A Message from the Administrative Team
Hi WJHS Families,
We hope that you have some fun and safe plans in store for Thanksgiving Break. The holiday season last year was challenging - many of us could not gather and found ourselves isolated or unable to participate in annual traditions. We hope you are able to find gratitude in special moments that, prior to March of 2020, were ordinary moments.
I am attaching here the D39 Response to Illness Booklet. It has a lot of information and is great to use as a reference/resource when you are wondering about a COVID-related situation and school. As a reminder, the most important protocol to follow for school to remain safe, is to keep your child home from school if they are experiencing any of the following COVID symptoms:
- Fever (100.4°F or higher) ● New onset of moderate to severe headache ● Shortness of breath ● New cough ● Sore throat ● Vomiting ● Diarrhea ● New loss of sense of taste or smell ● Fatigue from unknown cause ● Muscle or body aches from unknown cause
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please obtain a COVID PCR test for your child (testing options begin on page 19 of the D39 Response to Illness document) and send the results to Nurse Mary in an email (email@example.com). Here are some holiday COVID testing options.
We know that gatherings increase risk of exposure despite vaccinations and masking, and we hope that you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us or Nurse Mary if you have any questions or concerns.
We are so very grateful to our parent community for your partnership. Thank you.
Kate Dominique, Principal
Jeff Dees, Administrator for Seventh Grade
Eric Resis, Administrator for Eighth Grade
8th Grade Graduation and Diploma Name Form
8th grade graduation will be Wednesday, June 8. Please save the date! More details to follow in the coming months ahead.
Please take a few minutes to fill out our diploma name form HERE.
Winter Sports Spectator Protocol
Protocol for Spectators
- Each player is allowed to have 2 spectators attend games. These two spectators should sit together and be spaced 6 feet apart from other households.
- Masks are required of all attendees.
- Once your player is finished with their game you must leave the facility to allow room for other spectators to enter for the next game.
- Siblings of players may attend, but they count towards one of the 2 spectators.
- The student body will not be able to attend games at this time.
REMINDER - Holiday Gift Contributions for Teachers and Staff
Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for contributions to our annual Teacher/Staff Gift Fund is Sunday, December 5th. Many thanks to all the families who have already contributed through the online Membership Toolkit store. The WJHS PTO organizes a one-time gift during the school year for all teachers and building staff, to be given before winter break. To donate, open your Membership Toolkit app or login to https://wjhspto.membershiptoolkit.com and click on the three bars in the upper corner, then choose “WJHS Store” and scroll down to the Annual Giving tab for “Teacher and Staff Gift Fund”. If you’re not sure if you’ve donated already, check your email for a receipt from sender “firstname.lastname@example.org” with a subject line noting WIlmette Junior High. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your support - the staff is always so appreciative!
WJHS MAGNETS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED - THANK YOU!
Thank you to those that have generously donated to Ignite! Your ‘Thank you’ WJHS magnets will be sent home via your child’s backpacks right after Thanksgiving break. It’s not to late to donate and proudly display your WJHS magnet! Click here to donate now. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: BAG CHALLENGE
The Trex Plastic Bag and Film Challenge is happening at Highcrest, Harper, Romona, Central and McKenzie. The Challenge lasts from November 15, 2021–April 15, 2022. Students, teachers and families (and the community at large) are asked to dispose of their plastic bags at conveniently located bins by the front office. Collections will be weighed and logged each week and will help our schools to compete against other schools nationwide. Plastic MUST be clean and dry, see image below for accepted items. Questions? Please contact EnvironmentalAwareness@highcrestpto.org. Thank you for participating and recycling! P.S. Since Highcrest is separate from the other schools, WJHS families are being asked to bring their bags to their local D39 elementary school.
District 39 wishes all of our families abundant joy and good health throughout Thanksgiving break!
SHIELD Illinois Schedule for Upcoming Breaks
Thank you to all who are participating in the SHIELD Illinois testing program. It has been a great resource for us as a District as we continue to navigate the fall. We are grateful to be able to continue to offer COVID-19 testing through SHIELD on a limited basis during Thanksgiving and Winter break. SHIELD testing will be available on Tuesday, Nov. 23, Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 28 from 3:30-6:30 pm at Wilmette Junior High School. Anyone who is registered is welcome to access testing on these days. SHIELD testing will NOT be offered on Thursday and Saturday of those weeks. Please note that processing times may be impacted by the holidays.
Board Meeting Update
The Board of Education held its regular meeting this past Monday and unanimously approved the 2021 tax levy. The Board also heard presentations on our District 39 assessment data as well as social emotional learning. Highlights from the Board meeting are available online along with meeting materials and a recording of the meeting.
Strategic Plan Update
We are continuing to work hard to set the foundation and put our strategic plan into action and we are pleased to report the creation of our District Strategic Advisory Team! This group’s duty is to help guide, inform, and evaluate progress of our Strategic Plan: Engage, Empower, and Inspire. The team, comprised of representatives from all stakeholder groups, had its first meeting yesterday and we are excited to move forward with this important work. We will be sharing information from DSAT meetings on our strategic plan webpage.
DCFS Foster Child Gift Drive: Families wishing to participate in agift drive for foster children this December should contact Amy Bowen or DanaDrummer. See flyer for details.
The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Thanksgiving Morning “Share Your Bounty” Event Thursday, November 25th. Donate a prescribed list of groceries to families at the Good News Partners low-income and subsidized housing in Rogers Park.
Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.
"Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades.