Windermere Weekly Parent Update 12/8/17
Posted 12/11/2017 02:14PM

Windermere Weekly Parent Update 12.8.17


Thursday night I had the amazing opportunity to attend Harmony Project’s, The Concert for ColumbUS at Nationwide Arena.  I learned about this organization this past summer, and was moved by their vision and mission for OUR city, Columbus. Jane Pauley’s segment from last December’s CBS Sunday morning show highlights the Harmony Project’s vision/mission.  If you want to learn more, it’s worth the 7 minute watch!  The Harmony Project’s mission is: Artistic Passion.  Social Purpose.  Harmony Project connects people across social divides through the arts, education, and volunteer community service.  Their vision is:  Many People.  One Community.  Working together, we are building a stronger, more inclusive community with a focus on developing a social infrastructure that unites the community for the common good.  We are always thinking about authentic ways we can inspire our students at Windermere to engage in the broader world and to meaningfully connect to our own community.  I’m proud to be a part of a community that is always thinking about ways we can connect, give back and learn from others.  As always, please reach out to me if you have community based initiatives or ideas to enhance student learning.  While we have several in the works, we are always looking for good ideas.  


I hope you had the very best weekend and enjoyed the beautiful snow fall.  It definitely inspired our family to enjoy the season!  With two weeks of school left, we are looking forward to lots of learning and the excitement of a break ahead us  Below are updates, reminders and dates for your calendar.


WIth happiness that we were able to see some of that white stuff this weekend!



Tuesday, 12.12.17


Mark Your Calendars:  
December 21st - Sing Along @ 1:30 p.m.Winter Parties @ 2:00 p.m.
December 22nd, 2017 - January 5th, 2018: Winter Break - No School for Students
January 8, 2018 - School Resumes

Looking Ahead:
January 15, 2018 - No School in observance of Martin Luther King Day


District Building Design Update:  If you weren’t able to attend the kickoff meeting for the Master Plan Design Phase, please visit You can learn more about the timeline leading up to construction at the high school and elementary schools as well as sign up to be part of a Building Design Team or the Districtwide Green Team.

Appropriate Attire for Cold Weather:  Time to round up the coats, gloves, hats, boots, heavy socks and scarves!  During the fall and winter months, if the temperature is above 20 degrees (factoring in the wind chill index and playground surface conditions), our boys and girls do go out for recess and need to be bundled up accordingly.  Warm clothing is essential for keeping our children healthy and safe during the colder temperatures ahead.  Please assist your child in locating these articles of clothing as they leave home each morning.


Volunteer Background Checks:  Please remember that volunteer background checks and badges are good for three years. After the three-year period, volunteers need to repeat the background check process and get new badges. If you provided your email address to our district office when you received your original volunteer badge, you will receive an email reminder one month before your background check expires. If you have any questions about the renewal process or when your background check expires, please call (614) 487-5000 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Emergency School Closures - Cancellation of School  The dismissal of school in case of an emergency or weather is a decision of the Superintendent.  Should inclement weather or some other circumstance require the cancellation of school, notification will be broadcast as early as possible over local radio and television stations.  Such information will be listed ASAP on our district web page as soon as the official decision is made by the Superintendent.  We would use our automated dialing system to contact all of our families by phone.

If there is a 2-hour delay in the morning due to inclement weather, kindergarten families should follow the schedule below:
Kindergarten AM - 10:15am-12:00pm
Kindergarten PM - 1:00pm-2:50pm


Windermere Community Holiday Outreach:  It's hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner! With the holidays approaching, it has come to our attention that we have several Windermere families in need of some help this year. If you are interested in helping, click here to get an idea of things that the children have asked for. You can sign up for a gift, drop it off at the main office and we will deliver it to the family!  Thank you SO INCREDIBLY MUCH for ALL of the amazing things you do.   We hope you are able to relax, have fun, and enjoy time with those you love over Winter Break!


Lost and Found:  Please make sure you stop by and check our lost and found.  All items will be donated the day after school get out on Thursday, 12.20.  


Parent Training:  Katie O'Keefe, our school counselor, wanted to share an opportunity for parents to hear a speaker that is coming to the district to talk with Middle School parents. Although this topic might be a little mature for our elementary students, they are growing quickly and it might be a topic you would like to hear more about. Please see the attached flyer to find out more about an upcoming presentation by Zach Imwalle from the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office on dangers/implications of "sexting." The parent presentation is on Wednesday, January 17, at 7:00 pm at the Friends Theatre at the Tremont Library.  The presentation is about an hour long.

Windermere Weekly PTO Update


Spirit Wear – Calling all Holiday shopping Hawks!  Pre-order items as well as all current spirit wear will be available for purchase at school Tuesday, December 19th, before and after school.  Grab a pair of cozy flannel Windermere jammy pants or a super soft golden bear pom pom hat!  If you can’t make it in person, items are always available online at  We won’t  judge if you decide to buy yourself a pair of jammy pants to wear to the office. We’re just thankful for your support!



Square 1 – Square 1 orders should arrive home today in your student’s backpack.  A huge thanks to volunteers Cori Snyder and Christy McGeorge for all their hard work on this great PTO fundraiser!  I will be drinking from my new custom travel mug this weekend.



Girls Lacrosse Clinic – Two former Hawks are teaching a girls lacrosse clinic on December 20th for girls in 2-3 grade and 4-5 grade.  These hour-long classes are part of their Senior Capstone project and will benefit Windermere PTO.  Watch for a flyer coming home in backpacks soon.  The clinics will be held after school in the Windermere gym and cost just $10.  Let’s support our former Hawks and their Senior Capstone efforts!



BoxTops -  Thank you, Windermere families, for supporting our fall Box Tops collection drive! We collected (and counted) over 12,000 Box Tops!  Many thanks to all of the parents who helped to count, sort, and bundle them all!  This month, our PTO will be receiving a check for $1,214.30!


Our spring collection happens in February, so please keep saving those Box Tops!  If you’d like to help count in the spring, please contact Sarah Henderson ( or Jenny Longstreth (  If the Box Tops people really think spring is in February, they have obviously never been to Ohio.  Either way, look for info coming soon.


Feel free to email with any PTO questions or concerns.

Andra Gillum – PTO President