Principal's Message

Principal
Megan Lee-Wilfong
mlee@apslearns.org
330-761.7937

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Hi Families!

What an incredible start to the school year.  Our rituals and routines should be running smoothly with students fully aware of what they need to be doing at any given time.  If your child is struggling, please reach out to your child’s teacher, our school counselor Mrs. Hartley, our Dean of Students Mrs. Allen, and of course you can contact me directly.  We want every Windemere STAR to have a successful school year.

The end of the first grading period is Oct. 21st. Remember, you can check Home Access at any time to see your child’s grades.  You do not need to wait for Interims and Report cards.  Just log in to the Home Access Center and you can see your child’s grades any time you want.

 We are continuing to teach the students all about how to “Be a STAR” here at Windemere this year.  Please talk to your child about how they are exhibiting the characteristics of Being Safe, Trustworthy, Alert and Radiant.  Students are nominated weekly for the STAR Leader award.  They get their names read on the announcements, and monthly we will draw a prize per grade level for them as well.

We are also a Stay in the Game school.  This means that we are working in partnership with the Cleveland Browns to promote good attendance.  The goal is that our students come to school when they are healthy and even with a slight cough or cold.  If they are truly sick, they need to stay home.  We aren’t promoting perfect attendance, but good attendance.  Please see Mrs. Allen if you have any questions.

At any time if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself.  We are here to help and we are committed to working together as a team to see each of your children grow and thrive!

Thank you,

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

330-761-7937

mlee@apslearns.org

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Dear Parents/Guardians,


What an amazing start to our Windemere CLC 2022-2023 school year!  


September is Attendance Awareness Month.  I want to thank you all for filling out our attendance survey.  It will help us to identify any barriers that are keeping our amazing Windemere STAR students from attending school.  We will also be issuing fun incentives for attendance.  We are not expecting perfect attendance.  If your child is sick, we want you to keep him/her home.  What we are promoting is coming to school on time each day when we are healthy.  Next week, Mrs. Allen and I will be visiting each classroom to discuss attendance.  


We are iReady testing this month.  The results will be available to parents by Parent/Teacher Conference night on September 29th.    


Interims come out on Sept. 27th, so be sure to ask your child about homework.  We want to be sure to keep on top of grades and work.  Please be sure to check in with your child’s teacher via Class Dojo, email, or a phone call if you ever have any questions/concerns.  We believe in working together to be the best team we can be to ensure that your child is learning as much as possible.


Thank you!


Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

Principal

Windemere CLC

330-761-7937

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Hello everyone!
We
are really getting close to the end of the school year. I wanted to make sure everyone had the correct dates for the events that are coming up:

1. May 17th is the May Festival. For those students who are participating they will need to be at Goodyear Theater at 8:30 that day. They will practice until 11:00. They will need to be picked up and brought to school. The actual performance is at 7:00pm.

2. May 19th is the Spring concert for our 1st and 2nd graders. May 26th is the Spring concert for the 3rd and 4th graders. Please make sure to fill out the paperwork from Mrs. Cooney if someone other than the legal guardian will be signing out your child after the performance.

3. May 25th is Field Day! It will be most of the morning. If you are able to volunteer, fill out the yellow paper that was sent home by Mrs. Somerville.

4. There is no school on May 30th for Memorial Day.

5. June 1st is the 5th grade picnic. It will be in the afternoon.

6. June 2nd is the last day of school for all students. It's also the Recognition ceremony for our 5th graders. That will begin at 9:00. They brought home a letter about that today.

Speaking of 5th graders, Mrs. Johnston wanted to remind them to bring their white shirts on Monday for their tie dye project.


Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

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Hello Everyone!


I can’t believe we are nearing the end of this school year.  It’s so exciting to reflect on all of the amazing things that have been accomplished so far.  We still have a little ways to go.  Please be sure to stay on top of homework assignments.  It’s expected that all of our students are reading each night and practicing math facts.  They can do this on their chromebooks, so there is no need to go and purchase anything.


Sign up for Summer Camp!  There are a number of options for summer camps and activities offered for FREE by Akron Public Schools.  Check out this website  to see what is available, and register your child(ren) today!  


Kindergarten Registration is open online!  Please click on this link to register.  Feel free to share this information with anyone you know who has a KG student and needs to register.  


I also want to thank you for your support and effort all year as we worked together to ensure that Windemere remains a successful, safe, and welcoming school.  This year has brought a host of new challenges and opportunities, and we value the importance of our partnerships with our students’ families and our community.  


Thank you!


Have a safe, happy and exciting summer.  I hope to see you at Summer Camp!



Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

Principal

Windemere CLC

330-761-7937

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Hello Families!

We are busy, busy, busy!! The end of the 3rd marking period is March 18th.  That is three weeks from now.  There is plenty of time to make changes to those interim grades that came out last week.  Make sure to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.  

As time continues to fly by, we are also realizing how close we are to OST testing. It starts at the end of this month.  We will test for ELA and Math for all students in grades 3-5. Then our 5th graders also take a Science test. During testing, please limit appointments and any other interruptions to the school day so that we can give our students the best testing environment possible!  Also, please talk to your student(s) about doing their absolute best on these tests.  We want to make sure that everyone in the district and the state sees how intelligent our Windemere students really are!  

 As always, thank you for your continued support as we make our way through this school year.  Windemere is the best school in APS, and we are proud of our students, families, staff, and community!

Thank you!

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

330-761-7937

mlee@apslearns.org

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Dear Parents,

Let’s talk Attendance.  We really need our students at school, ON TIME, every day.  Tardies and early sign-outs count against your child’s individual attendance and against our school-wide attendance as a whole.  Of course, we understand that COVID has played a huge part in attendance rates during this school year.  We do not want anyone in the building who has COVID or COVID symptoms.  

We are trying to get our students better suited to work through minor  symptoms of not feeling well.  No one feels perfect every single day.  There is a sense of pride and accomplishment when a student buckles down and makes it through the learning day when they aren’t feeling 100%.

Please, please, please do your very best to get your child to school on time each and every day!

Thank you,

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

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Happy
Holidays!
I hope that you are able to spend some valuable time with loved ones over this holiday season. Take time to rest and enjoy the company of those you care about. We still have a lot to do before winter break, so please continue to enforce those Be a STAR behaviors so we can finish 2021 with a flourish. We will be finishing iReady testing by December, 17th. Please check with your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
While you are helping your child with homework, make sure that you are encouraging their effort. It’s not always about getting it right, but it is always about putting in the effort and trying. They are expected to struggle with concepts and skills from time to time. That’s ok! We need to make sure that the work they turn in shows the teacher what they know so he/she knows how to intervene accordingly.
Winter Break is from Dec. 20th - Jan. 3rd. Students return to school on Jan. 4th.

Thank
you for your continued support, and don’t forget to reach out if you ever have any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong
Principal, Windemere CLC
330-761-7937
mlee@apslearns.org
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                                      Back to School

Hello Families!

I simply cannot believe that it is November already!  We are so very busy working and learning each and every day that time is truly flying by. The first grading period has come to an end. Report cards came home with the students last week. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

As the holidays draw closer, we will have a lot of activities here at school. Please make sure that you are checking your child’s backpacks every night.  We are still busy learning every day.  As you know, we have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students.  We expect our students to strive to be a Windemere STAR every day.  Please review our PBIS Learning Matrix with your child.  It clearly states what our expectations are in all school settings.  

While you are helping your child with homework, make sure that you are encouraging their effort. It’s not always about getting it right, but it is always about putting in the effort and trying.  This means that they are expected to struggle with concepts and skills from school.  That’s ok.  Please make sure that they are trying and putting forth their best effort.  That’s how our teachers know what your child can and can not do on their own.

Thank you for your continued support, and don’t forget to reach out if you ever have any questions or concerns!



Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

Principal, Windemere CLC

330-761-7937

mlee@apslearns.org 

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Hi
Families!
What an incredible start to the school year. We are certainly getting ourselves readjusted to being back to in-person learning. Our rituals and routines should be running smoothly with students fully aware of what they need to be doing at any given time. If your child is struggling, please reach out to your child’s teacher, our school counselor Mrs. Myers, our Dean of Students Mrs. Allen, and of course you can contact me directly. We want every Windemere STAR to have a successful school year.
The end of the first grading period is Oct. 22nd. Remember, you can check Home Access at any time to see your child’s grades. You do not need to wait for Interims and Report cards. Just log in to the Home Access Center and you can see your child’s grades any time you want.
We are continuing to teach the students all about how to “Be a STAR” here at Windemere this year. Please talk to your child about how they are exhibiting the characteristics of Being Safe, Trustworthy, Alert and Radiant. Students are nominated weekly for the STAR Leader award. They get their names read on the announcements, and monthly we will draw a prize per grade level for them as well.
At any time if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself. We are here to help and we are committed to working together as a team to see each of your children grow and thrive!
Thank you,
Mrs. Lee-Wilfong 330-761-7937
mlee@apslearns.org

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Hello Families!

We are busy, busy, busy!!  It’s so exciting to have students returning to the building this month! We are also excited to see the continued success of our students who are remaining 100% remote.  I will send detailed information regarding this transition in my All-Calls this month.  Make sure that you are checking your emails.  

As time continues to fly by, we are also realizing how close we are to OST testing. We will test for ELA and Math for all students. Then our 5th graders also take a Science test. During testing, please limit appointments and any other interruptions to the school day so that we can give our students the best testing environment possible!  Also, please talk to your student about doing their absolute best on these tests.  We want to make sure that everyone in the district and the state sees how intelligent our Windemere students really are!  

The end of the third grading period is March 19th.  Then we only have one more grading period to go to finish this school year successfully!!  

Thank you!

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

330-761-7937

mlee@apslearns.org



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Dear Parents/Guardians,

The first semester is finished! Report cards were mailed home last week.   Please make sure that you are checking your child’s Google Classroom each night. The third grading period is typically when many students start to have some difficulty keeping up with both classwork and homework. We don’t want that to happen, and we rely on parents to help us keep all of our students on track.  We are in a strong routine now, and we want to keep up with our successes from the first semester!  

As news becomes available from the district regarding re-opening, I will let you know.  Thank you to the 73% of you who filled out the survey for us last week.  It will help the district make their decisions.  Shortly, we will have the final survey released where you all will need to indicate your preference for your child(ren) and whether you would like to remain 100% remote or return to in-person school.  I will need 100% participation on that survey so we know exactly what to do with each and every Windemere student.  

If you have a specific question about something in the classroom, please contact your child’s teacher immediately.  If you have a question about something for our building, please contact me or Mr. Klimas.  We believe that we are a partner in your child’s education, and we want to make sure that your voice is being heard.

Thank you,

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

330-761-7937

mlee@apslearns.org

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January 2021


Dear Parents,
Happy New Year! It was so wonderful to see the students’ happy and energetic
faces again! I am truly blessed to work with such amazing adults and children!
There are a few things to keep in mind. Please make sure that you are encouraging
your child to do his/her classwork and homework. Also, don’t forget that with
online learning being an active and engaged participant in class every day is just as
important. Grades are derived from a number of sources, and not just what is
turned in. Can you please make sure that your child is completing their minutes in
iReady for both Reading and Math? This program is at your child’s just-right
level, so he/she shouldn’t need your help completing the lessons.
As always, please reach out to us and let us know if you have any questions or
concerns!

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong
330-761-7937
mlee@apslearns.org

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December 2020

Happy Holidays!

I hope that you are able to spend some valuable time with loved ones over this holiday season. Take time to rest and enjoy the company of those you care about. We still have a lot to do before winter break though, so please continue to enforce those strong study habits that you are instilling in your student to finish 2020 with flourish. We will be finishing iReady testing during December, so please make sure that your child is taking those assessments on their own without your assistance.

While you are helping your child with homework, make sure that you are encouraging their effort. It’s not always about getting it right, but it is always about putting in the effort and trying. They are expected to struggle with concepts and skills from time to time. That’s ok! We need to make sure that the work they turn in shows the teacher what they know so he/she knows how to intervene accordingly. Thank you for your continued support, and don’t forget to reach out if you ever have any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

Principal, Windemere CLC
330-761-7937
mlee@apslearns.org

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November 2020


Windemere Families, 


Our Windemere community continues to shine as we progress through the 2020/2021 school year.  During the past month we have celebrated the engagement of our students, and families on multiple occasions.  

First, our PTA put on a great Halloween Car Parade.  Our parking lot and surrounding streets were completely full, and it was refreshing to see the smiling faces of our Windemere STARS in a safe manner.  

This month we also hosted a family engagement, and materials pickup night.  During the drive through event STARS received family math games to play at home along with other important instructional materials.  Once again our streets were full of Windemere vehicles and those vehicles were full of radiant windermere students.  

Finally, this month we are also celebrating our community's achievements in the area of attendance.  Windemere CLC has maintained high rates of attendance and engagement throughout the first months of school, with a daily attendance rate just above 95%!  We are thankful for the dedication of our staff, the alertness of our learners, and the positivity of our parents.  Through our synergy we are achieving great things.  

Although our learning is remote, we strive to stay connected with our Windemer community.  Below are links that you may find helpful in staying connected.   

Windemere CLC 20-21 - The Windemere Google Site is updated regularly with timely and important updates.  

@WindemereCLCCheck us out on instagram, for a fun way to stay connected.  

APS Plus After Hours Support Center -  Need academic help or other supports?  Click the blue link and then click on After-Hours Support Center to learn more or call 330-761-7943.  

Thank you for your continued support, 

Adam Klimas 

Dean of Students 

330-761-7937

aklimas@apslearns.org

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October, 2020

Hi Families!

What an incredible start to such a special school year.  Thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance as we have all embraced online learning.   It has been wonderful to see all of the children - even though it’s been virtual!  The end of the first grading period is Oct. 23rd. Remember, you can check Home Access at any time to see your child’s grades.  You do not need to wait for Interims and Report cards.  If you aren’t familiar with Home Access please call Mrs. Ake in the office, and she will gladly help you get that set up.  We have been teaching the students all about how to “Be a STAR” here at Windemere this year.  Please talk to your child about how they are exhibiting the characteristics of Being Safe, Trustworthy, Alert and Radiant.  The links to all of this information can be found on our Google Site as well.  Windemere CLC 20-21  You can also follow us on Instagram to get quick updates on upcoming events.  Windemere CLC (@windemereclc) • Instagram photos and videos

At any time if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself.  We are here to help and we are committed to working together as a team to see each of your children grow and thrive!

Thank you,

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

330-761-7937

mlee@apslearns.org


September, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are just about ready to kick-off the 2020-2021 school year! This will be a new and exciting adventure of learning for all of us.  The teachers and I have been working diligently to ensure that your children will be receiving the quality and rigorous education that you have come to expect from Windemere.  This is not like any other school year, and while it’s not what we are used to – we are up to the challenge!  We can’t wait to have the children joining us online.   

We have the following new staff members to welcome:

  • Mr. Adam Klimas (Dean of Students)

  • Mrs. Pam Cicora (KG Long-Term sub for Mrs. McMullen who is on maternity leave)

  • Ms. Christine Craig (School Psychologist) 


VIRTUAL - Open House will be Thursday, Sept. 3rd from 4:00 – 6:00.


  • Your child’s teacher will send you a Google Meet invite.

  • Unless directed otherwise by your teacher (some are setting up personalized appointments) you will log in to the Google Meet invite anytime between 4:00-6:00.

  • If possible, you and your child should be visible on camera so your teacher can see you and you can see him/her.

  • The teacher will share general information about the Google Classroom and overall expectations for the 1st 9 weeks of school. Please do not share any personal information about your child during these meets as other parents and children will be present.


Material Pick-up – Friday, Sept. 4th


During the designated hours listed below, please come up to the school on Friday the 4th and “meet” your child’s teacher or other staff members.  We will have materials from the teachers and other items to send home.  If you haven’t brought up textbooks yet from the spring, you can return them at this time as well. If you have children in multiple grades, you will be able to get the materials at any of the times, but you may not necessarily see the teachers.

 

  • Pre-K, KG & 1st Grade – 12:00-1:00

  • 2nd & 3rd Grade – 1:00-2:00

  • 4th and 5th Grade – 2:00 – 3:00


First Days of School:


  • Our school day is from 9:00 – 2:00.

  • Teachers will give you a schedule that indicates when your child will be directly engaged on line and when he/she will need to be completing some independent work during that time. 

  • All students are expected to log-on at 9:00.

  • Students in Grades 2, 3, 4 start online Sept. 10th.

  • Students in Grade 5 start online Sept. 11th.

  • Students in Grades Pre-K, KG & 1st start online Sept. 14th.

  • Please see our exciting new PBIS – Positive Behavior Intervention Supports expectations for our students below regarding how they should behave while learning online as a Windemere student. 


PBIS

In order to help our students be the best they can be, we are implementing a framework of positive behavior intervention supports to help all of our students achieve as Windemere students.  Our slogan is to “Be a STAR!”  It stands for: Be Safe, Be Trustworthy, Be Alert, Be Radiant.  We will be teaching our students all about what this means while they are learning remotely and with their technology use.  The matrix for what this looks like is in this letter as well, so you can use it for reference.  There is also an At-Home component that you can use to reinforce this message, “Be a STAR,” with your student when they are not engaged in school activities.  


The Zones of Regulation

We will also be implementing a program called The Zones of Regulation throughout this school year.  This program fits perfectly within our PBIS focus.  The Zones of Regulation is a framework to foster self-regulation and emotional control.  There are four colors that we will use as a means of expressing which Zone the students are in throughout the day.  None of the zones are bad, and they are all accepted.  The Green Zone is; however, the optimal zone for learning as those emotions are ones of calm, focus, and happiness.  The other zones are Blue (sad, tired, sick), Red (Mad, Elated, Out of control), and Yellow (silly, worried, frustrated).  You may hear your child’s teacher or our school counselor talk about the Zones with your child.  Feel free to talk about them as well, and discuss the tools that they are learning about each zone.   


Communication:  


Please make sure that you are regularly calling or emailing your child’s teacher with any possible questions or concerns.  We believe in open two-way communication.   I will be making a weekly All-Call and email to your primary phone number and the email that we have here on file every Friday.  You teacher will tell you the best ways to reach them during Open House.


We look forward to seeing you at Open House and at the Drive-Thru event.  We are going to have an amazing year!!


Sincerely,

Megan Lee-Wilfong

Principal

Windemere CLC

330-761-7937

mlee@apslearns.org  


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