The Wildcat Word

September 2022

Whitney Families,

I want to say thank you to all of our Whitney Families and Students for making the start of the school year a success. Our families are very important to us and we look forward to the continued partnership throughout the year. Please make sure you are connected to ParentSquare so that you receive all communications and can communicate with your child's teacher. We will provide a monthly newsletter on Smore to keep you informed about upcoming events and important information. We are always here to help and support you. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on ParentSquare, Email, or by phone at 573-1900. We are happy to be on this journey together with you! Thank you for all that you do for our students!


Mr. Hunt

Principal

Dates to Remember

October 3rd - K-2 Student of the Month

October 4th - 3-5 Student of the Month

October 5th - Booster Club Meeting at 5:30 in the Cafeteria

October 6th - Picture Day

October 7th - No School

October 27th - Movie Night at 6:00 in the Gym

October 31st - November 4th - Conference week / Noon Release

Parking Lot Etiquette and Procedures

Parents, we kindly remind everyone of pick up/drop off etiquette. Please be patient and respectful as you pick up and drop off your child.


Please also remember that we have children demonstrating leadership in safety patrol positions. At times patrol students or staff may ask you to follow certain rules you may not agree with. Please do not take it personal. They are doing their jobs. Our goal is to keep you, your children, and everyone safe. Thank you for understanding.


If you do not agree with a procedure, please reach out to a building administrator before addressing staff or a patrol student. All of our schools in the district have procedures, protocol, and specific ways the parking lots function based on their designs and safety plans. If you have a question, feel free to contact us via ParentSquare, phone or email.


BASIC REMINDERS FOUND BELOW:


Driving in our Parking Lot

Please remember to drive with caution as you enter and exit our school parking lots. The traffic flow at all schools is slow and that is the safest for our kids.

We have many children and families crossing the streets around our school campus. Please try not to be in a hurry when dropping off and picking up your children.

*You must slow down and drive with caution.


Drop off

Students should NOT be dropped off earlier than 8:15. We do not have supervision before this time.


Crosswalks

Please also remember to always use the crosswalks. It becomes unsafe when children and parents walk in and out of cars in the parking lot. The crosswalks are the safest areas to use when walking in the parking lot.


No Unattended Vehicles in the Drop Off Lanes

Please remember, there is no parking in the pick up/drop off lane, so please pull all the way up to the front of the drop off lane (by the front of the school), pick up/drop off your child (parents/drivers need to stay in the car) and then you may keep moving.


Remember that both lanes turn right as you leave the parking lot


Walking (Flagpole Pickup)

If you walk to pick up your child, you must wait in the grass area by the flag pole behind the cones and plastic chain. Do not block the sidewalk. If you see your child come out please notify a nearby staff member and wait patiently for your child to come to you.


Wilson Walkers

Sign up for Wilson Walkers is now full. If you are picking up at Wilson please get out of your vehicle and meet your child near the gate. It becomes unsafe when children are walk in and out of cars in the parking lot without an adult present.


Kindergarten Parking Lot

This parking lot is designated for parents of Kindergarteners and other parents that have permission to park in this area. If you are not the parent of a kindergartener or do not have permission to use this area please be respectful and wait in the pickup line.


Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.

Whitney Booster Club

If you're interested in getting involved please attend our next Booster Club Meeting on October 5th in the Cafeteria. At our next meeting we will be electing Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary). If you are interested in running for an Office please have a statement ready to support your candidacy. Position descriptions are in the bylaws below. Agenda and Minutes are also below.

Pictures throughout the year

Do you ever ask your child, "What did you learn at school today?" and recieve the response "I don't know." This year our building administrators will be sending out pictures to parents of their children working on an activity in their classroom via ParentSquare. The purpose of this is to share what your child is learning and provide an opportunity to spark up a conversation between parent and child. We're hoping to send out 1 picture per trimester.

IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

We expect our students to be at school on time and stay the entire school day. Please partner with us to reduce the number of days your child is absent, tardy, or checks-out. It is important that students arrive on time by 8:40 a.m. each day and remain in class until dismissal.


If your child is absent from school we need you to let us know! You can call the office at 509.573.1900 or send us a ParentSquare message.


Help us reduce the number of tardies, absences, and check-outs.


We greatly appreciate your support with this matter.

Whitney Apparel

Interested in getting your hands on some Whitney Merch? We will be sending out a apparel link via ParentSquare very soon.

Movie Night

Where: Whitney Elementary Gym

When: 10/27/22

Time: 6:00 pm

Cost: FREE!!!

Bring your blankets and pillows to the showing of Hocus Pocus 2!

Snacks and Drinks will be available to purchase by the Whitney Booster Club.

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Report to Parents: Stop Youth Addiction Before It Starts

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Visitors and Volunteers

Visitors


Please check in at the office if you would like to join your child for lunch.


Volunteers


If you would like to volunteer in your child's class you must have an application on file with the Yakima School District. The application requires a background check. You can pick up a Volunteer applications from the office or attached below.