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Whittier Weekly 4/24/21

Whittier Weekly 4/24/21

PTA Minutes and Proposed Budget Posted

If you missed the last PTA meeting, and want to see what was discussed, check-out our minutes and proposed budget here: https://whittierschoolpta.org/references/financials-minutes/.

Our next meeting in Tuesday, May 18, at 7 PM via Zoom. This will be the last meeting of the year, during which we will welcome three new Board Members.



PTA Committee Positions Open

We have several committee positions open, as listed below. If you are interested, please contact Briar Croft or Gina Schuster.

Communication

Responsibilities include keeping the PTA’s website updated, assisting with sign ups as needed, and managing other communication tools such as the PTA’s Facebook page and Whittier Directory. Volunteers also work with other committee chairs on how to make timely updates on the website. Annually, the person responsible for the directory gathers the information and creates a printable directory. If you are interested and want to learn more, contact Ann Russell

Target Number of Volunteers: one person or a team

Estimated Time Commitment: 2 hours (start of the year) / 1 week thereafter
Required Availability: Flexible

Hospitality

Parent volunteers provide meals to Whittier staff members on the days of parent-teacher conferences and at the holiday luncheon. Members of the Hospitality committee also prepare and deliver small tokens of appreciation to Whittier staff members at Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day and provide refreshments at special events such as Kindergarten Roundup.

Target Number of Volunteers: 10-20
Estimated Time Commitment: 2 hours (start of the year) / 1-10 hours at conferences, holidays, etc.
Required Availability: Weekday Mornings, Afternoons, and/or Evenings

Outside Programs Coordinator (Chess Scholars, Language Labs, Young Rembrandts)

Whittier offers our students several programs on a for-fee basis after school one day per week through external organizations. PTA members help liaise between the school and these external organizations for session scheduling and information distribution purposes. One PTA parent volunteer must also be present each week during chess in order to assist with attendance and overall supervision.

Target Number of Volunteers: 1
Estimated Time Commitment: Minimal (coordinator)
Required Availability: Weekday Afternoons

Math & Science Night

Math Night is an event for 4th-6th graders and their families to explore math concepts in a fun, hands-on way outside of the traditional classroom setting. Science Night is an all-school event for students and their families to interact with science concepts in a tangible and exciting manner. PTA members serving on the Math & Science Night committee plan, prepare for, and lead various sessions at the events.

Target Number of Volunteers: 10-20
Estimated Time Commitment: A few hours (early planning) / Significant (the week of the event)
Required Availability: Flexible (early planning) / Weekday Evening (night of event)

Reflections

Reflections is an inspirational art competition sponsored by the National PTA and supported by Whittier’s PTA. Volunteers on this committee judge the art pieces submitted by students to determine which pieces will move on to the next stage of the competition. Reflections volunteers may also be asked to help with collection and redistribution of the art pieces.

Target Number of Volunteers: 1-5
Estimated Time Commitment: 1-3 hours per year
Required Availability: Flexible

Walking Club

The Walking Club promotes fitness for Whittier’s students. Each student participant can earn one Walking Club “dollar” per lap completed during their recess time on Walking Club dates (Walking Club runs in the fall and spring only). Students can then spend their earned “dollars” in the Walking Club “store” when it is made available to them. Committee member duties may include printing/preparing the Walking Club dollars, buying the prizes for the Walking Club store, keeping inventory of the prizes, and scheduling parent volunteers to help track students’ laps, distribute dollars, encourage the kids to walk, and distribute prizes.

Target Number of Volunteers: 1-5
Estimated Time Commitment: 1 hour per week (when Walking Club is in season)
Required Availability: From 11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. on Wednesdays (fall and spring only)