• Engage. Inspire. Empower.

The Wilmot Word: 12-2-16

150 150 Eileen Brett

What a Busy Week at Wilmot

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-12-33-41-pmThis week second grade students had a visit from Paul Hutson, a developer with The Night Zookeeper.  The Night Zookeeper is a digital tool used to support students in developing a love of writing as they use games and resources to refine their writing skills.  Students also participate in writing competitions. Mayson, from Mrs. Glass’s class, won an award for her diary entry about a day in second grade. Congratulations!


The Hour of Code (week of December 5th)

In our efforts to support computer science and the development of the 4 C’s (collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking) all Wilmot students will participate in The Hour of Code next week.  The Hour of Code, which is an international movement to demystify coding,  takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week.  This event is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).  I am encouraging all families to set aside one hour next week to participate in the Hour of Code as a family, in addition to the coding activities your child will participate in during the school day..  Her is a link  to coding activities for students of all ages and levels of experience.  I am looking forward to trying the new Disney Moana Hour of Code game with my family.  

5th Grade Night of the Arts

5th grade parents are invited to join us Thursday, December 8, 2016 for a Night of the Arts.  As a reminder, all guests attending the daytime show need to check in at the main office and bring your driver’s license.  Click here for more information.

  • 9:55 am-Music Dress Rehearsal
  • 6:00 pm -6:30 pm- Hallway Art Show
  • 6:15 pm- 5th grade students report to the MPR
  • 6:30 pm- Music Concert- “Compose Yourself”

Team Give – Session 2

This is your child’s chance to join the 2nd session of TEAM GIVE, our Wilmot philanthropy club. This is a new student club offered to 2nd-5th graders focusing on giving back to our community and our school. Club members will meet monthly on Thursdays during the lunch hour in Room 20 – Ms. Schmidt’s Classroom.

Click here for more information and to sign up for Team Give.  Space is limited to 40 members.

Arrival, Tardies and Absences

Over the past few weeks we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students arriving late for school, entering through the front office rather than lining up outside and missing school for family vacations.  We expect students to arrive on time and be present each and every day (unless a student is ill).  Students should not be dropped off in the front parking lot unless your child is late for school (after 8:40).  Students arriving prior to 8:35 will be asked to enter the building with their class.

Parent Survey: Please Share Your Thoughts About Wilmot

Beginning November 16, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. Districts are required by the state to administer the survey every other year; this year, District 109 is participating, and asking parents to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness.

Please click here to take the survey.

If you have children in more than one school, please take the survey for each school. Visit the District 109 home page, or the the News icon on the app for more details. You also can click on the For Parents icon on the app for a link to the survey.

MAP Testing

The MAP testing window for all students K-5 will run from Monday, December 5 – Friday, December 16. Your child’s teacher should communicate the exact dates when students will take the math and reading assessments.  It is very important that you let your child’s teacher know if you will absent during this time.

Asa reminder, our expectation is that students are in attendance every day unless they are sick.

DHS School Chest Event for 109 Families

Deerfield High School has started its annual fundraising event, School Chest, to benefit the Propionic Acidemia Foundation. They’ve planned one event specifically for District 109 families: Jordan’s Playground, with The PlayGround Games, will be held in the Deerfield High School Warrior Gym on Sunday from 11-1. The $10 entry fee goes to the Propionic Acidemia Foundation. See this flier for details about all the fun!  

Student Council

The Student Council is sponsoring the following spirit days.  Students are encouraged to join in the fun.  If students prefer they are always encouraged to wear spirit wear or blue and white on Fridays.

  • Friday, December 16 – Neon Day
  • Friday, January 6 –    Black and White Day
  • Friday, January 20 – College Day

Wilmot PTO News

Please join us for our annual PTO Barnes and Noble Day – this Saturday December 3, 2016.  Many teachers will be at Barnes and Noble to read to students, help with art projects and even suggest a good book.  Please mention that you are with Wilmot  School when checking out and a portion of your sale will go directly back to the school.

Click here to visit the PTO website


  • Saturday, December 3 – PTO Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • Monday, December 5 – Friday, December 16 – MAP testing Window (K-5)
  • Week of December 5th-  Hour of Code
  • Thursday, December 8 – 5th Grade Night of the Arts  
    • Daytime concert  – 9:55 am
    • Evening Music Concert and Art Fair  – Art Fair begins at 6:00 pm and the Music concert begins at 6:30 pm.
  • Monday, December 12 – Wednesday, December 14 – PTO Holiday Shop
  • Tuesday, December 13 – District Orchestra Concert – SMS, 7:00 pm
  • Friday, December 16 – Last day before winter break.  Holiday parties will be held in the afternoon.