Wednesday, May 22, 2013
From the Principal’s Desk
Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the school year. Our spring early release is one of those unique and special days that we can provide for our students. Each child engages in an anchor activity common experience and then participates in unique breakout sessions. This year our anchor activity is a presentation of the PTO sponsored play Gifted by the gifted players. This is a unique troupe in that the players are primarily adolescents themselves. The actors are students at Deerfield High School and have
firsthand experience with the social situations they depict on stage. The play walks the kids through several uncomfortable social situations that they face at school. The scenes help students with strategies to deal with these situations gracefully. The play also reinforces positive behaviors as it emphasizes the themes of self-esteem and respect.
With spring break only 24-hours away, I know that many of our families will be traveling and spending a lot of time in a confined space (airplane or car). I encourage you to use this as an opportunity to talk with your child about the play and his/her experiences with tolerance, bullying, and teasing. While our kids don’t always reach out to us, they truly do want you to listen and to ask them questions. In an effort to spur on this conversation, I have included a resource sheet that includes a list of websites, talking points, and books that can help you approach these conversations and situations in an informed manner. Bullying and teasing is an issue that really needs to be tackled at school and at home, and I thank you for your continued partnership in this endeavor.
Thanks, and have a wonderful WEEK,
March 22, 2012
For WJHS news and updates, bookmark these websites:
Wilmette Junior High PTO: www.wjhspto.com
Wilmette Junior High: www.wilmette39.org/wjhs
Registration for the PTO after-school clubs, including Rock Climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, Magic Card Club, Yoga, Floor Hockey and Chess is now online at www.wjhspto.com. Clubs will start Monday, April 9.
The PTO partners with WJHS to bring the play "Gifted" to students tomorrow, Friday, March 23. The play is part of We Fit: Together Everyone Achieves More Day, dedicated to the themes of respect, self-esteem and inclusion. We Fit Day includes the play, a post-show discussion with cast members, and teacher-sponsored activities. To learn more about the day and find a list of anti-bullying resources here CLICK HERE.
Track and Field season is right around the corner, starting Monday, April 2nd (the day back after Spring Break). The track and field team is the largest team we have at WJHS. It is a non-cut sport, so we welcome ALL students who want to participate, no matter if they are great runners or not. We have a strong group coming back from last season and looking to continue to build on the recent success of the program, where we compete for conference, sectional, and even state titles.
To sign your child up for track and field, please click on this link: SIGN UP. This link will compile for the coaches the runners and your information. This is separate from the online pay system. However, to participate in track, it costs $100. You can either pay online here http://wilmette.revtrak.net, or you can have your child bring a check to the coaches, made payable to WPSD39.
Also, please visit the Track and Field website by clicking on this link. It can also be found through the athletics webpage on the WJHS website. On it, you will find a lot of information including where and when practice is, what to bring to practice, meet information, the meet schedule, and more; hopefully you will be able to get all your questions answered; however, feel free to also email the coaches any questions you may have: (Coach Dubnow at firstname.lastname@example.org, Coach Korinek at email@example.com or Coach Kiefner at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Planning for summer? There is still time for enrollment in the Summer Enrichment Program. Registration ends on March 9th and re-opens on March 26th. If you are considering registering your child for summer school please do so soon! Contact Lynn Wehner at email@example.com or call 847-512-6060.
HELP!!!! WE NEED YOU.... in the cafeteria! Starting with the week after Spring Break and beyond we are short on volunteers. Please consider signing up for a shift or two. It's fun! And, it's only for 1.5 hours, from 10:50 - 12:20 (except Thursdays when it is 11:05 - 12:35). Signing up is easy! Just click on the link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/wjhs1. C'mon, don't let your kids go hungry. Lend a hand. We REALLY appreciate your help! The Lunch Ladies, Ann & Molly
The WJHS PTO is looking for a few great people to serve on our General Board. Open positions include Environmental Awareness (2 people), Landscaping, Newcomers (2 people), Yearbook, Youth Connection Liaison - Battle of the Bands and Youth Connection Liaison - Spring Musical. Interested?? CLICK HERE to learn more or email Sarah Jacobs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Box Tops For Education … This year at Wilmette Junior High, we have initiated the Box Tops for Education program as an easy way to raise money for the school. If you are not familiar with this program, you earn cash for your school every time you clip box top coupons from hundreds of participating products we use every day, such as General Mills cereals, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Ziploc, Yoplait, Kleenex, Avery labels and many, many more! Each box top is worth 10 cents … and they can really add up! Last year at Highcrest we earned about $1500.00 … but it’s been a kind of slow start here at the JH.
We have an ongoing, full school year contest, by homeroom, to see who can collect the most box tops! The prize is an end of year classroom party! We also have smaller monthly contests, with a winner or winners from the class collecting the most, getting a small prize.
So … don’t forget to send in all your box tops! And keep collecting from your friends, coworkers, and family too! Any questions … please contact Arpi Yazijian at email@example.com.
Save the Date! Erika’s Lighthouse 9th Annual “Rock & Rally” Walkathon, Sunday, May 20th. 2-4 PM Suicide is a leading cause of death in teens and often stems from untreated depression. For more than nine years, Erika’s Lighthouse has been dedicated to raising awareness and blasting stigma. Join us and our sponsors: Winnetka Park District, Winnetka Rotary Club, Harris Bank, Kraft Foods, 101.9 fm The Mix, and Hinckley Springs at the Hubbard Woods Gazebo, corner of Green Bay Road and Gage Street, in Downtown Hubbard Woods. Put together a team or come solo – bring your family and even your pets (on leashes, please)
A $20.00 participation fee includes live music provided by local area bands, a hot DJ, cool raffle prizes, and a T-shirt you’ll look great in. For more information and to pre-register (highly recommended), go to www.ErikasLighthouse.org.
FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS
8th grade graduation and the after party will soon be here! The raffle committee would like to ask your help in providing as many prizes for the party as possible. If you have unused gift cards, (new) New Trier gear, or anything you feel is age-appropriate that you would like to donate, please e-mail Julie Murphy at MerrittMurphy@sbcglobal.net or Barbara London at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange to pick up your donations.
Time change for the Youth Connection Spring Fiesta Fund Raiser Party! The festivities will begin at 7:00pm on Saturday, April 21, at the Lakeview Center, Gillson Park in Wilmette. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at: www.youthconnectionwilmette.org. Admission includes a Mexican buffet, an open margarita bar, and music with DJ.
Youth Connection is looking for silent auction item donations for its Spring Fiesta party on April 21st. Please contact Karen Funari, Youth Connection Executive Director, at 847-254-2224 if you have something you'd like to donate.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Wednesday, Mar. 21
Club registration begins
Friday, Mar. 23
Early Release Day – 10:55 AM
Saturday, Mar. 24 through Sunday Apr. 1
NO SCHOOL – SPRING BREAK
Monday, Apr. 2
Track and Field starts
Friday, Apr. 6
NO SCHOOL – GOOD FRIDAY
Saturday, Apr. 7
Inspired Youth Tutoring
Monday, Apr. 9
After School Clubs begin
E-mail Cathi Borushek at email@example.com by noon on Tuesday to submit announcements for next week’s Highlights.