Whittier Weekly News

March 24, 2019

Notes from the Administration

We are so grateful for these full weeks of school! Thank you for having your child here and on time each and every day!

Call to Action- Let Your Voice be Heard

Your voice matters and our students deserve us advocating for them!

We know FCPS families value public education. County residents are invited to share your priorities using the Frederick County Government's budget surveys, online now until Sunday, March 31:


On May 16th, 2019, we are hosting our annual Career Day for our 5th grade students and we need your help! We are looking for individuals who are passionate about their careers to come and share your life’s work with our wonderful students. Each year, our 5th graders get to explore a variety of career choices they might have never considered, broadening their interests and sparking their curiosity in career exploration. Each speaker will be given a sheet of talking points and will speak for five, 20 minute sessions. If you are able to participate in this great day, please reach out to our School Counselors, Carleigh Rich or Lisa Reese at 240-236-3135 for more details. Thank you!


Our fifth grade students have a big milestone coming up and we want to send them off in style! Our fifth grade celebration will be June 7th with a rain date of June 10th. To pull it off, we'll need lots of volunteers. Please be on the look out for a Sign-Up Genius outlining many volunteer opportunities, Additional information will be coming home soon. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Waugaman at jennifer.waugaman@fcps.org or Jenn Milsovic at craig_jennifera@yahoo.com.
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Did you see a certain music teacher quoted in a front page article in the Frederick News Post on Wednesday? Miss Fishel has been working for a year and a half with FAME (Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise) who donated well over 400 ukuleles--including 30 to Whittier--to a dozen elementary schools in Frederick County. Mr. Wagaman participated in the program on Tuesday night and both music teachers are excited to play ukuleles with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders soon! Read more about it here: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/education/learning_and_programs/striking-a-chord-music-to-fill-the-air-of-fcps/article_44af2417-191b-50b3-9717-8707378824a0.html

STEM Night Donations Needed:

STEM Night Donations Needed:

Our STEM Club is in need for the following items for a successful STEM Night on March 28th. Please consider donating any of these items below or send in a gift card for Walmart or Food Lion so that we can purchase items on this list. Please be sure to write STEM Night on your items and have your child drop them off in the library. Our STEM Club students thank you in advance for your help!

Gummy worms - 4 bags of 50 count

Egg cartons
Life-saver Gummies - 8 bags of 25 count

Bubble wrap

Marshmallow Fluff - 16 large containers

Aluminum foil

Confectioners/10x sugar - 10 boxes (1 lb)

Plastic cups - small and large

Eggs - 8 dozen

Cotton balls - 3 bags

Balloons - 4 packs of 50 count

Coffee filters - 200 small

Food coloring - 2 packs of various colors

Coffee filters - 50 large

Ziploc bags (sandwich size) - 200 ct Plastic wrap

Clear plastic cocktail cups (9 fl oz) - 4 packs of 50 count

Disposable bowls - 50

We will update this list as donations come in using this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qM6m0oOvAyQHLvCJwgYzMbgXbYVp0Vwn69c9hYMsDug/edit?usp=sharing


  • 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.

STEM Fair Projects Due on March 27; STEM Fair March 28th

STEM Fair Projects Due on March 27:

Be sure to register your child's STEM Fair project here: https://goo.gl/forms/nJNzC4DjwZh3FQyM2 Required for grades 3-5 and optional for grades PreK-2. Remember no live animals and do not include anything of value. Taking pictures and displaying them on the board would be a safer option! Please also have lids on all containers. Questions? Email Tina Dattoli at tina.dattoli@fcps.org.

STEM Fair is March 28th from 6-8pm! Come enjoy STEM Fair project displays and various STEM stations for hands-on fun like edible slime, Lego balloon cars, Saving Sammy, coding, LittleBits, Ombre Butterflies, our famous egg drop, Gak, Balloon skewers and more! Remember to take your projects home with you that evening.

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WHES PTA Play- We Are Monsters

Tickets will be on sale at STEM Night - March 28th

They will be on sale during TECH Week (April 1st-4th from 4-6pm)

Tickets are available at the door on the night of the performance.

Come check out the spectacular work of the WHES students!


If you appreciate all the activities sponsored by the PTA and feel you might be up for the challenge of serving in a capacity while also being an active member at WHES, please consider taking a role on the PTA Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year. Whittier has a strong and active PTA and the executive board plans many activities that enrich the lives of our children and teachers during the school year. If you are interested in running for a position, please contact Amanda Cecil. You will need to provide a brief bio about yourself and let us know the position you are running for. This has been an active year for the PTA but the incoming executive board sets the standard for each year with regards to pace and activities, so as a group you get to decide how many activities you take on. The current board will also help you transition into your roles with any assistance and guidance over the summer. The PTA general membership meeting on May 20th, 6:30pm at Whittier will be the evening where each PTA member will vote on the incoming board officers. Please come prepared to vote for the officers listed as well as catching up on brief updates from activities for the past school year. The PTA meeting is a great way to meet other parents just like you, engage with teachers, and to listen to all of the achievements of the school year. We highly recommend attending the PTA meeting just to see how much the PTA does during the school year.


PTA Discount Cards

We are still selling the PTA Discount Cards! Each card is $15 and can be used over and over again! This is a huge fundraiser for the year so please consider purchasing one if you'd like to. You can now purchase these right from the Whittier PTA Website! Click here: http://whittierelementarypta.com/Article/View/Discount-Cards-Available

Upcoming PTA Meetings:

Monday, April 15 6:30 pm in the Media Center

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SAVE THE DATE! Camp Invention is coming to Whittier! July 8-12 from 9:00-3:30!

SAVE THE DATE! Camp Invention is coming to Whittier! July 8-12 from 9:00-3:30! We will be the first hybrid camp in our area and have 60 spots for paid campers. To sign up, go to: https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention and register for our Whittier camp. Questions? Email Tina Dattoli at tina.dattoli@fcps.org.


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!


Monday, March 25

PBIS Meeting 4:00 pm

Tuesday, March 26

All day rehearsal for Honor's Chorus 5th grade - all day

STEM Club 7:45 am

Chess Club (make up) 3:45 pm

Play Rehearsal 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 27

All day rehearsal for All County Orchestra 5th grade - all day

STEM Club 7:45 am

Evening Performance of 5th Grade Honor's Band and Orchestra 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 28

HERO Day- Spirit Day- Thanks to Mrs. Wilcox's Attendance Awards

Whittier Music Makers 7:45 am

Boomshakers 3:45 pm

Play Rehearsal 4:00 pm

Young Rembrandts 4:00 pm

STEM Night 6:30 pm

Friday, March 29

Disney Character Spirit Day - Thanks to Mrs. Little's Class

Recorder Club 7:45 am

Honor's Chorus 3:45 pm

Monday, April 1

Math Week Begins

Tech Week for Play 4-6pm

Recorder Club 7:45 am

Tuesday, April 2

Tech Week for Play 4-6 pm

Chess Club (snow day make up) 3:45 pm

Wednesday, April 3

Tech Week for Play 4-6:30 pm -

Thursday, April 4

Tech Week for Play 4-6pm

Whittier Music Makers 7:45 am

Boomshakers 3:45 pm

Coding Club 3:45 pm

Play Rehearsal 4-5:30 pm

Friday, April 5

Teacher Work Day - School Closed for Students

WHES School Play - 7:00 pm - Frederick HS

Saturday April 6th

WHES School Play - 7:00 pm - Frederick HS