Whittier Weekly News

November 5, 2018

Notes from the Administration

As we near the end of the first quarter, we are proud of our students for their hard work as leaders inside and outside the classroom. We have expanded the number of formal and informal leadership opportunities that our students can access and we are proud of them for embracing them!

Please note that we have an adjusted schedule this week based on a teacher work day, election day, and parent/teacher conferences. Refer to the schedule below so you can plan your family calendar and ensure that your student is at school on time!


Conferences are fast approaching. Use this link to register for a conference:


Wednesday, November 7 - Schools open 4 hours late at 12:30. Evening conferences will be held on this day.

Thursday, November 8: Schools open 4 hours late at 12:30. Evening conferences will be held on this day.

Friday, November 9: Schools close 3.5 hours early at 12:00 noon. Afternoon conferences will be held.

Should you have specific questions about your child's conference, please don't hesitate to contact your child's classroom teacher.

Veteran's Day- Fort Detrick Transportation Changes

Important Reminder – All Ft. Detrick Gates are closed except for the Main Entrance on

Monday, November 12th for Veterans Day

so buses will be running behind

CDC & Youth Services are closed

We are asking that children do their normal dismissal. Buses will be running to CDC and Youth Services.

  • Parents need to be there to pick their children up from the parking lot.
  • For the safety of our students and full buses, we are asking that you not change their transportation.

Listed below are the normal route times for your child's bus- with the Main Gate being the only gate open on November 12th , buses may be 10 minutes after the below times.

  • CDC - 3:53 p.m. (Bus F6)
  • Youth Services (YS)– 3:47 p.m. (Bus F15 for Gr. 1, 2, 3, and 4)
  • Youth Services (YS) -4:13 p.m. (Bus F21 for Gr. 5)


Many of our students need a snack during the day to help them stay on task and learn. In many cases, families find it difficult to send a snack in for their child each day and they ask for help from our school. We are currently looking for donations of snack foods from our community to continue to provide this help for our students in need. We would appreciate donations of any healthy, prepackaged, nut free snacks families might be willing to send in. If you would like to help us in this way, please send any donations to Mrs. Miller, Community Liaison.

Fall Assessments

As we begin our fall assessments, we wanted to shared that as part of our English Language Arts (ELA) assessments, you might notice a few changes.

It is critically important to maintain consistency in assessment protocols within schools and across districts. FCPS has updated the reading assessment in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The updated reading assessment provides: structures to make administration and scoring more consistent across teachers and the comprehension conversation rubric clearly defines the criteria for each comprehension score.

The new guidelines and rubric will enable your child’s teacher to sharpen his or her observation of reading behaviors and provide a comprehensive literacy experience that will move your child’s reading forward with intent and precision. As a result, the previous reading assessment in the spring of 2018 may result in a slightly higher score than in the updated reading assessment in the Fall of 2018.

We are looking forward to sharing lots of information with you at fall conferences.

If you have any concerns please contact Jacqueline.Cramer@fcps.org Whittier's Literacy Specialist.


The Religious Coalition is accepting applications for holiday assistance on the following dates, times, and locations:

Thurs., Nov. 1: 10am - 2 pm at the APL Shelter

Fri., Nov. 2: 10 am - 2 pm at the APL Shelter

Sat., Nov. 3: 9 am-Noon at the APL Shelter

APL Office: 27 DeGrange Street, Frederick, MD 21701 - right side of campus

APL Shelter: 27 DeGrange Street, Frederick, MD 21701 - left side of campus

For more information, call Sheila Simms at The Religious Coalition - 301-631-2670 ex. 125

The Salvation Army is also accepting applications for holiday assistance. Toys and clothing will be provided to families who meet specific financial criteria. Proof of income and expenses must be shown at the time of the application session at 223 West 5th St., Frederick 21701 . Application dates are as follows:

Wed., Nov. 7 - 10:00 am-12:00 noon

Thurs., Nov. 8 - 10:00 am-12:00 noon ; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

For more information, call Morrisa Travers at The Salvation Army - 301-662-2311


Our Service Learning Club is collecting new or gently worn cold weather clothing to donate to the Frederick Mission. If you look through your closets at home and find any of the following items that you are not using, please consider sending them in. There will be collection boxes throughout the school and all donations will go to keeping our neighbors warm this winter! Thank you for helping our community!

Needed Items:

Coats Jackets Hats

Mittens Gloves Snow Pants

Snow Boots

Parent Volunteers/Visitors to the Building

This year, FCPS has introduced a new systematic visitor management system called Raptor. Raptor compares visitors to our school against national data bases from all 50 states to ensure the safety of our students. Visitors to our school may be asked to show identification before entering the building. Parents wishing to volunteer for school events, chaperone a party, or chaperone a field trip will still need to complete our Volunteer Training. We will offer volunteer training once a month. Our next training will be on Monday, November 19 at 6:00pm.

Thanks to all of our WATCH DOG participants

Watch Dogs is a national program that promotes strong male role models in public schools. We are entering our third year of the Watch Dog program at Whittier ES and are looking for volunteers to come to school on the day of your choice to work with our students and staff. All dads, grandfathers, uncles, step dads are encouraged to join our team of WATCH DOGS! If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to Mr. Byrd and he will get you set up with a day to volunteer. matthew.byrd@fcps.org

Multicultural Night - Friday, November 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Our English Language (EL) Department hosts this annual event that celebrates the many cultures of our students, families, and community! Join us for fun, games, education, and food from different cultures. The event is hosted here at Whittier and all are invited!

We are looking for support in coordinating food, and activities. If you can help, please sign up using the link below:


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you for this exciting event!


Please take a moment and become a member of the PTA. Your membership entitles you to discounts in and around Frederick County. More importantly, your membership says that you are in support of our school. We would love to have you join us. Our next PTA meeting is Monday, November 19th @ 6:30pm. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Upcoming PTA Events:

Trunk or Treat - What a great turn out! Thanks to all that supported this event! Great job by our chairperson, Sarah Spurrier!

PTA Sponsored Teacher Dinner - Wednesday, November 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Consider signing up to donate something as we support our teachers at Whittier for all they do for our children.

Multicultural Night - Friday, November 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Please see above for sign up and details.

PTA membership is always appreciated in order to support your children and the PTA’s mission. Volunteering is not required! Sign up at WhittierElementaryPTA.com and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on all events!

Check out the PTA website! http://whittierelementarypta.com

Follow the PTA on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/WhittierPTAFrederick/

Email them! WhittierPTAFrederick@gmail.com

Fall Book Fair Sign Up to Help!

Our Fall Book Fair is fast approaching and we are looking for PTA Volunteers.

  • You can earn $10 toward the book fair by signing up for a shift.

  • If you sign up for two or more they get $15.

  • Money toward the book fair does NOT compound :-)

Here is the link to sign up to help:


Times of the Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 5 – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8 – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Box Top Winners

Congratulations to the following classes, who have earned extra recess from our Box Top Collection. Ms. Polite's class will be the recipient of the Box Top Trophy!

K: Rentschler (40 tops)

1st: Lease (298 tops)

2nd: Young (94 tops)

3rd: Pritts (122 tops)

4th: Polite (387 tops)

5th: Lang (53 tops)

Honorable Mention- Schildt with 271 box tops!

In total, the PTA collected $379.80 in Box Tops during this drive.

Monday November 12th Veteran's Day Celebration at WHES

We would like this opportunity to thank all of our service members who are a part of our WHES Community. We will be having coffee and desserts on Monday November 12th starting at 2:30 in our cafeteria. Your child is invited to share in this event with you.

At 3:15, we will be having a Military Clap Out from our students to you. We would ask that you and your child(ren) join in this event with us.

To register so that we can be prepared, please use this link: http://signup.com/go/maHprzD

American Education Week Breakfast

Our 7th Annual American Education Week Breakfast is here! http://signup.com/go/wJLQbaQ - use this link to RSVP!

Our students have been practicing their songs in preparation of this event.

Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:45.

Teachers will be on hand to serve breakfast from 8:00-8:45.

Performances will begin at 9:00 sharp.

When you arrive with your child, please stop by the gymnasium and drop off your child's belongings behind the cone with their teacher's name, and then join us for breakfast.

Our menu includes: Cheese Omelette, Sausage Pattie, Hash Brown, Fresh Fruit, Croissant w/butter, Asst. Juice, Milk, Coffee

Cost: $3.95 per adult

Monday November 12th - 3rd Grade

Tuesday November 13th - 4th and 5th Grade

Wednesday November 14th- 1st Grade

Thursday November 15th- Kindergarten

Friday November 16th - 2nd Grade

We will also be having our prize wheel available. This is a great opportunity to join the PTA if you haven't done so! There will be gift cards drawn at the conclusion of each performance for all PTA members.


Monday, November 5

Book Fair Open 9:00am - 7:00 pm

Schools Closed - Teacher Workday

Tuesday, November 6

Book Fair Open 9:00am - 7:00 pm

Schools Closed - Election Day

Wednesday, November 7

School Open at 12:30 - Evening Conferences

PTA Book Fair Open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Robotics Club - 3:45 pm

Thursday, November 8

School Opens at 12:30 - Evening Conferences

PTA Book Fair Open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Whittier Music Makers - 3:45 pm

Friday, November 9

School Closes at 12:00 - Afternoon Conferences

Monday November 12th

3rd Grade AEW Breakfast and Performance
Ukele Club 7:45 am
Military Appreciation Day 2:30

Military Appreciation Clap Out 3:15

Tuesday November 13th

4th and 5th Grade AEW Breakfast and Performance
Math Club 7:30 am
Service Learning 3:45 pm
Chess Club 3:45 pm
Casa Rico Dining Night (4:30-close)

Wednesday November 14th

1st Grade AEW Breakfast and Performance
Math ELO 7:45 am
Service Learning Club 3:45 pm
Robotics Club 3:45 pm

Thursday November 15th

Kindergarten AEW Breakfast and Performance
Report Cards Distributed
Boomshakers 7:45 am
Whittier Music Makers 3:45 pm
Coding Club 4pm
Young Rembrandts 4pm

Friday November 16th

2nd Grade AEW Breakfast and Performance
Ukele Club 7:45 am
Multicultural Night - 6-8pm