The Wilmot Word: 12-17-21

Farewell 2021...Hello 2022

Happy Holidays From the Wilmot Staff! Click Below for Our Staff Video Holiday Card!

Hello Wilmot,

The final week of 2021 has been an exciting and busy one. Our students, staff, and PTO have all been busy planning special events to celebrate the holidays, bring our community together, and give back through philanthropy projects.


We kicked off the week on Sunday evening with our second annual Holiday Lights Tour. Our families met at Wilmot for hot chocolate and cookies and many supported the Deerfield Police Department's toy drive before visiting 15 amazing houses decorated for the holidays. We collected a car full of toys to donate and this message was shared by the police department: Please let your School family know how very grateful and proud we are of them. How blessed we are to have you as our partner. The toys and gift cards will be shared with Toys for Tots, Lutheran General pediatric unit, Ronald McDonald House, and Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. That’s a whole lot of love and joy you’ve created and shared. Thank you. Wishing you good health and peace. Thank you to the PTO, the families who shared their lights and decorations with us, and Wild Roaster for providing hot chocolate and treats.


Operation Snowflake was a huge success. Thank you again to the many families who supported this wonderful event.


Students and staff enjoyed a full spirit week. Fifth graders helped me choose five themes for our final spirit event of 2021. We dressed as our favorite characters, wore our favorite colors, put on sports jerseys and shirts, rolled out of bed in our PJs, and finally we dressed in our favorite holiday clothes (holiday hats, socks, ugly sweaters, etc.). To add to the fun our staff planned a "Sneaky Snowman" activity where a surprise bag of gifts was left for each class with a note from their sneaky snowperson.


I want to wish our entire Wilmot community a happy holiday and a happy and healthy new year! See you in 2022! I hope you'll enjoy our staff video holiday card linked above.


Eileen

SHIELD Testing

We will resume our normal Shield Testing schedule when we return from break and will test on Thursdays beginning January 6, 2022. Please continue to be diligent as you head into the holiday break.


IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO FILL OUT THE SHIELD CONSENT FORM please

log in to Skyward/Family Access and it should appear as a green box next to your child’s name. Contact Kristen Neu (kneu@dps109.org) with any Family Access questions.


IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO OPT OUT OF A WEEK OF TESTING…

  • Click here to fill out the required Google Form by 8:00 am each Wednesday (the day prior to Thursday testing):

OPTIONAL VACCINE DISCLOSURE FOR STUDENTS AGES 5+

Many families have recently chosen to have their 5-11-year-old student vaccinated.


As a reminder, your child is not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving their second dose.


You can complete an optional form in Family Access to let DPS 109 know that your child is vaccinated. This is the same form that was made available to students ages 12 and older earlier this year. Please click below to log into Family Access.


Why are we asking for this information?

A major benefit of completing the form is that if your child is deemed to be a close contact to a positive case, either in school or outside of it, our contact tracing team will quickly be able to potentially rule out quarantine for those that have voluntarily disclosed their child’s vaccination status or minimize the number of additional tests required to participate in the test to stay program.


Again, filling out this form is entirely optional. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to communications@dps109.org and we will put you in touch with the appropriate department.

5th Grade Virtual Music Concert (2nd posting)

Yay! We are so excited that this year our 5th grade students will get to have their music concert! You may have heard some chatter from the students about it already, but here's a little more information to help you prepare. Students will perform on stage and the concert will be shared with parents and guests via Livestream, on Tuesday, January 18 at 9:20 AM. The show will last about a half an hour. We will send a Zoom link a few days before the concert. Our plan is to share a recording of the concert if you are unable to make it at 9:20 AM! The kids are so excited!

Winter MAP Testing

Between January 10th and January 28th, our schools will again administer the Math and Reading MAP assessments from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).


As a reminder, winter MAP data provides us with a mid-year, point-in-time snapshot of a child; however, a triangulation of data gives us a deeper understanding of each individual student. For example, classroom assessments, mastery of standards, and day-to-day performance also inform our instructional practices.


While absolutely no preparation is required/needed, you may view this practice test if you have any desire to see what the assessment looks like. The username and password are both the word “grow”.

PTO Corner

SAVE THE DATE: Wilmot PTO Skate Night is back and will be held on Sunday, January 30th, 6:40-8. More details and sign-up info to come after Winter Break!

The Latest COVID Information-ongoing posting

The district has a landing page with constantly updated COVID protocol information. Be sure to visit www.dps109.org/fall2021 to check out the latest updates on:

  • What do I do if my child wakes up sick? (and what happens to siblings)

  • Our COVID case dashboard - updated in real time

Save the Date


  • Monday, January 3
    • School resumes
  • January 10-28 - Math and Reading MAP assessments. Teachers will share their schedules in the coming weeks.
  • Monday, January 17
    • No school in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 18
    • Fifth-grade music concert. Virtual presentation for parents and guests at 9:20 am.
  • Thursday, January 20
    • BOE meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, January 28
    • Wilmot Spelling Bee (4th and 5th-grade finalists) - 1:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 30
    • PTO Skate night-6:40-8:00 pm