Whitney Wildcat News

April 2021

Whitney Families,

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Whitney Families-

We hope that everyone had a restful spring break and that you are ready to finish the year strong. We had an amazing start back to school in March with ALL of our students K-5. Thank you to all of YOU for making this transition back to school amazing for our students. We appreciate the patience, grace and teamwork you have shown us in getting our students back into the classroom. The parking lot has been fun with our 4 lane system. Thank you for working with us to make this a positive and safe transition in order to make sure all cars are off of Nob Hill during our busy drop off and pick up times.

Just a reminder that we only offer Hybrid learning at Whitney. If you are not able to attend at least two days a week please make sure you sign up for Edgenuity through Discovery Lab. Please call our office for more information at 573-1900. This is not just a Whitney rule but a district-wide system in place.

VERY IMPORTANT - the days your child is not at school in person they still need to log in with their teacher in the afternoon. They also need to do their Imagine Math and any other assignments assigned through google classroom by their teacher. Logging in is so important to connect with their teacher that we are offering an incentive. If your child logs in 3 out of 4 times in the month of April, we will have an all school Skateland party where skating is FREE for your child. Date is TBD.

If you have any questions for us feel free to reach out. You can ask any question on the district's Lets Talk app or call our office at any time.

Please continue to watch our Facebook page (link below) as well as our Whitney web page at ysd7.org/Whitney, for regular updates about what is happening at Whitney.


Mrs. Newell and Mr. Hunt

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  • April 27th Fun Friday for Cohort A TBD by raffle winner Markus C. 3rd grade student
  • April 30th Fun Friday for Cohort B TBD by raffle winner Markus C. 3rd grade student
  • May 25th Fun Friday for Cohort A
  • May 27th Fun Friday for Cohort B
  • May 28th - No School (snow make-up day if needed)
  • May 31st - No School (Memorial Day)
  • June 10th - Last Day of Classes
  • June 21-July 23 (Summer School for grades K-3 only/ students eligible will be contacted by their classroom teacher - place TBD - time TBD (a.m. only)

Amazing Mathematicians @ Whitney Elementary

Whitney & Ridgeview students took FIRST PLACE in the Imagine Learning "Feeding the Northwest" charity challenge! They donated over 1,000,000 THINK points to local food banks, equating to over 4500 meals to help families impacted by the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic. Way to go Whitney Mathematicians. Top Whitney students to donate were: Nicole S., Alexia B., Carlos B., Santos K., Madeline C.

Alexia joined the Imagine Math & Northwest Harvest reps along with Mrs. Newell and Mrs. Blondin to donate the check via a zoom meeting.

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Whitney Fun Friday- the LAST Friday of every month!

  • Students can purchase raffle tickets with PBIS reward points to enter into the raffle. The person selected will get to decide on the Fun Friday for the next month.

We hope you will join in the fun!

Congratulations to Markus C. - 3rd grader who won the raffle for March and will select our Fun Friday. Fun Friday will be on April 27th for cohort A and April 29th for cohort B.

PBIS Rewards

Students earn ROAR points for following the ROAR expectations online and can redeem them in our Wildcat store. We will deliver prizes to students while they are at school in our Hybrid model. Students can continue to purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a new bike every month. We also have Wildcat clothing AND many other fun prizes. We are excited to announce the winner of our bike raffle below. Congratulations to 3rd grader Martin!

You can learn about PBIS Rewards at their website (www.pbisrewards.com).

March Bike Raffle Award Winner

Congratulations to Noah N. - 4th grade student in Mr. Armstrong's classroom. Noah won the bike raffle for the month of March using his PBIS points to enter raffle tickets.
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March Student of the Month Recognition

March Student of the Month Awards:

Congratulations to the following students for earning the ROAR or Academic student of the month for March. The ROAR award represents students that were Always Safe for the month of March. Each student will receive a certificate with a free Baskin Robins Ice Cream AND points to purchase something of their choice through the Wildcat Store and PBIS rewards. Way to go!


Mrs. Barragan –Nadine N. (Academic) & Nayeli T. (ROAR)

Mr. McCracken – Amya M. & Mathew D.

Mrs. Ortiz – Journey M & Damian M.

1st Grade:

Mrs. Freeborn –London G. (Academic) & Jenna L. (ROAR)

Mrs. Avalos – Andrew B.

Miss Cuevas – Mateo S. & Bella H.

2nd Grade:

Mrs. Soria –Archer B. (Academic) & Emilee J. (ROAR)

Mrs. Fuentes – Sweely S. & Blake N.

Ms. Crutchfield – Melanie L. & Anderson M.

3rd Grade:

Mrs. Pitt – Juliana L. (Academic) & Markus C. (ROAR)

Mrs. Voelker – Anthony S. & Celeste F.

Mrs. Harris – Gunnar B. & Damian D..

4th Grade:

Mr. Armstrong – Conner K. (Academic) & Rodolfo C.(ROAR)

Mr. Fuentes – Akira W. & Itzia B.

Mrs. Wetch - Romeo M. & Ayden S.

5th Grade:

Ms. Wood – Bryce B. (Academic) & Valeria L. (ROAR)

Mrs. Mahony – Zachary G. & Lillian V.

Mrs. McGregor – Ja'Maree G. & Reinalda G.

UPDATED Meal Distribution Sites

Yakima School District Food Services would like to announce that they will be changing their food distribution schedule due to the transition to hybrid learning, curb-side meal distribution will occur as follows. Free meals will be available to all YSD students and children in our community aged 1-18. Student ID required for all YSD students or if a non-YSD student, the child must be present to receive meals. Masks are required to be worn by all persons within the vehicle.

Daily Curbside Pickup (Monday - Friday)

Barge Lincoln, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Garfield, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

McClure, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Franklin Middle School, 8:00 - 8:45 AM

*Yakima Online will NOT be a distribution site, students can go to any other YSD school offering curbside pickup for daily meals*

Students are NOT eligible for curbside meal pick-up on the days they are in-person learning. They will be provided meals during in-person learning on site.

Please make sure your student knows to place the lunch in their backpack if they're riding the bus. Students may not eat on the bus. Refrigerate/freeze appropriate food items within 2 hours of receiving the meal.