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December / January

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Message from Principal Wright

Dear families, As the weather gets colder, we look back on all the great things that lay ahead for students and reflect on all the great work that has been done.

Students have had the opportunity to take a variety of field trips to support all the learning going on within the classroom. In addition, students have done some virtual explorations. Hands on, experiential learning is a great way for students to feel empowered around learning and growing.

Learning occurs everywhere. Taking time to work with your child on various skills is important for both their academic and social and emotional growth. Reading with your child at home and talking about the important parts of their day help to increase their individual skills at school. Thank you all for working with your child!

Students will be participating in a few assessments coming up to measure all the great growth they’ve been making. These assessments will occur during the month of January. Ensuring students are wellrested is a great way to help students succeed. Have a great holiday!

Mrs. Ashley Wright

Shop with a Cop

Thank you to the Janesville Police Department and Blain’s Farm and Fleet!

Shop with a Cop was started in Janesville in 2010. Students are picked up from school in a squad car and shop for gifts for their family and themselves. According to Officer Chad Sullivan, “This event allows police officers a chance to have positive interaction with children and they do not get that chance very often.”

The program gives each student a $200 gift card to make the purchases. Two of our students, Gabe RileyVanGampeler and Javier Mejia, were given the opportunity to “Shop with a Cop.” These students were chosen for exhibiting the Wilson Way every day—Be safe, be respectful, be responsible. Great job, guys!

1st Grade

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Now that we are in December and the weather has changed, it is important that the children are dressed appropriately. We do go outside every day! The children do need to wear their hats and gloves to school. If it is snowing or there is snow on the ground, please have them bring snow pants and boots. We are only inside if the wind chill or temperature is below 0.

This past month we have been working hard in Math and Reading. In math, the children have been working on number patterns, fact fluency and telling time to the hour and half-hour. In Reading, they have increased sight vocabulary as well as working on their comprehension strategies. Please remember to listen to your child read their take home books nightly. This will also help with their sight vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Return the bag daily!

Have a great winter break and we look forward to getting back into the swing of things in January!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Mrs. Helbing Mrs. Ross

Intra-District Transfers/Inter-District Transfers

If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move. This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free. To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2018-2019 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application. Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2019. This year applications will be accepted February 4 – April 30, 2019.

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.

Public School Open Enrollment Timelines The State of Wisconsin has announced the application period for open enrollment (also known as public school choice) begins in February for the following school year. Open Enrollment laws permit children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

The open enrollment application period for the 2019-2020 school year is from February 4, 2019 – April 30, 2019. Parents are encouraged to apply online at Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after February 4, 2019 and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period. Paper applications to attend Janesville must be submitted to the Open Enrollment Specialist in the New Student Enrollment Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30th (a postmark does not constitute timely submission). Applications turned in prior to February 4thwill be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 4th but before April 30th at 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment in a requested school or program is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Habitual truancy may result in recommendation for the student to return to their home district.


If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact Monroe School office at 743-6900 as soon as possible to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school. Please note: if you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville in most cases your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline.

If you have any questions about school placement for a particular address please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 743-5152. The New Student Enrollment Office is open year round.

If you are the parent of an elementary student and will be moving over the summer months when the elementary schools are closed, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 743-5152 or the New Student Enrollment Office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 to complete the appropriate paperwork.

Volunteering at Wilson E.S.

The Volunteer Application is now online We welcome adults to volunteer at Wilson in the classroom or to be a chaperone on field trips. A volunteer application must be submitted prior to any volunteering. The form is now available online through the School District of Janesville website. Choose Community—School Volunteers– Online Volunteer Application Form and then scroll down to fill in the form. Submit your responses when complete. Paper copies of the application are available in the school office. A new volunteer application must be completed each school year.

School District Annual Notice of Special Education Referral and Evaluation Procedures

Upon request, the School District of Janesville is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district. A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Ms. Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services, School District of Janesville, at 608-743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin Street, Janesville, WI, 53548

Kindergarten Enrollment—2019-2020 School Year.

School District Residents If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and they are not currently enrolled in a School District of Janesville Preschool for Janesville (P4J) or Early Childhood (EC) program it is time to enroll in the Janesville Public School District. Enrollment will take place at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office. You may enroll anytime during the two week period.

Weeks of December 3–7 and December 10-14

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M/W/F both weeks
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018

If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 14, 2018. Enrollment in the district is required for participation in orientation. When you enroll, you will need your child’s birth certificate for proof of age, proof of residency (top portion of a utility bill, or current lease) to determine school assignment, immunization records and photo identification. If you have questions on general enrollment, please contact the New Student Enrollment office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students should be submitted through the enrollment process. Forms are available at all schools, as well as at the Educational Services Center. If you have questions regarding this process contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152. The status of requests will be determined by January 15, 2019 if they are turned in by December 14th . If you have a student currently attending a school under a School Transfer/Placement within the School District, it does not automatically qualify your kindergarten student for attendance at the same school; however, siblings are generally assigned to the same school. In order for your kindergarten student to attend the same school as a sibling, you must submit a request during the Kindergarten Enrollment time frame.

If you know of a child in your neighborhood or from community activities that would be entering kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, please pass this enrollment information on.

Non-District Residents

If you are a non-resident of the School District of Janesville and have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and would like your child to attend the School District of Janesville you must also apply for OPEN ENROLLMENT. The timeline for Open Enrollment is February 4 to April 30, 2019. Currently open enrolled non-residents in a P4J or EC program do not need to re-apply. If you have questions regarding the Open Enrollment process, please contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.

Wilson Mission: I can achieve. I will achieve by following the Wilson Expectations: be safe, be respectful, and be responsible.

Wilson Office: 743-7300 Wilson Attendance Line: 743-7330

December and January EVENTS…..

10 No school - P4J  Only Good News Club 3-4 pm
12 Music Makers 3-3:45 pm Kidz MidWeek Club 3-5:15 pm
15 Bags of Hope Deliveries to Families  
17 Good News Club 3-4:30 pm  
19 Music Makers Practice/ Performance 3-3:45 pm FRC Family Holiday Event 3:30 - 5:00 pm
20 Pajama Day  
21 PBIS Movie  Celebration 1-3 pm  
Dec 24 - Jan 1 Winter Break - No school for students or staff


2 School Resumes  
7 Good News Club 3 -4 pm  
11 Kidz MidWeek Club 3 - 5:15  
14 No School - P4J Only Good News Club 3-4 pm
15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Good News Club 3 - 4:30 pm
16 Kidz MidWeek Club 3 - 4:30 pm  
18 Wilson Wars - Wear Purple and Black  
21 No School - Martin Luther King Jr.  Day  
28 Good News Club  3 - 4:30 pm  
30 Kidz MidWeek Club 3 - 5:15 pm Scoopie Night 4 - 8 pm

WINTER SING PERFORMANCES - in the School Gymnasium

  • Gr. K—2 9:00—9:30 a.m.
  • Gr. 3—5 10—10:30 a.m.


May-June 2019 Newsletter

Wilson Wire

From the principal

Wilson Families,
As Spring and Summer are right around the corner, there are also a lot of great things blooming at Wilson Elementary. April is the month of both flowers and the time of year where students in Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade gear up to show their knowledge on the Wisconsin Forward Exam, as well as students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade participate by taking the STAR Assessment to show how much they have grown this year academically. To help your child do the best they can, a good night’s rest, a hearty breakfast, and encouraging words can assist students race across the finish line.

The Spring months also hold a lot of great family and student activities. The School Picnic, various field trips, the city wide track meet, and of course, 5th grade graduation will be  occurring. We encourage families to participate in the invited events. The end of the school year is a very  exciting time, but doesn’t have to stop there. Remember, you can register your child for Wilson Summer School which is a fun and exciting program here that begins on June 17 and runs each day from 8:00-11:30.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Mrs. Wright

Phy Ed Notes

We will be finishing up racket sports this week and then we will be getting into track and field. The students will be experiencing and competing in 8 different track events: shot put, medicine ball, softball throw, Frisbee throw, high jump, long jump, 50 yard dash and hurdles.  

Next month on May 21st and 22nd the students will have the track meet. Fifth grade will have their track meet on the 21st and fourth grade will have theirs on the 22nd if one of the track meets gets rained out it will be made up on the 23rd.  For the track meet students will be choosing 3 of the 8 events to compete in. 

In between track preparation we will be learning about spring fitnessgram testing, golf, table ball and at the end of the year we will be reviewing the life time sports we went over this year.  

Second Grade News

2nd graders have taken the January STAR reading and math tests.  Results of these tests were shared with parents at conferences.

Third Grade News

Please remind your child to dress for the weather.  We have students coming to school that are not prepared for outside recess. Please continue reading with your child every night.  It is very important that if your child brings home leveled books, they are returned and signed by an adult.  We appreciate your support! Please have your child work on their addition and subtraction facts to 20.

Fourth Grade News

In Social Studies, we are learning about Wisconsin.  We will bring the study of Wisconsin to life when we go visit Arndt and Daluge Farms in the afternoon of Thursday, May 16th.  Students will experience seeing how crops are grown and produced, see beef cattle, and get to eat ice cream too.

We will have a very special presentation on Wednesday, April 10th by the Assistant Curator of Anthropology from Beloit College.  She will be discussing Native Americans and will be bringing artifacts along to show to our students. 

Our 4th grade track meet will be in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 22nd. If needed, the rain date is Thursday, May 23rd.  Parents are encouraged to come and cheer on their child. 

In Science, we are studying how our Earth is always changing. We will learn about weathering, erosion, deposition as well as earthquakes, tornados, and tsunamis.

In June, we will be celebrating more about the products we have in Wisconsin with a “Taste of Wisconsin.” 

Happy  Spring!

Fifth Grade News

We are sliding into summer here in 5th grade. Before that happens, we still have a lot of learning to do! 

In addition to the standardized testing that our students will be working on, we have several fun events coming up.

The 5th grade track meet will be on Tuesday, May 21st, with a rain date of May 23rd.  Parents are encouraged to come and cheer on their child. 

Fifth grade graduation will be on Tuesday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m.  Fifth graders will be allowed to leave with their parents following graduation. Parents will need to come to office to sign their child out before they leave.  Students will bring their report cards home along with all of their belongings on that day. 

We will miss our fifth graders as they go on to new adventures in middle school—we wish them all well!

April - June Events....

  • Apr 10               Final Music Makers Club 3—3:45
    •                     MidWeek Kidz Club 3—5:15
  • Apr 11               Tornado Drill 1:45
  • Apr 12               Team Wars
  • Apr 15-19         Spring Break 
  • Apr 22               School Resumes
  • Apr 23               Scoopie Night 4—8
  • Apr 25               Gr. 2 to JSOL 8—11:30
    •                     Kindergarten Orientation 4—5
  • Apr 26               Favorite Team Day!
  • Apr 30               Gr. 3 to Blackhawk Tech 11:30—2
  • May 10               School Picnic Gr. 2 & 4 11:00—11:30
    •                      School Picnic Gr. K & 3 11:30—Noon
    •                      School Picnic Gr. 1 & 5 Noon—1:00
  • May 12               Mother’s Day 
  • May 13               No P4J Classes  
  • May 17               Mismatch Day
  • May 21               Gr. 5 Track Meet
  • May 22              Gr. 4 Track Meet
  • May 23               Track Meet Rain Date
  • May 27             Memorial Day—No School
  • June 7               No P4J Classes
  • June 11             Report Cards Distributed
  • June 12             Last Day of School for Students