Whittier Weekly News

October 17, 2019

Notes from the Administration

Another fabulous week at Whittier. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next week at conferences. Please ensure that you have registered for a conference.

Safety Drills- All FCPS schools are required to complete safety drills. Today we have completed our Drop, Cover, Hold drill. Tomorrow we will practice our Avoid, Deny, Defend drill. If you or your child have questions, please ask your child's teacher.

Conference Sign Ups

Fall Conferences are just around the corner.

  • Wednesday October 23rd- students attend from 12:30-3:30. Conferences are from 4:00-8:00 pm.
  • Thursday October 24th - students attend from 12:30-3:30. Conferences are from 4:00-8:00 pm.
  • Friday October 25th - students attend from 8:30-12:00. Conferences are from 1:00-4:00 pm.

At Whittier, we pride ourselves with parent conference attendance rate being 95% or better. This is great opportunity to hear about all the wonderful things that your child has been working on so far this school year.

With class sizes somewhat larger than our conference blocks, please sign up for one conference block per family. Teachers can not accommodate separate conferences for families.

Here is the link to sign up for conferences. https://signup.com/go/aKAdnHq

PTA Trunk or Treat- October 25th

We are excited to have our 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat.



TIME: Car set up @ 5:30; Trunk or Treat @ 6:30.

Please plan to bring your own candy.

If you would like to donate a bag of candy for our teachers who are participating in Trunk or Treat, you may send it in to Ms. Black in the front office.

https://signup.com/go/aXcByUb- Click here to register your car and theme.

Teacher Appreciation Dinner- Wednesday October 23rd

The PTA is asking for your help to show our teachers how much we appreciate them.

Our theme is Soup and Salads. Show off your expert culinary skills.

Click here to sign up: https://signup.com/go/tbxwGnX

Fall Harvest Parties

Fall Harvest Parties will be as follows:

Friday October 25th- Grades K, 4, 5 will have their Fall Harvest Party from 11-12.

Wednesday October 30th - Ms. K's 3 year old M/W will have their Party from 10:25-11:25.

Thursday October 31st- Ms. K's 3 year old T/TR will have their Party from 10:25-11:25.

Friday November 1st - Grades 1,2, 3 will have their Fall Harvest Party from 2:15-3:15.

Friday November 1st - AM PreK will have their Fall Harvest Party from 10:25-11:25.

Friday November 1st - PM PreK will have their Fall Harvest Party from 2:15-3:15.

Your child's teacher will be sending a SignUp for donations for the class party.

Parents must be volunteer trained to volunteer in the classrooms.

Younger siblings may not attend classroom parties or field trips, and you will be asked to take younger siblings home.


WHES 5k/1K Hero Run is this Sunday October 20th

7:30 Race Day Registration

8:30 1K Fun Run

9:00 5K Race begins

Questions, email us at WHESMD5K@gmail.com.

See attached to register and to purchase a Course Sign! Thanks in advance for supporting our school and our runners!

Register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Frederick/WHESHeroRun

T-shirt orders will be taken on the day of the race.

T-Shirts will be $15.

During the day of the race, we will take cash, check, or credit card.

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.

Each month a promotional offer will be posted.

From Oct 25th thru Nov 11th, the company is offering free shipping.

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!

Coding has been canceled

Due to low enrollment, Coding Club has been canceled.

Character Counts Week @ WHES

Character Counts/Red Ribbon Week -SPIRIT WEEK!

Monday October 21- Make Character Count Day- Wear Something with a Number on it!

Tuesday October 22- Peaceful Tuesday- Wear Tie Dye!

Wednesday, October 23- Unity Day- Unite to Stomp out Bullying---Wear Orange

Thursday, October 24- Thankful Thursday- Mind your P’s Q’s Don’t wait until November to show your thanks. Take Time to show someone that you are thankful for them.

Wear your PJs!

Friday October 25th - Hero Day- Be A Hero- show your spirit by wearing a hero costume. Heroes have Character!!!

Tuesday October 29 - Wear Red for Red Ribbon Day!

WHES Book Fair is coming soon!

The Whittier PTA Book Fair is coming soon! November 1st- 3-5pm - Set Up

Book Fair will run from Monday November 4th through Friday November 8th from 9-6 daily.

We will need help to run a great Book Fair.

Use the attached link to sign up!


PTA Facebok

Want to keep up to date with PTA events and happenings- join the Whittier PTA Facebook page.

Whittier Elementary School PTA

Drop Off

You may not drop off your students until 8:30 am. This is a safety concern for our students being left unattended.

If your child is in a car, they are a car rider and should be dropped off in the car rider line.

The front parking lot is for buses only.

Thank you for your assistance.

Salvation Army - Holiday Assistance

If you are in need of Holiday Assistance, the Salvation Army program enrollment is open until October 25th.

The flier is at the bottom of our newsletter.

WHES Food Pantry Open

The WHES Food Pantry will be open during conferences.

Wednesday October 23rd - 12-8pm

Thursday October 24th - 12-8pm

Friday October 25th 8-4

Please contact Mrs. Lewis, our Community Liaison at 240-236-3140 or Shelley.Lewis@fcps.org for more information. All calls are confidential.


Friday October 18th

7:45 Just Dance (Must be pre-registered)

Sunday October 20th

8:30 1K Fun Run

9:00 WHES 5K

Monday October 21st

Character Counts Spirit Week- Make your Character Count- Wear something with a # on it

3:45 Girls on the Run

4pm Leadership Meeting

Tuesday October 22nd

PTA Pizza Blitz Dinner Fundraiser 4-8pm

Character Counts Spirit Week- Peaceful Tuesday- Wear Tie Dye

Kindergarten Field Trip to Gaver Farms

7:45 Boomshakers

3:45 Chess Club

3:45 Whittier Music Makers

Wednesday October 23rd

Character Counts Spirit Week- Unity Day(Unite against Bullying) ---Wear Orange

11:45 Just Dance

Fall Conferences 4-8pm

Students attend school @ 12:30- Dismiss @ 3:30

3:45 Girls on the Run

PTA Teacher Appreciation Dinner

Thursday October 24th

Character Counts Spirit Week- Thankful Thursday- Mind your P’s Q’s Don’t wait until November to show your thanks. Take Time to show someone that you are thankful for them. Wear your PJs!

Fall Conferences 4-8pm

Students attend school @ 12:30- Dismiss @ 3:30

4pm Young Rembrandts

Friday October 25th

Character Counts Spirit Week- HERO Day

Fall Conferences 1-4pm

Student attend school from 8:30-12:00

Fall Harvest Parties for Grades K, 4, 5 @ 11:00 am

6:30 Trunk or Treat Begins

Monday October 28th

Firetruck visit to PreK/K

3:45 pm Girls on the Run

4pm PBIS Meeting

Tuesday October 29th

7:45 Boomshakers

3:45 Music Makers

3:45 Chess Club

Wednesday October 30th

10:25-11:25 PreK 3's M/W- Fall Festival Party

7:45 Just Dance

3:45 Robotics

3:45 Girls on the Run

Thursday October 31st

10:25-11:25 PreK 3's T/TR- Fall Festival Party

3:45 Young Rembrandts

Friday November 1st

7:45 Just Dance

10:25-11:25 AM PreK Fall Festival Party

2:15-3:15 PM PreK, 1, 2, 3 Fall Harvest Party

Monday November 4th

Spirit Day- Wear your favorite costume- Mrs. Schildt's Class choice - September Attendance Winner