Unique Week

posted May 15, 2018, 7:15 AM by Jennifer Swindler   [ updated May 15, 2018, 7:17 AM ]

unique week
- We are celebrating the 5th Annual UNIQUE WEEK May 14th-18th. We are celebrating UNIQUE WEEK because we believe that all students in WCS are worthy of respect for their unique abilities and disabilities and we believe in their right, need, and desire to achieve their full potential. We also believe that families, teachers, and peers play a critical role in promoting the highest possible achievement of each child. We hope that UNIQUE WEEK will bring together teachers, families, students, and community resources as we strive to have each individual student be successful at school and in the community.  Everyday during that week, students in all of the WCS buildings will hear announcements and watch inspiring videos that reinforce the idea that we are all unique with different abilities and disabilities.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of why it is important to embrace everyone’s uniqueness!  We hope that you will join us in celebrating UNIQUENESS!
Monday (5/14) Inside Out Day
Everyone is unique in their own way.  Some people struggle with expressing themselves, but have a lot to say on the inside. Today we wear our clothes inside out to show that what’s on the inside is just as important.
Tuesday (5/15) Mismatch Day 
No two people are the same. It’s important to celebrate our differences. “To make a difference, you must be different.”
Wednesday (5/16) Take a Walk in someone else’s shoes:  “Wear two different shoes”
Sometimes you need to walk in another person’s shoes to know how they feel. We wear two different shoes today  to show our uniqueness and to demonstrate understanding of other’s differences.

Thursday (5/17) Hawaii theme
Today we wear Hawaiian clothes in order to make a splash by being unique.
Friday(5/18) Orange & Black School Spirit Day -
Today, you are wearing orange and black to show that we are a school community and no matter our differences we can appreciate and celebrate everyone’s unique qualities

WCS in the News

posted May 15, 2018, 6:30 AM by Jennifer Swindler   [ updated May 21, 2018, 12:50 PM ]

PTO News

posted May 15, 2018, 5:55 AM by Jennifer Swindler

- A message from your PTOs!

As we move to the Grade Level Center format for our elementary school buildings, the three existing PTO’s have all voted to merge into one, larger PTO organization.
These PTO Members have spent a lot of time together over the last several months, really working together to outline this new structure and to set our new PTO up for success. We have some very dedicated PTO officers and school staff in our elementary buildings and they’ve come up with some great initiatives as we look forward to the 2018-2019 school year.

By forming one PTO, we’ll be able to have representation from each building and will be able to better coordinate events (whether district-wide or building specific), allowing for more consistency and ease of scheduling for families.

Our first meeting will be on Monday, May 21st at 5:30 p.m. at Holmes Elementary, where we will be electing our new officers and establishing our new governing by-laws.

We are looking for dedicated parents to get involved and have listed the elected positions below. The PTO meets once per month and then assists with various events throughout the year, but the schedule is flexible. Most of our PTO Officers hold full time jobs along with other responsibilities and are easily able to make it work. We would love to have you involved next year! It’s a great way to meet fellow parents, build better relationships with teachers and give students a great learning experience.

If you’re interested in an officer position for the 2018-2019 school year, please get in touch with any of the current officers listed below. This will be a critical year for so many reasons and we need energetic and enthusiastic people to help us make it the best year ever!

Positions for the 2018-2019 School Year:

  • supervises all activities of the organization
  • presides at PTO meetings
  • active in PTO for at least one year
Vice President
  • member of the Executive committee
  • in the absence of the President, shall perform the duties of the President
  • keeps the minutes of the meetings
  • performs all duties incident to the office of Secretary
  • has charge of, and is responsible for, all funds of the organization
  • prepares monthly report
Director of Public Relations
  • responsible for the publicity for all events of the organization
  • acts as a liaison between the school and the media
Building Director (one per elementary)
  • coordinates volunteers and building level activities for events set by the Executive Committee
Teacher Liaison (one per elementary)
  • a member of the school staff
  • communicates directly with teachers and staff to better understand their needs
A big thank you to our 2017-2018 Officers!
East End
    Carrie Klontz, President
    Jen Martin, Secretary
    Kim Leaming, Treasurer

    Wendy Short, President
    Carrie Zeigler, Vice President
    Jesika Cooper, Secretary
    Kristy Nicely, Treasurer
    Kristi Fickert, Social Media

Denver Place
    Mandy Curry, President
    Amy Frary, Vice President
    Alicia Wheeler, Secretary
    Tanya Snarr, Treasurer
    Nikki Estep, Recorder
    Marci Huelskamp, Teacher Liaison

May Newsletter

posted May 3, 2018, 7:02 AM by Jennifer Swindler

- Our May newsletter is now available!  Check out the great things happening at WCS.

Elementary Transportation Survey

posted May 1, 2018, 7:06 AM by Jennifer Swindler   [ updated May 3, 2018, 4:52 AM ]

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Please help us to plan by completing the Elementary Transportation Survey for students currently in Preschool through 4th grade. Surveys should be submitted by May 16th, even if you are not sure of your plans. This will help us to get an early start on route planning for the next school year.

*We are hopeful that with enough surveys submitted, we may be able create a plan to shrink our current walk zones!

It is helpful if you submit one form per child, especially if they have different transportation plans/needs/buildings.  

Q:  What if I'm not sure what I'm doing next year for transportation?
A:  We just need your best guess at this point. You'll be able to change plans before school starts, so don't worry about being locked in to the plan you submit today.

Q:  What if my student is in the MH unit and has unique transportation needs?
A:  You can still fill out the form, just use the "Other" spot to write in any special transportation needs.  We'll be working directly with our MH student families.

Q:  I have several children that will be attending different elementary buildings next year. Will they be riding different buses?
A:  No. Elementary siblings in the same household will ride the same bus together. The bus will stop at the closest geographic school first, then rotate to the other elementary buildings. Students not attending that school will simply stay on the bus till it rotates to their building.  

Q:  I'm worried my Kindergarten/1st/2nd grade child won't know to get off the bus at the right school building. Will there be someone there to help make sure they get off at the right time?
A:  Yes. We will have staff on hand to help. Also, each bus driver will have a list of students for their bus, along with their building assignments.  

Q:  What if I don't want to fill out the survey before I know how long my child's bus ride will be?
A:  Well, we're in a little bit of a pickle then.  The only way we can get you the most accurate estimates of time is to get a high percentage of surveys completed.  Please remember, you are not locked in to your responses. You'll have time to change your decisions well before the school year begins.

Q:  What if I am in a walk zone for an elementary, but it's not the right one for my child?
A:  Your child would still walk to your walk-zone school, then catch an assigned bus leaving at 8:40 for a short ride to their correct school.

Q:  What happens when school lets out?
A:  The entire process reverses completely.  We'll have a 30 minute window (3:30 to 4:00 approximately) to allow time for buses to rotate buildings and for parents who may need to pick up children a different buildings.

Q:  What will the students do while the buses are rotating buildings before and after school?
A:  There will be planned supervision and activities at both ends of the school day. In the morning we offer breakfast and the new schedule will actually allow more time for many of our students to eat breakfast.  

Q:  What if I want my older elementary child to ride the bus, but I would rather drive my younger child to school myself?
A:  No worries. That is your choice and one of the reasons we ask that you complete a seperate form for each child. We can work with custom transportation plans if we have advance notice.

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please feel free to contact us at info@wilmington.k12.oh.us

Elementary May Events

posted May 1, 2018, 5:23 AM by Jennifer Swindler   [ updated May 1, 2018, 5:44 AM ]

may dates
Elementary Parents and students are invited to attend our Open House nights in May! You and your child(ren) will get a chance to see our elementary buildings and meet the teachers. Teachers for the 2018-19 will be at their new building so make sure to visit the school(s) your child(ren) will be attending in 2018-19.

Here’s the schedule for the 2018-2019 elementary buildings:
May 2 - East End (5th Grade) 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
May 3 - Holmes (K, 1st & 2nd) and Denver (3rd, 4th) 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Kindergarten registration is well underway for next year's incoming students! We can’t wait to meet all of our kindergarten families at one of the orientation events at Holmes Elementary on May 7th for families (last names A-L) and May 15th (last names M-Z) starting at 6:30 pm. You're also invited to come to the Open House on May 3rd to see the building and meet the teachers.

On May 21st our students will have a chance to visit other elementary buildings and see their new digs! Students that will be attending a new building in 2018-19 will be bussed to that building to spend the morning and eat lunch. They’ll be able to meet the teachers and staff, tour the building, and participate in activities to help them feel comfortable in a new building.

Reminder: This info went home with students a couple weeks ago, along with a transportation survey. You can also complete the survey online.

Kindergarten Orientation

posted Apr 24, 2018, 10:13 AM by Jennifer Swindler   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 10:14 AM ]

link to kindergarten enrollment and orientation page
Kindergarten registration is well underway!  We can’t wait to meet all of our kindergarten families at one of the orientation events at Holmes Elementary on May 7th for families (last names A-L) and May 15th (last names M-Z) starting at 6:30 pm.

At the kindergarten orientation, you will meet kindergarten teachers and the principal, tour the school, discover what your kindergartner will learn at school, and learn what you can do this summer to help your kindergartener get ready for the fall.  Every family will leave with some materials to take home to work with over the summer.

Kindergarten Tshirt
Also, the WCS Foundation is providing each student with a free Kindergarten t-shirt!

The kindergarten orientation is geared for parents, but if you need to bring your son/daughter with you that night, we will provide a room for students to play while parents are busy learning about what is in store for the new year.  

We also want to invite you and your kindergartener to attend an open house on Thursday, May 3rd from 5-8pm. Kindergarten teachers will be on hand to greet you and your kindergartener. Kindergarten classrooms will be open for you to visit.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

For Kindergarten enrollment informatin please visit our Enrollment page.

Celebrating WCS

posted Apr 23, 2018, 8:23 AM by Jennifer Swindler   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 6:46 AM ]

Elementary News!

posted Apr 20, 2018, 6:03 AM by Jennifer Swindler

link to newsletter
Please check out latest Grade Level Center Newsletter. We've got important dates for Open House and Step-Up days in May, as well as a transportation survey.

Kindergarten Registration

posted Apr 18, 2018, 12:34 PM by Jennifer Swindler   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 12:34 PM ]

link to kindergarten registration information page
- Kindergarten Registration Opens March 12th!

Calling the Class of 2031 -  WCS Kindergarten Registration begins on March 12th and runs through May 1st, so get your incoming kindergartener registered as soon as you can. Registration details are on our enrollment page. Registration packets are available at the Board Office (341 S Nelson Ave) and at Central Registration (located in the Middle School 275 Thorne Ave).

Evening appointments are available on April 18th and May 17th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in addition to our regular daytime hours.

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