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The Wilmot Word: 9-28-18

This Week at Wilmot
Today Wilmot was recognized with a certificate of achievement from the Regional Office of Education for having an attendance rate of over 97% during the annual attendance week. I hope that we can maintain this high level of attendance throughout the school year. As a reminder, it is important that students come to school every day unless they are ill, and that they arrive on time each day for school. In recent weeks more students have been observed arriving after the bell. Please work with your children to establish morning routines that support them in coming to school on time each day.

Kindergarten students were hard at work this week learning new literacy and math skills. Many have enjoyed learning about characters by reading books such as The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Other kindergarten students were observed writing new letters as they learned to extend vowel sounds. In math, kindergarten students have been learning about the attributes of 2D shapes and can recognize the attributes of shapes such as a triangle, circle, and a square.

Some of our fifth graders participated in a focus group this week to explore their views about encore/specials classes offered in D109. Students provided important feedback that will help us identify potential changes to encore classes offered at the middle schools. This is a great example of providing a forum for student voice. I was thrilled to hear how much students are enjoying our new STEAM class.

Students have also enjoyed visiting the PTO book fair. I have learned a lot from our students about some of their favorite books. There is still time to visit the book fair today before 5:00 pm and on Sunday, from 11:00-4:00.

Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks - On Wednesday we had our monthly all-school Social/Emotional and Kindness assembly. Holding ongoing programs and assemblies to support a kind and caring school is very important to our school culture. This month we shared pictures of the many acts of kindness we have observed, and we shared our grade level kindness chants. We have also challenged students to include others by saying “hello” and finally we watched the attached video made by some of our students. This video shares student suggestions for demonstrating kindness in the month of October. One area of emphasis is on ways to make Halloween inclusive and fun for those who celebrate. Suggestions include inviting friends to trick or treat together and going out of our way to make sure that students do not form costume groups that exclude others.

This week we saw many acts of kindness by children and adults at Wilmot. Noah L. in 4th grade emailed me earlier this week to share a story of kindness. Noah let me know that following the election for student council representative, he went out of his way to high-five all of the candidates. Mrs. Han noticed her students all shaking hands following their class election. Yesterday, Ms. Mo, who works in our lunchroom, purchased a book for every first-grade class at the book fair and Isabella M. in 4th grade purchased a book for her third-grade teacher. Mrs. Pettinger saw first grader Alen P. greeting Kaci, a first-grade friend he had never met before - just to be nice. Each act of kindness should be celebrated and recognized. Way to go Wilmot!!

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.

Important Dates
Sunday, September 30 - Book fair
Monday, October 8 - No School Day due to Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 9 - PTO meeting - 1:30 pm
Friday, October 12 - PTO Skate Night - 6:30-8:00 pm
Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19 - Disability Awareness Week
Monday, October 22 - Board of Education meeting
Monday, October 29 - Picture Retakes - 8:40-10:30 am