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Whittier Weekly – Sep 3, 2019

Whittier Weekly – Sep 3, 2019

We hope everyone enjoyed a nice long weekend! Below are a few important updates and announcements for Whittier Families!

Host a Whittier Experience!

We are currently looking for volunteers to host Whittier Experiences, which will ideally take place between October – February. Registration will open in late September, so please send Lindsay Monco your ideas by September 13!

New to Whittier and wondering, what Experiences entail? Typically twice a year you are invited to host or sign up for Experiences, which are fun events funded and organized by Whittier families and/or staff. The hosts cover the cost of the event and then all registrations fees collected from those signing up for the event go to the PTA. Past experiences have included student focused events (movie night, bingo, kickball, etc.), while other experiences have been geared towards families or adult only events (yoga, volleyball, cooking, etc.)

If you are interested in hosting or want to know more, please contact Lindsay Monco at lindsay.x.monco@gmail.com

Fun Lunch Window to Order Closes This Thursday Sept 5

Be sure to take part in the opportunity to order lunch for your kiddos for the first semester of the year.

Fun Lunch orders are taken via Boonli.com.  Please login to the website or create a new account using the Whittier access code WES338. A parent must then add/update your child(ren)’s homeroom teacher(s).  Then choose items for each of the 9 scheduled Fun Lunches for each child. Be sure to checkout completely by paying for your shopping cart items.  Your order cannot be processed unless it is finalized. 

Once the ordering window closes on Thursday, September 5, 2019, we will not be able to accept or change orders. For questions regarding Whittier’s PTA Fun Lunch program please contact Karrie Donat (karrie313@gmail.com) or Stacy Klepper (stacyklepper17@gmail.com).

Whittier DirectorySpot

If you were already in the directory, it has been updated with the student grades and teachers for 2019-2020 (kindergarten teachers may change). If you have no additional updates, you don’t need to do anything, although it couldn’t hurt to check over your information as we moved to a new format last year. If your contact info has changed, please update it here. To gain access to the online directory, you must first join the PTA (see above). With your paid membership you will be set up with a DirectorySpot account. You will receive an email from DirectorySpot, but if you miss it you can go directly to https://www.directoryspot.net and create an account. Just be sure to use the same email that you used to register for the PTA. We are still offering the option to purchase a printed directory, available when you register for the PTA. You will need to do this annually. The directory is used for Whittier families only, and can be used to contact classmates and parents. Directory information must be updated by September 20 to be included in the printed directory!  https://www.directoryspot.net

Whittier PTA Meeting Schedule for 2019-2020

Mark those calendars now and join us for our six PTA meetings. They begin at 7 PM on Tuesday evenings the following dates and locations:

  • 9/10 : At the Whittier LRC (Library) – babysitting provided
  • 10/22
  • 12/10
  • 1/14
  • 4/14
  • 5/19

The Whittier PTA is a great way to learn more about what is going on at Whittier from curriculum to school events and more. We are lucky to be at a school where the parents and school administration work so closely together and these meetings are a great bridge between those worlds.

If you have any questions please reach out to either of the PTA Presidents: Amy Cable aamy.cable@att.net or Sarah Bogaczyk sarahtbogs@gmail.com

Family Fun Night @ Five Guys

For those that are new to this, the Whittier PTA partners with a local restaurant each month to encourage our families to come out to eat while the restaurant donates a percentage of sales back the PTA. Our next Family Fun Night is at Five Guys on Thursday, September 19, 4-8:00 PM at Five Guys at 340 Ogden Avenue (at Fairview). Mention the Whittier Elementary School when ordering and 20% of sales will be donated.

Chess Scholars

Chess Scholars will be on Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 PM this Fall. The Fall Session will consist of 9 classes, running October 10th – December 19th, no classes on 10/31 or 11/28. To sign up, visit https://www.learningmeansfun.com/signup, enter in class code  WDG10.10.19. Register by 10/2 for the early bird price of $123.00. If you have difficulty, please contact Afterschool Enrichment Solutions at 847-482-9999 or registration@learningmeansfun.com

Whittier COLOR Run

We are mixing up our annual run (a/k/a the Jaguar Jog) and turning it into a COLOR RUN!  Our inaugural “Color Me Whitter” color run will be held on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at Whittier Elementary School.  If you are interested in getting a jump start, you can register your students by visiting secure.getactivefundraising.com/event/2019-color-me-whittier-run.

Whittier Walking Club

Calling for Parent (or Grandparent) volunteers to help keep track of the students, hand out “Cat Cash”, and manage the Walking Club Store. It is a great way to see your kids in action! We are in need of five volunteers per week – starting September 17th, during the lunch hour.  Visit the PTA’s Walking Club page for more information and to sign up to volunteer: https://whittierschoolpta.org/volun…/walking-club-volunteers/ . E-mail Tess Spector with questions at terisaspector@gmail.com