Oct 19 - 23, 2015
New this year! Middleton School will be taking an All School Group picture on October 27 (picture retake day). The picture will be an 11” by 14” and order forms will be sent home on Monday. If you did not order pictures or are not pleased with those of your child, retakes are on October 27, 2015. Please return the old pictures (except for the class photo) to the school. Order forms for new orders are available in the office.
Harvest Festival Concert
On Thursday, October 29, John Middleton Elementary will have its first ever Harvest Festival Concert featuring students in grades 1-3. This concert features traditional American folk music, art, and dance to gather us together during this festive time of year!
Get Ready - Get Set - Go!
Outside that is…Don’t let your children miss out on all the outdoor fun. We love to play, and we want to play outside. Recess takes place every day of the school year. Students will be outside for 15-25 minutes each day in all different weather conditions. Children need warm jackets, hats, boots, and gloves. All children should have a change of clothes in case they get wet or extra dirty while playing outside. Clothes should be labeled with your child’s name in case clothing is lost, and should be kept in a large Ziploc or other type of bag for storage at school.
Tips For Walking Safely To School
Walking to school is fun, and a great way to get exercise, but children need to be safe when doing it. Please review these tips with your child to make sure that they get to and from school without any problems:
- Walk with a friend or group when possible.
- Review the safest routes to and from school.
- When you are near the street, don't push, shove, or chase each other.
- Never accept rides from people you don't know.
- Talk to your parents and teachers about any bullying that may happen during your walk.
- Wear bright-colored clothes and/or something reflective.
- Obey traffic signs, signals and adult school crossing guards.
- When crossing the street:
- Stop at the curb or edge of the street.
- Look left, right, left and behind you and in front of you for traffic.
- Wait until no traffic is coming before you begin crossing.
- Keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing.
- Walk, don't run across the street.
PTA Scholastic Book Fair: Volunteers Needed
The Book Fair is coming to Middleton from November 16-24. An amazing selection of books is headed our way. This is an incredible fundraiser that put lots of new books into each classroom and we need your help! Please consider volunteering for a shift or two during the book fair by signing up here: http://vols.pt/Ucb623.
Skokie Public Library
Your children’s Skokie Public Library card provides them access to great resources. In addition to the many online databases like Britannica Online, TumbleBook Library for Kids and CultureGrams Online, they can check out eBooks. Electronic books (eBooks) can be viewed through a web browser or app, on a variety of devices such as iPads and Chromebooks. Try searching the Skokie Public Library catalog at home to see the many eBooks available. At school, our students will have the opportunity to access all the resources Skokie Public Library has to offer.
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.
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 News & Information
International Night is Friday, November 6 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at McCracken Middle School
"Many Cultures, One District" Travel the world without leaving Skokie! Discover many cultures through food, traditional dance and music, games, and artifacts. Children are invited to dress in the traditional attire of their culture and join the parade! Sign up to be an International Night Ambassador! Click through to choose a volunteer slot to help out at the event or host a table: http://goo.gl/qRo8jN.
Read about Pumpkin Night and International Night in this week's PTA Weekly Flier.