Whittier Weekly: November 1, 2016

Whittier Weekly: November 1, 2016

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela


       Upcoming Dates:

  • TODAY and TOMORROW 11/1 & 11/2 – Halloween Candy Buy Back – bring in your extra or leftover candy to the drop box in the school main entrance!  Candy will be shipped to our troops.
  • Friday 11/4 – Fun Lunch! – McDonald’s
  • Friday 11/4 – Whittier Spirit Day – Wear blue/gold
  • Friday 11/4 – Variety Show MANDATORY Tech Rehearsal in the gym – 3-6pm
  • Friday 11/4 – Deadline to order Whittier Spirit Wear
  • Tuesday 11/8 – In-School Mock Election
  • Tuesday 11/8 – Variety Show MANDATORY Dress Rehearsal in the gym – 3-6pm
  1. Order Whittier Spirit Wear
  2. LRC Subscriptions
  3. Mom’s Night Out @ SPENGA – Rescheduled!
  4. Variety Show
  5. Hospitality Committee Needs Your Help!  
  6. Reading Games


 1. Order Whittier Spirit Wear

Check out the link below to order this year’s Whittier Spirit Wear. Order your “Be inspired by who you are!” t-shirt for Spirit Days all year long, as well as for Field Day at the end of the school year.

Field Day is held to celebrate all of the students’ accomplishments throughout the school year and the beginning of summer break. Students participate in various outdoor (weather permitting) activities with their classmates. Each grade is asked to wear a specific color to differentiate the grades during the day.

When ordering Whittier Spirit Wear simply choose your child’s grade and shirt size to ensure the correct color is received.

Red – Kindergarten
Orange – 1st Grade
Royal Blue – 2nd Grade
Kelly Green – 3rd Grade
Lime Green – 4th Grade
Purple – 5th Grade
Aquatic Blue – 6th Grade

There are other options, as well, including flannel pants and hoodies. Check out the website below to place your order!

Ordering closes THIS Friday, November 4th, so don’t delay! 
CLICK HERE to start shopping!

2. LRC Subscriptions

We are looking for some families to make a worthwhile contribution to the LRC at Whittier by sponsoring a magazine subscription. Magazines provide a unique opportunity to get children interested in reading while developing the critical academic skills they will need in the years to come.  The selection of magazines is wide ranging and will certainly appeal to boys and girls of all ages and interests.

With parent contributions we will receive a full year of issues in the LRC.  Your help is making this valuable resource a part of our kids’ education and is greatly appreciated.  Interested families can review the list of magazines and subscription rates here and send a check (payable to Whittier PTA) to Carla Giannelli via backpack mail.

LRC Subscriptions – updated!

3. Mom’s Night Out @ SPENGA

This event has been RESCHEDULED due to the Cubs game!

NEW date is Tuesday, November 8 @ 8pm.  It’s not too late to sign up!

SPENGA is an hour workout that combines spin, strength, and yoga.  

To book your reservation call the studio at 630.395.9585

SPENGA is located at 5216 Main St in Downers Grove

Space is limited to 22 people so make sure to call soon to get in! 

Now is your time to try it with our Whittier friends!

There will be a raffle and specials on buying memberships for us that night. 

We can follow up to rehydrate at a local establishment after! 

Join in the fun!

CLICK HERE for more information on the SPENGA experience!


4. Variety Show

Do not miss the opportunity to let your kiddo know how proud you are of him/her…submit your Variety Show playbill message by WEDNESDAY, November 2nd!!!
Complete the form and send it in!!

Don’t miss the last TOP SECRET Flash Mob practice Friday, November 4th at the Moose.  Drop in any time between 7-9.  Looking for so men to join in.  There is no doubt this will be a memory your child will have for life!

Questions?  Contact Melissa Rausch – whittiervarietyshow@gmail.com

5. Hospitality Committee needs your help!

Please sign up to bring food for the November 16th and November 17th conferences. CLICK HERE to sign up! This is a great way to help say “Thank you for all you do!” to our teachers.  Each volunteer spot has a break down of  exactly what to bring to Whittier each day.  We will be sending an email confirming your help and items the week before conferences.  Thanks so much in advance to all of our volunteers! If you have any questions please send Carla (carla3374@sbcglobal.net) or Mindy (minwerner4@gmail.com) an email.


6. Reading Games

Registration for the 2017 Reading Games will open at 9:00 a.m. THIS Thursday, November 3. Spots are limited and will fill up quickly! This year’s book lists and more information about The Reading Games can be found on The Reading Games website at https://sites.google.com/site/dg58thereadinggames/.
This program is open for grades 3-6.  Even for children not participating in the games, this is sure to be a great list of books to pull from!
If you have any questions, please contact Rita Brezina at erbrezina@gmail.com.
CLICK HERE for the book list!