What A Busy Week at Wilmot
This was another busy week for our boys and girls. Early in the week instrumental music students entertained guests at Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Second graders practiced their money skills and some were observed making videos about making change. On Thursday, Mrs. G’s class celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday, reading books and making hats with their buddy class. Students in Mrs Eddy’s class used the Osmo system to practice math skills. Ms. Kinley’s 5th grade ELA TAP students have created their 2nd installment for WESN (Wilmot Elementary School News). Click here to check out this awesome production and learn more about what our school and the school district.
As a reminder there is no school on Monday in honor of Casimir Pulaski Day
The BrightBytes 1:1 Survey is Open!
District 109 is committed to continue our in-depth review of the impact of our use of technology in teaching and learning. Our partnership with BrightBytes, an educational technology research company, allows us to conduct valid surveys and gain very specific, insightful and actionable data. We are seeking input from teachers and administrators, the students themselves, and parents. You should have received an email from Dr. Lubelfeld on March 1 with a link to the survey. If you haven’t yet done so, please take about 5-10 minutes to complete the BrightBytes questionnaire. The deadline to complete the survey is March 20.
PR and AED Tutorials
District 109 encourages parents and staff to understand how to perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and to use an automated external defibrillators. State law requires the Illinois High School Association to post a hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators training video on its website. District 109 encourages parents and staff to click here to view the video on the IHSA website. It will take less than 15 minutes of your time.
Learn More About Standards Based Grading and Reporting
District 109 aligns our curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices with identified learning standards. As part of that alignment, this year, we implemented standards based grading and reporting (SBGR) in our middle schools, which has been in place in the elementary schools for the past four years. As part of our continuing efforts to educate parents about SBGR, we are holding parent education sessions with one of the nation’s leading experts on standards based learning, grading, and reporting, Rick Wormeli.
Please mark your calendar for March 8. Rick will hold two identical parent sessions, one in the afternoon (12:30pm-2:00pm) and one in the evening (6:30pm-8:00pm). As part of Rick’s presentation, there will be time reserved to address parent questions and concerns specific to District 109’s implementation and ongoing progress with SBGR. District administration and building staff will be part of those discussions.
Lost and Found
Please stop by Wilmot and check the lost and found tables for missing jackets, hats, gloves, balls/toys etc. Our lost and found closet is overflowing. Items have been moved to tables in the inside foyer.
Calling All Wilmot Grandparents
Grandparents are very important people in the lives of many students. We want to invite our Wilmot grandparents to be a part of their grandchild’s school life by sharing information with them about what is happening at Wilmot. We have started a grandparent email distribution list allowing us to share our Wilmot Word with grandparents. Click here to add your child’s grandparents to our grandparent contact list so that we can send them news and event invitations. Please make sure you ask these special people for permission to share their contact information with us (or forward this email so they can complete the form themselves), and let them know that they can expect to receive news from District 10
Destination Imagination (DI)
Good luck to our Wilmot DI teams who will compete during the Far North Region Destination Imagination tournament tomorrow in Gurnee. The #savethepolarbears and the IncreDIbles have been working on the Engineering Challenge building free-standing structures that work together to hold weight. They also have created a story about an international issue and how two countries work together to solve it. The Fantastic 7 has been working on the Fine Arts Challenge where the team tells a story about how the disappearance of a single color changes the world. Team of Tomorrow has been working on the Improvisational Challenge. In this challenge the team is given a story prompt, a stock character and a performance genre and then have three minutes to create and perform a skit on-the-spot enhancing their story with items from their box-o-stuff. Thank you to Mrs. Ferdon and the many parent volunteers who have supported our DI students.
Jump Rope for Heart – Message from Mr. Tallidis (3rd posting)
Wilmot’s Jump Rope for heart event is right around the corner! We are thrilled to participate in this event as we work together to raise lifesaving donations for the American Heart Association as we learn how good nutrition and being active can help us live longer, healthier lives. All classes brought home JRFH envelopes that can be used to collect and log all donations until March 8th. Have your child follow directions to create an online login on the AHA website, so I (Mr. Tallidis) can track their progress and give the students all the prizes they earn along the way. During the week of March 8th, the students will be participating in a fun jump rope event during PE class to celebrate our achievements!
PPS Program for 5th Grade Parents (4th posting)
Please join Parents and Professionals for Success (PPS) for an evening of learning as a parent panel provides insight and expectations to prepare parents of students with 504 plans and IEPs for a smooth transition to middle school. Assistant principals will also be present to share the various levels of support available at the middle school and answer any questions you may have.
- Thursday, March 9th at 7:00PM at the Deerfield 109 District Center (517
Summer School Registration (3rd posting)
Registration for 2017 Summer School is open. You can log into RevTrak and register your child. Please visit the Summer School website and view the great course offerings for this summer! Incoming kindergarten families, to register for Kindy Summer Fun, please contact Brandie Roark on or after February 21. If you have any questions about summer school, please contact Summer School co-principals Kristen Paul and Sam Kurtz, or Summer School secretary Brandie Roark.
LifeSkills Parent Program (final posting)
Please join us for the final parent LifeSkills session 3/7 at Shepard Middle School at 7:00pm.
- Taking a Clear Stand on Drugs: Barbara de Nekker, executive director of Community – The Anti-Drug (CTAD). After this final session, CTAD will be hosting a dessert reception so we can gather to celebrate the completion of this great program, and continue our conversations.
Helping Hands Early Childhood Program (3rd posting)
D109 offers a wonderful early childhood program for 3 and 4 year old students. Click here for more information.
Student Council Meeting Dates – All meetings are held at 8:15
- March 13
- April 10
- May 8
- June 5 (all representatives and alternates)
Wilmot Innovation Nights(s) (2nd posting)
As shared earlier this week we are going to change the look and feel of our traditional showcase evening. Our teachers are planning interactive activities that demonstrate how we incorporate innovation and the 4 Cs (collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking) into our classrooms. Each grade level will have a different focus. In order to accommodate all grade level programs and the large number of visitors, we will hold our Wilmot Innovation Night(s) over two evenings in May. Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade families will join us on Thursday, May 11. Families of 1st, 4th and 5th graders will attend on Tuesday, May 16. These evenings will replace the showcase night previously scheduled for April 20.
Wilmot PTO News
Come eat at Portillo’s and help the Wilmot PTO earn money. Join us for dinner on March 9th from 5-8 pm at the Deerfield Portillos and show them this flyer. If you are going through the drive through, please mention Wilmot to the first order-taker. 20% of the proceeds will go towards our PTO
- Friday, March – 3 2nd trimester ends
- Monday, March 6 – No School – Pulaski Day
- Tuesday, March 7 – PTO – 1:30 pm
- Wednesday, March 22 – 1st and 3rd grade music concert and art show
- Daytime shows
- 8:50 – 1st grade
- 9:25 – 3rd grade
- The night show times are as follows:
- 1st grade call time for the music concert is 5:45 pm (students will meet in the MPR)
- 1st grade music concert begins at 6:00 pm
- 1st and 3rd grade art fair begins at 6:30 pm
- 3rd grade call time for the music concert is 6:45 pm (students will meet in the MPR)
- 3rd grade music concert begins at 7:00 p
- Daytime shows
- April 10 – 28, 2017 – PARCC Testing for students in grades 3rd – 5th