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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 (satkowsm@wilmette39.org). 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.

Warm Regards,

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.

LAB 39 is Back!

LAB39 is back! Registration is now open for these hands-on interactive afterschool STEM enrichment classes for D39 5th-8th grade science lovers. There are only a few spaces still available. Register HERE before it's too late. Questions? email lab39wilmette@gmail.com

Tech Tidbit

Family Stories Month is the month of November. When families gather for the holidays, it’s an excellent time to share stories and photos to learn about family history. This is also a great opportunity to record the information in a format that can be shared with future generations. Instead of trying to keep notes on paper, you can use a device to record audio or video. This also helps you to not miss important information but also preserves that family member sharing it. You can create a digital book or website to share with family members. The best part is that you can continue to add to them as your family gathers. It’s a great way to have a collection of family stories and history. If you aren’t up to doing it all on your own or want the ability for family members to share outside of gatherings, there are websites like LifeTales and StoryCombs that have a fee where you can collaborate and collect stories. Also, Google has Photo Scan that makes it easy to scan any photo to make it digital. Enjoy hearing the stories and retelling them over and over again.

PTO Highlights

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 “notify@membershiptoolkit.com” with a subject line noting WIlmette Junior High. Questions? Email directory@wjhspto.com.

Thank you in advance for your support - the staff is always so appreciative!


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 waysandmeans@wjhspto.com


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.

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District Update

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.

Community News

LINK: http://www.wilmette39.org/news/community_events

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.

PICKLES EMPOWER is hosting a virtual event on December 12th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Kids supporting kids through their parent/guardian cancer journeys. contact@picklesgroup.org for more information.

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.

The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.

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.