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The wilmot word: 10-11-19

What A Busy Week
Wow, another great week at Wilmot. On Monday we had a special visit from State Senator Julie Morrison, arranged through the Illinois Principals Association. Senator Morrison joined us as the “Principal for a Day” and spent time meeting with students and visiting classrooms throughout Wilmot. Some of our students had a chance to ask questions and offer suggestions to Senator Morrison about how to improve our community. I was impressed by the questions our students asked.

We continued to learn about fire safety this week. On Monday we had a visit from the Deerfield Fire Department!

Student leadership is an important part of Wilmot and is emphasized in The Leader in Me. Our student council leaders welcomed Julie Morrison on Monday and shared a great deal of information with her about what makes Wilmot special. They spoke about our kindness initiative, The Wilmot Way (Grit, Perseverance and a Growth Mindset) and special events and programs that we have. Our newly formed Student Leadership Team met this week and is revising our PAWS program at Wilmot. Next week these leaders will present the revised program to the entire school! We have also observed many students leading the learning in their classrooms, by teaching and modeling for peers.

Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks As we walk through classrooms we are noticing more and more student greeters. These students welcome visitors to the classroom and immediately share information about what their class is doing. This creates a warm and welcoming environment.
Each month, third-grade teachers recognize three or four students as star students during their monthly town hall meetings. This is based on students being kind, following our PAWS principles, and demonstrating the Wilmot Way. Congratulations to the town hall students.

In an effort to encourage a supportive and positive school environment our Leader in Me Leadership and School Environment Staff Action Team has created an interactive bulletin board for use by all in the Wilmot community. The bulletin board, Take What You Need...Give What You Can, allows students, staff or parents to either place a sticky note with a positive message on the board (giving positive thoughts for encouragement) or take a positive message off the board as needed. We have seen positive notes coming and going all week. Way to go!

Parent Conferences (1st posting)
Mark your calendars - We will hold our annual parent-teacher conferences on Monday, November 25 in the evening and all day on Tuesday, November 26. All elementary schools will have parents sign up for a conference through Family Access. You may start signing up for parent-teacher conferences on Monday, October 21 at 5:30 pm. To do this, login to Family Access and follow these simple steps:
At the Homepage, click on Teacher Conferences on the left-hand side of the page.
Choose your child’s name from the drop-down scheduler menu or you can view all of the children attending Wilmot at one time.
Next to each child’s name, choose “All Conferences.”
Select a time to view the teacher’s availability.
Select the time you want for your conference.
Click save
If you need to reschedule, click the View Scheduled Times tab and change the status to Unschedule. Then, reschedule for a time slot that meets your needs.

If you want to see what the conference scheduler looks like, check out this one minute video.

It is best practice to hold one parent conference per child, to ensure that both parents receive the same information regarding their child’s strengths and needs. Therefore, I ask that parents sign up for one joint conference per student. If this is a concern, please reach out to me directly. We look forward to seeing all of our parents during conferences.

Disabilities Awareness Week (2nd Posting)
October 21 - 25 is our annual Disability Awareness Week. We have a very exciting program planned this year. Look for more information to come.

Nominate a Teacher Hero
Symetra Heroes in the Classroom, presented by Arthur J. Gallagher, is a community program that recognizes 16 Chicago-area teachers for outstanding leadership and instructional skills during the Chicago Bears season. If you feel that your child has or has had an outstanding teacher feel free to learn more about the program and nominate them here.

Halloween 2019
We will celebrate Halloween with a parade, our annual sing-along, and 5th grade parodies, on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Click here for more information.

Save the Date - PTO Movie Night for 1st-5th grade students is Friday, November 8.

Important Dates
Monday, October 14
Columbus Day- No School
Monday, October 21
Disability Awareness Week Begins
BOE Meeting
Thursday, October 24
Elementary Orchestra Concert at Caruso - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 30
Band Concert at Caruso - 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 31
Halloween Parade and Sing-along - Information is Coming
Tuesday, November 5
Picture Retakes
Friday, November 8
PTO Movie Night

Save the Date/Looking Ahead
Thursday, November 21
Kindergarten Family Reading Night -5:30-7:00 pm
Monday, November 25
Parent Conferences - Evening
Tuesday, November 26
Parent Conferences - Day
Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, November 5th
Third Grade Field Trip to Skokie Youth Theater - morning only
Monday, December 2nd
1st Grade - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum field trip
Monday, December 9 - Friday, December 20 - MAP Window
Saturday, December 22 - Sunday, January 5 - Winter break
Thursday, January 23
5th Grade Music Show
Thursday, February 6 - 5th grade to Skokie YouthTheatre (9:00am-11:45am)
Friday, February 14
District Teacher Institute day
Monday, February 17
No School due to Presidents’ day
Tuesday, February 25
2nd and 4th grade music concerts
Thursday, March 19
1st and 3rd grade music concerts
Thursday, May 7
Innovation Night- 1st, 4th and 5th
Thursday, May 14
Innovation Night- Kindy, 2nd and 3rd
Monday, May 18
Kindergarten Music Concert