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The Wilmot Word: 2-1-19

This Week at Wilmot
Wow, what an interesting week. I want to take a moment to thank all of our parents for their support and patience as we made decisions to ensure the safety of all children, particularly during arrival and dismissal on Tuesday. I appreciate that everyone followed our daily procedures in the front and side parking lots. This allowed us to assist students in a safe manner. I also want to thank the many staff who helped out during dismissal on Tuesday to make sure every student was safe and had limited exposure to the cold winter weather.

Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks Check out the picture of our wonderful custodian, Mr. Marcos, preparing for a safe arrival of students and staff following the snow storm on Monday. Each day Mr. Marcos greets students with a smile, spreading kindness regardless of snow or cold temperatures. We also had many parents share kindness by offering warm drinks to those of us standing outside during arrival and dismissal this week. Thank you!

Valentine’s Day (3rd posting) - Please bring in all birthday bag supplies nest week
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.

Inclement Weather and Safety (2nd posting)
I want to remind all parents that it is essential that students come to school each day dressed appropriately for the cold weather. This includes a warm coat, hat, gloves, boots, and long pants. I understand that many students prefer to wear shorts, even in the winter. I am comfortable allowing students to wear shorts inside the building if they feel warm but strongly encourage all students to wear pants or snow pants over their shorts each day.

I also want to remind everyone of our rules and procedures regarding arrival and dismissal. These rules MUST be followed on a daily basis but are particularly important during severe cold and snow due to ice and snow in our parking lots. Our staff is there to assist you but we rely on parents to follow our rules to keep everyone safe.
In both lots, you must pull as far forward as possible during drop off and pick up. Do NOT stop near the GMA to drop students off during arrival. Students may enter through the gym doors, the front doors or the GMA doors when there is an inside arrival.
Students should exit your vehicle using the passenger doors only. It is very dangerous for children to exit on the driver’s side. Parents must remain in their car at all times.
Never use your cell phone on or near school grounds.
Never pick up or drop off students in the lane that runs adjacent to the building in the front lot. This area is for buses and emergency vehicles only.
Never leave your car running without a driver.

Kindergarten and New First Grade Registration (ongoing posting)
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:
Thursday, February 7th from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, February 8th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
If you have questions about registration, please contact Rebecca Rudd at rrudd@dps109.org.
Wilmot will hold our annual Kindergarten Round-up on Monday, April 29. Each student will join us for a 40-minute session. More information will be shared in early April.

Speech Symposium Registration is live!
If your child is interested in participating in the Deerfield Speech Symposium, and has confirmed with Ms. Rallis, please visit The Deerfield Speech Symposium Website and register for the event on Saturday February 23rd! If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rallis @ krallis@dps109.org

Wilmot-Caruso Classic - March 7, 2019 from 4-5pm in the Caruso gym
Mark your calendars to cheer on Wilmot staff as they go head to head vs. Caruso staff to benefit Roberti House, a local charity that serves children and families in economic distress. Details regarding this event and ticket sales will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, SAVE THE DATE! Sponsored by 5th Grade Team Give. Questions? Contact Rmutnick@gmail.com.

Timely Talks for Fifth Graders
These events will be rescheduled


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

PTO
Get reading for Wilmot’s annual BINGO night on Friday, February 22



Important Dates
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





Looking Ahead:
Friday, March 1
Trimester 2 ends
Monday, March 4
No school in recognition of Pulaski Day
Thursday, March 21
1st and 3rd grade music concerts (day and evening) - Times TBD
Monday, March 25 0 Friday, March 29
Spring Break
Thursday, April 25
Philanthropy Fair in the gym - after school
Monday, April 29
Kindy round-up - This is a change in date from May 3
Tuesday, April 30
Band concert at Wilmot - 9:00 am
Thursday, May 9
PTO Volunteer luncheon
Innovation Night 1 - Kindy, 2nd and 3rd grades
Thursday, May 16
Innovation Night 2 - 1st, 4th, and 5th grades