Mrs. Wilmot

Welcome to 1st Grade in Mrs. Wilmot's Class!
A little about me:

Liberty Bell Masters Graduation
Left: Mr. & Mrs. Wilmot visiting the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA.
Right: Mr. & Mrs. Wilmot after Mrs. Wilmot's Masters graduation ceremony.

 My name is Katie Wilmot. I grew up in the Quincy area and as a child attended Mowrey! It has been a great experience working at the school where I developed a love for learning! I live in the Waynesboro area with my husband, our dog, and our goldfish. The 2018-2019 school year is my fifth year teaching first grade at Mowrey. It is an honor to teach all of your children this year and I am glad to be a part of the team in growing your children!

Throughout this school year, you may have questions or concerns. Feel free to contact me via email or phone. My email is You can call 717-762-1191, select Mowrey Elementary, and leave a message with Mrs. Rhodes. 

December News:
**Cold Weather Alert** Please send your child to school with a heavy jacket, gloves, scarf, and a hat. :)

Merry Christmas First Grade Families!  December is here and we are hard at work.  In ELA, students are working on finding the main idea and details of non-fiction stories.  They are also working on the story elements of fiction stories. As your child reads their homework books, ask them to tell you the character, setting, problem and solution of each story.  

In math, we have been working through a unit on measurement.  We are continuing to work on math facts in class as this is the focus of our homework practice.   If your child is breezing through their homework, set a timer to give them some challenge.  If your child is struggling at their level, use the math fact flashcards that are given each week as extra work. 

We are studying Holidays around the World in content.  We will be focusing on six different cultures and how they celebrate the season. We are focusing on the December holidays in Mexico, Israel, Russia, Italy, Germany, and the USA. 

The first grade team wishes your family a wonderful and relaxing break.  See you next year!!!

Dates to remember:

Dec. 11th- Early Dismissal
Dec. 24- Jan.1- No School
Jan. 8th- Early Dismissal
Jan 18th & 21st- No School


Remind is an app/website that allows me to keep in contact with you using push notifications or texts. If you would like to join my class, click the document below for instructions. I don't overuse this program, but it is very helpful for me to send reminders for things like permission slips, spirit days, or changes in the schedule.

Wilmot Remind PDF.pdf 


We will begin the year with yellow homework pages called "Home Links." These pages are meant to provide your child with extra practice of the skills that he or she has learned about that day or that week. These pages should take no more than 15 minutes total. If they take longer, or your child is getting too frustrated, PLEASE STOP the homework and NOTIFY ME. We can work on a plan to better suit your child. Later in the year, these yellow Home Link pages will be replaced with math facts practice pages. It is important to work every night with your child on homework rather than simply leaving the child to work alone. You will see how much your child grows by working with him or her and help your child have a positive attitude toward math (and reading).

After about 3 weeks of school, you will also see 100 Book Challenge books in the homework folder. These books should be books that children can read independently, but we ask that you still listen to them read and help them if they struggle. After your child has read the two books each night, please initial the behavior calendar for that day so I know that he or she has read. The reading should take no more than 15 minutes. For students who are reading from the BB or R bins, they may only have one book if it is a chapter book or one that is rather lengthy.

Homework Folder

Your child will bring home a homework folder every night. Please check the folder every night for any important papers that may have been sent home that day. 

If your child is buying lunch at school, please send money in an envelope with his or her name and lunch number (student ID number). Someone will be around every Monday to collect the lunch money. Should you need any of the official envelopes, please send a note with your child and I will send some home.

*For weeks that we do not have school on Monday, the envelopes will be collected the next day that we do have school.

Our Schedules

First Grade Daily Schedule:
8:35-8:55 Arrival
8:55-10:30 Reading and Writing
10:30-11:25 Math
11:25-11:45 Recess and Bathroom Break
11:45-11:55 Content
11:55-12:20 Math Intervention
12:25-12:55 Lunch
1:00-1:10 Word Work/Spelling
1:10-2:10 Guided Reading
2:20-2:40 Recess and Bathroom Break
2:40-3:20 Special (Mrs. Wilmot's Planning Period)

Special: This year we have two "teams" for special. It is important to note that your child may follow a different schedule than some other peers, so your child must know what team he/she is on. 
TEAM 1 Special Schedule:
Day 1 Music
Day 2 Physical Education
Day 3 Library
Day 4 Art

TEAM 2 Special Schedule:
Day 1 Library
Day 2 Music
Day 3 Art
Day 4 Physical Education

***Your child will receive a letter the first day of school telling you which team he/she is on.***


Following is the district dress code for students. I have had some parents interested in a reminder of the dress code, so I am attaching it here for you all!

Although students exhibit different styles of clothing, it is important that our dress reflects good taste and is appropriate for school. The clothing of the student shall not be disruptive, cause unnecessary comments, or bring undue attention to the wearer. If a staff member feels a student’s apparel is distracting to the educational process, the student will be sent to an administrator who will make the final judgment. If a student is dressed in an unacceptable manner, as determined by the administration, the student may be asked to go home to change. Parental notification will occur, if necessary, to obtain a change of clothing and appropriate discipline will be administered should the dress code violation persist.

The following are prohibited:

· Wearing of bandannas and headbands, kerchiefs around the neck, sunglasses

· Tops which expose shoulders, cleavage, midriff, or waist/belly button/stomach area

· Tank tops, spaghetti straps (tops and dresses), see-through clothing, tube tops, halter tops

· Wearing of outerwear/outdoor clothing during the school day

· Clothing of any kind with a suggestive connotation, message or design, which may include obscenities, profanity, tobacco, drugs and alcohol (bar or restaurant), weapons, sexual innuendos, racial messages, symbols associated with hate groups or a message which intends to harass, threaten or intimidate another student

· Attention-getting clothes or jewelry including but not limited to decorative chains, wallet or pocket chains, spike collars or bracelets, jewelry with spiked, sharp, or protruding parts, which can inflict damage

· Cut-offs or holes of any kind in pants, jeans, skirts, or shorts

· Bottoms which expose skin or undergarments or wearing oversize/draping baggy style pants to create a “sag” look (All bottoms must be worn at the waist. The waist is defined as the area between the bottom of the rib cage and top of the hip bone.)

· Pajama pants, biker and boxer shorts

· Shorts, skirts, skorts, dresses, and jumpers which are higher than four inches from the top of the knee

· Shoes and/or clothes which may be damaging to school property or hazardous to other people

· Flip flops (elementary students only)

· Bare feet (except in secondary school locker rooms)

· Sandals in gym classes and technology education (secondary schools) or in other classes on specific days designated by the administration.

Please note:

· Sleeveless tops and dresses are acceptable. A sleeveless top is defined as a shirt that covers the entire shoulder.

· Hats must be removed upon entering the building.

· For safety reasons, open back or open toe shoes are strongly discouraged.

If you have any questions, please contact me via email or phone.