WHITELEY WILDCAT UPDATE

September 4, 2021

I hope that our families are enjoying a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Please take a moment to read through our weekly newsletter.

PICTURE DAY

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 7. Please bring your order form and payment to school or pre-order online at https://inter-state.com/ and use order code 60627E. All students will take a photo to go into our school yearbook.

District Information About Lock Down Drill

Dear Parents and Guardians:


District 15 is strongly committed to school safety. Each year, school are required by by Illinois School Code to conduct the following drills:

  • Three evacuation drills. One of the three evacuation drills must be supervised by the fire department.

  • One bus evacuation drill.

  • One severe weather/shelter-in-place drill.

  • Two law enforcement (lockdown) drills. One of these two law enforcement drills must be a staff initiated lock-down. The schools also conduct an annual drill review meeting with principals and representatives from police and fire departments to continuously improve each school’s readiness to respond to an emergency and/or crisis situation.

House Bill 2400 (The School Safety Drill Act) states:

  • All lockdown drills will be announced to all school personnel and students prior to the commencement of the drill.

  • Schools will provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any lockdown drill that involves the participation of students.

  • Schools will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill.

  • Schools will provide alternative safety education and instruction related to an active threat or active shooter event to students who do not participate in a walk-through lockdown drill to provide them with essential information, training, and instruction through less sensorial safety training methods.

Building administrators will notify families of upcoming drills at least one week in advance of the drill. If you prefer your child does NOT participate in the yearly required lockdown drills, please complete this form. Please submit one form for each of your children you are opting out.

District Parent/Student Handbook

The 2021-22 Parent/Student Handbook is now available online! You can view it here.


  • The annual handbook is a summary of Board of Education policies governing District 15. The complete School District 15 Board of Education Policy Manual is available for public review at the District office and on the District 15 BoardDocs website. State and federal laws require school districts to notify parents and students about certain rights, responsibilities, and procedures; you will find that information in this handbook. This handbook may be amended during the year.


The handbook offers information pertinent to the District as a whole. Some programs and procedures may differ from school to school, based on the size and location of the building, the grades served, the facilities available, and the programs conducted at the school. Your school administrators will inform you of these additional procedures. The handbook is intended to be a handy resource, but is not meant to take the place of personal communication between home and school. Please feel free to call your child’s school if you have any questions on programs or procedures, or consult your school’s website.

Lunch Supervisors and Program Assistants Needed

Our school and district are currently looking for lunch supervisors and program assistants. If you are interested in this opportunity please reach out to our assistant principal, Theresa Drogos.

PARKING LOT REMINDER

We realize that we have many new families and want to remind parents that we ask you to not park in our parking lot when dropping off students in the morning, or picking students up at the end of the day. We need to utilize the parking lot for our staff when they arrive in the morning.

SPECIALS FACEBOOK PAGE

The special areas Facebook page is back up and running! I am emailing families the link now, but wondering if you could also add it to your weekly email to families? Thank you so much. Here is the link.

BREAKFAST FOR STUDENTS

This year students in District 15 will be provided breakfast. This will be a grab and go type breakfast in our cafeteria. We will begin providing breakfast at 8:25 until 8:40. Students will be dismissed to their classes at 8:35. Only students wanting breakfast will be able to enter through door #7 at 8:25. All other students will be allowed into our school at 8:35.

PTA NEWS

Our PTA is busy working to create a wonderful year for our students. You should have receive information about our Back To School Picnic. One way that you can support our PTA is by becoming a member. You can become a member by going to Member Hub.

FOOD PANTRY

Please see the attached flyer for the Congregation Beth Am's Good Pantry. All in need are welcome regardless of financial status, religious affiliation, or location. Each recipient is given three bags of non-perishable food items as well as paper products. COVID-19 protocols are observed and drive by pick-up is available. They are also taking donations if you would like to donate. The pantry is open from 12-2pm on the second and last Sunday of each month.

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 6th-Labor Day No School

September 7th-Fall Pictures

September 8th- School Board Meeting @ 7:00

September 15th- P.T.A. Meeting @ 7:00