Whittier Weekly News

March 31, 2019

Notes from the Administration

Many thanks to all of you who participated in our Whittier STEM Fair! So many of you donated supplies, helped with projects, attended the STEM Fair on Thursday night, and generally supported our students' growth in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math! On behalf of our students and teachers, we thank you for your support and commitment!

Today is the deadline to let your voice be heard!

Your voice matters and our students deserve us advocating for them!

We know FCPS families value public education. County residents are invited to share your priorities using the Frederick County Government's budget surveys, online now until Sunday, March 31:

Math Week @ Whittier

We are about to embark on Math Week here at Whittier. And while everyday is Math Day, we are looking for those creative costumes. Mrs. Stewart, our Math Specialist has challenged us to be creative. There will be prizes for those who are really thinking.......

Monday April 1st- I Love #'s- Wear Your favorite Number

Tuesday April 2nd- Wear Your Favorite Shape (We are feeling challenged....)

Wednesday April 3rd - Wear your Favorite Fact (At first, Mrs. Schwiegerath was going to wear 7 x 7= 49, but did you know that the number zero does not have it's own Roman Numeral?)

Thursday April 4th- Wear Something that Represents Measurement (Mrs. Schwiegerath is still stumped!)

April is Month of the Military Child

Thank you to all of our students whose family members serve in our military. April is Month of the Military Child. In addition to our Superhero Day on April 11th, students are encouraged to wear purple in honor of our military children.

WHES is hosting a Military Appreciation Dinner on Thursday April 11th from 6:30-8:00. A sign up will be coming next week!

Congratulations to those students who represented WHES at the Honors Band and Orchestra Concert

Let's give a Shout Out to the following students:

Maya DeSimon

Erin Holloway

Emma Lee

Nick Cherry

Gabriella Umpierre

Thank you for representing our school this past week!

National Library Week (April 8-12th)

Ms. Dattoli has set another challenge for us during National Library Week. Let's show our support of reading with the Spirit Days.

Monday April 8th- Reading Makes you Bright- Wear Neon/Bright Colors and your favorite sunglasses.

Tuesday April 9th - Hats of to Libraries- Wear your favorite Hat

Wednesday April 10th - Book Character Day- Dress as your favorite book character!

Thursday April 11th- Real SuperHeroes Read- Dress as your superhero or make up your own!

Friday April 12th - Books Can Take you Places- Wear a shirt with a real or imaginary place on it!


On May 16th, 2019, we are hosting our annual Career Day for our 5th grade students and we need your help! We are looking for individuals who are passionate about their careers to come and share your life’s work with our wonderful students. Each year, our 5th graders get to explore a variety of career choices they might have never considered, broadening their interests and sparking their curiosity in career exploration. Each speaker will be given a sheet of talking points and will speak for five, 20 minute sessions. If you are able to participate in this great day, please reach out to our School Counselors, Carleigh Rich or Lisa Reese at 240-236-3135 for more details. Thank you!


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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WHES PTA Play- We Are Monsters

They will be on sale during TECH Week (April 1st-4th from 4-6pm)

Tickets are available at the door on the night of the performance.

Come check out the spectacular work of the WHES students!


If you appreciate all the activities sponsored by the PTA and feel you might be up for the challenge of serving in a capacity while also being an active member at WHES, please consider taking a role on the PTA Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year. Whittier has a strong and active PTA and the executive board plans many activities that enrich the lives of our children and teachers during the school year. If you are interested in running for a position, please contact Amanda Cecil. You will need to provide a brief bio about yourself and let us know the position you are running for. This has been an active year for the PTA but the incoming executive board sets the standard for each year with regards to pace and activities, so as a group you get to decide how many activities you take on. The current board will also help you transition into your roles with any assistance and guidance over the summer. The PTA general membership meeting on May 20th, 6:30pm at Whittier will be the evening where each PTA member will vote on the incoming board officers. Please come prepared to vote for the officers listed as well as catching up on brief updates from activities for the past school year. The PTA meeting is a great way to meet other parents just like you, engage with teachers, and to listen to all of the achievements of the school year. We highly recommend attending the PTA meeting just to see how much the PTA does during the school year.


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, April 15 6:30 pm in the Media Center

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SAVE THE DATE! Camp Invention is coming to Whittier! July 8-12 from 9:00-3:30!

SAVE THE DATE! Camp Invention is coming to Whittier! July 8-12 from 9:00-3:30! We will be the first hybrid camp in our area and have 60 spots for paid campers. To sign up, go to: https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention and register for our Whittier camp. Questions? Email Tina Dattoli at tina.dattoli@fcps.org.


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, April 1

Math Week - I Love Math- Wear Your Favorite #

Tech Week for Play- Students will be picked from FHS @ 6:30pm

Recorder Club 7:45 am

Tuesday, April 2

Math Week- Wear Your Favorite Shape

Tech Week for Play- Students will be picked up from WHES @ 6:30 pm

Chess Club (snow day make up) 3:45 pm

Wednesday, April 3

Math Week- Wear Your Favorite Math Fact

Tech Week for Play - Pick Up @ FHS 6:30 pm (Dinner provided to students)

Thursday, April 4

Tech Week for Play 4-6:30 pm @ WHES Dinner provided to students)

Whittier Music Makers 7:45 am

Boomshakers 3:45 pm

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Friday, April 5

Teacher Work Day - School Closed for Students

WHES School Play - 7:00 pm - Frederick HS

Saturday April 6th

WHES School Play - 7:00 pm - Frederick HS

Monday, April 8

National Library Week- Dress in Neon or Bright Colors- Wear your sunglasses

Recorder Club 7:45 am

Tuesday, April 9

National Library Week- Hats off to Libraries- Wear a Hat

Dentist Clinic coming to WHES- details to follow

Chess Club 3:45 pm

Wednesday, April 10

National Library Week- Book Character Day

Robotics Club- 3:45 pm

Thursday, April 11

National Library Week- Dress as a Super Hero

Purple Up Day to honor our students whose parents/guardians are in the military

Whittier Music Makers 7:45 am

Boomshakers 3:45 pm

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Young Rembrandts 4pm

Military Appreciation Dinner 6:30 pm

Friday, April 12

National Library Week- Books Can Take You Places- Wear A Shirt of place you want to Visit

Recorder Club 7:45 am

Honor's Chorus 3:45 pm