Bear Cub Bulletin

Monthly Wilmore Elementary Communication for Families

January Edition 2023

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Message from Ms. Thompson

We are so excited to be back into a routine at school. We've enjoyed setting goals for 2023 and are looking forward to another semester of learning, growth, and fun. Winter weather is upon us, which will likely create a disruption in our daily routines in the upcoming months. Please make sure that you know where your child's NTI packet is and make a decision as a family about how your child will complete the daily expectations. Staff members will communicate with you via Dojo/Remind and with students via Google Classroom and/or email each morning that we have an NTI day so that you know the expectations and assignment options. If you need help locating a packet or your child is new to our school and didn't get a packet during enrollment, please reach out to your child's teacher or the front office.

Check out the rest of the Bear Cub Bulletin to stay up-to-date and connected to our school and opportunities for your voice to be heard.

  • 2nd Nine Weeks report cards were sent home on Friday, January 13th. If you have questions about scores or how to understand the report card, please reach out to your child's teacher.
  • Lunch Visitors are invited to school on Tuesday, January 24th and Wednesday, January 25th
  • Winter iReady Grade Level Challenge/Competition-January-March
  • Spread the Love: Caregiver Night Out on Thursday, February 2nd
  • President's Day on Monday, February 20th- No School for Students
  • End of the 3rd Nine Weeks on Friday, March 10th
  • Arts Showcase at WES on Thursday, March 23rd
  • Data Day Showcase at WES on Thursday, March 30th (7:00-4:00) (drop-in event)


All students in Jessamine County Schools receive one (1) breakfast & one (1) lunch at NO COST regardless of income. For the 2022/23 school year, meals are provided through the USDA funded NSLP/SBP. However, to assign a meal eligibility for schools/families to receive various additional state and federal program benefits; please complete, sign, and return one application per household to your child’s school or the JCS Food Service Office at 851 Wilmore Rd. 859-887-9274

Completing the Educational Benefits form will help support your family with for paying field trips and technology fees for the school year as well.

Educational Benefits Form 2022-2023

Reach out to me if I can support you or your Bear Cub in any way!


We look forward to seeing you soon!


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Amazon Smile PTO Partnership

Did you know that you can give back to our school while shopping on Amazon? If you link to Wilmore Elementary PTO and use the Amazon Smile login each time you shop, your purchases will support our school. Much like linking your Kroger Card to our PTO, Amazon does the same simple partnership and Wilmore Elementary reaps the benefits.

Shop at and we’ll donate to your favorite charitable organization, at no cost to you.

Here is our link:

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Girls on the Run

We are in search of volunteers for an afterschool program for our students. The program is Girls on the Run. It is a girls empowerment program for girls in the 3rd-5th grade. The program will be held two days a week afterschool, from 3:00-4:15. The program will begin the week of February 6th and the girls will work up to running a 5K at Falling Springs in Versailles on April 23rd. All of the materials, curriculum, and coach training are provided by the Girls on the Run program. In order to be able to open registration for the spring semester, we are in need of a couple volunteers to assist one of our teachers who has volunteered to coach.

Please contact or if you have any interest in volunteering! Thank you!

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Notes and Excuses for Absences

Please make sure that you are sending notes to school in your child's backpack when he/she misses the previous day or days due to illness. If your child has been to the doctor, please get a doctor's excuse as well and turn it into the office.

Worried about Absences during the Season of Sickness?

In response to the numerous viruses circulating in the community that are impacting student attendance, we made a few revisions to our practices associated with parent and doctor notes for sickness.

Recommended Practices:

  • Approve the 1-2 days prior to doctor visits when a doctor’s note indicated that these days should be approved.

  • If recommended, approve the expended days from a doctor’s note for recovery time.

  • If a student is absent from school and goes to a doctor 1-2 days later and the doctor’s note only indicates a single day excuse, require the parents to use parent notes for the other days. If they are out of parent notes, administratively approve the additional dates.

Students are allotted 6 Parent Notes for the year and 12 Doctor Notes.

All Parent/Doctor notes need to be sent in with your child or faxed. We are unable to accept notes that have been emailed.

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2nd Nine Weeks Report Cards

Reporting student progress is an essential part of the communication and partnership between home and school. The standards-based report card gives us a tool to accurately communicate to caregivers the progress that your child is making throughout the school year at quarterly intervals.

Report Cards were sent home on Friday, January 13th.

Below is an explanation of Standards Based Grading, and the levels of learning. Here is a link to read a full description of how to understand your child's report card.

Standards-based report cards enable parents to receive accurate information based on cumulative student progress throughout the grading/nine week period. In addition, standards-based report cards:

• promote more detailed and meaningful conversations at parent/guardian-teacher conferences

• allow for careful and precise monitoring of student achievement

• reflect grade-level standards and expectations so caregivers gain a more complete idea of student progress and areas of growth for the future grading periods

Why are all standards not listed on the report card?

Teams of teachers and administrators at the district and school levels chose descriptors which were considered most significant for student learning in each grade level. Some standards are taught year-round and some are addressed during certain grading periods.

Student Rubric for Standards Based Grading

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Asbury Junior Cheer Camp

Looking for a fun activity for your child? Asbury University Junior Cheer camp is a half-day camp where your child will enjoy spending their morning with the Asbury University Cheerleaders and they will learn a cheer, a short dance, and do some stunting and tumbling.

January 28th

Grades: 1st - 5th
Time: 8:00am - 11:00am
Cost: $45


Location: The Luce Center | Asbury University

Additional Information: Camp attendees are invited to return to the Luce at 2:45 where the campers can cheer on the sideline with the Asbury Cheerleaders at the men’s basketball game at 3:00.

Asbury University Cheer | Wilmore, KY

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Outdoor Recess Guidelines for Winter Months

At Wilmore Elementary we value the following for our students in addition to academic growth: socialization, the opportunity to play, organized and flexible exercise, and getting fresh air.

We have a morning movement break built into the master schedule for grade levels in addition to afternoon recess. Winter weather is unpredictable, especially in Kentucky, but we feel it is important that your child gets outdoor recess as long as the playground and temperature is safe for students.

We recommend that you send your child with a coat, gloves, and something to cover their ears for recess if their coat does not have a hood. We also recommend sending your child with a change of clothes that can stay at school for the situations that often occur when your child comes inside wet from a fall or from wet playground equipment.

Attached is the guideline for temperature and windchill we shared with staff earlier this month to determine if outdoor recess is appropriate for students. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out.

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December Dojo and PBIS Data

Here is a brief overview of our December PBIS (office discipline referral data). We share this data with our students and staff to set goals for the upcoming month. We invite you to look at the data and discuss with your child as well as we are all working to ensure our school is a safe and productive learning environment.

Winter i Ready Data Overview

Your child just completed the iReady Winter Diagnostic prior to winter break. Since returning in 2023, students have graphed their progress from the Fall diagnostic to the Winter diagnostic in their data notebooks/binders and set goals for this semester.

iReady tracks individualized student progress and targets skills that your child needs additional support with, as well as strengths. We encourage you to ask your child about their "My Path" in iReady. Ask them what they are learning and what is challenging. iReady is a powerful learning tool that we want students to associate with personal growth in reading and math.

Check out additional resources in the iReady Family Center to learn more about how we use iReady to support your child's academic growth at each grade level.

Watch the video below to learn more about why we give the iReady diagnostic three times each year.


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February Meeting Details

Join the February meeting in-person or online:

PTO Meeting

Thursday, February 16 · 3:15 – 4:15pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Get Involved in our PTO!

Join us for our November PTO Meeting on Thursday, February 16th at 3:15 in the library.

Join in person or on Google Meet: PTO Meeting

Video call link:

We will discuss upcoming fundraisers and how we can recruit additional volunteers to support school events.

Eating Lunch with Your Child

Many of you have asked and we are excited to announce that we will invite families to eat lunch with their students on advertised days. Each month we will share communication about hosting visitors in the cafeteria. We will reserve a special location in our hall of flags or the Memory Garden (weather permitting) for you and your child. We want you to enjoy your child and learn more about their school experience, so we will not invite friends to be included in the special lunch. This is to protect our students and their dietary needs.

We now accept debit/credit payments, any caregiver or visitor will need to bring EXACT CHANGE with either cash or check if paying with cash. We are NOT able to make change. If exact change is not provided, any change due will be deposited onto the student's account.

**Any adult or visitor meals (including children) are $2.90 for Breakfast and $4.85 for Lunch. Meals are provided to all JCS students at NO COST.

All visitors MUST check-in at the front office through our Raptor Technology system and will be invited to the cafeteria only. Please plan to exit the school when your child's homeroom teacher picks up their class.

Grade Level Lunch Schedules:

1st Grade: 11:00-11:30

2nd Grade: 11:25-11:55

3rd Grade: 11:50-12:20

4th Grade: 12:00-12:30

5th Grade: 12:25-12:55

January DATES:

Tuesday, January 24th

Wednesday, January 25th

Volunteering at Wilmore Elementary

If you are interested in volunteering at Wilmore during the 2022-2023 school year, please complete the school level and district level forms. You can submit the district level form to Casey in the front office and she will turn it into the district or you can submit directly to Teresa Walters at the district level. We will confirm that your background check is complete after the district has completed their volunteer checklist.

If you plan to support your child's classroom during celebrations, field trips, or special events at WES, we must have your volunteer forms on file.

Wilmore Elementary Volunteer Profile

Jessamine County Schools Volunteer Form

Educational Benefits Forms for ALL Students

All students in Jessamine County Schools receive one (1) breakfast & one (1) lunch at NO COST regardless of income. For the 2022/23 school year, meals are provided through the USDA funded NSLP/SBP. However, to assign a meal eligibility for schools/familes to receive various additional state and federal program benefits; please complete, sign, and return one application per household to your child’s school or the JCS Food Service Office at 851 Wilmore Rd. 859-887-9274

Educational Benefits Form 2022-2023


Site Based Minority Council Member

We value parent and community involvement and would love to have all cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives represented on our Site Based Decision Making Council. If you're interested in serving as a minority representative, please reach out to Ms. Thompson.

Give Back Every Time You Shop at Kroger!

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JCPL: Using the Public Library as a Family Resource

Jump into your New Year's resolutions at the library.

Programs marked with asterisks (*) require registration.

Learn a new skill:

*Knitting with Friends | For adults
January 14, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
at the Wilmore Municipal Center

*Needle Punch | For teens
January 17, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

*Intro to the Creative Space | For all learners
January 25, 5:00–5:45 p.m.
(Participants under 18 should have a parent/guardian attend with them)

*Cupcake Decorating | For kids & teens
January 26, 6:30–7:00 p.m.
at the Wilmore Municipal Center

LinkedIn Learning | For all learners
Available 24/7 with your library card

Transparent Language Online | For all learners
Available 24/7 with your library card

Focus on your health:

Yoga | For adults
January 23, 5:00–6:30 p.m.

*Healthy Local Cooking | For adults
January 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Exercise classes for adults:
SilverSneakers, REFIT, & POUND
Check the calendar for dates and times

Mission and Vision of Wilmore Elementary

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Mission and Vision Statements

Mission Statement:

The mission of Wilmore Elementary School is to create a safe, personalized learning environment that embraces the whole child, focuses on continuous growth, and prepares our students to positively contribute to our families, our communities, and our world.

Vision Statement:

The core purpose of WES is to create a personalized learning environment for each student, where teachers collaborate to use research-driven, high-impact practices paired with rigorous curriculum to ensure high levels of growth and learning for all.