WHS Principal Post January 2018
Monthly Principal Newsletter
Dear WHS Families,
WHS "Starcast" Episode 2
THANK YOU WHS SCHOOL COMMUNITY
- WHS Student Council Food Drive
- Lombard Fire Dept. Toy Drive
- WHS "Giving Tree"
During the holidays, we were humbled by the tremendous generosity and support from our school community. This is truly one of the things that makes this school such a great place to be a part of! You are making a difference!
Feedback Request for WHS Winter Musicals
Now that our winter musicals and the holidays are behind us, I would like to gather feedback from our school community about the winter musicals. As you know, for the first time these musicals took place at GWMS. In an effort to continuously improve the experience, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please take a few minutes to reflect on the experience using the link below.
Winter Weather Procedures
- Students will be outside for arrival and recess UNLESS the temperature (including the windchill) is below 10 degrees.
- Once the snow falls, students must have both snowpants and boots to play in the snow
- In the event of school closing, you will be notified via an automated phone call, email, and it will be posted on the D44 and WHS websites.
One School One Book!
The ideal titles for the program are those that can be understood by early readers and yet still interest experienced readers – classics such as E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, newer titles such as Betty G. Birney’s The World According to Humphrey series. And when you choose to read two or even three titles together in a year, you expose your students to a wider array of characters and worlds, and you increase your success at instigating the habit of family literacy.
Schools implement a variety of activities each day to heighten and promote interest in and discussion of the book, from daily trivia questions to exciting assemblies to school-wide art and music and projects. Students experience the story with their family and enjoy participating in the follow-up activities at school the next day. This strategy builds daily awareness of the details of each story and encourages deep, attentive, and personally gratifying listening habits. When your school models the habit of regularly reading together as a family, you create a strong foundation for literacy in each child’s life.
Welcome Nicole Motley!
Nicole previously worked at Kennedy Junior High School as a custodian. Additionally she has experience as a Housekeeping Supervisor at a local movie theater! This will come in handy for our PTA Movie Nights! :)
Save the date:
Traveling through the Humanities @ GWMS
February 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
All District 44 5th grade students and their parents are invited to observe the Humanities classes in action. You will have the opportunity to travel through the GWMS facility at your own pace to familiarize yourself with the layout for your future middle school experience! Current GWMS students will be demonstrating while Humanities teachers share information about their classes (Technology STEM, Photography, Industrial Tech STEAM, World Cultures, Spanish, French, Art, Consumer Science, Culinary Arts, Band, Orchestra). We hope this opportunity will be beneficial regarding the transition from elementary to middle school. Please join us for this exciting experience!
District 44 Dual Language Program Information
The January Parent Information Night will be held on January 16th at the D44 Administration Center from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. Parents from all buildings are invited to attend this session.
The building visits will take place at Madison School on 1/11 and 2/1. This will be an opportunity for parents to see Madison School, visit the current bilingual Kdg classroom, and have a question and answer session. Stay tuned to your email for an invitation from our D44 Administration.
If you would like more information on the D44 Dual Language Program beginning in the fall, click on the link below.