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What a Busy Week at WilmotThe Wilmot Philanthropy club “Team Give” started the new year off by supporting Syd Rocks.  In 2007, Sydney Martin started making and selling rock necklaces to raise money for LCH (Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis), after being diagnosed with this rare blood disease.  On Thursday Sydney shared her story with the philanthropy club and inspired students to make a difference by giving back in a way that is meaningful to them. She reminded students that she was just 10 years old when she started Syd Rocks http://www.sydrocks.com/ , which has raised nearly $500,000 for medical research related to LCH.  Our students helped Sydney make over 280 necklaces.

Kindergarten & New 1st Grade Student Registration for 2017-2018 (1st posting)

Please share this information with friends and neighbors with incoming kindergarten and new first grade students!

Online registration for incoming kindergarten and new first grade students for the 2017-2018 school year will open on February 1! You do not have to re-register current students in grades K-7 for next year; registration is only for students who will be new to District 109 in the 2017-2018 school year (and Helping Hands students moving to kindergarten). You can register children for kindergarten who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.

  1. Complete online registration:
  1. Print all registration materials (the registration form and three supplements), and gather required proof-of-residency documents  (listed on the registration and residency page) and your child’s original birth certificate.
  1. Plan to attend a Drop In/Drop Off session at the District Center (517 Deerfield Road, by the Little Red Schoolhouse) to review documentation and verify residency:
  • Monday, February 6, 2017 from 1:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 7:30am – 1:00pm


Full-day kindergarten will be offered for 2017-2018. Parents also will have the option to send their kindergarten child for half of the school day. The Board of Education has not yet made a decision about the amount that will be charged for full-day kindergarten for 2017-2018 (it is expected to be less than the $2,080 fee for the 2016-2017 school year). We will communicate the tuition information as soon as it is approved by the Board.  

If you have questions about registration, please contact Audrey Beresid at aberesid@dps109.org.

In order to assist us in gathering information about incoming kindergarten and new 1st grade students we ask that you click here to complete our Wilmot Information Form.


LifeSkills Parent Program (2nd 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.  

Calendar (2nd 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 (3rd 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.  

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

Teachers and parents across Illinois 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 20 – College Day

Student Council Meeting Dates – All meetings are held at 8:15

  • January 9  (This Monday)
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • June 5 (all representatives and alternates)

Wilmot PTO News

  • Mark your calendars – our annual BINGO Night will be held on Friday, February 24.  
  • After School Enrichment classes start this Monday, January 9

Click here to visit the PTO website

Upcoming Dates

  • 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
  • Saturday, February 25 – District 109 Speech Tournament for 3rd- 5th grade students (held at Kipling Elementary School)
  • Wednesday, March 22 – 1st and 3rd grade music concert and art show – times TBD