Whittier Weekly: May 2, 2017

Whittier Weekly: May 2, 2017

 “What’s done to children they will do to society.”― Karl Menninger

 Upcoming Dates:

  • TONIGHT 5/2 – Kickoff Meeting for Jaguar Jog – 7:30pm – see details below
  • Wed 5/3 – Family Fun Night @ Chipotle! See details below and note the NEW location!
  • Thu 5/4 – Student Council Spirit Day: MisMatch Day
  • Fri 5/5 – Blue & Gold Spirit Day – Show your school spirit in Whittier wear or school colors!
  • Fri 5/5 – Fun Lunch! Buona Beef


  1. Family Fun Night
  2. Teacher Appreciation Week
  3. School Supplies Ordering for 2017/2018
  4. Last Fun Lunch Rescheduled
  5. Official Last Day of School
  6. Retirement Party For Mrs. Plepel
  7. Jaguar Jog
  8. Committee Chairs Needed!
  9. Walking Club Volunteer Request


1. Family Fun Night

In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, please stop by Chipotle at 1203 W. Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove** between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3rd.  50% of all proceeds will go back to the PTA.
Please be sure to bring the flyer, show the flyer electronically from your cell phone, or mention the Whittier fundraiser upon ordering in order for your purchase to qualify for the kickback to Whittier’s PTA.  Please also spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family who are local but may not attend Whittier.
Proceeds received from this year’s Chipotle Night will be used to help cover the costs of our FREE end-of-year celebration to be held at Whittier right after the 11:40 a.m. dismissal on the last day of school (June 9th).  Stay tuned for more information about this event in the coming weeks.
** Please note that the location has changed from our past Chipotle Night fundraisers.  This year we will be at the Chipotle on the south side of Ogden near Downers Grove North High School.  Only this Chipotle location is participating in our fundraiser.
CLICK HERE for the flyer!


2. Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week – May 8th -12th

Thank you to Whittier’s Teachers and Staff for Inspiring US!  We appreciate you!

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is May 8th -12th.  This year’s theme is “If you Appreciate Whittier’s Teachers and Staff…”

Please have your child fill out the Thank You Note or write a note or draw a picture and give to their teacher anytime during Teacher/Staff Appreciation week.

MONDAY: If you give the Staff Breakfast …

TUESDAY: If you give the Staff a Flower … (Please send flowers for your child’s teacher)

WEDNESDAY: If you give the Staff a Fiesta Luncheon …

THURSDAY: If you give the Staff a Sweet Treat …

FRIDAY: If you give the Staff a Gift and Raffle … (Gifts were purchased with student classroom donations collected at the beginning of the school year as well as from the Whittier PTA)

If you would like to donate to the raffle (examples include gift cards and tickets) please email Cindy Maquet cindymaquet@hotmail.com or Erin Kolschowsky erinlacey1@hotmail.com.

Thank You to all who have generously donated to make the
Teacher/Staff Appreciation week a huge success!


CLICK HERE for a digital copy of the flyer!


3. School Supplies Ordering for 2017/2018


Order your school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year!
Kits include exactly what teachers have requested for each grade level and are boxed and ready for students to take to school on the first day.
NEW THIS YEAR: we have contracted with a SHANE’S KITS, a local company who offers multiple options for delivery. Kits can be picked up at school on the designated date or you can opt to have your kit delivered directly to your home for a small fee.
Please contact amycable@att.net with any questions.


4. Last Fun Lunch Rescheduled

FYI the last fun lunch of the school year will be on Thursday, June 1st.  McDonald’s will be served!


5. Official Last Day of School

The last day of school has been APPROVED and will be Friday, June 9.  All students will be dismissed at 11:40am.


6. Retirement Party for Mrs. Plepel

Save the Date!  Mrs. Plepel is retiring this year and the PTA is having a party for her on Tuesday, June 6th from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.in the school gym.  Cake and refreshments will be served.  Ms. Coleman is going to help the kids write a note and/or draw a picture to put in a book that we will present to her that day.  If you have anything else you or your child would like to contribute (note/photos) there will be a gift box set up in the gym that day.  If you have any questions, please email Carla or Karrie.  Thank you and hope to see you there!


7. Jaguar Jog

Yes it is that time of year to start thinking of…the Jaguar Jog!!!

Looking for for people to join our 2017 Jaguar Jog committee!!

The Jaguar Jog will take place on Sunday, September 17th and the planning has already begun! This is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year! We need your help to make it successful.

Our kick off meeting will take place Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:30pm. Please join us at 326 5th St.  If you cannot make it but would like to volunteer please email cindymaquet@hotmail.com


8. Committee Chairs Needed!

We still need volunteers to chair or co-chair committees for the 2017-2018 school year!  Please read the attached document with descriptions and time commitments for the current open committees.  Email Carla Giannelli for more information at carla3374@sbcglobal.net.  Thank you!

Open Committees


9. Walking Club Volunteer Request

Walking Club is looking for volunteers during recess on Wednesdays during Walking Club season. Volunteers arrive at 11:30, sign in at the front office, and pick up a guest sticker to wear. Instructions, grade assignments, door location, and “Cat Cash” to distribute to walkers are given out in the front hallway. You will be done at 12:20. Please use this link to sign up – we can’t do this without your help!

CLICK HERE to sign up online.