Whittier Weekly

October 27, 2017 V1.8

On the Calendar

10/31- Crossroads Club

Chess Club

11/2- Young Rembrandts

11/3- No School

11/10- Veterans Day Assembly

11/10- Fall Fest

11/22- Half Day Dismissal at 11:21 - No Lunch

11/23- No School

11/24- No School

Save the Date ~ Music Concerts for 2017-2018

Please be sure to save the following dates for our music performances. All performances will be held at Lance Middle School.

Grades 2/3 on 11/29/2017 at Lance

Grades 4/5 on 3/8/2018 at Lance

Grades K/1 on 4/19/2018 at Lance

Mark your Calendars- Fall Fest Coming November 10!

Be sure to join us on Friday, November 10th, for the annual PTA Fall Fest! The event will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Whittier Elementary. Cost is $5.00 for children (free for adults!). The children's ticket includes all the games and prizes. There will also be raffles (tickets will be sold at the event) and concessions available for purchase. Hope to see you there!!!

A L i C E Safety Drill

Providing a safe, secure learning environment for your child(ren) is one of our highest priorities. This is why the district has implemented the use of ALiCE (i.e. Alert, Lockdown, inform, Counter and Evacuate). Security experts across the country believe, as do we, that the use of these additional procedures will enhance student and staff safety.

All KUSD staff members took part in ALiCE training beginning in the spring of 2016. They have been taught how to initiate ALiCE procedures if there is a threat to student/staff safety, such as a violent intruder. In addition, each classroom is equipped with an ALiCE kit to assist in securing classroom doors and reducing the likelihood of an intruder entering rooms by force. After this training, all KUSD schools held their own lockdown drills utilizing the ALiCE procedures during the spring of 2017.

Our staff has been trained to understand that ALiCE is not a step-by-step response, but rather a set of options to utilize in the event of an intruder. The following is a brief overview of what ALiCE is and what students and staff are taught:

If an intruder enters the building, students and staff should:

  • Stop, look, listen and take appropriate action.
  • Get to and/or remain in a secure area and barricade until it is safe to evacuate.
  • Use sensory information to determine when and if it is safe to evacuate.
  • Distract the intruder if it becomes necessary to do so.
  • Do not be a stationary target.

NOTE: In NO WAY are students or staff being taught or asked to make any attempt to subdue an intruder.

We will be conducting our safety drill next week. If you have any questions regarding ALiCE presentations, please call Mrs. Curley at 262-359-2110.

Veteran's Day

We are inviting all of our Whittier veterans to join us for our Veteran’s Day assembly. The assembly will be held on November 10th starting at 8:30 A.M. We would like to show our appreciation to our veterans for all you have done for our country to secure our safety and freedom.

We are requesting that you complete the invitation form (found in our Whitter Backpack online at http://whittier.kusd.edu/parent-involvement/whittier-backpack-notes) by November 3rd so we can plan appropriately for our veterans.

A Note From Kenosha County Health Department

We do not currently have any reports of head lice at Whittier Elementary. However, each year we like to take the opportunity to share a few reminders about head lice. Below is a informational letter from Kenosha County Health Department.

The Basics of Head Lice

In order to prevent the spread of head lice, all parents or guardians should routinely check their child for head lice infestation. Head lice are a common community issue. Lice are wingless insects that crawl. They cannot jump. Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene. They are most often spread by head-to-head contact. Not everyone experiences symptoms, but common signs are itching, scratch marks on the scalp, or a tickling feeling on the scalp.

Finding a live louse is the best indication of an infestation. Lice are difficult to see because they crawl very quickly. To check for evidence of lice, look for nits, or eggs that are attached to the hair shaft close to the scalp. Nits are teardrop in shape and are not removed easily. They must be slid down the hair shaft to the end in order to remove them. Also difficult to see are nymphs, or newly hatched lice.

If head lice are suspected, families should consult their physician for treatment options and all family members and other close contacts should be checked. Prevention measures include encouraging children to not share objects that touch the head such as hats, combs, etc.

See www.cdc.gov for further information.

We love volunteers and visitors!

We love to have parents and volunteers visit and help out during the day. In addition, in order to ensure the safety of our students, all volunteers/visitors must have a completed and approved background check on file.

If you are interested in volunteering, visiting, chaperoning during the school day, make sure that you have completed a Volunteer Background Check form and been approved. These forms take several days to process. We encourage you to complete the form now so that you are able to volunteer/visit when an event comes up. The form is available on our website at http://whittier.kusd.edu/parent-involvement/forms/ .

If you would like to double check if you already have an approved background check form on file, please contact Sylvia Johnson at 359-2110.

School Hours

School Hours:

Drop Off Begins at 7:15 AM
Mon-Thur 7:25 AM - 2:25 PM
Friday Dismissal 11:21 AM

Breakfast Time:
6:55 – 7:25 a.m in MPR

Office Hours:
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

About Us

Whittier Elementary is an exemplary elementary school in the Kenosha Unified School District.