Whittier Weekly: August 7, 2018

Whittier Weekly: August 7, 2018


Greetings from the Whittier PTA!  If you are new to Whittier, WELCOME! We hope you will find this weekly newsletter helpful to connect you to the Whittier community.

Upcoming Dates:

  • TOMORROW, Wed 8/8 – Annual Incoming Kindergartener Play Date @ Whittier Primary Playground 5-6:30pm
  • Tuesday 8/21 – Annual Back to School Ice Cream Social @ Whittier 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday 8/23 – First Day of School! (Full day)
  • Monday 9/3 – NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
  • Tuesday 9/11 – Whittier Curriculum Night
  • Sunday 9/16 – Jaguar Jog
  • Thursday 9/20 – Early Dismissal (11:40am)


  1. PTA School Improvements Update
  2. Join the PTA
  3. Jaguar Jog
  4. Committee Chairs Needed
  5. District 58 Calendar
  6. School Supply List


1. PTA School Improvements Update

Hello and happy summer! We are excited to announce that we will be entering the start of the 2018/19 school with a new gym sound system. Anyone utilizing this system the past few years knows how much this improvement was needed. This investment of $7,700 was initially requested by Mr. Krugman and the staff of Whittier, and thanks to the generous fundraising of the Whittier Community from the 2018 Spring Fundraiser we are able to make it happen!

Next up…we’ll be earmarking funds to improve the gym further with new gym mats and the addition of an outdoor classroom!


2. 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/

3.  Jaguar Jog

Save the Date – our 2018 Jaguar Jog is set for September 16th!

 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
Early Bird Registration begins Tuesday, August 14th so please make sure to check out the Whittier Weekly next week for the link!
This is our biggest fundraiser at Whittier and we want YOU to be a part of it!

4. Committee Chairs Needed

The PTA is still in need for committee chair roles to be filled, we need your help! Please browse the descriptions below (estimated time commitment included)!  If you are interested or have any further questions email either Jenn DiCosola (jennbala@hotmail.com) or Susan Lorenc (susan_lorenc@hotmail.com)


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, 1 hour per session as chair

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)

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.

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



5. District 58 Calendar

For a direct link to the district calendar click HERE to view the PDF.


6. School Supply List

CLICK HERE for a link to the 2018-19 school supply list