Whittier Weekly News

April 14, 2019

Notes from the Administration

Though we are now solidly entrenched in the last quarter of school, the year is not over just yet! While most of our students come to school each day ready to learn, this is the time of year when behavior can become challenging. Please remind your student(s) that we expect their leadership to continue in the classroom, cafeteria, hallway, specials, and on the bus. We still have lots of learning and growing left to do and we appreciate your support as we all deliver the same message to our children.


On May 16th, 2019, we are hosting our annual Career Day for our 5th grade students and we need your help! We are looking for individuals who are passionate about their careers to come and share your life’s work with our wonderful students. Each year, our 5th graders get to explore a variety of career choices they might have never considered, broadening their interests and sparking their curiosity in career exploration. Each speaker will be given a sheet of talking points and will speak for five, 20 minute sessions. If you are able to participate in this great day, please reach out to our School Counselors, Carleigh Rich or Lisa Reese at 240-236-3135 for more details. Thank you!

PARCC Testing Begins

Our third, fourth, and fifth graders will take PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) beginning on Wednesday, April 24. Each grade level will take four individual tests each in the areas of math and language arts. We have created a schedule that minimizes disruption of the school day and has students testing in short sessions on appointed days. As we will be testing in the mornings, we appreciate your consideration when scheduling outside appointments from April 24 through May 17.


If you appreciate all the activities sponsored by the PTA and feel you might be up for the challenge of serving in a capacity while also being an active member at WHES, please consider taking a role on the PTA Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year. Whittier has a strong and active PTA and the executive board plans many activities that enrich the lives of our children and teachers during the school year. If you are interested in running for a position, please contact Amanda Cecil. You will need to provide a brief bio about yourself and let us know the position you are running for. This has been an active year for the PTA but the incoming executive board sets the standard for each year with regards to pace and activities, so as a group you get to decide how many activities you take on. The current board will also help you transition into your roles with any assistance and guidance over the summer. The PTA general membership meeting on May 20th, 6:30pm at Whittier will be the evening where each PTA member will vote on the incoming board officers. Please come prepared to vote for the officers listed as well as catching up on brief updates from activities for the past school year. The PTA meeting is a great way to meet other parents just like you, engage with teachers, and to listen to all of the achievements of the school year. We highly recommend attending the PTA meeting just to see how much the PTA does during the school year.


PTA Discount Cards

We are still selling the PTA Discount Cards! Each card is $15 and can be used over and over again! This is a huge fundraiser for the year so please consider purchasing one if you'd like to. You can now purchase these right from the Whittier PTA Website! Click here: http://whittierelementarypta.com/Article/View/Discount-Cards-Available

Upcoming PTA Meetings:

Monday, April 15 6:30 pm in the Media Center

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SAVE THE DATE! Camp Invention is coming to Whittier! July 8-12 from 9:00-3:30!

SAVE THE DATE! Camp Invention is coming to Whittier! July 8-12 from 9:00-3:30! We will be the first hybrid camp in our area and have 60 spots for paid campers. To sign up, go to: https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention and register for our Whittier camp. Questions? Email Tina Dattoli at tina.dattoli@fcps.org.


Are you the father, stepfather, grandfather, uncle, or father figure of a Whittier student? If so, we want you to volunteer as a Watch D.O.G (Dads of Great Students.)Watch D.O.G.S is a nationally recognized program that helps bring male role models into our schools. While you're here, we'll create a schedule of places where you're needed in the building to help students and serve as a role model. If you are interested in being a hero for a day (or half day) and would like to positively impact the students at Whittier ES, please contact Mr. Byrd at matthew.byrd@fcps.org We hope to see you at school soon!


Monday, April 15

Recorder Club 7:45 am

Volunteer Training 6:00 pm

PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 16

Report Cards Distributed

Chess Club 3:45 pm

Wednesday, April 17

Boomshakers 7:45 am

Whittier Music Makers 3:45 pm

Robotics Club 3:45 pm

Thursday, April 18

Spring Break - Schools Closed

Friday, April 19

Spring Break - Schools Closed

Monday, April 22

Spring Break - Schools Closed

Tuesday, April 23

Schools Reopen

Recorder Club 7:45 am

Chess Club 3:45 pm

Wednesday, April 24

PARCC testing begins in Grades 3, 4, 5

Robotics Club 3:45 pm

Whittier Music Makers 3:45 pm

Thursday, April 25

Recorder Club 7:45 am

Boomshakers 3:45 pm

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Young Rembrandts 4:00 pm

Friday, April 26

Honor's Chorus 3:45 pm

Chorus Concert 6:00 pm