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The Wilmot Word: 12-16-16

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A Happy New Year Message from Wilmot School – click here

What a Busy Week at Wilmot

Today we had our first PAWS assembly, hosted by fifth graders, Hannah and Ethan. All younger students were paired with their buddies to join in a Kahoot game to review our PAWS expectations.  Kahoot is a game-based learning platform that allows users to create quizzes on any topic.  Buddies  used a shared device to answer questions about the PAWS principles (Practice respect, Act responsibly, Work together and Stay safe, CHAMPS and The Wilmot Way (Grit, Perseverance and a Growth Mindset)). We then picked PAWS at random from the PAWS Drum and awarded prizes to winning students.  Everyone had a great time playing the game and cheering on friends and buddies.

LifeSkills Parent Program (1st posting)

We look forward to seeing many of you on January 10 at 7:00pm at Shepard Middle School for the first Lifeskills Parent Program. This program is an interactive, skills-based program designed to help parents promote positive health and personal development in their children. Based on the Botvin LifeSkills curriculum used in District 109 classrooms, this program gives parents collaborative tools to use with their children to reinforce competency in the skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use. See the complete schedule of sessions and plan to attend as many as your schedule allows.  

Deerfield Police Department Toy Drive on 12/17 (1st posting)

The Deerfield Police Department is hosting a toy drive this Saturday, December 17 from 10am – 2pm in the parking lot on the corner of Rosemary Terrace and Deerfield Road. See details here about how you can be a part of this annual community event.a healthy and happy New Year!

Calendar (1st posting)

As you can read in Board Briefs, earlier this week the Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 calendar for next school year, which now is posted on the District website here.

Inclement Weather Guideline and Information (2nd posting)

In making the decision to have an inside or outside arrival and recess many factors are considered, including the temperature and the windchill.  We will go outside if it is 20 degrees or higher and at or above 15 degrees with the windchill. The decision to go outside is often made right before recess, and therefore, we request that all students are prepared to go outside each and every day.  Please send students with the proper clothing  (labeled with your child’s name) including a coat, hat, gloves, boots, snow pants etc.  

Parking Lot Procedures (2nd posting)

We need your cooperation and support of our parking lot, drop off and pick up procedures.  Our procedures and rules apply to everyone and are put into place for the safety of our children.  Students are to be dropped off and picked up in the west lot only.  A staff member will be at the GMA door each day until at least 8:40 (later on severe weather days). All cars must pull as far north (forward) in the west lot as possible.  Children may enter the building through the nearest door, including the front doors, gym doors or GMA doors and walk inside to their lineup location (K-2: GMA and 3-5: Gym).  Our staff will be on hand to assist students.  Stopping along the primary playground fence or near the GMA doors creates a dangerous situation as cars back up onto Wilmot Rd. Our students are aware of these rules.  Disregard for these rules sends a terrible message to our children and creates a potentially unsafe situation. Your patience and support are appreciated!

Parent Survey: Please Share Your Thoughts About Wilmot – There is still time to participate in this survey!

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.

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

Wilmot PTO News

  • Thanks to the many volunteers who supported our annual Holiday Shop!
  • Mark your calendars – our annual BINGO Night will be held on Friday, February 24.  

Click here to visit the PTO website

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, December 16 – Last day before winter break. We will have our first PAWS assembly in the morning.   Holiday parties will be held in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday January 3 – School Resumes
  • Thursday, January 12 – Band concert for 4th and 5th grade students at Caruso Middle School.
  • Monday, January 16 – No School In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Wednesday, January 18 – Wilmot Spelling Bee for finalists from 4th and 5th grades – 12:50

Looking Ahead

  • Monday, February 20 – No School in recognition of Presidents’ Day
  • Thursday, February 23 – 2nd and 4th grade music concert and art show – times TBD
  • Friday, February 24 – PTO BINGO Night
  • Wednesday, March 22 – 1st and 3rd grade music concert and art show – times TBD