Whittier Weekly Newsletter

October 30, 2020

A Message from Mr OhEithir

Adjustments Ahead...

Dear Whittier Families,

Our staff debriefed this week about our parent teacher conferences. We are so grateful for the partnership and the positive energy that parents and teachers shared in working through some learning challenges and successes together. Our teachers really felt supported and we hope you did too.

We held conferences with 652 of our 691 students' families. We would love to have all 691. If you missed yours, please contact your child's teacher as soon as possible.

A great benefit of conferencing together is that we learn each others' perspectives and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for both teaching and parenting. If we learn nothing else during this time, let's appreciate how important it is to be on the same side, which is the side of children's learning and growth.

Making Some Adjustments

While some students are really doing very well in some aspects of virtual learning, others are having some difficulty keeping up with their assignments. We want to recognize and honor this by doing a couple of things this coming week, the last week of the marking period in Quarter One, that will hopefully help a little.

We are going to provide space for students to catch up on a few priorities while we take stock of our instruction and make some adjustments for Quarter Two. Let's call it catching a breath.

Week of November 2-6:

Monday 2nd - regular school day for all grades

Tuesday 3rd - Election Day (schools closed)

Wednesday 4th - Catch-up Day for Grades 1 and 3 (all others, regular school day)

Thursday 5th - Catch-up Day for Grades 4 and 5 (all others, regular school day)

Friday 6th - Catch-up Day for Grades K and 2 (all others, regular school day)

What Happens on a Catch-up Day exactly?

Student priorities:

- catch up on missing specials assignments in Art, Music, and PE

- complete your units in Lexia

- catch up on missing classroom assignments

- attend your synchronous Specials class

Staff Priorities:

- participate in a full day of professional learning

- plan adjustments to instruction for Quarter 2 based on parent feedback and student needs

- plan for each individual students' goals and targets in Lexia

- work together to improve learning for students in the quarter ahead

I sincerely hope that having an opportunity to catch up on a few things will be helpful. It is apparent to me that many of our families could use a catch-up day right now, and hopefully you agree and will find it beneficial.

I trust you will let me know if you have feedback or suggestions. I am always willing to listen.

Be well,

Lorcan OhEithir, Principal

Material Distribution for Quarter 2; Flu-Clinic; Food Distribution

Learning Materials Distribution for Quarter 2; Flu-Shot Clinic; Food Distribution; and More

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 3-7pm

2400 Whittier Drive

Frederick, MD

Learning Materials Distribution for Grades Pre-k, k, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

(We already had a distribution for kindergarten recently so you are all set)

Front loop of the school (bus loop)


Flu-shot Clinic and Food Distribution:

Side loop of the school (Car-rider loop)


5:30 pm Presentation of Legacy Gift to the 5th Grade Class of 2019-2020

Front Loop of the school (bus loop)

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Whittier Community Resources

Mrs. Lewis, our Community Liaison, has many resources for families. She may have just what your family needs. Thanksgiving meals support information is NEW this week.

PTA Online Fall Book fair

The online Book Fair begins today! It will run from today through November 12th. ALL purchases will earn money for our school, and that all book orders will ship to you for free! Keep an eye out next week for contests with some great prizes!

Look at This!

Artwork from some of our Whittier artists so far this quarter...

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

Red Ribbon/ Character Counts Week Spirit Week was a HUGE SUCCESS!

Thank you for your fantastic Participation! Be sure to check out the Counselor’s Corner Schoology Page for some great photos of our students and teachers showing their spirit! (www.lms.fcps.org Counselor’s Corner Course) The pictures are posted in the Red Ribbon Week folder.


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

Military Support Small Group will begin at 1:30 on Monday 11/9/20

Lauren Wynn, LCMFT will send details. If you would like your child to participate,

Sign up here. Military Child Small Group Sign Up

Bully Prevention at WHES: October may be ending, but Bully Prevention continues. Kindness Always Matters at Whittier.

Thanks Ginger for sharing your poster!

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.

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