Principal Update

January 2022

Whitney Families,

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What a crazy month!

From snow days to remote learning, January has been the month of flexibility. Thank you all for your support during remote learning. The two days of prior notice we had allowed us to better prepare for remote learning. I want to send a HUGE thank you out to our parents for supporting their child(ren). We had fantastic student attendance every day. I also want to send a HUGE thank you out to our teachers who made the transition seamlessly to remote learning. Finally, I want to send a HUGE thank you to our students for continuing to engage in their learning. We seriously have the BEST Parents, Teachers, and Students in the Valley!

Thank you for being a part of the Whitney Dream Team!

If you have questions please reach out via telephone (573-1900) or via Let's Talk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Dates to Remember

February 10th - Report Cards go home

February - 21st - 25th - Mid-Winter Break (No School)

TBD - Hour of Code Event

Student of the Month

Due to all of the snow days and remote learning we will celebrate our December Students of the Month with our January Students of the Month during the first week in February.

PBIS Parent Survey

Please take a moment to complete our school’s PBIS Parent Survey. The results help us improve our School-wide PBIS practices. This survey should only take a few minutes to complete. Thank you!

Click here to complete the survey
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Valentines Day/Party Information

Valentines Day is just around the corner. Due to Covid concerns we will be modifying our past practice. Students may bring valentine's day cards and individually package small treats (like candy). All cards and treats will be sent home at the end of the day. We will NOT be allowing cupcakes, cookies or juice.

Attendance Reminders

If your child is sick or will be missing school for an appointment, please call our office at 573.1900 so the absence can be marked as excused.

If you believe your child may have COVID or has been exposed to COVID please call 573.1900. This allows us to get your student signed up for Virtual Learning so they may continue to engage in grade level learning and not be marked absent with continued participation.

While we encourage families to schedule vacations during scheduled school breaks to avoid missing school, If you know ahead of time that your student will be absent please contact our office for a pre-arranged absence form.

Parent Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

Drop Off Procedures

To ensure that traffic is not backing up on Nob Hill Blvd in the morning, parents must stay in their vehicle in the drop off lane unless they have a Kindergartener as they would then be able to use the Kindergarten Parking Lot. We have Staff assigned to open doors and support student(s) as they exit cars. Students who are able to exit vehicles on their own should do so once the vehicle is next to the sidewalk in front of the school. After the student(s) exit the vehicle immediately move toward the exit. Please do not delay the process and pull as far forward as you can in the drop off lane.

Pick Up Procedures

We definitely had some hiccups after it snowed. We adapted to the large amount of snow by reducing the amount of lanes by our entrance and having students wait in the cafeteria for pick up out front. With the increase of covid cases in the county and the lack of staff to support the adaptation, we were forced to pivot back to bringing all students out front this week.

Here are a couple of reminders for pick up out front:

  • Parents of Kinders parked in our Kindergarten Parking Lot and those who walk need to wait behind the cones and ropes near the flag pole.
  • Parents in the car lane need to have a car tag (sign) with the name of their child(ren), teacher, and grade level. If you do not have a car tag please ask for one during student drop off in the morning.
  • Cars exiting the parking lot must turn right.

Quick School Improvement Survey

In order for us to continue to improve our school district and the schools within it, it is important for us to understand your experience about the job we are doing in providing a quality education for your children. The survey will take you only 1-2 minutes per child (please take one survey per child that you have in the Yakima School District). Your feedback is important and we want to know what you believe are our strengths and opportunities for growth. Please complete the survey by February 6.

In previous years, we have asked you to complete this survey as one large survey. This year, we are splitting the survey into a series of six mini-surveys with fewer questions that take less time (approximately 1-2 minutes each) over the course of the school year. To complete the third mini-survey, click the link below.

Click Here To Complete The Survey

The information that we receive will be shared with each building. This feedback gives us valuable information to support our School Improvement Plans and all of our students.

We value your input as we strive to continue to improve our schools. Thank you for your feedback.

Visitors and Volunteers NOT allowed in the all YSD Schools and Building

Our county is experiencing a rapid increase in COVID cases at over 4,000+ per 100,000 per 14 day period. Due to the increase in COVID cases all YSD Schools and Buildings are now closed to outside visitors and volunteers. We expect a continued increase in cases due to the Omicron variant over the upcoming weeks and then declining throughout February.

YSD’s COVID Response Team will review this policy in February and provide more guidance to the district at a later date.

Donations for Student Incentives in the PBIS Rewards Store

If you'd like to support Whitney Elementary with the purchase of incentives in our PBIS Rewards store please sign in to Touchbase and follow the tutorial video or step by step tutorial below.