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The Wilmot Word: 1-18-19

This Week at Wilmot
This was a busy week for students and staff. We ended the week with an all-school spirit day (pajama day). It is always fun to see the whole school come together around a special event or activity. Yesterday I visited with some first-grade students as they shared their new winter goals in Seesaw. Trevor and Sean eagerly shared their math goals with me. When I asked them why having a goal is important the boys told me that having goals helps them to learn more. I couldn't have said it better myself. I encourage you to ask your child about their individual or class goal.

When I dropped into Mrs. Doloughty’s classroom I observed students writing their persuasive essays. Many shared their ideas with me and I look forward to reading some of these papers soon. Mrs. Tiemann’s class shared parts of their essays with me as well and will share more next week when they present their final papers.

Mrs. Bricker ’s students solved math problems using a variety of strategies. Students drew pictures and wrote number sentences to represent how they solved various problems. Today these first graders worked on Friday Figuring, solving problems in small groups.

Today we held our annual Spelling Bee! I was so impressed by the eight finalists, who were asked to spell some very challenging words. These students certainly demonstrated grit and perseverance as they prepared for the spelling bee. Congratulations to Brody Shefren the winner of the 2019 Wilmot Spelling Bee and to our runner up, Siona Rajshekhar. The winning word was: volition.


Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks This week I observed many acts of kindness - some big and some small. Earlier this week 2 boys stopped me to compliment my outfit. This simple act of kindness made me feel so special. I was reminded time and again that even a simple act of kindness can make someone’s whole day. This week I watched 2 third graders hold the door for a visitor, I saw kindergarteners taking turns on the playground equipment without adult direction, a group of second graders helped a peer clean up papers she had dropped and numerous students said please and thank you to our lunchroom supervisors for helping them during lunch. After winning the spelling bee today, the first thing Brody did was walk over to Siona and shake her hand. Kindness rocks at Wilmot School.
On Thursday second grade members from Team Give made 104 snack packs for the Moraine Township food pantry. These snack packs will be distributed to high school students, after school and on the weekends when they do not have access to school meals.
Valentine’s Day
Once again we will follow the lead of our wonderful philanthropy club and give to others as we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Wilmot will celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing love for our community through a school-wide, hands-on service project. Staff and students will make and fill “Birthday Bags” for children who may not otherwise have a birthday celebration, then donate them to local food pantries and to Fill a Heart 4 Kids. Last year we made over 250 birthday bags. Annie from Fill a Heart 4 Kids shared that some children told her that this was the first birthday cake they had ever had. On February 11, 12 or 13, K-2 students will work with their 3-5 buddy to decorate a birthday bag and make a birthday card; this craft project is similar to a typical holiday party project. On Valentine’s Day morning, buddy classes will come together to assemble bags with items donated by our students and staff. During the day, students will exchange cards (without food or candy) in their classroom as we have done in the past.

Room parents will reach out to find volunteers to assist students as they assemble Birthday Bags.
To assist us we are asking students and staff to bring in the party item assigned to their grade level the week of February 4:
Kindergarten - 1-2 sets of birthday plates and napkin
1st Grade - 1-2 sets of birthday plates and napkin
2nd Grade - 2 (or more) cake mixes
3rd Grade - 2 (or more) cake mixes
4th Grade - 2 (or more) cans of frosting
5th Grade - 2 (or more) cans of frosting
Staff - 2 (or more) 9x13 foil pan
The PTO will purchase party decorations (e.g., banners or signs) balloons and/or streamers and candles and will fill in for any items we need more of.
Based on parent feedback, students may also bring in a few dollars instead of the suggested items and we will purchase the necessary materials.

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.

5th-grade Music and Art shows (day and evening)
Fifth graders will enjoy a night of the arts on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Students will share their music performance at 2:40 pm and 7:00 pm. As a reminder, , all guests attending the day-time performance must enter through the main office and will need their driver’s license to enter the building.
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
Timely Talks for Fifth Graders
Earlier this week all fifth-grade parents received an invitation from the Wilmot PTO to attend the Timely Talk for Girls on Tuesday, January 29 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and/or the Timely Talk for Boys on Thursday, January 31 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Contact Jen Cohen with any questions: jenscohen@gmail.com
Please RSVP here for the Timely Talk for Girls program.
Please RSVP here for the Timely Talk for Boys program.

Student Council Book Drive for Bernie’s Book Bank (2nd posting)
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.


District Safety Meeting for Parents (2nd posting)
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 (3rd posting)
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
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
Get reading for Wilmot’s annual BINGO night on Friday, February 22

Community News and Information
The Anti-Drug's January 2019 Newsletter: Communicating Beyond "No"



Important Dates
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