Whittier Weekly: September 25, 2018

Whittier Weekly: September 25, 2018



Upcoming Dates:

Thursday 9/27

  • Girls’ Day Out in Downtown DG 10am-8pm (see blurb #3)
  • Family Fun Night @ Culver’s! 5-8pm (see blurb #1)
  • Destination Imagination Open House 6pm @ Whittier

Friday 9/28  Spirit Day – Wear your Whittier Wear or blue/gold

Sunday 9/30  Deadline to edit directory info in DirectorySpot

10/1  School Picture Day

10/8  NO SCHOOL Columbus Day

10/9  NO SCHOOL (P/T Conferences)

10/10  Board of Education Meeting @ Village Hall, 7pm

10/16  General PTA Meeting @ Emmett’s Brewing Company, 7pm (no babysitting provided)

  1. Family Fun Night at Culver’s!
  2. Reading Games Book List
  3. Girls’ Day Out in Downtown DG
  4. Destination Imagination Open House
  5. Language Labs (Spanish and *NEW* French) Registration
  6. Amazon Smile

1. Family Fun Night at Culver’s!

The first Family Fun night of the year is this Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Culver’s on Ogden.  Have dinner or dessert and Culver’s will kick back a portion of the sales to the Whittier PTA Family Fun Fund!  Bring in the flyer from your child’s backpack or better yet, just show them the e-flyer when you pay!
Interested in volunteering 30 minutes of your time to run food to restaurant goers?  Just click on the link and sign up for a slot!

2. Reading Games Book List

We are excited to announce the release of the 2019 Reading Games Book Lists (see link below)! Please also visit our website at readinggamesdg58.com. The full book list will be posted on the website soon. Please know that it may take a little time for the school and Downers Grove libraries to make all books available.

Reading Games Book List

And Mark your Calendar – The 2019 Reading Games will take place at O’Neill Middle School on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Team registration will open earlier this year, beginning Monday, October 1 at 10:00am and will close Sunday, October 7, at 9:00pm. Just like last year, we plan to accommodate every team that wants to participate in The Games. List 1 teams should expect to compete in the morning, and List 2 teams will compete in the afternoon. As long as the adult team lead registers their team during the registration window and completes the final registration in January, their team will have a spot at The Games.

We will follow team registration with an individual student registration for those needing assistance in finding a team. As in the past, we ask that all teams bring 2 adult chaperones to the event, and a third adult volunteer who will participate as a moderator, scorekeeper, or in one of many other important roles. Please note, you do not need student names or team name at this time.

Jay Venzon and Debbie Dobrez, 2019 Reading Games Chairs

3. Girls’ Day Out in Downtown DG

Support our PTA by attending the annual Girls’ Day Out in our downtown on September 27th from 10am-8pm!  Print out this handy HALL PASS and shop/dine at any of the participating businesses. 10% of your sale will be donated back to the PTA!


4. Destination Imagination Open House

Please join us for a Destination Imagination (DI) Open House at 6pm THIS THURSDAY, Sept 27, in the Jaguar Jungle. We will talk briefly about the DI program and answer any questions. Students will then have the chance to participate in a few fun Instant Challenges – using their imagination to create, build and act out solutions. DI is open to all students from kindergarten through college, with some differences in challenges depending on grade. Contact Debbie Dobrez (dobrezdebbie@gmail.com) with any questions, and check out the DI website. https://www.destinationimagination.org/ as well as our page on the Whittier PTA website.

5. Language Labs Spanish/French Registration

Registration is OPEN for both after-school Spanish and **NEW THIS YEAR** French!

Our school is still in need of one (or many to split up the responsibility) in-class volunteer for Spanish.  You will receive a generous discount for your time. If a volunteer does not come forward we will not be able to offer Spanish.   Knowledge of the language is NOT required- you are there for attendance needs and monitoring.

Contact Rachel Carrero at rachel.carrero@gmail.com if interested in volunteering or for any other questions.

To register CLICK HERE



6. Amazon Smile

You shop, Amazon gives!  For any eligible purchase you make from the Amazon Smile full site (mobile site not supported), Amazon will donate 0.5% back to Whittier!  It’s easy – go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and type in Whittier Elementary School PTA under “pick your own charitable organization.” Follow the prompts to choose our PTA.  Go directly to this link every time you want to shop Amazon instead of the regular full site.   Thank you for taking the time to complete this process if you are an Amazon shopper!  The PTA will provide an update on Amazon’s donation!

7. Join the PTA

There’s a lot coming at you in the beginning of the year, but don’t forget to join the PTA for 2018-2019. You will get access to our NEW online directory with your paid membership. This year we will be using DirectorySpot which includes a website with various features and download/search capabilities, as well as an app for your iPhone or Andriod device. Your login should also help you access Herrick Middle School’s directory as well. Feel free to contact Ann Russell @ AnnKHerrick@yahoo.com with any comments, questions or issues.  Once logged in, please validate your directory information.  You can make any necessary changes by logging in to your DirectorySpot account online.


The information from the old directory was copied over to Directory Spot.  However phone numbers and emails weren’t always specified with an owner in the old directory yet they are in DirectorySpot so things may be a bit off at first.  Its important that you VERIFY YOUR DIRECTORY INFORMATION!  Any updates do need to be made via the website, not on the app.  While any changes made will appear immediately in the app and online, the deadline for any corrections to be included in the printed directory is SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2018

 Join the PTA here: http:// whittierschoolpta.org/join/
Learn more about DirectorySpot here: http:// whittierschoolpta.org/ directory-signup/directory- spot-overview/