WMS Friday Forecast

February 9, 2018 ~ Volume 21

How to Raise Kind Kids in a Tweet, Snap, and Post World

As we enter into Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 12-16), I want to take time to talk about raising kind children. This article gives you some simple ideas on how to help your child grow-up kind. In our digital world, where kindness can easily be erased with a teet, snap, or post, teaching and talking about kindness often can make a difference.

  • Model it yourself! When we are tired and busy, kindness can go out the window. But your kids pay attention to how you are treating others- from servers, to cashiers, to the guy at the tire store, to their teachers. They will watch how you treat others and they will emulate that behavior.
  • Show empathy! We spend a lot of time at our kitchen table where we hash out tough issues talking about what others might feel. Empathy is putting yourself in someone else's shoes and understanding how they feel. How would you feel if someone posted... If someone treated you this way... As a parent, when you talked to me that way, how do you think I felt?

Teaching kindness towards others in this tweet, snap, and post world that we sometimes forget that kindness should be one of the first things we teach.

Tim Loversky, Principal
Wredling Middle School
St. Charles, IL 60174
voice. 331-228-3700

A Neighbor Demonstrating Kindness to a D303 Employee on this Snow Day - Random Acts Matter!

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Dear Wredling Family,

Our Redhawks have a lot going on next week (February 12-16) and we are asking for your support to help promote the following:

HOPE/Prevention Week in partnership with East and North High Schools and Thompson Middle School - activities during lunch and selling T-shirts. T-shirts are $7.00/each cash or check made out to WMS. Quantities and sizes are limited; plan to get your t-shirt and wear it during HOPE week! See the inset photo for what this years' T-shirt looks like!

WMS Student Council's - "Give From The Heart Food Drive" - this is to help restock The Salvation Army's food pantry which benefits our community. Students should bring non-perishable items to their pod for collection throughout the week.

Random Acts of Kindness Week - "Paint the Town Orange" Spread support and hope to one another by performing random acts of kindness at home and at school. (Information will be distributed to students at lunch periods this week)

We will also be holding a Penny War all week during the lunch periods. All monies collected will be donated to Random Acts of Kindness!

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Paint the Town Orange with Random Acts Matter!

Random Acts Matter (RAM) will be coordinating an all-out effort to promote acts of kindness during Acts of Kindness Week: February 11-17, 2018.

All of St. Charles is encouraged to "Paint the Town Orange" (PTO) with random acts of kindness!

Kindness makes our world a better place and spreads happiness!

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Some Of Our 7th Grade Girls Basketball Players!

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Fox Valley Summer Activities Fair Recap & Winner!

It may have been snowy and cold outside last Monday night but inside Wredling Middle School summer heat was on everyone's mind! The 3rd Annual Fox Valley Summer Activities Fair was well attended and many families took advantage of this great opportunity to one-stop-shop. We'd like to send out a GREAT BIG "Thank You" to our FANTASTIC PTO, all of the vendors, volunteers and the families that came out during a pretty snowy night to check out options for summer fun!

The winner of the raffle for “up to $500 towards one summer program of their choice” was Wredling student, Phillip Miller. Congratulations to Phillip and thank you to all those who braved the elements and attended for a chance at that wonderful raffle prize!

MISSED IT due to the snow? No problem! CHECK OUT the WMS PTO WEBSITE for a complete list of exhibitors who would love for you to check out their awesome programs: www.wredlingpto.org

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Upcoming February Parent Universities - register using links below!

February 19, 2018-Parent University brought to you by Centennial Counseling

6:00-7:00 p.m. – Arcedium Coffeehouse (Please note the time and location change)

Depression, Anxiety & Suicide Awareness: Supporting Children to Improve Resiliency

District 303 Middle and High School Student Services Team Staff members will hold a panel discussion on depression, anxiety, and suicide awareness efforts taking place in the District. The discussion, in partnership with Centennial Counseling, will also include ways parents can support their children to improve resiliency and keep conversations about mental health issues going.

February 28, 2018-Parent University

6:30-8:30 p.m. – Wredling Middle School Cafeteria

Social Media & You: A Parent’s Guide

Have you ever wondered what your children do on their phones? How are they communicating and with whom? What’s a streak? Do they need both an Instagram account and a Snap Chat account? How can you monitor their use and keep them safe? How much screen time is too much screen time?

District 303 has assembled a panel of local experts to help answer these questions and more. The evening will include the basics of social media outlets being used by teenagers, tips on how to monitor your child’s use of social media, legal ramifications with inappropriate use of social media, as well as student’s perspectives. Social media can be overwhelming for parents and it’s important for you to understand what’s available to students and how they’re using it.

Panel members include:

Circuit Court Judge Clint Hull

Rich Wistocki, retired Naperville PD and national speaker

Chuck Pierce, SCPD

Representative from the State's Attorney's Office

A parent

D303 High School students

Carol Smith, D303 Director of Communications and Community Relations

Megan Mkrtschjan, D303 Assistant Director of Curriculum

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East HS McTeacher Night to Benefit Former Student

Support East’s McTeacher Night
Tuesday, February 27th
5:00-8:00 PM

WEST SIDE McDONALD'S - 1915 W. Main St.

CLICK HERE for the fundraising flyer. PLEASE BRING A COPY of this with you to the event! No slips may be distributed on McDonald's property!!!

Becky Carlson, an East graduate, is just 31 years old and has just gone though her second heart transplant. As a baby, Becky was diagnosed with Cardio Myopothy, which is an enlarged heart. As a child, she had issues throughout her life and at 16 years old, she underwent her first heart transplant. Now, she just underwent another heart transplant along with a kidney transplant. Shown below are Becky and her younger brother Mitch, who serves in the US Marines, and her yougest brother Adam, who will graduate later this year from St. Charles East and has also decided to serve in the US Marines. This family still resides in St. Charles and could use our support with the mounting medical bills. Come on out and enjoy some McDonald's while supporting a great cause!

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St Charles North Baseball 2018 Father & Son Camp

The St Charles North Baseball Program and coaching staff are excited to once again offer our "Spring Training" Father and Son Baseball Camp on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 2-4:30pm. The camp will be conducted at St. Chartes North High School in both the main and auxiliary gyms for any student in 3rd-8th grade. The cost for both father and son will be $60 total. The cost will include the camp and a T-shirt for both dad and son. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE CAMP WILL BENEFIT CANCER RESEARCH AND WILL BE DONATED TO THE CAL'S ANGELS FOUNDATION. Campers should bring their glove, bat, batting gloves and helmet Please be prompt so the camp can start on time. Our camp format will provide all dads the unique opportunity to join their son for instruction. The camp is designed to offer ideas to assist Dad in improving his sons' practice habits, skill set and overall baseball development.

Door 1, in Athletics, will open at 1 :30pm for registration. The first half of the

camp will be divided into sessions covering defensive fundamentals while the second half will focus on offensive essentials. The specific areas covered in the camp will include: catching/throwing routines, infield and outfield skills and drills,

hitting mechanics and routines, base running, bunt fundamentals, live hitting and

video analysis. Each group will have at least one high school coach and one North Star varsity player as instructors.

All campers must be registered by Thursday, February 15, 2018. We will accept cash or a check at the door upon arrival. Please endorse check to St. Charles North Baseball.


For Additional info or questions contact Head Coach Todd Genke