WMS Friday Forecast

January 21, 2022

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Dear Wredling Families,

While it seems widely early, now is our time to pick classes for next year! Our 8th graders met this week with their high school counselors to review their course requests. Next week our incoming 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students will have their chance to work with their parents on their course requests for next year.


Please be on the lookout for a separate email on Tuesday or Wednesday that will give details on how to make your student’s course requests and the associated deadline. Please note: students who turn in their forms on time will be given the first choice for their courses. Those who turn them in late will be assigned courses as there are openings and will likely not get their first choices.


We want middle school to be a time where our students have the opportunity to explore lots of different learning pathways, and our explore courses offer that opportunity.

Enjoy your weekend!


Tim

WMS Quick Links for Families

Our most often requested information is all linked in this document for your convenience! We add information and update this document regularly!

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FINAL CALL FOR ORDERING A YEARBOOK

The deadline to order yearbooks is TODAY, Friday, January 21st. Extras will not be ordered. Last year, quite a few students were disappointed. If you are unsure whether or not you ordered, please contact Lucy Johnson via phone 331-228-5129 or email lucy.johnson@d303.org

Congratulations!

I am very happy and proud to inform you that Wredling Middle School kids are the Runners-up Champions at Illinois State Championship for the First Lego League- a robotics competition! This club is sponsored by an outside organization. Our team of 8th graders, 4 of whom are WMS students, are Illinois state champion finalists for robotics. They compete in FLL, First Lego League, a worldwide organization. The participants program with robot C on Lego Mindstorms. They don’t just need to program but they also have to present to a panel of judges a solution to a worldwide problem and justify programming code. Congratulations to:

Robert “Bobby” Stan 8-2

James “Cooper” Frolich 8-3

Kyna Patel Infinity

Ameya Yammanuru infinity

Volunteers Needed To Share Career and Education/Training Experiences

For each of our 7th and 8th grade AVID classes, College and Careers plays an integral role in the classroom experience. On Friday's, we are looking for volunteers to share their career and experiences via zoom (or in person) during either 2nd, 7th or 8th period each week. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in sharing your career with our students. We will be sending a confirmation email to you once we have solidified your date and time. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and time with our students and staff.

***Visitors choosing to come into the building must adhere to current D303 visitor protocols. As of 10/1/21 - all visitors must:
- Show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test received within 72 hours of arriving to volunteer at your building.

- Bring documentation to the front office of your building upon arrival. If you would like to present to our students, please complete this Google form.

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Attention Wredling Students:

The 13th annual Top Chef Cooking Contest is looking for students who love to cook and are interested in showcasing their cooking talents at the Top Chef Cooking Contest scheduled for March 5 at East High School. Information and entry form are available by clicking HERE.

D303 Preschool Program Lottery

Registration for the Preschool Program Lottery will be open from January 12 - January 26. Names will be randomly selected on January 27, and parents will be notified by email if their child is chosen. Those who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when a space becomes available. Click HERE to register!

Important Safety Reminder for WMS Parents

When it comes to issues that concern students and/or school safety: “If you see something, say something - immediately”. On a school day during staffed hours (7:30-4:00), the student, parent, or community member should call the school and/or seek an administrator ASAP for prompt action. If this information emerges outside of the school day, please call 911 immediately. The safety and wellbeing of our Wredling family are always our top priority!

CALENDAR REMINDERS

2nd SEMESTER Non-Attendance Days for Students

  • Monday, February 21st - Presidents' Day Holiday
  • Friday, March 4th - Kane County Institute Day
  • Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1 - Spring Break
  • Friday, April 15th - School Improvement Planning


2nd SEMESTER Early Release Days for Middle School

  • Wednesday, January 26th
  • Wednesday, February 23rd
  • Wednesday, March 23rd
  • Wednesday, April 27th


PLEASE NOTE ON YOUR CALENDAR!

HELP WANTED!

Do you enjoy working with kids?

Are you looking for a job where you can make a difference?

APPLY TO WORK AT OUR SCHOOLS!!!


LUNCHROOM SUPERVISORS NEEDED! We currently have 2 openings here at Wredling!


Please contact Patricia Burton at 331-228-5242 or patricia.burton@d303.org

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iGen: Understanding the Smartphone Generation presented by Jean M. Twenge

February 9, 2022 at 6:30pm via Zoom
Click here to register - If you cannot attend, you will be able to view a recoding of this presentation which will be posted on the District website.


With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born after 1995, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person. But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them. Members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.


Jean M. Twenge, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and six books, the latest of which is iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.

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Support for Your Child if they are Quarantined:

If your child is quarantined due to Covid, our teachers will send work to your child and work with you and your child as we always have when a child is out of school. We want to recognize that quarantine offers some unique challenges for our students.


We will be offering instructional support through a certified teacher during quarantine. Ann Rose, a recently retired D303 teacher, will be available to support our quarantine students through Zoom. When a child begins quarantine, we will email both the child and the parent with information on how to access Mrs. Rose's Zoom for support. We encourage our quarantined students to access this instructional support!

E-Learning Plan and Emergency Days

The School Board has approved an E-Learning plan that gives the district the option to offer remote learning in place of emergency days. Currently, our last day of school is Tuesday, May 24, which is the week before Memorial Day. As we move into the winter months, we want to update you on the plan for how the district will manage emergency days and e-learning days.

  • If we experience inclement weather, the first three days will be “snow days” that will be made up at the end of the school year on May 25, 26, and 27 as needed.

  • Subsequent emergency days will be remote days so the last attendance day will still be before Memorial Day.

  • If there is a long stretch of inclement weather (blizzard, polar vortex, etc.), we may split the days into “snow days” and e-learning days so as to not have too many non-attendance days in a row.

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Attention 7th & 8th Grade Students!

The AAUW is sponsoring its Creative Writing Contest for the 43rd consecutive year. All interested 7th and 8th grade students in the tri-cities may enter. Entries may be submitted in any one of 3 categories: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Medals and certificates of achievement will be awarded in each category for the 3 entries that are judged best by the AAUW Creative Writing Contest Committee. 7th and 8th grade entries will be judged separately. There also will be 3 Honorable Mention awards in each category for both grades.

Entry forms are enclosed. There is no required topic for the compositions, although students are encouraged to submit their best work of the year. The Rules and Guidelines which appear on the Entry Form should be reviewed and applied by student writers in order to maximize the success of their work in this competition. All entries should be submitted no later than 5PM, Wednesday, February 16, 2022. Please arrange for the entries to be returned to your school’s main office prior to that time. Entries will be collected by AAUW members on the morning of Thursday, February 17. No late entries will be accepted under any circumstances.

Entries will not be returned.

Winners will be notified by March 25th and will be invited to attend a special ceremony in their honor on Thursday, April 7, 2022. We will let you know the location of the ceremony when the winners are announced. Their teachers are also encouraged to attend this recognition and celebration of their students’ talent. We appreciate your time and cooperation in bringing this opportunity to your students. We look forward to reading their submitted works.

INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWSLETTER IS CURRENT AS OF PUBLICATION DATE.

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