Whittier Weekly: December 5, 2017

Whittier Weekly: December 5, 2017

Whittier Weekly

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday 12/7 – Student Council Spirit Day- Dress Like A Sibling Day
  • Friday 12/8 – Deadline for early bird registration for Chess Scholars
  • Friday 12/8 – Whittier Spirit Day – Wear your Whittier Wear or blue/gold!
  • Now through Friday 12/8 – Student Council Candy Cane Sale
  • Now through Friday 12/15 – Annual Whittier Toys for Tots Drive – Bring new unwrapped gifts to donate! (Drop off in any of three containers located throughout the school)
  • Next Week! 12/11-12/15 – Student Council Food Drive – There will be a collection table right outside of the office, please send any of the following items: cereal bars, granola bars, instant oatmeal, soups, tuna, mac & cheese, fruit cups

  1. Spring Fundraiser – Volunteers for Experiences Needed!
  2. Family Fun Night – Panda Express
  3. Six Flags Read to Succeed
  4. Young Rembrandts
  5. Committee Chairs NEEDED : Jaguar Jog
  6. Chess Scholars
  7. Yorktown “School Bucks Program”


1. Spring Fundraiser – Volunteers for Experiences Needed!

We are currently looking for volunteers to host experiences for the spring fundraiser. Our spring fundraiser is on February 9, 2018 so we are getting started earlier this year.  Some past ideas include themed adult parties, amazing race for adults, BAGS tournament for adults, Euchre, father/daughter, mother/son, painting, baking, kickball, volleyball, spa parties, tea parties, running clubs, etc.  Some new ideas discussed recently on the Whittier PTA Facebook page include, lacrosse, bingo, dodgeball, bike safety, line dance/dancing, art based ideas, and scavenger hunts.
We welcome experiences designated for primary and intermediate that include parent and child.  Kid friendly experiences are always very popular.  Please contact Carla Giannelli, Michelle Rafacz or Melissa Rausch if you have an idea and would like to host an experience for the spring fundraiser. 
Find below a helpful Experiences 101 link as well as the Whittier PTA Fundraising Guidelines. 

Experiences 101

Fundraising Guidelines (Revised)



2. Family Fun Night – Panda Express

Thanks to all who attended the Culver’s Family Fun Night last week!  It’s always fun to visit with friends while dining out on a meal someone else prepared.
Mark your calendar for the next Family Fun Night to be held on December 13th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Panda Express on Ogden in Downers Grove.  A hard copy of the flyer will come home with students closer to the event date.
You must either show the flyer or an electronic copy of it in order for 20% of your purchase amount to go back to the Whittier PTA.  
CLICK HERE for the printable!

3. Six Flags Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading is eligible for a free admission ticket, valid at the participating Six Flags Great America.  Read to Succeed will begin Tuesday, November 28th and go through Tuesday, January 9th.

CLICK HERE for the info letter

CLICK HERE for the printable Student Reading Log


4. Young Rembrandts After-School Elementary Drawing

Young Rembrandts winter session begins Tuesday January 9th!
Early Bird Registration is available now!
Students will be released for pickup promptly at end of class time.   All new lessons every week!  All supplies included.
When: Tuesdays from January 9th – March 20th, 3-4pm
Where: Whittier LRC
Cost: $110 (a 50/50 payment option is available)
CLICK HERE for the flier on registration information!




5.  Committee Chairs NEEDED : Jaguar Jog

We are still searching for our TWO NEW co-chairs for the 2018 & 2019 Jaguar Jog!  If you are thinking you may be interested but are hesitant for any reason please contact Cindy Maquet (cindymaquet@hotmail.com) for more info on what the job entails.  There are many volunteers for support! Duties mainly include forming the committee of volunteers to coordinate the Jog and making it a fun and successful event.

The vacancies need to be filled ASAP as the planning begins at the start of the new year.

If interested in the position, contact info@whittierschoolpta.org

Thank you for your consideration in volunteering for this very important PTA fundraiser!

 6. Chess Scholars

The winter session of after-school chess starts Monday, December 18th! Classes are held immediately after school at Whittier For all the information to sign up CLICK HERE for the flier.  Please register by Friday, December 8th for the early bird price of $121!


7. Yorktown “School Bucks Program”

Please support our schools together by participating in the Yorktown School Bucks Program!!

December 1–25: Triple points for any Santa Photo Package purchase.

December 5 – 9: Shop at Harry & David for double points!

December 22–24: Double points. All stores and restaurants.

December 26 – 30: Shop at Sweaty Swag for triple points!


After shopping and dining at Yorktown, your school’s family and friends can show their Yorktown Center receipts at the Guest Services desk (located on the Lower Level, below The Eatery and near Von Maur) to accumulate points. Shoppers must specify which participating school to allocate the points to.

Show your movie ticket receipts from AMC 18 Yorktown for an easy (and fun!) 75 points per ticket!

Thank you for shopping and giving back to our PTA!

Receipts must be redeemed within 60 days of purchase date. Receipts will be collected from August 1, 2017 until May 1, 2018.

For Whittier to receive a monetary reward, we need to provide $2,000 in receipts by May 1, 2018.