WMS Friday Forecast
February 25, 2022
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As our kids get older, one of the most important things for them to learn is that there are natural consequences for our actions. As adults, we know this. If I don't get to work on time, I may have a conversation with my boss. If I don't get a project done well and on time, I may get fired. But in schools, natural consequences look different.
If I don't get my homework done, what happens? If I don't study for a test, what is the consequence?
Our goal is that students learn those natural consequences, but to achieve that we guide our students through a gradual release. We want parents to check Home Access, more frequently at the start of the year, and less as the year progresses - and more in 6th grade than in 8th grade. We want there to be consequences at home when a child gets a poor grade because they did not complete assignments, turn in work, or due to failure to study for a test.
We also want our kids to understand that there are consequences for their behavior. She may get detention for throwing carrots at a friend in the cafeteria. He may get a suspension for being in a fight.
Sitting at the dinner table each night, it is important to talk to your kids about consequences. For example: What do you think will happen if you get a poor grade in middle school math? While you may be grounded at home, you will also probably be placed in a lower math class in the next grade. But more importantly, you lose the knowledge you need, you will have gaps in understanding... you miss the opportunity to learn.
Consequences can be tough. But it is vital that you let your kids experience them on their own. It is a necessary part of the growing and maturing process.
A Smile From An Unexpected Place!
Last week was Random Acts of Kindness week. Even though the week is over, we would like to issue the following challenge: Continue to foster and spread kindness in your daily life. Challenge your kids to send a nice note to someone, invite someone new to sit at lunch or hang out. Challenge yourself and your kids to make a deliberate effort to choose kindness each and every day. "Throw Kindness Like Confetti!" What a fantastic way to brighten our world with some joy and happiness.
Sometimes a little joy can come from the most unexpected of places... We discovered the above note left in one of our library books a few years ago. That little note absolutely made our day! It is important to remember that even little things can make a very big impact! Who knows when someone tucked this adorably hilarious note in that book... All we know is that it brought HUGE smiles (and some giggles!) to our faces when we needed it the most.
Attention parents of 7th-grade students!
It is time for WEB Recruitment!! WEB, “Where Everybody Belongs” is a mentoring program where next year’s 8th-graders (your 7th grade children) are trained to welcome and mentor next year’s 6th-graders.
Is your child responsible, dependable, and capable of developing leadership skills? If so, please encourage your child to apply to be a WEB Leader. The benefits for WEB Leaders include building greater confidence, increasing connections with their peers, exploring leadership opportunities, sharing their knowledge with incoming 6th-graders, and of course, having FUN!Applications are available on the 7th Grade Hub (found under the academic tab on the Wredling Website) and are DUE Wednesday March 9th. We are so excited about continuing our WEB tradition here at Wredling, and we couldn’t do it without our soon-to-be WEB Leaders!
Illinois Youth Survey for 8th Grade Students
Schools throughout the state of Illinois will have the opportunity to conduct the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) with students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. Wredling 8th graders will be taking the survey in the week of March 21st.
WHAT IS THE ILLINOIS YOUTH SURVEY? The purpose of the IYS is to better understand youth attitudes and behaviors that can impact student problems and academic success. It asks about topics like nutrition, physical activity, bullying, school climate, and alcohol and other drug use. Students will be asked to complete an anonymous survey (with no names or identification numbers). The survey is completely voluntary and privacy will be strictly protected.
WHAT IS THE SURVEY DATA USED FOR? The IYS will provide our school's combined student results providing data to assess needs, track progress toward physical, social, and mental health goals, and evaluate student support services.
If you have questions regarding the survey, wish to see a sample of the survey, or want your child to opt-out of the survey, please see this document or email Mr. Jacques Slaiher, Wredling's Student Assistance Counselor. A copy of the survey will also be available for viewing in the main office along with opt-out forms.
For more information, please visit the Illinois Youth Survey website at http://iys.cprd.illinois.edu.
Dear Parents and Guardians
1) NO outside drinks (Starbucks, Dunkin’, etc..) will be allowed in the AM. Students will be directed to finish them before entering the building.
2) Parents are welcome to drop off lunch but only for their own child - not a group
3) We DO NOT accept or sign for delivered lunches for students - please do not order food deliveries
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A Reminder from the School Nurse
State legislation requires that all Illinois children in Sixth Grade will have a dental examination. A licensed dentist must perform the examination, and he or she shall sign the form. Dental offices should have the form available, but it is also available online at www.d303.org under Departments, then Health Services, then “Health Documents and Forms”. Each 6th grade student must present proof of a dental examination by a dentist prior to May 15, 2022. The exam must be dated within 18 months prior to May 15, 2022. If your child has had an exam already, you can ask your dentist to complete the form for the exam.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a waiver for children who show undue burden or lack of access to a dentist. Parents or legal guardians who object to the dental examinations on religious grounds shall present to the school a signed, detailed statement of the objection.
The deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit this if you have not already done so. If you have any questions, please contact the WMS nurses at 331-228-3704.
Volunteers Needed To Share Career and Education/Training Experiences
***Visitors choosing to come into the building must adhere to current D303 visitor protocols. As of 10/1/21 - all visitors must:
- Show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test received within 72 hours of arriving to volunteer at your building.
- Bring documentation to the front office of your building upon arrival. If you would like to present to our students, please complete this Google form.
Important Safety Reminder for WMS Parents
Wredling Main Phone Line Update
Do you enjoy working with kids?
Are you looking for a job where you can make a difference?
APPLY TO WORK AT OUR SCHOOLS!!!
LUNCHROOM SUPERVISORS NEEDED! We currently have 2 openings here at Wredling!
Please contact Patricia Burton at 331-228-5242 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for Your Child if they are Quarantined:
If your child is quarantined due to Covid, our teachers will send work to your child and work with you and your child as we always have when a child is out of school. We want to recognize that quarantine offers some unique challenges for our students.
We will be offering instructional support through a certified teacher during quarantine. Ann Rose, a recently retired D303 teacher, will be available to support our quarantine students through Zoom. When a child begins quarantine, we will email both the child and the parent with information on how to access Mrs. Rose's Zoom for support. We encourage our quarantined students to access this instructional support!
E-Learning Plan and Emergency Days
The School Board has approved an E-Learning plan that gives the district the option to offer remote learning in place of emergency days. Currently, our last day of school is Tuesday, May 24, which is the week before Memorial Day. As we move into the winter months, we want to update you on the plan for how the district will manage emergency days and e-learning days.
If we experience inclement weather, the first three days will be “snow days” that will be made up at the end of the school year on May 25, 26, and 27 as needed.
Subsequent emergency days will be remote days so the last attendance day will still be before Memorial Day.
If there is a long stretch of inclement weather (blizzard, polar vortex, etc.), we may split the days into “snow days” and e-learning days so as to not have too many non-attendance days in a row.
ATTENTION SPORTS FANS!
We have a great opportunity to come out and visit the Northwestern University Campus and catch a Big 10 basketball game.
On behalf of Northwestern Basketball, we are so thrilled to have Wredling Middle School Friends and Family join us March 6th for our first Youth Football Day.
Check out the great programming for youth players and their families offered ONLY through this promotion:
Tickets are still available at the group rate of $25. Go to www.nusports.com/groups and use promo code: WREDLINGB19
What do we have planned for you?
Arrive by 4:30 to take the exclusive tour of Ryan Field
- Stadium Club
- Photo opportunities with Championship Trophies
- Press Box
- Coaches Box
- Drawing for Authentic Northwestern Football helmets
- Other Fabulous Door Prizes
- Group Greeting on the Scoreboard
- Northwestern Mini Footballs
- Seat Visits from Former Northwestern Football Players
- Sign up to host home games at Hutcheson Field:
Please email Coach Kohler at Thomas.email@example.com to let him know how many people will be attending this event.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY
IT IS NOT SPONSORED BY D303 OR WREDLING