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Wilmot Word: 9-14-18

What A Busy Week
As a reminder, there is no school on Wednesday, September 19.

This was another very busy week at Wilmot. Many students met with their buddy class and enjoyed activities together. Our buddy program is a very special part of Wilmot where each primary class is paired with a buddy class from the intermediate grades. This provides a wonderful opportunity for leadership and mentoring by older students and our younger students love working with a “big friend.” Buddy classes will meet each month throughout the school year.

Mrs. Lathan helped Wilmot welcome author Barbara O’Connor on Wednesday for students in grades 3-5. Mrs. O’Connor is the award-winning author of How to Steal a Dog, Wish, Wonderland and many more books! Mrs. O’Connor provided writing tips to our students that correlate with our reading and writing units of study. She discussed using the “Show, don’t tell,” method of writing. Authors always help us understand the importance of reading. We are grateful to our friends at the Bookstall in Winnetka for providing us with these wonderful author visits. Wilmot loves authors!

On Thursday fifth graders had an amazing day at Camp Duncan. Students participated in so many engaging activities such as a team building course, a rock climbing wall and pioneering, where they had a chance to make candles. Students learned about wilderness survival and enjoyed an escape room type of activity as Duncan Detectives. We ended the day with a great town hall meeting where we talked about the many acts of kindness teachers, parents, and students observed throughout the day and the lessons we learned about the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and grit. Thank you to our outstanding staff and parent volunteers who made this an awesome day for our boys and girls.

Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks - This week I had a chance to observe and learn about many acts of kindness by Wilmot students. During our 5th grade Camp Duncan town hall meeting, students were recognized for cheering on friends as they attempted to climb the rock wall, for helping others during the team building course, for taking care of friends who were not feeling well and for giving up a turn at an activity so a classmate could go first, and for many other acts of kindness. In kindergarten, Jonah wrote about kindness. He shared pictures of peers using our buddy bench to find a friend to play with and also drew pictures of friends give each other a high five. Liza, helped her kindergarten buddy when she had a problem on the bus and made her smile when she was feeling sad. Yesterday, Mrs. Dubin met 4th graders at Brentwood for our monthly “Art with the Residents” program. This special intergenerational program brings students and our seniors together which makes everyone feel good. I am so proud of our students and staff for their increased focus on being kind. Way to go!!!

Attention Third Grade Parents:
District 109 has planned an Advanced Learning Evening for all third-grade parents on September 26, 2018, at 7:30 PM at the District Office.

Dana Stein, the Advanced Learning Coordinator, will be presenting along with the four Advanced Learning specialists from each building. This is an opportunity for parents to learn what our new programming looks like and how it is being implemented in the third-grade classrooms. For additional information about our Advanced Learning programs, please visit the website.

Parents and Professionals for Success (PPS)
PPS is a partnership between DPS109 parents and staff to ensure the success of all students. See the attached flier for information about an upcoming parent workshop on executive functioning, which will be held on September 24.

Lunches and Other Deliveries
If you forget to send your child with a lunch and plan on having something delivered from an outside vendor, we ask that you contact the front office before 11:30.
If your child leaves something at home please place it on the “Oops I Forgot” table, located in the front foyer. We will always deliver or call down for items such as glasses or a student device. We will not interrupt instruction for items such as a snack or water bottle. Please know that our teachers do not typically check email during the instructional day and may not see messages about forgotten items until lunch or after school.

The Wilmot book fair is coming September 26, 27 28, and 30.
Box Top Collection - This is an easy way to raise money for Wilmot! This year our goal is to raise $1,500 for our school – just by clipping Box Tops! Please make sure the expiration date on the Box top is 12/31/18 or later. You can either submit them directly to your teacher or leave them in the BoxTops mailbox at the main entrance of Wilmot. Our first collection will be in mid-October.

Important Dates
Monday, September 17 - Board of Education meeting - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 19 - No School due to Yom Kippur
Thursday, 20 - Student Council Elections
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
Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19 - Disability Awareness Week