Warrior News

May Edition



Greetings Warriors, Mrs. Crow here!


The end of the school year is quickly approaching. We have made so many wonderful memories this year. It's been amazing taking steps to go back to a "normal" school setting and year. We just recently had our carnival for the first time in two years and WOW it was outstanding. Whitson's PTO is simply the best and definitely sets a high standard for all!


As we welcome the month of May and face the excitement of the end of year. It is also a very exciting time for me personally as we approach the arrival of our son. His due date is May 16, as you all know babies arrive when they are ready! I will be here until that time comes enjoying every second with our students and staff. As I share this exciting personal news I also have exciting professional news to share. Next year I will be transitioning to Quincy Elementary as their Principal. My time at Whitson has been amazing, filled with so many opportunities to learn and grow. Whitson truly is a very special place filled with so many special people.


In the instance I do not finish the school year with you all, please know that this year has been amazing and thank you all for welcoming me into the Whitson family! I am here in spirit as you all say goodbyes and see you soons at the end of the year. Thank you for your support during this very exciting time for my family.

A Message From the Principal

It is hard to believe another year is coming to a close! While Mrs. Crow is transitioning to a new position, as always we are looking for the next amazing Assistant Principal to join the Whitson family. This year has been one to remember! We love that we are transitioning back to a normal routine.

Please take time to enjoy family time, rest and relax this summer! We will see you at the many fun events that May holds!


Mrs. Pierce

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Distinguished Staff Award Winner Miss Mendez

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Congratulations to our own Miss Mendez, 5th grade Spanish Enrichment teacher, on winning the Distinguished Staff Award for first year teacher! This is a very prestigious award that is given amongst ALL of the new staff members in Topeka Public Schools. She is one in a million!!!

Topeka Public School's Custodians of the Month!

Our very own Whitson Custodial Staff was recognized by the district this month. Mr. Ramon and Mr. Jordan are essential for our building running smoothly! They go above and beyond every day. We are so proud of you!
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Enroll Now for the 2022-2023

In order to receive your first choice of school, register early for the 2022-2023 school year as classes are filling up! Registration, supply list, and academic calendar are now available at topekapublicschools.net.


If you have any questions please contact the Whitson office at 785-438-4570, we would love to help!

Stuco and Whitson Community bakes for Ukraine Relief

Dear Parents and Staff,


We wanted to say a huge thank you for your participation in the Bake Sale for Ukraine! It was wonderful and overwhelming in a fantastic way!! April 27th will go down as one of our best days! You are truly amazing! Thank you to everyone who baked delicious yummy treats for us to sell! The kids (and adults too) loved shopping for a favorite treat, and everything was delicious!!! We raised over $600 in selling baked goods and monetary donations Wednesday morning and another $170 in monetary donations that came in before and after Wednesday. All proceeds will be given to United Way Worldwide which is directly dealing with the refugee crisis in Ukraine. Thank you Whitson families for your participation in helping to make it such a great success!

Our hearts are truly full!


Thank you,


Whitson Student Council

The summer music program will consist of Summer Band, Summer Choir and Summer Strings. All sessions will be located at Highland Park High School, 2424 SE California Ave. The purpose of this program is the provide a musical experience in the early summer to help students retain musical skills they acquired during the school year. There is no cost for this program as it has been generously funded by the Topeka Public Schools Foundation. This program is for students currently in grades 5-8.


Please find more information on individual programs HERE


2022 REGISTRATION FORM

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KAPP Summer Application KAPP (Kindergarten Academic Preparation Program) "Power UP" is a six-week summer program that is offered to excite and encourage students and families to prepare for kindergarten while learning new skills required of in-coming kindergarteners!


The KAPP “PowerUP” program is provided by YWCA Northeast Kansas, funded by the United Way of Greater Topeka, and in partnership with Topeka Public Schools. The program is free and provides breakfast and lunch. Students with little-to-no preschool experience will have the first opportunity to participate. Students who may have attended pre-school but whose attendance may have been disrupted due to circumstances beyond

their control, or who believe their child may have other factors that have delayed their kindergarten readiness, will also be considered. Available KAPP spots will be filled first according to need and qualifications, then on a

first-come basis. Very Limited bussing is available.


YWCA KAPP “PowerUP” summer kindergarten academic prep program is offered daily beginning June 13th and ends on July 22th, 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.


KAPP enrollment questions may be directed to

Rebecca(or Becky) Trapp-Márquez

(rmarquez@tps501.org)

785-235-7131 (office)


CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, MAY 20

Paraprofessional Position!!

Looking for a position that has the same schedule as your child? Enjoy making a difference?


We are looking to hire a full time para professional here at Whitson!


Position Purpose: to assist in providing a beneficial learning environment in which all students can take full advantage of the instructional program and available resource materials


Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Possess 48 hours of college credit or pass the equivalency exam
  • Ability to successfully accomplish/complete the annual in-service training
  • Conscientiously accept and follow directions
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Exhibit sound judgment
  • Adapt to a variety of situations
  • Fundamental understanding of students and the learning process

PTO

Don't forget about the Whitson Spiritwear Store! Open year round, the store has free shipping for orders more than $50. Go to https://whitsonspiritwear.com/ for your Whitson gear today!


  • What a HUGE SUCCESS our carnival and run were! $6,000 was raised!!!!!!

  • This will go directly back to you all and our students to fund teacher grants next year and field trips!

Topeka Dino Days!

Topeka Dino Days is a four-month-long celebration featuring incredible dinosaur-themed exhibitions, activities, and events at various locations throughout Topeka, Kansas. This spring, step into the world of SUE the T. rex to uncover the mysteries about the life of this fearsome fossil at the Great Overland Station. Enjoy learning about dinosaur eggs, nests, and babies through colorful, hands-on, interactive experiences at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. Journey back to the age of dinosaurs in an immersive experience featuring life-size, animatronic prehistoric giants appearing throughout the Topeka Zoo. Joining in on the fun, businesses and organizations across Topeka have created dinosaur-themed specials, merchandise and events for visitors and locals to enjoy throughout the spring. Start your journey in Downtown Topeka at Topeka Dino Days Base Camp and track your experience on the Topeka Dino Days Explorer Passport app.

After School Program

This week, May 2-6, is the LAST WEEK of After School Program. Thank you for making our after school program so successful this year!


May 3rd and May 5th are the LAST DAYS!!

5th Grade End of Year Activities

The end of the year is quickly approaching! For many of us we are just so excited to get back to normal - getting to do the things that we had to sadly put a pin in the last two years. The end of the year hits everyone a little differently - especially if you are a 5th grader or a 5th grade parent/guardian etc.


If you are a 5th grader, get excited!!! Things are back to normal and we have some fun planned this last month of you being a WHITSON WARRIOR. If you are a 5th grade parent/guardian etc. don’t be sad - this is yet another step in the right direction! You should be proud and excited as well - but be INFORMED…. Because YOU DON”T WANT TO MISS A THING!!!!


5th Grade REMINDERS -

  • 5th Grade PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW WILL NOT BE TAKEN AFTER THIS FRIDAY- This allows the team adequate time to prepare the disc keepsake!


May 6- Talent Show 1:00pm

May 12- Field Day - COME HELP AND OR WATCH- We need volunteers!

May 13- Picnic/DQ Day - STUDENTS NEED TO PACK A LUNCH AND BRING 3-5 DOLLARS

May 17- Band/ Orchestra Concert 6:00pm 7:00pm (for those who play an instrument)

May 18- 5th Grade Trip 10:00am-2:00pm -PARENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND - Be on the lookout for more information as this field trip will need further attention. NO money required. Waivers and permission forms will be required for your child to attend!

May 19- Starbase Rocket Launch 9:30am-10:30am - PARENTS ARE INVITED TO WATCH - LOCATION WHITSON FIELD

May 20- Battle of the Books 1:00-2:30 (if your student participated)

May 23- Promotion Award Ceremony and Party 2:00pm-4:30pm


The promotion is going to be AMAZING - YOU don’t want to miss it. ALL are invited to attend, but the meal is limited to your 5th grade student and two guests! BIG Shoutout to the parent committee who have taken on the HUGE responsibilities of such an event and have HUSTLED to make this all happen for our students and their families!


It’s been a joy partnering in the education of your students and working with each of you! Thank you and PLEASE reach out to your teacher, or the school office if you have any questions going forward! Together we got this!!! - 5th Grade Teaching Team

Upcoming Dates


MAY


  • May 5- Papa John's Night
  • May 6- Talent Show
  • May 10- SPMT 4PM and PTO 6PM
  • May 12-Field Day
  • May 16- Field Day (Rain Date)
  • May 17 6pm Band/Orchestra Spring Concert
  • May 18 Preschool Promotion 2pm
  • May 19 Whole School Awards 2pm
  • May 20 Last Day of Pre-School
  • May 23 5th Grade Promotion 2pm
  • May 24 Last Day of School 11:30am

Student Transfers for 2022-2023

If you are a Whitson Warrior thay may be moving or already live outside our boundary lines. Make sure you complete the student transfer request, found on the TPS website: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfh-KjcwUjzKTc7MryqG0bHC9BkeWo8WgxyBgdmh7ROe9fGlw/viewform


The link will be open until 3/31/22

Good to Know Information

*Early Pick-up*

When picking students up early please be aware that anytime away from school is recorded. Picking students up early multiple times can affect attendnace. Our school day ends at 3:40. Students of course may be excused early for appointments, but a parent/guardian must check-in at the office and sign the student out. Students will only be dismissed from class after someone checks them out of the office first. This ensures that we keep our students safe.


Start of the Day

Doors open at 8:10 and students will be counted as Tardy after 8:40. Please keep all students in the car prior to 8:10 as there is no supervision before the doors are open! It is very important for students to be on time to school every day. It makes for a better dayof learning when students are in their seats when the bell rings (8:30). Thank you for your help and support in this.


Parent Drop off

Please remember that Arnold is strictly for drop off and pickup. If you want to get out of your car please utilize one of the parking lots and walk your child in. This helps us to keep traffic off of 17th street. Thank you!


Dismissal

If you are picking your student up by car, please pull onto Arnold with your Pickup Number Visible. Thank you so much for your flexibility and patience with pickup. We appreciate your feedback and respect towards our staff as we direct traffic in order to speed up pickup. We have 350+ students that are picked up safely on average by 3:55 each day. Thank you for helping us make that happen.


If your students are walkers they will be dismissed at 3:35.


Busriders are dismissed as their buses arrive.


Meeting With Staff

We ask that you call to make an appointment with a teacher or staff member in the event that you need to meet with him/her in person. Our teachers and staff utilize every minute of the day to benefit our students, so it is important to respect their instructional time by minimizing distractions. If you need to visit with a principal, teacher, or other staff member, please call the office at 438-4570, and a meeting time will be set up that will be most convenient for everyone.


Late Start Fridays

The doors will open at 9:00, and school will start at 9:20 students will be counted tardy at 9:30. This allows time for teachers to collaborate, look at data, and plan for the following week with their teams. This is a change from last year where late start was on Wednesday, thank you for your flexibility in supporting teacher collaboration!

Topeka Public Schools App

This dynamic resource will take advantage of leading technology resources to connect with parents, students, and other community members. Using existing tools, streamlining access to information, allowing parents and the community to customize the information they receive and engage users with timely and responsive news and conversation about our schools and students.


The TPS Mobile App is free and available for both Apple and Android devices. Just search for Topeka Public Schools in the App Store or Google Play, or click on the convenient links below to go directly to the app download.

Here Comes the Bus App

TPS will be partnering with Kansas Central School Bus in implementing a free school bus routing parent notification App and website service. This program will allow you to view the real-time location of your child's school bus on your device.


This App is free and available for both Apple and Android devices. Just search for Here Comes the Bus in the App Store or Google Play, or click on the convenient links below to access the app download site.


More information regarding this service will be mailed to you along with you bus route information the first full week of August.


How to get signed up:

1. Visit www.herecomesthebus.com or download the app to your smart phone or table from the Apple Store or Google Play.


2. Click the 'sign up' button.


3. Enter school code 29036 and click 'Next' followed by 'Confirm.'


4. Complete the 'User Profile' box.


5. Under 'My Students,' click 'Add.' Enter your child's last name and student ID number. If you do not know your student's ID number, please call Ms. Perkins in the office.


6. Once you confirm your information, you're ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!