Whittier Week: September 9, 2014

Whittier Week: September 9, 2014

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo

We hope everyone has had two good weeks of school under their belts!  We are excited about the great team of volunteers we have for the year ahead.   Once again, thank you to those of you who are committee chairs, co-chairs and members already!  Remember, there are always opportunities to get involved further!

Please mark your calendar to attend the first PTA meeting of the year next week.  The meeting will be Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Jaguar Jungle (aka – the gym) at Whittier.  Free  babysitting is provided during all monthly PTA meetings.  After the September meeting, plan to head over to Emmett’s in downtown Downers Grove to celebrate the start of the school year with other PTA members.

Finally, if you have not done so already, please Complete the online PTA packet to become a PTA member for 2014-2015 and to find ways to become involved.  Click on the following link to access the PTA packet:


We are so fortunate to have a wonderful Whittier Community.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any question or ideas!  Thank you!
Rita Brezina & Valerie Hardy


Early Registration ends TOMORROW – SEPTEMBER 10!  Once early registration ends the price will increase and we can no longer guarantee a t-shirt before race day!   So register NOW at https://whittierschoolpta.org/jaguar-jog-registration/

Save the Date for our fabulous Experiences being offered at the Jog!

  • Adults only Halloween Party on Saturday, October 25 at the Downers Grove Moose Lodge, featuring live music by Whittier Dad Jim Venckus and his band Brittany and the Spears!  Prizes for the best costumes!!!
  • Play a fun game of kickball with your friends after school on Thursday, October 9!  K-3rd graders will kick it out together while the 4th-6th graders battle it out on the other side of the playground.
  • Beat the winter blues by joining your friends for an ice skating party including hot cocoa!  This family event will take place at the Downers Grove Ice Arena on Saturday, January 10 at 3:15pm!
  • Stretch out with some yoga after a long day in school – featuring a Kids-Yoga instructor after school on Wednesday, November 12!
  • And lots more…….Stay tuned for details!

Don’t forget about the Grand Raffle  – Tickets are on sale now via the registration website!  1st Prize – A week’s stay in one of many vacation club locations throughout the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean through Travel Advantage Network – You get to choose and schedule; 2nd Prize – Go Pro Camera; 3rd Prize – $100 Cash.

And please join us for the Post-Race Party at Gattos! Take your family out to celebrate with lunch and drink specials available immediately following the awards.  All are welcome!!

The Jaguar Jog will take place on Sunday, September 28 with the 1 mile kids only fun run beginning at 9am and the 5k fun run beginning at 9:45am!

Questions?  Please contact Chie Nicholson and Corinne Potter at whittierjaguarjog@gmail.com

Everything is Awesome!  Team Whittier Variety Show

Do a little dance; play a sweet song; make the crowd laugh.  Sign up to perform in Everything is Awesome!  Team Whittier Variety Show!  Act applications and permission slips must be submitted by September 17th.  You can access all forms via the Variety Show page on the Whittier PTA website.  https://whittierschoolpta.org/special-events/variety-show/

6th grade families:  It is exciting that there has been an overwhelming response to participate as an emcee or on stage crew.  As such, all slots have been filled for these roles and no further applications will be accepted.  Instead, students are encouraged to participate in an act!

Questions?  Contact Melissa Rausch at whittiervarietyshow@gmail.com

Magazine Subscriptions to Support Whittier’s LRC

We are looking for some families to make a meaningful and easy contribution to the LRC at Whittier by sponsoring a magazine subscription. Interested families can review the list of magazines and subscription rates :

Whittier LRC Magazine List 2014 2015 

Send a check to Theresa Johnson through backpack mail.

Magazines provide a unique opportunity to get children interested in reading while developing the critical academic skills they’ll need in the years to come. The selection of magazines offered is wide ranging and will certainly appeal to boys and girls of all ages and interests.

With parent contributions we’ll get a full year of issues in the LRC. Your help in making this valuable resource a part of our kids education is greatly appreciated!

Any questions? Please contact Theresa Johnson at theresaJohn@live.com

Market Day Pick-Up

If you placed a Market Day order it will be available for pick-up on Thursday, September 11 from 1:45-2:45 in the Activity Room.  If you do not have space in your freezer, Whittier has two Market Day freezers that you may keep your frozen items in.  Please contact Kellie Miller at (812) 204-4384 or Amy Gassen at (630) 971-0689 with any questions.

Whittier Wear

Show your Jaguar Pride! Check out the NEW Whittier Wear collection – There are new logos, tie dye shirts, hoodies, skull hats, cinch sacks (mesh siding — think about all that wet winter gear) and more!

The Whittier Wear on-line store will be open August 22nd to September 10th, so be sure to check it out!! The link to our store is www.zimmzang.com/Whittier.

Language Stars Before School Program

Start date for the before school Foreign Language program is pushed back to Sept 15th. Please register ASAP if you are interested, if we do not reach our minimum number of kids in the classes, the program will not run! See flyer for information and link to register….Any questions please ask Jen Watts, at Watts4par@gmail.com

Register online at www.LanguageStarsAtSchool. com or call 866-55-STARS

Mark Your Calendars

  • Wednesday, September 10: Whittier Wear Orders Due
  • Thursday, September 11: Market Day Pick-UP in ACTIVITY ROOM
  • Friday, September 12: First Fun Lunch of the Year
  • Monday, September 15: Language Stars Before School Program Starts
  • Tuesday, September 16: PTA Meeting and Kickoff Social
  • Wednesday, September 17: Variety Show Application Due
  • Friday, September 19: Variety Show Meeting 2:55-4:00
  • Sunday, September 28: Jaguar Jog
  • Wednesday, October 29: Tech Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, November 5: Dress Rehearsal
  • Friday, November 7th: School Variety Show
  • Thursday, November 13: Tivoli Rehearsal
  • Saturday, November 15th: Variety Show at the Tivoli Theatre