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Whittier Weekly – Week of Feb. 14th – Vol. 26

Whittier Weekly – Week of Feb. 14th – Vol. 26

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Nothing Bundt Cake Fundraiser! -WE NEED YOU!!!!!

Have your cake and support the PTA, too! 

Prizes will be awarded for most cakes sold by individuals (top 3) and the class that sells the most!

Order by 2/21 and you’ll receive your bundtlet cakes on Mardi Gras – March 1st!

Any questions? Please contact Cindy Maquet @ cindymaquet@hotmail.com 

Order online – or on paper! 

https://whittierschoolpta.org/nothingbundtcakes/ NBCxWPTA-Fundraiser-4Download

CHESS IS BACK!

Chess Is Back!!! Due to getting it started late, we have modified the typical three school year sessions to two sessions with the first one being five weeks long and the spring session being seven weeks long for the remainder of the school year. The first session starts at the end of the month so register now for the early bird rate. I know a lot of families at Whittier haven’t experienced chess, but doing a five week session is a great introduction. It will be right after school on Wednesdays from 3-4pm.  Check your child’s backpack for the flier! 

If you have any questions please contact Addie Pampalone – arhelms@hotmail.com Whittier-Elementary-Winter-2022-Chess-Scholars-Flyer-COLORDownload

Young Rembrandts is BACK!

The PTA is ready to bring back Young Rembrandts this spring! (read below to learn more about the program)Everything is set up and ready to go….but we NEED a volunteer to be in attendance during the class. If you plan to sign your child up and you are available on Tuesday afternoons from 3pm-4pm, please consider being a volunteer. You don’t need to teach, you just need to be there 🙂 I’m hoping to find 1 volunteer for the entire session. Unfortunately we can not proceed with this program until we find a volunteer.The classes will take place on Tuesdays from 3pm-4pm beginning March 8th and ending on May 24th (no class during spring break). ***Volunteer Perk*** your child will receive 1/2 off of tuition. (Regular tuition is $154)Please reach out if you are interested in volunteering!A little bit about Young Rembrandts….Young Rembrandts’ step-by-step drawing method works hand in hand with our original curriculum developed by a team of artists and educators. Young Rembrandts’ elementary drawing teaches children to break complex objects into foundational shapes. As they learn how to deconstruct and reconstruct images, the expense, repetition and variety of engaging and relevant subject matter brings them to increased levels of mastery in drawing- and in life.Please keep in mind that per the Whittier School Covid Policy:-Parent volunteers will need to be vaccinated or follow covid protocols by regularly testing and completing the covid checklist upon entering school.-Parent volunteers will need to property mask while indoors.-Parent volunteers will need to maintain the appropriate social distancing. (6 feet away for adults)

If you have any questions please contact Meghan Landers at meghanlanders1@gmail.com 

Masterpiece of the Month Program

I am very excited to announce that we have been given permission to resume our Masterpiece of the Month Program at Whittier and we are looking for volunteers! Masterpiece of the Month is a monthly art program for Grades 1-5, where the kids are introduced to an Artist and one of their famous masterpieces through discussion, crafts and reading. One parent (or sometimes grandparent) volunteer will be assigned to each class once a month to present an artist, read a short book about them and bring in a coordinating art project or craft to go along with it. The time commitment is about 1/2 hour during the school day, which you will coordinate with your child’s teacher. There will be a calendar set up so that you know which artist and month you are selecting ahead of time. All of the artist’s books and a large print of one of their famous masterpieces will be waiting for you at Whittier, all you’ll have to do is come up with a coordinating project! 

Some parents already volunteered at the beginning of the year through the PTA signup. (I have a list of those names.) If you would like to volunteer or have any questions about this program, please reply or feel free to message me. This is a great way to get in the classroom and have some fun with your child and their classmates!!

Please keep in mind that per the Whittier School Covid Policy:- Parent volunteers will need to be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination or follow COVID protocols by regularly testing and completing the COVID checklist upon entering school.- Parent volunteers will need to properly wear a mask while indoors.- Parent volunteers will need to maintain the appropriate social distancing – 6 feet away for adults.

Questions? Contact Liz Berger esolnerberger@gmail.com 

Amazon Smile- Amazon Purchases can help support Whittier PTA! 

Please don’t forget to support the Whittier PTA when you use Amazon! Place your Amazon orders at smile.Amazon.com, or with Amazon Smile turned ON in the Amazon app. While in the site, be sure to type in: Whittier Elementary School PTA under “pick your own charitable organization” and follow the prompts to select our PTA. Go directly to this link whenever you shop Amazon, rather than entering through the standard site. For purchases made using Smile (with Whittier specified) 0.5% will be donated back to Whittier PTA. If you have turned on Smile in the past, please double-check to be sure your account is still linked. Giving back has never been so easy!

Please Contact Susan Ourada  with any question!   sourada19@gmail.com 

Lunch Supervisors Needed!!!

We need your help!! We are still looking for lunchroom supervisors. This is a paid position. 

Please contact Mr. Krugman as soon as possible if you are willing to help out!

And Now….A Special Message from Your PTA:

Did you know it takes a village to run all of the wonderful opportunities that the PTA hosts to support our Whittier school community? We have an AMAZING family of volunteers and would LOVE for YOU to join us!

COMMITTEE CHAIR OPENINGS – BOARD POSITIONS

2022-2023 – CO-VICE PRESIDENTS 

Co-Vice Presidents (2 people, for 2022-2023, become Co-Presidents 2023-2024 school year)Attend Executive Board Meetings/General PTA meetings (most likely virtual for some time).Shadow the Co-Presidents the first year

Parent Volunteer Opportunity: Summer Math Club

Target Number of Volunteers: 2-5

Estimated Time Commitment: Minimal 

Required Availability: Some Weekday Mornings (during the summer only)

Why do teenagers travel in groups of 3, 7 and 9? Because they CAN’T EVEN.

Love that parent math humor? Well, grab a coffee and a friend (or 2+1!) and enjoy the sweet, sweet organizational satisfaction that comes with assembling summer math folders for our Whittier students! Your hard work will save our amazing teachers time and allow our students to keep those math skills sharp in the summer-summer summertime.

Members of this committee may also be asked to check-in on program dates during the summer, as well as distribute prizes to hard-working students who have completed their assignments. You will bring a smile to our kids’ faces while keeping their math game fresh – it’s a plus-plus!

Afraid of committing, but want more info!? Well, you’ll fit right in! None of us remember agreeing to this, but are certainly happy to be making a difference. (We kid! We kid!)

Contact one of our PTA Co-Presidents (Mandi Torello at acraig1014@gmail.com or Sarah Forillo at sarahforillo@gmail.com) to learn more. We promise you won’t be signed up for anything until we hear “count me in”!