Whittier Weekly: September 19, 2017

Whittier Weekly: September 19, 2017

Whittier Weekly


Upcoming Dates:

  • TOMORROW 9/20 – Walking Club
  • Thursday 9/21 – Wear Your Favorite Color Day!
  • Friday 9/22 – Whittier Spirit Day! – Show school spirit in Whittier wear or blue and gold


  1. Yorktown “School Bucks Program”
  2. Save the Date!  Variety Show
  3. Chess Scholars
  4. Girls’ Day Out in Downtown DG
  5. Fun Lunch Volunteers Needed
  6. Wanted: Walking Club Volunteers
  7. After School Spanish Registration Now OPEN
  8. PTA Tasks

 1. Yorktown “School Bucks Program”

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

How it works: 

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.

Prizes awarded to school:

1st place – $10,000

2nd place – $4,000

3rd place – $3,000

4th place – $2,000

5th place – $1,000


Shop at these destinations for DOUBLE POINTS:

September 17 – 23: Francesca’s

September 24 – 30: ALDO and Finish Line



 2. Save the Date! Variety Show

SAVE THE DATE!  The Variety Show will be held on Feb. 3rd this year.  Stay tuned for additional details.  https://whittierschoolpta.org/special-events/variety-show/



3. Chess Scholars

The fall session of after-school chess starts Monday, Oct. 2! Classes are held immediately after school at Whittier.  For all the information to sign up CLICK HERE for the flier.  Please register by THIS FRIDAY, Sep. 22 for the early bird price of $121!


4. Girls’ Day Out in Downtown DG

Save the date for the Girls’ Day Out shopping event in downtown Downers Grove on September 28th!  Shop at participating businesses between 10am – 8pm and they will give back 10% to DG school PTA’s!

CLICK HERE for the flier for more information.

CLICK HERE for the printable HALL PASS to use each time you shop!

Thank you for shopping and giving back to our PTA!

5. Fun Lunch Volunteers Needed

Want to meet great people, hang out with the kiddos, and bring joy to everyone you meet? Wonderful! Then sign up to help serve fun lunch with us. Click on this handy link and peruse the many opportunities offered. We would love to have you! Thanks for helping to make fun lunch even more awesome!


6. Wanted: Walking Club Volunteers

Looking for an easy way to volunteer at school? Do you have a free hour at lunchtime on Wednesday? Sign up for Walking Club!  Volunteers are needed to hand out “Whittier dollars” at lunch recess to participating students.  The fall session of Walking Club starts Sept 20th and ends Nov 8th.
Volunteers need to be at the school from 11:35-12:20.  Contact Michelle Rafacz (mdemumbrum@yahoo.com) or Pam McGinn (pjmcg207@gmail.com) with any questions.


7. After-School Spanish Registration Now OPEN

After-school Spanish is back!  We partner with The Language Labs to bring you a weekly 50 minute class of fun Spanish instruction.  Learning a second language has shown to be good for the brain. Studies have found higher math scores, higher verbal scores, higher social studies scores, and higher test scores for children who study another language.

Classes are held every Thursday beginning October 5th from 3-3:50 at Whittier for a 20 week session. Cost is $280. Currently the class is open to Grades 1-6 only.

Space is limited! Click HERE to register, choose “Spanish” and then scroll down to the drop down menu and select Whittier’s class for online registration.  Instructions on registering by mail are also provided.

There is one opening available for a parent volunteer to attend each class, and will receive half tuition for their child for their service.  If interested in being the volunteer or for any questions email Rachel Carrero @ rachel.carrero@gmail.com

For more information, click HERE  for the updated flier.


8. PTA Tasks

PTA Administrative Tasks

1) Enter/Update your Directory information: If you were already in the directory student grades have been updated for 2017-2018. If you have no additional updates, you don’t need to do anything. If your contact info has changed, please update it here (https://whittierschoolpta.org/directory-listing/). If you have a new student (incoming kinder or new to Whittier) and would like to be included in the directory, please enter your information here (https://whittierschoolpta.org/directory-submit/ ). The directory is used for Whittier families only, and can be used to contact classmates and parents.

The deadline to enter your information into the directory in order to be included in the paper copy is September 25th.

2) Register for the PTA 2017-2018: If you have not registered for the PTA for this school year please do so ASAP! Registration/dues are required every year. This is where you can sign up to purchase a paper copy of the directory, get the Jaguar Journal, advertise in the directory, make an Angel Donation, and/or sign up to get more involved in the various Whittier committees and events. If you’d like a paper form or if you have ANY questions, please contact Ann Russell at AnnKHRussell@yahoo.com.

 3) Join our Facebook page: This is a great way to connect with other Whittier families and send quick messages and get updates.