WMS Friday Forecast
April 24, 2020
THIS LINK CONTAINS D303 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES ABOUT REMOTE LEARNING AND CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
Facing Challenges in a New Day:
We have all had to face this new day head-on! Our lives have changed in a blink. We now might work from home, Meet or Zoom often, teach our own kids daily, and order our groceries online. There are challenges with all of these things.
Our teachers have faced these same issues. Many of them are now parents, teachers of their own children, and teachers. They have had to shift to a new teaching and learning environment incredibly quickly.
I want to commend our teachers, our students, and our parents for adapting to this new learning environment better than I ever could have hoped! Most kids are continuing their learning... and most parents are learning new things, too!
A few notes about this new challenge:
- If you have concerns about any part of your child's learning, please start by talking to the teacher. I am getting emails that are much better handled by the teacher, so please start there.
- Our teachers are working longer hours than ever before and getting more emails from students. Please be patient as they wade through this increased communication.
- Please monitor Home Access Center. This is going to be key in knowing if your child is working or not. While teachers will notify you within a week if your child has slowed or stopped working, you will have the quickest way to know... Home Access Center! And if you have concerns, please contact the teacher.
I have appreciated the many kind words you and your kids have sent to our staff. If you would like to add your own Shout Out, please click here for our form. The Shout Outs will appear in our weekly staff newsletter.
This is hard work, but we've got this!
8th Grade Celebration Signs:
Click here for the Spanish version
AAUW Creative Writing Writing Contest!
Students from Wredling who received recognition include:
- Ava Larson for Green-Eyed Monster - 3rd in 7th Gr Fiction
- Grace Nowak for Goodbye Ray - 1st in 7th Gr Non-Fiction/Essay
- Chloe Kirsten for Be Brave, You Can Do This - 2nd in 7th Gr Non-Fiction/Essay
- Stella Rosenburg for The Turkey Hunt - 3rd in 7th Gr Non-Fiction/Essay
- Lauren Martin for What a Wonderful World in 7th Gr Poetry
Thank you to all students who submitted their writing to this contest.
Take a look at this information to learn more!
Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 has moved to an online format that will open on April 27. In years past, parents completed the necessary paperwork in paper format. This year, all acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form that will be easily accessible from most electronic devices (computer, Chromebook, and Smartphones).
Beginning April 27, parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website.
Registration fees for elementary and middle school will be available in Pushcoin beginning April 27, and billed to reflect the early bird discount of $10.00 if paid by May 22. High School fees will be available in June. For families who may qualify for a fee waiver, and are not directly certified by the state, a 2020-2021 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu.
From Our Nurses Office:
If your child has medication in the health office that you need to retrieve AT THIS TIME, please email Juanita.Gryfinki@D303.org for assistance.
As Mr. Loversky has already explained, when guidance for public access to school settings is received from the Illinois Department of Public Health/CDC, details on a general medication pick up process/timeframe will be shared.
Thank you for your understanding and support at this time.
Juanita Gryfinski RN, MSN, MS, MA, PEL-CSN, NCSN
Dept. Chair for Health Services CUSD 303
Dear WMS Families
We realize that there are varied financial challenges right now for more of our families. Through the generosity of WMS families, we have a fund for families in need. While we understand there are a variety of community agencies that support, schools often serve as that conduit. Gift cards can include Jewel, Target, Walmart, or other primary food sources.
If you need a gift card for food, please send an email to email@example.com.
If you would like to donate a gift card or some cash, please send it to Wredling or email Tim Loversky to arrange a time for drop-off:
c/o Wredling Middle School
1200 Dunham Road
St. Carles, IL 60174
Please let us know if you have a need- we are a community that cares for each other! And we appreciate all of your generosity and kindness as we face an unprecedented time of need for some of our families.
A RESOURCE LIST FOR WHILE YOUR FAMILY IS 'STAYING HOME." OUR HOPE IS THAT YOU FIND SOMETHING OF INTEREST YOU CAN SHARE WITH EACH OTHER.
SEL LESSONS FROM D303
SEL Lessons: Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. (The President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2020). This weeks SEL lesson includes strategies supportive of successfully completing assignments or tasks. One such strategy is Ready-Do-Done, a process children and adults can use to plan through the completion of tasks that may appear overwhelming. This weeks competency is:
Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.
I am an award-winning children's author who spoke at Wild Rose last year and was scheduled to speak at Ferson Creek and Lincoln this spring. I am also an Illinois resident and the founder of Idea Tank for Kids, an entrepreneurship competition for Illinois kids age 8-13. (Think Shark Tank for Kids!)
I'm writing with an exciting opportunity for your students. This spring, Idea Tank for Kids is AT HOME. Illinois kids age 8-13 are invited to create a video of their idea and submit their pitch to www.IdeaTankForKids.com.
Grand prize is $1,000! Deadline to apply is May 25, 2020. Finalists will pitch their idea on Zoom to a panel of judges on June 5, 2020.
I have attached a flyer about Idea Tank for Kids in hopes that this is something you want to pass on to your students and educators.
Lowey Bundy Sichol
Lowey Bundy Sichol
Author * Speaker * MBA
Founder, Idea Tank for Kids
Award-winning book series, From an Idea to...
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