August 21


Monday, August 7, 2017


Welcome to second grade! I am so happy that your child has been assigned to my class for the 2017-2018 school year.  I am really looking forward to meeting you and your family.

My name is Cheryl Wilma. I grew up in Albert Lea, Minnesota. I came to Winona State and graduated in Elementary Education.  I moved to Iowa to take my first teaching job. While there, I taught fifth and sixth grade.  My husband Jerry is from this area so I moved back here.  I began teaching in the WACS system in 1986 as a Kindergarten Teacher at St. Mary’s.  In 2000, I moved over to second grade where I am presently teaching.

While teaching, I continued to take classes and graduated from St. Mary’s University in 2000 with a Master’s in Elementary Education.  I am excited to share the many ideas and strategies with your children.

Outside of school I keep very busy with my six grandchildren. All four of my children attended WACS and Cotter.  My oldest daughter Heather (Lande) is married and lives in Altura, Bridget (Hale) lived and taught in Stewartville, John is married and lives in Shakopee, and Anthony is living and working in Minneapolis. I really feel that WACS and Cotter gave them the tools that they need to be lifelong learners.

The first week of school will be spent getting to know each other.  I would like for you to put one or two small items or pictures in a small bag. These items should tell us more about your child.  Some examples might be a rock from a rock collection, a favorite book, a baseball card, a picture of a vacation, etc. It may be fun to decorate the bag as well with one or two symbols that represent what they like.   The students should bring the bag the first day but we will not get to everyone on the first day. At Open House they will be getting a small bag of welcome goodies, feel free to use that same bag.

We will be having an Open House on Thursday, August 17th from 4:00-7:00, with a parent meeting at 5:00 or 6:00. School pictures will also be taken at this time.    This will give you time to look around our classroom and school.  You can bring your supplies and put them in your desk if you wish.  If you ordered the school supplies kit it will be available for pick up if you haven’t already done so.

Please remember that the first day of school is Monday, August 21st.  We will have school Monday through Friday of that week, but the buses will not be available until district 861 starts.

  School will be starting at 7:45 each day and ending at 2:10.  Could you please have your child enter through our fifth street entrance.  We will also dismiss from that same entrance.  If you need to drop your child off before 7:45, the doors open at 7:15 and the children will be supervised in the gym until 7:30 and then dismissed to their classroom.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns this year.  The best time to reach me will probably be right after school.  My number is 452-3766, extension 103.  My email address is

As of right now we have 18 students.  All of these students bring their own special talents with them and I am looking forward to getting to know them better.  After a few weeks of getting to know each other, I may need to ask help from time to time on special projects or lessons.  If you would be interested in helping out, look for a letter at the beginning of the year.  I need a few weeks to figure out their wants and needs.

I really want second grade to be a positive and fun learning experience for your child.  I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.


God bless you and your family,


Mrs. Cheryl Wilma




Contact: Cheryl Wilma