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Windermere Weekly Family Update 10-10-21

Windermere Weekly Parent Update


I hope you have enjoyed this amazing weekend.  It definitely started off perfectly with our annual Windermere Fall Family Night.  A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Michelle Evans and Mrs. Amanda Endicott, in addition to the many parent volunteers, for a PERFECT evening.  The evening was so much fun.  The Windermere community came out to celebrate and it was so wonderful to be together.  Thank you for coming.  Also, a special thank you to the Upper Arlington High School Marching Band, and director, Mr. Todd Fessler for kicking off our evening!  What a treat.  

Below, meet our third grade team.  From left to right are:  Mr. Jason Hudson, Mrs. Crisi Acker, Mr. Mike Kerstetter, Ms. Armonde Moore and Ms. Coree Gifford.  We are so fortunate to have these amazing professionals at Windermere.  

Have a great rest of the weekend!  


Upcoming Dates:

10.14.21 - Picture Retake Day


10.21.21 - Early Dismissal - 11:05 Parent/Teacher Conferences

10.28.21 - UA Trick or Treat 6-8 pm

10.29.21 - Harvest Parties and Parade 1:30 pm

11.1.21 - End of 1st Trimester


11.9.21 - Family Culture Night 7:00 pm

11.24.21 - 11.26.21 Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

Thank you Premier Bank and Mr. Dave Dygert:  Windermere was awarded a grant this year thanks to the bank.  Premier Bank is helping to supplement our professional development this year.  Thank you so much! 

What is MTSS?  MTSS means Multi-tiered Systems of Support.  Bi-weekly during exploration time, our classroom teachers meet with their grade level team, our MTSS lead and me to collaborate on our building focus to challenge and support every student, every step of the way.   During these sessions we are learning and working to collect, organize and analyze student, class and building data to stretch, enrich and target areas of opportunity in the areas of academics, behavior and the social/emotional needs of our students.  Ultimately, this is to ensure we are challenging and supporting the whole child.

Parking on Haviland Road: We kindly ask that no cars park on Haviland Road next to the building during Stop, Drop and Go to walk students to the building.  This is slowing down the flow of traffic for those using Stop, Drop and Go.  Thank you so much!

Parent Teacher Conferences:  Windermere’s conferences are on Thursday, 10/21/21 from 12-7:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, 10/26/21 from 4-7:30 p.m. Please make sure you schedule a time with your child’s teacher!  Our two way, proactive communication is essential in our partnership.  Thank you in advance for being a part of these important evenings.

Planned Absences: Please make sure you have a planned absence on file in the office if you know your student will miss school for more than a day. Email Ms. Maria ([email protected]) for a form.

Student Illness: If your student is staying home sick, please list symptoms of illness on your email or VM messages to ensure a COVID test is not necessary to return to school. Also, please email [email protected] in addition to your students' teacher. 

Student Dismissal Changes: If your student has a dismissal change during the school day, please call the office 614-487-5060 to ensure the message gets to your student and their teacher. Teachers don’t always have a chance to check email during the school day.

Upper Arlington Flyer Connection:  Did you know that you can look for unique educational, physical and social opportunities for students and families in Flyer Connection? Head over to https://www.uaschools.org/FlyerConnection.aspx to see the latest postings. 

Lost and Found: PLEASE remind your students to check our (overflowing) lost and found table located outside the main office. All items not claimed will be donated during Thanksgiving break. 

Lunch Menu Change for Monday: Instead of waffles with sausage patties, there will be pancake wrapped sausage. 

Picture Retake Day: is coming up this Thursday, Oct. 14th. HR Imaging will be at Windermere to take school pictures for any students that were not here for our Sept. 2 picture day. You can order pictures on the HR Imaging website at hrimaging.com and search for Windermere Elementary in the search box.  If you are not satisfied with your students' pictures, you can bring back the entire picture package for retakes. Your student will give the package to the photographer. Please make sure your student’s teacher knows they are having their picture taken. 

Students arriving late: Please call the office (614-487-5060) or email [email protected] if your student will be late to school. 

A Thank You from the Heydlauff Library Center

Thank you Windermere families for supporting our Book Fair!  It was a fun week helping students purchase books and writing supplies.  The Book Fair is ultimately a fundraiser to help add quality books to our collection, but it is so much more.  Many students made their first independent purchases.  We saw great care in the selection process and tough decision making took place. There was serious calculation of budgets and taxes. Many had to overcome disappointment when items were out of stock. Our hope was that each student walked away feeling happy and confident.  Lastly, I would like to give a great big thank you to all of the wonderful parent volunteers who helped.  They counted countless baggies of change and assisted with hundreds of transactions and all with a smile! 

iPad Operating Systems Need to be Updated at Home

It has become more apparent that many of our district apps, programs and applications require the iPad operating system to be current in order for them to work.  Please follow these instructions to check your student’s iPad and update the iOS at home this weekend. Your iPad will be up to date when you see "This is the latest software update allowed by your administrator."

Settings>General>Software Update 

Harvest Parade and Party Schedule for Friday, October 29, 2021:

Dear Windermere Families,

Windermere’s Harvest parade and parties will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021. We are asking that students change into their costumes at school. Please make sure your child dresses accordingly for the day, so that he/she may easily change into his/her costume in the classroom.   Please remember that this day is a time to dress up in costumes and have fun for those children who choose to participate. For safety reasons, children should be able to walk comfortably in their costumes. Costumes should neither be excessively frightening or gory, and should be respectful of other cultures and religious beliefs.  Also, per our district’s policy, no weapon or facsimile of a weapon is permitted on school grounds, thus should not be part of their costume.

Mrs. Hemmelgarn and Mrs. O’Keefe are excited to announce they will be hosting a party in the Media Center for students not participating in the Fall Harvest Parade and classroom parties. Students who attend the party will not dress up, but will play games. If you would like for your child to be a part of this event, please email [email protected] with your child’s name and classroom teacher by October 26th. We are also looking for parent volunteers to help make this party amazing. Please let Mrs. O’Keefe know if you are interested in volunteering. 

Harvest Party Schedule

1:30 p.m.        Parade around Windermere School:  The parade route begins in the back of the school on the playground and proceeds around the south end of the building on the sidewalk.  Parents ARE welcome to line the streets and watch, assuming the weather allows us to have the parade outside.  

2 p.m.              Parties in Classrooms (This year, we will be allowed the 2 room parents, and 2 additional volunteers, only, due to safety/distancing requirements.  Thank you!  Your room parents will let parents know who the volunteers are for each party.)

2:50 p.m.        Dismissal

Thank you! Our day promises to be a lot of fun.

The Windermere Staff

October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

This month the Technology Department will be sharing resources and recommendations from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency to help our staff members be smart and stay safe when operating and doing business online.  Week 1’s focus is Be Cyber Smart.  Check out this week’s tip sheets HERE.

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