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The Wilmot Word: 4-5-19

This Week at Wilmot
This was a great first week back following spring break. Now, we are just anxiously waiting for spring to arrive. Many students were observed writing about their spring break trips and activities. I have enjoyed hearing about special sleepovers, trips to the museum, family game nights and fun family vacations.

Yesterday fourth graders enjoyed a really cool in school STEAM program, presented by NIU’s STEM outreach programs. Students learned about energy, focusing on concepts relating to energy and its different forms. Students viewed experiments dealing with liquid nitrogen, light and lasers, as well as high voltage electricity to show how energy can move from place to place or change from one type of energy to another.

In art, many classes are working with clay. Third graders began new clay projects, observing how Mrs. Dubin safely cuts the clay. Students also reviewed vocabulary terms related to art and clay. Some examples of vocabulary include: incising, pinching, plasticity, coil and faceting.

I also had the pleasure of reading some student pieces about the American Revolution. Chase shared a wonderful piece of writing, written from the viewpoint of a soldier, in the form of a letter. It was so awesome to see student applying writing skills to social studies content. A group of girls used their creativity to make small origami pieces representing the Loyalists, King George, The Patriots, George Washington and the French.

Kindness Corner
Kindness was everywhere this week at Wilmot. As I walked through Wilmot I chatted with many students working in small groups on various projects. Students shared the importance of being kind when working with others telling me that it is important to work with all peers, to listen to others, to invite other friends to join their group I love watching students apply what they have learned about kindness to small group work.

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) (New State Assessment)
Students in 3rd - 5th grade will participate in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) next week, Below you will find a link to the schedule for all testing at Wilmot. If your child is absent they will be given a make-up assessment. Please avoid making appointments for your child during this assessment window. Please communicate with your child’s teacher if your child will arrive late or leave early during the testing window. If a child needs to leave during testing they will not be able to make up the unit at another time. As a reminder, it is important that students charge their Chromebook each night and have working headphones at school.

Click here for the IAR Testing Schedule Grades 3-5

4th and 5th Grade Opportunity to Join the DPS 109 Music Concert
Please read this flier from Caruso’s music teacher, Ms. Vombrack, to learn more about an opportunity for 4th and 5th graders to join in a DPS109 music concert.

Goals and Concerns Forms (2nd posting)
Click here to find the Goals and Concerns Form. This is an optional form parents may use to communicate information for consideration when we make class placements for the 2019-2020 school year. The placement process is long and involved and our staff puts a great deal of time into making class placements that best meet the needs of all students. If you have specific questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. All forms are due by Wednesday, April 24.

Kindergarten and New First Grade Registration (ongoing posting)
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.

PPS Event - Supporting Social/Emotional Development
Please see this flier regarding an upcoming PPS event, on Tuesday, April 16 at South Park. The focus is on learning strategies to support your child’s social/emotional needs at home. We hope to see you there.

South Park PTO Spring Boutique
The South Park PTO is so excited for your family and friends to come support our community event, Sunday, April 7, at South Park School. There will be over 30 local businesses at the Spring Boutique and 28 young, inspiring kid entrepreneurs.

Schedule of Events:
9:00am – 3:00pm Spring Boutique
12:00pm – 3:00pm Kidpreneur Event
11:00am – 1:00pm La Cocinita Food Truck (Circle Drive)
12:00pm – 2:00pm Airbrush Tattoos
Spring Boutique Vendors
Kidpreneur Vendors

Student Council
Meeting Dates
April 9
May 14
June 4-All Representatives and Alternates
Student Council Spirit Days
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

Important Dates
Monday, April 8-Thursday, April 18
IAR Testing for 3rd - 5th grades
Friday, April 19
No School due to Good Friday
Monday, April 22
No School
Wednesday, April 24
Goals and Concerns Forms are Due
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

Looking Ahead:
Monday, May 6
Timely Talks for Fifth Grade (boys and girls)
Thursday, May 9
PTO Volunteer luncheon
Thursday, May 9
Innovation Night 1 - Kindy, 2nd and 3rd grades
Thursday, May 16
Innovation Night 2 - 1st, 4th, and 5th grades
Monday, May 20
Kindergarten music and art shows
5:10 - Art show (Parents may also view artwork after the show)
5:25 - Students will meet their teacher in the gym
5:30 - Music show