Whittier Weekly News

May 12, 2019

Notes from the Administration

Our Teacher Appreciation Week was definitely a week where teachers felt appreciated. Thank you for all the goodies that were provided this week! Our teachers and staff enjoyed all the treats!

PTA Officers Needed for next school year

PTA Board 2019 Officer Positions Open

Last call for anyone interested in serving on the 2019-2010 PTA Executive Board. If you appreciate all the activities sponsored by the PTA and want to see them continued, please consider taking a role on the PTA Executive Board. 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 immediately (acecil36@gmail.com; 301-639-8451). You will need to provide a brief bio about yourself and let us know the position you are running for.

PTA has been very active this year and each incoming executive board sets the standard with regards to pace and activities, so as a group you decide how many activities you take on. The current board will provide assistance and guidance over the summer as each person transitions into the new roles.

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 catch 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.

Thank you from the PTA Nominating Committee 2019

Transportation Delay Board

FCPS Transportation Department communicates with the public and schools when a bus is running 10 minutes or more late. The information may be accessed on the FCPS website at this link: https://apps.fcps.org/transdelay/

May 17th Carnival Help Needed

Volunteers Needed: If you would like to volunteer to help our Whittier Carnival this Friday May 17 from 6-8 pm, please email Mrs. Stewart with your name and your child's teacher (kim.stewart@fcps.org). Your help is greatly appreciated!

Field Day is Friday May 24th and we need Voluneers!

Volunteer Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered at WHES this school year. You've made our jobs a little bit easier and we appreciate you!

Please join us for breakfast on Friday May 24th from 8:00-10:00 for breakfast.

Attention 5th Grade Families

FCPS requires that all families update their proof of residency as your child transitions to middle school. You may send a proof of residency to WHES front office staff. Proof of residency includes a current utility bill, lease agreement, or sales agreement.

Thank you in advance.

PARCC Testing Continues

Our third, fourth, and fifth graders began taking PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) on Wednesday, April 24. Each grade level will take four individual tests each in the areas of math and language arts. We have created a schedule that minimizes disruption of the school day and has students testing in short sessions on appointed days. As we will be testing in the mornings, we appreciate your consideration when scheduling outside appointments from now through May 17.


Our next PTA meeting will be Monday, May 20 at 6:30 pm. Please come and join us!

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Last Day for Media Materials is Friday May 31st

All student library books are due by Friday, May 31st.

If your child has lost or damaged a library book, please contact tina.dattoli@fcps.org for the replacement price before May 31st. Be on the lookout for checkout notices sent home with what books your child has checked out starting the week of May 27th. Contests will begin that week and prizes will be given to the first 5 classes who turn in all of their library books. There will also be a special prize for anyone who finds and returns a Whittier Library book that is not checked out to them. Please help us return our library books to get ready for next school year! Questions? Email Tina Dattoli at tina.dattoli@fcps.org

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 May 13

Leadership Meeting- 4pm

Tuesday, May 14

Chess Club 3:45 pm

Wednesday, May 15

Robotics Club 3:45 pm

Thursday, May 16

Career Day - Grades 5

Talent Show Forms Distributed

Grade 1 Field Trip - Rose Hill Manor - 9:00 am

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Young Rembrandts 4:00 pm

Friday, May 17

5th Grade Panoramic Picture Taken

Wax Museum - Grade 4 - 1:30 pm

WHES Spring Carnival 6:30 pm

Monday, May 20

Volunteer Training 6:00 pm

PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

Tuesday, May 21

3rd Grade Field Trip - Broomall, Murphy - ESSL 12:00 pm

Chess Club 3:45 pm

Wednesday, May 22

3rd Grade Field Trip - Chevalier, Pritts - ESSL 12:00 pm

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Fundraiser Night - all day

Robotics Club 3:45 pm

Thursday, May 23

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Young Rembrandts 4:00 pm

Friday, May 24

Field Day

Talent Show Try Outs

Volunteer Breakfast

Monday, May 27

No School - Memorial Day