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The Wilmot Word: 1-11-19

This Week at Wilmot
Fifth grade students participated in our annual D.A.R.E. graduation today. Our students have spent the past few months working with Officer Brad, from the Deerfield Police Department, learning about Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.). Students participated in simulations, wrote essays and made posters that encourage others to remain drug free. Today we had a visit from the K-9 unit, a D.A.R.E. pizza lunch and finally the D.A.R.E. graduation. Thank you to our fifth grade teachers and the Deerfield Police Department for bringing this important program our students.

Earlier this week kindergarten students demonstrated creativity, collaboration, and practiced their social skills during Choice Time. This is a special part of the kindergarten week as students self select activities ranging from dramatic play to art activities to STEAM and building activities. A highlight of Choice Time this week was a visit to the “Kindy Beach” where students went for a swim, played with beach balls r just relaxed with friends. Thank you to our awesome parent volunteers for helping us organize and create activities for Choice time!

Students have been working hard during reading and writing workshop. Yesterday Mrs. Craig’s third graders shared their opinion writing pieces with me. Students presented their views on classroom furniture and made a solid case for including a sectional couch into our classrooms. I reminded students that their ideas are very important to me. I was very impressed with our students’ writing and cannot wait to see how they grow as writers during their unit on opinion writing. Mrs. Bonus’s fourth graders used a “new lens” to analyze an author’s hidden messages.


Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks Wilmot prides itself on teaching our students the importance of showing kindness by giving to others. Team Give, the Wilmot Philanthropy Club, has helped organize and lead numerous events where students give to others in need. During the first half of the year we:
Supported Fill A Heart 4 Kids by putting together 120 necessity bags & made Halloween banners for foster homes
Raised over $600 during the Pumpkin Contest for ASPCA
Donated hundreds of coats, boots, gloves, scarfs, hats to families in the Elk Grove Oasis Mobile Home Community and to students in Highland Park
Donated children’s book to Whittier Elementary
Made 80 packages of bright Play Dough for the Roberti House to share with children as a holiday gift
Wrote notes of thanks to Wilmot staff members
Participated in a Kindness Challenge
Created quilting squares for Project Linus
Sent volunteers to Roberti House
Collected books for and volunteered at Bernie’s Book Bank Roberti House Fundraiser Planning (brainstorming, presentations for admin approval and teacher awareness)
Roberti House on-site volunteering 12/18 & 12/27
Bernie's Book Bank donations and volunteering 1/3
This impressive list demonstrates kindness on the part of our school community. Thank you to Team Give for leading this work.

Kindergarten and New First Grade Registration
Online registration for incoming kindergarten and new first-grade students for the 2019-2020 school year is open! Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who have children heading into the big adventure of kindergarten (who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2019)! Current District 109 parents do not have to re-register current students in grades K-7 for next year; registration is only for students who will be new to District 109 in the 2019-2020 school year (and Early Learner students moving to kindergarten).

Registration is as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Complete online registration:
If you are a current District 109 parent, log into your Family Access account and click the New Student Online Registration button on the left navigation bar.
If you are new to District 109, click this link to begin the registration process.
2. Gather required proof-of-residency documents (listed on the registration and residency page) and your child's original birth certificate.

3. Plan to attend a Drop In/Drop Off session at the District Center (517 Deerfield Road, by the Little Red Schoolhouse) to review documentation and verify residency:
Wednesday, January 30th from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday, February 7th from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, February 8th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wilmot will hold our annual Kindergarten Round-up on Monday, April 29. Each student will join us for a 40 minute session.
If you have questions about registration, please contact Rebecca Rudd at rrudd@dps109.org.

Student Council Book Drive for Bernie’s Book Bank
The Wilmot student council is organizing our annual book drive to collect books for Bernie’s Book Bank. Our goal is to collect 1,500 books. We will collect books between January 18-25, 2019. For more information please watch this video Bernie's Book Bank Video or see the attached flier.

Student Transportation Safety Alert from Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White
Please read the attached safety alert regarding students transportation safety. It is important that we all think about student safety not only in regards to bus safety but also in regards to pedestrian and vehicle safety in our parking lot. Here are a few important safety tips and procedures:
Students should never walk between buses when crossing in the front parking lot
Students should always exit the car on the passenger side
Parents should remain in the car when using the pickup and drop-off lane in the west lot
Do not use your cell phone when driving on school property
Always pull up as far as possible to allow all cars to safely enter the parking lot


District Safety Meeting for Parents
As you may recall, in the fall we solicited feedback on attending an information meeting about safety in District 109. We received multiple responses that there is interest in such a meeting.

Please join us on January 22, 2019, from 7 - 8 pm in the Shepard Middle School library to discuss safety in District 109. District Safety Committee Chair and Business Manager, Dr. John Filippi, will give a presentation on safety in our schools and then allow time for some questions from the attendants.

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.


Student Council Meeting Dates - Student Council meets this Tuesday at 8:15 am
January 15
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14
June 4-All Representatives and Alternates

5Essentials Parent Survey - Please complete this quick survey (ongoing posting)
Thank you for your support in completing the 5Essentials parent survey. Please use this link to complete the survey now. 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.)

PTO
The winter session of After School Enrichment will begin on Monday, Jan 14 and run through Friday, 3/22.


Important Dates
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