Whittier Weekly: September 2, 2014

Whittier Weekly: September 2, 2014

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that
you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  Dr. Seuss

To learn more about upcoming PTA events that may appeal to you or your
child, feel free to stop by the PTA table at curriculum night on
Thursday from 6-8pm.

Please mark your calendar to attend the first PTA meeting of the year
on September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Jaguar Jungle (aka – the gym) at
Whittier.  Free babysitting is provided during all monthly PTA
meetings.  After the September meeting, plan to head over to Emmett’s
in downtown Downers Grove to celebrate the start of the school year
with other PTA members.

Complete the online PTA packet to become a PTA member for 2014-2015
and to find ways to become involved.  Click on the following link to
access the PTA packet:

We are so fortunate to have a wonderful Whittier Community.  Please
don’t hesitate to reach out with any question or ideas!  Thank you!

Whittier School PTA Executive Committee
Co-Presidents: Rita Brezina & Valerie Hardy
Co-Vice Presidents: Tiffany Kuelthau & Debbie Levinthal
Secretary: Amy Ihde
Treasurer: Corinne Potter

Curriculum Night

Whittier Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014.  Primary grade-level classrooms (grades K through 3) will be open from 6:00-6:40pm.  Intermediate grade-level classrooms (grades 4 through 6) will be open from 6:45-7:25pm.  The 6th Grade Camp Edwards Parent Informational Meeting will then follow from 7:30-8:00pm.

Fun Lunch, Form and Volunteers Needed!

The first Fun Lunch of the year will be Friday, Sept. 12. Please download the Fun Lunch Form for the first half of the 2014-2015 school year. Please be sure to submit your completed form(s) – one per child in grades 1 through 6 – along with payment (checks payable to Whittier PTA) by September 5thPlease place the form(s) along with your payment in a sealed envelope labeled FUN LUNCH.

Now that the school year has begun, you may turn your Fun Lunch order form(s) and payment in by sending them to school in your child’s take-home folder or by dropping it off in the PTA box in the main office at Whittier.

FUN LUNCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  For each Fun Lunch date, 8 parent volunteers are needed.  To sign up to help at Fun Lunch on September 12 or any of the other Fun Lunch dates between now and January, please click on the following link: http://whittierschoolpta.org/volunteering/fun-lunch/

You must be a registered user on the PTA website in order to use the online sign-up form.  If you need help accessing your account, please visithttps://whittierschoolpta.org/manage-my-account/.

If you have questions about the Fun Lunch program, please contact:

Paula Schultz jp_schultz@sbcglobal.net

Amy Toth amybrewe@hotmail.com.

Market Day Is Back!

Market Day order forms went home last week. Hopefully you received yours and have already placed an
order! If not, there is still time! You can order online at marketday.com or turn in the form by
Monday, Sept. 8 to your child’s teacher. Just in case you want to order more than your freezer at home
can handle, Whittier has two market day freezers that you may keep your frozen items in! If you need
another form or have any questions, please contact Kellie Miller at (812) 204-4384 or
Amy Gassen at (630) 971-0689.

Jaguar Jog – Registration is now OPEN!!

Register now for the annual Whittier School Fun Run – The Jaguar Jog – taking place on Sunday, September 28!  The 1 mile kids’ only fun run and the 5k race are a great opportunity to promote fitness and school spirit!   Please visit https://whittierschoolpta.org/jaguar-jog-registration/ and register by September 10 to be guaranteed a race t-shirt!

Don’t want to participate in the run?  That’s fine!  Come out to support the school and cheer on the runners!  This is a super fun morning for the whole family to mingle with other Whittier families.   The event will also feature:

  • The opportunity to sign up for exciting Experiences (events for Whittier adults, families, and kids throughout the first half of the school year).
  • The Grand Raffle drawing – Tickets are on sale now via the registration website!  1st Prize – A week’s stay in one of many vacation club locations throughout the U.S., Mexico, and the Carribean through Travel Advantage Network – You get to choose and schedule; 2nd Prize – Go Pro Camera; 3rd Prize – $100 Cash.
  • Post-Race Party at Gattos! Take your family out to celebrate with lunch and drink specials available immediately following the awards.  All are welcome!!
  • Purchase a t-shirt for $10 to show your support!  They also work great for Whittier Spirit Days!

Would you like to volunteer at the event?   Please email us at whittierjaguarjog@gmail.com

Do you have a connection to a business or organization who would like to sponsor the Jog?  We need your help!  All donations will directly benefit the children at Whittier School!  We have several levels of sponsorship available – please contact us for details!

Questions?  Please contact Chie Nicholson and Corinne Potter at whittierjaguarjog@gmail.com

Variety Show

Get a jump start and encourage your kids to start thinking about what they want to perform on the Tivoli stage….This year is going to be AWESOME. Applications are due Wednesday, September 17th. All are welcome! Just in case you missed the application that was sent home in your child’s book bag, it’s also available online by clicking:

Variety Show Application

Whittier Wear

Show your Jaguar Pride! Check out the NEW Whittier Wear collection – There are new logos, tie dye shirts, hoodies, skull hats, cinch sacks (mesh siding — think about all that wet winter gear) and more!  The Whittier Wear on-line store will be open August 22nd to September 7th, so be sure to check it out!!  The link to our store is www.zimmzang.com/Whittier.

Language Stars Before School Spanish Program

Language Stars early enrollment 2014-15 starts September 8, 2014 and runs before school on  Mondays  from 7:40-8:20. Register online atwww.LanguageStarsAtSchool.com or call 866-55-STARS.

ALS Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated in this great team kick-off to our school year.  Through the efforts of everyone at Whittier, we will be donating a grand total of $1,873.40 to the ALS Foundation.  Thank you!!  Both videos of our challenge are now linked to our Whittier School webpage.  If you haven’t seen them yet, take a few minutes to check them out.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Thursday, September 4: Curriculum Night
  • Friday, September 5: Fun Lunch Forms and Payment Due
  • Monday, September 8: Market Day Orders Due
  • Friday, September 12: First Fun Lunch of the Year
  • Tuesday, September 16: PTA Meeting and Kickoff Social
  • Wednesday, September 17: Variety Show Application Due
  • Friday, September 19: Variety Show Meeting 2:55-4:00
  • Sunday, September 28: Jaguar Jog
  • Wednesday, October 29: Tech Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, November 5: Dress Rehearsal
  • Friday, November 7th: School Variety Show
  • Thursday, November 13: Tivoli Rehearsal