Whittier Weekly – Week of Jan. 24th – Vol.23

Whittier Weekly – Week of Jan. 24th – Vol.23

Reflection Contest Winners. – GO TO STATE!

We are excited to share that the following 3 Whittier Reflections entries have been selected to move on to the State-level competition!

Clare Hayes, 1st grade, “If You Want to Sing Out” Dance

Caroline Lorenc, 5th grade, “Treat People with Kindness” Dance

Myles Wiescinski, 3rd grade, “Red-Bellied Woodpecker” Photography


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

Kane County Reading Incentive

Our school will be participating in Cougars Reading Club, a reading incentive program sponsored by the Kane County Cougars baseball team. Your child will have the opportunity to improve his or her reading skills while earning a ticket to a Cougar game, a Cougars drawstring bag, a free hot dog and drink to enjoy during the game.Starts Thursday, January 13th and runs through Thursday, February 10th.  All you need to do is read each night and turn in the verification sheet at the end.  

Please contact Christy Gergits at cgergits@dg58.org with any questions! 2022-Cougars-Reading-Club-Verification-formDownload

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!



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

2022-2023 – TREASURER

Treasurer: Responsibilities include making deposits, cutting reimbursement checks, and preparing financial statements for the PTA Meetings. Interested and want to learn more? Please contact Barb Allen at allenb804@yahoo.com

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”!