistance as needed.

Additional information about 2016-2017 online registration and procedures will be sent home with report cards and posted on our website.

3rd & 4th Grade Concert

It's spring concert time! Please join us at McCracken Middle School on May 25 at 7:00 p.m. for the 3rd and 4th grades' spring music concert event! Students soloists, seasonal choral repertoire, and recorders will be featured in this concert. We hope to see you there! 

Spirit Day! Friday, May 20 -- Sports Day

1st & 2nd Grade Concert

Jump into spring! Help us sing in this sunny season on May 27 at Middleton Elementary School! The 1st grade spring concert will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the gym and the 2nd grade spring concert will start at 1:00 p.m. and go until 2:00 p.m. in the gym. Students soloists, seasonal choral repertoire, and classroom instruments will be featured on this concert. We hope to see you there!

Mr. Stroud's 5th Grade Class Raps About Math!

Class Placements For The 2016-2017 School Year

The process of placing children in homerooms for the following school year begins in May. Our goal is to come up with a placement for each child that will enable him/her to have an academically successful year in a social environment that is supportive of continued growth and development.

The staff has input into this process considering, but not limited to, the following factors. The following list is not in priority order:

  • The child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral developmental levels & needs
  • The identified learning style(s) of the student
  • The child’s interactions with other students
  • The “social dynamics” within the class
  • The male/female balance in each class

Requests for specific teachers made by parents/guardians will not be taken. Parents/Guardians are welcome to submit a letter describing their child’s learning style; this will help us to determine best placement. Feel free to send a letter to Mr. Ruffino by email or Ms. McFadden by email. We ask if submitting a letter that you do so by Friday, May 20.

A great deal of thought goes into placement decisions and we appreciate parents and their cooperation as we put together the classes for the 2016-2017 school year. Class placements will be sent home on Thursday, August 18, provided all school fees are paid, residency documents are provided and registration forms are completed. The first day of the 2016-2017 school year is Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Round Up

Round Up is on Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. Round Up is an opportunity to celebrate students’ learning by viewing projects completed this spring, and an opportunity to see our school in its entirety by visiting classrooms and viewing art work, special rooms, and the Media Center.

News From The Gardens!

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Gilbert Garden Flyer

Annual Plant Sale 2016 Flyer

Book Donation Program At Middleton

Visit the Media Center at Round up to donate a book in honor of a friend, teacher, relative, or a special occasion. A bookplate with the donor’s name and occasion will be placed in the book. A certificate will be sent to the person notifying them that a book has been donated in their honor.  The cost is $15.00.  Please email Ann Herbach if you would like to donate a book and aren’t able to attend Round Up.

Media Center News

All library books are due by May 19.

Welcome To Middleton

All incoming Middleton School families are invited to the Middleton School Media Center on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to share your thoughts and ask questions about the transition from Kindergarten to 1st Grade.  

5th Grade Reception

Please join us on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. for the 5th Grade Farewell Reception at Middleton. This special evening is our way of wishing our 5th grade students and their families a fond farewell.  We look forward to seeing you!

Schoolkidz School Supply Orders

The District 73.5 PTA is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to pre-order school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.  We have contracted with SchoolKidz School Supplies, who will provide and package the supplies for us, and return a portion of all proceeds back to the PTA. The school supply kit you order for your Middleton student(s) will be individually packaged and delivered to your child’s classroom before the first day of the school year. Flyers for the promotion, including a list of the supplies and grade-level pricing, will be sent home the week of May 9.

Variety Show

The Variety  Show will be held on Thursday, June 2 from 1:00 until 2:45 p.m. Guests of children participating are welcome. Auditions for the Show are during recess on May 12 and 13. Rehearsal is on Wednesday, May 18 from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m.   We look forward to an afternoon of joyful entertainment.  

Field Day

Field Day (formerly known as Play Day) is the morning of Friday, June 3. Your child should wear gym shoes and dress appropriately for weather conditions. This is also the last day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m

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 the last day of school.

ICYMI (in case you missed it):
Highlights from the Spring Night of Code

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Spring Night of Code Highlight 2
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Spring Night of Code Highlight 5
Spring Night of Code Highlight 6

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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). Teachers communicated summer school recommendations to parents and guardians during February conferences.  Summer School Second Notice registration letters were mailed home the week of May 12th and were due by Wednesday, May 18th. Invoices and Confirmation Letters will be mailed home the week of May 23rd and will include fees owed (if any), specific class times, your child’s summer school teacher, and classroom numbers. 

Summer School fees are due by Friday, May 27, 2016. Please make payment in full to Skokie School District 73½. Payments may be dropped off, paid online at the Skokie School District 73½ homepage, or mailed to Skokie School District 73½, Attn: Laura Brogan, Summer School Payments, 8000 East Prairie Road., Skokie, IL 60076.

2016 Summer School Fees

There will be no fee for summer school for incoming 2nd through 6th grade students. The Title I grant will be funding these fees for summer school 2016.

  • Current Kindergarten (incoming 1st grade) fees are as follows:
    • Language Arts (2 hours): $245
    • Math (1 hour): $135
  • Current 6th-8th grade (Incoming 7th and 8th grade) fees are as follows:
    • ELA (1½ hours): $190
    • Math (1½ hours): $190

Bus transportation is available to and from summer school at no additional cost. Parents must identify bus pick-up and drop-off locations on the invoice statements mailed home the week of May 23rd. 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. Contact Mrs. Nancy Ariola at 847.676.8234 or by email to find out more information. Please contact your child’s teacher with specific academic questions.

Worlds Of Wisdom And Wonder Summer Program

The Center for Gifted will once again be offering its Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder summer program at McCracken School. Use code HOSTSKOS16 for a 10% tuition discount.

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. Check out this week's PTA flyer and mark your calendar for these upcoming events...

  • Volunteer for Tomorrow's Fun Fair (McCracken)
    Saturday, May 14
    11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Sign up to volunteer at the Fun Fair
  • 8th Grade Dance (McCracken)
    Saturday, May 21
    7:00 p.m.
  • PTA Meeting (Middleton)
    Tuesday, May 24
    7:00 p.m.

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. There's a little bit of everything for everyone: park district and public library news, scouts, athletics, community events and services, and more.