From the Desk of Mrs. Nutter
Our Holiday Parties will be held on Thursday, December 21st. Please check in with your child's teacher to get the specific information. The school wide sing-a-long will be at 10:00 a.m. in the gym. Don't forget, we are releasing students 2 hours early on the 21st!
From our school family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a happy new year!
Local Community Outreach Activities
We will be collecting gently used clothing items for the Goodwill Industries until mid-January. What a perfect time to sort through those old clothes as you get new clothes for the holidays! The school earns money per pound of clothing collected. All money collected will be used for Leadership Activities for the students. We hope you can donate, this is a win-win! Goodwill benefits, as well as our students!
Global Community Outreach--Coin Drive for Puerto Rico Family
The Wynford community has a close connection to the current crisis in Puerto Rico. Mrs. Ulmer, our elementary school librarian, is from the island of Puerto Rico and has several family members living there. Her mother, 3 sisters and other family members are living through things that we can only imagine as we watch the news.
Hurricane Maria, a catastrophic Category 4 storm, made a direct hit on Puerto Rico on September 20. The hurricane has been described as a 50 -mile-wide tornado. Rainfall from the storm was measured in feet along with the 150 mph winds. Since that time, much of the small island remains without power and adequate drinking water. Both food and cell service are limited as well. Dozens of remote villages continue to be completely cut off from any kind of help. Mrs. Ulmer’s mother lives in one of those remote villages. She was unable to return to her home for several weeks and had been staying with one of her daughters in San Juan. She has recently been able to return to her home with the help of a generator. She recently called to report that her water has been restored. Mrs. Ulmer also has an aunt who lost everything and two cousins who lost everything in their house.
How can we help? Mrs. Ulmer shared that the cost for gasoline to run the generator for 5 hours costs $15. She has sent some boxed and canned food to her family. One of her sisters jokingly asked Mrs. Ulmer to send some ice. While ice isn’t an option, the 4th grade classes are sponsoring a coin drive to help with postage and perhaps some of the other needs expressed. 4th grade students will come to each classroom to collect donations through December 21. There will also be a collection container in the office.
The Wynford Community is known for taking care of its own. Please consider making this part of your Season of Giving this December. If you would like to write a check, please make it out to Wynford Schools. Thank you for helping with this very worthwhile cause.
Assistant Principal, Mr. Doug Lillo
Douglas Lillo begins his term at Wynford after having worked in Ionia, Michigan, and Willard, Ohio as a public school art teacher for 24 years. Additionally, Mr. Lillo also served as the High School Principal at Pleasant for one year.
Doug’s wife Nancy is an elementary teacher at Mohawk, and the couple have four children. His two sons, Maxfield and Press are college students in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His daughter Marnie-Kate is a senior this year, while his daughter Juliana is a 10th grader at Mohawk High School.
Among Mr. Lillo’s duties as Mrs. Nutter’s assistant are supervision of elementary bus discipline, school attendance officer, and preschool account supervisor. Mr. Lillo remarked that he is enjoying his work with the Wynford staff and students saying, “ I think our staff is marvelous, and I have really enjoyed meeting so many great parents and students!”
Upcoming Events--Christmas Spirit Week
Monday, December 18th--Hats off to the Habits--Wear your favorite Christmas hatTuesday, December 19th--Christmas Character Day--Dress as your favorite Christmas movie or book character
--Holiday Activities--PTO Meeting--3rd Grade Featured
Wednesday, December 20th--Ugly Sweater Day
Thursday, December 21st--PJ's for $1--donations used for Leadership Activities
--10:00 am School Wide Sing-a-Long
--Students dismissed at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, December 22nd through Tuesday, January 2nd--No School
Wednesday, January 3rd--Students back in session
Friday, January 12th--End of 2nd Quarter
Leader in Me--Habit 2--Begin with the End in Mind
One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 2 into your life is to develop a Personal Mission Statement. It focuses on what you want to be and do. It is your plan for success. It reaffirms who you are, puts your goals in focus, and moves your ideas into the real world. Your mission statement makes you the leader of your own life. You create your own destiny and secure the future you envision.
Finger Scanning for Lunch Accounts
Here is a little on how it works: When the student's finger is scanned, a grid of intersection points is developed. These points are turned into a template. What is stored is a set of numbers that can only be interpreted as a template. When the student returns to scan their finger it compares it to the template and that is how they are identified. Once again, at no time is a fingerprint image ever stored, and no fingerprints can be recreated from the template. You can find a document on the Wynford School Website that gives further explanation.
If you any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Tanner, Food Service Director