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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS families,

We will keep our message short and sweet today, as there is a lot of information below in our newsletter. As a reminder, we do not have school on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We hope you take a moment to remember the impact Dr. King made in regards to civil rights.

Take care,

Kate, Jeff and Eric


This year as we consider the many traumatic events of the past two years since the pandemic took hold, and as we work to address the second goal area of our District 39 Strategic Plan (Cultivate a supportive and inclusive learning community that is responsive to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of each student), we are excited to begin to offer five opportunities for students to become engaged, feel represented, and hopefully enhance their sense of belonging at WJHS.

Participation in the different groups outlined below is voluntary, and students may drop in when they would like to attend. Group leaders are staff members from the district with expertise in the areas they are supporting, and will share information with students via Schoology about where the groups are taking place, when they are available, and how to let the group leaders know they are attending.

Take a look!

Emotional Support Club: The Emotional Support Club is a place for students to come if they want to talk about anything that is causing them stress or anxiety! We come up with helpful tools for our emotional "toolbox" and help each other with any issues we are facing. This group will meet every other Tuesday after school in the LC, beginning 1/18/2022!

No Place for Hate: The No Place for Hate group grew out of the partnership between D39 and ADL. This is a student-led group committed to positive change and action toward a more inclusive environment at school and in the community. Students will work together to plan activities that bring students together, advocate for a positive community free of hate, and support all students in learning tools to be upstanders who promote social justice. We have had many students already apply to be a part of NPFH, but are re-extending the opportunity for more engagement.

PRIDE: The PRIDE group is a safe place for students who identify LGBTQ+ and their allies to share experiences, learn how to advocate, and understand how to create a more inclusive environment. Students meet new friends, provide support to one another, and connect to each other in community.

Affinity Club: This club creates a safe place for students of color to come together and share experiences as racially minoritized students in a predominantly white setting. Students meet new friends, provide support to one another, and connect to each other in community.

Grief Support Group: Staff from WJHS will partner with staff from Willow House (a local community organization focused on grief support) to provide a safe place for children, especially in this period of increasing grief and trauma, to share their thoughts and feelings with other children who are experiencing death, illness, or loss. Topics covered may include grief education, identifying and expressing emotions, coping strategies, and building connections with one another.

In addition to these supportive clubs, the PTO continues to offer opportunities to students to get involved through Chess, Debate, High Five, Math Counts, and more interest-based activities. See the PTO Highlights below for more information on clubs through the PTO.

Homework Club

Beginning Tuesday, January 18, WJHS Homework Club will be available to all students on a drop-in basis on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:20 - 4:20 in the Learning Commons. The Homework Club is supervised by two WJHS staff members, and is an opportunity for students to work in a quiet place with their materials available at school so they can complete their homework. If staying for Homework Club, students will need to have transportation home, whether that is a ride home, their bike, or the WJHS late bus (which takes them to their home elementary school).

We are excited to offer this new support at WJHS, and look forward to partnering with you as we support our students with their homework success!

Missing Assignment Notification System

Beginning Tuesday, January 18, we will be implementing a new system of notification and support for homework completion.

If a student is missing an assignment, both the student and their family will receive notification of their missing assignment(s), and will be offered options as to how to complete that assignment. The three choices will include

  1. An after-school drop-in Homework Club

  2. An opportunity to make up the assignment at home

  3. The option for students to connect with their teacher to discuss a plan for completion

Community Review Committee Survey

Your feedback is incredibly critical for our growth as a district. The District 39 Community Review Committee (CRC), comprised of parents, teaching staff, and administrators from the district, chooses a focus area to research each year and provide recommendations to the School Board for future work. This year’s topic, which is a component of Goal 2 of the District Strategic Plan, is Building Responsive Social-Emotional Learning through Strengthening Parent-Teacher Communication and Increasing Parent Understanding of and Engagement in SEL Instruction.”

The CRC is hoping to gather parent input to help inform our recommendations in this area, and has developed THIS SURVEY to help inform us in that effort. We will be looking to learn more about parent understanding of social-emotional learning, how SEL is integrated into the academic school day, and how teachers and staff can best partner with families as the SEL framework is implemented across the grade levels.

News From Your D39 Library - Winter 2022

Check-It Out: Parent Edition

News From Your D39 Library - Winter 2022

Welcome to the winter edition of the quarterly D39 Library Newsletter, Check-It Out: Parent Edition! We will share library information, recommended books, and news from our local public libraries. This edition features:

  • Information on the Likewise app for personal book recommendations
  • Social Emotional Learning Recommended Books: Relationship Building & Decision Making
  • @Wilmette Public Library: Winter Reading Club
  • @Glenview Public Library: Winter Reading Challenge

Parent Education Event: Parenting in the Digital Age

Thank you to those who attended the parent education event this week, Parenting in the Digital Age. In case you missed it, the presentation recording can be found here.

Our next parent education event is Wednesday, February 16th at 11am. It is titled Raising Resilient Children in a Highly-Competitive, Digitally-Driven World and will be presented by Family Service Center. Please Register Here. There are multiple ways to participate - onsite at the district office, live over Zoom, or watch the recording on our YouTube channel.

If you watched us live yesterday or after you watch the recording, we'd appreciate you completing this two question feedback survey. This data will help inform our programming.

PTO Highlights

Reminder: The winter session of Broadway Performers (Skyline Studios) starts next week, Tuesday, 1/18 in the Auditorium from 3:30–5:30.

Click here to view information for all Winter After School Clubs.

Student Vaccination Documentation

As children in the 5-11 age group are beginning to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we wanted to pass along some information regarding vaccine documentation. If your child is fully vaccinated, or when they become fully vaccinated, please complete some basic information and upload a copy of the vaccination card within PowerSchool. You may disregard this email if you have previously provided information.

At this time, we are not requiring families to provide D39 with documentation of the vaccination record. Please be aware, however, that those without a record of vaccination on file will be required to follow the health protocols for unvaccinated individuals.

These instructions are only for parents of children with COVID vaccination cards who have received the final dose of the COVID vaccination. Do not proceed until your child has received the final dose.

  • Take a photo or scan your child’s COVID vaccination card
  • Use a desktop/laptop and navigate to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at ps.wilmette39.org
  • Once logged in, click Forms on the left side
  • Select COVID Vaccination Upload
  • Complete the form for each child

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.

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District Update

New Quarantine Guidelines

This week, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education aligned their COVID-19 Guidance for Schools with the new CDC guidelines. Effective immediately, students and staff will only have to isolate/quarantine for five days (instead of 10 days previously) provided that they are asymptomatic for the entire period or that symptoms are resolving at the end of the five-day period (including being fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication). Complete information can be found in our updated Family Response to Illness booklet. As is always the case, any individual who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should stay home and seek testing.

Parent Education – Parenting in the Digital Age

Thank you to all of our parents who participated in this week’s Parent Education, Parenting in the Digital Age. A recording of the presentation can be found here. Our next event titled “Raising Resilient Children in a Highly Competitive, Digitally Driven World” is presented by the Family Service Center and scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 11 am. Register now by clicking here.

Distinction Between Quarantine and Regular School Absence

With winter upon us, student absences may occur for a variety of reasons. We want to clarify the difference between students in COVID-related quarantine and those who are absent from school for other non-COVID related reasons.

  • Typical Absences: For any absences unrelated to COVID-19 and/or absences of short duration (3 days or fewer), typical absence procedures will be followed. Work will be sent home and students will be provided directions for work completion and returning their work to school.

  • COVID-Related Quarantine: For absences of longer duration (4 days or more) specifically due to COVID-19 diagnosis and/or quarantine, work will be sent home and students will be provided access to the direct instruction portion of their day through synchronous or asynchronous means, as appropriate. Students will be provided directions for how to access this direct instruction by their teacher(s).

COVID Communications

When a case of COVID-19 is reported onsite within one of our District 39 schools, families receive direct communication via an email or phone call if their child is considered a close contact to a positive case. Families also receive a direct email if a positive case was confirmed within their child’s homeroom or class. However, schools no longer send an email to communicate positive cases in general within the building. Positive cases within a school building reported and communicated on our COVID-19 metrics page. Updated daily, our metrics page displays a breakdown of COVID cases reported by school in a variety of ways as well as local and regional trends for COVID-19 metrics.

Community News

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

The Village of Wilmette & 'Ready Set Wilmette' Comprehensive Planning Team want to hear from Wilmette residents. ReadySetWilmette.com Help ensure Wilmette is welcoming, thriving and vibrant for years to come. A series of polls focused on plan themes, an online comment map, and ideas wall. Provide input at your leisure and as ideas come up: feedback shared to date is highlighted in this recent online post.Check out the Facebook Page

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Event will be held on Monday, January 17, 2022. Participate in a variety of service projects in support of over a dozen area nonprofits. Good for all ages and abilities.

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.