Coat Drive


The Wilchester Sister school committee is collecting gently used coats, jackets, hats, and mittens/gloves of all sizes for our annual coat drive to support our sister school Spring Shadows.

Donations can be be dropped off at the following locations starting October 23 through November 6:

Heather Braniff
13610 Queensbury Lane

Marty Chapman
326 Patchester

Liz Spradling
862 West Forest


Red Ribbon Week


Red Ribbon Week will be held October 26 – October 30. During this week, children will learn about healthy living and the dangers of drugs through age-appropriate activities. To show their support for living a drug-free life, students may choose to wear special clothing to school throughout the week.

The Red Ribbon Week themes are as follows:
  • Monday, 10/26 – Wear Red. “Are you “red”y to live a drug free life?”
  • Tuesday, 10/27 – Wear fun/crazy socks. “Be happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.”
  • Wednesday,10/28 – Wear a superhero shirt or socks. “Perseverance is power, and you have the power to stay drug free.”
  • Thursday, 10/29 – Wear Wilchester spirit gear. “I believe in me – happy, healthy, and drug free.”
  • Friday, 10/30 – Dress as your favorite book character. “Drugs destroy your character.”

We are looking forward to celebrating such an important week at Wilchester! Be on the lookout for red ribbons around the school and a special visitor at drop off on Monday!  You and your child can sign the Drug Free Pledge by visiting redribbon.org/pledge.


Storybook Pumpkins

Book Character Pumpkins

Happy Fall, Y’all! Get into the fall spirit by decorating a pumpkin as your favorite character from a book! This is an optional activity for both in-person and distance learners.

Contest Rules:
* One pumpkin PER family may be submitted
* Family’s name must be written on the bottom of the pumpkin
* Pumpkins must be artificial and no larger than 2’x2’x2′
* Pumpkins can be decorated with paper, glue, paint, markers or other craft supplies. They may not have parts that can be plugged into power outlets.
* Pumpkins are to be dropped off at the front of Wilchester Elementary School on Friday, October 23rd or Monday, October 26th

Voting will take place at the end of the week!

A link with photographs of the pumpkins will be shared with our distance learners for an opportunity to view and participate in voting. Students who are in person will have an opportunity to view and vote with their individual classes.

Pumpkins will need to be picked up on Monday, November 2nd. More details to come.

We cannot wait to see how creative our Wildcats are!

Questions? Please contact Cassie Greenway or Leslie Valentine


PreK 50th Day of School


Pre-K students and teachers are ready to shake, rattle and roll in our poodle skirts, and rolled up jeans.

Mrs. Ballard & Ms. McEvoy are working on a nifty plan that will be announced soon!



October Sponsor Spotlight


Thank you to our amazing sponsor!



Reflections Contest


The Reflections Art Contest is a national PTA program encouraging students in Pre-K through Grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts.

Every child is welcome to participate and share their creativity! Students may enter artwork in the categories listed below and will compete in either the Primary (Pre-K-2ndgrade) or Intermediate (3rd-5thgrade) division.

This year’s theme is “I Matter Because…”

Please see the entry form linked below and start brainstorming ideas that represent the theme!

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Entry Form



Submissions are due Nov 9th.  For more information contact the 2020-2021 Reflections Chairs:

Anita Kerin – anita.m.kerin@gmail.com

Clair Silliman – clairsilliman@gmail.com


Birthday Book Club


The Birthday Book Club is a great way to honor birthdays at Wilchester and enhance our school library!

If you choose to participate in this program, visit our online wishlist at Blue Willow Bookshop and select a book your child would enjoy. It is fine to purchase a book elsewhere, but please look at the wish list for ideas.

All Birthday Books will receive a special label inside the book cover, the recipients will get a shout out on the morning announcements, and they will be the first to read the new books. When the recipients are finished reading, the books will be returned to the library for others to enjoy (once library check out becomes available).

We will begin delivering the first round of Birthday Books in October.  Please have books ordered by September 15th to guarantee an October delivery. This allows us time to receive the books, process them in the library system, and “quarantine” them before delivery.

If your child’s birthday was over the summer or is in September, feel free to celebrate them at any time during the school year!

Questions? Contact Cassie Greenway (cassie.greenway@gmail.com) or Leslie Valentine (leslievalentine@hotmail.com)


Make it Rain Campaign

Make It Rain Campaign


Amazon Smile:  0.5% of eligible purchases.  Judging by the number of Amazon trucks in the neighborhood this number should be huge!!! You must sign up from EACH device (phone/tablet/desktop). Sign your friends and family up too!

How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app:

  1. Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰).
  2. Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ under ‘Programs and Features’
  3. Search for ‘Wilchester Elementary PTA’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone (you must do this for each device).

From a web browser:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
  3. Search for “Wilchester Elementary PTA”
  4. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com and remember to shop through the link!

Randall’s Good Neighbor: 1% of total eligible purchases. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and/or a Good Neighbor card.

  1. Visit: https://www.randalls.com/yourstore/good-neighbor.html
  2. Our Good Neighbor ID is 5215 or search Wilchester Elementary PTA
  3. You can also email changes to an existing account to good.neighbor@randalls.com.

Kroger Community Rewards: 1% of total eligible purchases.  New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a Rewards card.

  1. Visit http://www.kroger.com.
  2. Search for WILCHESTER ELEMENTARY PTA either by name or AF975 and then click Enroll.