Whittier Weekly News

March 3, 2019

Notes from the Administration

Fingers crossed that we have seen the last of the snow!

We wanted to let you know that Mrs. Feaga, our 12 month secretary has accepted a position at Central office. Her last day at Whittier will be March 15th.

Mrs. Feaga has been a part of the Whittier staff for 20 years, and we are sad to see her go. We will be having an Ice Cream Social on Friday March 15th from 4-6 pm- if you and your family would like to stop by and thank Mrs. Feaga for her service to Whittier.

BOOK SWAP is coming!

Independent reading is designed to give students continued opportunities to expand and practice reading strategies. In the classroom independent reading provides the opportunity for teachers to provide explicit instruction to increase competence and encourage students to monitor their own reading.

When: Whittier’s Annual Book Swap will begin Monday, March 4th

We would appreciate any donations of GENTLY USED books that are appropriate for Pre-K- 5th graders.

Gently Used: please no tore pages, not written on or damaged books. Donation boxes will be placed throughout the Whittier.

All students will be able to attend the BOOK SWAP during the week of March 4th to select the perfect book.

Volunteers Needed: to help with setup, restocking books or helping students find the perfect book. You can volunteer half hour or more. If you would like to volunteer please contact, jacqueline.cramer@fcps.org or sign up here .


Our fifth grade students have a big milestone coming up and we want to send them off in style! Our fifth grade celebration will be June 7th with a rain date of June 10th. To pull it off, we'll need lots of volunteers. Please be on the look out for a Sign-Up Genius outlining many volunteer opportunities, Additional information will be coming home soon. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Waugaman at jennifer.waugaman@fcps.org or Jenn Milsovic at craig_jennifera@yahoo.com.
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Congratulations to Jayden!

Jayden competed in a Rubik's Cube competition over the weekend. He solved this puzzle in under 1 minute. His best time is 28 seconds! Way to go Jayden!


Students in fifth grade will be taking MISA (the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment) beginning Monday, March 11th. This computer-based test will be administered for one hour per day over four days. Please avoid scheduling outside appointments on these days and make sure your child has plenty of sleep and is well-rested. We're looking forward to our students demonstrating all they've learned about science!


Whittier's annual Night of the Arts will be on Thursday, March 21st from 5:30-8:00 pm. The month of March is Youth Art Month and Music in Our School Month so help us celebrate by attending this exiting event! Enjoy grade level concerts from Pre-K through 5th Grade. We will also have framed art work created by every student in our school! Here is the schedule for the grade level mini-concerts:

5:30 pm - Pre-K

5:50 pm -Kindergarten

6:10 pm -1st Grade

6:30 pm -2nd Grade

6:50 pm -3rd Grade

7:10 pm -4th Grade

7:30 pm -5th Grade

We hope to see you there!


  • Students in Pre-K-2nd grade have the option to submit a student science fair project (individual or group.)
  • Students in grades 3-5 are required to submit a student science fair project (individual or group.)
  • Science fair projects are due on Wednesday, March 27th.

Click the link below for science fair registration, information, and ideas.


Whittier’s STEM Fair is on Thursday, March 28th!

Our STEM Fair is from 6:00-8:00pm with science fair projects in the gym and hands-on STEM activity stations that include science, technology, engineering and math in the cafeteria, gym and other locations within the school.

Questions? Contact Tina Dattoli at tina.dattoli@fcps.org.


In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, we'll be celebrating his birthday the week of March 4. Join us in dressing up in the following way:

Monday, March 4............Dress Like a Twin or Thing 1 & Thing 2

Tuesday, March 5...........Green Eggs and Ham - Wear Green

Wednesday, March 6......Wacky Wednesday - Wear Wacky Tacky

Thursday, March 7..........Fox in Socks - Wear Crazy Socks

Friday, March 8................I Can Read With My Eyes Shut - PJ Day


Upcoming events:

Movie Night- Thanks to everyone who came out to support Movie Night!

Trivia Night

Friday, March 8th

Doors at 6:30

In order to make this event successful and enjoyable for all, we must cap this event to 200 attendees (kids and adults). Please RSVP and let us know if you need to cancel. Thank you in advance or understanding! Please use this signup genius link to RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044bacac2fabfa7-trivia


PTA Discount Cards

We are still selling the PTA Discount Cards! Each card is $15 and can be used over and over again! This is a huge fundraiser for the year so please consider purchasing one if you'd like to. You can now purchase these right from the Whittier PTA Website! Click here: http://whittierelementarypta.com/Article/View/Discount-Cards-Available

Upcoming PTA Meetings:

Monday, March 25th

6:30pm-7:30pm: Media Center

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Are you the father, stepfather, grandfather, uncle, or father figure of a Whittier student? If so, we want you to volunteer as a Watch D.O.G (Dads of Great Students.)Watch D.O.G.S is a nationally recognized program that helps bring male role models into our schools. While you're here, we'll create a schedule of places where you're needed in the building to help students and serve as a role model. If you are interested in being a hero for a day (or half day) and would like to positively impact the students at Whittier ES, please contact Mr. Byrd at matthew.byrd@fcps.org We hope to see you at school soon!


Monday, March 4

Dr. Seuss Week - Dress as a Twin or Thing 1 & Thing 2

Tuesday, March 5

Dr. Seuss Week - Green Eggs and Ham - Wear Green

STEM Club 7:45 am

Chess Club 3:45 pm

Service Learning Club 3:45 pm

Play Rehearsal 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 6

Dr. Seuss Week - Wacky Wednesday - Wear Wacky Tacky

STEM Club 7:45 am

Robotics Club 3:45 pm

Service Learning Club 3:45 pm

Thursday, March 7

Dr. Seuss Week - Fox in Socks - Wear Crazy Socks

Whittier Music Makers 7:45 am

Boomshakers 3:45 pm

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Young Rembrandts 4:00 pm

Friday, March 8

Dr. Seuss Week - I Can Read With My Eyes Shut - PJ Day

Honor's Chorus 3:45 pm

PTA Trivia Night 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 12

STEM Club 7:30 am

Chess Club 3:45 pm

Service Learning Club 3:45 pm

Play Rehearsal 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 13

Brother's Pizza Fundraiser - all day

STEM Club 7:30 am

Robotics 3:45 pm

Service Learning Club 3:45 pm

Thursday, March 14

1st Grade ESSL - Canfield, Lease, Stansbury

Whittier Music Makers 7:45 am

Boomshakers 3:45 pm

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Play Rehearsal 4:00 pm

Young Rembrandts 4:00 pm

Friday, March 15

1st Grade ESSL - Kint, Reutter

WFMS to visit 5th grade 1:45 pm

Honor's Chorus 3:45 pm

Ice Cream Social - thanking Mrs. Feaga from 4-6 pm @ WHES