Whittier Wildcat Word!

Friday, September 9, 2022

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A Message from Principal Robinson

Greetings, Whittier Wildcats,

We look forward to seeing all of our families on Thursday, September 15th, for Curriculum Night. Please see the schedule under the "Upcoming Dates." This is an opportunity to meet your scholar's(s') teachers, see the learning environment, and hear about all the activities, projects, and other learnings teachers have planned this year.

We will have teacher assistants supervising the playground so that adults can attend the classroom presentations.

Don't hesitate to contact us (708-524-3080) if you have any questions. If you need to schedule a meeting with Mrs. McComb-Willaims or me, please contact Ms. McGee (amcgee@op97.org) or Mrs. Alexander (ljohnson1@op97.org) at 708-524-3080 to schedule an appointment.

I hope you and our Scholars have a fantastic weekend.


Patrick CL Robinson

Whittier School Principal

Whittier School - Where I Belong!

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One of our goals this year is to strengthen the relationship between home and school. In particular, findings ways for the Whittier community to know the staff at Whittier. Therefore, each week, we will randomly pick a staff member from an envelope to spotlight.


    1. Hello! My name is Georgina Swanson
    2. I am a 3rd grade teacher and I've worked at Whittier for 19 years.
    3. My favorite color is blue, but I do like all the colors of the rainbow.
    4. What I like most about Whittier is our sense of community for both kids and adults.
    5. If I had a SuperPower it would be to make time slow down!
    6. If I was an animal I would be a giraffe. I love that they can graze on trees high in the air.
    7. What advice would you give the students of Whittier? Being kind is really important! You can help people feel better through kind acts every day!
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    Whittier's Student Council Introduction Meeting

    We are so excited to bring Student Council back to Whittier this year. Student Council is open to all 4th and 5th grade students. We will meet on September 14th from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Please click on the link below to stay after school for the introductory meeting.


    Upcoming Dates

    September 2022:

    Sep 5th

    • No School - Labor Day

    Sep 15th

    • First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month
    • Curriculum Night (Mask Required)
      • Whittier, Where I Belong: Leadership Presentation (Auditorurim): 5:30 -6:15 pm
      • K-2 Curriculum Night - 6:30 - 7:00 pm
      • Special Area Curriculum Night (Library Learning Center) - 7:00 - 7:30 pm
      • 3-5 Curriculum Night - 7:30 - 8:00 pm

    Sep 26th

    • No School - Rosh Hashanah

    October 2022

    Oct 5th

    • No School - Yom Kippur

    Oct 10th

    • No School - Indigenous People day

    Oct 12th

    • PTO Fun Run

    Oct 21st

    • Picture Day

    October 24th - 28th

    • Book Fair
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    At Whittier, we want to support each student as best we can during these challenging times. Our PTO received financial funds from an anonymous donor that we can use to support our students and families in need.

    If your scholar(s) is in need of school supplies or Whittier Wear, please take a few minutes to help us better understand how we can support your family's current needs by filling out the google form below. Someone from our school will be in touch with you within the week. Please fill this out for EACH child in your family. Thank you in advance.


    Please note - ALL these responses will be kept confidential and can only be accessed by school social workers, the assistant principal, and the principal.

    Mask Requirements at Indoor Events (Curriculum Night)

    To support community safety, District 97 currently has differentiated masking requirements based on the type of gathering. This information is outlined in the table below. Please note that we will be following the highlighted requirements for Whittier Elementary School.

    District 97 Masking Protocols for Gatherings

    • Only District 97 students and staff are present

      • Guideline: Masks are strongly recommended

      • Examples: During the school day, after-school programs

    • Gatherings that include individuals who are not students and staff

      • Guideline: Masks are required

      • Examples:

        • Concerts, performances and ceremonies;

        • Large school events (e.g., back-to-school, open house, curriculum night);

        • Any portion of field trips spent indoors, including on buses, if students are transported to field trips via bus.

    Thank you for supporting us by taking this precautionary measure to ensure and maintain the safety and health of our school communities.

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    Fun Run

    Whittier PTO's annual Fun Run Fundraiser Goes Live September 12! Join us in our annual fundraiser with a variety of prizes(We need a Prize Sourcing Volunteers!) and on October 12th the kids run, take on the obstacle course with music and fun. Learn More and register today!

    Hump Day Cafe is back!

    Hump Day Cafe is back! On September 14th Join our co-President Ames Rondes after drop off with coffee and conversation on the blacktop.

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    Rock The Rims celebration and dedication

    September 17th

    Rock The Rims celebration and dedication! We Rai$ed The Rims and now they are here, so let's Rock them! Join us September 17th @ 12pm for music, food, drinks as we change out the nets and cut the ribbon with Principal Robinson. Let's play 3 on 3 and really Rock The Rims pick up games! BYOB( bring your own ball)

    All Whittier families and the surrounding Whittier community are welcome

    Grade Level PlayDates Are Here!

    New this year, each Sunday through October the PTO Liaisons will be hosting a meetup at Field Park. More details to come:

    September 18th - Kindergarten

    September 25th - 1st Grade

    October 2nd - 2nd Grade

    October 9th - 3rd Grade

    October 16th - 4th Grade

    October 30th - 5th Grade

    WISE Registration is still open!

    WISE Registration is still open!

    Jewelry Making, Yoga and more still have open slots. Review the courses here and register here.

    SMART Math Tutoring

    Looking for extra math practice or enrichment? SMART will be offering a 6-week fall program to give current 2nd through 5th graders an extra boost in math, in the early evenings starting the week of October 10th. New this year based on feedback from parents and teachers: SMART will have both “regular” and “advanced” math classes this fall. The “regular” classes will practice and reinforce grade-level material and the advanced classes will go beyond grade-level material. Sessions will be taught by D97 teachers over Zoom. For more information and to register by Friday, September 23, visit www.smart-oakpark.org.

    Whittier’s first Golf Scramble

    September 25th

    Whittier’s first Golf Scramble! Grab 3 friends or have us mix it up for you with an easy 9 hole scramble. Simply play the best ball down the course and have fun along the way! Learn More[https://whittierpto.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/206553] and sign up today!

    Team Owen’s Virtual 5K October 1

    Horace Mann Elementary student Owen Petrzelka lost his DIPG battle in October 2020. Since

    2020, his family has organized a virtual run in conjunction with the ChadTough Foundation to

    raise funds for DIPG and childhood brain cancer research. This year’s 3rd annual virtual run is

    scheduled for Saturday, October 1. Participants may run/walk/bike/swim-you name it!

    We want to make this day a big community event that lives up to one of Owen’s mottos of

    “making someone happy is our job”. To that end, Owen’s parents, Amanda and Adam, have

    plans to turn their street into a community fun zone the day of the event where community

    members, whether they are running or not, can stop by throughout the day for some fun kids

    activities (free), food, and live music.

    • Donate to your school’s

    team: https://www.teamowen.org/Race/92431/Donate/z5MoZKIuCl5NpO2R

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    School Lunches - Milk Only Charge

    As a reminder, if your student takes milk only during lunch, there is a cost of $.45 per carton, regardless of your family's school meal eligibility status. If you have not already done so, please add funds into your student’s meal account to accommodate the milk only charge. If your student takes the full school meal, milk is included. Thank you!

    Imagine OPRF Project 1 Tours and IGOV Meeting

    Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is hosting another round of Imagine OPRF Project 1 tours on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tours will follow the iGOV meeting which will take place that same morning at the high school. Similar to our Open House last May, the tours will be self-guided, and visitors can see the new Student Resource Center, new classrooms, and the revamped South Cafeteria, Student Commons, and Welcome Center. Click here to view the event flyer >>

    NEW Combined Student and Family Handbook for 2022-23

    This year, the district worked to merge the Effective Student Behavior Handbook and Family Handbook into one comprehensive resource, the Student-Family Handbook, in order to streamline information for families and staff. The new handbook contains important information regarding school policies, procedures, student rights and responsibilities, and important notifications required by state and federal law.

    The purpose of this handbook is to outline the expectations for building an educational community where everyone feels safe, included and able to learn. Having shared expectations, procedures and policies helps us respect all members of the school community in which we learn and work every day. Please take the time to read through the handbook and review it with your child.

    School Fees

    The district is currently accepting fee payments for the 2022-23 school year. Full payment is due by September 30, 2022. You can access the fee information by visiting https://www.op97.org/business-office/fees.

    Technology Update

    Please visit https://bit.ly/3pxoN0I for information from the district’s technology department about the deployment of student devices, online filtering at home, the district’s acceptable use policy, and the procedures and protocols that are used to set up accounts for students.
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    *NEW* Process for Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases to D97 Schools

    If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they must complete the following steps:

    1) To notify the school nurse and receive a return-to-school date, families/staff must complete the confidential COVID-19 Positive Case Notification Form as soon as possible following the positive test. Information provided will also be shared with the Oak Park Department of Public Health.

    2) Families must continue to report student absences via the school attendance line, and staff must enter their absences in Frontline.

    To see the rules for isolation and quarantine, click here. Additional resources are linked below.

    As always, thank you for your continued collaboration and support. Enjoy your weekend!

    John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary

    Where You Belong!

    Patrick CL Robinson



    Twitter: @PCLRobinson

    Chasity McComb-Williams

    Assistant Principal


    Twitter: @mccombwilliams