Whittier Wildcat Word!

Friday, September 2, 2022

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A Message from Principal Robinson

Greetings Whittier Wildcats,

The 2022-23 school year is off to a great start! The students have been working hard and have done a fantastic job adjusting from summer break to school. Hats off to the tremendously talented Whittier Wildcat staff for their intentionality in planning and delivering engaging welcome back activities to assist in helping our friends get back into the routine of school. I have enjoyed observing our friends working hard while having fun in and out of the classroom.

The Whittier staff looks forward to all our wildcat families at Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 15, 2022, from 5:30 -8 pm. We want our families to learn about the many wonderful learning programs we plan to engage our scholars in throughout the school year.

As always, please feel free to contact us (708-524-3080) if you have any questions. If you need to schedule a meeting with Mrs. McComb-Willaims or me, please contact Ms. McGee (amcgee@op97.org) or Mrs. Alexander (ljohnson1@op97.org) at 708-524-3080 to schedule a meeting.


Patrick CL Robinson

Whittier School Principal

Whittier School - Where I Belong!

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Upcoming Dates

September 2022:

Monday, Sep. 5th

  • No School - Labor Day

Thursday, Sep. 15th

  • First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Curriculum Night (New Date)
    • Whittier, Where I Belong: Leadership Presentation (Auditorurim): 5:30 -6:15 pm
    • K-2 Curriculum Night - 6:30 - 7:00 pm
    • Special Area Curriculum Night (Library Learning Center) - 7:00 - 7:30 pm
    • 3-5 Curriculum Night - 7:30 - 8:00 pm
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Whittier School Supply List for SY22/23

Please click here to view each grade level's 2022-2023 school year supply list.

Blacktop/Playground Reminders

- The playground is now open for students and families before and after school. The playground/blacktop is closed to the community during school hours.

- Dogs are not allowed on the playground/blacktop during morning drop-off, school hours, and dismissal for safety reasons. We ask all families to adhere to this request.

- Motorized scooters or bikes are not allowed on the playground during morning drop-off, school hours, or dismissal for safety reasons. All bikes should be parked at the bike rack before entering the playground.


At Whittier, we want to support each student as best we can during these challenging times. Our PTO received financial funds from an anonymous donor that we can use to support our students and families in need.

If your scholar(s) is in need of school supplies or Whittier Wear, please take a few minutes to help us better understand how we can support your family's current needs by filling out the google form below. Someone from our school will be in touch with you within the week. Please fill this out for EACH child in your family. Thank you in advance.


Please note - ALL these responses will be kept confidential and can only be accessed by school social workers, the assistant principal, and the principal.

Mask Requirements at Indoor Events

To support community safety, District 97 currently has differentiated masking requirements based on the type of gathering. This information is outlined in the table below. Please note that we will be following the highlighted requirements for Whittier Elementary School.

District 97 Masking Protocols for Gatherings

  • Only District 97 students and staff are present

    • Guideline: Masks are strongly recommended

    • Examples: During the school day, after-school programs

  • Gatherings that include individuals who are not students and staff

    • Guideline: Masks are required

    • Examples:

      • Concerts, performances and ceremonies;

      • Large school events (e.g., back-to-school, open house, curriculum night);

      • Any portion of field trips spent indoors, including on buses, if students are transported to field trips via bus.

Thank you for supporting us by taking this precautionary measure to ensure and maintain the safety and health of our school communities.


Absence Notification

The tardy bell for students rings at 8:00 am each day of school. The teachers report attendance to the office by 8:10 each morning. If a student is absent and we are unaware of the reason for the absence, we phone the home/office numbers of the parents. In an absence from school, PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE BY 8:15 am or by 12:15 pm. To ensure your child’s safety, we will follow up on unreported absences with a telephone call. Please help us by calling in your child’s absence (708-665-3070). We can receive your message 24 hours a day.

Attending school has a huge impact on student success. This year we want to make sure every student has PERFECT ATTENDANCE or attendance of 97%. We need your help.

Some Attendance Tips to Promote Student Learning:

  • Make sure your students keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine to be rested and alert when they get to school.

  • Turn off all electronics, including TVs, phones, and tablets, at bedtime.

  • Make sure clothes and backpacks are ready the night before.

  • Check with our school nurse or office staff if you are unsure when to keep your child home due to illness.

  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.

  • Talk to teachers, student support for advice if your student feels anxious about going to school.

  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your student to school.

Would you please let us know how we can best support you and your student so that they can show up for school on time every day?

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*NEW* Process for Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases to D97 Schools

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they must complete the following steps:

1) To notify the school nurse and receive a return-to-school date, families/staff must complete the confidential COVID-19 Positive Case Notification Form as soon as possible following the positive test. Information provided will also be shared with the Oak Park Department of Public Health.

2) Families must continue to report student absences via the school attendance line, and staff must enter their absences in Frontline.

To see the rules for isolation and quarantine, click here. Additional resources are linked below.

NEW Combined Student and Family Handbook for 2022-23

This year, the district worked to merge the Effective Student Behavior Handbook and Family Handbook into one comprehensive resource, the Student-Family Handbook, in order to streamline information for families and staff. The new handbook contains important information regarding school policies, procedures, student rights and responsibilities, and important notifications required by state and federal law.

The purpose of this handbook is to outline the expectations for building an educational community where everyone feels safe, included and able to learn. Having shared expectations, procedures and policies helps us respect all members of the school community in which we learn and work every day. Please take the time to read through the handbook and review it with your child.

School Fees

The district is currently accepting fee payments for the 2022-23 school year. Full payment is due by September 30, 2022. You can access the fee information by visiting https://www.op97.org/business-office/fees.

Technology Update

Please visit https://bit.ly/3pxoN0I for information from the district’s technology department about the deployment of student devices, online filtering at home, the district’s acceptable use policy, and the procedures and protocols that are used to set up accounts for students.
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As always, thank you for your continued collaboration and support! Enjoy the weekend!

John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary

Where You Belong!

Patrick CL Robinson



Twitter: @PCLRobinson

Chasity McComb-Williams

Assistant Principal


Twitter: @mccombwilliams