Windermere Weekly Update 9/22/17
Posted 09/25/2017 03:52PM

Windermere Weekly Parent Update from Mrs. Nolan:


Happy first day of fall, although, it feels like it’s summer with the temperature!  I hope you enjoy your weekend and can get outside to play and enjoy the end of summer. 


I have had so much fun listening to so many students share with me how they are exhibiting the Windermere Way in other parts of their day.  I hope your child is able to use the language at home with you about what it looks like, feels like and sounds like to be respectful, responsible and ready to learn!  Make sure you take time to ask your child. 


With excitement to still enjoy the warmth and sunshine,




Below are updates for the week:


Wednesday, 9.27.17


Friday, 9.29.17


Upcoming Dates:


Monday, 10.16.17:  No School for Students:  Work Day:  AM and Parent Teacher Conferences from12-7:30 p.m.


Thursday, 10.19.17:  Parent Teacher Conferences from 4-7:30 p.m.


STAR Assessments and Parent Access

Parents, you can access your child’s score via the Parent STAR Access website. If you had an account last school year, your account will still be active this year. If you do not have an account, you can request access. The process to request access can be found in the How Parents Request Access to Renaissance Place document. You can go to this webpage for reference documents, sample score reports, and FAQs around STAR Assessments.



Y.E.S. (Youth Education for Safety) - Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers for our important Y.E.S. program that is delivered to all First and Fourth Graders, as well as new students.  The program, which focuses on empowering children by teaching self-assertion and advocacy, is directed by the Upper Arlington Elementary School Counselors and delivered to classrooms by dedicated parent volunteers. 


Y.E.S. volunteers go through a fun, interactive, and informative half-day workshop and have a variety of dates and times to choose from to fit your schedule and you can do as little or as much as you'd like. Training dates are October 25, 12:30 - 2:30and October 26, 8:30 - 10:30, allowing for drop off or pick up of your school-age child. If you are interested in helping or want to find out more information, please email Katie O'Keefe ( 


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. Location TBD. 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!



Windermere Weekly Parent Update from PTO:


Next week is a big deal at Windermere!  Our Book Fair is open all week (9/25-9/29), and Fall Family Night is Friday 9/29!  Parents, get out your wallet ;)



Fall Family Night – is one week away!   Enjoy music, pumpkins, hay mazes, chili dogs & more!  Join us Friday, Sept. 29th from 5:30-7:30 PM on Windermere's Playground. Check out the PTO Website ( for more details.


SCARECROWS - We need you to enter Windermere PTO's Scarecrow Contest and Chili Cook-Off for this year's Fall Family Night!  Make a new fall family tradition with your children! Take some old clothes (or felt fabric) and old newspaper and STUFF! You have a scarecrow. PTO has the wooden stakes and zip ties to hold the scarecrow up. Sign-up: SCARECROW CONTEST ENTRY FORM


CHILI - With all the information online, finding a special chili recipe is easy-peasy! Not the competitive type? No worries! Sign-up to bring chili that won't be judged. Sign up to enter:  CHILI COOK-OFF ENTRY FORM


VOLUNTEER – We’d love to have your help at the event!   There are 2, 1-hour shifts. Click here to sign-up: ADULT/STUDENT VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP


WRISTBANDS - Purchase wristbands for your Windermere Student for $10 now and $12 at the door (The wristband includes their entry and a combo meal. Admission for adults & children 4 and under is free, but food is for cash purchase).  Order now:  WRISTBAND ORDER FORM  or purchase wristbands for $10 each at school next week, 9/25-9/28, during lunch and at dismissal until 3:15 PM, Mondaythrough Thursday.



Book Fair – Next week is Book Fair week at Windermere and all proceeds benefit our wonderful library.  It will be open Monday through Friday during lunch (11:00 – 12:00) so you can send money with your kids (if you dare!)  It will also be open MondayTuesday & Thursday after school (3:00-4:00) and during Fall Family Night (5:30-7:30) on Friday (if you do not dare!).  We need a few more volunteers to work the register.  Sign up here:  Book Fair Volunteers



Student Directories – All PTO members should have received their Windermere Student directory this week.  If you forgot to pay your PTO dues, you can still do so on our website.  We also have extra directories available for $5 in the school office.  Our amazing Ms. Maria will hook you up.  Special thanks to Cara Aschliman and Annette Wittine for putting together our great directory, and thank you to our many advertisers and to all our young artists - I love seeing all the great drawings!  (I mean the from kids, not the advertisers…but yours are nice too). 


See everyone next week!  I’ll be selling tickets at FFN, so stop by and say hi.


Thank you,

Andra Gillum (

PTO President