Whittier Weekly Newsletter

October 23, 2020

Thank you

Dear Whittier Families,

Thank you for coming together this week to talk about your children/our students. We truly appreciate the collaborative nature of the time together. I realize and appreciate how challenging virtual learning can be, and we will debrief and adjust some things based on your feedback. I will communicate more about this on Sunday along with our Book of The Week. This will come to you on Sunday afternoon through Find Out First, Twitter, and on our school website.

Next week will be full of all kinds of great fun! See in the sections below for several events throughout the week, including PTA Trunk or Treat on Wednesday evening. We will share specific details about Trunk or Treat in Sunday's Newsletter as well as further information about our PTA Fall Online Bookfair, which has all kinds of great deals on great books.

Again, on behalf of our staff, I appreciate all that you are doing to support the effort to keep students learning.

Be well,

Lorcan OhEithir, Principal

Character Counts Spirit Week at WhES October 26-30, 2020

You Got This!: Ensuring Virtual School Success

Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) offers a unique virtual program to provide parents with tips, tricks, and ideas for navigating virtual learning. Mount St. Mary's University School of Education professors will join FCPL staff to help promote and strengthen parent resolve during this challenging time.

The presentation takes place Monday, October 26 at 6 PM.

Hosted via Zoom, the program is called You Got This!: Ensuring Virtual School Success.

The program aims to inspire parents and provide them with confidence to work with their child and their child's teacher(s). This event will also stream live through the FCPL's Facebook page.

Please visit the library's site here for information about attending via Zoom.

PTA Fall Bookfair

The fall Book Fair is coming up! The Book Fair will be virtual this fall, and will run from 10/30/20 through 11/12/20. Beginning on Friday, October 30th, the Book Fair can be accessed through the following link:


There will be free shipping on book orders (books only), and your purchases will earn money for our school! Keep an eye out for fun contests during the Book Fair!

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Reese and Mrs. Leatherman

Red Ribbon/ Character Counts Week Spirit Week is next week!

You MUST SEE this Special Message from Mrs. Hohorst and Peer Mentors Audrey and Sophie up above.

Character Counts, Red Ribbon Spirit Week!

Character Counts/Red Ribbon Week is the week of October 26th-30th. (NEXT WEEK!)

Monday October 26th- Character Counts Day! Dress up like your favorite book character!

Tuesday October 27th- Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week!

Wednesday, October 28th- Top off Hump Day by wearing a Hat!

Thursday, October 29th- Be Happy and comfy….Wear Your PJs!

Friday- October 30th Hero Day! Heroes are brave! Wear a hero costume!


Help us to honor our Military Family Members-VIRTUALLY!

Please take a picture of your child with his/her family member who serves or has served in the armed forces. Be creative! Your child can be in a photo with the service person, or displaying a sign, card or a photograph. Make sure to wear Whittier Colors- Red, White and Blue! We will be making a collage to share virtually and display at the school on our Wall of Heroes. Please send your picture and direct your questions to: Mrs Lewis at 240-236-3140 Shelley.Lewis@fcps.org or Ms. Reed at 240-236-3120 Jamie.Reed@fcps.org

Our School Counselors

Mrs. Reese (grades 3-5) : Lisa.reese@fcps.org 240-236-3170.

Mrs Leatherman (grades K-2): Kirsten.leatherman@fcps.org 240-236-3135.

Whittier Elementary School - Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Please use Find Out First for up-to-date FCPS and WHES news.

We will also communicate through our school website

Follow me on Twitter @fcpsOhEithir where I will communicate school news and happenings