Whittier Weekly: February 16, 2016

Whittier Weekly: February 16, 2016

*Kindergarten Round-Up April 8 from 9:00-10:00 am*

Join Us Tonight (2/16/2016) for out PTA meeting at 7:00

The PTA Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the LRC.  Babysitting will be provided, as usual.


Please plan to join us at tonight at 7pm in the LRC. Babysitting will be available.  We will be discussing and finalizing plans for the final year of fundraising for the Playground Initiative.  This project will go to bid in February of 2017.  We would love your input, involvement and support.  We plan to move this up in the agenda for those that need to sneak out early.

  1. PTA Openings
  2. LRC News –  Young Authors
  3. District PTA Building Bridges Meeting Information
  4. Spring Fundraiser LP4P 2
  5. Spring Fundraising Experiences
  6. Fun Lunch Volunteers Needed
  7. Science Night
  8. Kindergarten Round-Up

 1. PTA Openings – We Need YOU!

Thank you to those that have filled the open positions. Opportunities still exist to serve in our PTA! Don’t be shy and apply!

The link below provides a summary of the different committees. In addition to needing several committee chairs, we need volunteers to help with different activites.

Variety Show – Shadow for next year (to chair the following year):

As a shadow you will work closely with Melissa Rausch in all aspects of the Variety Show production.

You will help set show and performance schedule, secure Whittier rehearsal rooms, distribute and collect act registrants, organize order of show, write script, supervise Friday rehearsals at Whittier, develop stage directions (light and sound cues), coordinate & supervise tech, dress and Tivoli rehearsals, call sound and light cues (using stage directions) during Tivoli performance.

There are many aspects of this job that Melissa does now that can be delegated to multiple volunteers (and there are many helpers!) This role works great for an individual OR a pair!

Questions? Contact Melissa meissarausch@sbcglobal.net


2. LRC News – Young Authors

Young Authors

All students are invited to submit entries for the Young Authors competition. Entries are due to the LRC by Friday, February 26, 2016


3. District PTA Upcoming Meetings – SIT Conference February 20th

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 February 20th.  This is a technology driven conference for children in grades 3-12.  For more information visit


4 . Spring Fundraiser LP4P 2

If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Spring Fundraiser “LP4P 2″ or if you would like to make a donation, please contact:

Michelle Aleksiunas Davis0708@aol.com OR Carrie Grebel Carriegrebel@aol.com

5. Spring Experience planning is underway!  We welcome your input and ideas for new experiences for our Spring Fundraiser.  

 We are looking for volunteers to help co-host spring experiences.  We are specifically looking for help with the following:
  • Father/Son event (we have one host)
  • A co-ed/family dodgeball tournament
  • Student Legacy Art

If you are interested in hosting, making a monetary donation or lending your time to one of these events please contact Melissa Rausch or Carla Giannelli.  If you are new to experiences and/or would like more information about hosting or the guidelines we follow, please let one of us know.

Carla Gianelli carla3374@sbcglobal.net

6. Fun Lunch Volunteers Needed

Be kind and register online to volunteer for Fun Lunch. Link is below or go to the PTA Website / Activities / Fun Lunch

7. Science Night

 Mark your calendar for Whittier Science Night Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.  All families are welcome.  Further information to come!

We are still looking for some volunteers for the evening, so if you are a scientist, science enthusiast or just plain love to volunteer please contact Wendy Carter or Michelle Rafacz at wendylcarter@att.net ormdemumbrum@yahoo.com.

8. Kindergarten Round-Up April 8th from 9:00-10:00 am

 Parents with a child who will be five years old on or before September 1, should call the office for registration information.  Invitations with registration paperwork will be mailed to those who call the school prior to March 23.If you know of anyone with a child entering Kindergarten in the fall, please direct them to call the school office as soon as possible. This is an adult only event.

9. Herrick / O”Neill Crosstown Classic Girls Basketball Charity Event


More intense than a presidential debate,
More exciting than Coldplay and Bey,
It’s … The Downers Grove Crosstown Classic!

 Saturday, February 27

Downers Grove North – Purple Gym
6:30pm – 7th Grade Girls’ Game
7:45 pm – 8th Grade Girls’ Game


Students, families and friends are invited to watch our Herrick and O’Neill girls’ basketball teams battle it out for crosstown bragging rights – all to benefit two great organizations:  the Herrick PTA and Bloom’s Angels, a service group helping local families in need.


The night will feature:
Two Great Basketball Games
DGN & Herrick Band Performances
Raffle Prizes* (including Hawks tickets, Bulls tickets, Chicago InterContinental stay, and more!)
Half Time Contests
“Locker of Awesomeness” Raffle


Tickets $5/person or $15 family
Available for purchase at Herrick on parent teacher conference nights (February 10th and 11th) or at the door.


It’ll be a great night!


*Raffle tickets are $5 and will be sold on event night.  

Mark Your Calendars

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Friday, February 19, 2016: Fun Lunch Buona Beef
  • Wednesday, February 24: Science Night
  • Friday, February 26, 2016: Young Author Entries Due to LRC
  • Monday, February 29, 2016: Chipotle Family Fun Event
  • 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: Kindergarten Roundup
  • Friday, April 8, 2016: Spring Fundraiser LP4P 2
  • Tuesday, April 12, 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