Wilson District Newsletter

December 2021

A message from Mr. Rose

The holiday season offers an opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation for our staff, students, families, and community. The Wilson Elementary School District’s success requires the support and engagement of ALL stakeholders, as evidenced by our commitment to student success. The WSD family offers outstanding educational programing 180 days a year. A hearty thank you goes out to all involved – well done!


“Change your thoughts and you can change your world” is a quote by Norman Vincent Peale. Here at WSD we are committed to living each day with excitement and having a positive impact on others.


I continue to be proud of how well our district has embraced the philosophy of giving back and having a shared sense of community. I wish you all a safe holiday season and I will see you all in the New Year. I would like to request that each of you as Wilson Elementary School District community members take time out to review our DRAFT Strategic Plan and provide us with feedback. Together we can make a difference in the lives of so many, keeping in mind that “ALL CHILDREN ARE CAPABLE OF SUCCESS, NO EXCEPTIONS”.


On behalf of our entire school district community, we wish you and yours a safe and joyous holiday season!!

Wilson Primary School

Holiday season has begun, and the feeling of excitement has blanketed our school. This is the season of giving, and we are grateful for the sponsors and volunteers that our in our lives. We are grateful for the generous sponsors that have adopted our classrooms for the holiday party later this month. Our students look forward to this magical event each year. It truly is a heart-warming day where our community comes together to celebrate with our students.


In addition to the special holiday party, we are incredibly fortunate for the other volunteers that come to our school. We have several volunteers that come and support the learning of our students each week. Having the members of our community believe in our students and provide additional guidance is the true meaning of giving. The students look forward to working with these volunteers, and we appreciate them so much!


As we wrap up the year, if you are looking to give back to the community, please consider donating to our school and students. We are who we are because the community believes in us. We are Wilson!


Thank you for your support and have a wonderful holiday season!


-Maki Wojcicki

Wilson Elementary School

Happy Holidays to all of our families. The Elementary School is preparing to finish the first semester strong! We are working to complete our standards so we are ready for Benchmark testing. Benchmark testing will be December 13th and 14th. Writing tests will be completed on December 8th. Please be sure your students are present and have had a good night’s sleep. We are also testing for Lexiles on December 9th. Please discuss the importance of doing your very best on each exam.


Pablo and Lesly, our awesome student council members, are planning Spirit Week!! We can’t wait to see the crazy hair, twin days, and PJ’s! Our students also participated in a tug of war contest and a rock-paper-scissors contest during our advisory classes! It was a great day!


The Wilson Orchestra, Wilson Dance Teams, and Wilson Art students performed and presented on December 2nd and 3rd. We are very proud of all our performing and fine art students. The performances were amazing! The art show was remarkable!


-Cindy Campton

Upcoming Sports Games

Girls & Boys Basketball Games - AWAY

Monday, Dec. 6th, 5pm

Traditional

Flag Football Game

Monday, Dec. 6th, 5pm

3402 West McDowell Road

Phoenix, AZ

Girls & Boys Basketball Games - AWAY

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 5pm

1431 East Campbell Avenue

Phoenix, AZ

Flag Football Game

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 5pm

1102 West Highland Avenue

Phoenix, AZ

Community Center

Wilson Community Center is filled with the holiday spirit! We are excited to have our annual Holiday Program at the Primary School and so happy to announce that our Elementary School will also be receiving gifts for all the students.


We have partnered with Salvation Army and BOK Financial to send our 4th graders to the Alice Cooper's A Solid Rockin' Christmas this year!


Our wonderful sponsors have been donating Christmas toys for the Wilson students and we are so grateful for their generosity and support.


Our programs and classes are still ongoing with the following schedule:

SWET workout every Monday at 3:45pm Primary Gym

Yoga every Tuesday at 4:45pm Primary Gym

Walking Club every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30pm Elementary field

Open Library 4:30-6:40pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Open Playground Monday-Thursday 4:30-6:30pm


We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


-Gaby Duran

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Wilson Community Center Event Calendar

Check out what is going on at the Wilson Community Center!

Curriculum & Instruction

Winter break is a great time to relax and show kindness to others. Here are some ideas to engage the whole family!


Things to do:

  • Ask someone to tell you a story about when they were your age
  • Do some cooking or baking
  • Make a New Year’s resolution
  • Draw or paint a winter scene
  • Use wrapping paper for arts & crafts
  • Go outside once a day and write down something you see each day


Ways to show kindness:

  • Write a kind note or letter to share with someone
  • Write a thank you card
  • Surprise someone by giving them something you made


Ways to be helpful:

  • Help make dinner
  • Help set the table
  • Help do the dishes
  • Make your bed
  • Organize your toys or books


Things to talk about:

  • What is your favorite thing to learn about at school?
  • What is something you are good at?
  • Who are your friends and what do you like about them?
  • What do you do at recess and lunch time?


Screen time ideas:


-Rebecca Willey

Human Resources

Avoid Secret Santa and Gift Exchange Pitfalls at Work

As the days inch closer to Christmas, some workplaces may be getting ready to launch a Secret Santa gift exchange. But don’t buy your presents just yet. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw get help from clips of “The Office” to discuss what types of gifts to avoid if your workplace decides to exchange gifts for the holidays.


Potential Snares

Although a Secret Santa gift exchange may sound like a great idea to show gratitude for your workers, Shaw says, the reality is that there can be many areas of potential conflict.


The problem is that “Secret Santa is all about stereotypes. It’s all about what you think somebody will want,” she tells Frank.


Moreover, employers and employees often forget that rules at work are different than in the home, Shaw explains. Not only is there the potential that someone may gift something that is offensive or indecent, but giving different presents to different employees may bring up perceptions of favoritism.


Gift exchanges also can stir up competition and pressure among employees.


In one of “The Office” clips that are played in the podcast, the workplace supervisor, Michael Scott, states that the monetary value of a present is tied to how much the recipient is loved and appreciated.


Shaw recounts a past holiday present she gave a secretary—a Coach-brand purse the secretary requested. The purse, however, was not as nice as one which was gifted to someone else in the office, and the secretary became upset. Now, Shaw says, the firm buys all the presents.


Gift Tips

If an employer would like to hold an office gift exchange, Shaw recommends that employers:


Make participation voluntary. Not everyone wants to participate or has the means to do so.

Set boundaries, so that all gifts are “G-rated,” and inappropriate and offensive gifts are not allowed. Employers and employees should mind the culture of the workplace and give something safe and appropriate, such as nice soaps, a bottle of wine (depending on the workplace) or food items, such as a cookie exchange.

Create very specific rules, including a spending cap, so that employees are not outspending each other or feel like the game is a competition to see who can buy the best present.

For employers or supervisors who want to buy their employees presents, Frank recommends getting the same gift for all employees.


“Even if the intent is not to show favoritism, your employees are going to talk about it. They’re going to compare…There are going to be assumptions that are made whether they’re true or not,” Frank says.


Ultimately, employers should think about what the purpose is behind the gift.


“It’s really not about the gift. It’s about showing your gratitude, showing that you appreciate the work that [employees] have done,” Frank explains.


Frank, Erika. "Avoid Secret Santa and Gift Exchange Pitfalls at Work." Cal Chamber Advocacy, https://advocacy.calchamber.com/2019/12/11/avoid-secret-santa-and-gift-exchange-pitfalls-at-work/. Accessed 2 December 2021.

Business Services

The meaning of the holiday season, as defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the period of time from late November through early January when several holidays happen. Some of the traditional holidays during these months are Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s.


Most often during this timeframe we hear about the ‘spirit of giving’ – the act of giving without expecting anything in return.


Giving is not just monetary, but may also include volunteer work, making positive connections with those around you, loving others, finding peace with others happiness, putting others first, and opening our hearts to others.


However you personally define the holiday season, celebrate safely and with the spirit of giving.


-Beth Strickler

winter break dec 20- jan 3
Winter Break will be December 20th-January 3rd. Students will return to class on January 4th.

Child Find

Child Find, a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), enables states to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21, who need early intervention or special education services. Special education services are available for children of any age (birth through 21 years). Wilson School District is responsible for locating, identifying, evaluating, and serving all children with disabilities (ages 3-21) and referring children ages 0-3 to AzEIP for evaluation and appropriate services. AzEIP is the Arizona Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers. Wilson provides free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services to children at public expense, under public supervision and direction without charge to parents. For all school-age students who are new to the district, the classroom teacher will complete screening activities within 45 days of enrollment. If any concerns are noted, the child will be referred for help. Parents who have concerns regarding their child’s education may contact the Special Education Department at Wilson, (602) 683-2400, ext. 4205.

McKinney-Vento

Are you currently experiencing temporary living arrangements due to eviction, job loss or a traumatic event? Wilson School District offers services to families through the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act. Services such as enrollment and immunization assistance, uniforms or school supplies, community referrals and in some cases, transportation can be available. Your family may qualify due to living with another family or friend due to financial hardship or living in a shelter, transitional housing, or motel. Please contact your school office or Mariana Melendrez at 602-683-2515, ext 6002 for more information about this program.