The Wilmot Word: 02-04-2022

This Week at Wilmot

Fifth Grade Robotics Update: This week, Wilmot 5th grade students were given the exciting opportunity to experience the Telemetry Mode (Tele-Op) of the Virtual Robotics Simulator! This remote-controlled program helps students begin with the end in mind, and target strategies they can use when they begin programming their robot to move through the game course and score points autonomously in the upcoming weeks. Ask your child to share their robotics team name and one challenge their team overcame when experimenting with Tele-Op this week!


Earlier this week we celebrated the 100th day of school. Students enjoyed fun projects, activities, and lessons all about the number 100. Some students and staff even dressed up, showing us what they might look like at 100 years old!


Today I had the pleasure of listening to some of our third graders as they shared their persuasive essays. Students wrote on topics including why we should have more Fun Lunch choices, what games are safe for recess, and even why students need time to organize their belongings. I was very impressed by these persuasive essays!


Today we finally made it outside for recess!! The kids had a great time playing in the snow. As a reminder, we will go outside if it is 20 degrees with a windchill of 15 degrees or higher. It is important that students have boots, snow pants, and a warm coat each day. I also suggest that students leave a change of clothes at school (don't forget extra socks)s just in case they need them. Our PE teachers are also encouraging students to bring a pair of sneakers to leave at school as it is difficult to participate in PE without them.


Have a nice weekend!

2nd and 4th Grade Music Concerts- Save These Dates for a Virtual AND In-person Performance (3rd posting)

At this time we are planning to move forward with an in-person evening concert that supports a safe environment for students, staff, and guests with a small in-person audience. Both 2nd and 4th-grade classes will participate in a daytime concert that will be recorded and shared via Livestreaming. Each student will be able to bring one guest with them for the evening concert. If you have any questions feel free to email me. All guests will be required to wear a mask when inside the building. The audience will sit in chairs that are properly socially distanced. Please see the schedule below for the daytime and evening performances.



  • The 4th-grade music concerts will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
    • The daytime concert will take place at 9:20 am. Parents and guests can join us virtually, via Zoom.
    • The evening concert will be held in the Wilmot gym at 6:30 pm.
    • Students should arrive at 6:15 pm and go directly to their performance area on or in front of the stage (teachers will meet their class in the gym)
    • We ask parents/guardians to hold their child's coat and personal belongings
    • We ask parents and guests to please refrain from congregating in small groups and to please take a seat in the gym
    • When the concert is over we will dismiss each class one at a time and ask that students and parents exit quickly to support a safe environment

  • The 2nd-grade music concert will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
    • The daytime concert will take place at 9:20 am. Parents and guests can join us virtually, via Zoom.
    • The evening concert will be held in the Wilmot gym at 6:30 pm.
    • Students should arrive at 6:15 pm and go directly to their performance area on or in front of the stage (teachers will meet their class in the gym)
    • We ask parents/guardians to hold their child's coat and personal belongings
    • We ask parents and guests to please refrain from congregating in small groups and to please take a seat in the gym
    • When the concert is over we will dismiss each class one at a time and ask that students and parents exit quickly to support a safe environment

Registration for Incoming Kindergarteners and New to Wilmot 1st-5th Graders - PLEASE SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

We will hold a drop-in kindergarten registration (and new 1st-5th graders) at the District Office (517 Deerfield Road) on:


  • Wednesday, February 23 - 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 24 - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, February 25 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Online registration is available NOW. This is the first step in the registration process. Please complete the online registration form as soon as possible as staffing decisions are based on the number of fully registered students. Please share this information with friends and neighbors.


Click the button below for more information regarding registration and the necessary documents you will need for registration.

4th and 5th Grade Social Emotional Survey

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important at Wilmot Elementary School. As a part of the learning process, we will be asking our students to reflect on their own SEL mindsets via an online survey. The survey will be administered between February 7th and 11th, and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. It asks students to self-reflect on their own grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness, and emotional regulation.


Individual student responses can provide the school and family with insight into what skills the child self-identifies as strengths and others they would like to develop. The overall data helps us (the educators) identify priorities and provide targeted learning opportunities to address the SEL needs in our classrooms.


Per policy, if you would like your child to opt-out of taking the survey, please contact me no later than February 7th at 8:00 am.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Hello,

In order to support a smooth arrival and dismissal, I want to share a few reminders regarding our procedures.


  • Students should not arrive prior to 8:35. At that time our staff are on duty and are ready to assist students.
  • If your child requires a higher level of assistance gathering their belongings and getting out of the car, please park and walk your child to the curb (Please do not have students cross on their own unless they are at the crosswalk near Mr. Marcos).
  • Those being dropped along the curb should be ready to quickly exit the car with all of their belongings ready to go. We are happy to assist you by opening the door if there is a child lock being used.
  • Students should always exit on the passenger side of the car. It is very dangerous to exit on the driver's side.
  • It is important that cars drive all the forward in both parking lots. This helps us move cars through the lot more quickly and helps us avoid having cars back up onto Wilmot Road or Deerfield Road.
  • Cars should not block the front entrance from Deerfield Road. Our buses and emergency vehicles must be able to enter the front lot.



Thank you for supporting these procedures.

5ESSENTIALS PARENT SURVEY NOW OPEN - PLEASE SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK WITH US

Again this year, parents across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, it allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. Your responses also help guide district improvement.


The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction


To take the Parent Survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. Your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.


In addition to parents, 4th through 8th-grade students will also be responding to this survey. Per school board policy 7:15, you may opt your child out of any survey. If you would not like your child to participate in the 5Essentials Survey, please contact me and your child's classroom teacher.

Valentine's Day Celebrations (2nd posting)

Wilmot students will have an opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day at school on Monday, February 14. Classroom teachers will plan special activities and students may exchange cards in the classroom. As you shop for Valentine’s Day cards for children to distribute at school, please keep in mind that cards may not contain any type of candy or food (due to our food allergy guidelines).


All volunteers helping with classroom parties will need to certify as they enter the building, bring their driver's license, and share a copy of either a vaccination card or proof of a negative Covid test within 7 days of visiting the building (a photograph is acceptable). We are excited that students will have an opportunity to celebrate with friends at school.

SHIELD Testing

We have resumed our normal Shield Testing schedule will continue to test on Thursday mornings.


IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO FILL OUT THE SHIELD CONSENT FORM please

log in to Skyward/Family Access and it should appear as a green box next to your child’s name. Contact Kelly Mitchell (kmitchell@dps109.org) with any Family Access questions.


IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO OPT OUT OF A WEEK OF TESTING…

  • Click here to fill out the required Google Form by 8:00 am each Wednesday (the day prior to Thursday testing):

The Latest COVID Information-ongoing posting

The district has a landing page with constantly updated COVID protocol information. Be sure to visit www.dps109.org/fall2021 to check out the latest updates on:

  • What do I do if my child wakes up sick? (and what happens to siblings)

  • Our COVID case dashboard - updated in real time

Save the Date

  • Tuesday, February 8
    • 4th-grade music concert (virtual performance) - 9:20 am
    • 4th-grade music concert (in-person performance) - 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 9 - MAP reports mailed home
  • Monday, February 14
    • Valentine's Day celebrations - times set by classroom teachers
  • Tuesday, February 15
    • 2nd-grade music concert (virtual performance) - 9:20 am
    • 2nd-grade music concert (in-person performance) - 6:30 pm
  • Monday, February 21
    • No school due to Presidents' Day
  • Tuesday, February 22
    • No school for students due to teacher institute day