Windermere Weekly Parent Update 11/11/17
Posted 11/13/2017 08:59AM

Windermere Weekly Parent Update 11.10.17


“The days are long but the years are short.”  

Gretchen Rubin


What a great week it has been at Windermere!  It was topped off today with our travels to Australia.  We had an absolute blast learning all about Australia’s songs, dances, history, people, landforms and animals.  It’s going to be a great year, learning more throughout the upcoming months.  Every grade level participated and did an excellent job.  Make sure you ask your child(ren) about their travels today!  We are “citizens of the world.”   And, of course, a very special thank you to Mrs. D. We love you and appreciate all you do!


As I watch my own children grow and mature, the quote above was shared with me a few days ago by a friend.  Although many days fly, there are days with our children that can be long and challenging.  However, when I look at pictures I am often in amazement how the years fly by so quickly.  I truly feels like, "wasn't that just yesterday?" With my three children in elementary, middle school and high school, I try to work hard to focus on quality time.  I’m looking forward to enjoying some of that time this weekend. I wish each of you a fantastic weekend with your family!  Enjoy this cold, fall weather with your "growing" children.  


Tomorrow is a very important day. A very special thank you to the many Veterans who are our friends and family members.  Tomorrow we celebrate you.  Our words can’t begin to express our sincere gratitude for your service.  


With appreciation for the many Windermere parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends who have so bravely served our country,




Here are updates, dates and reminders for the week:


Saturday, 11.11.17


Monday, 11.13.17


Tuesday, 11.14.17


Thursday, 11.16.17


Wednesday, 11.22.17 through Friday, 11.24.17

From the Nurse’s Office:  This is a gentle reminder to keep your child(ren) home from school until they have been fever free for 24 hours.  We are entering cold/flu season, and want to keep our population as healthy as possible.  Please remind your children of the importance, too, of frequent hand washing.  Thank you so much!


Bike Helmets:  The U.A. Fire Division has children-sized bike helmets that they would like to provide. If your child is in need of a helmet and you would like help with this, please let me know and I will get one to you.


Winter Coats:  Also, please let Katie O’Keefe know if your child is in need of a winter coat. The district has received some new winter coats for families who need them.


Bear Essentials:  UAHS’s Bear Essential store has extended hours.  Please see the attached flyer.   

OUTREACH FUND: Holiday Help Needed?
The holidays can be especially difficult when going through a financial hardship. If you or a family you know is in need of support this holiday, please let me know. All information is confidential. We can help provide food, footwear and clothing, holiday gifts or help to meet other needs. Whether or not you have utilized the Outreach Fund in the past, please don’t hesitate to contact me. (


Julia Cook:  If you missed Julia’s presentation and want to learn more  Here's a link to a google doc with the information.


PTO Update


Holiday ASE Class  - Do you know how to say Happy Holidays in sign language?  Neither do I, but your kids can learn Holiday Songs in Sign during our special ASE class. It runs Tuesdays, 11/14-12/12 from 3:00 to 4:00 and is open to 1st-5th graders.  (Prerequisite is Sign Language I).  Please contact Debi Gaupp at by Sunday, 11/12/17 if interested in signing up for class.



Family Read-Along – We hope to see you at our Winn-Dixie celebration on Thursday, November 30th from 6-8 PM.  Join us at UALC (Lytham Rd.) for an official viewing of the movie Winn-Dixie, prizes, snacks and lots of fun.  Please RSVP using this link!  The fourth graders need to know how many egg salad sandwiches to prepare!


Square 1 –Square 1 packets went home this week.  Now you see the “square” of art that your student created.  Inside the packet, you’ll find your free stickers and a catalog filled with great, custom gift ideas.  What grandparent wouldn’t want a trivet or a set of potholders featuring their grandkids artwork?  Place your order via phone, paper or online at by November 17th.  After all, you can never have too many tote bags.  Questions?  Contact Cori Snyder at


Art Cart – We need volunteers and supplies for our lunch recess art cart.  This fun activity is run by parent volunteers, and designed to give 1st and 2nd graders an alternative way to spend their recess time.   Click here to volunteer for a lunch shift (11-12):  ArtCartVolunteers.  We also need more supplies for our little crafters.  Click here for a list of most wanted supplies  ArtCartSupplies.  Questions?  Contact Annette Wittine at


Feel free to contact me ( with questions or concerns.

Andra Gillum

PTO President