Week at Windsor 11.3.19

Looking back and ahead at Windsor news and happenings...

Dear Windsor Families,

Happy November! We had an eventful end to the month of October. We hope this Week at Windsor finds you well and with an extra hour of sleep as Daylight Savings time comes to an end.


Halloween and Wildcat Way

While the weather was not ideal, we appreciate everyone's support and understanding as we moved our Halloween parade indoors on Thursday for the first time in many years. The children had a wonderful time, especially during their classroom parties to end the day. Many thanks to our different PTA room volunteers for planning and providing our students with so many fun and festive activities!


We held an assembly in the morning to celebrate and reinforce the Wildcat Way. We felt like the morning of Halloween was a good time to be together with students, have fun, while also reflecting on the first couple months of school and reviewing the importance of the Wildcat Way. We really want our students to understand the reasons we have these school-wide expectations, the main one being to create a positive school environment for all.


We shared these videos with students, which we are now sharing with all of you!


We are really enjoying your children and look forward to the month ahead.


Warmest regards,


Piper Boston, Principal @PrincipalBoston

Lindsay Anastacio, Assistant Principal @lindzana

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Wildcat Way and Mission

We value our Windsor community that is strengthened by diversity, inclusion, and a growth mindset.


  • We believe in a kind, safe and responsible community because our students are important.
  • We believe in designing lessons that promote inquiry, academic risk taking, and flexible thinking.
  • We believe in supporting cultural, emotional, social, and academic diversity.
  • We believe in working collaboratively as a school community for continuous improvement in a trusting environment.

Signing Children In/Out During School Hours

If you need to pick up your child early during the school day, we ask that you please contact your child's Homeroom teacher and the Windsor school office in advance whenever possible in order to make it a smooth dismissal for all. We want to avoid disruptions during instructional time for all teachers and students and have your children ready to leave with you to help your day.


If your child is arriving to school late, which is anytime after 9:05 AM, a parent/adult must walk him/her into the office and sign in on one of of our two Chromebooks in the office.


From our D25Handbook: "Elementary school students going home for lunch: If your child is going home for lunch, you must provide written permission for your child to leave school. The letter should include the specific date your child will be going home for lunch. If your child will be going home for lunch on a regular basis, you should have a letter on file in the school

office that includes the schedule." We still need children to be signed out and in out of school for lunch.

Winter Dress

As the weather has started to get colder and with the arrival of our first snow, this is another reminder to please send your children to school with the appropriate winter gear: coats, hats, mittens/or gloves, snow pants, and boots so they can be safe and enjoy outdoor recess. Don't forget to always label your child's personal belongings.

Math Contest

The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a math problem solving contest for elementary students. The goal of the competition is to encourage young students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math. During the contest, students are given 45 minutes to solve 20 problems. Problems are designed to challenge students and to enrich their problem solving experiences. This year, Windsor’s fourth and fifth grade students will participate in a fall competition. New this year, we will be having a lunch time study session to help prepare for the contest.


More details here.

Windsor PTA

HELP US CELEBRATE VETERANS!

Vets Day Breakfast Donation Sign-up by Thu - 11.7 - click sign-up for details & thank you in advance for your generosity! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d45abae2ea0fc1-veterans


LOOKING AHEAD...


NEXT WEEK...

  • MON (11.11) - Vets Day Breakfast - 8 am (4th grade singers arrive by 8:20 am, head to music room, wear red-white-blue)
  • TUES (11.12) - Nov PTA Meeting - 9:10 am, Teacher's Lounge


Coffee and Conversation with the Principal

During these opening days/months of school, I have prioritized getting to know staff, students, and the in's and out's of Windsor Elementary School. I haven't even begun to know everyone or everything...YET! Still, I have enjoyed the journey and continue to feel so fortunate to work each day with this fantastic team of educators and your amazing children.


At Curriculum Night, I shared a desire to set up a series of Principal Coffees and Conversation dates/times with parents/guardians. These first meetings are meant to help interested parents get to know me better and to help me get to know/hear from all of you. Below are three offerings for the month of November. Please only RSVP for one, as they will all be similar in format, and I would like to keep sizes conducive to conversation.


  • Tuesday 11.5.19 Coffee #1 at 2:45 PM
  • Tuesday 11.19.19 Coffee #3 at 9:15 AM

Coffee and Conversation with the Principal #1 (Choose one of the November dates if interested.)

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2:45pm

Windsor Commons

These first meetings are meant to help interested parents get to know me better and to help me get to know/hear from all of you. This is one of three offerings for the month of November. Please only RSVP here for one, as they will all be similar in format and I would like to keep sizes conducive to conversation.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Coffee and Conversation with the Principal #3 (Choose one of the November dates to attend if interested.)

Monday, Nov. 18th, 9:15am

Windsor Commons

These first meetings are meant to help interested parents get to know me better and to help me get to know/hear from all of you. This is one of three offerings for the month of November. Please only RSVP here for one, as they will all be similar in format and I would like to keep sizes conducive to conversation.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Fifth Grade Robert Crown Parent Night 2019

The upcoming Fifth Grade Robert Crown Parent Night will take place on November 12, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Dunton Administration Building (1200 S. Dunton Ave.) and will inform you on the health and drug prevention education programs (Puberty I- Understanding Changes, Life Begins, and the Science Behind Drugs) your child will experience this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Melanie Zenisek, Science & Social Studies Coordinator at MZenisek@sd25.org.
District E-Flyers

This link features different community information for all District 25 families. It is good to regularly check out this link for various events and activities.

District 25 Food Service

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor's Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

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District 25 2019-2020 Calendar Dates

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Windsor Twitter Feed

We will never only use Twitter to communicate happenings but this is another wonderful way to follow reminders and various Windsor happenings. We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor Website

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 Parent-Student Handbook

Our District 25 Parent-Student Handbook is always shared as part of each year's online registration process. Typically, we will highlight sections throughout the school year. Here is a link for families to reference anytime. https://www.sd25.org/cms/lib/IL01904427/Centricity/Domain/24/2019-2020%20-%20UPDATED%207-23%20936am.pdf