Wilder Blast

Volume 1 Issue 8


Wilder Family,

The weather is beginning to warm, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and spring is in the air! We are SO excited to have our students back in-person 5 days a week. It has been a journey and I appreciate everyone's hard work throughout this pandemic.

This update of the Wilder Blast includes information about:

-MAP Testing

-Virtual MAP Testing

-Field Day Information

-Explore Registration

-Upcoming Events

It is a great time to be a Wildcat!

I look forward to continuing to meet each of you in some way this school year. We are all a part of #TeamWilder!

Adam Bax


MAP Testing

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Students in grades 3-5 will be taking that MAP test this spring. We are encouraging families to schedule any absences around the testing window, if possible. In addition, here are a few tips to help ensure your child's success on testing day.

  • Student devices and chargers should be sent to school on Friday, April 16. We will keep the devices and chargers at school starting this day through MAP testing. This will help with storage and charging of devices during this time.
  • Provide consistency for your child at home--bedtime, meals, activities, etc.
  • Encourage your child to eat breakfast. As a reminder, breakfast is provided FREE of charge each day to all students.
  • Attendance is important. Any student who arrives late or is absent on a testing day will not be able to test with their class.
  • Layer for success. We encourage students to bring a coat or other items to layer in case they get cold during the testing time.

Week of April 19 - ELA (Grades 3, 4, 5)

Week of April 26 - Math (Grades 3, 4, 5)

Week of May 3 - Science (Grade 5 only)

Virtual MAP Testing

If you are a current Launch virtual student and your homeschool is Wilder, your child will complete their required MAP testing at Wilder. Here are a few helpful tips for you as we navigate MAP testing this spring. If you are unable to attend the session listed on the schedule below, you should first choose to take advantage of the make-up session. If unable to do so, you should contact the Launch office at 523-0417. Any other questions, please contact the Wilder office at 523-5300.

Testing Schedule

  • Tuesday, April 20 @ 9-12 (Grades 3, 4, 5)
  • Tuesday, April 27 @ 9-12 (Grades 3, 4, 5)
  • Tuesday, May 4 @ 9-11 (Grades 4, 5)
  • Tuesday, May 11 (Make-up date)
  • If your child is a special education student, please contact Mrs. David at adavid@spsmail.org for more information on their testing schedule.

Materials Needed

  • District issued Chromebook & charging cord
  • Headphones
  • Dress in layers for temperature fluctuations
  • Mask

Arrival/Pick-up Information

  • Students will need to enter the building between 8:45-9:00 using Door #7
  • Parents cannot enter the school building, but can wait in your vehicle or return at 12:00 to pick up your child.
  • Students should arrive no later than 9:00 to ensure they are able to test. Students who arrive late will be required to make up their testing session on another date.

Field Day Information

Field Day Is On!

After a school year unlike any other, we are excited to share that we will be able to have Field Day this year! It will look and feel a bit different from past years but we’ll be outside together, having fun and celebrating another amazing year as Wildcats! Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 20th (rain date of Friday May 21st). Our PTA committee and staff are working on plans and schedules, but here’s what you can do now and how you can help us make this a great event for the entire Wilder community:

  • Make Plans to Volunteer: We will need lots of help to make this all-outdoors event happen so please block your calendar and look for an online sign up to be send soon! To keep schedules simple and to minimize movement, we’ll have one volunteer shift (10a – 2p) and all volunteers will need to be screened upon arrival, wear masks, and follow social distancing rules. In addition, all volunteers MUST complete a volunteer application with the district in advance. If you are not on the list of approved volunteers, you won’t be able to help so please visit the district website for next steps.
  • T-Shirt Sizes: The PTA will provide a specially-designed Field Day t-shirt for each student and staff member; if you haven’t already, please take a few minutes and complete this form so we have your child’s accurate size. And yes, we will be selling shirts to volunteers – more info to come!

Field Day T-Shirt Form

PTA will again be providing a FREE t-shirt for all students this year. We are asking that parents complete the form here. This will help us order the right sized shirt for your child. We ask that this be completed by Friday, April 9.

Again, this is FREE and all students will receive a t-shirt. Thank you PTA!

Join Us For Explore 2021

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Make Explore part of your summer plans

This summer, Explore will offer students exciting opportunities to pursue their unique interests and passions. Each day will be packed with engaging, relevant and personal learning opportunities, including free Artworks classes.

There will be two sessions of Explore. Session I is scheduled for June 7-30. Session II will be held July 7-July 30.

Students in grades 3 through 8 have the opportunity to enroll in free Artworks classes at two locations—Cowden Elementary School or Sequiota Elementary School.

Elementary students will attend Explore classes Monday through Friday from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. (except Pershing, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Wilder students will attend Explore at Pershing. Registration is now open.

Middle school students will attend Explore classes Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration for middle school students begins March 3.

High school students may register for Explore classes beginning March 1.

Register for Explore classes at www.sps.org/Explore.

Upcoming Events

April 5 - 16 - Virtual Book Fair

April 7 - Complete t-shirt order form for Field Day

April 8 - PTA General Mtg. @ 9:30 via zoom

April 19 - May 7 - MAP testing

May 13 - PTA General Mtg. @ 9:30 via zoom

May 20 - Field Day

May 21 - Field Day (rain reschedule day, if needed)

Wilder Staff Shoutout Board

I encourage you to give a virtual shoutout to a staff member at Wilder that you would like to recognize! You can sign in or do this anonymously.


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