WMS Friday Forecast
MARCH 5, 2021 - Week 26
CONTAINS LINKS TO A/B CALENDARS, BELL SCHEDULES, TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, & MUCH MORE!!! We add information and updates to this form regularly!
Not a Walk in the Park
Imagine taking a nice walk in Central Park in NYC. Or walking into a part of the city where drugs are sold. Or into a neighborhood where crime is prevalent. We might let our middle schooler take a walk in Central Park, but not into those other places. There's danger there! The truth is that we allow our kids to take that dangerous walk when we give our kids access to the internet with no monitoring.
In middle schools we routinely hear from parents about issues their students are having online. We hear about incidents of online bullying, kids who have shared inappropriate pictures with someone, or kids who are looking to purchase drugs or similar materials. Our parents are often surprised that their student would be involved with something like that. These types of experiences can be devastating to a family.
As parents of young RedHawks, our goal for middle school-aged students is to let them stretch their wings... but we must also monitor their flights. We want to give them access to social media, but we need to be aware of what they are doing online. Are they in a dangerous neighborhood, are they interacting with safe people, and are they being positive, safe, and kind digital citizens? As you help guide your student, here are a few recommendations:
Remind your child that the phone (tablet, computer) is yours and that you have a right to look through the contents at any time.
Establish a time boundary. Your phone needs to be plugged in, in my bedroom, by 9 PM. Our experience is that a lot of bad digital behavior happens well after kids should be in bed because they have phones in their rooms.
Expect them to share passwords and passcodes with you so that you can access accounts as needed. Or even better, you enter the password for them. Did you know that kids sometimes have fake accounts- one for parents to see, one for their friends, and sometimes a third to be anonymous or to be mean anonymously?
Educate yourself about apps they may want/have installed. Many have concerns associated with them.
Consider adding some monitoring software. Yes, you have the right to do that!
Teach your kids to put down the device when they are sad or angry. Many regrettable things are said when we respond with anger in the moment.
The internet has some great advantages, but can also be a scary place for our kids. Guiding them carefully along their digital journey will pay off greatly!
Have a good weekend-
DO YOU RECORD?
SPRING TRACK INFORMATION
Attention any 7th or 8th grade students interested in going out for the track team this spring. You need to attend one of 3 informational meetings next week in google meets in order to sign up and get information. The links to the google meets are as follows:
Join with Google Meet
Monday, March 8 @ 5:00 meet.google.com/oaj-bysr-bew
Tuesday March 9 @ 5:00 meet.google.com/znc-tama-hww
Attention 6th, 7th and 8th Graders:
Cheer will be starting right after Spring Break. If you are interested, please plan on attending one of the two virtual informational meetings scheduled for:
A reminder from the school nurse…
State legislation requires that all Illinois children in Sixth Grade will have a dental examination. A licensed dentist must perform the examination, and he or she shall sign the form. Dental offices should have the form available, but it is also available online at www.d303.org under Departments, then Health Services, then “Health Documents and Forms”. Each 6th grade student must present proof of a dental examination by a dentist prior to May 15, 2021. The exam must be dated within 18 months prior to May 15, 2021. If your child has had an exam already, you can ask your dentist to complete the form for the exam.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a waiver for children who show undue burden or lack of access to a dentist. Parents or legal guardians who object to the dental examinations on religious grounds shall present to the school a signed, detailed statement of the objection.
The deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit this if you have not already done so.
If you have any questions, please contact Wredling Health Office at 331-228-3704
Attention 7th Grade Wredling Students:
It is time for WEB Recruitment!! WEB, “Where Everybody Belongs” is a mentoring program where next year’s 8th-graders (CURRENT 7th graders) are trained to welcome and mentor next year’s 6th-graders.
If you are responsible, dependable, and interested in developing leadership skills, we WANT YOU!! We are looking for students with diverse backgrounds, interests, and academic ability. We want our incoming 6th graders to “see themselves” in their 8th grade WEB leaders.
Applications are DUE Wednesday, March 10th. We are so excited about continuing our WEB tradition here at Wredling, and we couldn’t do it without our soon-to-be WEB Leaders!
ATTENTION WMS FAMILIES
The form can be found by clicking THIS LINK. Click the red box "Annual Student Registration Update Form" and log in with your HAC credentials. BE SURE TO CLICK SUBMIT WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE FORM. If you have more than one student, you can toggle between your students at the upper right side of the form.
If you are unsure that you have completed this form, please contact Lucy Johnson at 331-228-5129 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Wredling Parents and Guardians
Each year we send out the Illinois 5-Essentials Survey to gather input from parents and guardians, staff, and students about how we are doing here at WMS. We use the data we gather to improve communication, find ways to engage students at a higher level and improve student learning.
I am hoping you can take 7-10 minutes to complete this survey for me. It is very simple to complete. And not only do we find the information valuable, but it is a required part of our ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Acts).
Here is the link to the survey. Parents and guardians can take the survey in Spanish or English. Please note that students will also be taking this survey.
Tim Loversky, Principal
Wredling Middle School
Our police liaison officer relayed to us that the police department has been seeing a rise in cases with two apps in particular which are designed to enable child predators. Omegle’s tagline is “talk to strangers.” Children press a button and then they video chat with a stranger from any location of whatever age. https://www.omegle.com/
Among Us is currently a very popular game where “imposters” have to kill members of a group and then they get together to talk about what they saw and vote on the identity of the imposters. The app has text and voice chat capabilities in the “lobby” while waiting for games to start. There are several examples of people meeting and exchanging SnapChat or other contact information in the lobby. https://innersloth.com/gameAmongUs.php
Wake Up Call Presentation
The Wake Up Call presentation, a program of Your Choice, on February 2, 2021 provided practical information on current drug trends, a walk-through of a teens' bedroom with more than 20 red flags that could indicate substance abuse, and proactive parenting strategies to keep your child substance free.
The presenters, all with lived experience, combined their personal stories, experience working with students and families, and shared things they wish they would've known into an engaging, real and unique presentation. If you were not able to attend, please click on this link to view the presentation.
The Wredling PTO is excited to open its online Spirit Wear Store for the opportunity to purchase a special edition Wredling t-shirt. The online store will be open beginning Friday, March 5th thru Wednesday, April 7th.
Visit the online store at https://stores.inksoft.com/wredling/shop/home or scan the QR code on the flyer. Orders are expected to be completed and delivered to school by mid-April individually packed and labeled. The front office will disseminate orders to each student or arrange pick up for remote student orders according to building/school guidelines.
If you have any questions feel free to contact the Wredling PTO at email@example.com.
WANTED: WREDLING PTO VICE PRESIDENT
Middle School A/B Calendar
Chromebook Device Exchange
The IT device exchange takes place at the Haines building (305 South 9th Street), Door #2, between 12:00 - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday. You do not need to make an appointment.
Remote Academy Learning Resources
Welcome to remote learning! Remember that remote students have classes every day. Below are resources for our full remote learners:
You can check the attendance for any of your students at any time by logging into the Home Access Center and clicking on the attendance tab to view. Toggle between students using the arrow in the upper right hand corner.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the main office at (331) 228-3100! We are here to help!
D303 Remote Learning Resources for Students and Parents
Can you help?
Masi Siddiqui, one of our 7th Grade RedHawks, is collecting money for the Lazarus House Homeless Shelter. The pandemic has been a struggle for a lot of people and he wants to help the community. The Lazarus House’s mission is to offer guests connected to our communities, who are homeless or in need, hope for the future by providing hospitality, food, safe shelter, and education. This fundraiser cannot happen without you, so donate and be a hero! For questions or comments please email Masi Siddiqui at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to donate!
You can donate to GoFundMe, by searching up Help Lazarus House ( Homeless Shelter ) WMS on the GoFundMe website! The funds will go directly to Lazarus House. Can't find it? Students can email Masi Siddiqui.
You can write a check going to Lazarus House (done by your parents) and you can drop it off at Wredling Middle School saying that it's for the Lazarus House Fundraiser. Then your check will be successfully delivered to Lazarus House
If you need a receipt students can please email Masi Siddiqui at email@example.com
Self-Compassion in a Time of Criticism:
Looking for a job?
One of the more flexible positions available is that of a D303 Substitute. You can choose to work, or not work, as your schedule permits. Take a moment and read the Substitute Handbook to see what this job entails.
If you are interested and hold a:
- Bachelor's degree in any field you would qualify to apply for a substitute license with the state which allows you to sub for teachers or teacher assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- Associate's degree you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- High School diploma you have to take an aptitude test with the KANE ROE office. Once you pass that, you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
Contact Julie Wenger (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWSLETTER IS CURRENT AS OF PUBLICATION DATE.