Whittier Weekly: September 23, 2014, Jaguar Jog Packet Pick-Up Friday, Sept. 26

Whittier Weekly: September 23, 2014, Jaguar Jog Packet Pick-Up Friday, Sept. 26

Please note, the Jaguar Jog RACE PACKET PICK-UP on Friday, September 26 from 2:00-4:00pm in the Jaguar Jungle at Whittier (not the 25th as was previously stated in the Whittier Weekly). No other changes made to Whittier Weekly: September 23, 2014.

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


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Thank you to everyone who came out to the first PTA meeting of the year last Tuesday!  Our PTA’s strength is definitely in its many caring and capable members.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 21st.  Please come if your schedule permits as we will be voting on expenditures to build a Gaga pit for use by both primary and intermediate students and on teacher wish list items.  An update from the Jaguar Jog will also be presented.

Not a PTA member yet but interested in joining?  Please complete the online PTA packet at https://whittierschoolpta.org/references/join-our-pta/.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, please make sure to submit your family’s contact information for inclusion in the Whittier Directory by October 1st.  You may enter or update your directory listing by visiting


We hope to see you on Sunday at the Jaguar Jog!

We are so fortunate to have a wonderful Whittier Community. Thank you!

Rita Brezina & Valerie Hardy (PTA Co-Presidents)

Tiffany Kuelthau & Debbie Levinthal (PTA Co-Vice Presidents)

Amy Ihde  (PTA Secretary)

Corinne Potter (PTA Treasurer)

Tax Accountant Needed

April 15 may be months away, but the Whittier PTA’s taxes are due by November 1.  To that end, the PTA is looking for a CPA or otherwise qualified tax accountant who would be willing to volunteer to help complete these taxes (preferably pro bono).  If you fit the bill or know someone who does, please contact PTA Treasurer Corinne Potter (corinne.potter@gmail.com).  Thank you in advance for your help!

Jaguar Jog – THIS SUNDAY, September 28!!

Jaguar Jog 2014 is THIS SUNDAY, September 28th!  This email contains lots of important last minute info, so please read closely!!!!

 RACE PACKET PICK-UP on Friday, September 26 from 2:00-4:00pm in the Jaguar Jungle at Whittier.  If you’re running in the race or if you ordered a t-shirt, come to Whittier on Friday afternoon to pick up your race packet.  Participants will receive a goodie bag, t-shirt and race bib.

  • New this year is electronic timingYou WILL NEED a race bib to run so please pick up your packets!  If you can’t be there on Friday, please email whittierjaguarjog@gmail.com to let us know if your child or someone else can pick up your race packet for you.  Or you can pick up your items at 8am on Sunday morning before the race.
  • Raffle tickets – In case you haven’t gotten your raffle tickets yet, they will be on sale at packet pickup.  Or go to https://whittierschoolpta.org/jjtix/ and buy some today!
  • Pom-poms will also be on sale for $2 so you can show your school spirit around the course!

RACE DAY REMINDERS – New this year is electronic timing!  Your bib (not someone else’s bib!!!) MUST be pinned onto the FRONT of your shirt to guarantee a result!

****If your child is running the 1-Mile and the 5K, they must wear a separate bib for each event! 

****Please remind your kids the 5k is 3 laps of the course!!!!!!

****Please leave your pets at home on race day!  No dogs will be allowed at the event!

  • 8:00 am      Late Registration/Packet Pick-Up
  • 8:45 am      Runners gather for Race Meeting
  • 9:00 am      1-Mile Kids Run/Walk Start
  • 9:45 am      5K Run/Walk Start
  • 10:45 am     Music, Food & Awards Ceremony
  • 11:30 am     Post Race Party at Gattos!

EXPERIENCES – Sign up opens at 8am on Sunday, September 28!  Make sure to arrive early to guarantee your spot at these fun events and activities (some are limited!).  Please only sign up your family and one other family to make it fair for everyone! Click here for Jaguar Jog Experiences 2014

POST RACE PARTY – Don’t forget to join us on Sunday at 11:30am at Gatto’s!  Tickets at the door will be $20/adult and kids eat free!  Cash only at the door!

 REGISTRATIONStill haven’t registered for the Jog?  Do it today!  ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25.    https://whittierschoolpta.org/jaguar-jog-registration/

You can also support Whittier by purchasing a cute workout headband that does not slip!!  Now through Oct 20, 2014, 20% of your ENTIRE purchase will go directly to our school using the code: “JAGUAR”.   Go to www.sweatybands.com

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

Variety Show

Practices at Whittier start this week.  If your group is signed up to practice at Whittier the adult supervisor for the group received an email with details.

Remember…acts are to be 1:40 in length (2 min for 10+ groups) due to the number of acts this year

Music is DUE October 10th

Bios are DUE October 10th

Please be sure to check the Whittier PTA Variety Show web page for the most up-to-date information!

It’s time for WRECK!

What is WRECK? It is Whittier Robotics and Engineering Club for Kids, a unique free class sponsored by the PTA. Each week we build a Lego model using a motor, gears, and sensors, then we program it with Lego WEDO software to bring the model to life. WRECK is open to 3rd and 4th grade students and will be on Tuesday evenings, from 6:30-7:30 in the Whittier computer lab (next to the LRC). Class starts 10/7 and runs 6 weeks through 11/18 (skipping 11/11).

Please e-mail Jim Michaels at jim.michaels66@gmail.com to sign up. If your student was in the class last year, the models will be a repeat, but the kids are still welcome.

Masterpiece of the Month

We are still in need of volunteers for Masterpiece of the Month!  Please consider joining us for this wonderful program and help share Art with our kids.  We still need volunteers for Swade, Jurinek, Pawlowski and Edwards.  Please contact Kristi Maher at kmaher@ftportfolios.com.

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 20th and ending on Monday, December 15th, no class on November 10th (Teacher Institute Day).  All students K-6th grade can participate.  Please see Fall 2014 Chess Scholars Flyer Whittier school for registration and fees.

If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Werner (minwerner4@gmail.com).  A paper copy of the attached flyer will also come home with your student.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Thursday, September 25: Picture Day
  • Friday, September 26: Fun Lunch
  • Sunday, September 28: Jaguar Jog
  • Tuesday, October 7: Wreck Begins
  • Friday, October 10: Fun Lunch
  • Monday, October 13: No School, Columbus Day
  • Monday, October 20: Chess Club Begins
  • Friday, October 24: Fun Lunch
  • Wednesday, October 29: Variety Show Tech Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, November 5: Variety Show Dress Rehearsal
  • Friday, November 7: School Variety Show
  • Friday, November 7: Fun Lunch
  • Monday, November 10: No School, Teacher Institute
  • Tuesday, November 11: No School, Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 13: Tivoli Rehearsal
  • Saturday, November 15: Variety Show at the Tivoli Theater
  • Wednesday, November 19:  Conferences, Regular School Attendance Day
  • Thursday, November 20:  Conferences, Regular School Attendance Day
  • Friday, November 21: Fun Lunch
  • Wednesday, November 26: No School
  • Thursday, November 27-28: No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 12: Fun Lunch
  • December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015: Winter Break
  • Monday, January 5: Classes Resume
  • Monday, January 19: No School, Martin Luther King Day
  • Wednesday, February 4: Half-Day
  • Wednesday, February 11:  Conferences, Regular School Attendance Day
  • Thursday, February 12:  Conferences, Regular School Attendance Day
  • Monday, February 16: No School, Presidents’ Day
  • Friday, February 27: No School, Teacher Institute Day
  • Monday, March 30 – Monday, April 6: No School, Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 7: Classes Resume
  • Monday, May 25: No School, Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, June 3: Last Day of School if no emergency days are used
  • *Wednesday, June 10: Last Day of School
    • *June 4-June 10 are emergency days and may be declared holidays if not needed