WMS Friday Forecast
November 22, 2019 - Week 15
Holiday Office Hours
Dear RedHawk Parents
It is easy to get caught-up in "what is wrong" in our world rather than "what is right". So I wanted to share with you some of the great things we are seeing and hearing about from our students and staff:
- One of our girls was walking down the hallway when she noticed that a boy using crutches was struggling to walk down the hallway and pull his backpack. She gently asked him if she could help and he was happy to accept her support.
Cielo Santiago, new to playing an instrument, learned how to play "Ode to Joy / Joyful Joyful" on the piano with two hands. Not only a great feat, but she decided to memorize all 4 lines of music. This girl was extremely happy and proud of her accomplishment and showed her teacher her great effort!
Jaxon Hall made a teacher a duct tape wallet (an extremely nice one too), but he managed to tie - it into a discussion of "Baroque art and music being very fancy" and "Classical art and music is very plain without ornamentation" by finding a kind of duct tape that, and I'm not kidding, was called "Baroque Pattern Duct Tape."
One of our students, Evan Cicero, sought out an employee of ours, who is a Vietnam Veteran, to shake his hand and thank him for his services.
One of our teachers picks several students per week and sends emails expressing her appreciation of their work, effort, and kindness.
From a teacher: A couple of weeks ago, a student was stressing because he did not have a picture of himself for an ELA assignment. Two girls in my class noticed his stress and anxiety about going to class unprepared. One of the girls had a polaroid camera and offered to take a picture of him. He was a bit reluctant, so they offered to be in the picture with him to make him feel more comfortable. The student got to experience genuine kindness, not forced by any teacher or person.
Madison Letson, one of our RedHawks, volunteered to rake leaves for the West Chicago Police Department this past weekend.
There are too many great things happening at WMS to share, but I wanted you to get a glimpse of the amazingness that happens around this place!
Enjoy your weekend-
WMS - TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
We look forward to seeing many of you on Monday and Tuesday!
PARKING LOT REMINDERS
THANK YOU FOR THE SUCCESSFUL DRIVE!
Calling All Musicians!
CONGRATULATIONS REDHAWK WRITERS!
WMS LOST & FOUND IS OVERFLOWING!
SEL - Social Emotional Learning
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.
Blueprint: Looking at conflicts through someone else’s eyes.
Are there any conflicts in your family? We all have our own truths. But conflict often arises when we think our truths are the only truths. The Blueprint is a tool for overcoming conflict by getting each person to look at the conflict from the other person’s perspective as well as their own.
A blueprint is a plan or design. It also happens to be RULER Anchor tool. It is a tool that you can use to help you resolve current or future conflicts by applying empathy and perspective taking. Our previous tools (charter, mood meter, and meta-moment) are all used in conjunction with the Blueprint.
D303 Special Olympics Invites YOU!
We're excited to host a 5 team Junior Special Olympics tournament this Saturday morning (tomorrow) at Wredling Middle School.
- Our team plays at 10 and 11 am.
- We have some brand spanking new elementary players this year, and these will be the very first games they have ever played in!
- They are SO EXCITED!
The Special Olympics Oath is "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt!"
We are so proud of all our BRAVE, hard-working athletes!
We hope you are able to stop by to cheer on and celebrate their "attempts" this weekend!
Our WMS Cheerleaders are Selling Butter Braids!
- Butter Braids cost $14 each while the cost for the cookies is $16 each.
- Checks should be made payable to Wredling Middle School.
- If you would like to order Butter Braids and/or Cookies and don't know a WMS Cheerleader, contact Lucy Johnson in the Wredling Main Office.
CLICK HERE for the Butter Braids order form.
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!