Whittier Wildcat Word!
Friday, October 14, 2022
A Message from Principal Robinson
Greetings, Whittier Wildcats,
We had another terrific week of school. Please be on the lookout for your child's IAR and MAP Assessment Student Reports. You should expect to receive all reports by Tuesday, October 18, 2022. Please take the time to review each of these reports as they provide you with how your scholar is performing on their academic journey toward mastering grade-level standards. Teachers will discuss these reports in more detail during your scheduled Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 27, 2022, or the alternative date scheduled. If you have not done so, please sign up for a conference time to hear how teachers support our scholar's academic and social-emotional growth. Our goal is to have 100% family participation. Teachers are willing to work with families who might need to meet on a different night due to other circumstances.
Don't hesitate to contact us (708-524-3080) if you have any questions. If you need to schedule a meeting with Mrs. McComb-Williams or me, please contact Mrs. Alexander (email@example.com) or Ms. McGee (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 708-524-3080 to schedule an appointment.
I hope you and your Scholars have a fantastic weekend.
Patrick CL Robinson
Whittier School Principal
Whittier School - Where I Belong!
WHITTIER WILDCAT WORD STAFF SPOTLIGHT
CAROLINE BAKER: 1ST GRADE TEACHER
1. Hello! My Name is Caroline Baker
2. This is my first year teaching first grade at Whittier. I taught first grade my first year of teaching at Irving school in Oak Park. After Irving, I taught kindergarten and multi-age at Whittier for 15 years.
3. My favorite color is any shade of green.
4. I like so many things about Whittier! We have a very respectful staff, we value each other, and we like to have fun! I am also proud of our unique history. Among other things, we were the first school in D97 to offer full day kindergarten through our amazing multi-age program. Also, I love my commute to work and my three children attended Whittier!
5. If I had a Super Power it would be Teleportation! I visit several places that are long car rides away. If I could teleport there I would save so much time and I'd be able to spend more time with my family and friends.
6. If I was an animal I guess I would be a cat. I have two cats and sometimes I'm jealous of how comfy they look sleeping on the couch
7. My advice for our Whittier scholars is to always choose kindness.
- PTO Fun Run
- Picture Day
Oct 25th - 28th
- Book Fair
Oct 27th & 28th
- Parent/Teacher Conferences (Early Dismissal @ 11am)
Celebrating National Principals Month
The 78th Annual Whittier Pumpkin Festival will be held Oct. 27-28! Carve, paint, or decorate a real pumpkin to enter into the competition. The categories are EC/K/1st, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th and Family. Outside of the family category, pumpkins should represent the real, unassisted work of children. Please drop off your pumpkins at the time designated for your last name on either day and enter through the mini gym (lunchroom) doors. Then, please pick up your pumpkin by 11:30am on Friday, October 28th (early dismissal day). Please contact Laurie Conley (email@example.com) or Hallie Park (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
A-J register from 7:35am - 7:50 am
K-Z register from 7:50 am - 8:05 am
¡Ofrendas en Whittier!
2022 Ofrendas de Día de Muertos
Is a beautiful celebration of life where loved ones are
honored and celebrated. This event is organized by members
of the community of Oak Park and River Forest. Students from
Whittier in 3-5 grades are welcome to participate this year by
making a Day of the Dead Shoebox sized ofrenda.. Here is an
example: Mini Ofrenda. Students are encouraged to bring the
mini ofrendas between the week of October 10th - 28th. Sra.
Aguirre will display the mini ofrendas outside of our school
during the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov.2. Many visitors take part
in viewing the ofrendas around the community.
***Please be mindful and do not send items sensitive to the
inclement weather. Reach out to Sra. Aguirre for any
questions or concerns.
¡Muchas gracias por participar!
Sra. Aguirre - email@example.com
SECOND STEP: SEL CURRICULUM SUMMARY FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 10th!
The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This is a month-long event to prevent bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Across the district our teachers will be teaching the Bullying Prevention Units, which is a 4 week curriculum designed to teach students to recognize, refuse and report bullying. As a reminder, conflict in childhood is natural and something that all human beings experience at all ages. Bullying is different from conflict in that it is ongoing in nature and a set of behaviors that have the intent to harm, hurt, or humiliate the victim. They involve power and control dynamics between two individuals or groups. Bullying can be reported at any time to a school staff member or by using this form. Over the next few weeks you will be seeing home links in our newsletters to let you know what your child is learning about bullying! OPTIONAL: Although we celebrate this month, we believe that preventing bullying is an all year, everyday effort!
This week we began teaching the Bullying Prevention Unit lessons during our Second Step time to help students learn how to recognize, refuse and report bullying. This week all students learned to define and recognize bullying. We taught students that bullying is when someone keeps being mean to someone else on purpose. The person it’s happening to hasn’t been able to make it stop. It is unfair and one-sided. Bullying is different from conflict, which is a natural aspect of childhood. We reviewed different scenarios and asked students to determine if the scenario describes bullying. Below are home links for each grade level that you may refer to if you’d like to extend their learning at home!
Kindergarten- Recognizing Bullying
First Grade- Recognizing Bullying
Second Grade- Recognizing Bullying
Third Grade- Recognizing Bullying
Fourth Grade- Recognize, Report, Refuse
Fifth Grade- Recognize, Report, Refuse
WHITTIER ADVOCACY FUND- FAMILY SUPPORT SURVEY
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.
Grade Level PlayDates Are Here!
New this year, each Sunday through October, the PTO Liaisons will be hosting a meetup at Field Park. More details to come:
October 16th - 4th Grade
October 30th - 5th Grade
SMART Math Tutoring
Looking for extra math practice or enrichment? SMART will be offering a 6-week fall program to give current 2nd through 5th graders an extra boost in math, in the early evenings starting the week of October 10th. New this year based on feedback from parents and teachers: SMART will have both “regular” and “advanced” math classes this fall. The “regular” classes will practice and reinforce grade-level material and the advanced classes will go beyond grade-level material. Sessions will be taught by D97 teachers over Zoom. For more information and to register by Friday, September 23, visit www.smart-oakpark.org.
Mindful Middle-Schoolers and Mindfulness Matters" Community Talks - Spring 2023
D97 Family University on Student Assessments
Join us to learn about student assessments in District 97!
The district will host a virtual Family University session from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Families will receive a Zoom link once they register.
The session will help parents learn about the student assessments given across District 97 schools, how the results are used to support teaching and learning, and how you can use the information to understand your child's progress and next steps. Please use this form to register and submit any questions you have to our team ahead of time; we will address the most common questions submitted.
Please note that the session will be recorded and shared on the District 97 website for future viewing. We look forward to seeing you there!
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Looking for ideas of how to celebrate with your family? Learn about Latinx culture at the first annual Convivencia: Hispanic Heritage Month Festival, Saturday, Sept. 17, 12-4 p.m., Taylor Park, 400 Division St., Oak Park. This free event is hosted by the Oak Park Regional Housing Center in partnership with the Oak Park Public Library, Park District of Oak Park and the Village of Oak Park. Enjoy Latin American foods, live music in Spanish, cultural dance, face painting, loteria, a resource fair, and more. Visit oprhc.org/convivencia/ to learn more.
District 97 Halloween Letter 2022
Dear District 97 Families,
For those of our families who celebrate Halloween, many of you are starting to discuss costume choices with your child. Although students are not required to wear costumes, we recognize that they are a fun and creative part of our schools' Halloween activities.
Our goal is to create a positive learning environment where all students, staff and families feel a sense of belonging. In that spirit, we ask that you take care to ensure that your child’s costume choice does not portray a stereotypical image of any group of people or culture, or be offensive to any one racial, ethinic or religious group. We appreciate you being proactive with your child in making thoughtful costume choices.
To support you in your conversation with your child and to build your understanding around this topic, we have compiled links to resources that you may find helpful:
- "I Am Not a Costume" (information about Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group campaign): http://www.lspirg.org/costumes/
- “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” (article about Ohio University campaign): https://www.cnn.com/2011/10/26/living/halloween-ethnic-costumes/index.html
- "Teaching Tolerance: Teach About Blackface and Other Racist Halloween Choices" (written for educators, but provides useful prompts for discussions at home): https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/teach-about-blackface-and-other-racist-halloween-choices
Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97
School Lunches - Milk Only Charge
As a reminder, if your student takes milk only during lunch, there is a cost of $.45 per carton, regardless of your family's school meal eligibility status. If you have not already done so, please add funds into your student’s meal account to accommodate the milk only charge. If your student takes the full school meal, milk is included. Thank you!
Learn about green transportation, lowering energy bills, planting native gardens and more. Click for more details >> https://bit.ly/3DnGM1u.
Imagine OPRF Project 1 Tours and IGOV Meeting
Strengthening Families Program
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.
*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.