WMS Friday Forecast
September 17, 2021
This week we reached our mid-point in the quarter. Now is a good time to review assignments and grades in HAC (Home Access Center). At the start of the year, there are typically fewer graded items in the first quarter than in the following quarters. If there are questions I encourage you to have your student email the teacher or set up a time for them to meet. If there are still questions, you should email or call the teacher.
Checking HAC on a regular basis is sometimes a good preventative measure rather than facing end-of-the-quarter shock. This is a good practice both for students and for parents.
Just a note that it is not unusual in middle school for a student to suddenly stop turning in work or change behavior when it relates to grades and school work. Typically, adding more frequent HAC checks along with some consequences helps provide a necessary course correction. And remember, we are always here to support you!
Enjoy your weekend!
Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Middle School conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 7th from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and Friday, October 8th from 8:00 am - 12:00pm. Sign-up for conferences will be via the Pick-a-Time conference scheduler. You will have a choice of an in-person or a virtual conference in Zoom. Sign up has been delayed. We will notify you when the scheduler is open.
Directions: CLICK HERE FOR PARENT DIRECTIONS
Login to your HAC (HOME ACCESS CENTER) Account
Click on the link for "Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler"
Be sure to ONLY choose Q1 teachers!
A few notes about sign-up:
Parents should not feel obligated to sign-up for conferences. If your child is doing well at school, both academically and socially, then you might choose not to have a conference. (It does not make you a bad parent not to sign-up for conferences!) If your child is struggling, we would suggest that you do come to conferences!
You might only feel the need to meet one or a few teachers. There is no obligation to meet every teacher.
If you wish to visit the explore teachers, please sign-up to visit your child’s first-quarter explore teacher.
You can sign-up for a conference with a teacher only one time. Our student services team (counselors, social workers) will be available for conferences, as well. If you decide you need more time with a teacher, we are always willing to meet with you.
In some cases, a teacher may contact you in advance to set-up a conference time. That means we want to guarantee you a time to meet with your child’s teachers.
When you sign-up, try to sign-up for all conferences in a row. (Do not schedule gap times in the middle or you will be waiting around for a long time!)
You are welcome to have your RedHawks student with you during conferences! It is important that they hear what you hear. They are of the age when they are mature and responsible enough to be part of the conversation whether via Zoom or in-person.
We are proud to announce a new award we are giving each week. It is the RedHawk Pride Award. The award is given by our teachers for a variety of reasons, from following our Guidelines for Success to Academic Achievement and Growth. This week’s recipients are:
Vy Trong from Mrs. Spotak
Audrina Colon from Senora Kerby
Mia McCabe from Senorita Zmich
Rahil Bukhari from Seniorita Parikh
Conor Burke from Senorita Grazutis
Jack Schymanski from Senora Kuretsky
Thais Guadalupe Salinas from Senorita Vizcarra
Isabella Harris from Team 7-1
Cole Ruffolo from Team 7-1
Kate Fitzgerald from Team 7-1
Felipe Feldhaus from Team 8-1
Aspen Flick from Team 8-1
Joshua Denz from Team 8-1
Jacob Wood from Team 6-1
Thea Bike from Team 6-1
Tessa Schneider from Team 6-1
Owen Zehelein from Team 6-1
Congratulations to our RedHawk Pride Award winners!
STAYING INFORMED ABOUT WMS ACTIVITIES
There are two ways to stay informed about all of the happenings here at WMS:
- Our Friday Forecast has bigger topics. All parents get this weekly on Friday.
- 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.
Hello Wredling Families!
Come One - Come All to the Wredling PTO Color on October 14, 2021 on the Wredling track.
Students - come have fun and get messy with all your friends and family to start out the school year. Who will have the most color? Who will have the best costumes? Come and find out!
Register online at www.wredlingpto.org by Friday, October 1st.
➨Registration Fees On/Before Friday, October 1st: All Students: $25 Adults: $30
➨Registration after Friday, October 1st, will be available in person only on the day of event; fees increase $5.00/person.
Visit the Wredling PTO website for more information www.wredlingpto.org
(Note: registration will not be completed until paid using square.come/store/wmspto)
VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED!!! Sign up to help be a part of the fun.
Click on the below link to volunteer for the Color Run.
Any questions contact: Laura Halpenny, email@example.com
Check out this awesome video and see what it’s all about !!
Order Chipotle and Attend the WMS Open House! September 22, 2021
Wredling Parent-Guardian Open House
We are excited that Wredling will be hosting a Parent-Guardian Open House on Wednesday, September 22 from 6 PM to 8 PM! This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to walk through Wredling, meet Wredling teachers and get to know the building.
In order to maintain a safe environment for parents, guardians, and staff members, all attendees need to:
Wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth regardless of vaccination status
Avoid congregating in large groups while in the buildings
Honor that this is a parent/guardian event only. No children are allowed in the building during this event.
Upon entering the building, we will let you know where each teacher/team will be located. If you are interested in seeing your child’s classrooms, please print or screenshot your child’s schedule from Home Access Center. Also, note that this event is a meet-and-greet with teachers. The time to ask questions about your child and their progress is at Parent-Teacher Conferences which are scheduled for October 7 and 8. Please enter through the main entrance. (WMS only) Parking is available in our lot or to the west of the building in the Norris Center parking lot.
Attention Parents of 6th grade students!
The WEB leaders are holding a special event just for 6th graders! Thursday, September 30th from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Sixth graders will get the opportunity to connect with 8th grader peer leaders, meet other 6th graders, and participate in fun activities. Click HERE to sign up for this event. The Signup will close on Wednesday, September 22nd, so don’t delay, sign up today!
Support for Your Child if they are Quarantined:
If your child is quarantined due to Covid, our teachers will send work to your child and work with you and your child as we always have when a child is out of school. We want to recognize that quarantine offers some unique challenges for our students.
We will be offering instructional support through a certified teacher during quarantine. Ann Rose, a recently retired D303 teacher, will be available to support our quarantine students through Zoom. When a child begins quarantine, we will email both the child and the parent with information on how to access Mrs. Rose's Zoom for support. We encourage our quarantined students to access this instructional support!
Dear RedHawk Families
Staff, students and parents are encouraged to help digitally document this year in the yearbook. We offered this opportunity to our families last year and loved the many submissions we received.
Theme of photos we are currently looking for:
First days of school
WMS Sports & Activities
Pictures can be shared directly with Mr. Massie via email Timothy.Massie@d303.org or by clicking the image below!
2021 WMS Wrestling
This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in a unique team sport at Wredling. Wrestling is a lot of fun, it helps kids get into shape and/or stay healthy. It also gives athletes the advantage of working on individual skills while competing both as an individual and as a team. Wrestling is open to all Wredling students. Want more information on becoming a WMS Wrestler? CLICK HERE!
WMS Boys Basketball
Tryouts will take place October 18-20. Please click the grade level link for details.
Monday: October 18th 6:30 - 8:00a.m.
Tuesday: October 19th 6:30 - 8:00a.m.
Wednesday: October 20th 3:40- 5:00p.m
****Teams will be chosen on Wednesday******
Monday: October 18th 3:40-5:15
Tuesday: October 19th 3:40-5:15
Wednesday: October 20th 3:40-5:00
****Teams will be chosen on Wednesday******
Keep an Extra Mask!
Middle School Early Release Dates
- September 29
- October 27
- December 1
- January 26
- February 23
- March 23
- April 27
NOTE: These dates are also on the Wredling calendar on our website.
SOS for Parents in the Trenches
October 6, 2021
Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author
Zoom Webinar, 6:30 pm; Recording to be posted
When parents are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and burned out, it’s hard to show up in a way that best supports their child’s development, especially if/ when our kids are struggling, too. In this practical and actionable talk, Debbie shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking, responses, and actions in a way that will help them feel more confident and peaceful as they parent their unique children.
Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently: Back-to-School Edition
October 13, 2021
Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling authorZoom Webinar, 6:30 pm; Recording to be posted
School always presents certain challenges for students who learn and think differently (kids with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neuro-differences). But the COVID-19 pandemic has created even greater obstacles. Debbie shares ideas on how parents can best prioritize and plan in the pandemic-era school landscape. She also offers advice on how to support differently wired children’s cognitive, social, and emotional needs during this atypical time, while also taking care of one’s own emotional health and well-being.