Whittier Weekly – April 11, 2021

Whittier Weekly – April 11, 2021

PTA Meeting – Tuesday 4/13 at 7 PM

Please join us for our next PTA meeting, Tuesday at 7 PM, via Zoom. We will be nominating in new Board Members, as well as reviewing the attached financials.

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PTA Committee Positions Open

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

Family Fun

The Family Fun committee plans monthly events for Whittier families at local restaurants and other establishments. A percentage of the money spent at these establishments on the designated dates goes back to the PTA to use to fund one or more free family fun events (e.g., roller skating parties, pool parties, picnics, etc.). Volunteers on the Family Fun committee help determine what these monthly fundraising events and free family fun events will be, work with vendor establishments to establish details for these events, and create and distribute flyers and other communications to publicize the events to Whittier families. Volunteers also prepare for and host the free family fun events held during the year.

Target Number of Volunteers: 1-5
Estimated Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month
Required Availability: Weekday Evenings


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 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)