At Wilkes, we love science! An annual tradition, the Wilkes Science & Engineering Fair is right around the corner. The range of possible projects are: labeled drawings; observation reports of an ecological area, animals or plants; models/dioramas; inventions; demonstrations; experiment (using the scientific method); and technology (more details here). A new assembly (supported by your PTO) featuring Science Magic being held this Friday should spark interest. If you need to help your student brainstorm ideas consider checking out these resources. This fair is a fun way to promote your child’s curiosity in science. More information here.

  • Project drop-off: Wednesday evening, April 24th, 5:30-6:30 pm or Thursday morning April 25th, 7:30 -7:50 am.
  • Please consider being a part of the special event! You can sign-up HERE using Sign-Up Genius.
  • Families/care-givers are welcome to join us at the open house, showcasing all the student’s imaginative work on display from 6-7:30 pm on Thursday, April 25th.

Contribute Your Change to Help Make Change in Developing Countries

The Fourth Grade Leadership Council is participating in a global service project to help people gain access to clean water. The We Walk for Water is a program helping people in countries such as Rural China, Haiti, Kenya, Ecuador, India, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. Bring your change to contribute to the coin drive from March 25th – April 19th. For $25 one person can get clean water for the rest of their life! There will be coin jars in classrooms and in the front office. Did you know that 40% of the world’s population is impacted by the lack of water? For more information, please click here.

Call to Send Classroom Photos for Yearbook

A team of exceptional volunteers are in the process of putting together a fantastic yearbook. You likely have seen them clicking away to capture wonderful photos at various events throughout the year. Since it is challenging to capture all these memories, we need your help. If you have volunteered in the classroom and have some great pictures, please share them with us. Please contact Casey Schmidt at Thanks for your help!

BISD’s Multicultural Advisory Council, PTO Educational Conversation, April 18

Conversations about inclusion at our school

BISD’s Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) spoke about their wonderful work promoting community building and inclusiveness and multicultural and human diversity education at the January PTO meeting. They have been around since 1986. They often host monthly Salon Nights with a screening of films and community conversation.

With help from MAC, we will host an evening PTO educational meeting on April 18, at 6:30 pm in the Wilkes Library. Learn about how to lean in rather than call people out and engage in conversations about inclusion at our school.

For more MAC information, see links: and Https://

Global Market Recess Activity

On March 14th, the PTO sponsored a Global Craft Making activity for students during recess. Students learned how to make (and the meaning behind) Guatemalan Worry Dolls, Hamsa and bracelets from East Africa. Each table included a map showing the country of origin relative to Bainbridge Island. Special thanks to the 4th Grade Leadership Team for their volunteer time and help with these activities and to Wendy Corelis for planning and leading this recess activity!

Toy Guy!

WOW! The commons was packed with students and families for the build-a-toy workshop with Rick Hartman. The students used simple carpentry tools to construct an amazing wooden toy while experiencing the thrill of hands-on math, science and creativity. He captivated our young students and encouraged innovation. THANK YOU to our Wilkes community for helping to make this event free by supporting our annual Jogathon last fall. And thank you to Andrew Block for helping to capture the evening.

About Wilkes PTO

Wilkes PTO is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization supporting Wilkes Elementary School by coordinating volunteers, creating educational community service projects, providing enrichment inclusively for all students, sharing information, and hosting fun events for families. Parents and care-givers are automatically members of the PTO just by having kids at the school.

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