The Wilmot Word: 01-28-2022

This Week at Wilmot

Wilmot is extremely excited about the new 5th Grade Robotics unit students are participating in during their STEAM classes. The high school robotics team, RUST IN PIECE, has created a 6-week curriculum to expose students to the world of coding, engineering, and robotics. Rust In Piece created a plan to integrate the 5th-grade lessons with the mission of FIRST®. FIRST® inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. We can’t wait to see all that our 5th graders accomplish with the help of the high school students and Ms. Sims! STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES!


Today we help our annual Wilmot Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th-grade students. I was so impressed by the spelling skills of these students and I am proud to share that Juliana from Mrs. Salzer's class was the winner of the Wilmot Spelling Bee and David from Ms. Hanna's class was our runner-up. Juliana will represent our school at the regional competition next month.


Congratulations to all of the classroom winners and runners up:

Ari, Isla, Ruby, Stas, Tristan, Leah, Dana, Molly, Holden, Spencer, Juliana, Allison

David, Milo, Riley, Grayson

2nd and 4th Grade Music Concerts- Save These Dates for Virtual and Possible In-person Performances (2nd posting)

We are planning for our February music concerts. It is too soon to determine if we will be able to hold an in-person evening concert that supports a safe environment for students, staff, and guests. However, we are hopeful that we might be able to do so with a very small in-person audience. Both 2nd and 4th-grade classes will participate in a daytime concert that will be recorded and shared via Livestreaming. If we are able to have an evening performance (fingers crossed) we will invite each student to bring one guest with them. All guests will be required to wear a mask when inside the building. The audience will sit in chairs that are properly socially distanced. Please see the schedule below for the daytime and possible evening performances. More information will be shared prior to these events.



  • The 4th-grade music concert will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
    • The daytime concert will take place at 9:20 am. Parents and guests will join us virtually, via Zoom.
    • The evening concert (if we have it) will be held in the Wilmot gym at 6:30 pm.
  • The 2nd-grade music concert will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
    • The daytime concert will take place at 9:20 am. Parents and guests will join us virtually, via Zoom.
    • The evening concert (if we have it) will be held in the Wilmot gym at 6:30 pm.

Registration for Incoming Kindergarteners and New to Wilmot 1st-5th Graders

We will hold a drop-in kindergarten registration (and new 1st-5th graders) at the District Office (517 Deerfield Road) on:


  • Wednesday, February 23 - 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 24 - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, February 25 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Online registration is available NOW. This is the first step in the registration process. Please complete the online registration form as soon as possible as staffing decisions are based on the number of fully registered students. Please share this information with friends and neighbors.


Click the button below for more information regarding registration and the necessary documents you will need for registration.

5ESSENTIALS SURVEY NOW OPEN - LEND YOUR VOICE TO HELP OUR SCHOOL!

Again this year, parents across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, it allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. Your responses also help guide district improvement.


The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction


To take the Parent Survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. Your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.


In addition to parents, 4th through 8th-grade students will also be responding to this survey. Per school board policy 7:15, you may opt your child out of any survey. If you would not like your child to participate in the 5Essentials Survey, please contact me and your child's classroom teacher.

5th Grade Students - Last Call! World Language Selection Process (for 6th grade)

Thank you to everyone who joined/listened in to our World Language Zoom Meeting. If you missed the meeting for any reason, you can watch the recording.


As we begin preparing our scheduling for the 2022-23 school year, we would ask that you CLICK HERE to make a World Language Selection for your incoming 6th grader. Selections should be made no later than Friday, January 28.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our World Language teachers. You can also call our Main Office at: Caruso - 847.945.8430 or our Principal Mr. Tim Brodeur tbrodeur@dps109.org

Valentine's Day Celebrations

Wilmot students will have an opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day at school on Monday, February 14. Classroom teachers will plan special activities and students may exchange cards in the classroom. As you shop for Valentine’s Day cards for children to distribute at school, please keep in mind that cards may not contain any type of candy or food (due to our food allergy guidelines).


All volunteers helping with classroom parties will need to certify as they enter the building, bring their driver's license, and share a copy of either a vaccination card or proof of a negative Covid test within 7 days of visiting the building (a photograph is acceptable). We are excited that students will have an opportunity to celebrate with friends at school.

REVISED QUARANTINE GUIDANCE

The CDC has put out clarifying guidance specifically for K-12 schools reducing the recommended time for isolation and quarantine periods to five days. IDPH & ISBE have since endorsed this new guidance.We are working to adjust our quarantine and isolation periods based on these new regulations and will contact affected individuals directly. The question of who is supposed to quarantine comes up often. Please check out this helpful explainer from the CDC.



SHIELD Testing

We have resumed our normal Shield Testing schedule will continue to test on Thursday mornings.


IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO FILL OUT THE SHIELD CONSENT FORM please

log in to Skyward/Family Access and it should appear as a green box next to your child’s name. Contact Kelly Mitchell (kmitchell@dps109.org) with any Family Access questions.


IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO OPT OUT OF A WEEK OF TESTING…

  • Click here to fill out the required Google Form by 8:00 am each Wednesday (the day prior to Thursday testing):

OPTIONAL VACCINE DISCLOSURE FOR STUDENTS AGES 5+

Many families have recently chosen to have their 5-11-year-old student vaccinated.


As a reminder, your child is not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving their second dose.


You can complete an optional form in Family Access to let DPS 109 know that your child is vaccinated. This is the same form that was made available to students ages 12 and older earlier this year. Please click below to log into Family Access.


Why are we asking for this information?

A major benefit of completing the form is that if your child is deemed to be a close contact to a positive case, either in school or outside of it, our contact tracing team will quickly be able to potentially rule out quarantine for those that have voluntarily disclosed their child’s vaccination status or minimize the number of additional tests required to participate in the test to stay program.


Again, filling out this form is entirely optional. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to communications@dps109.org and we will put you in touch with the appropriate department.

The Latest COVID Information-ongoing posting

The district has a landing page with constantly updated COVID protocol information. Be sure to visit www.dps109.org/fall2021 to check out the latest updates on:

  • What do I do if my child wakes up sick? (and what happens to siblings)

  • Our COVID case dashboard - updated in real time

PTO Corner

Wilmot families! Join Sam's Club to Support Wilmot Elementary School PTO.
This is the perfect excuse for you to start shopping & saving at Sam's Club!

A Sam's Club membership comes with a million perks and now when you join before January 31 using the link below, 25% of your membership cost will be donated back to Wilmot Elementary School PTO. New Exciting Update: Now Existing Sam’s Club Members Can Also Participate by Upgrading from a Club to a Plus Membership & 25% of Membership Upgrade Costs Will Go to the Cause As Well

https://www.groupraise.com/offer-campaigns/3644



YEARBOOK!!!

Once again we will be creating and selling yearbooks designed by an amazing group of Fifth Graders! We are partnering with the same yearbook company as last year (TreeRing).


Please use the following documents to learn how to create an account on our yearbook platform and pre-order a yearbook. You may use your existing Treering account from last year.

Yearbooks will be $21 plus tax.





Please reach out to Abby Chalfin (abby.chalfin@gmail.com), Nikki Eddy (neddy@dps109.org) or Bonnie Pettinger (bpettinger@dps109.org) with any questions.

Save the Date

  • Tuesday, February 8
    • 4th-grade music concert (virtual performance) - 9:20 am
  • Monday, February 14
    • Valentine's Day celebrations - times set by classroom teachers
  • Tuesday, February 15
    • 2nd-grade music concert (virtual performance) - 9:20 am
  • Monday, February 21
    • No school due to Presidents' Day
  • Tuesday, February 22
    • No school for students due to teacher institute day