Whittier Weekly

September 22, 2017 V1.3

On the Calendar

9/28- Young Rembrandts & 4th Grade Intramurals

9/29-5th Grade Intramurals
Whittier Action Territory Night 4:00-10:00 pm

10/2- Sign Language Club 2:30-3:15 pm

10/3- Kindergarten Games Night 6:00-7:00 pm

10/9- PTA Meeting

Attendance Matters!

We love having children in school on time everyday! Whittier has an annual attendance goal of 97%. We need your help to achieve this goal. Attendance at school is a crucial factor in students being able to reach their potential.

Did you know that;

• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in

• Missing just 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.

• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

• Being late to school makes it difficult for students to get engaged in learning.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

Each month we will share with you our progress towards our attendance goal. We will also have a variety of incentives and awards for students who have great attendance!

What can you do to help your child's attendance at school?

• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

• Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in

mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign

of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to

teachers or our school counselor, Mrs. Dryer, for advice on

how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something

comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or

another parent.

• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school

is in session.

MAP Assessments

This week students in grades 2-5 will continue to participate in MAP Assessments. These computer based assessments helps teachers understand what your child already knows and what they are ready to learn next. For more specific information about the MAP assessment please check out these parent resources.

How can you help? Please encourage your child to do their best, make sure they get a good nights rest, and eat a hearty breakfast each morning!

Within Reach - Free Art Nights hosted by Whittier PTA

The PTA is hosting Art Nights in the multipurpose room on October 9 and November 13th from 6:00-7:30 pm. At each event, students will have the opportunity to work on a Visual Arts project and a photography project. The PTA will provide the art materials, instruction, and clean up. On October 9th students will have a crayon resist watercolor on paper and nature prints using sun sensitive paper. On November 13th students will do a color bleeding art tissue on canvas and fun photo effects with Mac PhotoBooth. These art classes are free! Be sure to RSVP using the form so that we have enough supplies. Extra copies of the form are online at our website in the Whittier Backpack.

School Hours

School Hours:

Drop Off Begins at 7:15 AM
Mon-Thur 7:25 AM - 2:25 PM
Friday Dismissal 11:21 AM

Breakfast Time:
6:55 – 7:25 a.m in MPR

Office Hours:
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

About Us

Whittier Elementary is an exemplary elementary school in the Kenosha Unified School District.