Windermere Weekly Parent Update 11/17/17
Posted 11/17/2017 02:09PM

From Mrs. Nolan:


I am so thankful that I get to be the principal of Windermere.  I love that I get to call 460 students, in addition to my own 3, my children!  I love that I get to work with amazingly dedicated staff who care deeply about each child in their care.  And, I love that our Windermere parents are incredibly supportive, thoughtful and an integral part of our team.  Thank you for allowing me to love what I do.  


I wish each of you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving and start to the holiday season.  This weekly udpate serves as the update for next week and the week after Thanksgiving, as well.  

With a very thankful heart,


Below are update and reminders for the coming weeks:


Tuesday, 11.21.17


Wednesday, 11.22.17 through Friday, 11.24.17

Saturday, 11.25.17


Thursday, 11.30.17


Friday, 12.1.17

Windermere Partnership with Livingston Elementary School:   In late summer, Livingston Elementary and Windermere Elementary were awarded grants from the Upper Arlington Rotary and First Federal Bank.  We are so excited about this partnership with Livingston Elementary School so that our students have an authentic opportunity to learn and grow together with children right here in our own community.   Throughout this school year, Windermere’s third, fourth and fifth grade students will collaborate with Livingston pre k, kindergarten, third and fourth grade students.  Students in the aforementioned Windermere grade levels will receive information regarding upcoming activities and field trips happening throughout the rest of the school year.   Our goal for our time together is to develop a true partnership with Livingston, focused on collaboration and kindness.


Lice:  Parents, just a gentle reminder to please inform our nurses if your child is diagnosed with lice.  Your child's classroom teacher will then send out a notification letter (withholding any identifying information) to the parents in that class.  Prompt notice enables other parents to be diligent in checking their own families and will promote early identification and treatment of lice, with the hopes of preventing their spread in the classroom or re-infection of your own child and others.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter!


Windermere Student Council Coat & Glove Drive:    LINK


Adoption of Local Families & Senior Citizens during the Holidays:  The past three years, Windermere families have joined together to adopt families and senior citizens in need during the holiday season.   We will once again partner with Help at Home, a program of LifeCare Alliance that works to keep people in their homes.  There are families with a parent or child going through an illness, grandparents who have found themselves trying to raise their grandchildren and cannot afford to purchase presents, senior citizens who have lost a spouse who will be alone during the holidays for the first time...the stories go on and on.     If you are interested in adopting someone this season, please send me an email and I will share their stories and work with you to find the perfect match for your family.  You have the choice of either delivering your gifts, or someone from Help at Home will deliver for you.  All of these people have been screened and proven to have a true need this year.  Please contact to learn more.


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. ( 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.  Also, please let me know if your child is in need of a winter coat. The district has received some new winter coats for families who need them.


Winter UA Football Skills Camp:  Please see attached.


Morning Drop Off: Parents, we are asking for your help.  For the safety of our child(ren), students should not be dropped off at school before 8 a.m.  We have no adult supervision.  Our school hours are from 8 a.m.-2:50 p.m.  It is very important that you adhere to this safety measure.  Thank you very much for your assistance in helping to keep our boys and girls safe.  

Lost and Found:   If your child has items that he or shet has misplaced, you are welcome to stop in and check.  Please remind your child to take a look to see if he/she has lost sweatshirts, lunchboxes, jackets, etc.  All of the leftover items will be donated after the last day of school prior to winter break.


Progress Reports:


Emergency School Closures - Cancellation of School


LAX sale:  see attached information

Know!  teachable moments

Attached is the most the November 1 edition of Know! to share with your staff and families.  Know!  What’s Hidden in Plain Sight - Part 1.


Windermere PTO Update



Family Read-Along – Hope to see you all 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 are gathering the pickles.



Square 1 – Today is the last day to order your Square 1 keepsakes!  If you plan to bake those holiday cookies wearing your custom apron, you better order now!   Order online at, call Square 1 at 888.332.3294, or get your order form to school by today!   Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers, Cori Snyder and Christy McGeorge, for making Square 1 happen!  Contact Cori with questions at:



Kroger & Giant Eagle – With the holidays approaching, most of us will be spending a lot of time and money at the grocery store.  If you haven’t already, please register your shopper card so we can earn points for your purchases.  Now you can justify over eating by claiming that you did it for the kids.  Here’s how:

Kroger:  Go to  Search: Windermere PTO

Giant Eagle:  Go to  Our school id# is: 4890.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thank you for supporting our school and our PTO.


Andra Gillum

PTO President