Wildcat Ways

Updates for our May Whitney School Community

March 17, 2023

Notes from Your Administrative Team

Dear May Whitney Families,


We feel luckier than leprechauns to have such an amazing parent community supporting our students and staff! Thank you to our PTO and all parents contributing to the thoroughly enjoyable and incredibly tasty SOUPER LUNCHEON this past week! We were also thrilled to welcome the Trinity Irish Dancers to perform for our students - starring our own Meghan Zaehler!


WE NEED YOU! It is important to us that we continue to strive to better serve our school community, and to do that, we need your feedback. We are looking for ALL of our parents, (yes, each parent/guardian can each take this for each of their children), to take the 5 Essentials Survey! Annually, the State of Illinois asks school districts to administer the 5Essentials Survey to gather feedback from students, parents, and staff. This feedback helps guide the district in future planning and the data is shared with us if we get at least 20% parent participation. This is one of the ways that the state measures parental involvement and participation, and we know that our current response rate of 4% is not in any way indicative of the high level of support May Whitney parents give to our school! We would really appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey at your earliest convenience. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.


Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping us reach our goal for parent/guardian feedback!


Yours in service,

Mrs. Kopinski, Mr. Bild, Mrs. Kanoon and Dr. Zarr



Lost and Found

Please be sure to have your student check the Lost and Found prior to break. Two weeks after break, any items that are left in the Lost and Found will be donated to Joanie's Closet.

March Safety Week

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Next week we will be learning about fitness and nutrition/physical well-being as our monthly safety theme. There will be various activities related to physical fitness, nutrition, and making wellness commitments throughout the week.


Below are some resources that you can use to facilitate conversations at home about healthy behaviors:


Healthy Day Checklist

Tips for Cooking with Kids & Teens

Healthy Snack Ideas

Physical Activity Ideas

Healthy Sleep Tips


Student health, well-being and safety is our top priority - and we look forward to sharing this information with our students!

Vision and Dental Examination Reminder

This is a reminder that, in compliance with rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education, students in kindergarten, second and sixth grade are required to have a dental examination. Students in kindergarten and new to an Illinois school are required to have a vision examination.

If your student is missing health forms or you are uncertain if any health forms are missing, please contact the May Whitney health office.

May Whitney Health Office Contact:

Tel: (847)-540-3430

Fax: (847)-550-8404

Email: Julia.Planz@lz95.org or Christine.Buttitta@lz95.org

Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing Window

The testing window for our Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students to take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness Test (IAR) will be March 6 - April 21. Anticipated testing dates for May Whitney students are expected to range from March 21 - April 12. Your child's teacher will communicate more specific information to you regarding classroom/grade level testing dates. It is critically important that students bring fully charged ipads to school on testing days as all tests are completed online. To alleviate any potential test anxiety, the following sites may prove helpful in building your child's confidence:

Practice Tests: https://il.mypearsonsupport.com/practice-tests/


Tutorials: https://il.mypearsonsupport.com/tutorial/

Presenting....Frozen

Last Fall, the Disney Theatrical Group and partners announced winners of the United States of Frozen contest, a nationwide contest for schools to earn the rights to produce Frozen, after an extraordinary response from high schools across the US. Only one winner per state was selected.

Lake Zurich High School was selected as the winner for the state of Illinois! The LZHS Frozen production will be held April 27th-30th at the Performing Arts Center, with tickets going on sale March 23rd. We anticipate sell out performances, so mark your calendars and purchase tickets early!

Visit the LZHS Performing Arts Center website for the latest information.

Kindergarten Registration for 2023-2024

District 95 held a Kindergarten Information & Registration Night on Monday, February 27th to kick off our Kindergarten registration drive for school year 2023-2024. If you were unable to attend that evening, please follow the instructions below to register an incoming kindergartener:


  1. Visit the district website at www.lz95.org/register to begin the registration process.,

  2. To complete registration with required documents, click here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4ea9aa28aafc1-kindergarten#

Classrooms Honored With Wildcat Roar Trophy

We introduced our Wildcat Roar Program where each week a primary and intermediate classroom earn the Wildcat Roar Trophy as recognition for whole class modeling and support of Wildcat Ways. These classrooms have exceeded our expectations for Being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. We are so proud of the students from our winning classrooms. Our running list of award winners include:

Week 1 - Mrs. Jankauski-Miller and Ms. LaVine

Week 2 - Mrs. Wallis and Mrs. Hosteland

Week 3 - Ms. Krueger and Mrs. Russis

Week 4 - Ms. Figel and Mrs. Wheeland

Week 5 - Mrs. Orpen and Dr. Kay

Week 6 - Mrs. Garrow and Ms. Wolf

Week 7 - Ms. DuBois and Dr. Kay

Week 8 - Ms. Pardun and Mrs. Elliott

Week 9 - Mrs. Kettering and Mrs. Hosteland

Week 10 - Mrs. Kapczynski and Mrs. Cardell

Order Your School Yearbook Online

School yearbooks are available to order online through Herff Jones via the yearbook links shown below. A school-specific code is also provided next to the link. To begin a yearbook order, click the link, then enter the code identifying the appropriate school. Payment is required during checkout (the cost of the yearbook will be shown in the portal). If you have any questions about placing an order, please contact Herff Jones at (866) 287-3096.


Big picture

March 17 - Registration deadline for 2nd - 5th graders interested in Talent Show auditions

March 20 - April 21 - IAR Test Window

March 22 - Talent Show auditions

March 27 - March 31 - Spring Break

April 12 - PTO Meeting

April 14 - May Whitney Talent Show

April 21 - May Whitney PTO Bingo Night

April 26 - Open House/Book Fair (Family Shopping Night)

April 27 - Book Fair (Student Shopping Day)