Whittier Weekly Newsletter

November 20, 2020

A Time to Be Thankful for What We Have

Dear Whittier Families,


Things are rarely, if ever, perfect, but when we look for the good in others, in the world, and all around us, it is always to be found. I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to our school community - our families, our staff, our students, and all who work together to make the school community a little bit better each day.


I am particularly thankful that, in spite of significant challenges that many in our community are facing, we continue to support each other and do our best. We will never be perfect, but we will always strive to do better and be better. A perfect example is the enormous gains we saw this past week in our students' use of Lexia, particularly in the upper grades where improvement was needed. Way to go 4th and 5th graders for taking on a challenge! Let's keep inching ahead and we will get there.


Let's keep lines of communication open between us, and let's continue to make small improvements each day so that our students can continue to learn and grow. This year's Thanksgiving is surely going to be different than any we've experienced, but I feel thankful this year to be part of the Whittier school community.


Next week, we will have school on Monday and Tuesday. We will see you again on Monday, November 30th after the Thanksgiving break.


With sincere appreciation,


Be well,

Mr. OhEithir, Principal

Congratulations to the Swanson Family

Congratulations to the Swanson family! Their daughter, Shaniah, was selected as our representative for Whittier Elementary School this year to receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. This award is presented to one student from each elementary, middle, and high school in FCPS. To earn the award, the student must have demonstrated positive leadership qualities characteristic of Dr. King and exhibited the Character Counts! “pillars”: responsibility, caring, fairness, trustworthiness, citizenship and respect. We are thankful to have you in our school community!
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Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Reese and Mrs. Leatherman


MLK Award 2021: Join us in congratulating our 2021 MLK Award Nominees:

MLK Award Nominees 2021


Student Wellness: The days are shorter, we are indoors and sedentary more than ever before. How do we keep the focus on Wellness? Here is a wonderful list of self care activities to do with kids:

50 Self- Care Activities To Do With Kids

Student Health depends largely on proper nutrition. Use the Start Simple with MyPlate App to pick simple daily food goals and see real-time progress. This easy-to-use app can help your family make positive food choices. Get started with Start Simple with MyPlate App: Start Simple with MyPlate App ChooseMyPlate


Military Students Small Groups:

We are still welcoming participants for the Military Child Small groups: Lauren Wynn, LCMFT will be facilitating the virtual “Military Lunch Bunch” every Monday at 2:30. If interested, sign up here: Military Child Small Group Sign Up


A Feast of Books from Ms. Dattoli

Over the break, you may find time to catch up with some excellent reading resources from our library media specialist, Ms. Dattoli.

Whittier Community 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.

Whittier Elementary School - Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Please use Find Out First for up-to-date FCPS and WHES news.

We will also communicate through our school website

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