WMS Friday Forecast

November 1, 2019 - Week 12

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About Our Assembly

This week we got to hear Josh Ochs talk to our students about social media and digital citizenship and safety. We know that social media is designed to be intentionally addictive. Our students struggle with the distraction of social media, phones, and YouTube. And as we look for ways to teach them to use technology appropriately in school, there are things you can do outside of school, too. Here are a few ideas:

  • Install monitoring software to see what your child's digital life looks like.
  • Set limits on screen time
  • Remove screens after a specific time so that their brains and bodies can get ready for sleep
  • Don't allow screens in bedrooms during sleep times
  • Talk to your child about your expectations for their online presence

One great resource for you is Common Sense Media. If you don't know this website it is a gem for giving parents a ton of information about media- from movies to games to apps. One specific component of the site gives parents a "Need to Know" section for teen media use. It is worth a look as we look to keep our children safe!

Enjoy your weekend-


Congratulations Honor Roll Recipients!

Congratulations to all of our RedHawks who worked hard throughout our FIRST quarter of this school year. A special shout out goes to those who were able to achieve Honor Roll status by earning either all A's or all A's and B's. All A's are on one tab, AB's are on another! See the bottom of the page to switch tabs. These students will be recognized on their teams, receive a ribbon, plus a treat from our fantastic PTO!

Please note: We may some children who earn Honor Roll status but their name is not included on this list. This is because their parents have requested their children's names NOT be published, which includes being published as part of the Honor Roll here or in the newspapers. Changes to this request can be made either in the Home Access Center or with Student Services.

Click the image below to view this quarter's Honor Roll!

As Seen On Halloween!

Staying Informed about WMS Activities

There are two ways to stay informed about all of the happenings here at WMS:

  1. Our Friday Forecast has bigger topics. All parents get this weekly on Friday.
  2. Our Daily Announcements have more day to day operational announcements: auditions, club dates, tryouts, etc. You must sign-up to get Daily Announcements on the bottom of the WMS Website. You will get announcements on Mondays, but you will need to check this Google doc each day to see what has changed. It is a "living" document and helps reduce the number of emails you receive.
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RedHawk Spotlight

Do you have a student you would like us to
highlight in our RedHawk Spotlight?
Please email their story and a couple of photos
to Tim Loversky for consideration.

Our first student in the RedHawk Spotlight is featured below!

Shoeboxes Wanted!

The Spanish B PLC/students are in need of shoeboxes for a cultural project that we will be working on in the first week of November. Please drop off shoeboxes in the FL Office located in the LRC.

Lock Replacement Policy:

We have had several kids come down because their locks have stopped working. A few have just failed, but some locks that we are getting are beat-up and dented. We did a “drop test” dropping one lock about 20 times onto the tile floor and it had one small dent. That means that some kids are really hard on their locks. So, we will replace locks that just fail- in other words, they are in good shape but just stop working. For locks that are beat-up, students will need to pay the $5 lock replacement fee.
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Sign‐up for Parent Teacher Conferences starts October 15th at 7:00 am and will close November 20th at midnight.

FIRST login to your HAC (HOME ACCESS CENTER) Account

  • Click on the LINK BELOW to access the complete directions in a step by step format.
Wredling Activity Calendar

We are still adding dates!

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AVID Career Presentations

Our AVID class is looking for volunteers to come and present to our 7th and 8th grade AVID elective classes on Fridays. If you are interested in coming to share your career experience with our students, please complete the form linked below. We are looking forward to sharing your expertise with our students.

Find a club to join!

SEL - Social Emotional Learning

We will regularly feature our Social Emotional Learning information in our Friday Forecast.

At WMS, we use the RULER Anchor Tools. The Anchors Tools of Emotional Intelligence are evidence-based tools designed to enhance the emotional intelligence of school leaders, teachers and staff, students, and their families. RULER includes four primary tools: the Charter, Mood Meter, Meta-Moment, and Blueprint. Each is based on scientific research and helps children and adults develop their emotional intelligence skills. These skills help us Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate emotions.

Our Charter (see graphic below) allows all members of the Wredling community a voice in co-creating an environment that supports learning, building relationships, and meeting developmental markers that promote SEL. The Charter is a live document that can help guide interactions, emphasize personal values, and give participants a framework to support a positive culture. When participants are living the Charter, reflection should be emphasized on what actually is happening to foster such a positive environment. When the Charter is not being followed, it allows some direction on what can help an individual rejoin the group and meet common goals. The Charter is a highly relevant reflection tool when working in groups.

Would you like to get your family on the same page and create a more respectful home? Consider creating a Family Charter that does just that. A written agreement everyone in the family creates together and signs, the Family Charter helps build a positive emotional climate in your home.

Learn more about Family Charters. Video. Article.

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Wredling PTO Website

Pay your dues or sign up to volunteer

WMS Book Fair is Coming - Please Help!

The annual Wredling Book Fair begins in a few weeks and we need your help to make it a success! CLICK HERE to sign up. Please review the available slots, select a few time slots that fit your schedule, and click on the SUBMIT & SIGN-UP button at the bottom to sign up. Thank you for volunteering!

Save The Date!

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 4pm to 8pm - Epic Air - South Elgin

Mention Wredling PTO and students get to jump for 2 hours for $15 ($5 savings) w/ waiver & Epic Air Socks ($2) to celebrate their hard work for the 1st half the school year!

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Community Events & Information

CTE Presents The Legend of Hercules

The Greek myth comes to life in an all-new way in this original CTE production! With lyrics and script written solely for CTE performances, this is an experience you won’t find elsewhere. All your favorite characters – Zeus, Hercules, Pandora – are here, and take the stage with adapted lyrics to some of today’s hit music! See the flyer below for details.
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