Wilson District Newsletter

November 2021

A message from Mr. Rose

As our holiday season is fast approaching, it is the perfect time to pause and reflect on all the incredible things we are thankful for at WSD. First and foremost, we are grateful for the trust that all our stakeholders have in our staff. We are very passionate about education and meeting the needs of all children “No Exceptions”.

An amazing amount of collaborative effort from “The Village” keeps our schools running smoothly. We are so thankful for the incredible support you give children and our schools. We were inspired by our community turn out for the neighborhood cleanup that took place on the past Saturday. I am thankful to be part of such an engaged and passionate community. Your hard work did not go unnoticed, it allows our students to continue to take pride in their surroundings.

I am also thankful for our remarkable staff at all levels. There is so much that happens behind the scenes to ensure our schools are a safe, nurturing learning environment for our students. Finally, I am thankful that for the past four months I have been privileged to work with and for the Wilson School District Governing Board. Governing Board President Anna Martinez and Governing Board Member Mario Martinez understand the power of relationships and the impact that a caring adult can have on the lives of our youth.

We would like to welcome Hector Banda to the Wilson Community as our newest Board Member. Mr. Banda was a previous student here at Wilson. He is excited to return to the Wilson Community to exercise his due diligence as a board member.

Wilson Primary School

This is such a wonderful time of the year where we can reflect on what we are thankful for. As I reflect on what we have accomplished so far this year, I know that the relationships and partnerships that we built with the teachers, staff, families, and community made them possible. We are truly grateful for everyone in our Wilson Family!

We had opportunities for several family events so far, such as the Peter Piper Pizza Night, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Costume Parade and Dance Party. The turnout for these events has been outstanding. It just shows how incredible our families are and how supportive they are of education. Thank you all for taking the time from your busy schedule to attend these events. Children that come from families that support education value their learning and the importance of academic achievement.

After coming back from the pandemic, many of our students have been working on getting reacquainted to the school structure and learning environment. Our teachers are working diligently to accelerate the learning, close the gaps, implement structure and expectations for our students. They are collaborating with their colleagues to create the most effective lessons and strategies for our young learners. Their determination and dedication are truly amazing.

As you read this article, you can see how thankful I am to be your leader. I will be thinking of all of you during the Thanksgiving season!

Have a wonderful month!

-Mrs. Wojcicki

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Wilson Elementary School

We are halfway through our 2nd quarter and working very hard! Our students are learning new concepts while applying previous knowledge. As we move toward the end of the semester, please be sure your students are completing all assignments. Students should have their objectives and homework written in their agenda book. Please have your students show you the finished assignments and check off the work that is completed.

All parents should have access to our infinite campus portal. If you have not yet accessed the portal, please contact the office for your login and password information. We are hoping that 100% of our parents access the portal. The portal contains announcements, messages, schedules, attendance, grades, and upcoming activities for all of your students. Please help us reach our goal of 100% parent participation.

Just a reminder, if your student is signed up for afterschool programs, clubs, or sports. Please be sure they are attending! We want all of our students engaged in activities.

Finally, Wednesday is club shirt day (AVID Club, Wake Up Club, Sport Teams, Rubrics, Robotics, etc), Thursday is Wildcat Shirt Day, and Friday is AVID shirt day. Shirts are generally $10.00 each. If your student would like to purchase a shirt, please let their advisory teacher know. Club shirts are only available for students enrolled in the clubs! All 4th and 5th grade students are future AVID students and may wear a future AVID student T-shirt. Wildcat shirts are available for all students. We love our Wildcat and school spirit!

-Ms. Campton

Community Center

Wilson Community Center is beyond grateful to all our wonderful sponsors and organizations that help our schools, students, staff, and community.

Ballet Arizona awarded our staff with tickets to attend their Contemporary Moves performance on October 31st. They have incorporated a 3rd grade ballet program here at Wilson and they have been rehearsing a performance which they will perform at Ballet Arizona's Dorrance Theatre for their family and friends.

City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services partnered with the Wilson district to host a Neighborhood Clean-Up. Our Wake-Up club and Graffiti Free Phoenix painted over graffiti in the area to make our neighborhood safer and cleaner. Thank you to the 143+ volunteers that showed up to help clean the Wilson neighborhood!!!

Embry Health Center has also been providing on-site COVID testing to the community from the elementary School.

The Community Center is working on hosting the annual Holiday Program and the outpour from stakeholders, businesses, organizations to make this event magical has been phenomenal. We look forward to having an amazing event on December 17th for all our Wilson students.

-Mrs. Duran

Wilson Community Center Event Calendar

Check out what is going on at the Wilson Community Center!

Curriculum & Instruction

It’s easy to get weighed down about everything that goes wrong in life and forget the little things that truly matter. We’re all guilty of taking so much for granted, which is why it’s so important to seize every opportunity to be thankful. As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s the perfect time! Here’s a couple meaningful gratitude activities for students of all ages!

Gratitude Wall

Ask your kids to think of one simple thing they are thankful for each night. Then, have them write it on a piece of paper or index card to hang on the wall.

Gratitude Journal or dinner discussion

Help your kids make gratitude a habit with mindful journaling every night at the end of the day. Or use one of the prompts for a family dinner discussion. Try using one of these prompts…

  1. What about your family or friends are you most grateful for? Why?
  2. What book are you most grateful for having read?
  3. What are three of your very favorite things to do? Why do you like to do them?
  4. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  5. What is your favorite season and why?
  6. What is something special about you that others might not know?
  7. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen outdoors?
  8. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen indoors?
  9. Share something another person currently does or once did for you for which you are grateful. It could be something they do every day, once in a while, or did only once.
  10. What are some ways that your body or mind is strong?
  11. What from the school year so far are you most proud of?
  12. What is your favorite food to eat during Thanksgiving or another family celebration?
  13. What is something you hope to remember about your life right now when you are a grown-up?
  14. What is something from your past that you are thankful for?
  15. What are you grateful for about your school?

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Human Resources

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude

"Stop feeling sorry for yourself," we are often told. And while it can be hard to avoid self-pity entirely, mentally strong people choose to exchange self-pity for gratitude. Whether you choose to write a few sentences in a gratitude journal or simply take a moment to silently acknowledge all that you have, giving thanks can transform your life.

Here are 7 scientifically proven benefits:

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or send a thank-you note to that colleague who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.
  2. Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.
  3. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
  4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kindly, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.
  5. Grateful people sleep better. Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
  6. Gratitude improves self-esteem. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs—a major factor in reduced self-esteem—grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.
  7. Gratitude increases mental strength. For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma. A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of post-traumatic stress disorder. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11. Recognizing all that you have to be thankful for —even during the worst times—fosters resilience.

Morin, Amy LCSQ. "What Mentally Strong People Don't Do." Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude.

Business Services

Did you know that Wilson Elementary School District has been in existence since 1879? Wilson Elementary School District was the seventh school district organized in Maricopa County and was named for the then school board member, Mr. W. J. Wilson. With many moves, the Wilson Elementary School District has been at the current location at 30th Street and Fillmore since the early 1980’s.

The District has been providing students a stepping-stone to succeed in high school (and beyond) for 142 years! The foresight of generations long ago should provide us all with thanksgiving.

Child Find

Child Find, a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), enables states to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21, who need early intervention or special education services. Special education services are available for children of any age (birth through 21 years). Wilson School District is responsible for locating, identifying, evaluating, and serving all children with disabilities (ages 3-21) and referring children ages 0-3 to AzEIP for evaluation and appropriate services. AzEIP is the Arizona Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers. Wilson provides free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services to children at public expense, under public supervision and direction without charge to parents. For all school-age students who are new to the district, the classroom teacher will complete screening activities within 45 days of enrollment. If any concerns are noted, the child will be referred for help. Parents who have concerns regarding their child’s education may contact the Special Education Department at Wilson, (602) 683-2400, ext. 4205.


Are you currently experiencing temporary living arrangements due to eviction, job loss or a traumatic event? Wilson School District offers services to families through the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act. Services such as enrollment and immunization assistance, uniforms or school supplies, community referrals and in some cases, transportation can be available. Your family may qualify due to living with another family or friend due to financial hardship or living in a shelter, transitional housing, or motel. Please contact your school office or Mariana Melendrez at 602-683-2515, ext 6002 for more information about this program.