Whelan Weekend Update

February 10, 2023

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Friday, February 10, 2023

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Arrival Reminders!

While we LOVE seeing so many students waiting eagerly for the doors to open in the morning, we do need to remind you all that we DO NOT have staff available to monitor students before 8:20. Students who arrive before that are expected to wait calmly - it is not safe for kids to be playing around our entrances at that time, and we would appreciate your help in reinforcing that expectation. Thank you!
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Dismissal Parking

We have had a number of Dismissals the past couple weeks where cars have double-parked, blocking both the visitor spots in front of the Kindergarten Playground and any emergency access to our Front Circle. THIS CANNOT HAPPEN. Caregivers who are driving to school to meet children at their Dismissal Door must park either on Newhall & Sargent Streets OR in a legal parking spot in our Front or Back lots. (There are often open spots in the back lot at our Dismissal time because many SBA staff leave after their students are dismissed.)
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Whelan Core Values - ONE MORE TIME!!!

I'm sharing this ONE MORE TIME!!! We're up to 115 responses - so THANK YOU to those of you who have participated!!!! The survey will remain "open" through next week.

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... we're doing a lot of thinking this year as a School Community about the Core Values that we feel are most important for learners here at Whelan to develop while they are here with us. The goal is to create a short, concrete list of the Core Values - that fit into the phrase: "Learners at Whelan are ___________" - that frame everything our Community of Learners does here at Whelan.

The staff here in the building has spent time brainstorming and collaborating to identify a list of traits, and we're asking YOU to help us by filling out the survey linked below! The survey simply asks you to choose the 6 Values that YOU think are most important for learners to develop - we hope ALL of you will participate and share your thoughts!!!

Core Values - Family Survey

Winter Concert & Art Show - WHAT A HUGE SUCCESS!!!!

The Concerts and Art Show this week were HUGE successes! We had over 700 visitors come to watch in total!!!

THANK YOU for coming!!!

If you were NOT able to make it this week, Ms. Hoda has posted links to all of the Concert Videos on our School Dojo feed.

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Whelan PTA Updates!

Thursday, February 16th - PTA Bingo Night!

We have started planning for our first Whelan PTA Bingo Event, which will take place on Thursday, February 16th from 5-7pm in our cafeteria! Be on the lookout for an RSVP from the PTA next week - your replies to that will help us plan!

March Calendar Raffle!!!!

The PTA is selling March Raffle Calendars for $10 - the Calendars went home with all students this week, but we also them for sale here in the office, OR you can print your own out here, and then send it in with the $10! There will be prizes EVERY DAY for the entire month!!!

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Whelan Uniform Ordering

Old School Apparel has updated their Whelan Uniform options with our new Logo - please check out the uniform options they have available for order through their website.

We are also working with Old School Apparel to add a "Spirit Wear" section to their Whelan-specific online shop - stay tuned for more information about what that could look like!

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Whelan February Calendar!

Check it out here!
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I’m using my Twitter feed to provide more of a lens into classroom experiences this year. You can follow me at https://twitter.com/WhelanPrincipal

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, February 15th - EARLY RELEASE - Dismissal at 11:30

  • Thursday, February 16th - PTA Bingo Night! - 5-7pm

  • February 20th - 24th - NO SCHOOL - February Vacation

*the full RPS calendar can be found here*
*Important Whelan dates are also posted on our school website at whe.reverek12.org*