Whittier News

May 27, 2020

Notes from the Administration

Hello Families-

We are beginning the close out process for this school year. This week and next, teachers will be packing up classrooms and student belongings.

Beginning on June 9th, we will begin to distribute student belongings. We will also be collecting materials. Your child's teacher will be sending an email outlining the details.

We will be collecting:

  • band instruments
  • library books
  • classroom books
  • materials loaned to your child by the teacher
  • Chromebooks, if your child is not returning to FCPS next year.

For students returning to FCPS schools in the fall, please keep your Chromebooks.

Stay healthy and we will see you soon!

Student belonging pick up and drop off

  • If you have multiple children and don't want to risk exposure, we will have your children’s materials available at the youngest siblings pick up time.

  • Student material pick up will be as follows:

    • Tuesday June 9th- Prek (Details to come from the teacher)

    • Wednesday June 10th K (Details to come from the teacher)

    • Thursday June 11th - 1st (Details to come from the teacher)

    • Friday June 12th -2nd (Details to come from the teacher)

    • Monday June 15th -3rd (Details to come from the teacher)

    • Tuesday June 16th -4th (Details to come from the teacher)

    • Wednesday June 17th -5th (Details to come from the teacher)

  • Each student has been assigned a pick up time. Please honor the time that you have been given. Teachers will be available to wave goodbye to your child during your assigned time.

  • You must wear a mask.

  • You must remain in your car.

  • Please be prepared to drop Media Center books, Chromebooks and other materials borrowed from the school.

  • At point A - A staff member will be present to check off returned materials.

  • At point B- A staff member will then collect materials.

  • At point C- A staff member will give you your child’s materials that have been bagged and sitting for 72 hours.

The Student pick up line will take place around the car rider area. You will enter Independence Street. Traffic will maintain a single line and pass by the parking spaces and come around to the lane closest to the sidewalk. The material stops will be labeled for returns and a staff member will be there to take them so you do not have to leave the car for any reason.

Medication pick up will be coordinated with your pick up times

Your child's medications will be available on the day and time of your pick up.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the health room beginning June 1, 2020.

The number is 240-236-3108.

Hometown Hero

Whittier is full of HEROs! Each week we are going to spotlight a staff member who has gone above and beyond to embrace the definition of HERO.

A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Amy Broomall- Mrs. Broomall is an excellent advocate for her students. She is aware of their needs and works effortlessly to get resources in students hands. Mrs. Broomall has met with students to assist them through their learning. She has also been a tremendous leader during this time! Thank you Mrs. Broomall.

Have a staff member that has gone above and beyond, send Mrs. Schwiegerath an email letting her know who you would like to recognize. amy.schwiegerath@fcps.org

PreK and Kindergarten Registration

Starting Monday, June 1, FCPS will begin a new online enrollment process that lets parents register their child for school through a secure website.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten enrollment will occur online in a secure, virtual environment. Parents will be able to upload required documents and attach pictures.

Required enrollment documents:

-Immunization and health records
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene form 896 Immunization Certificate
Documentation of a recent physical exam, recorded on the Maryland Schools Record of Physical Examination

-Proof of date of birth
One of the following: Birth certificate, physician's certificate, hospital certificate, baptismal or church certificate, parent's affidavit, or passport/visa

-Proof of residency
One of these: current property tax bill, current rental bill, current utility bill for water, gas, or electric

Watch for more information about enrolling students online, coming soon.

PTA Nominations

We are in the process of taking nominations for the 2020-2021 school year. Our nominating committee consists of Michelle Hohorst and Courtney Bush. If you are interested in serving in the role of:


Vice President



Please email michelle.hohorst@fcps.org or courtney.bush@fcps.org

Voting will take place at our next PTA meeting, which will be held virtually on June 8, 2020.

Details will be coming soon!


Please go here for the latest meal updates from FCPS: https://www.fcps.org/update

Blessings in a Backpack meals for the weekend will be distributed at WHES on Friday May 29th from 11-1 in the WHES Parking lot.

Free WiFi in Certain School Parking Lots

Frederick County Public Schools is offering outdoor Wi-Fi service at 27 school parking lots.

Connections are only available to FCPS students and staff who have valid credentials to access the network. They will log in using the same credentials as they would if they were inside the school.

Governor Hogan's Stay at Home Order identifies "travel to and from an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning" as an "essential activity." Families and students must remain in their vehicles to use the the outdoor Wi-Fi access. A social distancing of at least six feet from others, must be maintained at all times.

Schools offering the outdoor Wi-Fi access in their parking lots will post signs when they are printed indicating the areas available. They are:

Brunswick Middle

Catoctin High
Deer Crossing Elementary

Emmitsburg Elementary
Frederick High

Gov. Thomas Johnson High
Green Valley Elementary

Hillcrest Elementary
Lewistown Elementary

Liberty Elementary

Middletown High

Middletown Middle
Myersville Elementary

New Market Middle

New Midway Elementary

Sabillasville Elementary
Spring Ridge Elementary

Tuscarora High
Twin Ridge Elementary

Valley Elementary
Walkersville Elementary

Waverley Elementary
Whittier Elementary

Windsor Knolls Middle
Wolfsville Elementary

Woodsboro Elementary
Yellow Springs Elementary.

Wi-Fi service at school parking lots is subject to change without notice.

Need Help?

  • Child Protective Services (CPS): 301-600-2464
    • To get help for physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
  • Crisis Services: Dial 211
    • To get help when you feel really anxious or really depressed and need someone to talk with so that you can stay safe.
  • Maryland Anonymous Tip Line: 1-833-632-7233
    • To report threats or situations that put your safety or others’ safety at risk.
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    • To get help if you are thinking about suicide.

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

Morning Announcements

  • Your child has been invited to morning announcements in Schoology.
  • All students should be able to view them in Schoology.
  • Announcements are published each morning @ 8:45.
  • 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

PTA Facebook

Want to keep up to date with PTA events and happenings- join the Whittier PTA Facebook page.

Whittier Elementary School PTA

Parent Resources

Resources for Parents:

BHP (Behavioral Health Partners) is offering some counseling groups for kids, teens, and parents during COVID-19. Click the link below to see what is offered.


Need Help? Or Interested in Helping?: If you are finding yourself in recent financial hardship please contact Mrs. Lewis so that she can help direct you to resources to help you. If you need food assistance or other assistance please let her know. If you are interested in helping please send her an email: shelley.lewis@fcps.org

Meals: Meals are being offered to any student under the age of 18 only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ WHES (even if you do not qualify for free and reduced meals. You can pick up breakfast, lunch, and super items all at the same time. Look for the big yellow bus!!) From 11:00-1:00pm.

Frederick County Mental Health Hotline 2-1-1

Need Help?

  • Child Protective Services (CPS): 301-600-2464

Help for physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

  • Crisis Services: Dial 211

Help when you feel really anxious or really depressed and need someone to talk with so that you can stay safe.

  • Maryland anonymous Tip Line: 1-833-632-7233

Report threats or situations that put your safety, or others’ safety, at risk.

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Help if you are thinking about suicide.