Whittier Weekly: September 27, 2016

Whittier Weekly: September 27, 2016

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

-Nelson Mandela


       Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday 9/28 – Walking Club and Store (during lunch recess)
  • Thursday 9/29 – Girl’s Day Out DG Downtown Shopping Fundraiser!!
  • Friday 9/30 – Whittier Spirit Day! Wear Whittier Spirit Wear or blue/gold
  1. Fall Experiences
  2. Jaguar Jog Report
  3. Language Labs Spanish Classes
  4. Chess Scholars
  5. Girl’s Day Out Fundraiser
  6. Variety Show
  7. Help Update the Family Directory


1. Fall Experiences

Please check backpacks this week for your invoices and a credit authorization form.  You can pay by cash/check/charge and send back to school via backpack mail to PTA Experiences/Carla Giannelli.  Please email me if you have an error or any questions.  We also still have some spots to fill — please email 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
> Winter Wonderland $35 per family on December 11th
> Glow Volleyball $10 per child on October 7th
> Tea For Two $25 per child on January 29th (3 pm session only)


2. Jaguar Jog Report

September 18th was an amazing day at Whittier School!  We had over 300 people gather to help support our school. There were 134 runners that participated in our 5k and 179 participants in the one mile run! Family and friends cheered on the runners and so many helping hands were there to volunteer in different ways.  From set up at 6am until noon when clean up was complete, everything we had worked hard on preparing flowed so smoothly it was amazing.

This event could not take place without our many sponsors and wanted to take time to give them a huge thank you! Thank you Tim Carroll Law, Camping World, Matthies Builders, Samantha Schroeder and Carol Madey from Keller Williams, Shred415, Apex, Therapeutic Health, Gene’s Tire and Auto Repair, Barbara Ruta with New York Life, Little Creperie, Skuddlebutts, Jamba Juice, MB Photography, Fresh Thyme, Peak Running, Every Day’s a Sundae and Peets Coffee! You made a big impact on our day and a huge difference to our school and we cannot thank you enough!

We did things a little differently with our “after party” this year giving Whittier friends the chance to mingle right there at the parking lot.  We cannot thank Sarah Bogaczyk enough for organizing this and putting it all together.  Jamba Juice sold out of all 300 smoothies if that tells you anything! And the best part about it was all three vendors (Jamba Juice, Skuddlebutts and Little Creperie) gave a kick back to our school!

A special thanks to the Jaguar Jog Committee  – Michelle Rafacz, Sarah Bogaczyk, Carla Gianelli, Jen Hense, Val Hardy, Mindy Werner, Paula Schultz, Amy Cable and Jeff Paul.  You were the pieces to the puzzle that made everything click!

A special thanks to Mr. Krugman, Maria and the teachers that took the time out of their weekend to spend the morning with us! The kids loved seeing your faces “outside” of school.

We look forward to our 2017 Jaguar Jog and seeing you at the Finish Line!

See below for our winners and links to our photos!

Our 2016 Jaguar Jog Winners:

One mile!

Kindergarten –  Simon Shea and Caroline Lorenc

1st Grade – Luke Churma and Finley Paul

2nd Grade – Baker Glomb and Sophie Maquet

3rd Grade – Jake Grapenthien and Maya Nicholson

4th Grade – Zack Ziroli and Jaydn Wood

5th Grade – Ben Llewellyn and Annika Isacson

6th Grade – Hugh Hagen and Taylor Keulthou



6th grade and under:

Steve Toth and Reilly Renchin

7th – 12th grade:

Chris Allen and Katie Figliomeni


1st place  Matt Longino and Courtney Cramer

2nd place  Jason Hagen and April Bizup

3rd place  Jeff Grisenthwaite  and Michelle Rafacz


Our winning intersection went to the Potter, Cable and Cleveland Families with their Olympic Theme!

 Our pictures:

Photos by Steve Toth and Rita Brezina:


Photo Booth pics!


 3. Language Labs Spanish Classes

Registration is OPEN for after school Spanish!

Scientists believe before age 10 is the BEST time to begin learning a new language because as we get older it becomes increasingly difficult to absorb words in this manner.  Beginning now is a great head start!

When do classes begin? Thursday, October 13th

How much does it cost? $280 for 20 weeks ($14/class!)

What grades are included? Currently grades 1-6 only

Is there a registration deadline? For the early bird price the deadline is next Monday, October 3rd.

How can I register my child? You can register online at www.thelanguagelabs.net and choose Spanish, then scroll down to register. It’s a snap!

Questions? Contact Language Labs Principal Lourdes Beard at 630-533-2644



4. Chess Scholars

Enrollment for the fall session of Chess Scholars is still open!  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).
Please note: The early bird price of $115 for the session has expired.  The new price is $130.

5. Girl’s Day Out!

Support our PTA all day THIS THURSDAY, 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!
Don’t forget to bring your HALL PASS that went home in backpacks last week, or for a printable version CLICK HERE


6. Variety Show

There is no Variety Show practice at Whittier this Friday, so I hope you are practicing at home!

Interested in the TOP SECRET flash mob? Follow the link to stay in the loop and let me know you want to participate.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_dDX_iUNb08TNuT8GcYbKhPF_LTfGHYgk3xmxzUhX3E/edit

A video of the flash mob will be posted on Facebook by October 8th and will be in the Whittier Weekly on October 11th.
I hope you will Be Inspired to participate in this TOP SECRET flash mob!

Questions?  Contact Melissa Rausch – whittiervarietyshow@gmail.com



7. Help Update the Family Directory

Monday is the LAST DAY to add or update your directory information!

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.

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!