Whittier Weekly: April 25, 2017

Whittier Weekly: April 25, 2017

 The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.

-Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, 1647



 Upcoming Dates:

  • TODAY 4/25 – Spring Book Fair from 3:00-5:00pm in the LRC
  • TODAY 4/25 – PTA Meeting in the Activity Room – 7:00pm (babysitting provided)
  • Wed 4/26 – Student Council Spirit Day – Crazy Hair Day
  • Wed 4/26 – Spring Book Fair from 3:00-5:00pm in the LRC
  • Thu 4/27 – Spring Book Fair from 3:00-8:00pm in the LRC
  • Thu 4/27 – Whittier Open House from 5:30-7:00pm – come and experience all our students have learned and created this school year!
  • Fri 4/28 – Blue & Gold Spirit Day – Show your school spirit in Whittier wear or school colors!
  • Fri 4/28 Last Day to order Whittier Spirit Wear
  • Sat 4/29 – Handmade Market @ O’Neill Middle School – 9:00am – 3:00pm


  1. Retirement Party For Mrs. Plepel
  2. Whittier Wear
  3. Bylaws
  4. Jaguar Jog
  5. Book Fair This Week!
  6. Spring Experiences
  7. Committee Chairs Needed!
  8. Walking Club Volunteer Request
  9. Learning Lab Donation Request
  10. DGJWC Handmade Market


1. Retirement Party for Mrs. Plepel

Save the Date!  Mrs. Plepel is retiring this year and the PTA is having a party for her on Tuesday, June 6th from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.in the school gym.  Cake and refreshments will be served.  Ms. Coleman is going to help the kids write a note and/or draw a picture to put in a book that we will present to her that day.  If you have anything else you or your child would like to contribute (note/photos) there will be a gift box set up in the gym that day.  If you have any questions, please email Carla or Karrie.  Thank you and hope to see you there!



2. Whittier Wear

Whittier Wear Spring Ordering is now open!  From today until Friday, April 28, you will be able to order a grade-level color “Be Inspired By Who You Are!” t-shirt and/or a new style Whittier t-shirt and shorts.   All shirts and shorts are available in Youth and Adult sizes.

Order your grade-level color t-shirt (if you haven’t already) and be set for Field Day on June 7, and the upcoming Student Council Grade-level Spirit Day on May 30.  Or choose something new – the logo on the yellow t-shirt and shorts is the one from our sweatpants and fleece pants in the Fall Order.  Order today for delivery on May 15!

Just click on the link below.  Happy Shopping!



3. Bylaws 

Per State of IL PTA guidelines we are required to review the Whittier PTA Bylaws every other year.  A committee selected by our PTA carried out the review and made a couple of minor changes for clarification purposes. You can view these changes by connecting to the document via the link provided. An opportunity to ask questions or get further clarification will be available at the PTA meeting tonight in the Activity Room.  The changes will be voted on at our May 16 general meeting.

Link to Page

Link to Document Only


4. Jaguar Jog

Yes it is that time of year to start thinking of…the Jaguar Jog!!!

Looking for for people to join our 2017 Jaguar Jog committee!!

The Jaguar Jog will take place on Sunday, September 17th and the planning has already begun! This is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year! We need your help to make it successful.

Our kick off meeting will take place Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:30pm. Please join us at 326 5th St.  If you cannot make it but would like to volunteer please email cindymaquet@hotmail.com


5. Book Fair This Week!

Please stop by the LRC this week to pick up some fabulous books from our friends at Anderson’s.  Lots of great reads for kids and grownups, and NO TOYS.  A great time to stock up on books for summer reading!

All proceeds benefit the Whittier LRC.

Hours are:

Tonight, April 253-5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26,  3-5 p.m.

Thursday, April 273-8 p.m.

See you there!

Also, there are still a few slots needed to be filled for volunteering @ the Fair: Wed the 26th from 4-5pm,  and Thu the 27th from 5-6pm.  Please sign up HERE if you can contribute an hour of your time. Thank you!

Your bookfair co-chairs,

Kelly Coleman and Denise & Scott Lazar


6. Spring Experiences

Invoices for experiences went home via backpack mail last week. If you have any questions or errors email Carla Giannelli at carla3374@sbcglobal.net. Please try to get payment turned in by Friday, April 28th. Thank you.
New Experience: Rising Goddess Fitness is now offering a fun kids only Ariel Hammocks class for ages 8 and older on 5/20 at 3:15 p.m. The class is an hour long and there are only 10 spots available. The prices is $20 per child.
Please email Carla at carla3374@sbcglobal.net to sign up. For more information on this fun class go to www.risinggoddessfitness.com



 7. Committee Chairs Needed!

We still need volunteers to chair or co-chair committees for the 2017-2018 school year!  Please read the attached document with descriptions and time commitments for the current open committees.  Email Carla Giannelli for more information at carla3374@sbcglobal.net.  Thank you!

Open Committees (Updated)


8. Walking Club Volunteer Request

Walking Club is looking for volunteers during recess on Wednesdays during Walking Club season. Volunteers arrive at 11:30, sign in at the front office, and pick up a guest sticker to wear. Instructions, grade assignments, door location, and “Cat Cash” to distribute to walkers are given out in the front hallway. You will be done at 12:20. Please use this link to sign up – we can’t do this without your help!

CLICK HERE to sign up online.


9. Learning Lab Donation Request

The Learning Lab is once again collecting empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes for our upcoming EXPLORE classes!  The collection box will be available through the month of April in the front vestibule. Thank you for taking the time to save these items!




10. DGJWC Handmade Market

The Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club is hosting a Handmade Market (craft show) being held at O’Neill Middle School THIS Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The DGJWC uses funds raised to support various philanthropic initiatives including scholarships for Downers Grove students!