Whittier Weekly: September 20, 2016

Whittier Weekly: September 20, 2016

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela


Upcoming Dates:

  • TONIGHT! 9/20General PTA meeting (Everyone Welcome) – 7pm  Whittier LRC
  • Thursday 9/22Whittier 1/2 Day of School (11:40am dismissal)
  • Friday 9/23Whittier Spirit Day – Wear Whittier Spirit Wear or Blue/Gold
  • Friday 9/23 – Variety Show MANDATORY All Cast Meeting & Photo Shoot 3-4pm
  • Thursday 9/29 – Girl’s Day Out DG Downtown Shopping Fundraiser

  1. Fall Experiences
  2. Variety Show
  3. Chess Scholars
  4. Language Labs
  5. Masterpiece of the Month
  6. Girl’s Day Out Fundraiser
  7. Fun Lunch
  8. Help Update the Family Directory


1. Fall Experiences

Thank you to everyone that donated AND signed up for experiences!  Some experiences had very limited availability, so if you are on the wait list you will be contacted if a spot becomes available.  Invoices will be sent home this week with a credit authorization form – check your child’s backpack.  Otherwise, check your email for an evite from the host(s) as the experience date gets closer.

We still have open experiences – please email Carla at carla3374@sbcglobal.net to sign up!

Quidditch Tournament – $10 per child on October 16th after school
Ladies Mix n’ Mingle – $30 per adult on November 18th
Adult’s Bags Tournament – $20 per adult on January 7th
Winter Wonderland – $35 per family on December 11th
Legacy Art – $20 per child on January 23rd
Glow Volleyball – $10 per child on October 7th
Mother/Son Fun Night – $25 per family on November 3rd
Father/Daughter Dance – $30 per family on February 23rd
Tea For Two – $25 per child on January 29th (2 spots in the 1 pm session and 11 in the 3 pm session)
Whittier Movie Night – $10 per child on January 27th


2. Variety Show

Lights, Camera, Action!  Are you ready for the Whittier Variety Show all cast and crew meeting this Friday after school in the gym?  Adult supervisors must attend and can enter through the front entrance after the end of day bell.  **Please do not buzz to enter the school before this!**  Adult supervisors will then meet their student group in the gym.  There will be an introduction of the Variety Show Committee, a brief overview of the schedule of the season and expectations for the student acts followed by pictures for the playbill.  Once your group is finished with pictures it is time to go!  So tell parents to plan on pick up as early as 3:30!

Questions?  Contact Melissa Rausch – whittiervarietyshow@gmail.com

P.S.  Details about the Flash Mob will come in next week’s Whittier Weekly!!!  SHHHHH don’t tell the kids!!

P.P.S. If you have a hint of interest in Chairing the VShow next year, now is the time to see what it is all about!  So let me know!  ~Melissa


3. Chess Scholars

Enrollment for the fall session of Chess Scholars has begun!  Develop your child’s intellect and enhance their concentration, focus, social skills and creativity through learning the game of chess.  The fall session begins on October 3rd and runs through December 12th from 3-4:00 on Mondays in the LRC.  Chess Scholars is a for-profit company full of skilled chess instructors.  CLICK HERE if you are interested and sign up through the web address listed.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask (Email Mindy Werner: minwerner4@gmail.com).

 4. Language Labs

Whittier is partnering with a NEW language enrichment program to bring Spanish to our students!
Language Labs is a locally based company that uses native speaking instructors to bring the knowledge of culture and properly spoken dialogue to the classroom. The classes are geared to beginning level introduction of Spanish.

Classes will be offered on Thursdays from 3-3:50 beginning Oct 13.
Tuition is $280 for the entire 20 week session.
Register online at www.thelanguagelabs.net
If you have any questions contact Lourdes Beard at 630-533-2644


 5. 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 REALLY need help in the following classrooms: 

Grade 1 Ms. Quill, Grade 2 Mr. Swade, Grade 4 Mr. Miller, and Grade 5 Ms. Vanacora.

Please contact Kristi Maher kmaher@ftportfolios.com or 630.772.1966



6. Girl’s Day Out!

Support our PTA all day on September 29th by shopping at participating stores in downtown Downers Grove!  Participating schools will receive 10% of all sales that day.  Participating stores include Anderson’s Bookshop, Fair Game, My Special Toy Store, Peak Running, Style Studio, and many more!
To participate use the “Hall Pass” that was sent home in backpacks on Monday or CLICK HERE for a printable version!



7. Fun Lunch

Just a reminder, Fun Lunch ordering closes tomorrow 9/20!!  This will be the last chance to order ALL of your fun lunches for OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER. Another session will take place over winter break for ordering lunches that will occur from Jan-May. There are plenty of spots to volunteer for fun lunches. Go to the PTA website and click fun lunch to sign up. Thanks!!



8. Help Update the Family Directory

Whittier PTA publishes our only school directory, which parents find invaluable for carpooling, homework help, play dates, and more. If you officially signed up for PTA, you were able to choose whether you’d like to purchase a paper copy. A free online version is accessible to all registered users of the PTA website.

Review or add your directory listing NO LATER THAN MONDAY, OCT 3.

If you’re a returning Whittier family, your directory listing has been updated to reflect your student(s)’s grade(s) this year, but please be sure all information is correct: whittierschoolpta.org/directory-listing/

If you’re a new family (welcome!), please enter your directory listing:

We take privacy seriously, and accessing the online directory requires you to log in with the username and password you used to register for the PTA website. If you’ve forgotten your username or password, visit our help page.

Please note that online directory listings will be used in the paper directory, as well, so whether you plan to access the directory online or in print, please be sure your online directory listing is accurate.  If you have questions, please contact Ann Russell. Thank you!