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The Wilmot Word: 12-14-18

This Week at Wilmot
Students were very busy this week at Wilmot. I loved visiting students in STEAM where students participated in the Hour of Code. Second graders learned to code and program a robotic mouse using sequencing to help the mouse find a piece of cheese. Students learned to program through trial and error as they created more complex mazes for their robots. I also watched students make circuits with Snap Circuits and Makey Makey kits. Students loved watching saucers fly and bells ring by correctly making a circuit.

Mrs. Santella had a chance to join Mrs. Whelan's class in a science lesson yesterday called “How can we protect a mountain town from falling rock. “ In this activity, students investigate how pushes can change the speed and direction of falling objects. Students worked in pairs to design and test a solution to protect their town from falling rocks by placing push pins in cardboard as they attempted to guide the boulder down the mountain to save the tiny town. I also had the pleasure of joining kindergarteners at lunch recess on Thursday. I loved playing with our students as they showed off their many talents on the playground equipment. I think I heard my name called about 1,000 times, and I loved every minute of it!

As I was walking through the building I bumped into Mrs. Polchopek’s class on a very special scavenger hunt. Students were observed finding clues to solve a mystery word.

In October we held our annual disability awareness week (DAW). Click on the DAW video to see some of the many activities students enjoyed during DAW. DAW Video
Kindness Corner
This week I observed many students sharing acts of kindness by greeting friends, inviting them to play and helping peers with jobs and classroom activities. During kindergarten recess, fifth-grade friends played with their younger buddies, assisting them in walking the hallways and helping them with coats, hats, and gloves. Kindergartners are all smiles when they play with their buddies. Next week we will hold an all-school activity during holiday parties. Every student will decorate square quilts that will be assembled to make security blankets for children who are critically ill or traumatized. We are working in collaboration with the Linus project. Thanks to our wonderful and kind PTO for purchasing materials and organizing this activity.
5Essentials Parent Survey - Please complete this quick survey (3rd posting)
Thank you for your support in completing the 5Essentials parent survey. We increase our response rate this week by 12%. Please use this link to complete the survey now. I would truly appreciate your participation in this survey as it not only helps guide our school improvement work but it also contributes to our overall school rating. We are very proud of our exemplary rating and will work hard to maintain this status. You may not know this, but parent participation in the 5Essentials accounts for 5% of the new school rankings. Your voice matters. When taking the survey, enter Lake County, and choose Wilmot. (Providing your email is optional, as it only collected if you want confirmation of your submission.) The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your support.

Parent Volunteers Needed at the Middle Schools
Beginning 2nd Semester, 6th graders at both Shepard Middle School and Caruso Middle School will be starting mixINCedu during their Advisory/Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) class period. This program empowers students with the tools and mindset to explore what it takes to be an entrepreneur. We are seeking one mentor per class. Please click the link for more information.

Wrestling Team for Fifth Grade Students
All fifth-grade students are invited to join the Caruso Middle School wrestling team this year. For more information click here.

Student and Parent Engagement Surveys
Please see the attached infographic, which highlights areas of strength and areas for growth on our parent and student engagement surveys.

Student Council Meeting Dates
January 15
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14
June 4-All Representatives and Alternates

Winter Enrichment - The Deerfield Park District brochure detailing program offerings was released on Monday 11/19 and registration opened on Monday, 11/26.
The winter session of After School Enrichment will begin on Monday, Jan 14 and run through Friday, 3/22.

Important Dates
Tuesday, December 18 - Orchestra Concert at Caruso Middle school - 6:30 pm
Thursday, December 20
3rd Grade Wax Museum - 2:45 pm (All visitors must have a driver’s license and check in at the front office. Please arrive at least 20 minutes in advance so that we make safely check in all guests)
Friday, December 21
All school philanthropy activity. Each class will make /color squares for blankets as part of the Linus Project
Fourth Grade Ellis Island Simulations - Afternoon (Parent volunteers must have a driver’s license and check in at the front office)
Last day of school before winter break
Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4 - Winter Break
Monday, January 7 - School resumes
Friday, January 11
Fifth DARE Graduation - 2:00 pm(All visitors must have a driver’s license and check in at the front office. Please arrive at least 20 minutes in advance so that we make safely check in all guests)

Looking Ahead:
Friday, January 18
Spelling Bee - 1:30 pm in the GMA
Monday, January 21
No school in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 22
Spelling Bee Snow Date - 1:30 pm in the GMA
Thursday, January 24
5th-grade music and art shows (day and evening)
2:40 pm - Daytime performance (parents and guests are invited to join us)
6:30 pm - Art Show
6:45 pm - Call time for students to meet in their classrooms
7:00 pm - Music show
Tuesday, January 29
5th-grade speaker (girls and parents) - 6:30 pm
Thursday, January 31
5th-grade speaker (boys and parents) - 6:30 pm
Friday, February 15 - Tuesday, February 19 - No School due to a school holiday and an all-day staff in-service
Friday, February 22
BINGO Night at Wilmot
Tuesday, February 26
2nd and 4th-grade music concerts (day and evening) - Times TBD