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Whittier Weekly: September 15, 2015

Whittier Weekly: September 15, 2015

PTA Meeting Tonight: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7 pm in the LRC. Babysitting Available

Picture Day Tomorrow: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Half-Day September 24. AM Kindergarteners attend regular school time. PM Kindergarteners do not have school

1. Jaguar Jog is this SUNDAY!

2. Experiences

3. Variety Show

4. Destination Imagination

5. Chess Scholars

6. Fun Lunch

7. Masterpiece of the Month

8. Reach for the Stars Pledge Forms Due

1. The Jaguar Jog is THIS SUNDAY!

 Events Include:
  • 1 mile kids fun run (9:00 a.m.)
  • 5k (9:45 a.m.)
  • Sign ups for fun Whittier experiences
  • Refreshments
  • Stretching Station
  • After party at Ballydoyle!
 For those who have already registered, packet pick up will be at Whittier on Friday from 2:00-4:00 on the intermediate playground.  In the event of rain, we will be in Room 1.
If you have not yet registered, there is still time! Visit http://whittierschoolpta.org/jaguar-jog-registration/.
Please contact Amy Cable at whittierjaguarjog@gmail.com.

2. Experiences

The PTA is proud to offer the events and activities listed below for kids and adults to enjoy throughout the school year. As part of the Jaguar Jog fundraiser, you will be able to sign up for these events. A huge thank you to the many Whittier families that are hosting these various events for our Whittier community!

To register: Visit the Jaguar Jog Registration tent on September 20th and sign up! Or, you may sign up following the jog if there are spots available for the various events.

Contact Rita Brezina (erbrezina@gmail.com) or Valerie Hardy (valerie_m_stone@yahoo.com) if you have any questions. Fill out a credit card authorization form prior to the event or we will invoice you following the event.

Jaguar Jog Experiences 2015

3. Variety Show
Act applications DUE on Wednesday!

All cast and crew meeting on Friday after school.  We will talk about the basics, take group pictures and will have sign up sheets for stage practice times.

If your group cannot be there please email Melissa Rausch at Whittiervarietyshow@gmail.com

4. Destination Imagination

Just a reminder: If you are interested in attending the Destination Imagination (DI) Parent Informational meeting on this Thursday Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the DG Library, please RSVP to Wendy Carter at wendylcarter@at.net. We want to be sure to be prepared for all who are attending.

5. Whittier Elementary School and Chess Scholars present Chess Club with Professional Instruction!

Develop your child’s interest and intellect through the royal game of Chess!  Current research has shown a strong link between chess and academic performance in a variety of areas, including mathematics and language arts.  Chess has been proven to enhance motivation, concentration, focus, social skills and creativity.

The Fall Session will include 8 classes beginning on Monday, October 19th. There will be no class the week of Thanksgiving.  All students K-6th grade can participate.  Please contact Mindy Werner (minwerner4@gmail.com) with any questions.  A paper copy of the attached flyer will also come home with your student.

Fall 2015 Chess Scholars Flyer Whittier school

6. Fun Lunch

FUN LUNCH ordering is now closed, for the first half of the year. We will have another open ordering session during the month of December for the second half of the year. Information will be conveyed closer to that date. Thank you to everyone who registered and signed up for Fun lunch. We hope you found the process fast and easy. NOW- Who wants to volunteer to help serve your little ones at Fun lunch?? Sign up at
www.whittierschool pta.org ( click on volunteering, and scroll down to funlunch) As of right now we only have two volunteers and need at least 8 for each session. Volunteers are needed from 11:20-12:20 ish

7. Masterpiece of the Month!

“The Purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our Souls”  Pablo Picasso

We are getting ready for our PTA sponsored Masterpiece of the Month to start up in October!

What is Masterpiece of the Month?  A monthly art program for Grades 1-5 where the kids are introduced to an Artist and a famous masterpiece through discussion, crafts and reading.

Can you help out?  YES!!  We need parent volunteers for each classroom to continue to make this program a success.

Is it a huge time commitment?  NO!  Maybe 1-2 hours for the month you are presenting and we try to have at least two parents for each classroom so you only have to present every other month.   But I know nothing about Art?  THAT’s OK!  We have lots of resources and very experienced parents that have done this for years and can help out.

Will my kid think I am a Rock Star?  YES!  In fact, every kid in the class will think you are a Rock Star!  The smiles we get when we walk into the classroom each month are priceless not to mention the imagination and creativity we are fostering.

We currently need help in the following classrooms:  Grade 1 Miss Pawlowski and Mrs. Richards, Grade 3 Mrs. Jurinek and Mrs. Modine, Grade 4 Ms. Carey and Grade 5 Vanacora.

Please contact Kristi Maher kmaher@ftportfolios.com or 630.772.1966.

8. Reach for the Stars Pledge Forms Due

Please make sure to turn in your Reach for the Stars Pledge Forms.  100% of the money raised is returned to the school in money and books: 50% in cash for the playground fund, 40% for your child to pick out new books and 10% for your child’s teacher to pick out new books.

If you need any help selecting books please email hgraham112@gmail.com.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015: General PTA Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015: Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 17, 2015: Destination Imagination Parent  Information Meeting
  • Friday, September 18, 2015: Variety Show Rehearsal 3:00-4:00
  • Sunday, September 20, 2015: Jaguar Jog
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015: Half-Day of School
  • Friday, September 25, 2015: Variety Show Rehearsal 3:00-4:00
  • Friday, October 2, 2015: Variety Show Rehearsal 3:00-4:00
  • Friday, October 9, 2015: Variety Show Rehearsal 3:00-4:00
  • Monday, October 12, 2015: Columbus Day, No School
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015: Teachers Institute No School
  • Friday, October 16, 2015: Variety Show Rehearsal 3:00-4:00
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015: General PTA Meeting
  • Friday, October 23, 2015: Variety Show Rehearsal 3:00-4:00
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015: Variety Show  TECH Rehearsal 3:00-6:00 MANDATORY
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015: Variety Show Stage Crew Dry Run 3:00-5:00 MANDATORY
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015: Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 3:00-6:00 MANDATORY
  • Friday, November 6, 2015: Variety Show School Performance
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015: Variety Show Tivoli Rehearsal 3:00-5:00 MANDATORY
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015: Variety Show at the Tivoli
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – Friday, November 27, 2015: Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015: General PTA Meeting
  • Monday, December 21, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016: Winter Break, No School
  • Monday, January 18, 2016: Martin Luther King Day, No School
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Friday, February 12, 2016: No School
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Friday, March 4, 2016: Teacher Inservice, No School
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Friday, March 25, 2016 – Sunday, April 3, 2016: Spring Break, No School
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016: General PTA Meeting
  • Monday, May 30, 2016: Memorial Day, No School
  • *Friday, June 3, 2016: Last Day of School
    • *June 6 – June 10 possible emergency days