Bear Cub Bulletin

Monthly Wilmore Elementary Communication for Families

February Edition 2023

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Message from Ms. Thompson

This month is full of opportunities for our students to showcase their writing skills as most classes are practicing opinion writing and research projects. In library students are finalizing their research projects about Black History Month and are showcasing their products throughout the school to help others learn about trailblazers in American History.

We are excited for our 5th grade students to visit the Junior Achievement BizTown this month. JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular learning experience allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. Students are able to connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

Our 4th grade Bear Cubs are showcasing their talents and passions during the upcoming 4H Demonstration Day at the end of this month. Families are welcome to help students deliver their supplies to the classrooms on the morning on Friday, February 24th.

Lunch visitors are invited to join us on Friday, February 24th or Monday, February 27th.

Check out the rest of the Bear Cub Bulletin to stay up-to-date and connected to our school and opportunities for your voice to be heard.

  • PBIS Family Perception of School Climate Survey (Winter 2023)
  • Lunch Visitors are invited to school on Friday, February 24th and Monday, February 27th
  • Winter iReady Grade Level Challenge/Competition-January-March
  • JCS Kindness Week: February 13th-17th
  • PTO Meeting on Thursday, February 16th
  • President's Day on Monday, February 20th- No School for Students
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to BizTown on Thursday, February 23rd
  • 4th Grade 4H Demonstration Day on Friday, February 24th
  • Team Together at WES on Monday, February 27th
  • March SBDM Meeting on Wednesday, March 1st at 3:15 in the Library
  • End of the 3rd Nine Weeks on Friday, March 10th
  • Arts Showcase at WES on Thursday, March 23rd
  • Data Day Showcase at WES on Thursday, March 30th (7:00-4:00) (drop-in event)


All students in Jessamine County Schools receive one (1) breakfast & one (1) lunch at NO COST regardless of income. For the 2022/23 school year, meals are provided through the USDA funded NSLP/SBP. However, to assign a meal eligibility for schools/families to receive various additional state and federal program benefits; please complete, sign, and return one application per household to your child’s school or the JCS Food Service Office at 851 Wilmore Rd. 859-887-9274

Completing the Educational Benefits form will help support your family with paying for field trips and technology fees for the school year as well.

Educational Benefits Form 2022-2023

Reach out to me if I can support you or your Bear Cub in any way!


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Celebrate Our Counselors and FRC Coordinator

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PBIS Family Perception Survey

We want to hear about your experience with your student’s education so far this school year. We invite you to participate in completing the School Climate Survey so that our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Team (PBIS) can make needed improvements to ensure a safe and productive learning environment. This survey includes questions about your students' learning, school safety, relationships with staff and peers, as well as your perception of the school environment and suggestions for improvement. Your responses will be very helpful in improving student relationships, learning conditions, and the overall school environment. All your responses are completely anonymous. We have no way to connect you to your answers, and results will only be reported as group responses. There are no right or wrong answers. As you respond to each item, think about your own personal experiences as a parent, caregiver or guardian at Wilmore Elementary. We hope you will take the time to provide us with this valuable information.

Feel free to call our office at (859)858-3134 or connect with Ms. Thompson, Ms. Jordan Johnson, or Ms. Turansky on Dojo or via email if you have questions or need support. The results will be used to inform and develop appropriate strategies, procedures, and/or programs to enhance our school climate.

You can complete one survey to represent your household and all students that are in your care.

PBIS Family Perception of School Climate Survey (Winter 2023)

Congratulations to Lynley and Isaiah for Winning the District 4H Speech Contest...Good Luck at the Regional Competition

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As a community, we strive to create a warm, welcoming place for our citizens to connect, grow, and interact with kindness! As a practical way to spread joy and kindness in our community, we are inviting you to join us and celebrate Kindness Week 2023 (February 13th-17th). Our theme is #jessbekind. All Jessamine County Schools are planning events and learning opportunities throughout the week; our student groups are leading the way with promoting random acts of kindness, and our district is encouraging all staff and students to take time and reach out to those who have made a difference in our lives. Check below for some ways that you and others can get involved. Let's all work together to #jessbekind throughout our wonderful county.

  • Send an out- of -the blue gratitude email to someone to let them know how grateful you are for them.
  • Post a heartfelt shoutout to someone that did an awesome job.
  • Organize a “give back” moment to spread kindness.
  • Have adults and kids choose three individuals in their life to thank or do something kind for that week.

Please share your pictures with the #jessbekind hashtag.

Thanks for being a valued participant in our Kindness Week 2023!

Congratulations to a 4th Grade Artist, Airis, for Your Art Showcase and WES T-Shirt Design

Notes and Excuses for Absences

Please make sure that you are sending notes to school in your child's backpack when he/she misses the previous day or days due to illness. If your child has been to the doctor, please get a doctor's excuse as well and turn it into the office.

Worried about Absences during the Season of Sickness?

In response to the numerous viruses circulating in the community that are impacting student attendance, we made a few revisions to our practices associated with parent and doctor notes for sickness.

Recommended Practices:

  • Approve the 1-2 days prior to doctor visits when a doctor’s note indicated that these days should be approved.

  • If recommended, approve the expended days from a doctor’s note for recovery time.

  • If a student is absent from school and goes to a doctor 1-2 days later and the doctor’s note only indicates a single day excuse, require the parents to use parent notes for the other days. If they are out of parent notes, administratively approve the additional dates.

Students are allotted 6 Parent Notes for the year and 12 Doctor Notes.

All Parent/Doctor notes need to be sent in with your child or faxed. We are unable to accept notes that have been emailed.

January Dojo and PBIS Data

Here is a brief overview of our January Office Discipline Referral (PBIS Data). We share this data with our students and staff to set goals for the upcoming month. We invite you to look at the data and discuss with your child as well as we are all working to ensure our school is a safe and productive learning environment.


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February Meeting Details

Join the February meeting in-person or online:

PTO Meeting

Thursday, February 16 · 3:15 – 4:15pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Get Involved in our PTO!

Join us for our November PTO Meeting on Thursday, February 16th at 3:15 in the library.

Join in person or on Google Meet: PTO Meeting

Video call link:

We will discuss upcoming fundraisers and how we can recruit additional volunteers to support school events.

Eating Lunch with Your Child

Many of you have asked and we are excited to announce that we will invite families to eat lunch with their students on advertised days. Each month we will share communication about hosting visitors in the cafeteria. We will reserve a special location in our hall of flags or the Memory Garden (weather permitting) for you and your child. We want you to enjoy your child and learn more about their school experience, so we will not invite friends to be included in the special lunch. This is to protect our students and their dietary needs.

We now accept debit/credit payments, any caregiver or visitor will need to bring EXACT CHANGE with either cash or check if paying with cash. We are NOT able to make change. If exact change is not provided, any change due will be deposited onto the student's account.

**Any adult or visitor meals (including children) are $2.90 for Breakfast and $4.85 for Lunch. Meals are provided to all JCS students at NO COST.

All visitors MUST check-in at the front office through our Raptor Technology system and will be invited to the cafeteria only. Please plan to exit the school when your child's homeroom teacher picks up their class.

Grade Level Lunch Schedules:

1st Grade: 11:00-11:30

2nd Grade: 11:25-11:55

3rd Grade: 11:50-12:20

4th Grade: 12:00-12:30

5th Grade: 12:25-12:55

January DATES:

Friday, February 24th

Monday, February 27th

Volunteering at Wilmore Elementary

If you are interested in volunteering at Wilmore during the 2022-2023 school year, please complete the school level and district level forms. You can submit the district level form to Casey in the front office and she will turn it into the district or you can submit directly to Teresa Walters at the district level. We will confirm that your background check is complete after the district has completed their volunteer checklist.

If you plan to support your child's classroom during celebrations, field trips, or special events at WES, we must have your volunteer forms on file.

Wilmore Elementary Volunteer Profile

Jessamine County Schools Volunteer Form

Educational Benefits Forms for ALL Students

All students in Jessamine County Schools receive one (1) breakfast & one (1) lunch at NO COST regardless of income. For the 2022/23 school year, meals are provided through the USDA funded NSLP/SBP. However, to assign a meal eligibility for schools/familes to receive various additional state and federal program benefits; please complete, sign, and return one application per household to your child’s school or the JCS Food Service Office at 851 Wilmore Rd. 859-887-9274

Educational Benefits Form 2022-2023


Site Based Minority Council Member

We value parent and community involvement and would love to have all cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives represented on our Site Based Decision Making Council. If you're interested in serving as a minority representative, please reach out to Ms. Thompson.

Give Back Every Time You Shop at Kroger!

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Ukrainian Audio Books

Скажіть своїм друзям: в бібліотеці наявні українські елекронні книжки

Tell your friends: the library has eBooks in Ukrainian.

Instantly borrow almost 200 eBooks—written in Ukrainian—for kids, teens, and adults.

Find eBooks:

Click here to browse Ukrainian titles available from JCPL's collection.

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Mission and Vision of Wilmore Elementary

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Mission and Vision Statements

Mission Statement:

The mission of Wilmore Elementary School is to create a safe, personalized learning environment that embraces the whole child, focuses on continuous growth, and prepares our students to positively contribute to our families, our communities, and our world.

Vision Statement:

The core purpose of WES is to create a personalized learning environment for each student, where teachers collaborate to use research-driven, high-impact practices paired with rigorous curriculum to ensure high levels of growth and learning for all.