Wynford Elementary

December Newsletter--2017

From the Desk of Mrs. Nutter

Can you believe it's almost Christmas? We are well into the second quarter, winter MAP testing is being completed and preparations for the holidays are well under way!

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 are currently collecting non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army. Any student who brings a donation in prior to Friday, December 15th, will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the Columbus Zoo. We will accept donations until Thursday, December 21st.


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 hat

Tuesday, 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

--Preschool Caroling

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

Habit 2 is based on imagination--the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don't make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default. It's about connecting again with your own uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself. Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.

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

We are now using finger scanners in the cafeteria line for students to pay for breakfast and lunch. This process has been used in the middle school and high school for awhile and is much more accurate. I want to assure you that there is never a fingerprint image stored in the system.

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 tanner.nicole@wynfordroyals.org

Nicole Tanner, Food Service Director