WMS Friday Forecast
September 3, 2021
Dear District 303 Middle School Families:
By now you have probably heard the stories in the media about the worker shortage across the United States. This is impacting many sectors of the workforce including school bus drivers. As a district, we are fortunate to have our own bus fleet and an extremely dedicated team of bus drivers. Although not as significant as some other districts, we are also facing a driver shortage that causes some of our routes to be a little longer than usual and inhibits our ability to add routes to alleviate any potential route issues.
Our biggest challenge right now is with the middle school routes. Some buses are not arriving at school until right at 8:30 a.m. when school begins. Over the past couple of weeks we have monitored and made adjustments to the bus routes, however, we still need a few more minutes to get students to school safely and on time. In addition, as you know, Illinois is not known for the best weather, and as we approach the fall and winter, we realize that some of our route times may be increased due to inclement weather conditions. Ultimately, we do not want students to miss instructional time due to the bus schedule.
After some consideration, the best possible solution at this time is to adjust the middle school instructional day by 10 minutes. This will address all of the routing concerns we are currently experiencing and maximize and honor the time your students have with our outstanding teachers and staff.
Beginning Tuesday, September 7, the middle school hours will be 8:40 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
In order to minimize the impact this change has on students and families:
Morning and afternoon bus route times should be approximately the same as they are now
- Students whose families drop them off may arrive at school at the same time in the morning. However, you are also welcome to arrive later if that is more convenient
- Afternoon pickup time will shift 10 minutes later
Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding. Additionally, if you know anyone who might be interested in driving a bus, we are hiring! Please direct them to the District 303 website for additional information.
Dr. Jason Pearson
District 303 Superintendent
Wredling Middle School Principal
Wredling Parent-Guardian Open House
We are excited that Wredling will be hosting a Parent-Guardian Open House on Wednesday, September 22 from 6 PM to 8 PM! This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to walk through Wredling, meet Wredling teachers and get to know the building.
In order to maintain a safe environment for parents, guardians, and staff members, all attendees need to:
Wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth regardless of vaccination status
Avoid congregating in large groups while in the buildings
Honor that this is a parent/guardian event only. No children are allowed in the building during this event.
Upon entering the building, we will let you know where each teacher/team will be located. If you are interested in seeing your child’s classrooms, please print or screenshot your child’s schedule from Home Access Center. Also, note that this event is a meet-and-greet with teachers. The time to ask questions about your child and their progress is at Parent-Teacher Conferences which are scheduled for October 7 and 8. Please enter through the main entrance. (WMS only) Parking is available in our lot or to the west of the building in the Norris Center parking lot.
Keep a Spare!
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR "NO COOK" NIGHT!
SOS for Parents in the Trenches
October 6, 2021
Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author
Zoom Webinar, 6:30 pm; Recording to be posted
When parents are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and burned out, it’s hard to show up in a way that best supports their child’s development, especially if/ when our kids are struggling, too. In this practical and actionable talk, Debbie shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking, responses, and actions in a way that will help them feel more confident and peaceful as they parent their unique children.
Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently: Back-to-School Edition
October 13, 2021
Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling authorZoom Webinar, 6:30 pm; Recording to be posted
School always presents certain challenges for students who learn and think differently (kids with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neuro-differences). But the COVID-19 pandemic has created even greater obstacles. Debbie shares ideas on how parents can best prioritize and plan in the pandemic-era school landscape. She also offers advice on how to support differently wired children’s cognitive, social, and emotional needs during this atypical time, while also taking care of one’s own emotional health and well-being.
Sept 18th River Cleanup!
Collab with the Friends of the Fox!
Do you like the environment and want to help it? If so we are collaborating with friends of the fox at Ferson Creek in St.Charles 9:00 Am to help clean the fox river! Snacks and beverages will be provided!
“On Saturday, September 18, 2021, Friends of the Fox River will coordinate the 3rd annual It’s Our Fox River Day event on the entire Fox River from its headwaters near Waukesha, Wisconsin to its confluence with the Illinois River in Ottawa, Illinois.
We are reaching out to towns, counties, park districts and forest preserve districts along the river, along with environmental groups, faith communities, youth organizations and individuals throughout the watershed to join in this annual event and celebrate the place the Fox River has in our lives and our communities.”- Friends of the Fox
What to bring:
Clothes that can get muddy
Email Callie Ramirez for sign up form and instructions
Can't wait to see you all there!