Whittier Weekly: March 3, 2015

Whittier Weekly: March 3, 2015

“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.”

– Washington Irving

This past week – jam-packed with enrichment events – epitomizes what the PTA’s work is all about!  Thank you to all who volunteered at or attended Science Night and to Debbie Dobrez for leading the charge.  Also, congratulations to Carla Cash, Destination Imagination chairperson, and all of Whittier’s DI team managers and students for working so hard and accomplishing so much this DI season.  Good luck to the four Whittier DI teams advancing to the state tournament!

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • March 12 @ 7:30 p.m. at the Downers Grove Public Library – PTA Fundraising Conversation
  • March 24 @ 7:00 p.m. at Whittier (Jaguar Jungle) – Monthly PTA General Membership Meeting

We are so fortunate to have a wonderful Whittier Community. Thank you for all of your support!

Rita Brezina & Valerie Hardy (PTA Co-Presidents)

Tiffany Kuelthau & Debbie Levinthal (PTA Co-Vice Presidents)

Amy Ihde  (PTA Secretary)

Corinne Potter (PTA Treasurer)

Spring Fundraiser “Let’s Play for the Playground”

Spring Fundraiser “Let’s Play for the Playground” is 3 weeks away.  Are you getting excited?!

You can still turn in your registration forms and/or class basket forms into the office via backpack. You can also pay at the door the night of the event, March 20th, for $30/per person.

Just a reminder, this is an adult only event. Be prepared to have fun, fun, fun!

We are looking for volunteers for the next 3 weeks and the evening of 3/20.
Please contact:
Carrie Grebel
Michelle Aleksiunas

Chess Scholars Spring Sign Up Is Here!

Please see attached electronic flyer.  The paper copies will be coming home with all students at the end of the week or possibly the beginning of next week.  You can print out the flyer and send it in now! 

As a reminder, the current session of Chess Club will be holding a make up session for the February 1st snow day on Monday, March 23rd at 3:00.  This date will be our last chess club of the winter session.  

Spring 2015 Chess Scholars Flyer Whittier school

Please email minwerner4@gmail.com with any questions.

Family Fun at Gatto’s

Grab your family and join some friends at the upcoming family fun dinner at Gatto’s on Monday, March 9th from 4:00pm-Close. Gatto’s will donate 10% of all purchases with our flyer back to the PTA. This is good for dine in and carryout orders. Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack later this week. Thanks everyone for supporting the Family Fun Committee!

Any questions please contact:Shannon Quinn SSQ1973@sbcglobal.net 1-630-484-1003


Congratulations to all 10 Whittier School PTA Teams who competed in Saturdays tournament !
That One Team – Aidan Grisenthwaite, Jackson Travers, Sam Stein, Alexa Moy, Claire Mathews, Nolan Brezina. TM – Jeff Grisenthwaite

On Top Of The World – Ana Barnett, Elena Tomchek, Ethan Peters, Emma Schmidt, Morgan Lazarz, Mackie Hopkins, Caroline Scott. TM’s – Cary Barnett and Peggy Tomchek

Bullhawks – Owen Carter, Nate Edelman, Emmett Grisenthwaite, Drew Hardy, Jesse Justice, Steven Toth. TM – Valerie Hardy

The Bullets – Jason Beavers, Billy Rausch, Brennan Hardy, Finley Werner, Addison Carter, Emma Alexsiunas. TM’s – Shelly Beavers and Wendy Carter

Team Electric Iron – Natalie Giannelli, Charlie Janka (at El Sierra this year), Ellie Knudsen, Dylan Quinn, Brady Travers. TM — Andrea Knudsen

Golden Dragons – Joseph Ihde, Jacob Spector, Mac LaForge, Eli Mathieu, Lucas Donat, Weston Mathieu, Anthony Maffei. TM – Amy Ihde

Brainiacs – Charleigh Cash, Lizzy Beavers, Danielle Rausch, Amelia Passero, MJ Baldwin, Ana Figliomini, Addie Potter. TM’s – Carla Cash and Shelly Beavers

Shooting Stars – Taylor Kuelthau, Katherine Mielke, Catherine Dobrez, Megan Quinn, Kate Cesario, Katie Sheeran. TM – Deborah Dorez

DI Donuts – Emily Allen, Libby DeCero, Natalie Folkening , Ellie Kist, Hope Johnson, Ellie Watts. TM – Julie DeCero

Team Imagination Volcanos – Abbie Folkening, Sammi Joyce, Grace McTigue, Lily Johnson, Abbie Peterson, Katie Figliomeni, Hannah Schultz. TM – Lisa McTigue

Congratulations to the 4 Whittier Teams moving on to State!

That One Team! TM Jeff Grisenthwaite 
On Top Of The World! TM’s Cary Barnett and Peggy Tomchek
Di Donuts!  Who also won the prestigious “Spirit Of DI” Award! TM Julie DeCero
Team Imagination Volcanos! TM Lisa McTigue
The State Competition is April 11 at NIU.  It’s a really fun event!  NIU does a fantastic job of hosting and having a lot of fun activities throughout the day throughout their campus. You do not need to be a team moving on to attend!!
Check back for information on the **************DI WHITTIER SCHOOL PERFORMANCE****************!  Everyone is invited to attend and watch the hard working teams give their performances!  Maybe you’ll want to join a team, or start a team yourself after seeing what these teams accomplished!!

For information on Destination Imagination please contact Carla Cash.

Market Day:  March Orders due on Saturday

Market Day order forms went home with your child last week and all orders must be placed by 11:00pm on Saturday, March 7.

As a reminder, important updates to Market Day procedures are going into effect immediately!  All orders must be placed online at Marketday.com or you may call Market Day customer service at 877-632-7753 to place an order.  All orders will need to be pre-paid using a credit card only.  We can no longer accept cash or check the day of the sale.  We will not be able to place your order if you send it back to school as you were allowed to in the past.  We are sorry for all of the changes mid-year, but hope it will not deter your continued support!

If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Miller at (812) 204-4384 or Amy Gassen at (630) 971-0689.

Kindergarten Round-Up

Kindergarten Registration is open for the 2015 /2016 school year. To register, please call Whittier’s front office at (630) 719-5865. Even if you are an existing Whittier family and completed the registration online in previous years, you still need to let the office know you have a soon-to-be kindergartner. Please spread the word and tell your neighbors with in-coming kindergartners to call the school as well.

**Kindergarten Round-Up will be Friday, April 10, 2015 at 9:00-10:00 in the Jaguar Gym.


Mark Your Calendars

  • Friday, March 6: Brown’s Chicken Fun Lunch
  • Saturday, March 7: Market Day Orders Due
  • Monday, March 9: Family Fun at Gatto’s
  • Friday, March 20: Buona Beef Fun Lunch
  • Friday, March 20: Spring Fundraiser
  • Monday, March 30 – Monday, April 6: No School, Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 7: Classes Resume
  • Friday, April 10: Kindergarten Round-Up
  • Friday, April 10: Skuddlebutts Fun Lunch
  • Friday, April 24: McDonald’s Fun Lunch
  • Friday, May 8: Great American Bagel Fun Lunch
  • Monday, May 25: No School, Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, June 3: Last Day of School if no emergency days are used
  • *Wednesday, June 10: Last Day of School
    • *June 4-June 10 are emergency days and may be declared holidays if not needed