WMS Friday Forecast

January 31, 2020 - Week 22

Dear RedHawk Parents:

We have struggled over the past few weeks with some issues related to both PE and pod lockers. We have students leaving lockers unlocked and leaving things outside of their lockers in the locker room. The result is that we have had theft.

I have cracked down on locks being on lockers and what students can bring to the locker room. My solution for the locker room issue has not been ideal. I am gathering solutions from students to try to solve this problem and so far I have heard some great ideas. We will make some adjustments soon to accommodate student concerns.

I have heard from some parents and students that the loss of their items should simply be a natural consequence of them leaving their things unsecured. And that makes perfect sense... until your child loses something of value. The office is then brought into it when parents want us to investigate and get upset when we don't spend our time resources on a search. We simply don't have the resources to be able to do that.

With that in mind, my expectations will be clear: All students need to lock their lockers all the time with a district-issued lock. They also need to keep all items that they bring with them into the locker room in a locked locker.

I feel that we are darned if we make rules to make things more secure and darned if we don't because we will then need to deal with theft. So we are going to err on the side of security and making sure kids lock-up their belongings.

Please encourage your child to keep locks on their lockers and their belongings secured.

Thank you!


Using Data To Improve Student Behavior

Data can help us understand where we are with many different things. One data point we look at is ODRs, or office discipline referrals. We use that data to determine where to focus our efforts. For example, our two highest areas where we receive ODRs are on the bus and in the cafeteria. What that tells us is that we need to do two things: 1) Do a brief school-wide lesson on bus expectations, and 2) Do a longer lesson on bus behavior with those students who have received more than two ODRs for the bus within a reasonable timeframe.

With that in mind, this week we are teaching an 8-minute school-wide refresher lesson on bus expectations. And within the next few weeks, we will do a longer lesson for students who need a more intensive lesson on bus behavior. By teaching the specific skills a student needs to be successful on the bus, we should see a reduction in negative bus behaviors and ODRs, and the bus ride should be more pleasant for all students.

For students who don't respond to the longer, more intensive lesson, we begin to look at even more intensive instruction/intervention for bus issues. As we become more proficient in developing and delivering these "booster lessons" we should see even more positive behavior around Wredling.

We sometimes think that kids should know some of these skills. But we have learned that some kids need more instruction in a specific skill in a specific setting. We appreciate your support as we help our middle schoolers learn!

Dear Wredling Families:

We will celebrate Hope and Random Acts of Kindness week-February 10-February 14.

We will be selling socks for Hope Week - attached is an order form.

Here are things our Hope Club and Student Council has planned for the week:

Random Acts - Good Deeds calendar

Hope/Random Acts - Kindness Quotes for the announcements

Hope/Random Acts - Music with the words HOPE or believing in yourself for the week

Hope/Random Acts - Wredling Middle School decorated with ribbons, cups and quotes

Thanks for your support.

Hope Club and Student Council

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The annual D303 Fiddle Fest is approaching! This fun event is set for Friday, February 28th at St Charles East High School. Participating students should arrive at 4:45 for our 5 pm for rehearsal.

Is your orchestra student participating? Please click on the link for the Google Form below and fill it out so there can be an accurate count for concert set up and for the pizza dinner:

Online Fiddle Fest Registration Link!

We are hoping to break the attendance record this year so we hope to see every WMS Orchestra Musician fiddlin'!

Please remember the cost of the pizza is $5. Your child should bring $5 cash to Fiddle Fest if they are eating the pizza.

The Fiddle Fest concert will be at 7 pm in St Charles East Main Gym. Come hear a great performance from hundreds of D303 string musicians!

Parents of 8th-Grade Students:

Please submit a recent (within 18 months) vision exam for your student if you haven't already done so. All 8th-grade students will have their vision screened per the Illinois Dept. Of Public Health's mandate at the end of February. When vision exams are received they will be placed in your child's health record negating the need to screen their vision at school since they are already under a physician's care. You may send records to the Wredling Health Office. Thank you.

Did You Know?

Wredling serves breakfast each day from 7:45 am - 8:20 am

Lunch & Breakfast Meal Prices:

  • Breakfast - $1.60
  • Reduced Breakfast - $0.30
  • Lunch - $2.50
  • Reduced Lunch - $0.40
  • Milk - $0.60 (when purchased separately from meals)
  • Other a la carte items (besides milk) - prices vary

Thefts from Lockers

We have recently had a few thefts from lockers. After investigating we have found two things:

1) that students are not locking their lockers, or
2) that they have given their locker combinations to other students

It is imperative for the lockers to be locked
at all times and for them not to share their combination.

Please talk to your child this weekend about keeping their things secure.
Wredling Activity Calendar

We are still adding dates!

For 6th and 7th Grade Parents- Spanish for Heritage Speakers:

One class we did not highlight well enough in our Middle School Exploratory process is the “Spanish for Heritage Speakers” class. These classes are intended to enhance what students already know from growing up speaking Spanish and formalize it, as well as to increase understanding of the Spanish culture. If your child already speaks Spanish and would like to request the “Spanish for Heritage Speakers” class, please write that on your Explore Course Selection form.

Middle School Transfer Requests

Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so beginning February 3. The request form will be available on the District 303 website through February 28. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.

Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.

Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance are responsible for their own transportation.

Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.

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Students are bringing portable speakers to school. These are very disruptive in the hallways, classrooms and on the school bus. Starting immediately, these portable speakers are NOT to be brought to school. Speakers will be taken from students and delivered to the main office to be picked up at the end of the day.

Reminder: Our expectation for school is that all cell phones and smartwatches are to be off and away in your student's locker during the school day.

Please talk with your student about keeping their speakers at home and take a few minutes to remind them of the cell phone/smartwatch expectation. Thank you for your help in this matter.


It's time to start planning summer options for your kids and the Wredling PTO is here to help. Plan on attending the Fox Valley Summer Activities Fair and check out tons of local and regional options!


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WMS Orchestra Concert

Below is the link to the WMS Winter Orchestra Concert. We are providing start times for the various performing groups!
  • 00:00 7th Grade Quartet
  • 02:17 6th Grade Orchestra
  • 18:31 7th Grade Orchestra
  • 38:14 Honors Orchestra
  • 47:02 8th Grade Orchestra
WMS Winter Orchestra Concert 2020


To Savannah Soga, as well as the other RISE peer buddies. These students go "above and beyond" daily. Savannnah is a great influence, consistently showing kindness, compassion and lots of help. Our RISE peer buddies are a kind group!

Thank you!

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RedHawk Spotlight

Do you have a student you would like us to
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!


Find a club to join!

SEL - Social Emotional Learning

We will regularly feature our Social Emotional Learning information in our Friday Forecast. See the article at the top of this newsletter about helping teenagers deal with stress! This is out SEL information for this week.
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NEW THIS YEAR - Yearbooks will be available for ONLINE purchase directly from Walsworth. If you already purchased a yearbook for this school year, we have provided Walsworth with a list.

  • You DO NOT need to re-purchase through their online portal if you already did so when paying fees for this year.
  • If you DID NOT order a yearbook already, please use THIS LINK to access the Walsworth online portal.

Yearbook orders must be placed by March 30, 2020.

Wredling PTO Website

Pay your dues or sign up to volunteer

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We Want Your Feedback

District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will enable you to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through February 14, 2020.

To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the

appropriate survey. Make sure you enter Kane County in the box for county even if

your home or your child’s school is in DuPage County. This will allow you to correctly

select your child’s school.

D303 Online Registration for Preschool

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Parent University Book Study

District 303 Parent University presents our second annual book study when we read "The Whole Brain Child" by Dr. Dan Siegel.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. Conversations will be based upon the book as well as supplemental workbook activities.

Study sessions will be offered during both morning and evening times at the following locations:

  • Baker Community Center (101 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles)
  • Fox Ridge in the LRC (1905 Tyler Road, St. Charles)

Join us for the book study sessions on the following dates:

February 13, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

February 27, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

March 12, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

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