Whittier Weekly: November 28, 2017

Whittier Weekly: November 28, 2017

Whittier Weekly

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday 12/1 – Whittier Spirit Day – Wear your Whittier Wear or blue/gold!
  • Friday 12/1 – FUN LUNCH! – Buona Beef
  • 12/4-12/8 – Student Council Candy Cane Sale (order forms will be sent home on December 4th)

  1. Spring Fundraiser – Volunteers for Experiences Needed!
  2. Family Fun Night – Panda Express
  3. Six Flags Read to Succeed
  4. Young Rembrandts
  5. Variety Show
  6. Committee Chairs NEEDED : Jaguar Jog
  7. Chess Scholars
  8. Yorktown “School Bucks Program”


1. Spring Fundraiser – Volunteers for Experiences Needed!

We are currently looking for volunteers to host experiences for the spring fundraiser. Our spring fundraiser is on February 9, 2018 so we are getting started earlier this year.  Some past ideas include themed adult parties, amazing race for adults, BAGS tournament for adults, Euchre, father/daughter, mother/son, painting, baking, kickball, volleyball, spa parties, tea parties, running clubs, etc.  Some new ideas discussed recently on the Whittier PTA Facebook page include, lacrosse, bingo, dodgeball, bike safety, line dance/dancing, art based ideas, and scavenger hunts.
We welcome experiences designated for primary and intermediate that include parent and child.  Kid friendly experiences are always very popular.  Please contact Carla Giannelli, Michelle Rafacz or Melissa Rausch if you have an idea and would like to host an experience for the spring fundraiser. 
Find below a helpful Experiences 101 link as well as the Whittier PTA Fundraising Guidelines. 

Experiences 101

Fundraising Guidelines



2. Family Fun Night – Panda Express

Thanks to all who attended the Culver’s Family Fun Night last week!  It’s always fun to visit with friends while dining out on a meal someone else prepared.
Mark your calendar for the next Family Fun Night to be held on December 13th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Panda Express on Ogden in Downers Grove.  A hard copy of the flyer will come home with students closer to the event date.
You must either show the flyer or an electronic copy of it in order for 20% of your purchase amount to go back to the Whittier PTA.  
CLICK HERE for the printable!

3. Six Flags Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed Record Form are attached.  Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading is eligible for a free admission ticket, valid at the participating Six Flags Great America.  Read to Succeed will begin Tuesday, November 28th and go through Tuesday, January 9th.

CLICK HERE for the info letter

CLICK HERE for the printable Student Reading Log


4. Young Rembrandts After-School Elementary Drawing

Young Rembrandts winter session begins Tuesday January 9th!
Early Bird Registration is available now!
Students will be released for pickup promptly at end of class time.   All new lessons every week!  All supplies included.
When: Tuesdays from January 9th – March 20th, 2:55-3:55pm
Where: Whittier LRC
Cost: $110 (a 50/50 payment option is available)
CLICK HERE for the flier on registration information!


5. Variety Show

2018 Variety Show – Sign Up is now open!

What is the Variety Show? A star-studded event held at Tivoli Theater on Saturday, Feb 3 at 10am. Acts big and small come together for an impressive display of the many talents of our Whittier students.

Who can participate? Any Whittier student! Students can join as a group (larger groups are particularly common for younger ages) or perform a solo talent. 6th graders have the option to volunteer for emcee or stage crew roles too.

What is the time commitment? Check out the schedule of formal rehearsals (dress, tech, stage time, etc) run by the Variety Show parent volunteers on the link below. Otherwise all talent selection, transportation, practice, team names, costumes are the responsibility of the student.

How do I register my child and/or their group?


* Sign your student up here (all participants must submit the waiver)

* Sign your group up here (only one submission per group is needed)

* Stage crew or emcee submissions here (Open to 6th graders only – must pick to do this OR an act, not both. Please note that emcee sign ups are not going to be on a first come first served basis.  If we get more signups that we have space for, we will draw names out of a hat.  Students would then have an opportunity to sign up for an act. )

If you have space issues for a large group to practice, please reach out to us at whittiervarietyshow@gmail.com

All music (and acts themselves) must be cut to be lyric appropriate and :90 or less


QUESTIONS? Contact us at whittiervarietyshow@gmail.com

We can’t wait to see your kids shine!

The Variety Show Committee

Sarah Bogaczyk, Rita Brezina, Briar & Matt Croft, Val Hardy & Ann Russell


6.  Committee Chairs NEEDED : Jaguar Jog

We are still searching for our TWO NEW co-chairs for the 2018 & 2019 Jaguar Jog!  If you are thinking you may be interested but are hesitant for any reason please contact Cindy Maquet (cindymaquet@hotmail.com) for more info on what the job entails.  There are many volunteers for support! Duties mainly include forming the committee of volunteers to coordinate the Jog and making it a fun and successful event.

The vacancies need to be filled ASAP as the planning begins at the start of the new year.

If interested in the position, contact info@whittierschoolpta.org

Thank you for your consideration in volunteering for this very important PTA fundraiser!

 7. Chess Scholars

The winter session of after-school chess starts Monday, December 18th! Classes are held immediately after school at Whittier For all the information to sign up CLICK HERE for the flier.  Please register by Friday, December 8th for the early bird price of $121!


8. Yorktown “School Bucks Program”

Please support our schools together by participating in the Yorktown School Bucks Program!!



After shopping and dining at Yorktown, your school’s family and friends can show their Yorktown Center receipts at the Guest Services desk (located on the Lower Level, below The Eatery and near Von Maur) to accumulate points. Shoppers must specify which participating school to allocate the points to.

Show your movie ticket receipts from AMC 18 Yorktown for an easy (and fun!) 75 points per ticket!

Thank you for shopping and giving back to our PTA!

Receipts must be redeemed within 60 days of purchase date. Receipts will be collected from August 1, 2017 until May 1, 2018.

For Whittier to receive a monetary reward, we need to provide $2,000 in receipts by May 1, 2018.