Wharton Wildcat Newsletter

March 26, 2021

Dear Families,

Spring Break has finally arrived. With all the hard work we have seen from our staff and students, this break is well deserved. We hope that everyone takes some time to rest and unplug from technology, at least a little, during out time off. Our hope is this break recharges us to finish this year with the same vigor, displayed during the first two thirds of the year.


Students have been wrapping up units of study before leaving for break, and we continue to be amazed by their efforts. Recently, students completed common formative assessments in ELA and Math, and we were pleased to see the academic growth. Keep up the good work, students!


We will return from break on April 6, with classes starting at 7:50 AM. For those students returning to the building, we look forward to seeing you in person. Our staff is excited to welcome students on site, and we have ensured our building is ready for our students. The building has been freshly painted and looks amazing. Additional safety measures have been put in place as well.


Wharton will be hosting a dental bus on April 20 by Door 2. We will share more information about scheduling appointments after break. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to access dental care for students free of charge.


We wish everyone a joyous break and hope you are able to spend time with those you care about most.


Warm regards,


Dr. Shestine Gesbocker, Principal

Mrs. Sara Leone, Associate Principal

Important Dates

March 26: Matt Wilhelm Zoom presentation at 1:45 PM; break begins at 3:00 PM

March 29-April 2: Spring Break

April 5: No School Easter Monday

April 6: Classes resume; Onsite, Online Learning begins

April 12: Board of Education Meeting at 6:00 PM

April 20: Dental Bus Visits Wharton (Door 2)

Matt Wilhelm to Visit Wharton Students

On Friday afternoon, students viewed a live Zoom presentation with Matt Wilhelm, an award winning BMX rider, who also talks to students about making positive choices and treating others with respect. His personal story was motivational and is BMX tricks were eye catching and shocking for students. We hope that students enjoyed this presentation.
Highlights and Excerpts from Matt Wilhelm's Virtual Show

Reminders for Students Returning to the Building on April 6

  • Students need to be certified daily with Crisis Go (email or app) to enter the building.
  • Walker and car riders enter at Door 2.
  • Bus riders enter at Door 8.
  • Students are to wear their uniform (black pants and maroon polo shirt).
  • Make sure the computer is fully charged and bring the charger to school.
  • Lunches and breakfast will be distributed daily as students leave the building.


Please contact the main office with any questions or concerns.

Transportation News

For those returning onsite on April 6, please reference the chart for times and locations. Families can still register for transportation, but we kindly ask for this to be done by Friday, March 26. If you have questions related to transporation, you can contact Mr. Moore at jmoore@sd104.us.
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Are you traveling over break?

If your family is traveling during the break, please review the letter provided by the district nursing team. This letter is also located on Seesaw for your reference.
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Rebecca Caudill List for 2021

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.


Here is the 2021 list of books. Spring Break is a wonderful time to check out some of these books.

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