WMS Friday Forecast
August 27, 2021
Getting Support at Wredling- from the Principal of a Big Middle School!
Being the principal of a middle school of almost 1400 students has its challenges. One of them is the volume of communication and questions I get from parents, students, and staff. To help manage, we have an outstanding staff to support you and your child. Please do not be offended if I forward your email to another staff member, as I forward emails to those who are responsible for your area of concern. Below is a list of who you should email or call.
I strongly encourage you to help your child become a strong self-advocate. It can be tough getting them to stop by and talk to a teacher or send an email, but this is a life-long skill that is vital to cultivate. Ideally, it is your child who contacts the adults at WMS, but we also understand that there are times when they may need some adult help.
And a note about timeliness of communication: We give our staff 48 hours to reply back to an email. Again, with the volume of email we get, we cannot get to all emails quickly. We do a good job scanning for importance and responding to our more urgent emails and calls first. If a teacher does not reply within 48 hours, please just send them a follow-up asking for a reply.
Problems aren’t always solved the first go-around. Sometimes with issues, it does take a few interventions to solve the problem. Bullying does not always stop or a relationship is not always repaired the first time we address it. But we are here to be your partner to solve these problems together. We will continue to work with you on these issues until they are resolved. The best way we solve them is with a calm and rational approach.
If you are feeling angry and frustrated, I would encourage you to hold off sending an email or making a call until you are calm. This is a skill that we teach to our students and is a good lesson for adults, too. Sending a calm email or call, seeking to understand rather than blaming or accusing benefits all parties.
Here is who you can contact for different concerns/topics:
General questions about your child’s learning, contact your child’s teacher directly. Even when there are classroom problems or challenges, please start with the classroom teacher. And a phone call is almost always better than an email!
Broader questions that may involve more teachers, contact your child’s team leader.
Discipline or behavior issues, bullying, and other non-academic related questions, please contact:
Melissa Hickman, Student Support Coordinator for Teams 6-1, 6-2, 7-1, 7-2, 8-1, 8-2, Oasis
Tim Swade, Student Support Coordinator for Teams 6-3, 6-4, 7-3, 7-4, 8-3, 8-4, Infinity & Rise
For academic issues related to your child, please contact:
Diane Lidman, Assistant Principal for Teams 6-1, 6-2, 7-1, 7-2, 8-1, 8-2, Oasis
Francesca Favero, Assistant Principal for Teams 6-3, 6-4, 7-3, 7-4, 8-3, 8-4
Tim Loversky, Principal, for Infinity & Rise
For special education issues, please contact:
Your child’s case manager for any questions or concerns regarding their IEP.
Additional support, Taryn Raiman, Middle School Intervention Coordinator
For English Language Learner issues, contact:
Your child’s ELL teacher or classroom teacher
Additional support, Jacalyn Rubio, Middle School EL Coordinator
For social-emotional support or scheduling questions, please contact your child’s counselor.
For technology issues, please have your child follow this flowchart for support.
You can find email addresses for our staff on the Wredling Staff Directory.
Enjoy your weekend!
Coming Soon! Wredling Parent-Guardian Open House
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES
This has been announced at WMS this week:Students- if you plan to go to the the high school football games, in order to be admitted into the game, you must have your ID and be accompanied by an adult to gain entry into the game. We will have no middle school section seating, kids should sit with their parents in the "Home" bleachers. If students show up without parents they will be asked to call their parents to be picked up. Last year’s ID is OK to use.
Fall Indoor Sporting Events at Wredling
From our PE Department:
Just a reminder that students are "highly encouraged" to change in different clothes when participating in PE . With the hot summer, and students moving during PE time, a fresh pair of clothes to change into after PE creates good hygiene habits returning back into the classroom for the rest of day.
Congratulations to all students that have made WMS sports this year. If students are going to wear their Jersey on game / meet days, they are expected to change their Jersey during PE class. We want to make sure the sport specific jersey stays clean and not be damaged in any way that would cause an issue for their game/ meet
6th Grade Familes:
Please access District 303's Health Services Web Page for specific grade level vaccine requirements (including meningococcal vaccine requirements for high school students) and State of Illinois forms. The health history portion of the physical examination form must be completed and signed by a parent in order for the physical to be valid. An appointment card must be submitted to the health office indicating that a physical exam or immunization is scheduled in the event a student's age makes them ineligible for a vaccine prior to the first day of school or the student is scheduled for a physical exam shortly after the first day of school.
All exams must be dated within one year prior to the date the student enters school.
Physical Examinations may be acquired through your primary medical provider. If you do not have a primary medical provider, you may contact Kane County Health Department for referrals to local health clinics that provide such services.
Building Supervised Study (BSS)
Middle School Early Release Dates
- September 1
- 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.
Parent University - Mental Illness: The Silent Epidemic
September 2, 2021
Mental Illness: The Silent Epidemic
Zoom at 6:00 pm; Recording to be posted
Mark Potter is a nationally recognized basketball coach and speaker who is bringing his message to families in St. Charles. Mark grew up in Kansas, where he was a basketball and baseball stand-out. He played both sports at the collegiate level before moving into a career as a high school teacher and coach for 11 years. He then served as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at NCAA Division II Newman University for 19 years and has the distinction of being the winningest basketball coach in Newman’s history.
Thirteen years ago, Coach Potter began a downward spiral into a world of darkness. He missed eight games and 25 practices due to severe depression. He now brings his story to businesses and schools to promote education about mental illness. His passion is to share his story in hopes that people will also pursue treatment and find a way to live productively with mental illness.
Join the District 303 Parent University Webinar on September 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. as we welcome Coach Potter. Click here to register!