Whittier Weekly News

December 7, 2019

Notes from the Administration

Thank you to everyone who has graciously taken a tag from our Giving Tree. All of the tags have been taken.

Just a reminder that our doors open at 8:30 am. We can not be responsible for students prior to 8:30 am.

Please ensure that we have your current address and phone numbers on file. We have had several students who have been in our care until after 6 pm, and we've not been able to get in touch with parents, or guardians.

And finally, if your child is in an after-school program, you must be on time to pick up your child. Students not picked up on time will be excused from the extra curricular activity.

Thank you for your consideration of our time and your child's worry.

Volunteer Editors Needed

Whittier is looking for volunteers to support our students writing process. The highest yielding strategy to improve student achievement is feedback.

Volunteer Editors would conference one-one to provide feedback to students to make edits in writing mechanics: capital letters, spelling and punctuation for kindergarten through fifth grade. No specialized training is necessary. Volunteer Editors can support any day of the week for a time that works personally for their schedule. Click here to select a day and time:https://forms.gle/HCnrmu4wyirREfS38

Arrive the day and time you have volunteered by checking in through the front office. Please grab one Volunteer Editor basket that has pencils, paper, erasers, corrective tape, dictionary and much more to support you in helping students in writing mechanics: capital letters, spelling and punctuation. Any questions please contact literacy specialist, jacqueline.cramer@fcps.org

Thank you to all of our editors who have currently signed up to support our students.

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PTA Reflections Program

Reflection Reception will be held on Monday December 9th @ 6:30. Prizes will be awarded, and students who are selected to move onto the next level, judging by the Frederick County PTA will be announced.

Categories include:

Dance Choreography: Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4.

Film Production: Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4.

Literature: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 ½x11” paper, PDF file.

Music Composition: All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Audio file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC. Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle and high school divisions.

Photography: Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG.

Visual Arts: Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes.

WHES School Play

Brush off those ruby slippers and watch out for tornadoes!

The Whittier PTA is excited to announce in collaboration with The Maryland Ensemble Theater, (The MET) that the 2020 play will be The Oz. Everyone knows the tale of Dorothy and her journey over the rainbow to the land of Oz, where friendships are formed and she must out-wit the Wicked Witch of the West. There are lots of great roles for students to play and plenty of roles for parents to be involved.

  • Auditions: Tuesday, December 17th- Grades 1-3 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday, December 19th - Grades 4 and 5 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Rehearsals begin in January.
  • Mandatory parent meeting- Tuesday January 7, 2020 @ 5pm
  • Please be ready to sing a simple song
  • Performances; Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th, 2020 @ Frederick High School.
  • Cost is $75 to participate, it includes a t-shirt and DVD of the performance.

Please use this link to register. Registrations will be accepted until Friday December 13, 2019.


Questions- please email the play committee @ whittieresplay@ gmail.com

Blessings in a Backpack Peanut Butter Drive

Blessings in a Backpack is an all volunteer organization that provides weekend bags of food for kids. We currently serve about 215 Whittier kids. Our Winter Break PEANUT BUTTER DRIVE is in full swing. We’d be very grateful for plastic jars of creamy or crunchy...any brand, but ONLY 16oz jars, please. Larger jars are too heavy for our little ones to carry. (We provide Sunbutter to the kiddos with allergies.)

Please send any donated jars to Whittier by December 13th. Thank you for your support!

WHES Giving Tree

Thank you to everyone who has donated gifts to families in need from our Giving Tree. Please remember that gifts must be returned wrapped with the gift tag from the Giving Tree by Monday December 16th.

Thank you in advance.

WHES Spirit Wear

We are excited to offer an online spirit wear shop for you to purchase all your WHES Spirit Gear!


Spirit wear can be ordered throughout the entire school year.

Gift Card and Snack Donations

As part of our PBIS incentives for students, we are having raffles for students each month. We are looking for $5 gift donations for our students. If you are willing to send in a donation of $5 gift card to WalMart, McDonald's, Chick-Fila, Dunkin Donuts, Target, Burger King- we would be very appreciative.

We have many students who are need of snacks throughout the day. Our teachers are donating to our supplies of snacks for students. If you are willing to donate a box of Cheez-Its, Nutri Grain bars, Granola bars, applesauce pouches- we would be appreciative as well!


Dates to Know:

  • Monday December 9th @ 6:30 pm - PTA Reflections Reception
  • Tuesday December 17th Play auditions for Grades 1-3 3:30-5:00
  • Wednesday December 18th - Pizza Blitz Fundraiser Night
  • Thursday December 19th- Play Auditions for Grades 4-5 3:30-5:00

Young Rembrandts Winter Session Sign up is listed below. http://www.youngrembrandts.com/md

PTA Facebook Page- Whittier Elementary School PTA

PTA Membership- Here is the link if you haven't joined yet: http://whittierelementarypta.com/Home

PTA Discount Cards: Membership cards, student bands, dog tags, and window clings have been sent out to all new members. If you didn't receive your Discount card or additional items, please call the front office. Ms. Black will ensure that it gets sent home.


Monday December 9th

PTA Reflections Reception 6:30pm

Wednesday December 11th

Robotics Club @ 3:45pm

Thursday December 12th

Coding Club @ 3:45 pm

Young Rembrandt @ 4pm

Friday December 13th

5th Grade to visit West Frederick Middle School

Monday December 16th

Leadership Meeting @ 4pm

Tuesday December 17th

2nd Grade (Little, Schildt, Wilson) to ESSL 9:00-11:30

Play Try Outs from Students in Grades 1-3 3:30-5:00

Wednesday December 18th

2nd Grade (Bouselli, Young) to ESSL 9:00-11:30

3rd Grade Field Trip to Baltimore Aquarium

PTA Pizza Blitz Fundraiser

Thursday December 19th

Play Try Outs from Students in Grades 4-5 3:30-5:00

Coding Club @ 3:45 pm

Young Rembrandt @ pm

Friday December 20th

2 Hour early Dismissal

Whittier Music Makers/Boomshakers Pizza Party @ 1:30