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The Wilmot Word: 9-21-18

Picture Day is Monday
As a reminder, picture day is this Monday, September 24, 2018. If you want to order pictures please return the picture day envelope with your child on Monday or place your order online.

This Week at Wilmot
Throughout the week fifth-grade students campaigned for various student council officer positions. I was so impressed by the creative campaign posters students made and truly wonderful speeches the 17 candidates shared yesterday. Campaign promises included opportunities for increased student voice, community service projects, and fundraisers to enhance Wilmot School. I am very proud of all of the candidates who demonstrated great sportsmanship as they congratulated and comforted peers. Congratulations to our newly elected Wilmot student council officers:
President - Eliana P. and Jake P.
Vice President: Rex H.
Secretary: Orli S.
Treasurer: Matthew M.

Next week, September 24th -28th is Start with Hello Week. This week is organized for schools across the nation through Sandy Hook Promise and focuses on reducing social isolation and helping all students feel welcome and included. Starting next week we will focus on ways to make all students feel included at Wilmot. This is a great precursor to our upcoming disability awareness week, which is all about accepting and celebrating differences. I hope that as a school community we can start with a simple “hello” to make every child and adult feel included in our school community.

Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks - Kindness continues at Wilmot School. Yesterday, fifth graders joined Mrs. Dubin at Brentwood for another “Art with the Residents” program. This is yet another example of building a kind and caring community. Below is an expert from an email one fifth grade parent shared with Mrs. Dubin. “I just wanted to reach out and let you know how much _______ enjoyed the "Art with the Residents" volunteer experience yesterday. Teaching our kids the importance of giving back their time and their talents within their community are so important! I also appreciated the kind words you shared with him at the end. All night he talked about Penny (the resident) and how they chose their paintings based on her interests. Thank you for coordinating this event and showing our children how to communicate and connect with the residents. I can't thank you enough, it was truly a wonderful experience!

Attention Third Grade Parents (final posting):
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.

Lunches and Other Deliveries (final posting)
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.
The PTO skate night will be held on October 12 from 6:30-8pm at Centennial Ice Skating Rink.
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 Box Tops mailbox at the main entrance of Wilmot. Our first collection will be in mid-October.
GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE - Wilmot School is partnering with Mayor Rosenthal and Deerfield Village Hall to collect items in order to benefit our local Veterans. On November 12th volunteers at the Deerfield Village Hall will assemble care packages for local Veterans.
Wilmot will be collecting NEW SOCKS (socks are not provided at Veterans facilities). There will be a donation box at the front of the school and we will be collecting socks until November 9th.
A Note from Boy Scout Troop 50
Boy Scout Troop 50 is holding a STEM Fair tonight in the Wilmot gym. It will include a number of activities where students enjoy fun STEM projects. All are invited. The attached flier includes more information about this event.

Important Dates
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
Friday, October 12 - PTO Skate Night - 6:30-8:00 pm
Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19 - Disability Awareness Week