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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS families,

Thank you to everyone who donated items for those in need! Some generous parent (and family) volunteers helped us deliver over 1600 items to "A Just Harvest" in Rogers Park. The over 250 toys that we collected were donated to several communities in Chicago for families in need. We cannot thank you enough for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

We hope that each and every one of you have a safe and happy winter break. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Warm regards,

Kate, Jeff and Eric

PTO Highlights


Through your generosity we gifted a $125 AmEx gift card to every teacher and staff member (116 total!) this week. They are so appreciative!

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Student Vaccination Documentation

As children in the 5-11 age group are beginning to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we wanted to pass along some information regarding vaccine documentation. If your child is fully vaccinated, or when they become fully vaccinated, please complete some basic information and upload a copy of the vaccination card within PowerSchool. You may disregard this email if you have previously provided information.

At this time, we are not requiring families to provide D39 with documentation of the vaccination record. Please be aware, however, that those without a record of vaccination on file will be required to follow the health protocols for unvaccinated individuals.

These instructions are only for parents of children with COVID vaccination cards who have received the final dose of the COVID vaccination. Do not proceed until your child has received the final dose.

  • Take a photo or scan your child’s COVID vaccination card
  • Use a desktop/laptop and navigate to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at ps.wilmette39.org
  • Once logged in, click Forms on the left side
  • Select COVID Vaccination Upload
  • Complete the form for each child

8th Grade Student Government Program

For over 40 years, WJHS 8th graders have participated in the Student Government Leaders Program, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wilmette. By taking on the roles of various community administrators and leaders, students learn about local government and civil service and are assigned a local elected official or department head to work with. The entire program culminates with a mock board meeting where students demonstrate their knowledge of current issues and debate the merits of each topic. Click HERE for further details and sign-up information regarding this optional program. There are limited spots available.

8th Grade Graduation and Diploma Name Form

8th grade graduation will be Wednesday, June 8. Please save the date! More details to follow in the coming months ahead.

Please take a few minutes to fill out our diploma name form HERE.

Winter Sports Spectator Protocol

Protocol for Spectators

  • Each player is allowed to have 2 spectators attend games. These two spectators should sit together and be spaced 6 feet apart from other households.
  • Masks are required of all attendees.
  • Once your player is finished with their game you must leave the facility to allow room for other spectators to enter for the next game.
  • Siblings of players may attend, but they count towards one of the 2 spectators.
  • The student body will not be able to attend games at this time.

Tech Tidbit

Holidays still may look a bit different these days but, we can still enjoy some of the season’s favorite things with a little help from technology!

  • A quintessential Washington, DC holiday tradition, Washington’s Ballet “The Nutcracker Tea Party @Home” will delight and engage your family this season.- This event premiered on Dec 6. . Click here to enjoy this event at home for the entire season.

  • Watch your favorite holiday movies “together” with a watch party. Disney Plus, Netflix Party, and Amazon Prime Watch Party have gained popularity as we seek ways to connect! Click to view the directions to try your own:

Disney Plus’ GroupWatch, Netflix Party and Amazon Prime Video Watch Party.

District Update

On behalf of our entire D39 faculty and staff, we wish you a joyful and healthy winter break!

Board of Education Meeting on Monday

The D39 Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting this past Monday. At the meeting, the Board accepted the FY21 audit and gave its approval to move forward with summer construction projects. The meeting agenda and materials as well as a video recording of the meeting are available online.

SHIELD Testing – Winter Break Schedule

SHIELD testing will be available tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 18) from 8-11 am and during winter break on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 28 from 3:30-6:30 pm at Wilmette Junior High. Any student who is registered for the program is welcome to access testing for free, regardless of vaccination status. Additional testing resources and locations are available on the D39 COVID-19 Testing Page. The IDPH and CCDPH strongly recommend testing regardless of vaccination status if you have traveled, gathered indoors with groups of friends or family, or are experiencing symptoms of any kind. Thank you for helping us keep our schools and community healthy and safe.

Travel Guidelines from CCDPH

All families should remain apprised of the domestic travel guidance and restrictions provided by the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and international travel guidance from the CDC. Families must follow these guidelines for return to school. Regardless of vaccination status, domestic travelers should get tested 3-5 days after returning from their trip and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days. D39 COVID-19 Testing Page offers a variety of options for testing.

Student Vaccination Information

Please upload your child(ren)’s vaccination status information via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Additional instructions were sent out in an email titled “Student COVID Vaccine Information'' on Monday, Nov. 29. With more students becoming eligible for vaccination, we anticipate a review of health and safety protocols in January.

Parent Education Recording

This past Wednesday, District 39 continued its Parent Education series with its latest presentation, “Making Room for Ambivalence/Sadness and Silver Linings of COVID.” If you could not join the presentation live, you are invited to watch a recording here.

Community News

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

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 Wilmette Fire Department joins in sponsoring a toy drive to benefit children hospitalized at North Shore Evanston Hospital. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Wilmette Fire Department located at 1304 Lake Avenue through December 20th.

DCFS Foster Child Gift Drive: Families wishing to participate in a gift drive for foster children this December should contact Amy Bowen or Dana Drummer. See flyer for details.

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Event will be held on Monday, January 17, 2022. Participate in a variety of service projects in support of over a dozen area nonprofits. Good for all ages and abilities.

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.