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The Wilmot Word: 2-22-19

This Week at Wilmot
We had a short but busy week at Wilmot. Second graders had a great week engaging in many exciting learning experiences. Second Graders learned about the history of firefighters in Chicago as they begin a unit on the Chicago Fire of 1871. Deputy Fire Chief Ray Larson showed the students pictures of firefighting then and now and discussed how firefighting has changed over the years. Yesterday students visited the Chicago History Museum where they experienced hands-on activities to learn about “The Great Chicago Fire”. Students learned about the history of Chicago, including topics such as settlers, how our city has grown and changed, and they learned about the history of sports, culture, and architecture in Chicago. All students watched a movie that took them back in time to our city’s beginnings and through many time periods.

Mrs. Epstein’s class enjoyed hearing from their mystery reader and fourth graders have been creating amazing projects in STEAM! Last night Brody Shefren represented Wilmot at the 2019 Spelling Bee Section 1 competition held at South Park School. Congratulations Brody who is one of four students moving onto the regional competition in March.!

Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks Today Fill a Heart 4 Kids delivered 250 birthday bags to children living in foster care, that our students made last week during our Valentine’s Day celebrations. Here is a segment from a press release Annie McAveeney of Fill a Heart has shared, acknowledging the wonderful gift we have given to hundreds of children who might not have a birthday celebration without our help.
Deerfield-based Wilmot School showered love and Kindness by packing over 250 Birthday Cake Care Packages for Fill a Heart 4 Kids©! This amazing tradition of giving back to the community has helped hundred’s of local foster children to feel loved and remembered on their birthdays.
Thank you to the awesome parents and students who delivered these birthday bags earlier this week!

Kindergarten and New First Grade Registration
If you missed the drop-in registration at the district office please contact the Wilmot office at 847-945-1075 and initiate the registration process by following these steps:

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.

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.

2nd and 4th Grade Night of the Arts (Music and Art Shows) - Tuesday, February 26 (3rd posting)
If you have children in both 2nd and 4th grades feel free to visit both art fairs in between the concerts. 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 - 4th 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. If you have children in both 1st and 3rd grades feel free to visit both art fairs in between the concerts. 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: 7:00 pm Art Show, 7:35 - 8:05 pm Music Show

Jump Rope for Heart 2019 (3rd posting)
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.

Wilmot-Caruso Classic - March 7, 2019 from 4-5pm in the Caruso gym (3rd posting)
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 (2nd posting)
These events have been rescheduled for Monday, May 6, 2019. We will hold both events on the same night in separate spaces.

Student Council
Meeting Dates
March 12
April 9
May 14
June 4-All Representatives and Alternates
Student Council Spirit Days
March 1- Wilmot Spirit Wear
March 8-Inside Out Day
March 15-Wilmot Spirit Day
March 22-Favorite College Team Day
April 5-Tie-Dye Day
April 12-Wilmot Spirit Wear
April 26-Crazy Hat Day
May 3 -Wilmot Spirit Wear
May 10- Favorite Color Day
May 17- Wilmot Spirit Wear
May 24-Favorite Sport Day
May 31- Wilmot Wear Day
June 3- Mismatch Day
June 7- Wilmot Spirit Wear

BINGO Night is here!! Help our PTO raise money for Wilmot's outdoor learning area (courtyard). Click here for more information.
Tonight, Friday, February 22 in the Wilmot gym
6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM Bingo Begins
7:15 PM Raffle

Important Dates
Friday, February 22
BINGO Night at Wilmot
Tuesday, February 26
2nd and 4th-grade music concerts (day and evening)
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)
Monday, March 25 0 Friday, March 29
Spring Break

Looking Ahead:
Thursday, April 25
Philanthropy Fair in the gym - after school
Monday, April 29
Kindy round-up
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