Whittier Weekly: December 16, 2014

Whittier Weekly: December 16, 2014

“Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are.”       – Unknown

As we sprint to the finish line of 2014, we’d like to pause and take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the Whittier PTA and all of its efforts throughout the year! This week we are particularly appreciative of those on the hospitality committee who are contributing dishes to make the staff holiday luncheon a success, the parents who will be helping at the class holiday parties on Friday, and all who submitted gifts for the Whittier Winter Mitten recipients.  All of these contributions (and we’re certain many others as well, including the hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens being donated to the Student Council’s drive for PADS ) are helping to make the kickoff to winter break special for Whittier’s wonderful faculty, staff, and students as well as for the surrounding Whittier community.

As we look forward to 2015, we are excited about all that lies ahead and hope you are too!  Stay tuned for information about various opportunities for you to learn more about what the PTA has to offer and ways you can contribute.

The PTA is still looking for co-chairs for the 2015 Jaguar Jog.  Interested?  Want to learn more about what this would entail?  Contact Rita (erbrezina@gmail.com) or Valerie (valerie_m_stone@yahoo.com).

The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Jaguar Jungle.  As always, free babysitting will be provided.  We hope to see you there.

We are so fortunate to have a wonderful Whittier Community. Happy holidays!  We hope your break is both festive and restful.   

Rita Brezina & Valerie Hardy (PTA Co-Presidents)

Tiffany Kuelthau & Debbie Levinthal (PTA Co-Vice Presidents)

Amy Ihde  (PTA Secretary)

Corinne Potter (PTA Treasurer)

One Book, One School forms are due now!  

Please click Newsletter_OneBookOneSchool_68Rooms if you need another copy.  Already have the book, no problem.  Please email Kelly Coleman at kcoleman@dg58.org  to participate.   All books will distributed at the kids council on Thursday.  Suggested reading over the Winter Break are chapters 1-8.  Morning trivia questions will start right after break!  Please contact Kelly Coleman at kcoleman@dg.org with questions.

Family Fun

Thank you to everyone who attend the Family Fun Night at Tap House Grill. We raised $185.00 dollars! December is a busy month, so we have decided not to host a Family Fun Night this month. Hoping to host a free family event in January or February.

Read to Succeed and Ozzie’s Reading Club

Whittier will once again be offering two reading incentives to earn free tickets to a Kane County Cougars’ game and 6 Flags Great America.  And better yet, One Book, One School reading counts.

The first program is Read to Succeed. Please click here for the log: 6Flags Student Log2015.  Students reading 360 minutes and returning the attached Student Log will receive a free admission ticket to 6 Flags Great America.  This program will run from December 16th through January 20th.  Tickets will be handed out the end of May.

The second program is Ozzie’s Reading Club.  Students reading at home each day for the four week program will advance the bases and earn a free ticket to a Kane County Cougars’ game on either Sunday, May 3rd 1PM or Monday, May 25th 1PM.  Ticket vouchers will be handed out to be redeemed by mail or at the box office in March. Please click here for the log: OzzieReading2015-2

Whittier Wear

 Are you in need of an extra present or two?  Whittier Wear has Whittier t-shirts for sale.  A variety of sizes and styles are available for purchase and immediate delivery.  Please contact Debbie Levinthal at debbievold@icloud.com if you are interested.

Mom  Son Gym Jam Fundraiser

Calling all Moms and Sons to have fun while doing good Jan. 9th at 6:30 at the Downers Grove Lincoln Center. Money raised will go to support building recreational spaces for children of all abilities in DuPage County and the surrounding suburbs. www.dbpexperience.com.  Register at www.dgparks.org For more information, please see MomSonGymJam

Mark Your Calendars

  • December 16, 2014 – January 20, 2015: Read to Succeed
  • December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015: Winter Break
  • Monday, January 5: Classes Resume
  • Monday, January 19: No School, Martin Luther King Day
  • Wednesday, February 4: Half-Day
  • Wednesday, February 11:  Conferences, Regular School Attendance Day
  • Thursday, February 12:  Conferences, Regular School Attendance Day
  • Monday, February 16: No School, Presidents’ Day
  • Friday, February 27: No School, Teacher Institute Day
  • Monday, March 30 – Monday, April 6: No School, Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 7: Classes Resume
  • Monday, May 25: No School, Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, June 3: Last Day of School if no emergency days are used
  • *Wednesday, June 10: Last Day of School
    • *June 4-June 10 are emergency days and may be declared holidays if not needed