Volume 2 | Issue 18 | December 22 , 2017
District News
Due to winter break, there will be no Connect next Friday, December 29.
The District Office will be closed from December 23 through January 1.
Superintendent's Corner
When the holidays come around and a year comes to a close, a sense of reflection settles in. We look at where we are and we look to where we were. And, hopefully, we see our once aspirations have turned to realities. That is certainly true for Whitnall. We set out to promote kindness and empathy within our district, and we witnessed it in the generosity of our staff and students this holiday season. Whether it was EES students bringing gifts to patients at Children's Hospital or WHS AP Spanish students delivering food, clothes, and toys to the families of the 16th Street Clinic, the spirit of giving was visible. There are many more examples of generosity from our staff and students--too many to list--but I feel confident in saying that Whitnall was a significant provider of joy throughout the community this year.

The week before winter break rivals only the last week of the school year in excitement, activities, and fun! This week, I attended holiday concerts, saw decorated hallways, and participated in holiday parties. And the fun isn't over yet! Before the end of the day, I will see Flash the Falcon dressed as Santa, I will watch a staff variety show, and I will see a staff versus student volleyball game!

I hope you all have happy holidays and a wonderful start to the new year!

Feel free to contact me at lolson@whitnall.com and follow me on Twitter !
Referendum Email List and Page

If you would like to be added to an email list that will receive updates related to our facilities planning and referendum, fill out this form !

Please visit the Referendum 2018 page on our website to follow our journey toward improving our facilities!
Board Briefs
We are introducing "board briefs," which are simple summaries of our board meetings. Without having to labor through or wait for the comprehensive board minutes, you can access what changes the board approved at each of their meetings! We are starting with the Monday, December 18 meeting, as a lot of important decisions were made. Check it out on the right sidebar of our Agendas & Minutes page .
Board Vacancy
Interested in serving on Whitnall's Board of Education? We are looking to fill a vacancy! Please note that you must apply by January 5, 2018. For information on how to apply, visit our Board Vacancy page !

2018-19 Calendar
The 2018-19 calendar was approved by the board. The calendar is now available on our website. To view the 2018-19 calendar, go here .
Indoor Basketball
The Hales Corners Recreation Department is offering an indoor basketball program! For more information and to sign up, go here !

Family Movie at HCL
Hales Corners Library is offering a Family Movie event on December 27. They are showing Despicable Me 3. It's free and open to the public! For more information, go here .
The Next Parent Learning Academy Session
“Good mental health is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of every person and of the nation as a whole. We want all people to understand how to protect and improve their mental health and know when to seek help for themselves or someone close to them." - Mental Health Association of Wisconsin

Join us for a the next Parent Learning Academy session on social emotional learning (January 9). There will be an opportunity to learn about how social emotional learning is taking place in our district and then a chance to dive deeper into a breakout session of your choice. Attendees will have the chance to choose between the topics of:

Mental Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention (high school students are welcome to join)
or
The Zones of Regulation (strategies to help our children regulate their emotions)

In order for us to properly prepare, please use the link to  sign up .

Whitnall High School
Happy Holidays

Whitnall High School would like to wish everyone happy holidays!
Whitnall Middle School
Upcoming Concerts and WMS PTO Meeting

January 9th
6th Grade Band / Orchestra / Choir Concert (7 PM)

January 10th
WMS PTO Meeting (6 PM)
7th Grade Band / Orchestra / Choir Concert (7 PM)

January 11th
8th Grade Band / Orchestra / Choir Concert (7 PM)

Edgerton Elementary
Employment Opportunity
Edgerton Elementary is looking for someone to fill a noon hour supervisor position. This is a part-time position, Monday through Friday, 1.5 hours (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM) per day. If you or someone you know enjoys working with children and is interested in applying, please visit the WECAN website or contact the school office 525-8911.
Box Top Drawing

The next box top drawing is scheduled for Friday, January 12th. Keep clipping and sending them to school! 

Mad Science
The next Mad Science class at Edgerton will begin on Friday, January 12th. Class will take place after school for a 6 week session. This session’s theme is NASA - Junior Astronaut. Click here for more information and the registration form.
Hales Corners Elementary
Keep Reading

Don’t forget to keep reading during the break. We will be doing reading benchmark testing in January!
First Annual Staff Variety Show
Our first annual Staff Variety Show is today! Students will certainly be amazed and entertained by the talented staff performances. We will also have an all school sing along. With at least 700 voices, this is sure to be a festive choral event! Please ask your child what their favorite act from today’s Staff Variety Show was. Pictures will be available on our website and in the upcoming January family newsletter!