WMS Friday Forecast

November 8, 2019 - Week 13

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Sign‐up for Parent Teacher Conferences starts October 15th at 7:00 am and will close November 20th at midnight.

FIRST login to your HAC (HOME ACCESS CENTER) Account

  • Click on the LINK BELOW to access the complete directions in a step by step format.

Dear Parents:

As you know, the area we see the most bullying today is online. At WMS we have been working with our students in a variety of ways to prevent digital bullying. We have done lessons in Tutorial, our health teachers cover the topic, and we do ongoing announcements to create awareness among our students. This year we will also have a Kane County Judge come talk to our students about their online behaviors.

There are two important things that parents can do to help their child understand and prevent digital bullying:

  1. Talk to your kids about your expectations. Let them know that sending rude, mean, or bullying comments in Snaps, Instas, or texts is never OK with you. Explain that they should not reply to bullying messages and that it is vital they tell a parent. Dinner-table conversations about this topic should be ongoing because this topic is in front of them every day.
  2. Monitor your child's social media and phone. Privacy is not a right at this age, especially when it comes to social media. There are apps that help monitor and manage screen time. It is vital that parents know what their children are doing online because the digital world is a dangerous place for kids.
As parents, we can teach these digital skills early in order to help our children through the challenges they will face. Digital bullying is one area where they absolutely will need your strong guidance.

Enjoy your weekend-


ID's Out and On 100%

Our expectation at all of our D303 middle school and high schools is that students wear IDs at all times. At WMS, we give students three plastic IDs from the LRC when they lose an ID. Students got a temporary plastic ID on the first day of school, and then we have two additional IDs in the LRC for when the one is lost. We charge students 25 cents for a daily temporary ID and $2 for a replacement ID. ID charges are charged to their LRC account. Please check with your student to see how they are doing with IDs.

RedHawk Spotlight

Do you have a student you would like us to
highlight in our RedHawk Spotlight?
Please email their story and a couple of photos
to Tim Loversky for consideration.

Our first student in the RedHawk Spotlight is featured below!

Shoeboxes Wanted!

The Spanish B PLC/students are in need of shoeboxes for a cultural project that we will be working on in the first week of November. Please drop off shoeboxes in the FL Office located in the LRC.
Wredling Activity Calendar

We are still adding dates!

Lock Replacement Policy:

We have had several kids come down because their locks have stopped working. A few have just failed, but some locks that we are getting are beat-up and dented. We did a “drop test” dropping one lock about 20 times onto the tile floor and it had one small dent. That means that some kids are really hard on their locks. So, we will replace locks that just fail- in other words, they are in good shape but just stop working. For locks that are beat-up, students will need to pay the $5 lock replacement fee.
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Our AVID class is looking for volunteers to come and present to our 7th and 8th grade AVID elective classes on Fridays. If you are interested in coming to share your career experience with our students, please complete the form below. We are looking forward to sharing your expertise with our students.

Find a club to join!

SEL - Social Emotional Learning

We will regularly feature our Social Emotional Learning information in our Friday Forecast.
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At WMS, we use the RULER Anchor Tools. The Anchors Tools of Emotional Intelligence are evidence-based tools designed to enhance the emotional intelligence of school leaders, teachers and staff, students, and their families. RULER includes four primary tools: the Charter, Mood Meter, Meta-Moment, and Blueprint. Each is based on scientific research and helps children and adults develop their emotional intelligence skills. These skills helps us Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate emotions.

Have you ever lost your temper in a way that you later regretted? Most parents would say yes. The Meta-Moment is a tool that helps us press the pause button before we respond to a challenging feeling.

Meta moment is the heart of managing emotions in the moment.

We use a meta moment between the trigger (ex.:someone says something mean) and responding to the trigger (ex. shouting back).

We often fall back on an automatic response that often comes out of our mouths quickly, without much thought, and can sometimes be destructive, hurtful and unproductive.

The goal of a Meta Moment is to take a moment, process the situation and to respond with thought, effort and awareness of the outcome.

This may mean we have to catch ourselves, stretch the moment a bit, and reflect, in order to choose a better response.

Once you have sensed an emotion, stopped to take a breath, and pictured your best self (about 3 seconds), it’s time to call to mind effective emotion regulation strategies that aligns with your best self, goals and values.

Kids need support identifying and practicing real strategies they can use in these meta-moments: strategies that are conscientious, constructive, realistic, and respectful.

Learn more. Video. Article.

How a parent used the Meta-Moment to calm down | GreatSchools
Wredling PTO Website

Pay your dues or sign up to volunteer

Save The Date!

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 4pm to 8pm - Epic Air - South Elgin

Mention Wredling PTO and students get to jump for 2 hours for $15 ($5 savings) w/ waiver & Epic Air Socks ($2) to celebrate their hard work for the 1st half the school year!

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Community Events & Information

CTE Presents The Legend of Hercules

The Greek myth comes to life in an all-new way in this original CTE production! With lyrics and script written solely for CTE performances, this is an experience you won’t find elsewhere. All your favorite characters – Zeus, Hercules, Pandora – are here, and take the stage with adapted lyrics to some of today’s hit music! See the flyer below for details.
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