Wilkshire Weekly

Friday, September 9, 2022

Wilkshire Bucket Fillers

What is Bucket Filling?

Actions or words that show you care about someone. Saying or doing something kind. Giving someone a heartfelt smile. Using names with respect. Helping without being asked. Giving sincere compliments. Showing respect to others. There are hundreds of wonderful ways to fill buckets. The language of bucket filling has become synonymous with being kind and thoughtful. Your bucket will be filled when at the close of each day you reflect on the ways in which you have filled buckets.

How Does the Bucket Filler Program work at Wilkshire?

During the first few weeks of school, the counselor visits every classroom to read the story "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" to the class and to lead a discussion about what it means to be a Bucket Filler. Our focus on doing good for others and making positive choices starts on Day 1! The students will create a bucket to keep at home so that when they earn bucket tickets, families can collect and display them.

Students are randomly recognized by adults throughout the school when they are caught filling someone's bucket, either by an act of kindness, or by setting a positive example by following school rules. These students receive Bucket Filler slips. Then, the child is invited to add a pom pom to their classroom bucket. This provides a visual for the class each day about how their kindness fills a bucket. Bucket Filler slips are sent home with the student the day they earn them. Bucket Filler slips help us not only recognize the student, but also communicate their positive actions with their family.

Each week, the class adds their pom poms from their classroom bucket to our large schoolwide bucket in the cafeteria. On Fridays, two students from each class who were Bucket Fillers are selected and those students are recognized on the announcements for their positive behavior. Students chosen receive a special pencil and sticker from the principal and other staff members..

Once a month, all students come together for a Bucket Filler assembly. Students and staff celebrate a month full of acts of kindness and great behavior. Students are congratulated on filling the large schoolwide bucket. Then, an announcement is made for a schoolwide celebration of all the great Bucket Filling for the month.

Our goal is to let students know that their actions are noticed and appreciated. Our staff members also strive to be Bucket Fillers and lead by example, so don't hesitate to let them know if they fill your bucket while you're at Wilkshire!

September Box Tops Competition - Anything is Popsicle!

Wilkshire is excited to announce its first Box Tops competition of the 2022-2023 school year! The classroom that has the most Box Tops earnings in the month of September will win a popsicle party the week of October 3!

To participate, enter your child's grade and teacher when giving credit for eligible receipts in the Box Tops app. If your child is in DK, select K as the grade and add the teacher's name. To give credit for earnings already submitted in Septembers click on "My Earnings" in the Box Tops app, select the applicable "Earnings History" submission to modify, then select "Give Credit." Competition closes Friday, September 30.

For more info on giving credit in the app, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zL4gsIIZhY. You can also visit btfe.com for more information or reach out with questions to our Box Tops coordinator this school year, Leah Arendt, at leahkarendt@gmail.com. Good luck and stay cool!

How to Give Credit

Early Pick Up, Late Drop Off or Transportation Changes

Whether you are picking your child up early or dropping them off late, we require a parent or guardian to come into the office and sign them out or in. We also require anyone entering our building to show a pictured ID.

We understand your schedule can change, so if you need to make a change to the daily transportation for your child, please call the office. We request transportation changes are made by 2:00 p.m. so we can coordinate our internal communication and logistics to ensure a smooth change. We also ask that if you pick your student up early, please do so before 2:45 p.m. to avoid the congestion during school dismissal and Curbside Pick Up.

Wilkshire Class T-Shirts

At Wilkshire, class t-shirts are a big deal and students love wearing them! Teachers encourage students to wear their class t-shirt when we have Bucket assemblies, Fitness Day and other school event celebrations or activities. It's time to order your child's class t-shirt. This year we're making it easy with online ordering, and we're using a local Haslett family owned business - TShirt Goods! TShirt Goods provides quality apparel at reasonable prices, and will donate a portion of its profits back to Wilkshire!

If you do not see your child's classroom t-shirt on this site, please contact the teacher.

Order Wilkshire Class T-shirts Here

Classroom T-shirts purchased online BEFORE September 5th will be READY for pick up starting September 16th.

Picture Day

SMILE! Picture day is Friday, September 23. We LOVE picture day! It's fun to see how students dress when having their school picture taken. Mark your calendar or check ours online here https://www.haslett.k12.mi.us/Page/18#calendar12/20220930/month.
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How to Apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals

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Weekend Survival Kits Progam

The Weekend Survival Kits Program is being offered this year at Wilkshire Early Childhood Center. The food kit will be given directly to your child during the school day to bring home for the weekend. The kit usually includes kid-friendly non-perishable food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Elementary school children are eligible for Weekend Survival Kits. There is NO COST to participate in the WSK program. A signup sheet will be coming home with your student. If you would like your child to participate, please complete the form and return it to the Wilkshire School Office. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Church churchmd@haslett.k12.mi.us or your child’s classroom teacher.

Thank you so much!


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Extra Clothes, Please

Accidents happen, especially when student's are in kindergarten and 1st grade. We like to be prepared for wet clothes no matter how it happens. For these occurrences, we are asking parents to pack an extra set of clothes in your child's backpack, including underwear and socks.

Our procedure for wet clothes is to have dry clothes available for student's to change into. We pack up their wet clothes in a plastic bag and send them home. If the clothes are borrowed from Wilkshire, we staple a note to the bag and ask that the items are laundered and returned to Wilkshire.

We do have extra clothes in the office, but we can always use more. If you have children’s clothing you are willing to donate, we will certainly put them to good use!

Position Available

RECESS/LUNCH PARAPROFESSIONAL - For the 2022/2023 School Year

Desired Qualifications

1. High school diploma.

2. Experience working with elementary children.

3. Ability to relate to children and be a role model.


1. Recess/Lunch supervision.

2. Enforcing school rules and policies

Days: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (12.5 hours per week)

Compensation per District Paraprofessional Agreement

EMAIL Mr. VanRemmen to express interest: vanrempj@haslett.k12.mi.us


Interested in Volunteering?

We love volunteers! All volunteers must complete the necessary paperwork. Once completed and approved, you're good to go for the entire school year! Click on the banner above to register.

How to Report an Absence

If your child is going to be absent, late for school or picked up early, you can submit an online notification, which our office staff receives via email. The information is also shared with the classroom teacher, the bus transportation garage, and Kids Connection.

Go to the Wilkshire webpage at https://www.haslett.k12.mi.us/wilkshire and click “Report and Absence” (located on the lower right side of the homepage). Enter your information.

You are always welcome to call the office to report an absence or early pick up as well.

Wilkshire office phone number: (517) 339-8208.

Holidays In Haslett Craft Show

Saturday, Oct. 15th, 9am-3pm

5450 Marsh Road

Meridian charter Township, MI

Sponsored by Haslett Band Boosters

Free admission and parking.

For more information, click on the link below.