Bear Cub Bulletin
Monthly Wilmore Elementary Communication for Families
May Edition 2023
Message from Ms. Thompson
April has been filled with goal setting and celebrating! From iReady Spring Diagnostic, to KSA preparations, to Career Fair visitors, the excitement around Spring Fling, and meeting our future Bear Cubs at the Kindergarten to 1st Grade Transition night...our Bear Cubs have been busy, working toward their personal growth, and celebrating success.
The end of our school year is rapidly approaching. Please stay tuned to Dojo, Facebook, Instagram, and the Bear Cub Bulletin to stay up to date on events and opportunities to get involved.
Thank you to our Career Fair volunteers, for anyone that dontated time or resources to support our Spring Fling, and to our PAWSitive Pals that have been investing in our students this month! We are blessed by your partnership and investment in our school community!
Check out the rest of the May Edition of Bear Cub Bulletin to stay up-to-date and connected to your Bear Cubs!
- KSA Testing for all 3rd-5th grade students (please make sure your child is at school on time)
- Bike and Walk to School Day on Wednesday, May 3rd (permission slips needed for students who plan to dismiss from WES at the end of the school day)
- May SBDM Meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd at 3:15 in the Library
- 5th Grade Bash on Friday, May 12th
- Team Together for 5th Grade Families on Friday, May 12th
- OOVOTO! Monday, May 15th
- May Lunch Visitors on Monday, May 15th
- No School, May 16th-Voting
- 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at WES on Wednesday, May 17th at 6:00
- Last Day of School for Students on Friday, May 19th
- Report Cards Sent Home on Friday, May 19th
REMINDER:All students in Jessamine County Schools receive one (1) breakfast & one (1) lunch at NO COST regardless of income. For the 2022/23 school year, meals are provided through the USDA funded NSLP/SBP. However, to assign a meal eligibility for schools/families to receive various additional state and federal program benefits; please complete, sign, and return one application per household to your child’s school or the JCS Food Service Office at 851 Wilmore Rd. 859-887-9274
Completing the Educational Benefits form will help support your family with paying for field trips and technology fees for the school year as well.
Reach out to me if I can support you or your Bear Cub in any way!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
You can now order your student's Wilmore Elementary School yearbook! The Remember Me Yearbooks online store will be open until Sunday, April 30th. Each book costs $15.00 and will be sent to the school.
To order your yearbook, follow these steps:
Go to order.remembermeyearbooks.com.
Enter your access key: NPRDRY4BTL
Enter your student's details and choose your quantity.
Proceed with checkout and place your order.
After placing your order, you will receive an email confirmation.
A limited quantity will be available for purchase at school.
Bike and Walk to School Day
On Wednesday, May 3rd, Wilmore Elementary students are invited to bike or walk to and from school. The Wilmore Police Department will escort bikers and walkers to and from school (if you choose). We will gather in the Wilmore United Methodist Church parking (209 East Main Street) at 7:15 and will leave the parking lot via police escort at 7:20. You do not need to complete a permission slip if your child is only riding/ walking to school in the morning and you are meeting them at WES at 2:40 for dismissal.
However, IF you would like your child to participate in the end of day bike/ walk escort to the church parking lot, you MUST complete this permission slip and return it to the front office by Monday, May 1st. Again, you do not have to complete a permission slip if your child is only riding or walking to school during the morning escort and you are meeting them at WES in the afternoon. We only need this permission slip for students that will be dismissed from Wilmore Elementary on Wednesday afternoon to participate in the return to the church via police escort.
All participants are encouraged to wear a helmet and review bike safety guidelines prior to participation.
Please return all permission slips to the front office if you student is biking or walking back to the church parking lot at DISMISSAL.
SBDM Parent/Guardian Nominations for a Two Year Term
If you're interested in serving as a parent/guardian representative on our Site Based Decision Making Council (SBDM), please fill in the questions below. If you know a caregiver at WES that would represent our school based decision making council well, you can nominate the person using this form as well.
We will have two caregiver openings on our committee for the 2023-2024 school year that offically begins on July 1, 2023.
A PTO representative will reach out to you to gather additional information. Voting will take place on the week of May 15th during OOVOTO and 5th Grade Promotion. We will also share the voting link virtually.
OOVOTO Details for Visitors
We are so excited to host our annual OOVOTO event on Monday, May 15th!
If you plan to attend OOVOTO, you MUST check in at the front office and wear your visitor badge throughout the day. Visitors are invited to events outside or in the gym, but visitors should not be in the primary or intermediate hallways or classrooms. We want to make our best effort to ensure safety of students throughout the day. Doors may not be propped open and we request that you do not open the door for other guests on campus. All visitors MUST enter and exit through our front doors during their time on campus.
We will host lunch visitors on Monday, May 15th, during OOVOTO. Your child's teacher will share altered lunch times if their regularly scheduled lunch time is impacted by the events of the day. Please remember that you may eat with your child in the designated areas, but the cafeteria is reserved for students only. Although it is a generous thought, lunch visitors may not invite other students to the guest lunch locations/tables.
Thank you in advance for helping us maintain a safe environment for our Bear Cubs. We appreciate your understanding and partnership in have a "safety first" mindset.
ALL existing JCS students must have a complete Online Registration Form (OLR) to begin the 2023-2024 school year. Please read the paperwork carefully and let us know if you have questions.
To complete your students Online Registration you will need to start by logging into your parent portal. After you are in, there will be a menu button on the top left hand side (icon with three bars) select it. Scroll down to "More" then "Online Household Registration"
It's time to register for Preschool and Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year! Be sure to pick up your registration packet in time to complete and submit it by Monday, May 1, 2023. Find more details here on the Jessamine Early Learning Village website.
Family Perception of the School Climate and Culture Spring Survey
We want to hear about your experience with your student’s education so far this school year. We invite you to participate in completing the School Climate Survey so that our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Team (PBIS) can make needed improvements to ensure a safe and productive learning environment. This survey includes questions about your students' learning, school safety, relationships with staff and peers, as well as your perception of the school environment and suggestions for improvement. Your responses will be very helpful in improving student relationships, learning conditions, and the overall school environment. All your responses are completely anonymous. We have no way to connect you to your answers, and results will only be reported as group responses. There are no right or wrong answers. As you respond to each item, think about your own personal experiences as a parent, caregiver or guardian at Wilmore Elementary. We hope you will take the time to provide us with this valuable information.
Feel free to call our office at (859)858-3134 or connect with Ms. Thompson, Ms. Jordan Johnson, or Ms. Turansky on Dojo or via email if you have questions or need support. The results will be used to inform and develop appropriate strategies, procedures, and/or programs to enhance our school climate.
You can complete one survey to represent your household and all students that are in your care.
Quick info about what this Summer will look like:
- Nicholasville Elementary & Wilmore City Government Center (former TPS) will have lunch available Mon-Fri for anyone 18 & under
- The "Smiles for Miles" bus will visit 3 locations on Mon & Wed, 4 locations on Tues & Fri, and 2 locations on Thurs.
- Our beautiful Food Service Van (very eye catching!!) will visit one Wilmore location on Mon & Thurs and another on Tues & Fri.
Children will need to stay at the site to eat their lunch (sorry, they will not be able to take the meal home).
A little more information just in case you're wondering.... Any district that is classified as "Rural" is permitted to offer multiple meals at once and meals may be taken home (non-congregate meals). Jessamine is classified at "Urban", so we don't have that option (congregate meals only). I know this will be a topic of discussion....
- Garrard, Lincoln, Franklin, Mercer, Madison, Anderson - are Rural.
- Woodford, Scott, Bourbon, Clark, Jessamine, Fayette - are Urban
Everyone is busy counting the days until school is out & Food Service is busy gearing up for the next program!!
4H Summer Camp
New this year!
We want to ensure we are inclusive of ALL youth no matter the level of support they may receive at home, and we want to ensure 4-H camp is an option for those youth.
- We have reserved 3 male and 3 female spots PER SCHOOL (Elementary and middle)
- Information is attached with details, but the bottom line is, you as a school can work to use these spots for youth who may not have the support to sign up with the online system.
- We offer a limited number of $150 scholarships that are need based and they simply qualify with income level (Based on federal free and reduced lunch guidelines.)
- These are first come first serve just fyi, we do not have them reserved for your school and these folks.
- We leave it up to you if you want to help pay more or not.
- This isn’t meant to be more work, we just hope that you all would know or be able to identify youth who would benefit from or LOVE a chance to attend summer camp but may not be supported enough to get the fast going spots.
- See the attached sheet. I do ask that you all let me know by the application deadline (Which will be April 21) if you DO NOT plan to utilize your school spots. We will then be able to pull youth off our waiting list.
Kentucky Summative Assessment Details
Kentucky students take the Kentucky Summative Assessments (KSA) to meet federal and state testing requirements. Previously, these tests were called Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP). They are developed by Kentucky teachers and align with the Kentucky Academic Standards in each content area.
KSA are the annual summative assessments given in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 to Kentucky public school students. KSA provides content area assessments, including reading and mathematics at all grades, and science, social studies, writing, and editing and mechanics once per grade band (i.e. elementary, middle, and high).
These assessments are Kentucky’s measure of student proficiency and progress on the state content standards. These standards establish goals for what all students should know and be able to do in each grade. KSA are online assessments with only a small percentage of accommodated students taking it on paper. It goes beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology-enhanced items for students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Assessments provide critical information about student learning, but no single assessment should ever be the sole factor in making an educational decision. It is important to remember that assessments provide only one measure of student learning, but when combined with grades, classroom activities, unit quizzes and tests, and district-level assessments, the end-of-year assessments can help provide a more complete picture of a child’s abilities over the course of the school year and path toward academic success on these content standards.
For KSA, students receive a separate scale score and performance level (distinguished, proficient, apprentice, and novice). Performance levels are different by content area. These levels indicate performance on groups of items that measure similar skills. PLDs for each grade and content area are available for review using the links below.
Wilmore 3rd-5th grade students will participate in KSA testing the week of May 1st.
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!
Volunteering at Wilmore Elementary
If you plan to support your child's classroom during celebrations, field trips, or special events at WES, we must have your volunteer forms on file.
Educational Benefits Forms for ALL Students
Site Based Minority Council Member
Give Back Every Time You Shop at Kroger!
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.