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The Wilmot Word: 10-12-18

This Week at Wilmot
Wilmot students have been hard at work this week reading with buddies in the library, participating in writing mini-lessons and playing bowling pin games in PE to practice the underhand and overhand throw. I learned a lot from groups of kindergarten and second-grade students who taught me the 4 steps used when throwing a ball. Ask your kids to share these steps with you and maybe find time to practice over the weekend. Fourth graders were observed during a mini-lesson on how authors often use a mentor text to inspire their writing and inform their writing techniques. Check in with your students and see what they are writing about. Earlier this week we met students as they walked to school (or off of the bus) as part of National Walk to School Day.

Kindness Corner
Kindness rocks at Wilmot School! On Wednesday Mr. R (our custodian) helped a neighbor in the morning who pulled into our lot with a flat tire and then he greeted students with a wave and a smile as they arrived for school. Kindness continued on Wednesday afternoon as older students met with their buddies to write kindness messages to share on our new kindness board. Students brainstormed acts of kindness they have observed and then wrote notes about ways they can show kindness this month. Other buddies were observed working together to make a kindness Flipgrid.

Today the 100+ members of Team Give, our Philanthropy club, kicked off the year with an awesome event to support Fill a Heart 4 kids. The mission of Fill a Heart 4 Kids is for homeless kids and foster children to feel loved and valued to move forward with confidence, self-esteem, and a purposeful life. Our students (supported with some awesome volunteer parents) filled Halloween bags and made signs and cards for homeless children who would not otherwise be able to enjoy Halloween. Our students were able to give to others in a way that made everyone feel great. Annie, from Fill a Heart 4 Kids, also shared how meaningful the birthday bags we made last February were for the children they support and that for many of the children it was the first birthday cake they had ever had. She has asked us to help with Thanksgiving packages by collecting unwanted (wrapped) Halloween candy and by visiting the Fill a Heart 4 Kids webpage and Facebook page. We will collect extra Halloween candy from November 1 - 8. Please send all candy in a sealed bag which will be collected first thing each morning.

Parent Conferences (1st posting)
Mark your calendars - We will hold our annual parent-teacher conferences on Monday, November 19 in the evening and all day on Tuesday, November 20. All elementary schools will have parents sign up for a conference through Family Access. You may start signing up for parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm. To do this, login to Family Access and follow these simple steps:
At the Homepage, click on Teacher Conferences on the left-hand side of the page.
Choose your child’s name from the drop-down scheduler menu or you can view all of the children attending Wilmot at one time.
Next to each child’s name, choose “All Conferences.”
Select a time to view the teacher’s availability.
Select the time you want for your conference.
Click save
If you need to reschedule, click the View Scheduled Times tab and change the status to Unschedule. Then, reschedule for a time slot that meets your needs.

If you want to see what the conference scheduler looks like, check out this one minute video.

We look forward to seeing all of our parents during conferences.

Halloween Information (2nd posting)
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.

The PTO skate night is TONIGHT from 6:30-8pm at Centennial Ice Skating Rink.
Here is an easy way to support our PTO! Get out and shop at Whole Foods on October 18. Whole Food will give 5% of the net sales back to the Wilmot PTO.
Movie Night is coming. Our annual movie night will be held on Friday November 2, 2018. New This Year - First and second grade students will watch a movie in the GMA and third, fourth and fifth grade students will watch a movie in the GYM
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
Friday, October 12 - PTO Skate Night - 6:30-8:00 pm
Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19 - Disability Awareness Week
Thursday, October 18 - Registration opens in Family Access for parent conferences at 7:00 pm
Monday, October 22 - Board of Education meeting
Monday, October 29 - Picture Retakes - 8:40-10:30 am
Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween Activities
Friday, November 2 - PTO movie night
Friday, November 2 - Trimester 1 ends
Monday, November 12 - Board of Education Meeting
Friday, November 16 - Progress reports are posted in Family Access
Monday, November 19 - Parent conference evening
Tuesday, November 20 Parent conference day