Whittier Weekly News

February 24, 2019

Notes from the Administration

Despite our wacky weather, our students continue to work hard and meet their academic goals here at Whittier! We continue to work on our WIGS (Wildly Important Goals) as we build leadership skills in every grade.

Spaghetti Dinner- Rescheduled for February 27th 6-8 pm - Sign Up here!

BOOK SWAP is coming!

Independent reading is designed to give students continued opportunities to expand and practice reading strategies. In the classroom independent reading provides the opportunity for teachers to provide explicit instruction to increase competence and encourage students to monitor their own reading.

When: Whittier’s Annual Book Swap will begin Monday, March 4th

We would appreciate any donations of GENTLY USED books that are appropriate for Pre-K- 5th graders.

Gently Used: please no tore pages, not written on or damaged books. Donation boxes will be placed throughout the Whittier.

All students will be able to attend the BOOK SWAP during the week of March 4th to select the perfect book.

Volunteers Needed: to help with setup, restocking books or helping students find the perfect book. You can volunteer half hour or more. If you would like to volunteer please contact, jacqueline.cramer@fcps.org or sign up here .

FCPS Perceptual Survey

Dear FCPS Parents and Guardians:

FCPS is launched a survey on Thursday, January 24 to gather your perceptions about your child's school. The survey date has been extended until February 28th

WHES sent a letter home with each student on January 24th, explaining the survey. The letter includes a link for parents and guardians to access and complete an online survey. This link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FAM2107 is specific to Whittier Elementary.

A limited number of paper copies of the survey will also be available in the front office. Parent/guardian feedback is important to FCPS and the staff at Whittier Elementary as we continue our work building on strengths and striving to make improvements as a partner in your child’s education.

Please contact our front office if you have any questions about the survey. Thank you!

Out of District Approval Process

Please be aware that the FCPS Regulation 400-15, the Assignment and Transfer of Students was recently revised to include new submission dates for yearly applications. The new dates that out-of-district applications must be submitted to the Department of Student Services are between January 2 and March 1 prior to each new school year. You will have access to reapply by going to the FCPS website at FCPS.org, going to the link that states “For Families and Students,” and then scrolling to the out-of-district section. There you will find a link for the application that will be active starting on January 2, 2019 and will close at the end of business on March 1, 2019. If you are in need of a paper copy of the application, please contact 240-236-2493 to make this request.

FCPS will publish schools identified as over-capacity and thus restricted for the 2019-2020 school year after December 1, 2018. Please note that the restricted schools are not open to out-of-district transfers.


  • Students in Pre-K-2nd grade have the option to submit a student science fair project (individual or group.)
  • Students in grades 3-5 are required to submit a student science fair project (individual or group.)
  • Science fair projects are due on Wednesday, March 27th.

Click the link below for science fair registration, information, and ideas.


Whittier’s STEM Fair is on Thursday, March 28th!

Our STEM Fair is from 6:00-8:00pm with science fair projects in the gym and hands-on STEM activity stations that include science, technology, engineering and math in the cafeteria, gym and other locations within the school.

Questions? Contact Tina Dattoli at tina.dattoli@fcps.org.


In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, we'll be celebrating his birthday the week of March 4. Join us in dressing up in the following way:

Monday, March 4............Dress Like a Twin or Thing 1 & Thing 2

Tuesday, March 5...........Green Eggs and Ham - Wear Green

Wednesday, March 6......Wacky Wednesday - Wear Wacky Tacky

Thursday, March 7..........Fox in Socks - Wear Crazy Socks

Friday, March 8................I Can Read With My Eyes Shut - PJ Day

Service Dog in Training at Whittier

Whittier Elementary will be hosting a service dog in training. We are looking for Hopper to train in our 4th grade. Students in this grade will be receiving a letter specific to Hopper's training. If you have concerns or questions about the Service Animal in training, please reach out to Mrs. Schwiegerath @ amy.schwiegerath@fcps.org.

Gifted and Talented Nominations

The magnet program is designed for academically gifted students in grades 3 – 5 with superior performance in both language arts and mathematics. Nomination booklets were available beginning January 25, 2019 and may be obtained from the school office, the FCPS Office of Advanced Academics or online at http://www.fcps.org/advacademics under Elementary Magnet Program. Beginning January 25, 2019, the Office of Advanced Academics will be accepting nominations of present second through fourth grade students for possible placement in the magnet program for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

Students may be nominated for the magnet program by school staff, parents or jointly. Parents and teachers are encouraged to review information, including some characteristics of gifted students, that is posted at http://www.fcps.org/advacademics. Teacher nominations, parent nominations and a completed Parent/Guardian Rating Form are due in the school office by February 28, 2019, so that information required to complete the nomination packet may be gathered by school staff.


Are you the father, stepfather, grandfather, uncle, or father figure of a Whittier student? If so, we want you to volunteer as a Watch D.O.G (Dads of Great Students.)Watch D.O.G.S is a nationally recognized program that helps bring male role models into our schools. While you're here, we'll create a schedule of places where you're needed in the building to help students and serve as a role model. If you are interested in being a hero for a day (or half day) and would like to positively impact the students at Whittier ES, please contact Mr. Byrd at matthew.byrd@fcps.org We hope to see you at school soon!

PTA Movie Night- Thursday February 28th

Doors open at 6:30 and the movie will begin around 6:45! This year we are excited to look forward to WARMER weather and watch RIO! Bring your beach chairs or beach blankets!

The silent auction baskets and raffles will take place in the hallway during the movie and will end after the movie is over.

Please bring cash, check or credit card if you are planning on participating!

Silent Auction Items-

Pre-K: We Love Frederick/Ice Cream Sundae

Kindergarten: Reading/Disney

1st: Family Game Night/Let's Bake

2nd: Outdoor Sports/Lego Theme

3rd: Arts and Crafts/Spa Day at Home

4th: Family Movie Night/Life's A Beach

5th: Camping/Gardening


Upcoming events:

Box Tops- The PTA is collecting Box Tops starting this Thursday. The class with the highest amount of Box Tops will receive extra recess and the coveted Box Top trophy! Box Tops were due February 22nd! We will extend the date until Monday February 25th. Thank you for supporting our school.

Silent Auction Items- The PTA will be holding a Silent Auction. The following baskets will be raffled off at Movie Night.:

Pre-K: We Love Frederick/Ice Cream Sundae

Kindergarten: Reading/Disney

1st: Family Game Night/Let's Bake

2nd: Outdoor Sports/Lego Theme

3rd: Arts and Crafts/Spa Day at Home

4th: Family Movie Night/Life's A Beach

5th: Camping/Gardening

Thank you to all who have donated to this fundraiser!

Upcoming PTA Meetings:

Monday, February 25th

6:30pm-7:30pm: Media Center

*Feel free to stay after and help count box tops if you are able!


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Monday February 25th

Just Dance 7:45 am

Volunteer Training 6:00 pm

PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

Tuesday February 26th

STEM Club 7:45 am

Play Rehearsal 3:45 pm

Service Learning Club 3:45 pm

Chess Club 3:45 pm

Wednesday February 27th

STEM Club 7:45 am

Robotics Club 3:45 pm

Spagehtti Dinner 6pm @ WHES

Thursday February 28th

Whittier Music Makers 7:45 am

Play Rehearsal 3:45 pm

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Boomshakers 3:45 pm

Young Rembrandt's 4 pm

PTA Movie Night 6:30 pm

West Frederick Middle School Parent Information Night 6pm @ WFMS

Friday March 1st

2 Hour Early Dismissal

Just Dance 7:45 am

5th Grade Geology MakeUp Trip (Delawter, Doyle, Lang, Sikora to attend)

Honors Chorus Rehearsal 1:30

Monday, March 4

Dr. Seuss Week - Dress as a Twin or Thing 1 & Thing 2

Tuesday, March 5

Dr. Seuss Week - Green Eggs and Ham - Wear Green

STEM Club 7:45 am

Chess Club 3:45 pm

Service Learning Club 3:45 pm

Play Rehearsal 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 6

Dr. Seuss Week - Wacky Wednesday - Wear Wacky Tacky

STEM Club 7:45 am

Robotics Club 3:45 pm

Service Learning Club 3:45 pm

Thursday, March 7

Dr. Seuss Week - Fox in Socks - Wear Crazy Socks

Whittier Music Makers 7:45 am

Boomshakers 3:45 pm

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Young Rembrandts 4:00 pm

Friday, March 8

Dr. Seuss Week - I Can Read With My Eyes Shut - PJ Day

Honor's Chorus 3:45 pm

PTA Trivia Night 6:30 pm