Whittier Weekly: January 5, 2016

Whittier Weekly: January 5, 2016

Please note, the January General PTA meeting has been canceled. 

Our next PTA meeting is February 16, 2016

  1. PTA Openings
  2. Reading Games
  3. District PTA Building Bridges Meeting Information
  4. Six Flags Reading Program
  5. Mother Son Gym Jam

 1. PTA Openings – We Need YOU!

The PTA is a necessity to the Whittier School Community. Each Whittier child gains by the contribution of our PTA. Help your child, help your neighbors and help your community by becoming involved in the PTA.

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 Chair Positions are Below:

Hospitality Co-Chair
A Teacher Appreciation Chair
A person to shadow the Variety Show Chair (to take over in ’17)
A co-Book Fair Chair
1 or 2 co-VP’s
A Secretary
A Treasurer

2. 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 of January 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.


3. 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

4. Read for Success – Six Flags Reading Incentive

Six Flags reading incentive ends next Wednesday, January 13th. Please turn in your record sheet by Friday January 15th.  Tickets will arrive in late May.

6 Flags_StudentReadingLog

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. Mother Son Gym Jam

January 8th is the Mother Son Gym Jam at the Downers Grove Rec Center From 6:30-8:30 benefitting SEASPAR. Please note, it is the same night as the Whittier Movie Night. For more information, please see the flyer below:

2016 mom son flyer updated

6. Student Council Updates

Thank you Whittier families for your support of the Student Council’s collection for PADS and our holiday candy cane fundraiser. You’re the best!
Inline image 2Just a reminder that the Student Council collects General Mills box tops that are found on many different products. We will be turning our collection in mid-February.  Last year’s box top money helped fund an all-school assembly and many of our charities.
Please send cut-out box tops with expiration dates AFTER March 1, 2016, with your child to school ASAP. General Mills does not accept expired box tops. All box tops will be forwarded to Mrs. Krygeris for Whittier’s Student Council.
Thank you and Happy New Year from Whittier Student Council!

7. Family Fun

Mark your calendars for some upcoming Family Fun!  On the morning of Monday, January 18th (MLK Day), come out to Baked Apple Restaurant for breakfast with family and friends.  A portion of the proceeds will go back to the Whittier PTA.  Same for February 29th (Leap Day!) from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Chipotle on Ogden.
Attached is a flyer about the Chipotle event and soon to follow will be a flyer from Baked Apple.  Watch your child’s backpack a few days before each event for a hard copy of the flyer to bring with you to the participating restaurant.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Wednesday, January 6, 2016: Reading Games Committee Meeting
  • Friday, January 8, 2016: Fun Lunch Skuttlebutts
  • Monday, January 18, 2016Martin Luther King Day, No School
  • Monday, January 18, 2016: Baked Apple Family Fun Event
  • 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
  • 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: 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