WMS Friday Forecast

February 7, 2020 - Week 23

Dear Parents-

During our Tutorial period in the next few weeks, we are going to address how to interact with others online safely. Ideally, our students would only interact with people they know while online. However, with the internet and many apps, kids have the opportunity to interact with many different people- some of them who are not safe. The objective of this lesson is to help students consider who they’re talking to and evaluate the types of information they’re sharing online.

As Common Sense Media tells us: So much of kids' social lives happen online. Whether they're texting with their study group, flirting on social media, or voice-chatting on game platforms, middle and high schoolers can learn to communicate in safe and healthy ways. These skills will help kids -- and the people they're communicating with -- have positive experiences online.

As you monitor and work with your child about online safety, consider these three tips which are from Common Sense Media:

Give them the right words.

Kids learn about appropriate verbal and physical communication from watching you. But online conversations can be invisible. Occasionally, narrate as you're writing texts or social media comments when your kids are in earshot.

Learn about their worlds.

Tweens and teens have unique communication styles -- especially online. As much as possible, keep an eye on what they're saying and doing online to understand the norm in their worlds. Don't police everything they say, but keep an ear out for aggressive trash-talking, hate speech, rude images, or anything hurtful. If you see stuff that crosses the line, speak up. Kids need to understand that their words have consequences.

Empathize with the pressure to overshare.

Tweens and teens might feel pushed into sharing a sexy photo for different reasons: a dare, fear of damaging a relationship, or just because "everyone else is doing it." But this one is non-negotiable. Tell them that you understand how bad it can feel to disappoint a friend. Then help them imagine how much worse it would feel if a private picture were shared with their whole school.

Develop their instincts.

Help kids learn to trust their guts so they can suss out creepy, risky, or otherwise unsafe online situations. Playact a few scenarios: What if someone asks to take a conversation private? What if someone asks for your phone number? What if someone invites you to a private chat room? Be aware that some kids (even "good" kids) will explore iffy stuff online out of curiosity. But the minute they feel uncomfortable, they need to shut things down.

We here at WMS by no means condone or encourage students to make friends online. In fact, we discourage it. But we want to ensure that students are safe and have the skills necessary to navigate their online interaction. To learn more about the digital citizenship lessons we teach, click here.

Thank you-

Tim Loversky, Principal

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

PLEASE NOTE: We may some children who earn Honor Roll status whose name is NOT included on this list. Their parents have requested their children's names NOT be published, which includes being published as part of the Honor Roll here or in the newspapers. Changes to this request can be made either in the Home Access Center or with Student Services.

Congratulations to all of our RedHawks who worked hard throughout our FIRST quarter of this school year. A special shout out goes to those who were able to achieve Honor Roll status by earning either all A's or all A's and B's. All A's are on one tab, AB's are on another! See the bottom of the page to switch tabs. These students will be recognized on their teams, receive a ribbon, plus a treat from our fantastic PTO on Wednesday, February 12th!

Memorize a Phone Number!

On Monday of this week, our student information system (eSchool, HAC) was down for the majority of the day. This outage interfered with our ability to look up student information, parent contact information, etc. Though we were ultimately able to access student schedules via third-party software. During this time we discovered how dependent we have become on technology in so many facets of our lives.

We also discovered that many students do not have an emergency phone number memorized. This weekend would be a good time to help your middle schooler memorize one (or more) important phone numbers. For students who struggle with memorization, you may wish to find a place in their planner or backpack to write these numbers down. You never know when this information can come in handy.

Technology is great when it works but having an "old school" backup plan is always a good option.

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Students May ONLY Use a D303 Lock

Just a reminder to parents that students may only use a D303 lock that they can buy in the office for $5. All other locks will be cut off and replaced with a D303 lock and $5 will be charged to the student's PushCoin account. Students have been warned about this many times.

Dear Wredling Families:

We will celebrate Hope and Random Acts of Kindness week-February 10-February 14.

We will be selling socks for Hope Week - attached is an order form.

Here are things our Hope Club and Student Council has planned for the week:

Random Acts - Good Deeds calendar

Hope/Random Acts - Kindness Quotes for the announcements

Hope/Random Acts - Music with the words HOPE or believing in yourself for the week

Hope/Random Acts - Wredling Middle School decorated with ribbons, cups and quotes

Thanks for your support.

Hope Club and Student Council


The annual D303 Fiddle Fest is approaching! This fun event is set for Friday, February 28th at St Charles East High School. Participating students should arrive at 4:45 for our 5 pm for rehearsal.

Is your orchestra student participating? Please click on the link for the Google Form below and fill it out so there can be an accurate count for concert set up and for the pizza dinner:

Online Fiddle Fest Registration Link!

We are hoping to break the attendance record this year so we hope to see every WMS Orchestra Musician fiddlin'!

Please remember the cost of the pizza is $5. Your child should bring $5 cash to Fiddle Fest if they are eating the pizza.

The Fiddle Fest concert will be at 7 pm in St Charles East Main Gym. Come hear a great performance from hundreds of D303 string musicians!

Parents of 8th-Grade Students:

Please submit a recent (within 18 months) vision exam for your student if you haven't already done so. All 8th-grade students will have their vision screened per the Illinois Dept. Of Public Health's mandate at the end of February. When vision exams are received they will be placed in your child's health record negating the need to screen their vision at school since they are already under a physician's care. You may send records to the Wredling Health Office. Thank you.

Did You Know?

Wredling serves breakfast each day from 7:45 am - 8:20 am

Lunch & Breakfast Meal Prices:

  • Breakfast - $1.60
  • Reduced Breakfast - $0.30
  • Lunch - $2.50
  • Reduced Lunch - $0.40
  • Milk - $0.60 (when purchased separately from meals)
  • Other a la carte items (besides milk) - prices vary

Thefts from Lockers

We have recently had a few thefts from lockers. After investigating we have found two things:

1) that students are not locking their lockers, or
2) that they have given their locker combinations to other students

It is imperative for the lockers to be locked
at all times and for them not to share their combination.

Please talk to your child this weekend about keeping their things secure.
Wredling Activity Calendar

We are still adding dates!

Middle School Transfer Requests

Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so beginning February 3. The request form will be available on the District 303 website through February 28. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.

Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.

Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance are responsible for their own transportation.

Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.

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Students are bringing portable speakers to school. These are very disruptive in the hallways, classrooms and on the school bus. Starting immediately, these portable speakers are NOT to be brought to school. Speakers will be taken from students and delivered to the main office to be picked up at the end of the day.

Reminder: Our expectation for school is that all cell phones and smartwatches are to be off and away in your student's locker during the school day.

Please talk with your student about keeping their speakers at home and take a few minutes to remind them of the cell phone/smartwatch expectation. Thank you for your help in this matter.

RedHawk Spotlight

Do you have a student you would like us to
highlight in our RedHawk Spotlight?
Please email their story and a couple of photos
to Tim Loversky for consideration.

Our first student in the RedHawk Spotlight is featured below!


Shoutout to the following Wredling Write club members: Ella Flores-Brosnan, Addison Haan, Ellen Jahoda, Melody Merrell, Teagan Moore, Jordyn Prieur, Sophia Rubin, and Catherine Walsh. These kids wrote the Spring Play "Amnesia" that Mrs. Hubbs is directing this spring.
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Find a club to join!

SEL - Social Emotional Learning

We will regularly feature our Social Emotional Learning information in our Friday Forecast. See the article at the top of this newsletter about helping teenagers deal with stress! This is out SEL information for this week.
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NEW THIS YEAR - Yearbooks will be available for ONLINE purchase directly from Walsworth. If you already purchased a yearbook for this school year, we have provided Walsworth with a list.

  • You DO NOT need to re-purchase through their online portal if you already did so when paying fees for this year.
  • If you DID NOT order a yearbook already, please use THIS LINK to access the Walsworth online portal.

Yearbook orders must be placed by March 30, 2020.

Wredling PTO Website

Pay your dues or sign up to volunteer

From Your WMS PTO:

The Wredling PTO met on Monday 2/3 and approved $17,442.38 in wish list requests. Feel free to browse through the purchases. Each line item is linked so you can see where the money was spent. Thank you for supporting the PTO! https://www.wredlingpto.org/thankyou

Wondering what to get your tween for Valentines Day?

Valentines Spirit Wear Sale! Hoodies for your Honey ❤️ Wondering what to get your tween for Valentines Day? We have a solution! Whether you are an incoming 5th grader or too cool for school 7th grader, everyone loves a hoodie. We have many red items to choose from ❤️Quantities may be limited. Discounts are shown in the store. We’re keeping it simple- sale prices for hoodies are $20, t-shirts $10. https://www.wredlingpto.org/spirit-wear

D303 Online Registration for Preschool

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Parent University Book Study

District 303 Parent University presents our second annual book study when we read "The Whole Brain Child" by Dr. Dan Siegel.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. Conversations will be based upon the book as well as supplemental workbook activities.

Study sessions will be offered during both morning and evening times at the following locations:

  • Baker Community Center (101 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles)
  • Fox Ridge in the LRC (1905 Tyler Road, St. Charles)

Join us for the book study sessions on the following dates:

February 13, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

February 27, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

March 12, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

We Want Your Feedback

District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will enable you to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through February 14, 2020.

To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the

appropriate survey. Make sure you enter Kane County in the box for county even if

your home or your child’s school is in DuPage County. This will allow you to correctly

select your child’s school.

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