WMS Friday Forecast

November 2, 2018 - Week 11

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First Quarter Grades Are Now Available!

Grades from the first quarter of the school year have been loaded into the Home Access Center (HAC). You should be able to view your student's information once login to HAC.

Dear Parents:

I have parents who sometimes challenge our school rules. "Show me where that is written." I explain that not all school rules or expectations are written in a handbook. "Stay to the right in the hallway." "Don't throw toilet paper on the ceiling in the bathroom." "Do your homework." "Leave your cell phone in your locker."

While each of these examples is not written specifically in any handbook or policy, they are rules and expectations that schools put into place in order to keep our school safe, respectful, and focused on learning.

Sadly, sometimes parents tell their students to ignore a rule or expectation. When that happens, your child may hear "ignore rule X" but what they start to do is decide that they also don't need to follow rules Y or Z either.

Please understand that we don't put rules or expectations into place thoughtlessly. We plan for, teach about, and then implement our rules and guidelines carefully. We do it so that our school remains a place that is safe, respectful, and focused on learning. And we need your support to do these things, even when you may not agree.

One of the things that makes a good school great is when kids have been taught and understand the rules and expectation and live up to them with the support of the staff and parents. Wredling is that place! And while kids may not always live up to our expectations or follow rules, we re-teach and give consequences so that they understand the importance of being part of a wider community that has set clear and positive expectations.

We appreciate your support in helping Wredling continue to be an outstanding school!

Enjoy your weekend!


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Jennifer A. Nielsen Author Visit!

Wredling is so excited to host Jennifer A. Nielsen on Monday, November 5th. Jennifer A. Nielsen is a New York Times best-selling author who wrote her first novel at age 11. All students will be able to attend her presentation and learn more about her life and career.

Prior to her presentation, she will be autographing copies of her books that were purchased through pre-order. Students who pre-ordered will be called down to the LRC.

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Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) at WMS

In addition to academic content here at school, our Wredling students are also learning to be emotionally intelligent. This year, SEL learning will be embedded into all content areas to give students meaningful and real-world context. For this framework, Wredling is using RULER, an evidence-based approach developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER stands for

  • Recognizing emotions in self and others

  • Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions

  • Labeling emotions accurately

  • Expressing emotions appropriately

  • Regulating emotions effectively.

RULER hinges on four Anchor Tools. Students work with Charters to establish common goals in creating a positive learning climate. Students learn to identify and label emotions using a Mood Meter to develop self-awareness. Student are also instructed on taking Meta-Moments to reflect on how one’s “best self” would react in a situation. Blueprints help manage conflict effectively using empathy and perspective during interpersonal challenges.

We will be introducing just one Anchor Tool each quarter. Students worked explicitly on the Charter during 1st Quarter. At the start of the school year, students were asked to reflect on three questions and share their responses via a short survey.

  • How do you want to feel here at school?

  • What can we do to have these feelings each day in school?

  • How can we prevent and manage conflict?

Once all students completed the survey, staff members on our SEL Team organized the responses to create a Student Charter that best captured all ideas. The Student Charter was then introduced to students on our Team Day (October 4th) in a lesson delivered by members of our Student Support Team. Students reflected on what the charter means and how it can be lived on a daily basis. Students then created “quilt pieces” (see included photo) to represent the Charter which are displayed throughout the school. This document is the way in which we do business! Students will be asked to refer to and reflect upon the Student Charter throughout the school year!

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Our Book Fair in partnership with Scholastic is coming soon - Mark your calendar! CLICK HERE to check out the flyer! Your reader will have an opportunity to walk through the Book Fair in the LRC and choose books they may want to purchase. Plan to stop by yourself for some great reads and do some holiday shopping!

Held the week of November 12th - 16th, the hours will be:

  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Wednesday
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm AND 6:00 - 9:00 pm Thursday - We are open LATE in conjunction with the WMS Choir Concert! Come to hear some great singing and do a little shopping too!
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Friday
We will also be open the Monday of Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday, November 19th during Conferences

There is a Book Fairs App and an online shopping option!

Wredling Activity Calendar

This calendar is always being updated - especially at the beginning of the year! We are currently in the process of getting all of the club information on there!

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Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences!

Sign‐up for Parent Teacher Conferences opened October 15th at 7:00 am and will close November 14th at midnight.

FIRST login to your HAC (HOME ACCESS CENTER) Account

  • Click on the LINK BELOW to access the complete directions in a step by step format.
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Join us on November 5 to learn strategies to assist and respond to your child when they are feeling anxious. Tim Buhrt, from Centennial Counseling, along with D303 staff will offer insight on how to help your child deal with anxiety.


Talking to your Child about the Dangers of Drug & Alcohol Use

On December 4, 2018, Matthew Quinn, Licensed Counselor from Rosecrance will be our guest at a Parent University program entitled, "Talking to your Child about the Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Use." This important Parent University program will take place at St. Charles North High School in Room 302 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.



Fiddler on the Roof, Jr!

Do you know the show Fiddler on the Roof? Well, you're in luck! Through Marquee Youth Stage we will be performing Fiddler on the Roof Junior at Pheasant Run Main Stage on November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. For more details, and to buy tickets you can visit marqueeyouth.org. If you are not acquainted with the show, Fiddler on the roof is a story about Tevye a poor Jewish father with six daughters, that he must marry off. Meanwhile, there are disputes with the Russian militia, that he must fight off to keep his Jewish traditions. Hope to see you there! Come on out and support our RedHawk students performing in the Show! Wredling Students in the Show include Anne Gerard, Maya Cassell, Sophia Rubin, and Patrick Klasa. They will be thrilled to have you there!

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online!

Pumpkin Smash & Compost Events

City of St. Charles, IL News Release:

Don't let those Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns go to waste in a landfill. Pumpkins and squash are full of nutrients that can be composted and used as fertilizer for spring planting. If you don't have a compost bin, there are a few places you can bring your pumpkins to be composted:

  • Pushing The Envelope Farm, 1700 Averill Road in Geneva - Bring your pumpkins Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon, sponsored by Kane County and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
  • The Great Pumpkin Bowl - Nov. 4 at Pottawatomie Park from 1-3 p.m. $5/person, benefitting St. Charles Underground. First you can knock down bowling pins with your pumpkin, and then you can smash it! The Park District adds the pumpkin pieces to their compost pile.
  • SCARCE Pumpkin Smash Events - For a list of more than 20 pumpkin smash events around Illinois, visit www.scarce.org/pumpkins.

Before you drop off your pumpkin, please remove any decorations, candles, stickers etc.

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Aramark is looking to hire lunchroom supervisors in multiple locations. Click the flyer below to go directly to the job posting!
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