Windermere Weekly Update 12/17/17
Posted 12/18/2017 07:28AM

Windermere Weekly Parent Update 12.15.17


I hope you had the very best weekend!  Excitement is definitely in the air.  As we close in on our last week of school before winter break, we have many things going on at school.  

Have a great start to your week!  I hope to see you in the building this coming week.  


Thursday, 12/21/17

  • Sing Along at 1:30 p.m.

  • Classroom Parties at 2 p.m.

Friday, 12/22/17 through Friday, 1/51/8

  • Winter Break:  No School for Students

Friday, 1/5/18

  • Teacher Professional Development Day:  No School for Students

Monday, 1/8/18

  • School Resumes for Students

Monday, 1/15/18

  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Observance:  No School for Students or Staff

Thursday, 1/18/18

  • Early Dismissal for Students at 11:05 a.m.  (Parent Teacher Conferences:  If you would like to conference with your child’s teacher, please contact him/her directly.  Thank you!)

Partnership with Livingston:  Last year, Windermere Elementary held a shoe drive for Livingston Elementary. When we presented more than 500 pairs of shoes to the school, little did we know that it was the beginning of a partnership that would evolve into something amazing. After visiting the Columbus Public school and collaborating with principal, Stacey Harris-MacCarthy, it became evident that both schools could learn a great deal from each other. As Stacey so eloquently stated, “every child should have the opportunity to feel the joy of GIVING and RECEIVING”. But gifts don’t always look the same. The best way for children to understand each other, and understand how they are helping each other, is to provide face-to-face , authentic interaction. Windermere Principal, Julie Nolan, Stacey Harris-MacCarthy and Mrs. Rex presented this idea to the Upper Arlington Rotary in August, with the help of Bill Cloyd. Rotary graciously agreed to fund 100% of the partnership. Throughout the year, our students will have multiple field trips to each other’s schools. Livingston students will be gifting Windermere with a hand-made rock garden in the spring, and other artistic gifts. Windermere will hold “drives” to provide Livingston with things they might need throughout the year. This is a true partnership. Friday, 12/1/17, was our first field trip. Windermere 5th graders met their Kindergarten “buddies” at Livingston. Livingston 1st graders met their 4th grade “pen pals” at Windermere. The children were nervous and excited, but by the end of the day, both buildings were filled with laughter, fun, learning, and most importantly, a better understanding that we may appear different on the outside, but our hearts all look the same. Oliver Zane Rouch is working with us to create a video to capture this partnership funded by Dave Dygert and First Federal Bank. First Federal Bank is also purchasing matching t-shirts for all Livingston and Windermere students and staff. Author Andra Gelpi Gillum is donating her time for author visits, book signings, and providing all Livingston Pre-K and Kindergarten students with a copy of one of her "Doggy Drama" books.  Kindness is contagious….let’s spread it!  We will continue to think of and work on ways to make this partnership meaningful for all families at Livingston and Windermere. For more information please contact either Stori Rex or Julie Nolan.

Book Study at Wickliffe:  

Dear Upper Arlington Families,

The Wickliffe Equity and Diversity PTO Committee invites you to join us to talk about Dr. Beverly Tatum's Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, a book that will inspire us to think about the role schools and parents can play in raising children who are colorbraverather than colorblind.

Monday January 22

6:30–8 pm, Wickliffe Elementary School

Pizza and childcare provided.

RSVP at by Jan 15.

I have provided a link here that will take you to an Amazon page to purchase the 20th anniversary of this important work. Black-Kids-Sitting-Together- Cafeteria/dp/0465060684/ref= pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding= UTF8&psc=1&refRID= S8M8EPFTBZS0TS2CW9RR

Please be sure to RSVP (see above and attached) so we will know how much pizza to provide and how many children will be involved in the childcare opportunity being offered.

Thank you,

Chris Collaros

Principal, Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School

Windermere PTO Update


Spirit Wear Sale – Look for our pop-up shop at Windermere on Tuesday, December 19th, before and after school.  Shop our full line of current spirit, and pick-up any pre-orders.  Grab a pair of cozy flannel Windermere jammy pants or a super soft golden bear pom pom hat!  Can’t make it?  Order online at  Thanks to Krissy Malatesta and Rebecca Sutton for all their efforts.  See the attached flyer for some of the cool options.



Square 1 – We hope you are enjoying your customized Square 1 items.  I hear that Jenny Dingle and family are enjoying the best sleep of their lives on their new custom pillowcases!  A huge thanks to volunteers Cori Snyder and Christy McGeorge for their hard work.  We earned $2942 for our PTO!  



Girls Lacrosse Clinic –  For their UAHS Senior Capstone project, two former Hawks are teaching a lacrosse clinic on December 20th for girls in 2-3 grade and 4-5 grade.  The clinics will be held after school in the Windermere gym and cost just $10 (to benefit our PTO).  Let’s support our former Hawks and their Senior Capstone efforts!  See the attached flyer for more.



Staff Winter Party – Our PTO is pleased to host a winter luncheon next Wednesday to celebrate our amazing teachers and staff!   Because of your support, they will enjoy a catered lunch, and a surprise gift for their lounge.  Thank you to volunteers Chris Wood and Michelle Hughes for planning this event, and to all Windermere families for supporting our PTO.  I think we can all agree, that we have a pretty amazing staff!


Happy Holidays,

Andra Gillum – PTO President