Whittier Weekly Newsletter

September 24, 2020

Lexia Introduction 9 24 2020

A Focus on Belonging and on Literacy

Dear Whittier Families,

As I shared above in the video, this week there was a systemic focus on connection and belonging. Like most things that are important, consistent and ongoing focus is what is required to really make a difference. Look at this week of "Start With Hello" and a spirit day where we all sport our green as just one small step in a constant journey to focus on inclusiveness, belonging, and advocacy for each and every child, staff member, and family in our school.

In addition to this focus on the culture of our school and community, and making sure that ALL members of the Whittier community are respected and honored, we are also committed to academic achievement, progress, and high expectations for student success.

As a believer in the philosophy of keeping things simple and focusing on what's most important, we have two main goals in school improvement:

1. creating a culture and climate of care and support

2. continuously increasing student academic achievement

Below are several resources for parents to become familiar with Lexia Core5. This application is individualized and adaptive to every student so that they may progress as they are ready and have mastered skills.

A Few Notes to Keep in Mind:

- It is challenging and will sometimes frustrate the learner as it demands mastery. Most things in life that are worthwhile have some degree of difficulty. Encourage your child to view it as an opportunity to develop grit and perseverance. Celebrate overcoming obstacles.

- using the program consistently to practice skills is important. The program assigns a weekly amount of time for practice. It is okay to exceed the time, but the minimum amount of time recommended should be completed each week.

- Talking to your child about their progress, using some of the resources below to have fun with the skills, and celebrating accomplishments are really important.


  • There IS School Tomorrow, September 25th. It's also a Spirit Day. Wear Green to celebrate Start With Hello Week.
  • There is NO School on Monday, September 28th.

Tech Support for the next Four Weeks:

Wednesday @ 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday @ 4:00-6:00pm

To access:

Log into your student's fcps account

Go to meet.google.com

Use the Code WHEShelp

Thank you, as always, for your continued support for your child and our school.

Be well,

Mr. OhEithir, Principal

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Understanding Core5 Auto Placement
Core5 Student Experience
LexiaCore5 Scope and Sequence

This document shows the entire range of skills covered from Level 1 to Level 21. Great for mapping progress and showing your student where they are in the "big picture".

LexiaCore5 Scope and Sequence: For Detail People

This document will give you more detailed information about specific skills at specific grade level bands.

Supporting Literacy and Having Fun With It

Below are resources and ideas for simple and enjoyable activities to do with your child at home, in the car, on a walk, during family time, at bedtime, and just about any time that works for you and your child.

They are organized by grade level and correspond to the focus of what your student is working on in Lexia.

Parent Guide to Resilience

This resource provides simple, practical, just-in-time advice and guidance in navigating not just these times, but any times.

Please Join Our PTA! We Need You.

Wow! What a different start to the school year! Your WHES PTA Executive Board is excited to welcome you back to 20-21 school year.

We need your help!

  • What ideas do you have to support our students during virtual learning?
  • What ideas do you have for activities to support students?
  • What do you want from your PTA?
  • Let us know by completing the feedback form here: PTA Membership Feedback

Show your support of public education by joining our PTA.

Looking forward to a great year!

Whittier Elementary School - Believe, Achieve, Succeed

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