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The Wilmot Word: 12-21-18

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year
I would like to wish the entire Wilmot community a happy holiday and a very happy and healthy new year. I am very grateful to be a part of this wonderful school community. I hope everyone enjoys a fun and peaceful winter break. I will see our students back at Wilmot on Monday, January 7, 2019!

This Week at Wilmot
What a busy week we have had. Everyone worked hard this week as we finished our MAP testing, completed special projects and checked out books to read over the break. Our 5th grade TAP ELA kids even put together the final newscast for 2018. Check out volume 3 of WESN to learn about the Deerfield High School Choraliers, winter holidays, Project Linus, the upcoming spelling bee and the Jesse White Tumblers. Make sure you watch until the end to see some fun bloopers. WESN Volume 3

The fourth and fifth-grade orchestra students held their annual winter concert on Tuesday evening. I was very impressed by the growth of our fourth graders, who have only played their instruments for a few months. The fifth graders showed off their talents playing songs such as the March from The Nutcracker and Hedwig’s Theme. Thanks to Mr. Hoppe for all of his hard work and dedication to our orchestra students. On Wednesday we came together as a school for our monthly social-emotional learning program. Cubbie, The Wilmot Wolf, greeted students as we played Family Feud (Wilmot Style) to review our PAWS principles. Everyone had a great time.

Yesterday third graders held their annual “Wax Museum” showcasing all that they have learned about biographies by researching historical figures. Students dressed up as their historical figures and made their statues “come-to-life” as they shared clues about the famous person they researched with parents and guests. Our students impressed everyone with their knowledge and creativity. Today, fourth graders held their annual Ellis Island simulation. As students entered Ellis Island they were required to show their passport before visiting the medical and mental health stations. Students also participated in the required literacy test as they entered the United States and then learned how to exchange foreign currency. This simulation provided an authentic learning experience for our fourth-grade students.

As a special treat today, all students attended the Jesse White Tumblers assembly. Thanks to the PTO for planning this fun program.

Kindness Corner
Last week Mrs. Dubin and some of our students spread kindness at Brentwood with our monthly Art with the Residents program. This is just one of the many ways Wilmot shares kindness with those in our own community. The residents look forward to our monthly visits as do our students. Today our students used their artistic talents to once again give of themselves to others by decorating quilting squares to support Project Linus. Our students had a great time and were really creative as they colored these squares, which will be made into blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in need of a special blanket. Click here to learn more about Project Linus.

5Essentials Parent Survey - Please complete this quick survey (ongoing posting)
Thank you for your support in completing the 5Essentials parent survey. We increased our response rate this week by another 3%. 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.

PPS109, Parents and Professionals for Success
PPS109, Parents and Professionals for Success, is a partnership of fellow parents and District 109 educators who are dedicated to helping you help your child. Whether your family is currently receiving individualized support at school, or you simply have questions, or need to talk to someone who has “been there, done that,” we are here to help. PPS hosts a number of parent and community workshops throughout the school year and the next event focusing on Mindfulness is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 7pm at Shepard Middle School. Please click this link for more information: Parenting With Mindfulness

PPS is also launching a new “point of view” initiative, which will feature a monthly perspective from one of our parents or community members. Please take a moment to read December’s “point of view” from Laura Ashman, which conveys a powerful message regarding the importance of inclusion and support for both students and parents.

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.

Community Connections
Community - The Anti-Drug (CTAD) December Newsletter: 8 Ways to Help Your Child Manage Stress (

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
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)
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

Looking Ahead:
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