Whittier Weekly: December 8, 2015

Whittier Weekly: December 8, 2015

Please Join Us for Our Next PTA meeting on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm in the LRC

         Register for 2nd Semester Fun Lunch – Orders due by 12/20/2015

  1. Chess Scholar’s
  2. Holiday Giving
  3. Reading Games
  4. Student Council
  5. Fun Lunch
  6. District PTA Building Bridges Meeting Information
  7. Six Flags Reading Program


Registration for the winter session of Chess Scholar’s has begun!  Hopefully you received a paper copy of the registration details and mail-in form in your child’s backpack or folder.  There are extra copies in the office or you can print out the electronic flyer attached.  The session begins January 25th and continues through March 14th!  The form and payment should be mailed to Chess Scholars directly.
Please email Mindy Werner minwerner4@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you would like to be a volunteer to supervise the program during the winter sessions on Mondays from 3-4 after school.  There is a significant tuition reduction for volunteers!

2.  Holiday Giving – Mittens Fundraiser

Once again we will be collecting holiday gifts for Whittier families in need. Mittens with requested items will be posted in the vestibule of school on Wednesday morning.

Please return the purchased gifts to the school office by December 14. Remember to attach the original mitten to the unwrapped gift.

Questions? Please contact Amy Cable amycable@att.net or Peggy Tomchek ptomchek@yahoo.com

3. Reading Games

Beginning in the 2016-2017 School Year the PTA will be involved in planning and facilitation of aspects of the Reading Games beyond book selection and question generation (those aspects will continue to be handled by District 58 teachers/librarians). Anyone interested in getting involved and learning more is invited to attend an informational meeting on the evening ofJanuary 6th.

In order to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities, the current Reading Games coordinators would like to have interested individuals shadow them through the remainder of this year’s Reading Games season.


4. Student Council

The week of December 7th-11th will be our annual Candy Cane sale. We will be selling candy canes for 25 cents each or 5 for $1.00. Proceeds will go towards our selected charities for this year. Order forms for candy canes will come home later this week.

Upcoming Spirit Days in December include:

Wednesday, December 9th – Holiday Sweater/Shirt or Colors Day

Monday, December 14th – Holiday Hat day

Thursday, December 17th – PJ/comfy clothes day and a Read-In (we’ll spend time in our classrooms doing some fun, independent reading of any books we love!)

5. Fun Lunch

Fun Lunch 2nd Semester Ordering open from 11/20/15-12/20/15. Orders will need to be placed for the entire spring semester during this time. After 12/20/15, ordering will be closed.

An email will go out Wednesday for those registered on the orderlunches site and also a paper copy of the flyer will go home in backpacks Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Below are the dates for the remainder of the year:
Jan 8: Skuttlebutts
Jan 22: GAB
Feb 5: McDonalds
Feb19: Buona Beef
March 3: Potbelly
March 18: Uncle Bubs
April 8: Mojos
April 22: GAB
May 6: Buona Beef
Field Day: Pizza for entire school
Last full day of school in June: McDonald’s

6. District PTA Upcoming Meetings

Building Bridges—A group of District parents that come together to discuss special needs in District 58.  Building Bridges has a FB page, Building Bridges Parent/Teacher Group, be sure to like them for ongoing information.

The annual SIT conference will take place in Bensenville on January 22nd.  This is a technology driven conference for children in grades 3-12.  For more information visit

7. Read for Success – Six Flags Reading Incentive

See below for information regarding Six Flag’s Read to Succeed program where students can earn a free ticket to Six Flags.  The program will run from Dec 1- January, 13th.

Six Flags_ParentLetter

6 Flags_StudentReadingLog


Mark Your Calendars

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015: General PTA Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 9th: Holiday Sweater/Shirt or Colors Day
  • Monday, December 14th: Holiday Hat day
  • Thursday, December 17th: PJ Day
  • Friday, December 18, 2015: Fun Lunch Mojos
  • Monday, December 21, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016: Winter Break, No School
  • Friday, January 8, 2016: Fun Lunch Skuttlebutts
  • Monday, January 18, 2016: Martin Luther King Day, No School
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Friday, January 22, 2016: Fun Lunch Great American Bagel
  • Friday, February 5, 2016: Fun Lunch McDonald’s
  • Friday, February 12, 2016: No School
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Friday, February 19, 2016: Fun Lunch Buona Beef
  • Thursday, March 3, 2016: Fun Lunch Potbellys
  • Friday, March 4, 2016: Teacher Inservice, No School
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: Reading Games
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Friday, March 25, 2016 – Sunday, April 3, 2016Spring Break, No School
  • Friday, April 8, 2016: Fun Lunch Mojos
  • Friday, April 8, 2016: Spring Fundraiser LP4P 2
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Friday, April 22, 2016: Fun Lunch Great American Bagel
  • Friday, May 6, 2016: Fun Lunch Buona  Beef
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Monday, May 30, 2016: Memorial Day, No School
  • *Friday, June 3, 2016: Last Day of School
    • *June 6 – June 10 possible emergency day