Whittier Weekly: May 5, 2015

Whittier Weekly: May 5, 2015

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meeting to Vote on the Request for Funds to Support the Destination ImagiNation Teams Bound for the DI Global Finals:

If you are available, please attend tonight’s PTA meeting dedicated to voting on the motion made at the last PTA meeting to help fund the three Destination ImagiNation teams advancing to the Global Finals tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee later this month.   The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Jaguar Jungle (gym).  Free babysitting will be provided in the art/activities room for the duration of the meeting.

Please review the following for more information about the motion on the table: https://whittierschoolpta.org/destination-imagination-funding-meeting-and-vote-tuesday-may-5th-at-700-p-m/.

Final PTA General Membership Meeting of the Year:

  • Tuesday, May 19 @ 7:00 p.m. at Whittier (Jaguar Jungle)

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)

School Supplies

Watch your child’s backpack for your school supply ordering information! Online ordering is back and the deadline for all orders is May 22.

Schoolkidz by Staples meets all of your child’s school supply needs. All supplies come in a keepsake box complete with everything you need including personalized name labels. Easy one stop shopping!  If you know an incoming Kindergarten family, please pass along to them that Kindergarten order forms will be available in the school office.

Questions? Contact co-chairs Amy Cable amycable@att.net or Peggy Tomchek ptomchek@yahoo.com

 Whittier Wear

Order your Spring Whittier spirit wear online NOW.  The store closes this Friday, 5/8.  Check out the NEW Whittier Wear collection – There are new logos, lounge pants, tie dye shirts, hoodies, skull hats, cinch sacks and more.
The link to our store is www.zimmzang.com/Whittier.
Last chance to buy spirit wear this school year!

Student Council May Spirit Days:




Market Day:  May Orders due on Saturday!

There are only two more months to order Market Day before summer – be sure to stock up on all of your favorite Market Day meals and snacks now!  All orders must be placed by 11:00pm on Saturday, May 9 either online at Marketday.com or by calling Market Day customer service at 877-632-7753.  As a reminder, you must pre-pay for your order with a credit card. 

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

Family Fun

Thank you to everyone who joined us for McTeacher Night! A BIG thank you to Mr. Krugman, Mrs. Schoenberger, Mrs. Stankiewicz, Mr. Swade, Mrs. Modine, Mrs. Gergits and Ms. Vanacora for volunteering your time. The kids really enjoy seeing you all there!

Mark your calendars for two upcoming family fun events:

Tuesday, May 12th will be our last family fun night of the school year at Home Run Inn in Darien. They will donate 20% back to the committee between the hours of 11:00am-9:00pm. A flyer needs to be presented at the time of purchase. Take home or delivery. Look for a flyer to come home next week in your child’s backpack. Hope to see you there!

End-of-year picnic will be at McCollum Park Friday, June 5th from 1:30-4:00pm. We’ll have lots of fun things to offer: magician/illusionist, face painter, slide, obstacle course- just to name a few. Look for an evite soon.

Any questions please let me know, Shannon Quinn  SSQ1973@sbcglobal.net 1-630-484-1003

Savers Playground Fundraiser

Just in time for Spring Cleaning, Savers is partnering with Whittier to help raise funds for the Primary Playground. Whittier will receive $0.20 for every pound of donations. Please collect any gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and linens that you would normally donate and drop off donations atWhittier before or after school the week of May 11th (morning only on May 15th). Volunteers will be at the North/West corner of Whittier grounds on Blodgett to collect donations.

Contact Pamela McGinn at pjmcg207@gmail.com to schedule an earlier drop off. Thank you for your support!

*Donations are tax deductible and tax receipts will be available

Destination Imagination Fundraising for Globals – McDonald’s Tonight!

Our three Whittier DI teams are raising money to help offset the cost of attending Global Finals in Knoxville, TN in May. Please consider supporting them at some of the following fundraising events in the next few weeks.  Your support is greatly appreciated by all teams…thank you so much!

1. McDonald’s evening on Tuesday, May 5th from 4-7:00 pm benefitting all three Whittier teams.

2. Saturday, May 9th from 4-8:00 pm at The Johnson’s-221 3rd Street. If interested, please rsvp by Firday, 5/8 with names/ages of children to Theresa at theresajohn@live.com or 630-772-4801. Space is limited.


Whittier Drive for Wildlife

Spring cleaning?  Decided you will not need all the extra ribbon that you bought after Christmas two years ago?  Cleaning out your refrigerator for garbage day?  Why not put those unwanted items to good use and support wildlife!

Whittier’s third grade brownie troop has been able to partner with Brookfield Zoo, specifically the Hamill Family Play Zoo, and obtain a list of items that they need to support their efforts in conservation and education.  The following items are needed:

*towels-any size or color, doesn’t have to be new just clean

*Rubber rain boots-any size and color

*pony beads with large holes

*unscented pinecones-great from the outdoors

*buttons –any shape, size or color

*ribbon-any size, color or style

*colorful yarn

*Plastic net bags (like the ones oranges and onions come in)

*Empty oatmeal canisters

*Empty Elmer’s glue containers (bottles or sticks) – the zoo receives 2 cents for each recycled container

As you can see, the girls are not trying to collect money or large items.  Basically, they are finding new avenues for items that might end up in the trash but could benefit wildlife.   Collection bins are located outside the school main office and outside the LRC.  The Whittier Drive for Wildlife runs April 27 through May 8.  If you have any questions, ask a third grade brownie!

Student Council Supports the Cupcake Classic

The Whittier Student Council is supporting the Noah’s Hope Cupcake Classic on May 17th by spreading the word! If your little runner has come home talking about the run where everyone gets a cupcake and you need more info, check out the informational flyer!  Cupcake Classic_Flyer

Mark Your Calendars

  • Tuesday, May 5: Student registration due
  • Tuesday, May 5: DI Fundraiser at McDonald’s 4-7
  • Thursday, May 7: Student Council Wear Red and Black for the Bulls and Blackhawks
  • Friday, May 8: Great American Bagel Fun Lunch
  • Saturday, May 9: Market Day Orders Due
  • Saturday, May 9: DI Fundraiser, babysitting 4-8
  • Monday, May 11 – Friday, May 15: Savers Collection to benefit the playground
  • Tuesday, May 12: Family Fun Home Run Inn Pizza Night
  • Thursday, May 14: Student Council Movie Star Day
  • Sunday, May 17: Cupcake Classic to benefit Noah’s Hope
  • Tuesday, May 19: Last PTA Meeting at 7:00
  • Friday, May 22: Deadline for School Supply Orders
  • Monday, May 25: No School, Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 26:  Student Council Red, White and Blue Day
  • Thursday, June 4: Last Day of School for Kindergartners, please attend regular time
  • Friday, June 5: Last Day of School Grades 1st – 6th, early dismissal at 11:40
  • Friday, June 5: Family Fun End of Year School Picnic