Willow Parent Bulletin #16
December 10, 2021
Walking in the Willow Wonderland...
Don't forget that next week is Spirit Week. We went with a winter theme, so of course it's supposed to be in the 50's next week! A little farther down, you will also find information on what your wildcat's day will look like in the event school gets canceled for inclement weather.
Once the real winter arrives, please be sure your child is properly dressed. Students are outside during the day unless the temperature/real feel is below 20 degrees. If there is actual snow on the ground, students will need to have boots and snow pants to be able to leave the blacktop areas to play.
Once the weather changes, please allow more time for your morning commute. With all of our small people, it will take a little longer. We need your help to make sure everyone is safe. Please stay in line. It makes dropping off a little slower, but significantly safer.
Inclement weather ("snow day")
That morning you will get an e-blast from us, too. It will have a quick survey for you to complete with your wildcat's name, teacher, and a place to indicate whether or not your child completed his/her choice boards. This is what we will use for attendance for the day.
Your child's teacher will be available via email. He/she will have "office hours" from 9-11:30 AM and again from 12:15-2:15PM.
Book Blurb: "Ambitious Girl"
FREE Mental Wellness Services
To continue our efforts toward addressing the need for restorative practices, access to mental wellness services and reducing chronic absenteeism/truancy, the Cook County Southland Juvenile Justice Council, in partnership with Midwest Family & Community Resources, is providing access to FREE Mental Wellness services until June 30, 2022.
This is an opportunity for the mental health pandemic we have all been facing to be addressed regardless of ability to pay. Individual, Family & Group counseling is available, in person, virtually or hybrid.
Rental assistance available now
The Illinois Rental Payment Program provides financial assistance for rent up to $25,000 to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance beginning Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 through Jan. 9, 2022. Learn more about the program and how to start your application at www.illinoishousinghelp.org.
Homewood Library Author Visit
Homewood Library is hosting a Virtual Author Visit for this month's Cookies & Comics Meetup on Dec 16 @ 6pm!
Teenage author, Saida Woolf will chat with us about her book Soulstream and about creating comics.
Participants who register by Monday Dec 13th can pick up 2 free cookies to munch on during the event.
Register Here : http://il.evanced.info/homewood/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=15318&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=12/1/2021&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=
Homewood Science Center Opportunities
STEM Saturdays at 18022 Dixie Highway
Drop in from 10am-1pm / FREE
Nano / Early Math Counts Activities / Children's Book Inspired Making and Tinkering / Imagination Playground / Dinosaur Bones / LEGO / and MORE!
Dec 11/ Birds on the Move, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Dec 18/ Animals of the North Pole, Dawn Barksdale, DVM, USDA
Homewood Science Center will not be open for STEM Saturdays on Dec 25 & Jan 1.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY Break Hours
Tuesday Dec 28/ 10 am - 1pm
Thursday Dec 30/ 10 am - 1 pm
Jan 15/ Space Science Saturday, Juliet Crowell, University of Chicago
EXPLORING EMOTIONAL & MENTAL HEALTH
December 9 at 7pm / Children's Emotional Wellness / Virtual
Liz Smith, owner of Serendipity Yoga and Wellness and elementary school educator, will share the importance of introducing mindfulness practices to children.
Discussion will center on defining mindfulness, how mindfulness impacts the brain and a variety of techniques to support self-regulation, healthy emotional development and stress management.
Liz will leave participants with practical information to support children from a young age in discovering the power of mindfulness.
Gallery of photos:
Dec 13-17: Spirit Week (see above)
Dec. 17: EARLY RELEASE at 1:35- lunch will be at the regular times
Dec 17: winter parties 9-10AM
Dec. 20- Jan. 3: Winter break
Jan. 4: Students return to school
Jan 10-14: STAR testing
Jan 17: NO SCHOOL- in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday
Feb 1: EARLY RELEASE at 11:40AM
Feb 14: Valentine's parties 9-10AM
Feb. 21: NO SCHOOL- Presidents' Day