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The Wilmot Word: 10-14-16

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Disability Awareness Week (DAW)

Disability Awareness Week is Oct 17-21 at Wilmot. It is an amazing week filled with inspirational speakers, videos, classroom activities and simulations to help increase awareness for all students about disabilities of all kinds. It is an amazing program put on by the PTO with the help and support of the Wilmot staff.


Disability Awareness meets Creativity and Innovation: A note from Mrs. Dubin :

Get ready for an incredible day of Art during Disability Awareness week!  

During one art period on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, students will see a mouth painter, a foot painter and a person who makes adaptive art tools.  Then, all artists will be given the following choices:

Choice #1- (k-5) Imagine/Create and draw a new adaptive art tool!

Choice #2- (k-5) Draw a picture using a marker and your bare feet!

Choice #3- (4th & 5th grade only)

-Paint a picture using only your mouth, the paintbrush, tempera cakes, water and paper!

Choice #4- (4th & 5th grade only)

-Draw a picture using only your mouth, a marker and paper!

By the way, to make sure everything is clean, each student will be given their own never-been-used-before marker or paint brush, generously donated by our PTO.

I am super-excited for DAW and look forward to sharing this experience with all of our Wilmot artists!!!

–Susan Dubin

Mrs. Dubin would love to have parent volunteers visit the art class and help out with these activities. Each class is 30 minutes long. If you can please come for a class or two that would be a big help to Mrs Dubin and the students.

Volunteers are needed at the following times:


Wednesday 10/19/2016 Thursday 10/20/16 Friday 10/21/2016
8:55-9:25 Brantman 8:55-9:25 Hanna 8:55-9:25 Salzer
10:55-11:25 Bonus 9:25-9:55 Doloughty 9:25-9:55 Miltimore
1:20-1:50 Wolff 9:55-10:25 Craig, K 9:55-10:25 Schmidt
1:50-2:20 Bricker 10:55-11:25 Heintzelman 10:25-10:55 Han
12:50-1:20 Pottinger 10:55-11:25 Stender
1:20-1:50 Glass 12:50-1:20 Schaper
1:50-2:20 Epstein 1:20-1:50 Mackey
2:20-2:50 Whelan 1:50-2:20 Rosheger
2:50-3:20 Grimm 2:20-2:50 Ingoglia
2:50-3:20 Rallis

Please email Jen Cohen at jenscohen@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.  On the day you volunteer, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time so that you can get checked in through Lobby Guard. You must have your driver’s license or passport with you.

If you have any questions please contact Patty O’Machel at pateeg@aol.com


Strategic Planning Survey Reminder

The District’s strategic planning process is underway. Earlier this week, you should have received an email from the District’s research partner, The ECRA Group, who developed the surveys based on information they heard during a series of focus groups they held with stakeholders in September. We want every parent to participate! Please check your email inbox for an email from ECRA (survey@ecragroup.com) and take a few minutes to give your input. The survey closes on October 23.


Halloween (1st posting)

We will celebrate Halloween on Monday, October 31.  Click here for information regarding Halloween events and procedures.  In order to maintain a safe school environment, I am asking parents to assist us by following some simple procedures:

  • Parents and adult guests should not wear a costume that covers or disguises their face to the parade or when volunteering in the classroom (this includes the  use of makeup).
  • All visitors entering the building must sign in with the front office staff.  Information about sign in procedures for Halloween will be sent in the next few days.
  • Parents must follow all parking and traffic procedures.  Cars parked along the front curb are subject to ticketing and towing.  This is reserved for emergency vehicles.


Upcoming Parent Programs


  • October 18, 7:00pm, South Park Elementary School


Help at Home: Strategies for Supporting Social-Emotional Growth: At this PPS-sponsored program open to all families, join a discussion and small breakout sessions with District 109 clinical staff and administrators.


  • October 20, 7:00pm, Kipling Elementary School


Inspiring Learners to Be Leaders: Muriel Summers, Principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC, will share how parents and schools – and the entire community – can work together to create an environment that inspires students to realize and share their strengths and talents to benefit their school community, and to achieve at the highest levels.


Parent Conferences (4th posting)

We will hold our annual parent-teacher conferences on Monday November 21 in the evening and all day on Tuesday, November 22.  Registration is now open! Your child’s teacher has set up time slots so that there are enough to accommodate parents of all students. Parents should sign up for one conference per child. If you have questions or concerns please contact me or your child’s teacher.

This quick video shows you how to sign up for conferences through Family Access, or follow these instructions:

Log into Family Access.

Click the Teacher Conferences tab on the left side of the Family Access homepage.

Choose a child from the top dropdown menu, or choose to view them all. To the right of each student’s name, there is an option to view conferences you’ve scheduled (View Scheduled Times), or a list of all classes for which you can arrange conferences (All Conferences).

To schedule a conference, go to the All Conferences tab, then click Select a Time. Once you’ve found a time that works for you, click Select then Save. Scheduled conferences will automatically show up in your calendar. You will also receive a confirmation email.

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 have any questions about Family Access please contact Cathy Kedjidjian at:  ckedjidjian@dps109.org


Wilmot PTO News

  • Wilmot Philanthropy Club – The PTO (under the direction of Ms. Schmidt) is organizing a Philanthropy Club for students in 2nd – 5th grades. Click here if you would like to register your child for this new and very important club.
  • Movie night will be here soon.  The PTO will hold our annual movie night, for students in 1st – 5th grades, on Friday, November 4.  More information is coming soon.

Click here to visit the PTO website

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, October 17 – Disability Awareness Week begins
  • Monday, October 17 – The window opens for District Common Assessments
  • Monday, October 24 – Board of Education Meeting – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 27 – Picture retakes (This represents a change in date for retakes)
  • Monday, October 31 – Halloween events and activities.
  • Friday, November 4 – Trimester 1 ends
  • Friday, November 4 – PTO Movie Night (1st – 5th)

New Visitor Check-in Procedures

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Dear Wilmot Families,

When you walk into the front doors at Wilmot, we welcome you to our school, encouraging you to be partners with us in your child’s education and active members of our school community. This year, you’ll soon notice new procedures for checking into the office, and while these procedures may take a few more seconds of your time, they are not at all designed to keep you away! Please take a few minutes to read this email to understand why we are using LobbyGuard, a new visitor management system, and how this new system will change the procedures when you visit us during school hours.

In District 109, the safety of staff and students is the highest priority. LobbyGuard will allow us to increase our ability to identify whether a convicted sex offender attempts to enter the school building or be on school grounds. With LobbyGuard, we are able to instantaneously search Sex Offender Registries in all 50 states. Using the visitor’s name and birth date, LobbyGuard searches the state databases for offenders, registered or not, whose name and birth date either fit or are a close match to known sex offenders across the country.

Beginning on the first day of school, we will use the following procedures to check in visitors in the school office during school hours:

  1. Go to the school office and present your license or State ID to office staff.
  2. A staff member will scan your ID using the LobbyGuard system.
  3. You will receive a photo ID badge printed from LobbyGuard in an orange visitor lanyard.
  4. Before leaving, return your ID badge and lanyard to the front office to be properly checked out.

The important point: Don’t forget your driver’s license or state-issued ID when you visit Wilmot. We can’t check you in without it, and we will not allow any visitors to bypass LobbyGuard.

I will send another email soon about how to download the LobbyGuard Go app to your phone and register to use the app for expedited check in. Using LobbyGuard Go will speed up the check-in process, especially during our big events. Stay tuned!

Thank you for your cooperation in improving the safety of our schools to protect our students, staff – and you!


Eileen Brett

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The Wilmot Word: Summer Edition (7-26-16)

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Hello Wilmot Families,

As we head into the last week of July I wanted to remind all of our students that there is still time to focus on summer activities, including the 20/20 Challenge for 1st-5th graders and the summer reading program at the Deerfield Public Library.  

The “20/20 Challenge” has ideas and websites that provide opportunities for students to practice and review  math and ELA skills. Click here to access the Wilmot 20/20 Challenge page.   You will notice grade level selection boards filled with alternating literacy and math activities.  Each time you see the words in blue, there is a direct link to either a website or worksheet to complete that activity.  If some links for the 20/20 Challenge are no longer working feel free to substitute with an online game or activity.  Students should know their own usernames and passwords.  New students will not have access to password protected links and activities.

The summer reading program at the library runs through Sunday, August 7th. The summer reading program is a competition between all of the Deerfield Public Schools to win the DPL Cup. Help your students keep their reading skills strong and bring the Cup back to Wilmot!  Let’s keep up that great summer reading and Read for the Win!  Don’t forget to fill out the postcards, that were sent home with students the last week of school, to tell us about a great book you read this summer. Mail the postcards to Ms. Lathan at Wilmot School, 795 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015.   

Below you will find important information to help you and your child prepare for the opening weeks of school.  I will share more detailed information with you in the coming weeks regarding opening day, open house and the wonderful renovations to our LMC/SMART Lab and the Commons Area.  If you have questions feel free to contact me at any time.





Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten students will receive an invitation for a short orientation/family activity with their new teacher on Thursday, August 18, 2016.  These activities will take place in the late afternoon beginning at 3:45 pm.  Your invitation will include the exact time for your child’s visit.  


Wilmot Walk Through

All Wilmot families are invited to join us on Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm for the annual building walk through.  Our teachers will not be present for the walk through as they will have spent the day off campus participating in staff development.  Students are welcome to walk through the school and find their new classrooms.


School Supplies

The Wilmot PTO sold school supply kits last spring.  If you were unable to order this kit, click this link  for a list school supplies by grade level.  All students are required to have headsets with a microphone, which will be used weekly if not daily in all classrooms.  These are included in the kindergarten school supply kit and will be available for purchase in the Wilmot office for all other students for $12.  Students may bring headsets from home or purchase a pair from the office during the first week of school.


Staff Updates

Our Wilmot family continues to grow and change.  I am pleased to welcome the following staff members to Wilmot:

  • Ms. Hannah Epstein – Kindergarten
  • Ms. Nina Ingoglia -1st grade
  • Ms. Stephanie Mackey – 2nd grade
  • Mrs. Debi Fornek – Special Education Teacher
  • Mrs. Cathy Paget – Guided Instructional Classroom and Stepping Stones Classroom School Psychologist


Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, August 18 – PTO sponsored Kindergarten Play Date – 10:00 – 11:00
  • Thursday, August 18 – Kindergarten Orientation starting at 3:45 and the Building Walkthrough from 4:00 – 5:30.
  • Monday, August 22 – First Day of School – early dismissal (11:40)
  • Monday, August 22 – PTO New Family/Kindergarten Parent Meet & Greet – 8:45-10:00 am
  • Friday, August 26 – PTO Back to School Blast – 6:30 – 8:00
  • Monday, August 29 – Curriculum/Open House Night (3rd – 5th)
  • Tuesday, August 30 – Curriculum/Open House Night (K-2nd)
  • Wednesday, August 31 – First Early release Wednesday
  • Monday, September 5 – No School due to Labor Day
  • Friday, September 16 – School Picture day
  • Thursday, September 22 – 5th Grade trip to Camp Duncan
School Supplies

School Supplies 2016-2017

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Please click this link to find a list of school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.

School District Fees (due July 1, 2016)

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District fees are now are payable online through Family Access. District fees are due on July 1; a late fee of $25 per family is assessed if you miss that deadline. If you have an outstanding balance for the current school year for any of your children, please pay those fees as soon as possible.


It is very important that you read this fee letter thoroughly – it has a lot of important information for all families. Important notes:

  • Review the Family Access User Guide with step-by-step online payment instructions so you can quickly and securely pay your fees using a credit card.  
  • Incoming kindergarten families: You now can log into Family Access with the login information emailed to your after you registered! The email came from do.not.reply@dps109.org with the subject “Family Access Account Information.” If you have chosen extended-day (full-day) kindergarten, you will see 10 payments. The online payment instructions (step #6) explain how you can pay monthly, or choose to add multiple payments at once.
  • For families where parents are in separate households, fees will appear only in the Family Access account of the parent who is the primary payor.
  • You will see inactive students in Family Access – including District 109 graduates! This allows our incoming families to access the system to pay their fees and ensure we have the correct emergency and contact information for them. So, if you have a child in high school (or beyond!), you will see his or her name pop up now, until we roll over the system for the new school year. Don’t worry – there are no fees assigned to them!


Please contact Cathy Kedjidjian (ckedjidjian@dps109.org) if you have any questions about Family Access. If you have questions about fee waivers, contact Kim Gallion (kgallion@dps109.org).