Whittier WildChat
April 4, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Whittier PTA Auction Tickets are on Sale
Catucky Derby Auction tickets are now on sale! We've had a great response so far and are looking forward to more attending! If you can't attend, you can still purchase a ticket for a 
staff member to attend!!! 

Important Dates
Wildcash Raffle begins April 5th (See more info below).
The online auction will start after Spring Break on April 16th. Keep your eye out for more detail s.

Please head to www.whittierauction.org to purchase your tickets

WildCash Raffle Begins This Thursday, April 5th
As part of the Whittier auction, we ask families to sell 10 raffle tickets per student. Tickets are $2 each (10 / $20). The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the live auction on April 28; the winner takes home $1000 and does not need to be present to win. Please look for these raffle tickets and instructions in your student's folder/backpack on Thursday. All tickets, sold AND unsold, must be returned no later than Friday, April 20. Thank you for your support!


PTA Information
Seeking Nominations for Golden Acorn Award
Whittier PTA is seeking nominations for the Golden Acorn Award. This award recognizes volunteers who have given outstanding service to children in the Whittier community. The recipient(s) of this award will receive loads of Wildcat appreciation, a Golden Acorn pin, special recognition at the May 10th General PTA meeting, a contribution in their name to the Washington State PTA Financial Grant Program, and their name engraved on the Golden Acorn plaque in the lobby.

Please help us recognize and reward those amazing individuals within our school and community who meet the criteria for this award. Email your nomination along with a brief explanation for why your nominee deserves this recognition by April 20th, 2018 to vp.whittierpta@gmail.com
School News
After School Enrichment
Time to sign up for Spring after school enrichment. See the extensive offerings below.

Outdoor Wilderness at Whittier
Spring Quarter Details:
Grades K-3: Fridays from 2:25 to 4:10
Classes April 6- June 15 (no classes 4/13)
Cost: $257.50
Registration:  https://seattleadventuresports.com/program_calendar/whittier-k3-spring-18/
Welcome to spring quarter at Outdoor Wilderness. Spring quarter is focused on developing skills that will help with camping or hiking trips you have planned with the family- navigation, what to do if you get lost, and how to survive the wild. As the weather can still be fickle, we'll practice good outdoor living skills to stay warm and dry- some days in our lavvu- a Scandinavian tipi- and some days in shelters we build ourselves.
Topics we'll be covering this quarter include: animal tracking & identification, leave no trace wilderness ethics, rope-making, and of course lots and lots of games and fun activities! Every quarter we do different activities, so whether this is your first quarter with us or your 5th, we'll all be outside having fun together!
*If anyone needs assistance with warm/weatherproof clothes, Seattle Adventure Sports does have loaners- please ask!*
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The Language Link - Spanish
Spanish Novice K-2
This class is for students in their first or second year of Spanish study. Session 2 will focus on new themes and activities to build on what students have already learned. By the end of this school year, these students will, at minimum, be able to understand familiar words, basic phrases, and commands. They will also be able to use short, practiced phrases to speak about themselves, their families, and their surroundings. New and returning students are welcome!
Registration details:
Class Length: 60 minutes
Grades: K-2
Dates: Mondays and Fridays 2:30-3:30 PM, begins 3/9 and ends 6/18 (27 classes)
Cost: $315 through February 2nd, then $330.
Spanish Novice 3-5
This class is for students in their first or second year of Spanish study. Session 2 will focus on new themes and activities to build on what students have already learned. By the end of this school year, these students will, at minimum, be able to understand familiar words, basic phrases, and commands. They will also be able to use short, practiced phrases to speak about themselves, their families, and their surroundings. New and returning students are welcome!
Registration details:
Class Length: 60 minutes
Grades: 3-5
Dates: Mondays and Fridays 2:30-3:30 PM, begins 3/9 and ends 6/18 (27 classes)
Cost: $315 through February 2, then $330.
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Chess 4 Life
This class is for any student interested in learning or increasing his or her knowledge of chess. They cover principles of chess, both basic and advanced for players of all levels. The classes are taught by experienced Chess4Life chess coaches. All of the coaches work closely with National Master Elliott Neff and follow the Chess4Life curriculum designed by Elliott.
Registration details:
Ages ALL GRADES
Location: Whittier Elementary School
Wednesdays 1:15 to 2:15pm
Starts 4/18 to 6/13
Cost $149 (9 classes)
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PLAYWELL TEKnologies
Mine, Craft, Build: Adventure Game with LEGO® Materials, Spring
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! There are no prerequisites for this course.
Registration details:
Intro to STEM with with LEGO® Materials
Grades K-2
Wednesdays,4/18/18 - 3/30/18.   7 Sessions
1:10pm - 3:15pm
Play-Well: $159.00 (Price Per Course Per Participant)
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STEM Challenge with with LEGO® Materials
Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! There are no prerequisites for this course.
Registration details:
STEM Challenge with with LEGO® Materials
Grades: 2 to 5
Fridays, 4/20/18 - 6/8/18. 8 Sessions
2:25pm - 4:00pm
Play-Well: $136.00 (Price Per Course Per Participant)
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Seattle Parks and Recreation Offerings
Whittier partners with Seattle Parks and Recreation and local businesses to offer students a variety of after school classes held in the Whittier Elementary building. Registration is on SPARC website, scholarships are available, must register at Loyal Height community center.

Machine Sewing @Whittier
Students are invited to learn a skill they will use for a lifetime and a hobby they will forever enjoy sewing! No experience necessary for boys and girls to learn the basics and beyond. Beginning students will learn machine safety and beginner sewing techniques, while the more experienced students can expand on skills they already have. Student will advance at their own pace to more exciting and challenging projects throughout the session. Projects, which are constantly rotating during the quarter, include backpacks, phone cases, clothing, accessories, bags, games, stuffed animal and more! All sewing classes are supervised by Chelsea Cook, owner of Little Hands Creations.
Registration details:
Loyal Height Community Center, register on SPARC https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp
Ages 7-12
Instructor: Little Hands Sewing
Location: Whittier Elementary School
Starts 4/16 Mon 2:30-4 p.m.
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Hip Hop @Whittier
Learn the creative and energetic dance steps of Hip Hop for fun or fitness. Hip Hop classes are designed for students to learn all facets, foundations and fundamentals of hip hop. Students will leave class refreshed, with confidence and ready to strut their stuff.
Registration details:
Loyal Height Community Center, register on SPARC https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp
Ages 5-12
Instructor: Anna Nagy
Location: Whittier Elementary School
Starts 4/17 Tuesdays 2:30-4 p.m.
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Coding @Whittier
Creative Coding teaches your child to code by helping them make their own custom video games! Our project based, multilevel classes are amazingly fun yet very effective in teaching creative problem solving AND emotional resilience. As your creative girl or boy has fun bringing their ideas to life, they iterate through the emotional cycle of Coding (idea>excitement> effort>frustration>more effort>triumph!) With our support and positive encouragement. Repeating this cycle not only builds great coders, but more importantly, develops emotional persistence that will help students enjoy taking on new challenges in all aspects of their lives. Students new to coding will participate in the Creative Coding core curriculum, learning the fundamental elements of coding using MIT's Scratch to create their very own computer games!
Registration details:
Loyal Height Community Center, register on SPARC https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp
Ages 7-12
Instructor: Creative Coding for Kids
Location: Whittier Elementary School
Starts 4/17 Monday 2:30-4:30 p.m.


District News
2017-18 District Calendar 
Notes From the Front Office
Pennies for Patients!
We raised $1800.27, congrats Wildcats!
 
Thursday is Club Group photos
Make sure to wear your Unicycle Shirt/Ultimate Frisbee shirt/or your Whittier Wildcat shirt.
 
Spirit Day
April's Spirit Day is Wacky Hat Day - mark your calendar for April 19th!
 
Testing
Grades 3-5 will be taking the SBAC test this spring. Look for a letter coming home this week with more details.

Help Wanted: Lunch & Recess Volunteers
Lunch and recess times provide important social, emotional and physical breaks for our students. We are at lunch and on the playground with your children everyday but can always use extra help to:

·  Monitor play to ensure safety
·  Help students with playground equipment
·  Assist students who are learning new games and social settings
·  Referee sports games on the playground
·  Encourage kids to eat
·  Remind students to stay in their seats
·  Open food containers
·  Assist students with cleaning up and putting away their lunches
·  Grant bathroom permissions

Volunteering at lunch and/or recess is a fun way to help out, and a great way to be involved in your child's school day!

~~~~~IT'S GREAT TO BE A WILDCAT~~~~~

-Miss Monica & Miss Rebecca
Community News & Events
Whittier Kids Summer Camps 
Open to all kids entering Kindergarten-5
th grade
*More info & Register Online Now*
Join us for a summer full of engaging weekly themes, activities and interesting field trips! Learn new skills, explore new friendships and provide your child a chance to grow and learn in a safe, fun environment.
Questions? Email whittierkids@phinneycenter.org

Seattle Celtic Soccer Tryouts
Seattle Celtic will be holding Fall soccer season tryouts from April 16 - May 5. Celtic have teams at all levels for players born between 2002 and 2011 and a coaching staff with the perfect mix of energy, passion and expertise to help players develop and excel in a fun environment.
Tryouts are free to attend and details can be found at www.seattleceltic.com
Questions? Contact us at info@seattleceltic.com for further information.

Ingraham High School Girls Soccer Summer Ram Camp
WEEK 1-June 25th- June 29th, 8am-12pm   
WEEK 2-July 16th- July 20th, 8am-12pm
PRICE: WEEK 1-$100    WEEK 2-$100 (both $180)
WHERE:  Ingraham High School Soccer Field
AGES: 4-12 (but we're flexible!)
With a younger kids program and an older kids program, boys and girls can have fun developing skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and other fun moves!
Kids will also get a FREE T-SHIRT and
FREE BALL! SNACKS are provided!
Email: mjwentzel@seattleschools.org to request registration information.

A Savvy Parents Safe Kids Workshop with Jill Goetz
Monday, April 23rd, 7-8:30 pm at Ballard Church
PNW Parent Education is putting on their next event:

She will be sharing information with us about how we can keep our kids safe, with topics such as:
  • Talking about safety at home
  • The Fab 5 questions parents need to be asking
  • Teaching children about body safety
  • What safety tools work and which ones don't?
  • Teaching safety when out and about
  • The Super 10 Rules for Safety
  • Red Flags and Warning Signs
  • Prevention tips to keep kids safe
Please register on the Eventbrite event page here.

Thank You!!
Book Drive-Thank you to all the Whittier families for all the wonderful donations of books for the book drive. Thanks to you all, every student at Bailey Gatzert will be able to take home at least two books to read over spring break. Also a big thank you to Jessica Carr, Jennifer Rose, Sarah Okun, and Gwen Weed for sorting and boxing up all the books.

STEM Fair-A HUGE thank you to Whittier mom, Femeke Britschgi Cabernard, for the tremendous amount of time and effort she put into making the STEM Fair come to life!! It was great to see all the families working together on STEM tasks in classrooms. What a wonderful Whittier Event!

Lunch Menu
View the March lunch menu here.
Calendar
Monday, April 9-Friday, April 13,
NO School. Spring Break!

Sunday, April 15th
Whittier Wildcats at the Mariners Game

Saturday, April 28th
Whittier PTA Dinner/Auction

Email us  with upcoming event details.
Shopping for Whittier
Support our Wildcats by shopping! (Really!) These retailers donate a % of your purchases to Whittier...
 

-AmazonSmile - Select "Whittier PTA Seattle Council" during the easy set-up at smile.amazon.com. Bookmark it and click it every time you shop! (Tech support tip: Amazon Smile only works on browsers, not the Amazon app.)


-Fred Meyer - 
Link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Whittier PTA (NPO# 85919). You keep your Rewards points!


-Ballard Market - 
Look for the jar labeled Ballard Market receipts on the table in the lobby and stuff your collected receipts inside.

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