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The Wilmot Word: April 18, 2019

This Week at Wilmot
We have had a short and busy week at Wilmot. Today I had the pleasure of joining some girls in STEAM to make a Comic Life presentation. Ardyn and Ava taught me how to use this really cool program to make a comic strip. I also learned a lot about programming the Sphero using various commands on the iPad. Intermediate students often use these tools in Steam. Parents, please ask your children to share their pictures and reflections from STEAM. As I walked around the building this week I observed some second graders reading nonfiction stories on their iPads. The students were able to share a lot of facts about sharks and have enjoyed reading these texts.

Kindness Corner
Wilmot’s student council is spreading kindness throughout our community by raising funds for Orphans of the Storm, in conjunction with National Pet Day. Our student council is inviting students to share information about their pet using a paw print which will be sent home today. Paw prints should be returned between April 23rd-26th. The student council is encouraging students to make a $1 donation per household that will go directly to Orphans of the Storm. These donations will help Orphans of the Storm with much needed supplies. Paw prints will be displayed for all to see. If your child does not have a pet they can use information about a pet that a friend or relative has.

Wilmot Innovation Nights (2nd posting)
We are looking forward to our annual Wilmot Innovation Nights. Kindergarten, second and third-grade families will join us on Thursday, May 9, 2019, and first, fourth and fifth-grade families will join us on Thursday, May 16, 2019. More detailed information will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher. Please click here for more information for the May 9 Innovation Night. Click here for the May 16 Innovation Night.

Goals and Concerns Forms (final 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.

Community -- The Anti-Drug Coalition - April Newsletter
Our school district regularly sends parents and guardians of our students informative newsletters from Community -- The Anti-Drug Coalition (CTAD). CTAD strives to build and sustain a safe and healthy community in which our youth feel protected, confident and empowered to make drug-free choices. To do so, CTAD brings together input and contributions from schools, parents, youth, government, healthcare, law enforcement, and the faith community to transform the environment around our youth so that the drug-free choice is the easy choice.

In this issue:
How to Keep Teens Safe at Parties - by DHS School Resource Officer Hall
Tips for Parents Hosting Parties & whose Teens Attend Parties
How Teens Say No
60 Second Conversation Starter

Elementary Schools - Upcoming Erin's Law Programming
Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193) was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013. This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12. District 109 partners with Victor Pacini, a motivational speaker who is a survivor of sexual abuse, to provide programming for our students that teaches them basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. Mr. Pacini’s program, Be Seen and Heard 2.0, is developmentally appropriate, interactive, and aligned with learning standards. He will discuss:

Distinguishing safe from unsafe touches
Safety rules at home and school
Saying “NO”
It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
Telling a trusted adult

Mr. Pacini will be presenting to our elementary students on the following dates:

South Park: May 2
Walden: May 6
Wilmot: May 7
Kipling: May 8

Parents can view Victor Pacini’s parent video to preview the concepts of the Be Seen and Heard 2.0 program.

Requests to Opt-Out: If you prefer that your child opt-out of this prevention education session, please email your child’s school principal by April 26. Please also feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Timely Talks for Fifth Graders (rescheduled from January)
Please click here to view the invitation from the Wilmot PTO to attend the Timely Talk for Girls or The Timely Talk for Boys on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. These events were cancelled in January due to inclement weather. Both events will take place on the same night in seperate locations at Wilmot.
Contact Jen Cohen with any questions:
Please RSVP here for the Timely Talk for Girls program.
Please RSVP here for the Timely Talk for Boys program.

6th Grade Show Choir, Pizazz and Charisma Information and Auditions (for current 5th grade students)

If you are a current 5th grade student and are interested in singing and even dancing please check out this newsletter to learn more about the show choir opportunities available to 6th-8th grade students.

Lost and Found
We have a lot of winter items in our lost and found. If your child is missing a jacket, hat, shirt, gloves or a water bottle encourage him/her to check out the lost and found tables set up near the front lobby. Feel free to stop by and take a look if you are at Wilmot. All unclaimed items will be donated on April 23, 2019.

Team Give Philanthropy Fair - Thursday, April 25
Come support the annual Team Give Philanthropy Fair on Thursday, April 25 from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Wilmot gym.

Team Give members will sell homemade items and run carnival games to raise money for Gigi’s Playhouse - Down Syndrome Achievement Center. Prices will range from $1 - $5. To learn more about Gigi’s Playhouse click here.

School Supplies - It’s time to order school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year! The PTO is offering pre-packed school supply kits from the Deerfield Coalition, which is a non-profit organization serving people with developmental disabilities. The sale runs from April 15 – May 31. Our teachers love the pre-packaged school supply kits which allows all students to have the same set of supplies, ready to go on the first day of school. Parents love the program because it’s so much easier than running from store to store to get just the right items. We hope you enjoy the convenience of ordering school supplies online as well as the great prices we are able to offer by buying in bulk.

To order, visit: Questions? Contact Mary Beth Furman at or Anita Krishnan

Student Council
In recognition of Earth Day all students will take place in our annual Healthy Walk on Tuesday, April 23. Students will be encouraged to pick up trash around the school during the walk.

Meeting Dates
May 14
June 4-All Representatives and Alternates

Student Council Spirit Days
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
Friday, April 19
No School due to Good Friday
Monday, April 22
No School
Wednesday, April 24
Goals and Concerns Forms are Due
Administrative Assistants Day - Thank you, Mrs. Mages and Mrs. A. for all you do to support Wilmot
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
Monday, May 6
Monday, May 6 - Friday, May,10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
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

Looking Ahead:
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