Bear Cub Bulletin

Monthly Wilmore Elementary Communication for Families

September Edition 2022

Message from Ms. Thompson

September has been full of learning, goal setting, celebrations, visitors, and fun! We enjoyed sharing daily procedures and processes with families at Wilmore 101. We also had a school-wide AttenDANCE to celebrate the statewide High Attendance Day. Bear Cubs completed the iReady Reading and Math fall diagnostics and have set goals for their winter benchmark assessment based on their strengths and areas of growth. We are proud to make every minute count during the school day, while ensure we pause every now and then to have some old fashion fun!

We look forward to hosting Grandparents and Guests this week and are inviting visitors to join Bear Cubs for lunch on Monday, September 26th and Tuesday, September 27th. (See below for further details.) We are also excited to wrap up September with a GAME DAY celebration for students earning 83% positive points in Dojo for the month on Friday, September 30th.

On Friday, September 30th, Bear Cubs will spend 20 minutes with their CUBnection Buddy. Every student is assigned a trusted staff member as an additional advocate. Students are paired with peers and will be given an opportunity to CUBnect with others in their CUBnection groups at least once a month. We are excited about this intentional and additional connection for every Bear Cub in the building. Ask your child about their CUBnection adult and check back in on Friday, September 30th once they have had an opportunity to CUBnet with several peers and an additional adult advocate.


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/familes 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

Educational Benefits Form 2022-2023

Please continue reading this month's edition of the Bear Cub Bulletin to learn more about family events and upcoming opportunities to connect with our school and community.


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Technology Fee for Elementary Students

Over the last five years, we’ve added 3,000 Chromebooks to our inventory to ensure that each elementary student has access to a device. With these new Chromebooks, the need for replacement, repairs and maintenance (i.e. screen replacement, missing keys, broken ports) has become a large need. In order to provide continued maintenance of these devices, we’ve added an annual $25 technology fee to each elementary student’s Infinite Campus account (fee may be adjusted, based on free and reduced lunch status). In order to offset this fee for our families, schools will be reducing the cost of requested school supplies and/or providing assistance to families in need of support. Thank you for partnering with us to provide the best educational opportunities for all JCS students.

Families will pay this fee by accessing your Infinite Campus parent portal and selecting the fees tab. If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Thompson or Ms. Rachel Williams.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th)

Join the Celebración! | Hispanic Heritage Month Original Song | Animated Music Video

Welcome Officer Toms: School Resource Officer at WES

We are so excited and blessed to partner with the City of Wilmore and the Wilmore Police Department in welcoming Officer Kyle Toms as our full time School Resource Officer.

He hopes to support us as we continue to promote a positive and safe learning environment. He plans to mentor students, be a positive presence in common areas, and invest in the lives of our students. He will become part of our Safety Committee and bring a different perspective of safety to our school community. He is a familiar face, as he was our DARE Officer last school year. He is already familiar with many of our students, staff, and school environment.

Please consider writing a thank you note to Chief Craig and Mayor Rainwater for making this a priority in our community! Also, Sara Crum played an integral role in making this happen quickly for our school community.

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Social Emotion Learning at WES

Children benefit from social-emotional learning (SEL) at any time, but today it’s especially important to help them develop the skills they need to connect and thrive.

Things to know about Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum:

  • Teacher-facilitated group settings, students connect with the content, each other, and the teacher as they build new social-emotional skills
  • Variety in media, activities, and interactive components helps engage every learner and provide opportunities for culturally relevant teaching
  • The look and feel of each grade’s lessons evolve as students grow into new developmental stages

Each day, every grade level participates in Second Step lessons from 8:00-8:20 in an effort to prepare students for the social, academic, and emotional challenges of each day.

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KID ID Event and Agape Nurturing Fathers

Check out these opportunities in our community:

Kid ID Event

Agape Nurturing Fathers Credential


Quick glance at events and opportunities for those of you who need the "Bear Necessities"

Bear Necessities (News, Events, and Opportunities at WES)

  • We recommend all families complete the Educational Benefits Form 2022-202. This is not just in reference to food service meals, this also impacts field trip cost and educational fees in Infinite Campus.
  • If you are interested in Volunteering, please complete the WES Form and the JCS Form.
  • Books and Breakfast Grandparents and Guests (1st and 2nd grade) on Thursday, September 15th
  • Books and Breakfast Grandparents and Guests (3rd-5th grades) on Thursday, September 15th
  • GAME DAY Dojo Celebration on Friday, September 30th
  • CUBnection for Students on Friday, September 30th
  • Fall Break: October 3rd-7th
  • October Site Based Committee Meeting on Wednesday, October 12th at 3:15 in the Library
  • End of the 1st Nine Week Grading Peiord: Friday, October 14th
  • Report Cards Sent Home on Friday, October 28th


Get Involved in our PTO!

Join us for our September PTO Meeting on Thursday, September 15th at 3:30 in the library.

Join in person or on Google Meet: PTO Meeting

Video call link:

Eating Lunch with Your Child

Many of you have asked and we are excited to announce that we will invite families to eat lunch with their students on advertised days. 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. This is to protect our students and their dietary needs.

Until we are able to accept debit/credit payments, any caregiver or visitor will need to bring EXACT CHANGE with either cash or 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 Schedules:

1st Grade: 11:00-11:30

2nd Grade: 11:25-11:55

3rd Grade: 11:50-12:20

4th Grade: 12:00-12:30

5th Grade: 12:25-12:55


Monday, September 26th and Tuesday, September 27th

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Attendance Reminders

As we soar into our second month of school, we understand that there will be times your student will be absent from school.

Helpful presentation with details about parent/guardian notes and doctor's excuses.

Please take a moment to watch this short clip explaining our attendance policy, and what documentation is required.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at

COVID Home Test Reminders for Excused Absences

When parents are sending a pic of the home test to you in order for their child to be excused, it must have the student's name and date on the test in order to be accepted.

Volunteering at Wilmore Elementary

If you are interested in volunteering at Wilmore during the 2022-2023 school year, please complete the school level and district level forms. You can submit the district level form to Casey in the front office and she will turn it into the district or you can submit directly to Teresa Walters at the district level. We will confirm that your background check is complete after the district has completed their volunteer checklist.

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.

Wilmore Elementary Volunteer Profile

Jessamine County Schools Volunteer Form

Educational Benefits Forms for ALL Students

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/familes 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

Educational Benefits Form 2022-2023


Site Based Minority Council Member

We value parent and community involvement and would love to have all cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives represented on our Site Based Decision Making Council. If you're interested in serving as a minority representative, please reach out to Ms. Thompson.

Give Back Every Time You Shop at Kroger!

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Community Connections: Wilmore Municipal Building

The City of Wilmore purchased the former school building at 210 S. Lexington Ave. on June 15, 2020. The purchase price was $250,000, which was an extremely good deal for the building and 9 acres of land. The City was able to secure the building for government use after Jessamine County Schools decided to discontinue the use of the building as a school.

The building was first used as Wilmore High School, followed by Wilmore Elementary School, and then Jessamine Early Learning Village and ended its school function as The Providence School.

Wilmore government is excited about all the additional space and amenities the building will provide. The gymnasium and the stage will be used for athletics and performances. The former cafeteria will be available for meeting space for large groups. Several classrooms will also be available for smaller meetings and recreational classes. A proposed History Room will house memorabilia and historical artifacts from Wilmore that the public can view.

Mission and Vision of Wilmore Elementary

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Mission and Vision Statements

Mission Statement:

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.

Vision Statement:

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.