Whittier Weekly: March 14, 2017

Whittier Weekly: March 14, 2017

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
-Albert Einstein

 Upcoming Dates:

  • Fri 3/17 – Spirit Day – Show your school spirit in your Whittier wear or blue/gold


  1. Primary Playground Update
  2. DGJWC Handmade Market
  3. Spring Fundraiser
  4.  School Board Candidate Open House
  5. Young Rembrandts Volunteer Request
  6. Heroes Program for 4/5 Grade Boys



1. Primary Playground Update 

The PTA presidents and playground committee had a meeting with Principal Krugman and District 58 last week to discuss our final plans, and last night the school board voted to move forward with the playground!  We’ll have the official playground update at the next PTA meeting.
We wanted to open up the window for personal and corporate donations if anyone is interested in being a sponsor for the playground and having their name recognized on the plaque that will be mounted in the Jaguar Jungle.  All donations over $250 earn a space on the plaque, a mention on the PTA Facebook page and PTA Website.  All sponsorships are tax deductible and a letter and thank you card from the students will be sent.  Donations can be made on the website link (see below) or by check made payable to Whittier PTA with a note in the memo section saying “playground donation”.  Any funds raised that are over the cost of the playground will be returned to the PTA to fund the PTA budget and shore up the reserves.



2. DGJWC Handmade Market

The Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club is hosting a Handmade Market (craft show) being held at O’Neill Middle School on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The DGJWC uses funds raised to support various philanthropic initiatives including scholarships for Downers Grove students!

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3. Spring Fundraiser

Donations are still being accepted for the class basket raffles so please send in your donation this week! The generosity of our parents is what makes these raffle baskets so awesome.  Now matter how big or small your contribution is appreciated!

Registration is NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE to complete your online registration!

A lot of people have asked about teams for the spring fundraiser.  You do NOT need to organize a team prior to the event.  We wanted to keep it pressure-free and casual. You will be sitting at tables of 8, but they will not be pre planned / assigned groups.  You can sit wherever you want and with whoever you want.  We want everyone to be able to mix and mingle and meet new people.

For a digital copy of the information flier CLICK HERE

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

Carrie Grebel
Michelle Aleksiunas


4. School Board Candidate Open House

The Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle League of Women is hosting a Candidate Open House for School Board Candidates in District 58, District 68 and District 99 on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Avenue in Downers Grove.

Each candidate will have a table area to provide information and to speak to voters. At 3:30 p.m., each candidate will have the opportunity to address those present for 2-3 minutes. Thereafter, candidates can return to their tables to speak to voters and share more information.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse any political party or candidate.  They provide this type of event to inform the public about candidates and encourage informed voting.


5. Young Rembrandts Volunteer Request

Young Rembrandts Art Class is still in need 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

6. Heroes Program for 4/5 Grade Boys 

Mark your calendar for: 
Heroes: A New Program for Boys in Grades 4 and 5
In partnership with Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence
Where: Kingsley Elementary School
When: Saturday, March 18 @ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $30.
Registration is open! Click HERE to register.

Heroes is a half-day event where fourth and fifth grade boys will participate in engaging workshops that will lead them to identify and embrace their unique qualities allowing them to be their best self. Through fun team-building activities, they will learn to work together to ensure all people are valued and discover how friendships are developed and ever-changing. Within small group environments, trained facilitators will cover topics that include self-awareness, conflict resolution, stress management and respect.  An exciting game of dodgeball and lunch are also included in this event!

For more information regarding this event or any questions please contact info@hgna.org