Whittier Weekly: August 28, 2018

Whittier Weekly: August 28, 2018



Upcoming Dates:

  • 9/3 – NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
  • 9/4 – General PTA Meeting in the LRC – 7pm (Babysitting provided!)
  • 9/11 – Whittier Curriculum Night
    • Intermediate (grades 4-6) 6:35-7:15pm
    • Primary (grades K-3) 7:20-8:00pm
    • Camp Edwards Outdoor Education Parent Meeting (6th grade) 6:00-6:30pm
  • 9/16 – Jaguar Jog
  • 9/17 – Board of Education Meeting 7pm @ Village Hall
  • 9/20 – Early Dismissal (11:40am)
  • Mon 9/24- Wed 9/26 – Camp Edwards 6th Grade Outdoor Education Trip


  1. Jaguar Jog Registration
  2. Jaguar Jog Sponsors/Volunteers Needed
  3. Host An Experience!
  4. WRECK
  5. Chess Scholars
  6. Young Rembrandts
  7. Join the PTA
  8. Fun Lunch
  9. Cub Scouts
  10. Committee Chairs Needed
  11. Important Links



1. Jaguar Jog Registration

Registration is open for the Jaguar Jog!!

CLICK HERE to register

2. Jaguar Jog Sponsors/Volunteers Needed

Mark your calendar for the Jog on September 16!
We are looking for Race Sponsors – Please contact Jeff Paul at jeffpaul@hotmail.com
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Christie Nutt at canutt@comcast.net
This is our biggest fundraiser at Whittier and we want YOU to be a part of it!

3. Host An Experience!

Looking for a way to support the PTA?  Host a Whittier experience!  Contact Melissa Rausch if you are interested in hosting an experience this year!  Melissarausch@sbcglobal.net

Whittier Experiences are a crucial component to PTA fundraising that offers students and families an opportunity to sign up for fun events throughout the year!  Past experiences include Running Club, After School Kickball, The Amazing Race, Movie Night and Cake Decorating.

Host families come up with an idea, and once approved they plan, organize and fund the event.  The PTA Experiences  Committee  will promote the event at the Jaguar Jog and Whittier families will sign up.  All registration fees for the event go to the PTA to help provide the amazing programs students enjoy all year long!

Still have questions?   Ask a veteran Whittier Family for details… or better yet, contact Melissa Rausch and she can give you the scoop!  Melissarausch@sbcglobal.net


WRECK (Whittier Robotics and Engineering Club for Kids) is an amazing amount of fun and also a great way to learn interesting engineering and robotics concepts (without even realizing it!). For those not familiar, WRECK is a PTA run program and is offered to 3rd through 6th graders. Utilizing Lego WeDo kits (3rd and 4th) and new Lego EV3 Mindstorms kits (5th and 6th), we will give interested boys and girls an introduction to robotics and programming. The classes will start with learning basic principles and will culminate in a final project that should be challenging and rewarding.

Registration is open for Session 1 (3rd and 4th Grade) and is limited to 20 students. It starts on September 25th and classes are Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30. See here for all of the details and to register: https://whittierschoolpta.org/activities/wreck/

5. Chess Scholars

The fall session of after-school chess starts Monday, September 24! Classes are held immediately after school at Whittier For all the information to sign up CLICK HERE for the flier.  Please register by September 14 for the early bird price of $122.75!

One or more parent volunteers (depending on enrollment) will be needed to observe all the classes. If you are interested, please contact info@chessscholars.com. The first one or several parents to email will receive a 50% discount for the enrollment of one child.


6. Young Rembrandts

Explore the world of art in an Elementary Drawing Young Rembrandts class!

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN for grades K-6! Classes are held immediately after school at Whittier on Tuesdays. Students will be released for pickup promptly at end of class time. All new lessons every week! All supplies included.

Fall classes begin Tuesday September 11th. Cost is $130 for a 13 week session.
If interested in volunteering in class contact Laura Baldwin @ Young Rembrandts 630-493-4263.  For your volunteering service you child will receive a 50% discount on tuition!
CLICK HERE to register
CLICK HERE for a class preview
CLICK HERE for the flier

7. Join the PTA

Get a start on the upcoming school year – you can join the PTA for 2018-2019 now! You will get access to our NEW online directory with your paid membership. This year we will be using DirectorySpot which includes a website with various features and download/search capabilities, as well as an app for your iPhone or Andriod device. Your login should also help you access Herrick Middle School’s directory as well. Feel free to contact Ann Russell @ AnnKHerrick@yahoo.com with any comments, questions or issues.

Join the PTA here: http://whittierschoolpta.org/join/
Learn more about DirectorySpot here: http://whittierschoolpta.org/directory-signup/directory-spot-overview/

8. Fun Lunch

One of the most anticipated parts of school for kids and parents alike occurs every other Friday when the PTA sponsors a Fun Lunch option. That’s right. Every other Friday, you won’t have to send a packed lunch from home (unless you wish to). Instead, you can choose a special lunch for your kiddos from a varied menu offered from a different local restaurant each time. You pre-pay for the entire semester (there are 7 dates this semester) and then just sit back and relax on Fun Lunch days. Trust me. It’s a joy to get a reprieve from creative lunch packing twice a month.

You can register your kiddos at http://www.boonli.com starting on 8/16/18 all the way through 09/05/18.

An email was recently sent out with more details.  For any questions email Stacy Klepper (stacywalt@yahoo.com) or Karrie Donat (Karrie313@gmail.com)


9. Committee Chairs Needed

URGENT:  If we do not have an in-class volunteer for Young Rembrandts then we will no longer be able to offer this class.  Please read the commitment details below and consider volunteering your time!

If you are interested in chairing any of the committees below or have further questions email either Jenn DiCosola (jennbala@hotmail.com) or Susan Lorenc (susan_lorenc@hotmail.com)

Young Rembrandts:

Young Rembrandts is an original, step by step method to teach children drawing, the fundamental skill of visual arts. Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, ordering and sequencing ability, visualization and fundamental art skills. The volunteer will assist the Young Rembrandts teacher and will track attendance of the student attendees.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1 hour per week after school on Tuesdays, 1 hour per session


Looking for a PTA member to act as the liaison between the school and Chess Scholars for session scheduling and information. One PTA parent volunteer must also be present each week during chess in order to assist with attendance and overall supervision (this volunteer receives a 50% on tuition for their child).  In the event of the parent volunteer being unable to attend class, the chair must either step in as the volunteer or arrange another supervisor.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1 hour per week after school as volunteer (if desired), 1 hour per session as chair

Spring Fundraiser:

Members of the Spring Fundraiser committee set the time and place of the event and secure said time and place early in the school year. From there, volunteers plan and prepare logistics of the event, distribute communications regarding the event, solicit donations, and coordinate with the experience committee. You will also need to organize volunteers to set up, run and clean up after the actual event.

Estimated Time Commitment: Moderate based on the details of the event.

Math and Science Fun Nights:

The chairs for these family fun nights at school plan the activities for each session (such as science experiments and math challenges), secure volunteers to ensure the night runs smoothly, write up directions for each activity, and purchase supplies. They also send out evites to the Whittier families. Typically, there is one math and one science night per year, and such a fun night for families to attend!

Estimated Time Commitment: A few hours (early planning) / Significant (the week of the event)


10. Cub Scouts

Have you heard about all the fun things to do in Scouts?
Camping, Pinewood Derbies, Rocket Launches, Parades, Ropes Courses, Adventure, and more!

All boys and girls in K through 5th grades are invited to attend our first Pack Meeting of the year. For more information contact Terri Gordon at terri.gordon@outlook.com or Erik Baker at baker.ae@gmail.com.

Calendar of Events – 2018

August 29th – New Parent Mtg. and Welcome! 6:15pm for Kindergarten / 7pm for 1st thru 5th  @ St Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5739 Dunham Road, Downers Grove

September 21st –Building rockets at St. Paul’s for K thru 5th (Pack Night)

September 29th – Rocket Launch, Archery, Crafts, Field Games and more– Tampier Lake West, Lemont, IL

October 12th – Tribute to Fallen Firefighters – Silent Parade in DG for K thru 5th (Pack Night)

October 26th – 28th Fall Camp Out – Rainbow Council Campground – Morris, IL

November 16th – Creating Ornaments for Christmas Trees -K thru 5th (Pack Night) – St, Paul’s

November 17th – Decorating a Christmas Tree at Brookfield Zoo – Train Ride and Hike

December 14th – Service Projects – Toys for Tots/Hats & Gloves donations for PADS for K thru 5th (Pack Night)

Date TBD – Movie at Hollywood Blvd for Popcorn Sellers

For up to date information CLICK HERE

For the flier CLICK HERE

11. Important Links