Whittier Weekly Newsletter

December 11, 2020

Checking In

Dear Whittier Families,

I want to let you know that I have the utmost empathy and respect for the difficulty you have faced in making decisions this week about your intentions for hybrid or virtual learning, particularly with so much uncertainty in our state, country, and around the world.

I want to assure you that, regardless of the decision that you have to make, we will be here to support you and your students along the way. The best we can do is make a decision with the information we currently have, and if things change for the better or for the worse, we can communicate and work through whatever may come our way. I firmly believe it, not out of naiveté, but because I've already seen how this community rallies together in support of one another.

Below, I'm including some things that you may find helpful and supportive. There are some great samples of student Artwork that our Whittier scholars have produced under the guidance of Mrs. Coats and Ms. Pope. Please enjoy their talents and creativity.

Also, a reminder about curbside pickup with Ms. Dattoli, our Media Specialist. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Dattoli yet, check out some books with your student and stop by this week for curbside pickup. Details below.

Finally, for those of you who know Mrs. Reese and Mrs. Leatherman, our school counselors, you know that they are a great source of support and resources for children and families. They take really good care of our staff too! Check out what they have for us in the Counselor's Corner below.

As always, we will have a Whittier Book of the Week on Sunday. I've linked it below from last Sunday in case you have not had a chance to check it out yet.

Be well and stay safe,

My best regards,

Lorcan OhEithir, Principal

Whittier Artists on Display

Check out a sample of what our Whittier Artists have been working on recently.

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News from the Media Center - Lessons and Curbside Pickup

Curbside Library Book Exchange continues to be a success with more readers, more books and more smiles!

If you’d like to check out new library books for the winter break, be sure to submit your new library book holds in LS2PAC or new requests using the Book Bundle form (Grades PreK-2 form ; Grades 3-5 form) by 10am Mon., Dec. 14 for pickup on Wed., Dec. 16!

Want to sign up to participate in our next Curbside? Visit our library webpage to complete the permission form and to add your book requests! https://education.fcps.org/whes/mediacenter

Questions? Contact Tina Dattoli through Schoology, or by email at Tina.Dattoli@fcps.org. Happy reading!

Week A/Week B Schedule (Correction- 12.13.2020)

  • Next week is B Week, so students will NOT have a Google Meet for library media. Instead, they will have a lesson to complete in the folder marked “This Week’s Lesson” in their Library Media course in Schoology.

Whittier Book of the Week Archives

In case you've missed it, check out our Whittier Book of the Week that comes out every Sunday. Several guest readers are featured reading some of their favorite books.

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Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Reese and Mrs. Leatherman

December Self Care Calendar: Look here for daily self care tips!

Virtual Classroom Lessons: This Month we are continuing to work in your child’s classroom delivering lessons that align with the FCPS School Counseling Curriculum. Students in Intermediate grades 3-5 will be learning about Digital Safety and Mental Health Awareness. We will be talking more about Habit #2 Begin with the End in Mind.

Students in the primary grades will be learning about Student Wellness and Habit #7- Sharpen the Saw. Students will learn coping skills and ways they can practice self care. We are specifically focusing on worries.

Student Small Groups:

We are still welcoming participants for the Military Child Small groups and we are off to a GREAT Start! Lauren Wynn, LCMFT will be facilitating the virtual “Military Lunch Bunch” every Monday at 2:30 on Zoom. If interested, sign up here: Military Child Small Group Sign Up or contact Mrs. Reese for details.

Our lunch bunch small groups are in full swing! Mrs. Reese is meeting with small groups during their lunch breaks and at 1:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for a chance for students to socialize with their peers and to learn coping strategies for the challenges that they are facing during Virtual Learning.

Tuesdays are 5th grade meets (Top Dog Tuesday)

Thursdays are 3rd grade meets (Third Grade Thursday)

Fridays are 4th grade meets (Fourth Grade Fridays)

All students are welcome to join the 1:30 meets on their designated day.

Contact Mrs. Reese in Schoology for the meeting Code.

Mrs. Leatherman is meeting with students in grades K-2 please contact her for specific information about dates and times. We hope you will join us!

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Meals During Winter Break

FCPS Nutrition Services


Please see below for specific information regarding meal service over winter break. If you are planning to access meals on 12/23 and/or 12/30, you may want to consider bringing a box or bags to carry your meals. Food services will be distributing 5 days worth of meals on these days.


*Students and kitchen staff are off on Thursday December 24 through Sunday January 3 for winter break.

  • Meals will be distributed at all locations from 11am-1pm on Wednesday December 23 for Monday December 23-Sunday December 27.
  • Meals will be distributed at limited schools (see the list below) from 10am-1pm on Monday December 28 for Monday December 28 and Tuesday December 29.
  • Meals will be distributed at limited schools (see the list below) from 10am-1pm on Wednesday December 30 for Wednesday December 30-Sunday January 3.

Community sites will not be open on December 28 or December 30. All children can visit one of the schools open for meal distribution on December 28 and 30.*

The locations that will serve meals on Monday, December 28 and Wednesday, December 30 are:

Ballenger Creek Elementary

Lincoln Elementary

Sugarloaf Elementary

Brunswick Elementary

Middletown High

Thurmont Middle

Butterfly Ridge Elementary

Monocacy Elementary

Walkersville High

Centerville Elementary

Myersville Elementary

Waverley Elementary

Crestwood Middle

North Frederick Elementary

Whittier Elementary

Deer Crossing Elementary

Spring Ridge Elementary

Windsor Knolls Middle

Governor Thomas Johnson High

Whittier Holiday Resources

Mrs. Lewis, our Community Liaison, has many resources for families. She may have just what your family needs. Thanksgiving meals support information is NEW this week.

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Follow me on Twitter @fcpsOhEithir where I will communicate school news and happenings