Principal Update

October 2021

Whitney Families,

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Whew! September was really busy! Our students spent a lot of time getting reacclimated to school systems and processes. Our teachers have been working tirelessly to ensure that each day is filled with engaging learning opportunities.

November 1st-5th is Parent/Teacher conference week. Students will be released at NOON during conference week. All families will have the opportunity to meet with their child's classroom teacher. Parent/Teacher conferences are an important part of student success. It is vital that you attend the conference. Our teachers will be sending out information soon for you to schedule your conferences. ALL CONFERENCES WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY THIS SCHOOL YEAR.

Lost and found is filling up fast. Items left at the end of every month will be donated to charity. If your child loses an item have them check out the lost and found in the cafeteria. Please make sure that every jacket, coat, and hat is labeled with their name so that if found they can be returned promptly.

Thank you again for all you do for your child and for our teachers. We appreciate our families!

If you have questions please reach out via telephone (573-1900) or via Let's Talk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Dates to Remember

October 28 Halloween Costume/Party (More Information Below)

October 29 No School

November 1-5 Conference

November 11 Veterans Day (No School)

November 16 Picture Retakes

Student of the Month

Jace Suarez

Flora Prado

Makayla Bossert

Nevaeh Frederick

Carter Reeves

Luis Perez Hernandez

Boston Ramirez

Desiree Rodriguez

Isabella Smith

Lucy Sanchez

Murphy Macedonio

Madison Macias

Eva Munoz

Ty McGuffin

Giovoni Langley

Sally Pimentel

Thomas Tinker-Villanueva

Julissa Sanchez

Syfira Pryor

Xavier Sanchez

Sweely Shehada

Charles Romba

Amelia Lott

Tyson Smith

Joseph Bossert

Genesis Pineda

Santana Villa

Preston Wauneka

Isaiah Rebollero

Celeste Flores Villa

Eleanor Sheffield

Ricardo Prado

Johnathan Robertson

Jaden Soliz

Jasen Dobbie

Itzia Bravo

Sarai Hernandez

Cooper McDaniel

Halloween Party

Halloween Costume/Party Information

Halloween is just around the corner. This year at Whitney we will be allowing students to wear costumes all day on October 28, 2021 (no school on the 29th). Students do not have to wear a costume to school if they do not want to but this will also be our “Whitney Spirit Day” so you can wear Whitney t-shirts to join in the fun.

Please do not bring costumes to students in the middle of the day as this is a big disruption to our classrooms and office staff. Costumes need to be school appropriate, no weapons, no masks (besides the normal masks they are currently wearing to school), no face paint please and clown costumes will not be allowed in the school at all. Teachers will have the last half hour of the day for a celebration if they choose to do so. Teachers may allow for treats to be eaten during their optional celebration but this is not required. If the teacher does not allow for treats to be eaten in their classroom, students may distribute their treats to their classmates to take home. If your child brings treats they must be individually wrapped. Treats brought in the middle of the day may be left on the table in the office entry area. Please label them with your child’s name and teacher name and the teacher will pick them up before their celebration.

If you do not want your child to participate in any Halloween activities please let their teacher know and we will provide alternate activities for them.

WAPC Seasonal Health Alert: Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner! Here are some safety tips and alternatives to trick-or-treating.

Halloween is right around the corner! Follow our safety tips to ensure this spooky night doesn’t become too scary with an unexpected poisoning.

* Be careful with glow sticks. The liquid in glow sticks is generally not toxic, but can cause irritation if swallowed or splashed into the eyes. NEVER put glow sticks in the microwave.
* Use dry ice safely:
+ Wear gloves and be careful when handling dry ice
+ Do not store dry ice in the freezer, and always use it in a well ventilated area
+ Swallowing or touching dry ice can cause significant burns and injury
* Inspect all candy before eating for signs of tampering or compromised packaging. This includes tears, broken seals, pinholes, or discoloration.
* Consume wisely. Alcohol does not mix well with anything, especially cannabis or prescription drugs. When consumed together, these substances can lead to severe health and safety issues.
* Safely store cannabis (marijuana) edibles away from all Halloween candy—out of sight, reach, and preferably locked up.

Celebrate safely during COVID-19
* Door-to-door trick-or-treating can be risky, as it brings people into close contact:
+ If you plan to give out treats, explore ways to do so while staying 6 feet apart, like sliding candy down a wrapping paper tube into trick-or-treat bags, or having individual goodie bags prepared and set out along your driveway.
+ Wear a protective mask (a cloth face covering or disposable mask that covers your mouth and nose) if you are giving out candy or going trick-or-treating.
* If you are celebrating with people outside of your household, wear a mask and celebrate outdoors when possible.
* Use hand sanitizer after each interaction (giving OR receiving candy). Only adults should dispense hand sanitizer—do not let children apply hand sanitizer to themselves. Use a dime sized amount and ensure hands are rubbed together until dry.
* Do not use disinfectants or cleaning products on candy.
* Consider alternatives to trick-or-treating:
+ Trick-or-treat inside your home by hiding candy for your kids to find.
+ Have a spooky movie night with Halloween-themed treats.
+ Have a virtual pumpkin carving and/or costume contest with other families.
+ Decorate your yard and house with Halloween-themed items.
* See more safer celebration ideas from the CDC.
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