Whittier Weekly: August 30, 2016

Whittier Weekly: August 30, 2016

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela


  1. A Note from the PTA Co-Presidents
  2. Help Update the Family Directory
  3. Needed: Donated Paper Items
  4. Fun Lunch
  5. Jaguar Jog
  6. Whittier Variety Show Parent Information Meeting
  7. Family Fun Night!
  8. Young Rembrandts After-School Drawing Classes


Upcoming Dates:

Monday, Sept 5Labor Day NO SCHOOL
Monday, Sept 12Family Fun Night at Culver’s on Ogden 4pm-7pm
Tuesday, Sept 13Curriculum Night 6-7:30pm
Sunday, Sept 18  – Jaguar Jog
Tuesday, Sept 20General PTA meeting (everyone welcome) – 7pm Whittier LRC
Thursday, Sept 22Whittier 1/2 Day of School

 1. A Note from the PTA Co-Presidents

We hope everyone has had an excellent first day of school!  We are excited about the exceptional 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.  The meeting will be Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the LRC (aka – the library) at Whittier. Free babysitting is provided during all general PTA meetings.

Finally, if you have not done so already, please complete the online PTA packet to become a PTA member for 2016-2017 and to find ways to become involved.  Click on the following link to access the PTA packet: https://whittierschoolpta.org/join/

When registering for the PTA please consider making a donation to the Whittier Angel Fund.  Our Angel Fund helps provide school supplies, Fun Lunch and activities for our Whittier angels. These items are funded solely by donations made by generous Whittier families. Your donation would be greatly appreciated.

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

-Karrie Donat & Carla Giannelli


2. Help Update the Family Directory

Whittier PTA publishes our only school directory, which parents find invaluable for carpooling, homework help, play dates, and more. If you officially signed up for PTA, you were able to choose whether you’d like to purchase a paper copy. A free online version is accessible to all registered users of the PTA website.


If you’re a returning Whittier family, your directory listing has been updated to reflect your student(s)’s grade(s) this year, but please be sure all information is correct: whittierschoolpta.org/directory-listing/

If you’re a new family (welcome!), please enter your directory listing:

We take privacy seriously, and accessing the online directory requires you to log in with the username and password you used to register for the PTA website. If you’ve forgotten your username or password, visit our help page.

Please note that online directory listings will be used in the paper directory, as well, so whether you plan to access the directory online or in print, please be sure your online directory listing is accurate.  If you have questions, please contact Ann Russell. Thank you!


3.  Needed: Donated Paper Items

Please save and donate empty paper towel/toilet paper/wrapping paper tubes and newspaper!  Collection boxes are located in the school vestibule.   These items are needed for Explore! Week. Collection for tubes will run through Thursday morning, and for newspaper through Friday morning.  Thank you for taking the time to donate these items for the project!


 4Fun Lunch

Fun Lunch ordering is OPEN!! Order now through September 20.  Click HERE to learn more on the ordering process.


5. Jaguar Jog

Save the date for Sunday, September 18th!  Register NOW!

Look for info coming home in Friday’s take-home folders!

This year we are trying something new…we are registering through the timing company we are using! This will hopefully make it easier for EVERYONE including YOU!

Click HERE for the flier


Click the link below:


**The link will ask you how many people you registering as a family…if you have more than 6 members please let Cindy know.  If you are registering for both races it needs to be done separate.  Registering as a family will keep the processing fee lower.

Sponsoring: If you would like to sponsor our t-shirt, finish line, DJ, an intersection or make any kind of donation in general please contact Cindy Maquet (contact info below).  This needs to be done separately from the website for tax matters!

Volunteering: If you are interested in volunteering at the Jog please contact Valerie Hardy at valerie_m_stone@yahoo.com

After Celebration of the Jaguar Jog: Details will be coming soon!

Lastly please feel free to invite neighbors, family and friends to this event. It is for the kids!  We thank you for your support!!!

Please feel free to contact Cindy with ANY questions!




6. Whittier Variety Show Parent Information Meeting

Ready, set, rehearse!  The Whittier Variety Show is coming to the Tivoli Theater Saturday, November 19th!  Keep an eye out in backpacks for more information!

Not sure what the Variety Show is all about?  Need help getting your kids to decide on group members, choose a song, or decide on an act?  Come to a parent information meeting to learn more, ask questions or even help your kids brainstorm ideas!  (Children must be accompanied by an adult to attend and siblings are welcome)

Variety Show Informational Meeting
Friday, September 9th after school in the Whittier gym


7.  Family Fun

It’s hard to get back into the swing of the school year, so give yourself a break and let someone else take care of dinner on Monday, September 12th.  Join your Whittier friends and neighbors from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sept. 12th at Culver’s of Downers Grove (located at 2500 Ogden Avenue) for our first Family Fun Night of the year.  A portion of the proceeds from all purchases by patrons with a flyer (see link below and this will also go home in backpacks closer to the event date) will go to the Whittier PTA.

Click HERE for the printable flyer!

Please also save the date for the evening of October 17th for the second Family Fun Night which will be held at Potbelly on Ogden Avenue in Westmont.

For both events, the PTA will receive a portion of the proceeds from both dine-in and drive-thru orders.


 9. Young Rembrandts

Young Rembrandts teaches the drawing skills children need while developing learning skills that give children an academic advantage in the classroom.
Fall Classes begin Tuesday September 13th! New lower price!
ENROLL NOW to guarantee a spot for your child.