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The Wilmot Word: 10-5-18

This Week at Wilmot
Students have been hard at work this week reading in their book clubs, playing math games, creating in STEAM and teaching peers during science activities. The 4 Cs (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity) were observed throughout the building this week. Second graders collaborated with peers to create 3-D shapes in their STEAM class using ZomeTools while others used basic coding skills to operate their Ozobots. Allowing students to plan, problem solve and create with peers is so important and supports critical thinking and collaboration. Other second graders enjoyed a math game with their teacher to support their understanding of place value.

Fifth graders were very busy this week engaging in student-led conversations during book clubs where they discussed the book, Hatchet. M.J led his fourth-grade class in a science experiment where he shared information about circuits. Peers enjoyed learning from a classmate and eagerly asked M.J. questions to learn more. In the LMC students worked together to create and color a banner about reading. After watching, Iggy Peck, Architect, by Andrea Beaty, some of our students explored building and creating on their own in the LMC. Wow, what a busy week!



Kindness Corner
#wilmotkindnessrocks - Kindness continues to dominate our school culture. Earlier this week I watched Gabriel from Mrs. Bricker’s class bend down to tie the shoe of a classmate when he noticed that he needed assistance. For this act of kindness, he received the class kindness rock to keep at his table for the entire day. What a great way to recognize acts of kindness. Earlier this week Ryan, from Ms.Rallis’s class, made me a special bracelet. This kind act made my entire day. Thank you, Ryan.

Today our entire fourth-grade class went on a special field trip to Bernie’s Book Bank. During this trip, students had an opportunity to sort, sticker and pack books for at-risk children. Providing opportunities for our students to give back to the broader community is another way we spread a message of kindness.

Halloween Information
We will continue with a typical school day on the morning of Halloween and will hold all special events in the afternoon. Our students will participate in the annual Halloween parade (at 1:10) followed by a modernized version of our sing-along and fifth-grade parodies. As a reminder, due to space limitations, only parents/guests of 5th graders may join us for the sing-along and parodies (limited to two guests per student).

Students will change into costumes in the afternoon. To accommodate a busy afternoon we will move lunch up by ten minutes and start lunch at 11:40 am. The success of this day truly depends on parental cooperation and support. We want this to be a fun, inclusive and safe day for everyone.

In order to ensure that all students feel included it is essential that any group costume is open to everyone who wants to join the group. This is one area where we really need parental support to make this a positive experience for everyone. Without the support of parents and staff, we run the risk of creating an environment that is exclusionary and not supportive of a positive school culture and our kindness campaign.

Our daily safety procedures will remain in effect on Halloween. Every volunteer or visitor must sign in at the main office with a driver’s license. I suggest parents arrive 30 minutes in advance of any activity you are joining. You do not need to sign in for the parade as it is outside.

For more information regarding our Halloween procedures please click here.


PTO
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
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
Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween Activities