Wilder Elementary School

Parent Newsletter - November 2019

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Greetings Wilder Families!

Greetings Wilder Families,

We have had great attendance at our RED Events. Thank you! At RED Events, parents (or grandparents) come to Wilder to read with their children for about 30 minutes. It is awesome to see our rooms overflowing with families into the hallways, reading and enjoying books! Our next RED Event will be on Monday, November 18 at 2:30 PM. If you haven’t had a chance to join your child for a RED Event yet, please plan ahead to do so, if at all possible. Students really appreciate having a family member join them.

We are looking forward to Wilder PTO's Turkey Bingo being held at Central High School, on November 21.

Parents, please remember the importance of traffic safety at drop-off and pick-up. Kids move so fast and can appear quickly as cars pull up and pull away from the curb or parking lot. Please, drivers, use extra caution and reduced speed throughout the neighborhood and in our school zone. We teach students the importance of using crosswalks and watching for cars. Please reinforce those safety rules and exercise safety as a driver, as well. Thank you!

As our month of Thanksgiving begins, I must share my gratefulness for the teachers and staff at Wilder. I am amazed, everyday, at the level of commitment and caring shown to our students by the adults in this building. And we all, in turn, are grateful for the support and trust parents place in us to help your children be successful learners. Thank you!


Leslie Wiegandt


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It's Time to Bundle Up!

Parents, please send your children to school with the necessary winter gear for outdoor play. We go outside every day unless it is dangerously below 0. Students need warm coats, snowpants, a hat, gloves and boots. Snowpants are necessary for warmth as well as keeping students dry in the snow. Scarves are also helpful when it gets extremely cold or windy. We are teaching responsibility along with safety when we help students remember to bring these items each day. Let our office know if you are in need of some winter gear. We can help! Any items we supply for your students are expected to return with them to school each day. Our supply is not unlimited. Please encourage your child to remember these items everyday!

Upcoming Dates

Please take note of these important upcoming dates!

Tuesday, November 5 - PTO Meeting in the Library, 6:00-7:00 pm

Friday, November 8- Veteran's Day Program in the Gym - 2:15 pm

Monday, November 11 - Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, November 13 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Monday, November 18 - RED Event - Come and read with your child at 2:30 pm

Thursday, November 21 - Turkey Bingo at Central HS - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Thursday, November 28 - Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL

Friday, November 29 - Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL


Tuesday, December 3 - PTO Meeting in the Library, 6:00-7:00 pm

Friday, December 6 - Trimester 1 Report Cards Will be E-mailed

Wednesday, December 11 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Thursday, December 12 - Music/Choir Program in the Gym - 6:00 pm

Monday December 23 through Wednesday, January 1 - Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL


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Student Engagement Survey

Please note the information below regarding an upcoming survey that will be given to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at Wilder.
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Parents' Lunch Days

Parents are welcome to join their child for lunch anytime. We, however, are setting aside a special day each month for one grade level to host a Parents' Lunch Day. Thanks to Linda Courtney, our cook manager, who will make this possible each month. Our first Parents' Lunch Day is for 5th Graders and their parents or guardians. It will be on Monday, October 21 at 12:30. More information will be sent home to 5th grade families soon. Other dates (TBD) will be held during the following months:

October- 5th Grade

November-4th Grade

January- 3rd Grade

February- 2nd Grade

March- 1st grade

April- Kindergarten

School Safety


To meet district guidelines for student and staff safety, we learn from and practice our lockdown procedures with our School Resource Officer. We are required to practice fire drills, tornado drills, and lockdown drills. These procedures cover specific safety circumstances and are designed to prepare your student(s) and our staff to act quickly and minimize any questions or fears should an emergency take place.

It’s important to practice what to do if there is an unsafe situation in or around our school. We emphasize that the most important thing for a child to do in an unsafe situation is to listen to the teacher. In an emergency situation there are 3 things students may be directed to do: (1) leave our school quickly and quietly, (2) hide quietly in our classroom, or (3) defend themselves by throwing things or creating a distraction.

We continue to reassure students they are safe, and each adult in our school works every day to maintain a safe school for them.

The link below (Elementary Students Hide, Run, Fight.pdf) shows the content of a presentation that classroom teachers are sharing with students in their classroom. I share it here, so you can also have a discussion at home that aligns with school procedures for safety.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you.

Mrs. Wiegandt


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Wilder Student Leaders

This group of 4th and 5th graders are super Student Leaders at Wilder!

Virgil, Sarah, Max, Rainy, Rosie, and Emma.

Online Safety

Please review the flyers attached at the end of the newsletter for tips on protecting your children online and practicing smart phone safety.


Information from Wilder's Social Worker

Cold Weather Gear for Your Student

Snow will be falling sooner rather than later - which means that it is now time to gather your winter gear and make sure your child has everything that they need for the cold weather. If they do not and you are needing assistance with gathering items, please contact Sara Munson at 701.746.2320 or 701.213.7839. The Salvation Army will have their annual Winter Coat Distribution on October 14th, 2019 from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Wilder will have minimal supplies on hand this year - plan now so that we can make sure your child has everything he/she needs.


The Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on November 24, 2019 starting at 4 pm.

If you signed up for a UND Mortar Board turkey basket, a reminder that you can pick that up on:

- Saturday, November 23, 2019

- 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

- Location: UND Transportation Building - 3925 Campus Road

Christmas Assistance

The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Sign-up will be November 4-8, 2019 from 1-3 pm. All other Christmas and Christmas Tree Programs will be communicated as we are notified. If you are aware at this time that your family will need assistance, please notify Sara Munson @ smunson190@mygfschools.org or 701.213.7839.

Santa Day Sign Up

The deadline to sign up for the Red River Valley Community Action's Santa Day is November 15, 2019. This year, parents will come and pick out gifts for their children and wrap them!! Notifications will be made by postcard with the date and time. A form must be completed (attached at the end of the newsletter - or pick up from the RRVCA receptionist), and the following items much be provided with the completed form:

- Income verification for all household members

- Picture ID for all adults in household

- Social Security Cards for all household members


With cooler temperatures ahead, we have seen an increased need for winter weather gear for some of our students. Thanks to our social workers, these needs will be sent via text, posted on the Purposity website, and our community members will be able to assist with the few clicks of a button.

If you want to lend a hand to these students, visit https://www.purposity.com/users/sign_up and sign up for a Purposity account today. You will receive a text message once a week with a need for one of our students/their families. Once an item is purchased, it is sent directly to a school social worker, who distributes the item to the student/their family. It's just that easy.

Information from Wilder's School Nurse

As we move into the winter months and try to stay healthy, please see the attached flyer for guidelines on when to keep students home, and tips to minimize spreading germs.

BoxTops Are Going Digital!

Please review this flyer for specific information about submitting Box Tops for Education digitally -- links to the Box Tops App on Apple or Google Play are also included below the flyer; don't forget to specify Wilder Elementary School as your Box Tops recipient!

We thank you for each and every Box Top submission!!

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The Scary Facts About E-Cigarettes, Vaping, and Juuling

Please review the flyer below for updated information.
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Communication Tips for a Successful 2019-2020 School Year

Please review the following helpful tips.
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