Whittier Weekly: February 2, 2016

Whittier Weekly: February 2, 2016

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

Bring a Can of Soup to School Feb 1 – Feb 5 and Vote for Your Super Bowl Team

February 3, 2016 – Spring Fundraiser Meeting

Our next PTA meeting is February 16, 2016

Please plan to join us at our next General PTA Meeting on Tuesday February 16th 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 and DGPL Bookmark Contest
  3. District PTA Building Bridges Meeting Information
  4. Kane County Cougars Reading Program
  5. Student Council Update
  6. Spring Fundraiser LP4P 2
  7. Fun Lunch Volunteers Needed
  8. Science Night
  9. Reading Specialist Christy Girgits Available for Conferences
  10. 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.

Open Positions are Below:
Variety show shadow
Co summer curriculum chair

2. LRC News

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


Downers Grove Bookmark Contest

Design an original bookmark about your favorite book or about reading! Entries accepted between January 4 – February 8, 2016. While some classes may have an opportunity to work on their bookmark during LRC time, other classes might not.

• Winners chosen for each grade: Kindergarten through sixth and junior high.
• Winning bookmarks will be printed on winner’s choice of colored cardstock.
• Winners receive 35 copies of their bookmark, a certificate, and a prize.
• Honorable Mention winners receive a certificate and a prize.
• Winning bookmarks will be displayed and distributed in the Kids Room of the Downers Grove Public Library.
Contest Rules

2016 DGPL bkmk contest form

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. Kane County Reading Club

We will also be starting the Kane County Reading Club which runs four weeks beginning Wednesday, January 13th and ending Tuesday, February 9th.  Game dates are Sunday, May 29 at 6:30 PM and Monday, May 30th at 1PM.

5. Student Council Updates

Send in a can of soup (or 2, or3) to vote for your pick of the winning team of this year’s Superbowl – the Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers. All soup will be donated to a local food pantry.

 Thursday is the Winter Wiggle after school until 3:45. Admission is $1.00. Let’s dance with Coach Josh!

 Next week begins our 2-week classroom General Mills boxtop challenge! Send in those box tops and help your child’s classroom win a gift card from Student Council. All box tops should be trimmed and have expiration dates later than March 1, 2016. We will have a classroom winner each week and a grand prize winner too! Stayed tuned for updates!

 Friday 2/5 is a Football Spirit Day! Wear your favorite team’s jersey or colors on Friday!

 Finally, next Tuesday, 2/9, is Mardi Gras Spirit Day! Dress up in your purple, green, and gold and add those beads!

 Thank you Whittier families for supporting Student Council.


6. Spring Fundraiser LP4P 2

Looking for volunteers for this year’s Spring Fundraiser “LP4P 2″. If interested please meet us at the DG library February 3rd at 7pm.

We are in need of silent auction items AND 3 BIG raffle items. If you or someone you know has something to offer we’d love to hear from you.
Please contact:

Carrie Grebel Carriegrebel@ail.com -OR-  Michelle Aleksiunas Davis 0708@aol.com

7. 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

8. 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.


9. Reading Specialist Christy Gergits available for conferences if interested.

Please contact Christy at cgergits@dg58.org

10. 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.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Monday, January 4 – Monday, February 8: DGPL Bookmark Contest
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016: Hawks / Bulls Color and / or Gear Spirit Day
  • Monday, February 1 – Friday, February 5: Soup Can Super Bowl Game
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016: Spring Fundraiser Meeting
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016: Winter Wiggle
  • Friday, February 5, 2016: Footba1l Spirit Day
  • Friday, February 5, 2016: Fun Lunch McDonald’s
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016: Mardi Gras Day
  • Friday, February 12, 2016: No School
  • 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 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