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The Wilmot Word: 11-22-19

What A Busy Week
We have had a great week at Wilmot. As I walked throughout the building I observed many students engaging in literacy activities. In second grade I saw groups of students brainstorming how to make “How To” chapter books. Students discussed staying on topic, using pictures and sharing important details. I also spent time with second graders as they prepared exhibits for a “museum tour” on topics they have become experts on. Students used facts from a variety of texts to share their knowledge with peers. In fourth grade students shared presentations on various types of severe weather based on a recent research unit. I learned a lot about tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis.

Our first ever Kindy Family Reading Night, as part of Jessie White’s Illinois Reads statewide program, was a huge success! Last night the large group filled the GMA where parents and our Kinders snuggled up on blankets to read books together. Mrs. Rosheger, Mrs. Whelan, Mrs. Wolff, Dr. Schwartz, and Mrs. Santella performed a fun skit to emphasize the importance of reading daily. Families enjoyed the opportunity to read books selected from the Wilmot LMC and visit the Deerfield Public Library table. There were special guest readers that included Mrs. Dubin, Ms. Simon and
Ms. Georgas - and Fireman Mike from the Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Department. Mrs. Lathan and Mrs. Polisky were instrumental in coordinating the event, and 5th-grade volunteers helped everything run smoothly.

Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks - Operation Snowflake - Wilmot Gives Back! As part of our kindness initiative Team Give, Wilmot’s Philanthropy club has organized a gift-giving campaign to make sure that local families have something special to unwrap during the holidays. Click here to see information about Operation Snowflake, Wilmot’s holiday gift giving program.

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.

Information from the Student Services Department

Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you may know, the Chicago Tribune published an article this week in which districts throughout the state were highlighted for their use of isolated time out. In response to this article, the Illinois State Board of Education issued emergency regulations that will change the rules for use of isolated time out rooms and restraint throughout the state.
District 109 does not have isolated time out rooms. The District uses Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, which may include the use of physical restraint as an emergency intervention only in situations where students are posing an immediate danger to self or others. This practice is consistent with the emergency regulations just issued by ISBE; however, we will also closely monitor all new guidance provided and continue to review our practices. Staff receive extensive training on the safe use of physical restraint only as a last resort; our primary focus is always on preventative de-escalation strategies.
Student safety is always our top priority in District 109, and we look forward to working with you in continued partnership. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.
Joanna Ford
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
(847) 945-1844 x7229

Ms. Georgas is looking to start a 4th and 5th grade choir after winter break. Please complete this form if your child is interested in joining the choir.

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).

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Important Dates
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