WMS Friday Forecast
December 11, 2020 - Week 16
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Dear WMS Families-
As we approach winter break and continue our way through remote learning, we want to make sure that the mental health of our students is at the forefront of our thoughts. We know that different students have different ways of handling adversity and stress. However, there are some things we can all do to monitor our child's mental health:
- Do daily check-ins with your child. Ask open-ended questions and don't accept "no response" as an answer. What was something you learned today? What was something that was a challenge for you today? How have felt about remote learning?
- Get your child away from screens. We know this is the greatest challenge with school being online. But get out as a family and take a hike, drive to see Christmas lights, ride a bike on a nice day, or start visiting the amazing forest preserves in our area. And work to leave the screens at home.
- Look for signs that your child may be struggling. From social media posts to self-harm to sleepless nights- our kids tell us in overt and discreet ways that they are struggling. This is when you might consider getting a counselor/therapist for your child. Hundreds of our students see a therapist to great benefit, and it is something to consider.
- Inform WMS staff that your child is struggling. We can help in a variety of ways, from a counselor check-in to reducing workload. But we can't help if we don't know.
Before any learning takes place, our kid's mental health has to be a priority. We are here to help and support your child and you.
Winter i-Ready Diagnostic Reports
The i-Ready Winter Diagnostic Reports for both Math and Reading are being mailed home to parents the week of December 21, 2020, so be on the lookout for them! Included with these reports, you will receive a letter from Mr. Dave Chiszar, who is the Director of Assessment and Accountability, that explains the i-Ready diagnostic report and what is being included in the documents. If you have any questions pertaining to i-Ready, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dave Chiszar at David.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compass Academy is a new D303 program that will open in the Fall of 2021 at the Haines Center. Key features of the Academy include flexible scheduling, project-based learning, interdisciplinary courses, competency-based education, and more. Any District 303 student entering grades 9-12 is eligible to enroll at the Academy. There are no entrance criteria and all students are invited to apply. This program is designed to support all students, including those interested in early college courses and/or career pathway experiences.
The Compass Academy brochure is linked below for your review. More information can be found by viewing this presentation from a recent BOE meeting. Interested parents or students should contact Director Sharon Stanley at email@example.com or via this form.
Click HERE for the Compass Academy brochure
Live IT Help For Students!
A live chat service is available for device and system support. This is the best way for families to receive fast technical support for district devices and services. The virtual IT team will be available to assist Monday-Friday between 8:00am - 4:00pm. Chat support can be accessed by going to https://helpdesk.d303.org/chat/
Still Having Issues?
When your student is experiencing Chromebook issues, including a problem with their camera and/or microphone, we have some helpful information for you:
- Follow each step in this process (see graphic below).
- DO NOT skip step #4: CHAT with IT as they can often remote in and repair your device directly! (Use the link in the previous news item)
- Only go on to step #5 after you have completed trying the first four steps on the flowchart! This helps us rule out a lot of potential problems immediately when trying to help your student.
- There's also this WMS page, Instructional Tech for Families with a ton of helpful information.
Attention 6th Graders:
8th Graders - Attend Virtually TODAY!!!
8th Grade Counselor Virtual Meetings Update:
Dear Parents of 8th Graders Attending East
Peer Leadership is an extracurricular program that matches selected incoming freshmen with juniors and seniors who make the transition into high school fun and easy and mentor them throughout the year. Because this program meets during the school day, it has to be put into a student’s schedule when registering for next year’s classes. Although we would like to be able to offer this to all interested incoming freshmen, our numbers are limited by available classroom space and our budget. Therefore, in order to start the selection process, interested students should apply using THIS APPLICATION.
If your child is interested in the program, please fill out the application and e-mail it to Jim Reed, the Peer Leadership Coordinator (James.Reed@d303.org). Completed applications must be received no later than Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. For more information about Peer Leadership, please attend Future Saints Night in January.
We hope to hear from you!
BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS!
THERE ARE A TON OF BOOKS READY FOR PICKUP!
SHARE YOUR TALENT!
All of the December calendars for the District are accessed from this site
"WE WANT TO COME HOME!"
Remote Academy Learning Resources
Welcome to remote learning! Remember that remote students have classes every day. Below are resources for our full remote learners:
You can check the attendance for any of your students at any time by logging into the Home Access Center and clicking on the attendance tab to view. Toggle between students using the arrow in the upper right hand corner.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the main office at (331) 228-3100! We are here to help!
WANTED: WREDLING PTO VICE PRESIDENT
Looking for a job?
One of the more flexible positions available is that of a D303 Substitute. You can choose to work, or not work, as your schedule permits. Take a moment and read the Substitute Handbook to see what this job entails.
If you are interested and hold a:
- Bachelor's degree in any field you would qualify to apply for a substitute license with the state which allows you to sub for teachers or teacher assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- Associate's degree you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- High School diploma you have to take an aptitude test with the KANE ROE office. Once you pass that, you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
Contact Julie Wenger (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Games, Podcasts and Reading: Winter Break(out) Activities
Sessions will be organized as follows:
Breakout Edu Sessions - 3:00-3:30
How to Raise a Reader - 3:30-4:00
Podcasts for Kids, Tweens and Teens - 4:00-4:30
Winter break is coming, and it is the perfect time to explore and try something new or just have fun as a family. Join us for this 90-minute Parent University session where we will share ways to foster a love of learning through fun activities you can do as a family. We will guide you through sites and activities you can use with your child to visit faraway places, create a family podcast, find a new favorite book, and play collaborative problem-solving games. Join Zoom meeting here.
Wake Up Call
February 2, 2021
Wake Up Call is a three-part drug and alcohol prevention presentation. The first part of the presentation focuses on current trends such as vaping, marijuana, alcohol and prescription pills. Next, attendees will virtually walk through a life-size teen bedroom with more than 20 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where drugs can be hidden, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. Lastly, attendees will learn practical prevention strategies to prevent substance abuse and where to go for help if they are concerned. Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending.
7th and 8th Grade Students
Do you like to write? Have a story you are really proud of? A poem that you wrote this past year? Maybe an essay or report that is awesome?
Submit it to the 42nd Annual AAUW Creative Writing Contest!
Please follow THIS LINK for more details. You can submit your entry anytime AFTER November 30, 2020 and BEFORE February 3, 2021.
ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWSLETTER IS CURRENT AS OF THE PUBLICATION DATE. NEW INFORMATION WILL BE ADDRESSED IN FUTURE NEWSLETTERS.