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Spring has arrived and we're closing in on the end of another year at WCS!  We hope you'll take a minute and catch up on our news.

In this Newsletter:
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Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open for the Class of 2031!  If your child was born on or before September 30, 2013 they are eligible for Kindergarten this fall.  Registration packets can be picked up at our Central Registration Office, located in the Middle School. You can also pick one up at our Board of Education office at 341 S Nelson Ave.

For details on registration requirements and Kindergarten Orientation please visit our Enrollment page today.

2017 GOTR participants from East End on race day and completing their service project.

Girls on the Run Program

Denver Place Elementary is participating in Girls on the Run this spring!

They have 14 girls participating this year. 6 Staff members received training - Karen Long, Carrie Peelle, Alea Shope, Natalie Steinmetz, Courtney Caparso, and Leighanne Dyer. All of the coaches are sharing in the organization and leadership. 2 of the coaches are CPR trained, and there is a CPR trained coach at all meetings.

According to their website, "At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k event"  

From one past participant, "Girls on the run is a fun program where all girls can be themselves and have fun. We also get to learn people skills that we can use when now and when we get older. We get fit and have fun and get a 5k at the end of the year."

The team will be participating in a Girls on the Run 5k in Cincinnati on May 12th!  They will set up a practice 5K in the Denver Place neighborhood at an upcoming meeting, on Monday, April 23rd. Everyone in the community is invited to come on the 23rd to encourage the girls in this event. Wish them luck and cheer them on if you see them running around the neighborhood getting ready for their big event.

Band Fundraiser:  8th Annual Mattress Sale

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, April 14

Support the Wilmington Band on Saturday, April 14. We will be sponsoring our eighth annual mattress sale. Profits go directly to the Band Program. Brand new, name brand, top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties. Much higher quality for price than a retail store! All sizes, price ranges, delivery and financing will be available. 

Floor models will be on display in the Wilmington High School gym from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. If you, or anyone you know is in the market for a new mattress...check out this fundraiser!! If you need a new mattress before our sale or have any questions, please contact dharbin65@yahoo.com.              
Every Sale  will benefit our Band Program!!!

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ClassDojo and School Communications

Did you know that you can be engaged with your child's education through ClassDojo?  ClassDojo is a classroom communication app that connects teachers and parents.

"Teachers can encourage students for any skill or value - whether it's working hard, being kind, helping others or something else. Students can showcase and share their learning by adding photos and videos to their own portfolios. Parents can follow along and share in classroom moments, check up on grades, homework, and behavior, and see what students are learning."  (ClassDojo.com)

Fast fun facts about ClassDojo:
  • Actively used in 90% of K-8 schools in the US, and in over 180 countries
  • 1 in 3 US kids aged 5-14 have learned about Growth Mindset and Empathy with ClassDojo (see videos here)
  • Translated and used in over 35 languages
  • 20% of team has a teaching background
  • Connecting families to classrooms worldwide
To participate, all parents need to do is reach out to their child's elementary teacher. All the teacher needs is an email. Parents will receive an email from Class Dojo that explains the set up. 

 Learn more about Class Dojo at classdojo.com
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Elementary Updates

WCSD Elementary principals are excited to share information with our students and families about the new grade level centers being formed for the start of the upcoming school year. The new grade level centers will include the following grades in the existing elementary buildings:

Holmes - Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Graders
Denver Place - 3rd and 4th Graders
East End - Preschool and 5th Graders

Jen Martin will be the principal at East End (PreK and 5). Karen Long will be the principal at Holmes Elementary (K, 1, 2). And Cortney Karshner-Rethmel, will be the principal at Denver Place (3, 4).

We are planning opportunities for you to visit your child(ren)'s new school at a Family Night in May. In addition, your child will have the opportunity to take a field trip in May to the grade level center that they will attend next year and have an opportunity to interact with their grade level peers. Students and families alike will have opportunities to meet their new teachers and classmates and tour their new grade level center. Specific dates and details about these exciting events will be shared with you soon.

There is a team of teachers, parents, and community members working closely with building and district leadership to plan a smooth transition to these new grade level center. Committees are working on the following aspects of the transition:
  • Moving
  • Transportation
  • Arrival and Dismissal
  • Student/Parent Transition
More information will be shared with you via our school website, Class Dojo, and the district newsletter. If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to your building principal and ask!

For additional information, transportation plan, and FAQ's please visit our Grade Level Center page at wilmington.k12.oh.us/glc

Spring Testing 

With Spring comes AIR (American Institutes for Research) testing in our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes, and State Testing in our MS and HS. Our testing will begin in April in all buildings. Testing can be a stressful time for parents and students both. 

Do your kids get stressed by tests?

Physical Signs of Test Anxiety
Emotional Signs of Test Anxiety
* butterflies in the stomach
* pain or upset stomach
* cold, clammy hands.
* sweaty palms
* feeling hot or cold
* headaches
* nausea
* feeling faint
* sleepless nights
* frequent tears or excessive crying
* feelings of anger and/or helplessness
* irritability
* becoming easily frustrated

Elementary Schedule:  You can find the testing schedule and helpful tips for reducing test stress on the document  2018 AIR Testing: Schedule and Tips.

From left to right - Educators Emily Schmetzer and Cindy Morris_ student Sydney Wright_ and educator Jessica Shelton.
From left to right - Educators Emily Schmetzer and Cindy Morris, student Sydney Wright, and educator Jessica Shelton.
Peers Helping Peers

What a great article about a terrific program at WHS! 

Leaders Cindy Morris and Emily Schmetzer have worked hard with their team of educators and students to teach and implement ASD Strategies in Action - real-life, practical, evidence-based strategies to support, educate, and work with students on the autism spectrum. 

We hope you'll take a minute to learn about our Peers Helping Peers program and how it is helping our students that are on the spectrum.  

Mrs. McCarty-Stewart accepting the check for EE Elementary
UHC Playmakers presented to check to Mrs. McCarty-Stewart on March 1st
East End Wins Big!

Thanks to a nomination from an East End parent, Jackie Morris, East End Elementary has been awarded $4000 from United Healthcare's Buckeye Playmakers.

What is Playmakers?  "Sports, physical activity, and active play can help kids maintain a healthy lifestyle. Playmakers is a sweepstakes designed to improve the health of young buckeyes by advancing school resources for physical activity." (BuckeyePlaymakers.com)

East End Principal, Jen Martin, will be able to use the money to improve the health and wellness of their students.  Thanks, Jackie, for taking the time to nominate East End!  


East End Preschool Receives a 5-Star Rating!

Congratulations to our East End Preschool team!  They've earned a 5-star rating for meeting the quality standards established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education.  

Our preschool was developed in 1990 to serve children with a variety of special needs.  The current program model was adopted to include children with typical development in order to create a community of learners, one with an appropriate and enriching learning environment and experience for all.

The curriculum is guided by the Early Learning Content Standards provided by the Ohio Department of Education. The daily schedule provides for a combination of whole group, small group and individual instruction, as well as learning through center based activities. Children are given an opportunity to interact with peers and adults in the classroom, as well as motor time and outside play. The social curriculum is supported through the Responsive Classroom philosophy which fosters safe, challenging, and joyful classrooms.

Step Up To Quality recognizes and promotes programs that meet quality program standards that exceed preschool licensing and health/safety regulations.   Our preschool staff, over the last 2 years, has been working hard to gain extra certification to exceed state standards and licensing requirements to earn this 5 star rating.

Our team consisted of:
Jamie Bryant - teacher
Ciara McGee - teacher
Elexis Wiederhold - teacher
Sharon Clifton - speech pathologist
Emily Schmetzer - speech pathologist
Lindsey Callahan - psychologist
Cindy Miller - aide
Rhonda Shumaker - aide
Carol Ilg - aide
Jen Martin - Principal

In 2018 we also welcomed Tammy Gregory to our team as a new preschool aide.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of educators, specialists, and aides that create such an enriching learning environment for our youngest students.

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Celebrating our Students
We've collected some recent articles highlighting the accomplishments of our WCS students. From the 2018 graduates of Leadership Clinton Youth Collaborative and East End's Sweetheart Dance, to WMS BUGS, our kids have been busy learning, achieving, and leading!

So take a minute and  catch up on the latest WCS Students in the News.  We think you'll be just as proud of them as we are.

2018-2019 School Calendar

The 2018-2019 school calendar was approved at the February 26, 2018 Board meeting and can be found at the following link.

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School News:  
Stay Connected

Each building has their own web page , calendar, and social media channel for your convenience.

*Please double check each building's calendar for changes as an event approaches.

D istrict Highlights:
WCS District:  Website  Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter
4/14  Band Fundraiser - Mattress Sale 10am-5pm WHS
4/23  BOE Meeting at WMS 7:00pm
4/28  Shred-it Day at WHS 8-11am - Bring your documents to shred to the WHS parking lot and have them securely shredded for free! (Sponsored by Wilmington Savings Bank and WCS)

Additional Building Highlights:
Denver:   Website     Like us on Facebook    Newsletter
Every Monday at 7pm - Facebook Bedtime Story Live
Mondays after school - Mini Clubs and Girls on the Run
4/8  Dayton Dragon's Game
       Facebook Bedtime Story 7pm
4/10 Testing begins - See schedule
4/12 Skate Night 6-8:30pm
4/16 PTO Meeting 4:15pm
4/20 Interim Reports go home
4/23 GOTR Practice 5K
4/26 Recorder Concert 6pm Auditeria
4/30 Student of the Month Lunch

East End :   Website      Like us on Facebook   
4/5  Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7:30pm
4/10 Testing begins - See schedule
4/11 PTO Meeting 5:30pm
4/12 Mr. Davis' Art Club
4/20 Interim Reports go home
4/30 Caught Doing Good Lunch

Holmes:   Website     Like us on Facebook   
4/10  Testing Begins - See schedule
         PTO Meeting 4pm
4/20  Interim Reports go home

WMS:   Website     Follow us on Twitter   Like us on Facebook   View on Instagram
4/11  State Testing Begins:  See Schedule
4/13  ABC Dance 6:30pm
4/18  ABC Meeting 5pm
4/20  Interim Reports go home

WHS:    Website    Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter    View on Instagram  
4/10  State Testing Begins - See Schedule
4/12  Report Card Fair 4-7pm
4/14  Band Fundraiser:  Mattress Sale 10am-5pm
4 /19   National Honor Society Induction 7pm
4/25   Student of the Month Pizza Party

For Athletic Events  schedule please visit our website at  wilmingtonathletics.org  and follow @WHSCaneAD on  Follow us on Twitter