The Whitney Reporter

Mr. Stacho's Newsletter - October 14, 2016

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Halloween Celebration

Once again this year we will have classroom Halloween parties. The parties will take place on Friday, October 28th from 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. in the classrooms. Please remember that ONLY the 3 parent helpers per class, that have signed up in advance, will be admitted. All parent helpers must sign in in the office with a photo ID and receive a visitor's badge.


Weather permitting, we will have a short parade through our bus loop and playground. If you are coming to view the parade, parking will be available on our playground . . . please leave a full "lane" around the perimeter/outside edge of the playground blacktop to allow for the parade. If it is raining or snowing, there will NOT be a parade. With increased security in our schools, we simply cannot coordinate screening every parent/family member that would want to enter our school to view a costume parade inside the building. If the parade is cancelled, we will send out a "School Messenger" message at approximately 1:45 p.m.


We want to encourage students to dress as characters from books they’ve read, especially if those books have been made into movies to keep with our Hollywood theme. Please remember that even costumes MUST adhere to Whitney’s Dress Code (NO spaghetti straps, NO bare midriffs, NO inappropriate icons or graphics). Students may wear or bring their costumes, simple in nature, to school. We encourage creativity in costuming and NON-VIOLENT and NON-RISQUE costumes. Look-a-like weapons (including, but not limited to, swords, guns, and knives) are NOT permitted. This should be a positive experience by encouraging fun and originality that does not frighten our younger students. Masks will not be permitted to be worn throughout the school day, but may be worn at the party. Students who bring their costumes will be given time to change into their costumes before the parade begins at 2:15 p.m. Students must be able to dress and prepare themselves in their costumes independently at school.


I’m certain that we’ll have a “spook-tacular” time!

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Red Ribbon Week

The national Red Ribbon Week celebration is scheduled for October 23-31, 2016. Whitney Elementary will celebrate the week of October 24-28. 2016 The information below indicates the theme days for the week.


Monday: “Red Out Drugs” Day - Kick-Off of Red Ribbon Week-Wear Red


Tuesday: “Be a Jeanius and Be Drug Free” –Wear Blue Jeans


Wednesday: “Don’t Get Mixed up with Drugs” Mixed Up Day


Thursday: “Star in Your Life...Drug Free!” –Wear Whitney "Reading Superstar" Shirts


Friday: “Say Boo to Drugs”-Wear Halloween Costumes

Safety Drills

Throughout the school year we are required to hold various kinds of safety drills. We are required to have a fire drill every month. In the months of April and May, we are required to practice all-school tornado drills. We also have various kinds of "safety drills" where we practice "locking down" or "evacuating." All of these drills are coordinated with local fire and police departments. We do our best to practice for emergencies while minimizing student anxieties. Please talk with your child about the importance of these drills as a measure to remain safe in the case of an emergency.

Early Release on Friday, October 21st.

A reminder that students will be released at 2:30 on Friday, October 21st. A.M. Kindergarten will release at 11:10 a.m.