WJHS Highlights


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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,

We hope you had a great week and your family is healthy and happy!

The WJHS Dance Team will end their season during halftime at the Northwestern/Michigan women's basketball game on Sunday at noon, located at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Hot off the press - Kari Cremascoli, the D39 Superintendent, and Kaine Osburn, the D37 (Avoca) Superintendent, will participate in a fun competition at halftime in a free throw contest. We hope you'll come join for some fun!

TICKETS: If you’d still like to purchase tickets, use the following information:


2. Enter the promo code: WJHS2021

3. Follow the prompts to purchase tickets

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Kate, Jeff and Eric

Tech Tidbit

Coming Soon…Hot New Tech in 2022!

Do you leave notes for your kids? I'm sure you leave a lot of them around the house saying things like "don't forget your sports equipment" or "check lost and found for your lunch box." For people who want a more sustainable way of life, VersaNotes might be the answer. They can help people keep track of everything they need to remember without the unwanted trash.

These nifty reusable note tablets are colorful, magnetic, and won't end up in the recycling bin after your kids have left for practice or school. VersaNotes are expected to be available in May and will be sold in packs of three with an included pen. The retail cost will be $24.99-$29.99.

5 Essentials

The Illinois 5Essentials Student and Parent/Family Survey

The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate.

  • Students in grades 4 - 8 will participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey between 1/24/22 and 2/28/22.

  • Students’ identities will be completely confidential.

    • If you do not want your 4th grade child to participate, please email your child’s classroom teacher.

    • If you do not want your 5th-8th grade child to participate, please email your child’s Grade Level Administrator.

  • As a parent/family, you have an opportunity to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness about your child’s school. Your identity and survey responses will also be completely confidential. The Parent Survey Supplement will be open from January 24, 2022 through February 28, 2022.

More detailed information can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874.

PTO Highlights

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Please help warm up our WJHS Teachers/Staff on Thursday, February 24th for WJHS PTO sponsored Staff Soup Lunch. We are asking volunteers to bring fixings or make a Crock Pot of Soup (in crock pot) to share with our teachers and staff at WJHS. Drop off is between 10:30-10:45 am on Thursday 2/24. Please label both your crock pot and soup ladle before delivering on 2/24 to Cindy Sporn @ WJHS front office. Also include a 3x5 Index Card with Name of Soup (if applicable include if your soup is Gluten Free, Vegetarian, contains nuts etc.) We ask that Crock Pots be picked up in the front office after school on 2/24 or by the end of school day 2/25. Any questions? Contact Julie Farina, staffappreciation@wjhspto.com


After the tremendous success of our October event, let's again show our appreciation for our WJHS teachers & staff by stocking the the shelves in the staff lounge with treats & refreshments to bolster their days! Our goal is to Stock the Shelves February 14–18th. Grab and go snacks/beverages are most appreciated by the 115+ staff who drop into the Staff Lounge for a quick pick-me-up!

Here's how you can help:

SignUp for item(s) below and then fulfill your SignUp by either:


(1) dropping off at WJHS front door vestibule anytime during the week 2/14-2/18 OR

(2) ordering via Amazon and ship (anytime in February) to: Wilmette Junior High School, Attn: Staff Lounge, 620 Locust Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091.

Thank you for your support!

Questions? Contact Julie Farina, staffappreciation@wjhspto.com

Don’t forget to order your WJHS yearbook, on sale now for $25. School yearbooks capture treasured memories that your kids will cherish for years to come!

We have a limited number for sale this year, please use the link below to place the order now.


WINTER SPIRIT WEAR SALE IS ON! Check out our cozy and warm apparel to wear to school and at home! A percentage of each sale goes right back to the WJHS PTO. Place your custom designed order today and order directly to your home OR take advantage of free (very) local porch pick up! (option available at check out)


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February 26th Virtual Family Bingo Night…Purchase tickets now!

Need something different to do at home on a winter Saturday night? Join the D39 Educational Foundation from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, for a virtual Family Bingo Night! We’ll recreate this popular event over Zoom, but the fun — and the prizes — will be REAL! Register at https://d39foundation.org/family-bingo-night-order-form/ . A $10 registration gets you the Zoom link, and each bingo card is $10. We look forward to seeing you there!

Community Review Committee Survey

The District 39 Community Review Committee (CRC), comprised of parents, teaching staff, and administrators from the district, chooses a focus area to research each year and provide recommendations to the School Board for future work. This year’s topic, which is a component of Goal 2 of the District Strategic Plan, is Building Responsive Social-Emotional Learning through Strengthening Parent-Teacher Communication and Increasing Parent Understanding of and Engagement in SEL Instruction.”

The CRC is hoping to gather parent input to help inform our recommendations in this area, and has developed THIS SURVEY to help inform us in that effort. We will be looking to learn more about parent understanding of social-emotional learning, how SEL is integrated into the academic school day, and how teachers and staff can best partner with families as the SEL framework is implemented across the grade levels. The survey will remain open until 2/26/22.

District Update

Please refer to your email for an important message from Dr. Cremascoli, Superintendent, and Amy Poehling, President of the Board of Education in regards to upcoming Board meetings and the opportunity to provide your feedback as we work to provide an off ramp for some COVID mitigations, including universal masking, within District 39. As always, we appreciate your partnership and advocacy as we progress towards reduced mitigations in support of our students’ academic progress and social-emotional health, while maintaining stability for in-person programming and keeping our school and community safe.

Submit Your Child(ren)’s Vaccination Information

If you have not done so already, please upload your child(ren)’s vaccination status through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Having accurate, up-to-date data is important in our consideration of mitigation revisions. Current vaccination rates of our schools are available on our D39 Metrics page.

Join Us for Our Next Parent Education Event

Make plans to join us for our next Parent Education event next Wednesday (Feb. 16) at 11 am. This presentation is titled “Raising Resilient Children in a Highly Competitive, Digitally Driven World”. Participants can join live over Zoom, in-person at the MEC, or watch the recording on the D39 YouTube channel. Click here to RSVP.

Register Your Child(ren) for 2022-23 Academic Year

Registration remains open for the 2022-23 academic year. For returning students, visit the PowerSchool parent portal, click on the registration link and follow the instructions. For new students to D39, visit www.wilmette39.org/enroll for instructions on the four-part registration process. We encourage parents with new kindergarten students to enroll as quickly as possible. Additionally, D39 is offering its KEEP39 afternoon enrichment program for kindergarten students. Click here for more information. You can register your child for KEEP39 at the same time that you register for kindergarten.

Community News

LINK: http://www.wilmette39.org/news/community_events

In honor of Black History Month, the Village of Wilmette is sponsoring a Black History Month Student Contest. Submit posters, essay, poems and multimedia items relating to the prompt, "Why do we celebrate Black History Month?” Submissions are due Friday, March 4th. See contest rules for details.

PASS39 is hosting a community event for D39 families on March 5th at 4:00 pm at Wilmette’s Valley Lodge. The Trinity Dancers will perform. A private room has been reserved to meet and chat following the performance.

The Village of Wilmette & 'Ready Set Wilmette' Comprehensive Planning Team want to hear from Wilmette residents. ReadySetWilmette.com Help ensure Wilmette is welcoming, thriving and vibrant for years to come. A series of polls focused on plan themes, an online comment map, and ideas wall. Provide input at your leisure and as ideas come up: feedback shared to date is highlighted in this recent online post.Check out the Facebook Page

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Kids Against Hunger Event will be held on March 19th. Help pack nutritious meals for over 100,000 starving Nicaraguans.

The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

"Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades.