WHITELEY WILDCAT UPDATE

October 17, 2021

PTA NEWS

Whiteley's Trunk or Treat event is just around the corner on Thursday, October 28th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Please consider volunteering your time to help with this fun PTA sponsored event. Thank you in advance for your time! Sign up for available stations and times through this link:

https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/8470144788146080102/false#/invitation

VETERANS DAY


Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11th, and we would like to honor our family members, friends, and members of the community who have served in our armed forces while teaching our students the significance of this very important day. This year we will be looking at a variety of ways in which we can honor our servicemen and women. Although, we would love to continue our tradition from the past, due to our current circumstances we will have to make some adjustments.


This year Whiteley will have a Wall of Fame to honor the family members of our staff, students and community members. We are asking family and staff to send in a copy of photos of family members that have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. Please include the name of the individual, what branch they represent, and the student(s)/family they are representing. We will be displaying them in our school during the month of November.


Our third through sixth grade students will participate in a flag raising ceremony outdoors on November 11th. Our fifth grade students will be singing songs that they are working on with our music teacher, Mrs. Lota. We will livestream this ceremony into our kindergarten through second grade classrooms. We will also be providing this link to our families so they can view the event as well. We are currently looking for a veteran from within our community to briefly share a few words during this ceremony with our school community. If you know of an individual that would be interested in doing this with our students please reach out to Mrs. Rivera.


Finally, our Whiteley Wildcat Crew will be looking to do a community service activity. They will be seeking an opportunity to send letters to veterans thanking them for their service. The Wildcat Crew will seek out opportunities to share this opportunity throughout our school. We are very blessed to have men and women that have served our country and would like to take a moment to share our appreciation.


We hope our students enjoy learning about Veterans and understanding the importance of taking a moment to honor them.

HALLOWEEN


As we head into the last week of October, we wanted to send a reminder regarding costumes or fall outfits for next Friday, October 29. Students are allowed to come to school in a costume or fall-themed clothing. We encourage simple costumes that can be worn over clothes and removed easily and independently.



As a reminder - per the Student Handbook: Students are permitted to wear costumes on Halloween as long as their attire complies with the below student appearance policy and meets the following set of expectations for a school setting:

  • Children should not wear bloody, gruesome, or especially scary costumes. Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.

  • Actual weapons, look-alike weapons, toy weapons or weapon-like objects are not allowed.

  • Masks that cover the face and head are not allowed.

  • Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student’s entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.

  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone’s culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.

  • Reminder: Students are expected to wear a face covering/mask to school each day.

While we know this is not the same Halloween experience as we have offered prior to COVID – we are trying to bring a level of familiarity and fun to the children during this Halloween season while also ensuring safety protocols are adhered to.


As a reminder, we will have our parade at 9:00, weather permitting. Students will parade around the perimeter of the building. Per our district food policy students will not be able to pass out candy or food treats to their peers. Students will participate in a class party with materials supplied from our wonderful PTA at some point during the day. We are looking forward to enjoying a fun time with our students.

We appreciate your cooperation with these guidelines and can’t wait for all the fun next week has to offer!

DISTRICT 15 JOB FAIR

District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates: Come apply onsite!

Dates:

Monday, November 1, 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021

Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022

Location:

Palatine Library 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at lopezc@ccsd15.net or Lori Thum at thuml@ccsd15.net with any questions.


Community Digest

Starting this year and moving forward, all curriculum and program purchases will follow a new district Research, Design Implementation Model (RDIM). The RDIM is a cyclical review process that allows the district to research and pilot materials for district use on a regular basis. During an RDIM cycle pilot, volunteer teams of teachers, specialists and administrations review potential programs, participate in professional learning, implement assigned units and collaborate in discussion on what resources best serve our D15 students’ needs and align to our district’s instructional vision. Currently District 15 is engaging in 3 different pilot projects and we are implementing a new 6th grade math curriculum. The current three pilot projects are occurring in K-5 Math, 6-8 Science, and 7-8 English Language Arts. As we explore the differing features of programs and corresponding levels of student growth in learning, students in classes participating in pilots may have different materials, homework and grading practices during this time. For example, the number of graded assignments given may be different, and possibly less, as teachers are spending more time conferencing with students individually and in small groups to help guide students in their learning. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • October 25th-Spirit Week
  • Monday, October 25th-Sports Day
  • Tuesday, October 26th-Twin Tuesday
  • Wednesday, October 27th-Wacky Hair
  • Thursday, October 28th-Throwback Thursday
  • Friday, October 29th-Halloween Celebration
  • October 28th-Trunk or Treat
  • October 29th-Reflections Projects Due
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