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The Wilmot Word: 11-15-19

What A Busy Week
This was another great week at Wilmot. Some of our fifth-grade classes dissected owl pellets looking for animal bones. This science experiment helps students understand the eating habits of birds, such as owls. Some students even watched a virtual owl dissection video. Mrs. Miltimore’s class enjoyed hanging out with Cubby the Wolf. This class was our intermediate grade winner of Cubby, for following our PAWS principles.

Third graders have been hard at work on their research projects which focused on a specific state. I enjoyed learning about different states as students shared facts about the population, state bird and geography of various states. Students are also learning fun facts about their selected state. Did you know that Dr. Pepper was invented in Texas? Now you know!

In kindergarten students led their peers in morning math and calendar activities. Students did a great job counting peers in attendance and asking their classmate’s questions about the calendar.


Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks - In recognition of Veterans Day, many students decorated a star to honor a veteran that they know. Thank you to all the men and women who have served our country.

On Wednesday we recognized our trimester one student and staff spirit award winners. Each trimester each first-fifth grade class votes on two students to receive a Wilmot spirit award. These are students who consistently demonstrate kindness and follow our PAWS principles. Our staff also nominate colleagues to receive a spirit award. After announcing the names of all spirit award winners we held our Spirit Award Parade where the entire school lined the hallways to congratulate and give high fives to the spirit award winners. Check out the video and pictures on Facebook and Twitter. As a special treat, Mrs. Santella and I called all of the parents of our student winners and the spouses of our staff winners to share how proud we are of all of the winners. Way to go!

Progress Reports
All student progress reports are now available in Family Access.

Calling All Wilmot Grandparents
We are updating our contact list for our grandparents and need your help! Deerfield Public Schools District 109 keeps those very special family members, our students' grandparents, connected to our school community with regular updates.

We want to make sure that we have the current and correct information for all of our students' grandparents. Here's how you can help:
Parents: Click here to add your child's grandparents to our grandparents contact list so that we can send them news and event invitations. Please make sure you ask these special people for permission to share their contact information with us (or forward this email so they can complete the form themselves), and let them know that they can expect to receive news from District 109.

Thank you for helping us create these important connections! Please contact me if you have any questions.

Lost and Found
Please check the lost and found tables, in the front lobby, when you visit Wilmot (and encourage your children to check too). We have a lot of lost sweatshirts, coats, gloves, hats, etc. All unclaimed items will be donated on November 27.

Pick-up and Drop-off - Reminders for the Safety of Students

In order to create a safe school and community it is essential that we all follow the law and school procedures regarding parking, safe driving, pick-up and drop off, at or near Wilmot. Here are a few reminders to support a smooth and safe arrival and dismissal each day.
There is no stopping, standing or parking on Appletree Lane, near the pedestrian walkway leading to the school. There is clear signage indicating areas where cars may not stop or park. I have been in communication with the Deerfield Police Department and have been asked to remind our parents of these rules and to inform our community that violating these rules may result in a ticket and fine.
Never use a cell phone on or near the school grounds.
Always have students enter and exit your car on the passenger side.

Entering the West (Side) Parking Lot:
Pull past the primary playground (do not drop off or pick up children along the playground/black fence).
Pull as far forward (north) as possible in the drop-off/pick-up lane, along the curb.
Do not get out of your car in the drop-off/pick-up lane.
After you drop off or pick up your child, continue through the lane.
If you want to head east on Deerfield Road, take a right into the north (front) lot. During pick up and drop off, you may not take a left turn onto Deerfield Road from the front parking lot (school buses only will be able to make a left.
Otherwise, take a left and follow the curve to exit onto Wilmot Road.

Entering the North (Front) Parking Lot
The lane along the curb by the building is for buses only.
Pull as far forward as possible into pick-up/drop-off lane, located along the median that separates the bus area from the rest of the parking lot.
You can stop your car and walk your child to the front of the building. There is no lengthy parking in this lane - please only leave your car for a quick trip to walk your child across to the sidewalk.
You may drop your child off to walk to the crosswalk at the east end of the median. There is no crossing guard at that crosswalk. Bus drivers have been alerted to the crosswalk and will be on the lookout for pedestrians.
Exit by taking a right turn out of the lot. During pick up and drop off, there is no left turn on Deerfield Road from the front parking lot (except for school buses).

Communication Survey (Final posting - closes tonight)
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.



PTO
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Important Dates
Thursday, November 21
Kindergarten Family Reading Night -5:30-7:00 pm
Monday, November 25
Cultural Arts program with Bizar Entertainment
Parent Conferences - Evening only
Tuesday, November 26
Parent Conferences -Students are not in attendance
Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving Break
Monday, December 2nd
1st Grade - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum field trip
Monday, December 9 - Friday, December 20 - MAP Window

Save the Date/Looking Ahead
Saturday, December 22 - Sunday, January 5 - Winter break
Thursday, January 23
5th Grade Music Show
Thursday, February 6 - 5th grade to Skokie Youth Theatre (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