Whittier Weekly: June 3, 2014

Whittier Weekly: June 3, 2014

It’s time to slide into summer;

but let’s skip Summer Slide!


Countless individuals do numerous little things to help our school, and it results in huge accomplishments every year. Any little way you find to help will be appreciated and welcomed. When you fill out the PTA Volunteer form (see directions below on how to do this online today), don’t be afraid to check as many boxes as you find interesting. Many of these “jobs” on committees are small yet critical. Checking the box doesn’t commit you—it just tells us what you might be interested in. You can always feel comfortable saying that it doesn’t actually work for you to help this time.

We are so fortunate to have a wonderful Whittier Community. Thank you!
Whittier School PTA Executive Board


End-of-the-Year PTA Information

The end of this school year marks the end of the current format for the Whittier Weekly e-newsletter. To ensure you continue to get up-to-date information from the PTA over the summer and into next year—including information about Fun Lunch registration and this year’s back-to-school social—be sure to register on our new PTA website. While you’re there, complete the 2014-2015 PTA packet online and submit your family’s information for the 2014-2015 Whittier directory. Thank you!

Still looking for a way to get further involved at Whittier? The PTA is still in need of volunteers to coordinate Green Team and Chess next year. If you are interested in either of these positions or would like to learn more, please contact Rita Brezina or Valerie Hardy.

Rain, Rain, Go Away: K & Play Playdate in the Park

Calling all 2014-2015 kindergarteners and their families! The PTA would like to welcome you at a playdate at Randall Park tomorrow, June 4, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. This “open-house” style event is weather-permitting. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a rain-free evening!

Jaguar Jog Meeting

Please join us this Wednesday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. for the first Jaguar Jog Committee Meeting! We need your help in planning this fun and important fundraiser for our PTA! If you cannot attend the meeting but would still like to help—or if you have questions—please email Chie Nicholson and Corinne Potter, whittierjaguarjog@gmail.com.

Save the date and mark your calendars now! The 2014 Jaguar Jog will be held on Sunday, September 28!

Last Market Day Pick Up of the Year

Our last Market Day order pick-up will be on Thursday, June 5, at 1:30. One lucky winner will be taking home the Mixed Grill Pack at this time, which includes 4-1/4 lb. Beef Patties, 4 ChicNSteaks, and 4 Boneless Pork Chops.

A very big THANK YOU to all of you who have supported Market Day this school year, either by ordering or volunteering your time! As of today, we have raised $1,256.34 for our wonderful school. I would call that a Market Day success!

Family Fun End-of-Year Picnic

The Family Fun Committee is in need of volunteers for the end-of-year picnic. Please volunteer a half hour of your time during the picnic to help manage a bounce house or the 24 foot slide. If you’re available to help, please contact Shannon Quinn.

All Whittier Families (current and incoming) are welcome to join us at McCollum Park Pavilion on June 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Water, snacks, and ice cream will be served.
Don’t miss out on the fun…
•    1:00 – 4:00 p.m. two bounce houses, a 24 foot slide, volleyball and basketball courts.
•    Starting at 2:00 p.m., enjoy a variety show which includes comedy w/balloons, magic and juggling.
Hope to see ya there!

An Evite with details has been sent. If you have any questions or did not receive the Evite, please contact Shannon Quinn. Be sure to RSVP on the Evite ASAP so we know how many to expect.

Retirement Celebration

Please join us in the Jaguar Jungle on Monday, June 9, from 3:00 – 3:45 to wish the following teachers/staff well as they transition into retirement and thank them for their years in education.
Goodbye and Good Luck to…

  • Elaine Crawford: Grade 4
  • Chris Gregoire: LRC Librarian
Kathy Hebert: Specials
  • Ginny Lauterbach: TSP/Extend
  • Jeanne Smith: PE

Final Fun Lunch – Tuesday, June 10

The last Fun Lunch of the year will be on Tuesday, June 10, from McDonald’s. You will receive more information about signing up on our new website for next year’s Fun Lunch, but you have to register on the site first. Questions? Contact Amy Toth or Paula Schultz.

LRC Books Due NOW

All Whittier LRC books are due IMMEDIATELY. The LRC is getting new carpeting this summer, and we need to have everything boxed up before the school year ends. Packing has already begun! We appreciate your support in returning things now.
Fantastic Factoid: Whittier students checked out 22,221 books from our LRC this year!

Whittier Yearbooks Still Available

Yearbooks are still available on a first come, first serve basis. Please bring your order form to the school office as soon as possible (extra order forms are available in the office). Yearbooks are $15 a copy and checks should be made out to Whittier School.

Summer Math Club

DG58 and Whittier School PTA offer a Summer Math Club to keep our students’ math skills sharp during the summer with grade level-appropriate review sheets. Folders and worksheets will come home in students’ backpacks this week.

Important: Location Change

This year Summer Math Club worksheets will be exchanged at Hillcrest School due to ongoing construction at the public library:
Hillcrest School
1435 Jefferson Ave.
 (just north of 59th and Dunham)

Whittier has to provide 4 volunteers to help check math sheets and hand out new packets. If you would like to help and/or see the times and dates we need to fill, please sign up here. You can also find the Summer Math Club on the PTA website under the Volunteering category. Please note: You’ll need to be a registered user of our PTA website to sign up.

Language Stars Early Enrollment

Enrollment is under way for Foreign Language next year. Sign up now and receive 10% off! View the Language Stars early enrollment 2014-15.

30-week season, beginning September 8, 2014
Spanish for K-2nd Mondays, 7:40-8:20
Spanish for 3rd-5th Mondays, 7:40-8:20

Any questions, please contact Jen Watts.

Variety Show Date Set for Next Year

Mark your calendars, the 2014 -2015 Whittier Variety Show will be Saturday, November 15, at the Tivoli Theater. Don’t worry, more details will come with plenty of time to get the little stars ready!

Mark Your Calendars

  • Tuesday, June 3: Field Day (pizza Fun Lunch)
  • Wednesday, June 4: K & Play playdate in the park
  • Wednesday, June 4: Jaguar Jog Committee Meeting
  • Thursday, June 5: Market Day pick up
  • Sunday, June 8: Family Fun End-of-Year Picnic
  • Monday, June 9: Retirement Celebration
  • Tuesday, June 10: Last Fun Lunch of the year
  • Tuesday, June 10: Kindergarteners’ Last Day of School
  • Tuesday, June 10: Awards Day
  • Wednesday, June 11: Last Day of School – dismissal at 11:40
  • Friday, August 22: tentative date for Back to School Social at 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 25: First Day of School
  • Sunday, September 28: Jaguar Jog
  • Saturday, November 15: Whittier Variety Show at the Tivoli Theater

Submissions for Whittier Weekly are due Mondays by 6:00 p.m. Email info@whittierschoolpta.org.