Whittier Weekly: March 7, 2017

Whittier Weekly: March 7, 2017

 “Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” -C. Everett Koop


 Upcoming Dates:

  • Fri 3/10 –  Fun Lunch!
  • Fri 3/10Spirit Day – Show your school spirit in your Whittier wear or blue/gold
  • Sat 3/11Reading Games – 8am-12pm @ O’Neill Middle School – Good luck Whittier!


  1. School Board Candidate Open House
  2. Destination Imagination
  3. Heroes Program for 4/5 Grade Boys
  4. Young Rembrandts Volunteer Request
  5. Spring Fundraiser Volunteer Request
  6. Chess Scholars Spring Session
  7. Reading Games



1. 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.


2. Destination Imagination

This past Saturday eight teams from Whittier competed at the regional tournament for Destination Imagination.  All the teams did well showing off their solutions to a variety of challenges in a collaborative, creative, and unique way. Several teams will be moving on to the state tournament which will be held at Nothern Illinois University on April 8th. Congrats to all who participated this season!


Teams Moving to State Competition

DI Donuts – Fine Arts Challenge – 6th Grade

Hubbujubs – Scientific Challenge – 5th Grade

Imaginative Dragons – Project Outreach Challenge – 3rd Grade

LMD – Improvisation Challenge- 5th Grade

Magic Seven – Improvisation Challenge – 6th Grade


3. 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

4. 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

5. Spring Fundraiser Flier & Volunteer Request

Fliers will be going home in backpacks today about what you can expect at this year’s Spring Fundraiser! For a digital copy of the 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

6. Chess Scholars Spring Session

The last day to sign up for the spring session of Chess and receive the early bird price of $132 is THIS FRIDAY, March 10th. Registration details are in the flyer below.
If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Werner at minwerner4@gmail.com.

7. Reading Games

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.