Bear Cub Bulletin
Monthly Wilmore Elementary Communication for Families
August Edition 2023
Message from Ms. Thompson
Thanks for entrusting us with your child/children for the 2023-2024 school year! We are so excited to serve your students and look forward to seeing them shine academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally. We believe in educating the whole child at Wilmore Elementary. We take pride in our master schedule reflecting intentional time for social-emotional learning (SEL) and pausing the school day (PAWS Time) for students to gain academic skills as well as explore subjects they are passionate about. We look forward to continuing CUBnection this school year as well, where your child is connected to an additional adult in our building. During our monthly CUBnection sessions, staff members help students connect to other Bear Cubs through playing games, team building activities, and taking time to celebrate and recognize others in our community.
Please stay tuned to Dojo, Facebook, Instagram, and the Bear Cub Bulletin to stay up to date on events and opportunities to get involved in our school community as the 2023-2024 school year kicks off.
We are eager to see you at our upcoming Wilmore 101 and Math Night event. You're invited to come visit Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Hobgood in the gym as they give you an overview of Title 1 and our iReady curriculum. You will have an opportunity ask questions about Dojo, learn more about our PTO and how you can get involved, and how we are building in Restorative Circles to our school day with Ms. Thompson and Mrs. Johnson in the cafeteria. Join several staff members in the Hall of Flags for additional information about how you can help your child be successful in math and practice important math skills in simple conversations at home. We will have several "make and take" games and resources for your family. Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 7th from 5:30-7:00.
Check out the rest of the August Edition of Bear Cub Bulletin to stay up-to-date and connected to your Bear Cubs!
Reach out to me if I can support you or your Bear Cub in any way!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
- Lunch Visitors welcome at WES on Tuesday, August 29th (please check in the front office and consider eating lunch provided by our cafeteria)
- August Dojo School-wide Celebration on Friday, September 1st
- No School for Students on Monday, September 4th
- Wilmore 101: Family Orientation Event on Thursday, September 7th from 5:30-7:00
- JCS Fall Break: Monday, October 2nd-Friday, October 6th
- Custodian Appreciation Week at WES: The week of October 9th (please consider sending notes and spreading cheer to our 3 custodians during the week)
- Boosterthon PTO Fundraiser Kickoff on Monday, October 16th
Lunch Visitors at WES
Each month we will share communication about hosting visitors in the cafeteria. We will reserve a special location in our hall of flags or the Memory Garden (weather permitting) for you and your child. We want you to enjoy your child and learn more about their school experience, so we will not invite friends to be included in the special lunch. Please consider eating lunch provided by our cafeteria staff instead of bringing outside food. This is to protect our students and their dietary needs.
We are now able to accept debit/credit payments. If you are paying with cash, please bring EXACT CHANGE with either cash or you can pay with a check. We are NOT able to make change. If exact change is not provided, any change due will be deposited onto the student's account.
**Any adult or visitor meals (including children) are $2.90 for Breakfast and $4.85 for Lunch. Meals are provided to all JCS students at NO COST.
All visitors MUST check-in at the front office through our Raptor Technology system and will be invited to the cafeteria only. Please plan to exit the school when your child's homeroom teacher picks up their class.
Grade Level Lunch Times:
1st Grade: 11:10-11:40
2nd Grade: 11:00-11:30
3rd Grade: 12:05-12:35
4th Grade: 11:55-11:25
5th Grade: 11:30-12:00
CUBS in Action: Attributes and Attitudes of a JCS Graduate
Read about the attributes and attitudes that describe our school and district expectations. We believe these characteristics are required of successful leaders and trailblazers who graudate from Jessamine County Public Schools.
You child has been learning about these as they collaborate with their classmates to create core values and mission statements for this school year.
JCS Graduate Profile Attributes:
- Work Ethic
- Connected Citizenship
- Critical Thinking
Meals at No Cost for ALL Students (Information about the Educational Benefit Form for JCS)
All Jessamine County schools will participate in CEP for the 2023/24 School Year. ALL students in ALL schools may enjoy one Breakfast & one Lunch at NO COST. Please support this program by encouraging your student to take advantage of our school meal programs. Student participation makes this affordable for our school district.
Schools qualify for funding opportunities based on the number of students eligible for Free/Reduced meals. In order to have these eligibilities, all households are asked to complete the Educational Benefit Form (paper version) or the Meal Assistance Application (online version found in IC Parent Portal).
Households whose students qualify for a Free or Reduced Eligibility also benefit from having some school/athletic fees waived or reduced.
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEA’s) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
4th Grade Families: Free Access to Parks, Lands, and Waters
You and your family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year.
Stay close to home, or travel somewhere new. This year's the perfect time for an unforgettable outing.
August WES Counselor Newsletter
Here is the link to the WES Counselor Newsletter. This is a great resource for families to stay in the know about lessons, tips, and self-regulation that our counselor's are teaching Bear Cubs each month.
Cubnection: We are so excited to continue our Cubnection program! Research shows positive student-teacher relationships are impactful for students of all ages. Each student in our building has been assigned a Cubnection adult that will meet with them once a month! Cubnection meeting days will be on monthly DoJo celebration days. This relationship will last the students entire time at WES. The goal of Cubnection is for each student to know they have a trusted adult, aside from their homeroom teacher, in the building!
Click here to access the Parent Referral Form if you would like to refer your child to the school counselors. You can also reach us through your child’s class on DoJo!
Educational Benefit Forms Details (Online or Paper Copies Available)
Households are required to complete every school year AFTER July 1 to qualify for Educational Benefits.
Online Meal Assistance applications are located in the Infinite Campus Parent portal. These applications will be electronically processed, assigning a Free or Reduced meal eligibility to students based on household income.
Paper Educational Benefit Forms are available at each school’s office. Students will be assigned a Free or Reduced meal eligibility based on household income. Any EBF that does not include income will be processed and students in that household will be assigned a PAID eligibility and will not be eligible for fee waivers. The paper EBF should be returned to your child’s school or to the Food service office to be processed.
Any student in a household who does not complete the online Meal Assistance Application or the paper Educational Benefit Form will be considered “PAID” and will not be eligible for waived or reduced fees.
If you need documentation of your child’s eligibility, please contact Allison or Mary Ann in the Food Service Office at 859-887-9274.
Wilmore 101: Back to School Family Orientation
Come learn more about Wilmore Elementary and how you can support your child this school year on Thursday, September 7th from 5:30-7:00.
Join us to learn more about Dojo, iReady, student expectations and specific grade level supports.
Take this opportunity to hear from your child's teachers, administrators, and support staff. Enjoy a Math "Make and Take" event in the Hall of Flags.
Come learn more about:
- How WES uses Dojo to promote a positive learning environment
- How Title I impacts student success at WES
- Dive in to iReady and understanding your child's reports
- Meet grade level teachers and learn more about about to help your child be successful
Join us and Your name is entered in a drawing for 1 of 2 Home Learning Carts
UFLI Family Resource Hub: Supporting Literacy at Home
Welcome to the University of Florida Literacy Institute’s Parent Resource Hub! This collection of web-based language and literacy resources was compiled and curated by UFLI faculty and graduate students. We are adding to and refining these resources regularly, so check back often!
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Mission and Vision of Wilmore Elementary
Mission and Vision Statements
The mission of Wilmore Elementary School is to create a safe, personalized learning environment that embraces the whole child, focuses on continuous growth, and prepares our students to positively contribute to our families, our communities, and our world.
The core purpose of WES is to create a personalized learning environment for each student, where teachers collaborate to use research-driven, high-impact practices paired with rigorous curriculum to ensure high levels of growth and learning for all.