Windermere Weekly Update 10/13/17
Posted 10/13/2017 04:41PM

Windermere Weekly Parent Update from Mrs. Nolan:


Happy Friday, October 13th!  I hope your day has been a great one, despite the date.   At stop, drop and go this morning a student reminded me that bad luck can come on Friday the 13th, and I shared it's our opportunity to choose our weather, right?  


This morning, our amazing student council members emceed our first Town Hall Meeting.  They did an excellent job and we learned a lot.  First and third graders shared, in addition we learned about the all school read, Because of Winn Dixie.   Our students are doing great things each day and it's fun to hear and learn about all that goes on in other classrooms.


Next week, on Monday from 12-7:30 and Thursday from 4-7:30 we are holding our fall parent teacher conferences at Windermere.  This is an opportunity for our staff to share information with you, our partners, about your child's progress this year, to date.  All staff will be in attendance both evenings.  If you would like to schedule a parent conference with a staff member and haven't done so yet, please email the teacher to schedule a time.  Our two way communication is essential in maximizing learning for each child.  


I hope you have the BEST, long weekend.  Below are updates and reminders for your calendar.


Most sincerely,




Monday, 10.16.17

  • No School for Students:  AM, Teacher Workday; 12-7:30 p.m. Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, 10.17.17
  • PARENT BOOK TALK Our school counselor, Katie O'Keefe, and our Syntero clinician, Larysa Gilbert, will be facilitating a book talk for Windermere Parents. Based on a survey sent out by Katie in August, the majority of parents said they would like to read How to Talk so Kids Will Listen...And Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber. This will be an opportunity to meet other parents, learn ways to create relationships with your children (tots to teens) and establish an open dialog in a relaxed setting. The book talk will take place on October 17 at 7 pm. If you are interested in attending, please sign up so we can get an idea of how many parents to expect. We are looking forward to discussing this book with those of you interested in participating!

Wednesday, 10.18.17 

  • Walking Wednesday

Thursday, 10.19.17

  • Parent Teacher Conferences from 4-7:30 p.m. 
Friday, 10.20.17
  • Fall Picture Retake Day
Thursday, 10.26.17
  • Early Dismissal at 11:05 a.m. for Students  Grades 1-5; No Kindergarten or LIFT
Tuesday, 11.7.17
  • Election Day:  No School for Students/Teacher Inservice Day


Bus Information:  Occasionally, students like to have friends ride home with them on the bus. If buses are filled to capacity, friends will not be permitted to ride. In order for friends to ride, they MUST have a note from a parent/guardian. The note should include:

  • Date 

  • Name of Student 

  • Name of Friend 

  • Express permission from the parent for the student to ride the bus 

  • Bus number (if known) 

  • Bus stop to be used (if known) 

  • Telephone Number where parent can be reached in case of an emergency

Author Visit:  Award winning author and former school counselor Julia Cook leads an entertaining discussion on the use of storybooks to offer children and adults a fun way to learn important people skills.  Julia will demonstrate humorous and effective ways to use books on such subjects as mindset, technology, personal safety, friendship, and diversity.  A Must SEE Parent Presentation!!! 

WHEN: November 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Barrington Elementary School (1780 Barrington Road, 43221). 

Free babysitting is available. See the flyer for details

Contact Katie O'Keefe with questions (

Windermere PTO Update:



Family Read-Together -    Because of Mrs. Hemmelgarn and our PTO, Windermere is hosting its first annual Family Read together.  ALL students (in all grades) are welcome.   Today was the deadline, but I bet Mrs. Hemmelgarn will sneak you in if you send in your form by Monday.  (Shhh…don’t tell her I said that.)


This year’s book is Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo.  Participating families will be asked to read this book together, at home, from October 13th – November 15th.  To cap off the event, join us for a Winn-Dixie Celebration on Thursday, November 16th from 6-8 pm in the MP room.  We’ll view the movie, and enjoy snacks, book-related activities and more prizes.  The form is attached if you still want to participate.  But hurry - you’re already falling behind in your reading. ;)


Art Cart – Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. O’Keefe and parent volunteer, Annette Wittine, our PTO has been bringing ART CART! to recess on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the past few weeks, but we need your help to keep it going.   Annette asked me to pass along this message…


This started as a trial idea, currently for the 1st and 2nd graders.  So far, it is a HUGE success!!! It is providing the younger kids with some focused activity and time to express their creativity.  Students from grades 3-5 have shown interest as well.  These kiddos have been coming over to help out and even guide the younger ones in crafts.  It has turned out to be a great way for kids to interact and help each other.  


We are very happy to continue this enriching program, but could  use your help with supplies.  With so many kids participating, from all grades, we are flying through the donated supplies we have received thus far.  Basic supplies that are needed: colored and white paper, coloring books, glue sticks, pipe cleaners, pony beads, safety scissors, craft scissors, washable paint, tissue paper, empty toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls, buttons, fabric scraps, manual pencil sharpener, colored pencils and chalk.


Please send supplies into the office and look out for a signup genius link, if you have interest in volunteering to supervise ART CART! during a lunch recess.  Thank you so much to the volunteers and those who have donated so far. The kiddos really appreciate it!


Chipotle Night – Apparently Hawks love burritos!  Windermere night at Chipotle raised almost $600 for our PTO.  Thank you!  We are looking into Carsonies and Graeters for future events, but let us know if you have any other suggestions.


Box Tops –  If you completely forgot to send in your baggie full of Box Tops, there’s still time!  Send them in as soon as you can, then start saving the next batch for our February collection.  It’s too bad there aren’t any Box Top labels on the Chipotle wrappers.  Just sayin’.


Thanks for all you do,

Andra Gillum (

PTO President