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The Wilmot Word: 4-26-19

This Week at Wilmot
Wow, what an incredibly busy week we have had at Wilmot. We kicked off the week with our annual healthy walk in support of Earth Day. Students enjoyed walking around Wilmot, collecting trash and taking care of the earth. Kindergarteners carried signs celebrating Earth Day. Second graders enjoyed an educational trip to The Chicago Botanical Gardens as part of their study of plants. Students learned about the pollination process, the life cycles of plants, and they also learned that pollinators see colored flowers differently than we do. Students were also able to plant their own flower to take home and watch grow.

Fifth graders loved working in groups to create their legacy tiles which are ceiling tiles designed and created by fifth-grade students. Each year the fifth-grade class uses chalk to decorate ceiling tiles throughout the building. When you are at Wilmot check out these amazing and inspirational pictures. This is a project that students will always remember when they think about Wilmot. Thank you Mrs. Dubin, the fifth-grade team and the many parent volunteers who supported this special project.

This week we came together as a school for a very special project led by Ms. Kinley and Ms. Lathan. What started out as a contest to win an author visit from Peter Reynolds turned into a lesson on empowering students to have their voices heard. Mr. Reynolds reminds us that each voice is important and can make a difference in changing the world. Each Wilmot student and staff member created a speech bubble to share their message with others by Saying Something! On Thursday we all came together as a school community to share our message in a special video (click here) created by Wilmot students to... Say Something. Check us out on Twitter (#wilmot109) and wish us luck in the Say Something contest. If you want to listen to the book, Say Something, click here.

Kindness Corner
Kindness rocks at the 3rd annual Team Give Philanthropy Fair. Yesterday, Team Give raised over $1,800 for Gigi’s Playhouse during our annual student-led philanthropy fair. Students ran carnival games and sold crafts, projects, baked goods and even pickles to raise money for Gigi’s Playhouse - Down Syndrome Achievement Center. To learn more about Gigi’s Playhouse click here. I am very proud of these students and I want to thank the teacher and parent volunteers for organizing this special event and for encouraging our students to give back!
Congratulations to Hannah Bennie and Matthew Agay for receiving a special award at the annual Lake Region Illinois Principals Association Student Recognition Breakfast held On Wednesday morning. Both Hannah and Matthew were recognized for being kind, helpful and caring students who consistently go out of their way to help peers and teachers. Hannah embodies the Wilmot Way and challenges herself to show grit, perseverance and a growth mindset each and every day. We all appreciate her kind heart, friendly personality, and patience with others. Hannah is a wonderful helper in class each day and always volunteers to work with other students. Matthew has used his gifts in regards to technology to support special programs at Wilmot and often assists teachers and students with Chromebook issues and Google. He is also a leader on Team Give and often helps the PTO with events such as BINGO and the Book Fair. Congratulations to Hannah and Matthew - we are very proud of you!

Wilmot Innovation Nights (3rd 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.

Elementary Schools - Upcoming Erin's Law Programming (2nd posting)
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 students on May 7.

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.

Periodically I share reminders with parents about the parking and traffic rules and procedures for the Wilmot parking lots. These are very important and are designed to keep our children safe. Today I am reminding parents to please follow the rules and laws regarding parking, stopping and standing on the streets adjacent to Wilmot. When cars park or stop on Appletree we are putting the safety of children at risk as they walk to school. This week a kindergarten student used his voice to ask for assistance from our Wilmot parents and the police department to keep him and all other children safe by following all parking regulations on Appletree. I am so proud of Zac for helping our community and for sharing his great ideas to ensure all students can walk safely to and from school each day. Check out his awesome picture.

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 rescheduled from January due to inclement weather. Both events will take place on the same night in separate 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) (2nd posting)

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.

School Supplies (2nd posting) - 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
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
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