October 27, 2017 V1.8
On the Calendar
10/31- Crossroads 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
Mark your Calendars- Fall Fest Coming November 10!
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.
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
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!
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.
Drop Off Begins at 7:15 AM
Mon-Thur 7:25 AM - 2:25 PM
Friday Dismissal 11:21 AM
6:55 – 7:25 a.m in MPR
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM