Whittier Weekly: September 30, 2014

Whittier Weekly: September 30, 2014

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people…”  – Jean Vanier, Community and Growth

An enormous thank you goes out to the Jaguar Jog chairs Corinne Potter and Chie Nicholson, the rest of the Jaguar Jog Planning Committee, and everyone who attended or supported in any way this weekend’s Jaguar Jog race!  The weather couldn’t have been any more perfect for this fun family and community-building event.  Events like the Jaguar Jog remind us of how lucky we are to be part of such an involved, talented, and generous community of students, staff, parents, and other family members and friends.  Congratulations to all of the race, raffle, and intersection contest winners!

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. to attend the next PTA meeting.  At this meeting, the fundraising results from the Jaguar Jog will be shared in addition to other agenda items being covered.

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

Also, please make sure to submit your family’s contact information for inclusion in the Whittier Directory by this Wednesday, October 1st.  You may enter or update your directory listing by visiting https://whittierschoolpta.org/directory-signup/.

Have a great week!

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 – Thank you for making the event a success!!

Thank you to all that came out to run/walk and cheer on the runners!!

A special thanks to all the volunteers that made the event possible!!!!  We would like to acknowledge the following committee heads for their efforts!  Thank you!!!!!

  • Andrea Knudsen – Registration website and support
  • Jane Hagen – Grand Raffle
  • Sarah Cleveland and Geeta Wood – Experiences
  • Carla Williams – Sponsorships
  • Tina Michaels – Signs and Display
  • Amy Cable – Goodie bags
  • Jenn Watts – Awards
  • Rob Williams and Jason Hagen – DJ
  • Lisa McTigue – Race marshals
  • Michelle Hansen – Spirit table
  • Mr. Krugman and the teachers  – Water station
  • Maria Ramirez – Facilities coordinater

 We would also like to thank the sponsor families who donated an Experience, Raffle Prize, Intersection Sponsorship or Corporate Sponsorshipship.

Hardy, Rosenberg, Kist, Ihde, Brezina, Manney, Toth, Goodgame, Cleveland, Williams, Nicholson, Potter, Johnson, Baldwin, Donat, Justice, Werner, Michaels, Sheeran, Wood, Edelman, Llewellyn, Tomchek, Moy, McTigue, Allen, Ennis, Folkening, Schultz.

RESULTS – Race results are now available!  Go to www.j3timing.com/Recent_Events.html for a complete listing of both races and age group awards!

EXPERIENCES – There is still time to sign up for the fabulous Experiences offered at the Jaguar Jog!!  Please fill out the Whittier Events and Activities Sign-Up from Jaguar Jog 2014.9.29 and send with payment via your child’s backpack.  Please make checks to “Whittier PTA.”    Experiences 2014.

T-SHIRTS FOR SALE – We have limited quantities of Youth S, M, L and Adult S, M, XL shirts available for sale!  $10 per shirt!  Please email us at whittierjaguarjog@gmail.com

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

LOST AND FOUND – A stroller and blue sweatshirt were left at the event, please contact us if either of these items are yours.

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

Ready to get your creative on??  D.I. is Baaaaacccckkkkkk!!!

Watch your Whittier Weekly for more details to come!

What IS D.I.? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qy4iwZeVeY

 Student Council Fundraiser

Whittier Student Council is having a fall fundraiser and selling caramel apples. Order forms went home on Thursday and all orders must be placed by Friday, October 3rd @ 2:30 p.m. We are hopeful that orders will be delivered home in backpacks on Friday, October 10th. Thank you in advance for your support of the Whittier Student Council.

Variety Show

Variety Show Just a few reminders!

1. Music is due to Bryan Schultz by October 10th (email to bryanschulz2@yahoo.com). If you are struggling with cutting or editing your music contact Bryan and he can help.

2. Group Bios are due October 10th and should be emailed to whittiervarietyshow@gmail.com. Please try and keep these short as there are over 40 acts this year which makes for a thick program!

3. Check the Variety Show webpage or the attachment for when your act is scheduled for stage time. If you cannot make your schooled stage time please let me know.

Have a great time practicing this week and let me know if you have any questions! ~Melissa

Family Fun Event – Culver’s Wednesday, October 15th

The Family Fun Committee is hosting our first Family Fun Night at Culver’s! Make plans to meet friends at Culver’s on Wednesday, October 15th from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Some teachers will be volunteering at this event. 10% of all food orders between the hours of 4:00-8:00pm will be donated to Whittier School PTA Family Fun Committee. Please present your flyer to the cashier when ordering. Dine in or carry out.

Hope to see everyone there! If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Quinn Ssq1973@sbcglobal.net

 Masterpiece of the Month


In October, Grades 1-5 will learn about Dutch Artist Rembrandt (1606-1669) and see an up-close self-portrait.  The dozens of self-portraits by Rembrandt were an important part of his oeuvre as a painter. Rembrandt created nearly one hundred self-portraits during his lifetime including approximately fifty paintings, thirty-twoetchings and seven drawings. The self-portraits create a visual diary of the artist over a span of forty years.   No artist has probed the potential of self-portraiture with greater tenacity and variety than Rembrandt.   You can see Rembrandt with your kids at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Your children may come home with their own self-portraits in October!!  Ask them about Rembrandt, his life and his works.  He was probably the greatest artist in Dutch history

… It’s not too late to volunteer!  We still need helpers for Mr. Swade, Ms. Pawloski, Ms. Jurinek and Ms. Edwards.  E-mail Kristi Maher at kmaher@ftportfolios.com.

 “Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence,” sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has said. Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Years of research show that it’s closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity.

Market Day

Market Day orders are due next Monday, Oct.6.  You may either turn in the order form to your child’s teacher or order online up until 11 p.m. by this date. Please consider ordering from Market Day this month and every month!  They offer many healthy food choices, as well as other family favorites. Ordering Market Day is an easy, hassle free way to help our school earn money.

If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Miller at (812) 204-4384 or Amy Gassen at (630) 971-0689.

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

  • Monday, October 6: Market Day Orders Due
  • 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