WMS Friday Forecast

October 19, 2018 - Week 9


The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for students, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth. To proactively address these concerns, Wredling and Thompson Middle Schools are offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The program aims to increase help-seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend. Listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the SOS Program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40-64% in randomized control studies (Aseltine et al., 2007 & Schilling et al., 2016).

If you would like more information, a parent meeting has been scheduled for October 23rd from 6:30-7:30 pm in the LRC at Thompson Middle School 6th grade center. A representative from Elyssa’s Mission will provide an overview of the program and answer any questions you may have. More information can also be found in this flyer.

"Angst" Update:

As you may recall from our previous Friday Forecasts and communication through the district, our students watched the movie "Angst" this week. The movie was a gentle movie that explained how anxiety can impact our lives. Sometimes it is the anxiety of a friend, and sometimes our own.

With anxiety, depression, suicide, and self-harm growing across our country it is important that we take time to help kids understand that anxiety can be normal, can be taken care of, and can be managed with support.

Here are a few questions to ask your child this week:

  • What did you learn from watching the Angst movie?
  • Do you or any of your friends struggle with feeling anxious? How do you handle it?
  • Did anyone stand out in the movie to you? Why?
  • The filmmakers wanted the audience to be able to take away some tips or ideas on how to help. Did any tips in the film stand out?
  • What ways do you think you can support someone you know who experiences anxiety?

We appreciate your support as we tackle some tough issues today. Keeping lines of communication open between your child, you, and our school can make a great difference.

Thank you-


Join the WMS RedHawk Wrestling Team!

It's not too late to join the RedHawk Wrestling Team! This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in a unique team sport at Wredling. Wrestling is a lot of fun, it helps kids get into shape and/or stay healthy. It also gives athletes the advantage of working on individual skills while competing both as an individual and as a team. Want more information on becoming a WMS Wrestler? Contact Coach Martin Gabel. Hope to see you there!


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HOPE will be sponsoring our first HOPE day of the year on Wednesday, Oct. 24. HOPE club will have two "take what you need" boards posted in school (main foyer and 6th grade "up" staircase). Students can take a post-it note from the board that has a positive message on it.

We will be selling t-shirts this week before school, but next week t-shirts are still available in room 154 or by emailing jennifer.amadei@d303.org for $7 each.

Please make checks payable to WMS.

Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences Opens October 15th!

Sign‐up for Parent Teacher Conferences opened October 15th at 7:00 am and will close November 14th at midnight.

FIRST login to your HAC (HOME ACCESS CENTER) Account

  • Click on the LINK BELOW to access the complete directions in a step by step format.
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Picture Retakes - October 29th

  • Retakes are for students who were absent, new or need a retake.
  • If you want to have your student's pictures retaken, you MUST RETURN the entire portrait package from our September 24th picture day.

Dear Parents

This quarter, Business Explore is having a marketplace experience. The goal is to exhibit student products developed in the incubator environment. The event will be held in our library on October 23rd, during periods 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7. We welcome a visit from you along with your input on their efforts!

  • Period 1 (8:30 am - 9:22 am)
  • Period 2 (9:26 am -10:18 am)
  • Period 4 (11:18 am -12:10 pm)
  • Period 5 (12:14 pm -1:06 pm)
  • Period 7 (1:42 pm-2:34 pm)

If you can’t make it in person, please check in to the marketplace site that the students have designed to share their products with potential customers. Students are looking forward to participation from their parents, teachers, and peers!


David Hancock

Explore - Business

Wredling Middle School

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Wredling Activity Calendar

This calendar is always being updated - especially at the beginning of the year! We are currently in the process of getting all of the club information on there!

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This is the final weekend of our PapaNicholas Coffee (etc.) Fundraiser! Our final turn-in date is Tuesday, October 23rd. This is the final push to help us meet our sales goal of $20,000! We need everyone's participation. See the prize information and a downloadable flyer below!
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Join us on November 5 to learn strategies to assist and respond to your child when they are feeling anxious. Tim Buhrt, from Centennial Counseling, along with D303 staff will offer insight on how to help your child deal with anxiety.


Fiddler on the Roof, Jr!

Do you know the show Fiddler on the Roof? Well, you're in luck! Through Marquee Youth Stage we will be performing Fiddler on the Roof Junior at Pheasant Run Main Stage on November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. For more details, and to buy tickets you can visit marqueeyouth.org. If you are not acquainted with the show, Fiddler on the roof is a story about Tevye a poor Jewish father with six daughters, that he must marry off. Meanwhile, there are disputes with the Russian militia, that he must fight off to keep his Jewish traditions. Hope to see you there! Come on out and support our RedHawk students performing in the Show! Wredling Students in the Show include Anne Gerard, Maya Cassell, Sophia Rubin, and Patrick Klasa. They will be thrilled to have you there!

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online!

Pumpkin Smash & Compost Events

City of St. Charles, IL News Release:

Don't let those Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns go to waste in a landfill. Pumpkins and squash are full of nutrients that can be composted and used as fertilizer for spring planting. If you don't have a compost bin, there are a few places you can bring your pumpkins to be composted:

  • Pushing The Envelope Farm, 1700 Averill Road in Geneva - Bring your pumpkins Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon, sponsored by Kane County and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
  • The Great Pumpkin Bowl - Nov. 4 at Pottawatomie Park from 1-3 p.m. $5/person, benefitting St. Charles Underground. First you can knock down bowling pins with your pumpkin, and then you can smash it! The Park District adds the pumpkin pieces to their compost pile.
  • SCARCE Pumpkin Smash Events - For a list of more than 20 pumpkin smash events around Illinois, visit www.scarce.org/pumpkins.

Before you drop off your pumpkin, please remove any decorations, candles, stickers etc.

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Aramark is looking to hire lunchroom supervisors in multiple locations. Click the flyer below to go directly to the job posting!

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