Wilson Hill Weekly

Parent Newsletter

Wilson Hill Families

We hope everyone has a great weekend! Below is a great deal of important information. Please feel free to contact our school office with any questions or concerns.

Go White Tigers!

Principal Addy

New Updates:

Bus Behavior & Car Drop Off/Pick Up

Bus Behavior - Unfortunately we have seen an uptick in poor behavior on our school buses recently. Reports of students standing up while the bus is moving, switching seats, screaming, throwing water bottles, taking masks off, fighting, and inappropriate language have all been reported in recent weeks. Our school bus drivers and myself have been taking extra time to remind students of the importance of school bus safety. Students have been instructed if they are seated close to a student that is not following safety rules to report it to the bus driver, or Mr. Addy immediately. If a student continues making poor choices while on the bus, their assigned seat may be relocated closer to the front of the bus, or they may be suspended from riding the school bus. We appreciate you partnering with us at Wilson Hill and reinforcing appropriate bus behavior with your child.

Car Drop Off/Pick Up - We are fortunate at Wilson Hill to have a school that sits inside our community that allows many students/families to walk or ride bikes to school. In order for those families to safely get to school we have a number of safety patrol helpers at our street crossings. We also have a great deal of families that drop off their students via the car loop. We have recently had several reports of cars not following all traffic laws, as well as our car loops rules. Furthermore, we've had several of our safety patrol workers (both students and adults) report being honked at or receiving inappropriate hand gestures from adults . Clearly our safety patrol helpers who are attempting to helps students travel to school safely do not deserve to be treated this way. Just a few reminders...

  • Please come to a complete stop at stop signs and be sure no students are still crossing the street
  • Please follow all posted street signs
  • There is no left hand turn into, or out of the car drop of loop at Northland Rd
  • Students can be dropped off at the school beginning at 7:35 am, doors open at 7:40 am
  • No dropping off/picking up students in the south parking lot, or parking in the bus lanes in front of the school
  • No passing cars in the car loop line

Meet The Candidates Event - October 12, 2021 at 7:30pm

Worthington PTA Council and The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus are hosting a Meet The Candidates event on Tuesday 10/12/21 at 7:30pm. This virtual event will provide an opportunity for the Worthington Community to get to know the candidates running for the Worthington Board of Education. The event can be viewed via Live Stream at this link: https://youtu.be/8V5hFbvf_G8 and it will also be recorded for later viewing.

Below is a PDF of the flyer for the event as well as link to the Google Document.

Fall Harvest Parties/Parade

Wilson Hill has set the date of Friday, October 29 to celebrate our Fall Harvest Parties in the classrooms. We will plan to hold our costume parade (weather permitting) on the back playground at 1:35 pm. Immediately following will be classroom parties (1:45 pm). We are limiting classroom volunteers - 2 parent helpers per classroom (please sign-in at the kiosk in the office). Due to Covid restrictions there is no food allowed during classroom parties this year.

In the event of inclement weather, students will conduct the costume parade inside the building around the halls. Due to Covid restrictions, parents are not permitted inside the building for the parade if we have inclement weather on October 29 (fingers crossed for good weather).

A few reminders in regards to student costumes...

  • Students should bring costumes to school with them. All students will change into their costumes around 1:20 pm. Please do not wear costumes to school.
  • Costumes should not be graphic or depict violence
  • No weapons as part of costumes
  • Faces should not be completed covered
  • Student need to be able to get costume on primarily by themselves

Wilson Hill XC Team Info

Saturday, October 9 - Les Eisenhart Cross Country Invitational

This one-mile race will be a single heat for all ages K-6. You can register here if you have not already registered.

When: Saturday, October 9

Where: Thomas Worthington High School Flats

Start Time: 8:00am (we will meet as a team at 7:40am) Please look for the White Tigers banner. Runners should pick up their race bibs and packets before meeting the team. Pick-up details below.

Cost: $20.00 per runner

Packet Pickup: Early pick-up is recommended. Race bib pick-up is available at Fleet Feet Lewis Center located at 1270 E Powell Rd, 43035 on October 7-8 from 11:00am-7:00pm. Race bibs can also be picked up the day of the event beginning at 7:00am.

Course: Please check out the Fleet Feet website at https://www.fleetfeetteam.com/eisenhart for the course map and the information about packet pickup.

Parking: Parking is in the TWHS main lot. Any cars in the flats will not be able to leave until the end of the day.

And as a reminder, you can always find meet information on our website.

Results from the John Blaine Classic last weekend:

Ella Kort placed third in the girls 1st and 2nd grade division

Mason Rodocker placed third in the boys 3rd and 4th grade division

Maya Rodocker placed first in the girls 5th and 6th grade division – Maya is now a 6th grader at Worthingway and proud alumni of the Wilson Hill Cross Country program.

We are so proud of all the Wilson Hill runners that participated and that run with us every Monday and Wednesday at recess!

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Spec. Ed. Informational Meeting

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Veterans Day Assembly 11/11 @ 9:00 am

We will be holding our annual Veterans Day Assembly this year on November 11th @ 9:00 am. Due to Covid restrictions we will have a reduced amount of students and veterans inside the gymnasium during our brief assembly. If you are a Veteran and would like to attend our assembly please click the link below to RSVP so we can appropriately plan for spacing. Thanks

Wilson Hill Veterans Day Assembly RSVP

Worthington Alliance of Black Families & Educators October Newsletter

Coat Drive

St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Micheal Church is sponsoring their annual coat drive and asking for our help. If you are looking to get rid of any winter coats or hoodies to provide to Worthington area students in need for the upcoming winter months, please feel free to drop them off at Wilson Hill Elementary. There is a box located near the front office to collect any donations. Thanks in advance.

Sponsor-A-Family Program

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Michael Church offers assistance to families who are unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children. Please let them know if your families qualifies for the free lunch program or if ther are other circumstances that make you eligible for the Christmas assistance program. Forms can be obtained from the front office at Wilson Hill (or can be sent via email). Forms must be returned no later than October 28.

Previous Communications

Parent Teacher Conferences

At Wilson Hill we greatly value communication between the teacher and parents/guardians in regards to your child's education. Our goal is to connect with every family. If you haven't already, soon you will be receiving communication from your child's teacher to sign up for a time to meet for Parent/Teacher Conferences. This year conference week is October 11-14th. We look forward to working together and communication how to best support your child's educational needs.

Active Parenting Class

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Wilson Hill Fundraiser

What: Fundraiser for Wilson Hill Elementary

When: Thursday, October 14th from 5:00 - 9:00pm

Where: Porch Growler

Additional Details:

  • Anyone who makes a purchase and mentions "Wilson Hill," 25% of their purchase will go back to our school.
  • Additional details on the Wilson Hill PTO Facebook page (click the "facebook" link at the bottom of this newsletter)

PTO Walkathon - 10/22

  • The Wilson Hill PTO Walkathon fundraiser is slated for Friday, October 22, please click the link below for all the details.
  • Wilson Hill Walkathon Info

Planning for Safety in our Schools

The safety of our staff, students, and community is always a priority in Worthington Schools

Statistics show that when staff and students within a school are prepared with knowledge and practice, they respond to emergency situations with positive results. For that reason, schools have always engaged in routines, drills and learning that support everyone’s safety.

Historically, our schools have participated in the following safety drills:

A. Fire Drills that provide knowledge about reporting fire hazards, and experience with a safe evacuation of the building using multiple exits

B. Weather Drills that provide knowledge about how to be calm and safe in the event of weather related events (such as a tornado), and experience with locating sheltered space within the building in which safety is maximized.

C. Lock-Down Drills that provide knowledge about circumstances in which free movement in and around the building is curtailed (such as neighborhood disturbances or unruly school visitors), and experience with locking down the school perimeter, classrooms, and common areas to keep students safe in a secure area until the circumstance passes.

D. Rally-Point Drills that provide knowledge about exiting the building safely, (such as a gas leak or unsafe school visitor), and experience with walking to a predetermined safe space.

Public schools are required by Ohio law to engage in a "Full Scale" Safety Drill every three years. A "Full Scale" drill is one that combines traditionally practiced drills and will include a controlled classroom lockdown and simulated evacuation of the school, including processes to move students away from the school building in the case of presence of danger at school.

Worthington school staff have been trained in emergency response using the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training model. Part of this training for staff included how to take additional counter measures during a “lockdown” to facilitate students in an evacuation to a school “Rally Point” from which students could be transported to a “reunification” location to be joined with parents/guardians. Reunification points may vary, but the Worthington Education Center (WEC) would be considered first.

Prior to conducting the full scale safety drill, it is important to prepare students for participation in an age-appropriate manner. Wilson Hill is planning to conduct our drill on Tuesday, October 12th @ 9:00am.

During the month of September, our elementary Library Media Staff will be sharing an age-appropriate informational picture book with students in grades K-2. The book outlines awareness building for students, and includes teaching about a school rally point, which students will locate and visit. Students in grades 3-5 have participated in this read aloud previously. Should you like to preview the book, please reach out to your building principal.

Additionally, in the days leading up to each building’s full scale drill, classroom teachers will lead students in an age appropriate discussion that allows students to understand the steps involved in completing the full scale drill. The purpose of this is to eliminate any feelings of surprise and to allow students to know what to expect.

Our schools are great communities for learning. Being prepared for unplanned interruptions is one way to build confidence for ultimate student safety. The safety of our staff, students, and community is always our priority.


Rob Messenheimer

Director of Elementary Education

Worthington City Schools

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, October 12 - Full Scale Safety Drill @ 9:00am

Thursday, October 14 - Porch Growler Fundraiser 5-9pm

Friday, October 15 - No School

Friday, October 22 - PTO Walkathon

Friday, October 29 - Fall Harvest Parties

Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day Assembly @ 9:00 am

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