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The Wilmot Word: 2-8-19

This Week at Wilmot
What a busy week! Fifth graders had an amazing opportunity this week to see the play “Tired Souls” which chronicled the Civil Rights Movement. The show’s emphasis was on the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Rosa Parks and other Civil Rights leaders who made incredible change for social justice. In recognition of dental health month, fifth graders also enjoyed hearing from a local dentist, Dr. Salzer, about dental health and prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. Thank you to Dr. Salzer for teaching our students how to properly take care of their teeth and for giving each student a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Thursday marked the 100th day of school. Our primary students engaged in many activities centered on the number 100. Some made 100th-day hats and glasses as they played math games that required them to count, add and subtract numbers to make 100. Others read 100 books, identified 100 reasons they love school and some students used a special App to see what they might look like at 100 years old (I happily took a pass on this activity). Students shared special collections demonstrating different ways to make 100 and many students dressed for the day by wearing 100th Day shirts or by dressing like a100 year old person. Thank you to our teachers for sharing many creative and engaging lessons about the number 100.

Kindness Corner
I encourage you to take a moment and ask your child how they have shown kindness this week. Students love telling me about acts of kindness they perform or see others engage in. I frequently stop students to ask how they have been kind. This week many students have stopped to tell about the items they have brought in for our birthday bag philanthropy next week. It is so nice to hear students talking about helping others. Several children told me about friends who invited them to play during inside recess this week, which can be a challenging time for students. Being inclusive is a wonderful way to show kindness. Yesterday I heard first graders complimenting classmates on their 100th Day of School projects and t-shirts. These acts of kindness always result in smiles and help students feel good about themselves.

Valentine’s Day (Final posting)
If your child has not brought in their items for the birthday bags please send them on Monday.
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.

2nd and 4th Grade Night of the Arts (Music and Art Shows) - Tuesday, February 26
If you have children in both 2nd and 4th grades feel free to visit both art fairs in between the concerts. Please note that we have made a slight revision to the 4th grade show times by moving all events up by 15 minutes. It is important that 2nd-grade families not staying for the 4th-grade concert leave immediately after the music show to allow others to find parking. Thank you!

2nd Grade:
All 2nd graders wear performance clothes to school: Class shirt, black pants
10:45 am - Daytime performance begins
5:45 pm - Doors open, Art Show begins
6:00 pm - 2nd graders report to their classrooms
6:15 pm - Music Show begins
The performance is expected to last 30 minutes.
2nd graders will meet their family in the gym following the performance.
4th Grade:
All 4th graders wear performance clothes to school: Class shirt, black pants
2:40 pm - Daytime performance begins
7:00 pm - Art Show begins
7:15 pm - 2nd graders report to their classrooms
7:30 pm - Music Show begins
The performance is expected to last 30 minutes.
4th graders will meet their family in the gym following the performance.

Looking ahead to 1st and 3rd grade shows on March 21st
The times are as follows. Further details will be sent home in early March.
1st Grade: 5:45 pm Art Show, 6:15 - 6:45 pm Music Show
3rd Grade: 7:15 pm Art Show, 7:50 - 8:20 pm Music Show

Parking Lot Safety
I want to remind everyone of our rules and procedures regarding arrival and dismissal in our parking lots. These rules MUST be followed on a daily basis but are particularly important during severe cold. Our staff is there to assist you but we rely on parents to follow our rules to keep everyone safe. I also want to inform our families that the Deerfield Police Department often assists us in maintaining safety in and around our schools by ensuring all laws are enforced, which includes a ban on cell phone use (including the use of Bluetooth technology) in a school zone. Please review the procedures below to help us keep our students 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 in a school zone
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.

Jump Rope for Heart 2019
Wilmot is getting ready to kick-off the KIDS HEART CHALLENGE! We are excited to work with the American Heart Association as we teach our students how to care for their hearts while raising lifesaving donations to fight the nation’s #1 killer, heart disease!
To sign up for the Kids Heart Challenge visit:

We are kicking off the Kids Heart Challenge at Wilmot on February 26. Mr. Tallidis and Mr. Sheldon will talk with our students about the work the American Heart Association does, introducing Heart Heroes to teach our students about heart health. We will challenge students to start living a healthy lifestyle.

Click here for information on how to register your child to participate in the KIDS HEART CHALLENGE by raising funds for the American Heart Association.

Thank you for joining us as we challenge each other to keep our heart healthy and raise money for kids with special hearts.

District 109 is Pleased to Welcome Sue Enquist!
Please join us for a parent presentation by Sue Enquist. Deerfield Public School District 109 is pleased to welcome Sue Enquist, former UCLA softball coach and 11 time NCAA National Champion, on February 19, 2019, at 7 pm in the Caruso Middle School Auditorium (1801 Montgomery Rd).
Sue will give you actionable steps to help minimize the mounting pressure our children feel in the academic and performance areas.

Speech Symposium Registration is live! (2nd posting)
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 @

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

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

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)

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