Whittier Weekly: February 7, 2017

Whittier Weekly: February 7, 2017

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.”

-Abraham Lincoln


    Upcoming Dates:

  • THIS WEEK thru 2/10  Jump Rope For Heart Event and Fundraising Drive
  • THIS WEEK thru 2/16 – Box Top Competition – Bring box tops to homeroom classes, the top 3 homeroom classes will win a $25 Amazon gift card!
  • Wed 2/8 & Thu 2/9 Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday 2/10 –  Whittier Spirit Day & 100th Day of School! – Wear your spirit wear or blue/gold
  • Friday 2/10 Fun Lunch!


  1. Whittier PTA Needs Volunteers!
  2. Science Night
  3. Candidate Forum for District 58 School Board
  4. Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence Dad’s Event
  5. Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence K-3 Friendship Program
  6. Young Rembrandts Volunteer Request
  7. Spring Fundraiser Meeting
  8. Ozzie Reading Club
  9. Chess Scholars Spring Session
  10. Reading Games Spirit Wear


1. Whittier PTA Needs Volunteers!  

The PTA is looking for 2 Vice Presidents for next year. One VP is an option but having Co-Vice Presidents has worked very well in the past. We need you – we need volunteers to keep the PTA running smoothly. We have an awesome school and staff at Whittier! The VP role is a great way to learn the ropes and be a part of the District 58 community.  You would be working directly with Adam Hill and John Giannelli.   It isn’t as scary as you think it is – please let any of us know if you are interested and want to chat about the details. Karrie Donat (karrie313@gmail.com), Adam Hill (ahill_10@yahoo.com), John Giannelli (bargeterminal@sbcglobal.net) , and Carla Giannelli (carla3374@sbcglobal.net) are all available to answer questions and provide more information. Thank you!


2. Science Night

Mark your calendar for Whittier Science Night Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  All families are welcome! An Evite was sent out yesterday.

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 or mdemumbrum@yahoo.com.


3.  Candidate Forum for District 58 School Board

O’Neill Middle School PTA invites you!
We are hosting a Candidate Forum for the District 58 School Board on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:15pm in the cafeteria. The candidates will briefly introduce themselves. We will collect questions from the audience and have the candidates answer the questions that reflect the audience as a whole. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the candidates and be an informed voter for the upcoming election on April 4th. Please visit the O’Neill website (http://omspta.wixsite.com/mysite) to let us know you will be in attendance. Being members of the Illinois PTA, O’Neill and all other District 58 PTAs do not endorse any one candidate. We are offering this forum as a service for all of our community members.

4.  Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence Dad’s Event

Attention dads with daughters!  You’re invited to attend an event next Monday titled “Men’s Work – Finding a Balance” – details below!  Seating is limited so advanced registration is required! This is a dad’s only event — thank you!
The HGNA Dad’s program is part of Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence (www.HGNA.org).
Date/Time:            Monday, 2/13/17. From 7-9pm 
Topic:                     Men’s Work – Finding a Balance
Speaker:                Todd Adams   (bio links in Eventbrite)
Cost:                       $10
RSVP:                      www.HGNADadsToddAdams. eventbrite.com
Location:               Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., #213, Downers      Grove, IL 60515 (Pizza will be provided)

 5. Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence K-3 Friendship Program

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 4 from 10-12pm @ Indian Trails Elementary School for a new HGNA Friendship Program designed for girls in grades K-3.

Learning how to be a good friend is a journey.  Starting early can help create the road map needed for your daughter to navigate healthy friendships throughout her life!

Click here for the flyer for more information.

Click here to register now!

6. Young Rembrandts Volunteer Request

Young Rembrandts Art Class is looking for a parent volunteer ASAP to supervise classes on Tuesday afternoons from 2:55-3:55 at Whittier.
Duties include making sure all students are kind, courteous, and picked up after class.
Classes are currently in session and continue through Tuesday, Mar 21.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Karrie Donat at 773.484.7924 or karrie313@gmail.com

7. Spring Fundraiser Meeting

This year’s Spring Fundraiser is Friday, April 7th!
You’re invited:
Spring Fundraiser Meeting
Wednesday, February 22nd
7pm at DG Library- room TBD
All welcome to join us.

The fundraiser is in need of volunteers, please Carrie or Michelle if you are interested.  Thank you!

Carrie Grebel
Michelle Aleksiunas


8. Ozzie Reading Club

The annual Ozzie Reading Club is back!  Students will make their way around the bases by reading everyday.  The program lasts 4 weeks – just enough time to make it around the bases and back to home base.​
CLICK HERE for the parent letter and student record sheet – due by Monday, March 6th.
Students will also earn a hot dog and drink at the game!

9. Chess Scholars Spring Session

The sign up for the Spring session of Chess Scholars is here! Registration details are in the flyer below.
If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Werner at minwerner4@gmail.com.

10. Reading Games Update

The Games are fast approaching! As your team continues to prepare, please keep the following in mind:
1. Doors will open at 8:30 on competition day (March 11, 2017). The first round will begin promptly at 9:00. Your team will have plenty of time to check-in and get to your room prior to the start of The Games. Teams will not be allowed into the building prior to 8:30, so please plan according .
2. The room Moderator will read each question twice.  Once the question has been read, the teams will have 20 seconds to confer about the answer.
3. If the team that initially received the question answers correctly, that question is done. However, if the team that initially received the question answers incorrectly, the other team will have a chance to “steal” the question.  The team with the chance to “steal” must provide its answer immediately when asked by the Moderator.  The question will NOT be re-read by the Moderator, and the team will NOT have any additional time to confer about the answer.
4. For each question you receive – whether it is your own question or one you have the chance to “steal” – the Team Captain must either answer it or appoint a team member to answer it.  Another team member may not answer until they have been appointed by the Team Captain.  Answers given by a team member other than the Team Captain or appointed team member will be ignored by the Moderator and will not be counted as the team’s official answer.
5. Team Captains can have a piece of paper with a list of who read which book. This is the ONLY information allowed by a team. Notes regarding the books are not permitted – this rule includes notes written on hands / skin as well as notes written on t-shirts / costumes as decorations.
6. Teams often choose to dress in costume, but this is not mandatory. Some teams choose to order The Reading Games t-shirts and decorate them, others teams wear The Reading Games t-shirts without additional decorations. Teams also wear unique costumes or no costumes at all. Please keep in mind, no written information deemed pertinent to the book can be included in the design of your team’s costume.
If you are interested in purchasing a Reading Games t-shirt, please see link below, orders due by this Friday, February 10th.

Participant t-shirts are available in 4 colors (Dk Heather, Irish Green, Purple and Sapphire) with this year’s Reading Games logo in both short ($11) and long-sleeved ($14) styles.

Please follow the link below to access the Webstore.