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The Wilmot Word: 2-21-20

What a Busy Week
Everyone is very excited about our annual BINGO night, which is tonight in the Wilmot gym. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to our new outdoor learning space, which will be built in the courtyard this summer. Our student leadership committee has worked with the architects to design a kid-friendly learning space. Check out the posters on display at BINGO tonight, to get a sneak peak of the new courtyard!

Students have been digging into new math concepts all week. In second grade I joined students as they represented 3-digit numbers using flats, rods and cubes. Fourth graders have been learning about the American Revolution and are beginning to research various events and people associated with the Revolutionary War. I loved joining a first grade art class yesterday. Check out the amazing paper owls our students made. In gym first graders were observed playing Pillow Polo during a week of review activities. They did a great job working with teammates.

Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks -

2nd and 4th Grade Night of the Arts
We will hold our annual 2nd and 4th-grade music programs and art shows on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Below is the schedule for these events. If you have children in both 2nd and 4th grades feel free to visit both art fairs in between concerts. It is important that 2nd-grade families not staying for the 4th-grade concert, leave immediately after the music show to allow others to find parking. Thank you!

Click here for more information from Mrs. Dubin and Ms. Georges.

2nd Grade:
10:45 am - Daytime performance begins (visitors must check in with a driver’s license)
5:30 pm - Doors open, Art Show begins
5:45 pm - 2nd graders report to their classrooms
6:00 pm - Music Show begins
The performance is expected to last 25 minutes.
2nd graders will meet their family in the gym following the performance.
4th Grade:
2:40 pm - Daytime performance begins
6:40 pm - Art Show begins
6:55 pm - 4th graders report to their classrooms
7:10 pm - Music Show begins
The performance is expected to last 25-30 minutes.
4th graders will meet their family in the gym following the performance.

Save the date - 1st and 3rd Grade Night of the Arts - Thursday, March 19
We will hold our day and evening concerts for 1st grade and 3rd grade on March 19, as well as our evening art show. Save the date...more information is coming.

2nd annual Wilmot-Caruso Volleyball Classic
Come out and cheer on the Wilmot staff as we challenge our friends at Caruso to a teacher volleyball game. Team Give has planned this event and all proceeds will go to a charity selected by Team Give. The game will be held on Thursday, March 5 at Caruso, right after school. More information is coming soon.

Student Social Emotional Learning Survey
We will be administering the social-emotional learning survey to students across the district in grades 3-5 next week. This is an online questionnaire, which asks students to reflect on their mindsets and approaches to learning. Overarching topics include grit, growth mindset, self-management, self-efficacy, and social awareness. We administered the same survey in the fall to all 3-5 students.

Student responses will be reviewed by building level teams. Information gathered can help teachers and school staff know more about your child. It can also support the development of lessons that may be beneficial for all children.

If you have questions about this process please let me know. Per policy 7:15, if you would like to opt your child out of the survey, please contact your child’s principal.

Lost and Found
Please ask your children to check the lost and found table or stop by the lost and found table if you are visiting Wilmot. We have many items that have not been claimed.

BINGO is tonight!!! Our Wilmot PTO will hold BINGO night tonight at Wilmot. The proceeds will go towards the outdoor learning space that we will build in the courtyard this summer!

Student Council
Here is a list of the remaining student council spirit days:
February 21- Wilmot Spirit Wear
February 28- Crazy Hair Day
March 6-Inside Out Day
March 13-Wilmot Spirit Day
March 20-Favorite College Team Day
April 3-Tie Dye Day
April 17-Crazy Hat Day
May 1 -Wilmot Spirit Wear
May 8- Favorite Color Day
May 15- Wilmot Spirit Wear
May 22-Favorite Sport Day
May 29- Mismatch Day
June 5- Wear the Same Grade Color You Wore for the Wilmot Picture

Complete Count Deerfield - 2020 Census:
Some Deerfield residents may be asking themselves, “Why participate in the 2020 Census?” A decennial Census is required by the U.S. Constitution and is conducted for an accurate and fair count of all persons living in the United States. The Census directly affects how billions of dollars in federal and state funding are allocated to state and local governments. Simply put, the more people counted, the more money allocated. Every person not counted means a loss of revenue for the next 10 years. Invitations to take the census questionnaire will arrive at most homes in mid-March.

Deerfield Public Library - Tournament of Books
The Deerfield Public Library is holding its 7th annual Tournament of Books! Students can vote online, in their school libraries, or at the Deerfield Public Library! Help the Library break last year's amazing record-setting 15, 639 votes by voting as often as you like!

Save the Date 4/2/2020 - Safety Information Night
Please join the Business Manager and District Safety Committee Chair Dr. John Filippi, Assistant Superintendent of Student Resources Joanna Ford, and School Resource Officer Lauren Maldonado on April 2, 2020, from 7 - 8 pm in the Shepard Middle School library to discuss safety in District 109. There will be a presentation regarding safety in our schools and then time for some questions from the attendants.

Important Dates
Friday, February 21
BINGO Night at Wilmot
Tuesday, February 25
2nd and 4th grade music concerts
Monday, March 2
No school due to Pulaski Day
Thursday, March 5
Wilmot-Caruso Classic Volleyball Game
Tuesday, March 10
PTO meeting - 1:30
Friday, March 13
Progress reports are posted from trimester two
Monday, March 16
Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, March 19
1st and 3rd grade music concerts
March 23-27
Spring break. School resumes and Monday, March 30
Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 17
IAR state testing for all 3rd-5th grade students. Our schedule will include both morning and afternoon testing sessions throughout the testing window (working around holidays and days off from school). An exact schedule will be shared in the next week or so.
Friday, April 10
No school
Monday, April 13
No school

Save the Date/Looking Ahead
Monday, April 20
Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, April 23
Timely Talks for Fifth Grade Boys and Girls - evening activity at Wilmot
Thursday, April 30
Kindergarten Round-up
Thursday, May 7
Innovation Night- 1st, 4th and 5th
Thursday, May 14
Innovation Night- Kindy, 2nd and 3rd
Monday, May 18
Kindergarten Music Concert
Thursday, June 4
Field Day