July 29, 2021

I hope you had a wonderful summer break! We cannot wait to hear about your adventures and the memories that the students had during the summer. There are a few weeks left to get in those last minute experiences, but I wanted to share with you some important information for the start of a wonderful school year!

School Hours

Our school day begins at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 3:25 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday, our school day ends at 2:35 p.m. Supervision in the morning begins at 8:35 a.m. with staff outside ensuring students are able to enter the building safely. Our kindergarten morning session runs from 8:40-11:20 Monday through Thursday, and on Friday their day ends at 10:55 a.m. Our afternoon sessions begin at 12:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and on Friday the afternoon session begins at 12:25 p.m.

Morning Drop-Off Procedures

We have specific procedures for morning drop-off that we are asking our families to follow. This will allow our process to run smoothly and provide safety for our students. Supervision begins at 8:35 a.m. in the morning. We ask that parents that are driving pull their car all the way forward to allow other cars into the drop-off line. Students should have all the items with them and be ready to exit the vehicle once you pull into the drop-off line. Students should exit on the sidewalk side of the lot. Students in K-2nd grade will enter through door 3, and students in grades 3 - 6 will walk to door 8 and enter through that entrance.

Dismissal (Pick-Up Procedures)

If your child is walking they will begin their journey home once the dismissal bell has rung. If your child is being picked up through the car lane, they will line up alphabetically. Parents should have their name plate in the front window for the staff to see. Once the parents pull into the parking lot, the staff will call the last name through the walkie and the students will come to the vehicle. We ask that you pull your vehicle all the way forward to allow for more cars to enter the pick-up line. Once our buses are dismissed we will open the bus area, which is known as Lane 2. Vehicles will be directed to pull into this area and students will be directed to go to Lane 2 to meet their ride. We ask you to be mindful of others by pulling your car all the way forward and follow the directions from the staff members that are on duty.

Welcoming New Staff

We are excited to have some new faces on staff this year, and they are excited to join our Whiteley family! Many of these staff members taught in the district last year. Please join us in welcoming the following new staff members to Whiteley:

Irene Salman-1st Grade

Carli Petersen -3rd Grade

Kristin Nicholson - 3rd Grade

Kathleen Neziri-3rd Grade

Kristen Marchiando- Instructional Coach

Sara Rossi-Reading Specialist

Nicole Cerrone -SEAL Intermediate

Lisa Henkemeyer-School Psychologist

Erin Smetana-Building Substitute

Meet The Teacher

As we start another school year we want our parents and students to be able to meet their teachers prior to the start of the school year! Our Meet The Teacher will take place on Tuesday, August 17th, from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. This time for Meet the Teacher will be consistent with all district elementary schools. We hope that this time will allow more working parents to attend the event. At 9:30 a.m. we will end our Meet the Teacher, as the staff will continue with meetings for Institute Day. Thank you for your understanding with the new timeframe, and allowing our staff to continue with their meetings which will begin at 9:30. We continue to be mindful of current mitigations. We ask for families to please be mindful of the number of family members that attend our Meet The Teacher, as we work to ensure a safe and healthy environment.


August 17th-Meet The Teacher (8:30-9:30)

August 18th-First Day of School for grades 1st-6th

August 19th-First Day of Kindergarten

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year with lots of learning and fun. The staff at Whiteley is here to support our students and families. As a staff we know that we are Better Together!