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The Wilmot Word: 11-8-19

What A Busy Week
Mrs. Whelan’s class kicked off the week with a 50 day celebration in recognition of the 50th day of school. Students came dressed for a sock hop and enjoyed many activities about the number fifty. Mrs. Wolff’s students worked hard during Fundations, practicing letters and sounds and they also had fun making letters and words with Play-Doh. What a fun way to learn to read.

Our Wilmot artists have been very busy making many fall projects that now decorate our walls. Check out the awesome pumpkins made by kindergarten students and those made with Mrs. Brenner. You can also find fall leaves that our first graders made with printmaking, and our beautiful 3rd grade pumpkin landscapes. It might feel like winter but we are still celebrating the fall.

Fifth graders have been busy in their Westward Expansion unit in language arts. Students are learning to analyze a series of ideas in a text to identify what these ideas have in common and what is different about the ideas. Today I observed Mrs. Miltimore’s students constructing three tiered cakes made out of paper, applying their understanding of volume in an authentic activity.



Kindness Corner and Leader in Me
#wilmotkindnessrocks - Buddies is a special time at Wilmot School. Once a month we organize a time where the entire school is paired with a buddy. Third, fourth and fifth grade students love working with their younger buddies, which also allows them to act as a leader. Many buddy classes worked together this week on special projects for Veterans Day!

Our students are continuing to learn the habits associated with The Leader in Me. I have enjoyed learning about the habits from our students. Many have recently focused on Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win) and are starting to learn about Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk). Check out these Leader in Me symbols made by some of Mrs. Bonus’s students to teach others about Win-Win.


Inclement Weather Guideline and Information (2nd posting)
I can’t believe that the cold temperatures and snow have already begun. Here is information regarding our procedures for arrival and recess during inclement weather. Many factors are considered when we make a decision about inside or outside arrival and recess. These include the temperature and the wind chill, as well as the conditions of our playgrounds and blacktop areas (e.g. snow, ice or water). We will go outside if it is 20 degrees or higher and at or above 15 degrees with the wind chill (if the playgrounds and blacktops are safe). The decision to go outside is often made right before recess, and therefore, we request that all students are prepared to go outside each and every day. Please send students with the proper clothing (labeled with your child's name) including a coat, hat, gloves, boots, snow pants etc. I know that many students feel more comfortable in the building wearing shorts. I am asking that students wear or bring pants to use when they go outside.

Communication Survey
As part of the school district's continuous improvement efforts, we are seeking new and better ways to inform and engage our district community. We invite you to participate in the following anonymous survey.

The survey is designed to measure the effectiveness of the district's communications
and determine where we can improve. It will be open from October 30 through
Friday, November 15, 2019.

The survey is being conducted and survey data is being analyzed by the Donovan
Group on behalf of the school district. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Latham, Director of Communications, at rlatham@dps109.org or 847-945-1844 x7238.


Teaching and Learning Night
Our second event will be held in the Shepard Middle School Library on November 14th from 6:30-8:00 PM and the topic will be ELA and Innovation. *This is a different location than what was previously communicated.

DPN Presentation - The Impact of Marijuana Legalization and Vaping on Teens
Join the Deerfield Parent Network for a presentation by Dr. Aaron Weiner in the Deerfield High School Library on November 12 at 7:30 pm in the DHS library.

Parent Conferences (5th 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. If yo8 have not already done so, please sign up for a parent conference. 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.



PTO


Important Dates
Friday, November 8
PTO Movie Night
Monday, November 11
No School due to Veterans Day
Thursday, November 21
Kindergarten Family Reading Night -5:30-7:00 pm
Monday, November 25
Parent Conferences - Evening only
Tuesday, November 26
Parent Conferences -Students are not in attendance
Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving Break

Save the Date/Looking Ahead
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