Whittier Weekly: May 21, 2019

Whittier Weekly: May 21, 2019



TONIGHT!  General PTA Meeting @ Cadence Kitchen, 7pm

  • Food and drink will be available for purchase!
  • Quorum needed for voting in our new executive board, hope to see you there!
  • No babysitting provided

TOMORROW – Memory Day – share your favorite Whittier memory of the year

Thursday – Neon Day – wear any neon color!


  • Fun Lunch! Mojo’s
  • Opposite Day – wear your clothes backwards or inside out



Monday 5/27 – No School! Memorial Day



  1. KOHA Giveaway
  2. Whittier Garden
  3. Summer Math Club Volunteers Needed
  4. 2019/20 Open Committee Chairs

 1.  KOHA

KOHA is giving away up to $5,000 to District 58 schools!   All you need to do is download the KOHA app and choose Whittier Elementary.  With each download, the PTA will receive $1 between now and June 3rd!  No purchase necessary.
CLICK HERE for more information!
To continue to help our PTA simply upload a picture of your receipt from any business partnered with KOHA and a percentage of your purchase will be donated back to Whittier!

2. Whittier Garden

Whittier Garden Planting Day
On Wednesday, May 22nd, we will be planting the Whittier Garden after school from 2:55-3:30.  Students are welcome to help. If your child would like to stay and IS NOT being picked up by you, please email Mrs. Gergits at cgergits@dg58.org and let her know your child’s after planting plans. Any parents that want to help are also welcome, please bring a hand shovel and a pair of gloves.

There are also a few slots still available for volunteering to water the garden over the summer.  Duties would include visiting at least TWICE each week to water (hose will be available) and weed (bring your own garden gloves).  CLICK HERE for the Sign Up Genius link below to see available weeks.  We will send out reminders prior to your scheduled week.

Garden produce will be picked and delivered to People Resource Center in Westmont!

3. Summer Math Club Needs Volunteers!

Summer Math Club is Coming Soon!  Please be on the lookout for an informational flyer coming home in your child’s folder this week.  We are also in need of 5 parent volunteers to volunteer for Summer Math Club Prize Days at the Downers Grove Public Library.  The check-in dates are as follows:  June 17th and 18th, July 8th and 9th, July 29th and 30th, and August 12th.  If you are interested in signing up for one of these dates, please contact Lisa Folkening at a_folkening@hotmail.com

4. 2019/20 Open Committee Chairs

The PTA has two open committees left in need of chairs for next school year!  See below for a list and description of each committee. If interested to learn more about what is involved/time commitment or to volunteer email either Susan Lorenc or Jenn DiCosola 

  • After-School Programs Liaison
    • Whittier offers three after-school programs that are in need of a volunteer to act as a liaison between the school and program coordinators.  Duties include securing the parent volunteers for class supervision and communicating with Young Rembrandts, Chess Scholars, and Language Labs.
    • Estimated Time Commitment: 1 hour via phone/email per class session (fall/winter/spring)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
    • This committee works on the week each spring dedicated to making the Whittier teachers and staff feel appreciated. This includes various recognitions from year to year but always includes a luncheon mid-week. Volunteers provide items for the luncheon and help to determine, package, and distribute other appreciation gifts during Teacher Appreciation Week.Target Number of Volunteers: 1-5
      Estimated Time Commitment: Minimal in general / 8 hours during Teacher Appreciation Week
      Required Availability: Weekday Mornings and Afternoons (during Teacher Appreciation Week)