October Newsletter

Whiteman Elementary

Upcoming Events

October 8th-Fire Department Visit for Preschool and Kindergarten

October 9th- Bus Evacuation Drills

October 9th- Chefs Night Out- PTO Culvers

October 12 No School - Columbus Day, 1/2 PD, 1/2 Work Day

October 16 Early Dismiss (1:00) End of First Quarter

October 23- PTO Spirit Cart ( Selling items in the lobby before school for snack)

October 23- PTO Bingo Night

October 26- 30 Red Ribbon Week

October 27 & 29– Parent Teacher Conference

October 30th-Synergize Day/ Halloween Costumes/ Character Assembly

November 12- Fall Pictures Retakes

November 23-27- Thanksgiving Break

Starting the Day

Students may begin entering the school building at 7:30 AM. We will be closing the front doors at 8:00. Students that arrive after 8:00 will need to be signed in by a parent/guardian.

Costumes on Friday, October 30th for $1.00

As we all look forward to end of October to observe our youngsters dressed up for the Halloween holiday, enjoy the candies and goodies that follow with smiles that prove it may be their favorite time of year, I invite you to help us celebrate at the school level as well.

On Friday, October 30. 2020, students may wear a costume throughout the school day for a dollar. The dollar will go to our school Leader in Me fund to purchase items for our leadership groups.

In an effort to enjoy and celebrate Halloween at Whiteman Elementary appropriately, respectfully, and in accordance with school rules, we ask that students use the following guidelines when selecting a costume:

1. NO masks or face paint. Staff members must be able to identify students. Character masks are not allowed to be worn, as we need to see every child’s face.

2. Costumes that are provocative, revealing, suggestive in nature are not permitted.

3. Costumes should be school appropriate. Fake weapons will not be permitted. NO simulated weapons, knives, axes, guns in accordance with costumes are to be brought to school.

4. Costumes should not hinder your ability to participate in your classes; including gym. Costumes may not disrupt or impede traffic, or present issues of safety in the hallway.

All students are encouraged to bring a set of normal attire in case their costume is questionable or becomes uncomfortable. Students may be asked to change if the costume is deemed inappropriate

Computer Cleaning

Keeping classroom devices clean at any grade level can be a challenge, but if you keep these tips and processes in place, you can help keep your students—and yourself—healthy all year long.

Here are some guidelines for how to properly disinfect your Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, iPads and other classroom technology:

  • Power off and unplug your device prior to cleaning the device.
  • Never spray anything directly on the device. Spray a disinfecting solution on a microfiber cloth first, then wipe the device with the cloth. Do not use paper towels in lieu of a microfiber cloth.
  • Do not use any chemical cleaners on the screen of any device because this can damage the screen (including disinfecting wipes). Screens must be cleaned with electronics wipes or screen cleaner.
  • Wipe the keyboard and outside of the device with a disinfecting wipe (ex: Clorox wipes) or a microfiber cloth sprayed with a cleaning agent. NEVER USE abrasive cleaners such as Comet or Ajax.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using your device especially when the device is shared with others.

Watch this short YouTube video to find recommendations on cleaning products and more tips on how to clean and disinfect your devices.

Important Reminders

Please make sure to send your student with a water bottle and extra mask. Also, it is encouraged to have an extra change of clothes for your student at school. Students can store these things in their lockers.

Water Bottles: Please make sure the water bottles are not placed in the backpack with laptop.. The Technology Department encourages everyone to properly shut down laptops each time instead of closing the top. A laptop that is properly shut down will have less issues if it gets wet than one that is still on.

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Parent Conferences

Be on a lookout for an email containing directions on how to schedule a time for Parent Conferences. Parent Conferences will be held on October 27th and October 29th from 3:45-7:15. This year, we have placed time in between each parent meeting to accurately clean. If there are other teachers you need to meet with, please let that teacher know ahead of time so we can make every effort to make that happen. Some grade levels will host Student Led Conferences as other grades will host Traditional Parent Conferences. It will be very important to be on time, since we will be cleaning after each conference. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

Terracycle Collection

Whiteman Elementary Green Team is collecting the following items to recycle. Classes can earn a reward for brigning in the most items each month.
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Google Meet

At the end of October, we will be transitioning from Zoom to Google Meet. This resource will be beneficial for our virtual families and if we have to shut down at any point this school year.
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PTO News


Each month PTO we will team up with a different business to offer a Chefs Night Out (spirit night)fundraiser to support Whiteman Elementary.

We are super excited about some new places we will be working with, starting with Culvers in Warrensburg!

Join us in helping raise money for our school!

*Send us a selfie/photo of you supporting this event and we’ll enter you into a drawing for a prize!

whitemanpantherspto@gmail.com or our FB Page

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Family Bingo Night


Fall Family Bingo Night is going to be October 23, Friday at 6 - 8 PM. We will be doing this drive-in style so come out and join this fun event! This is going to be located at the Whiteman Elementary Parking Lot.

For more information, please email us at whitemanpantherspto@gmail.com or send us a private message through our Facebook page : Whiteman Panthers PTO.

KONA ICE will be serving that night, too! We hope to see you all there!

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Bake Sale

Calling all bakers..

Whether you’re a culinary genius or a follow a box baker we need your help.

Please consider donating a Spooky or Silly Halloween themed treat for our Bake Sale.

If you can donate for this event let us know at whitemanpantherspto@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your support as we do our best to support our kids school ️

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Whiteman Youth Center Sports


USDA Extension of Free School Meals

Dear Parents:

Last week the USDA announced several summer meal waivers are extended through December 31, 2020, or until the funding is used. For Knob Noster students, this means that the District can continue the summer food service program that has been offered during the COVID-19 closure.

We will be able to utilize this program during regular school hours and feed breakfast and lunch to ALL children, ages 1-18, and all students (virtual & in-person) for FREE. If the funding becomes unavailable prior to the anticipated December 31 deadline, we will communicate with families in as timely a manner as possible.

The free meals began on Tuesday, September 8. Currently, breakfast and lunch will be FREE through December 18 when we release for Christmas Break. Please note the program does not extend to purchasing a milk to accompany a sack lunch from home. Milk is 45 cents and will need to be paid out of your student’s meal account. This is for the purchase of an “extra” milk. It does not apply to milk that comes with a school meal – that is free with the meal.

If your student is an in-person learner, there is nothing further you need to do. Virtual learners and families of all children, ages 1-18, in our community who want to take advantage of school breakfast/lunch should complete this form daily (by 9 a.m. the day you want lunch) - https://forms.gle/M6SHh6WB2Wj6QxKJ6

Pick up will be at your child’s school cafeteria during lunch serving times and will include lunch, plus breakfast for the next day. Three lunch choices will be available each day. Hot lunch, cold sandwich, or salad. The lunch choices are based on the school menus available here -http://knobnoster.ss13.sharpschool.com/p_a_r_e_n_t_s/menus_and_nutrition Parents who pick up meals should bring a form of ID (school ID or car rider pick-up decal) for their child as proof of residence in our district (per DESE guidelines).

We are excited to be able to provide FREE meals to ALL our Panthers!

Very respectfully,

Jerrod Wheeler, Ed.D.

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