Volume 2 | Issue 16 | December 8 , 2017
District News
Superintendent's Corner
Although we have entered that time of year when holidays are far from scarce, it's still fun to hear of (and maybe celebrate) obscure holidays. In September, there's Talk Like a Pirate Day. In October, there's Moldy Cheese Day. In November, there's Have a Bad Day Day. And today , it's Lost and Found Day. Lost and Found Day may seem random at first; a day to ruminate on all your lost items? For me, my class ring from high school. For you, it may be a favorite ornament that went missing as the decorations took their eleven-month nap or a favorite sweater that seemingly ran away from its weekly exhibiting. But perhaps it's not so random. Perhaps it's a great reminder as we enter a notoriously busy and stressful time of year. Lose your expectations and find some gratitude. Presence over presents. Lose yourself in one of our winter concerts or find yourself giving to one of our charitable drives.

For our students, we hope Lost and Found Day finds them losing their fear of failure and finding some risks to take.

Feel free to contact me at lolson@whitnall.com and follow me on Twitter !
Upcoming Board Meeting and Building Tour
The board workshop meeting on December 11 will be held in the Community Board Room and will convene at 6:30 PM with a tour of the parts of WHS being considered in the referendum. Following the tour will be the remainder of the meeting.

Please visit the Referendum 2018 page on our website to follow our journey toward improving our facilities!
Whitnall Facilities and Referendum Email List

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 !
Coats for Kids

The Salvation Army's Coats for Kids distribution day is December 8th & 9th from 9 AM - 3 PM at The Salvation Army Distribution Center ( 5880 N. 60th St. Milwaukee, WI 53218).

This event is open for Milwaukee County Residents. No ID or appointment is necessary to receive coats. Families can pick up coats at this time for any age children. If you have any questions about receiving coats for your kids or donating coats to help others, please visit: http://www.samilwaukee.org/milwaukee/coats_for_kids
Friday Forest Photo
Interested in learning more about the Whitnall School Forest? The high school science club has been producing a Friday Forest Photo. Click the link https://goo.gl/forms/m5wPivPUiMLA1zY22 to have the Friday Forest Photo sent right to you. Each week, the science club will feature plants and animals found in our very own school forest.
  
Social Emotional Learning Corner
“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)
Whitnall High School
Muffins with Mom and Donuts with Dad
The next Muffins with Mom and Donuts with Dad will be on December 11th at 7 AM in the Community Board Room!
Athletics

You are now able to buy all home basketball tickets in advance online. Go to https://gofan.co/WhitnallFalcons  to buy your girls or boys basketball tickets. You are still able to get tickets at the door if you chose.


NOTE: If you are attending any home winter sporting events, please use door 5, the main athletic entrance. The high school office upper main doors will be locked at 5 PM. Thank you for your cooperation!
Booster Club
The next Booster Club meeting is Tuesday, December 14 in the High School Library at 7 PM. They would love to see some new faces! They are still looking for Junior parents who would like to help out with Post Prom. The Booster Club is also looking for volunteers in the planning of the Casino Night Fundraiser. If interested in supporting either activity, contact the Booster Club at  whitnallboosterclub@gmail.com .
AP Spanish Community Service - Learning Project
Each year, the AP Spanish classes conduct a community service-learning project. The project not only enables students to help out in their community, but they also demonstrate their growth in the main communication skills of interpersonal communication, presentational communication, and interpretive listening and reading. During the month of December, the AP Spanish classes will be conducting a fundraiser for 16th Street Clinic in Milwaukee. Items for their home and children, like food, clothes, and toys will be collected. If members of the community are interested in donating to this service project, donations may be dropped off in the main Whitnall High School office. Please mark them “Attn: AP Spanish”.
Whitnall Middle School
Winter Dance

The WMS Winter Dance is tonight from 7 to 9 PM!
Edgerton Elementary
PTO Fundraisers
The pick up date for the Kringle and Marcus Theatre fundraisers is Thursday, December 14. You may pick up after school in the lobby from 3:30 - 7:00 PM. There will be no pick up during the PTO meeting, which begins at 7:00 PM in the library.
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 are interested in applying, please visit the WECAN website for more information.
3rd Grade to the Ballet
On Thursday, December 14, Mrs. McDonald will take our 3rd graders on a field experience to the Marcus Center of Performing Arts to see the Nutcracker. Viewing this performance by the very talented Milwaukee Ballet has become an annual tradition for our 3rd graders. The students are looking forward to this special event!
December Concerts
EES 2nd and 3rd graders have been busy preparing for their upcoming holiday concerts. Please mark your calendars for our 2nd grade concert on Tuesday, December 19 at 6:00 PM and our 3rd grade concert on Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00 PM.
Hales Corners Elementary
Mail Day
Mail Day is Wednesday, December 13. If you would like to mail a letter to a student, you can drop it off with the Receptionist who will put it in the school mailbox. Remember our “postal workers” don’t process packages.
2nd and 3rd Grade Concerts
Our 2nd and 3rd graders are helping us get into the spirit of the season. They will be featured at our Winter Concert on Thursday, December 14. 2nd grade will perform at 9:15 AM and 3rd grade will perform at 10:15 AM. The dress rehearsal concert will be viewed by the whole school on December 13.

Junior Achievement Biz Town
Our 5th graders will travel to Junior Achievement Biz Town on Friday, December 15. This is the culminating event after 5 weeks of classroom learning. Thank you to the 28 parent volunteers who participated in training prior to the event so they would be prepared for the exciting day! A $1000 grant from the Kohl’s Field Trip Grant Fund supported the cost of the program.
Lost and Found
The Lost and Found has been temporarily moved to a table across from the office. Please stop by to see if your child has a missing piece of clothing. The front doors are open after school so you can stop by after hours, if needed.