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The Wilmot Word: 9-27-19

What A Busy Week
We were busy, as usual, at Wilmot this week. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to kindergarteners retell stories and share their knowledge of fiction and nonfiction with me. Mrs. Whelan’s students used stick puppets to retell the book, The Carrot Seed, with a partner. Ms. Lathan helped students build their love of non-fiction books during a visit to the LMC. In Mrs. Rosheger’s class students were busy learning to write their letters and worked hard on using the correct letter formation.

During a visit to Ms. Rallis’s classroom, I learned about letter-sound relationships and hung out with students during literacy stations. Mrs. Bricker spent time conferring with writers as other students shared great writing with me during a quick visit. In the third grade, Mrs.Tiemann’s students used the maker cart to create their own tools for measuring wind. Most students created an anemometer and earlier this week the class used a fan to test each creation. Students demonstrated a growth mindset and reflected on possible changes to their anemometers when they did not work as expected. Way to go!

Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks We celebrated kindness in many ways this week at Wilmot. Earlier this week students worked with their buddies to create kindness posters. Working together the buddies were asked to identify one new way to think about kindness, two ways to spread kindness, three things to write about kindness, four kind things students can say, and five kind things that students can do. Ask your children about this activity and think about ways you might incorporate this at home.

This week I also had a chance to check out third graders working on Comic Life projects about kindness. Students worked with partners to create a comic about kindness. I loved reading their kindness comic strips

Student Social Emotional Learning survey (2nd posting)
Please click here to learn about Social-emotional learning (SEL) across district 109.
In addition to implementing The Leader in Me we will continue to focus on our kindness initiative and PAWS programs. This year we will also be administering a social-emotional learning survey to students in grades 3-8 twice annually (October and February). This information will assist us in planning to meet the SEL needs of our students.

Wilmot Visitors (2nd posting)
As a reminder, all visitors must present a driver’s license when visiting Wilmot. This includes, but is not limited to, lunchroom, classroom, and PTO volunteers, parents meeting with teachers as well as mystery readers and field trip volunteers.

Join us for our annual PTO Skate Night on Friday, Oct 04, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park.

Birthday Lawn Signs - Check out this new, fun, PTO fundraiser. The PTO is selling birthday lawn signs which are a great way to celebrate your child’s birthday and display Wilmot pride! Birthday signs will be put on your lawn the night before your child’s birthday and will be removed the day after the birthday. You can purchase the placement of the signs on the Wilmot PTO site under the “for sale” section. Please place all orders for the entire year by 10/1.

Important Dates
Monday, September 30
No School due to Rosh Hashanah
Friday, October 4
Fourth grade trip to Bernie’s Book Bank 1:00pm
Tuesday, October 8
PTO meeting 1:30 pm
Wednesday, October 9
No School due to Yom Kippur
Monday, October 14
Columbus Day- No School