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The Wilmot Word: 8-31-18

What A Busy Week
Thank you to all of our families who attended our annual curriculum night. We are so fortunate to have such an involved parent community. Our teachers worked hard to prepare for this event and they appreciate your participation. If you were unable to join us please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions that you might have.

Our students have been very busy this week. All students participated in a fire drill on Monday and our annual bus drill on Thursday. We will spend time teaching and reviewing safety procedures over the next few weeks and will revisit them throughout the school year.

Kindergarten students reviewed their colors this week and were observed identifying, writing and even singing about colors. They were also spotted wearing a different color each and every day. Students also enjoyed checking books out from the library and many children had lessons co-taught by Mrs. Lathan (our library information specialist) and their classroom teacher. Fifth graders continued to launch their reading and writing units and some created Alpha Boxes to support their writing. These students made alpha boxes describing an individual of their choosing and I was even featured in one classroom.

Kindness Corner
Kindness is everywhere!!! This week students and staff continued to focus on being kind and recognizing kindness in themselves and others. Teachers were observed helping younger students join their classes during arrival and many older students helped younger buddies this week. Liza in fifth grade was seen helping her kindergarten buddy get on the correct bus. In first grade, Christopher gave his friend the last piece of yellow paper for a project when he learned that this was his friend’s favorite color. Cal, in fifth grade, shared a note on the class kindness board, recognizing his friend Matthew for helping him and for being a good friend. Yesterday, I saw a parent comforting a child when she was looking for her mom during arrival. Even our fabulous PTO got in on the action, showering kindness on our teachers by sending in dinner for curriculum night. This was greatly appreciated! Thank you, everyone, for supporting #wilmotkindnessroocks.


MAP Testing
All students will participate in our annual fall MAP assessment in the areas of math and reading over the next two weeks. Unfortunately, several classes had to postpone their testing this week due to technical difficulties with the MAP testing site. The problems have been corrected and testing will resume next week. I appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

International Dot Day
Wilmot is celebrating International Dot Day on September 14th ish! International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration. Dot Day is based on the book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds. This inspirational story encourages students to feel confident about themselves and their abilities. Wilmot will be celebrating Dot Day in many different ways. We encourage all students to wear dot clothing to school on Friday, Sept. 14. You can celebrate at home too!
For more information visit: http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

Parents and Professionals for Success (PPS)
PPS is a partnership between DPS109 parents and staff to ensure the success of all students. Click here for information about an upcoming parent workshop on executive functioning.

Enrichment Classes
Enrichment classes start on Tuesday, September 4. Please prepare your child if they are attending these classes.

PTO
The 2018-2019 PTO Membership is now available.
Sign up for Wilmot PTO membership and you receive access to 2 online directory apps. If you already have the app DO NOT download it again.
Fun Lunch - To sign up for fun lunch please click here.
If you have any questions please contact Susan Slutzky at 847-924-5267 or susanslutzky@yahoo.com

Late Lunches
Please make sure all late lunches are placed in the late lunch baskets in our foyer by 11:30 am. Please make sure you write your child’s name on his/her lunch. If you are having lunch delivered please contact the front office to ensure the lunch is delivered to your child. Lunches are typically placed in the late lunch baskets.

Important Dates
Monday, September 3 - No School - Labor Day
Tuesday, September 4 - PTO meeting at 1:30 pm
Monday, September 10 - No School due to Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 13 - 5th Grade Camp Duncan Trip
Wednesday, September 19 - No School due to Yom Kippur
Monday, September 24 - School Picture Day
Wednesday, September 26 - Book fair
Thursday, September 27 - Book fair
Friday, September 28- Book fair
Sunday, September 30 - Book fair
Monday, October 8 - No School Day due to Columbus Day