Whittier News

April 20, 2020

Notes from the Administration

We are going to keep this section short. Please see below for more information.

The kids are loving morning announcements. Please consider sending in a video. Here is the email address: whesmorningannoucements@gmail.com

April is Library Media Month

Look for Ms. Dattoli on morning announcements each day or follow her on Twitter @WHESLibraryFCPS to see her cool videos. If you are a tweeter, add her address to your tweet to get a shout out from Ms. Dattoli

Monday April 20th

Reading Takes Us Places

  • Wear a shirt with a real or imaginary place on it

Tuesday April 21st

Reading is Our Superpower

  • Dress as your favorite Superhero

Wednesday April 22nd

Hats off to Librarians

  • Wear Your favorite hat in celebration of libraries

Thursday April 23rd

Check out these characters

  • Dress as your favorite book character

Friday April 24th

Be A Librarian & Answer the Most Asked Question

  • Recommend a book that everyone should read and why!

Accessing Your Child's Materials

  • This week we are completely online with materials. Thank you for making the switch.
  • To access Schoology, go to: http://lms.fcps.org
  • You will be prompted to enter your child's email address which is unique to FCPS.
  • Then enter the password.

If your child doesn't remember their email address or password, please contact your child's teacher.

A parent requested log in credentials of their own for Schoology. We are researching the answer to that request, and will share information next week.

Collecting paper packets

If you have a paper packet, please scan the pictures of the work and send to the teacher.

If you need support in scanning and sending, please let us know.

We can support you!

We've been instructed to not receive any paper packets at this time.

Grading Policy

FCPS shared the grading policy for 4th quarter with families on Friday. Please let Mr. Migdal know if you did not receive the policy via Find Out First.

Several people have asked, what is the minimum requirement?

PreK - 30 minutes of work per day or 2.5 hours per week

K-2 1.5 hours of work per day or 7.5 hours per week

3-5 - 2 hours of work per day or 10 hours per week

The assignments that teachers have provided each week are required.

We are working with each family to assist students in meeting the requirements of continuity of learning. Please let your teacher know the struggles that you are having.

What happens if we don't do the required work?

Your child will receive an incomplete for Term IV, the school team will be required to develop and provide a plan to support the student once students are able to return to school.

We are here and willing to support you, and your child.

Technology Support

Mr. Bass, our User Support Specialist is available to answer your technology questions.

Mr. Bass was featured on Monday April 6, 2020 Morning Announcements.

You can reach him by sending an email to: Colin.Bass@fcps.org

Continuity of Learning Feedback

  • We recognize that transitioning to our Continuity of Learning has it's challenges.
  • Thank you for your patience as we make the complete transition to a technology based platform.
  • Schoology has been working diligently to increase their capacity and performance as they have been inundated with online learners nationwide in the last 3 weeks.
  • Feel free to give us your feedback as we grown and learn with you with this survey:


Blessings in A Backpack Food Pick Up

Blessings in A Backpack Food Pick Up

Friday April 24th


WHES Parking Lot

If you find that during this time, your situation has changed and you are in need of resources to support you and your family, please contact Shelley.Lewis@fcps.org or Lisa.Reese@fcps.org or Kirsten.Leatherman@fcps.org

Meal Pick Up at WHES

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served at WHES as "to go" 11:00-1:00

This is a change. FCPS Food Services will provide 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Free to all students 18 and under. Please consider taking advantage of opportunity.

Morning Announcements

Creating morning announcements has been a learning curve. We've become great youtubers, but are working to become great video hosts in Schoology. We aren't there yet, but are learning. Stay tuned!

If your child would like to be a guest on our morning announcements, please send your video to this email address: whesmorningannoucements@gmail.com

PreK Students- Jokes

Kindergarten Students- I wonders

1st Grade Students- Good morning Whittier

2nd Grade Students- Word Fun- Puns, Hink Pinks, Idioms

3rd Grade Students- Disney Trivia

4th Grade Students- Word of The Day

5th Grade Students- Leadership Quotes

If you would prefer that your child not be on video, you can just send in their submission to the email account, and they will get a shout out on announcements.

All submissions need to be sent to: whesmorningannoucements@gmail.com

Students can also send submissions through their Schoology account to Mrs. Schwiegerath, each student received a message from me.

You may also email them to: amy.schwiegerath@fcps.org

Access to WI-FI Resources

  • Comcast Xfinity Free WiFi network
    • https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
    • Comcast Xfinity has turned on a Wi-Fi sub-network on all of their home/business internet routers and made it free to access for anyone within range.
    • Comcast removed data plan caps for 60 days, making all connections unlimited.
    • Frozen disconnects and lat fees
  • Comcast Internet Essential Program
    • https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
    • Two free months for families that apply before April 30th, 2020
    • Network speed performance increased
    • Comcast is waiving the outstanding debt satisfaction requirement for Households with debt owed to Comcast for applications approved prior to May 13th, 2020
  • Verizon Wireless
    • https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/covid-19-faqs/
    • Waving new line activation fees, late fees, and service terminations through May 13th, 2020
    • Free international calling until April 30th, 2020
    • Additional 15GB of mobile hotspot data has been added for all customers and data plans.
  • T-Mobile
  • AT&T wireless
    • https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
    • All late fees for wireless, home phone and broadband residential customers are waived until May 13, 2020
    • Domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice and text for residential customers are waived until May 13, 2020

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