Whittier WildChat
June 6, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Jog-a-thon & Playground Celebration - Friday, June 8th!
The 2nd Annual Jog-A-Thon is Friday June 8. Because we've been able to fully fund (thanks to you!) all of our PTA initiatives, we are dedicating the first $10,000 raised to our sister school, Bailey Gatzert, to fund classroom, communication, curriculum and family support initiatives. 

It's super easy to help your racer set up an online pledge form. Follow the link below and scroll down to the bottom left and look for "Add Participant." The online form works best if each kid has his/her own page. (The old-school donation envelope that should've come home last week works just fine too! You can drop that off on Friday.)

Last year, we learned the Jog-A-Thon is a great way for grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends, and neighbors to show their support for your student's efforts. Join us on Friday if you can to cheer on our joggers. And don't forget, we're having a big community party after school that day to officially launch the new playground. Live music! Food! Fun! You'll definitely want to stay after school this time!


2018 Whittier Jog-a-thon Running Schedule
8:55 - 9:20: Kindergarten Run
9:25 - 9:50: 2nd Grade Run
11:05 - 11:30: 4th Grade Run
1:05 - 1:30: 3rd Grade Run
1:20 - 1:45: 5th Grade Run
1:40 - 2:05: 1st Grade Run
2:25-3:05: All Grades Bonus Laps!
4:00: The Not Its (Free Concert and Dance Party at Whittier!)

Spring Sing/Artwalk - Wednesday June 13, 6:30 
Please come join us for an art filled evening as we celebrate your creative and talented Wildcat artists and performers.

6:30- Enjoy art showcasing work from every student in each grade in the main hallway. Light refreshments will be provided.
7:00- Head to the stage to hear vocal performances by the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes.

Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear the creative talents that your Wildcats have put so much time and energy into all year long.

Join Us for Lunch on Friday, June 15th
Please join us for the Field Day BBQ on June 15th! We will have hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, carrots, broccoli, watermelon and cookies. This costs is $3.00 for students and $4.75 for adults.

Field Day is Friday, June 15th: World Cup Russia 2018
Old hands or new, everyone is welcome! Let's celebrate World Cup Russia 2018 in true Wildcat fashion and have a blast!

Volunteers are asked to wear the colors of the host country, Russia... It is an easy one. Red, White, and Blue. 

Ask your Wildcat which team their class is representing! From Senegal to Argentina, Japan to Sweden... Wildcats will be come clad in the colors of 21 different World Cup teams. Face paint and dyed hair a bonus!

STATION VOLUNTEERS SHOULD MEET MR. PULE IN THE WHITTIER GYM @ 11:15 AM. Mr. Pule will present a quick Field Day Activities 101 wiki-course. In a few minutes, you will be an expert in the field day arts! Bring a friend and really have a World Cup of a Day.

To help make field day memorable for our Wildcats, simply follow our World Cup Russia 2018 link to Sign up Genius  Be a part of Wildcat history.

PTA Information
Volunteers Needed for the Art Walk
Calling all art enthusiasts! Mr. Buck needs your help. We need a few volunteers to mount artwork (some of this work may be done at home), set up, serve refreshments, and clean up for our Spring Sing and Art Walk. Please sign up to help Mr. Buck showcase our children's amazing artwork.
School News
Whittier Summer Book Swap
To promote reading throughout the summer, we will be having a book swa p in the library the last two weeks of school. I am asking each student to bring in one used book to exchange for a new-to-them book to read over the summer. If you have additional books to donate, it would be greatly appreciated! If we have enough donations, students will be able to select more than one book and they will have more of a selection to pick from. Books remaining after the book swap will be added to new teacher classrooms, to the book exchange outside the office, or donated.
Some things to consider:
  • Books should be appropriate reading for grades K-5 (picture books, early readers, non-fiction, chapter books)
  • No adult books, magazines or board books please
  • Books should be in good to excellent condition (no rips, stains, missing pages, or writing in them)
We can start accepting books for the swap on Monday, June 4th. If you have any questions or would like to donate extra books, please contact me at shnewcomb@seattleschools.org.
Thank you! Ms. Newcomb
Whittier Elementary School 2018 Physical Education Summer Enrichment Program- Spots still available
P.E. in the summer? Why not? Download the registration form(also available on Schoology and outside the gym) for more information. Return form to Mr. Pule. Limited enrollment of 44.
Camp Details: Mr. Bryan Pule, Whittier's PE specialist, and Ms. Barbara Bruecher, Olympic View's PE specialist will offer a 4-day (Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri...) program at Whittier.
  When: Monday 7/2, Tuesday 7/3, Thursday 7/5, Friday 7/6 (no session on Wednesday, July 4th)
Time: 9:00am-12 noon
Who: Students currently enrolled at Whittier K-5th grade during the 2017/18 school year.
Where: Whittier Elementary School Gym/Playground
Camp Objectives:
The program will provide a "success-oriented" experience with emphasis on individual skills building, small and large group activities, and the creation of a safe, cooperative environment where students will explore new challenges, improve skills, and participate in various healthy activities. It is our goal to build confidence, ability, and a true love of physical activity that will develop into a life-long habit.

District News
Join Seattle Public Schools in the Seattle Pride Parade
All students, staff, families, and friends are invited to join Seattle Public Schools in the Seattle Pride Parade. You can ride on the yellow school bus float or march alongside. We will provide snacks and fun items you can hand out to the crowd. Meet at the parade staging area on 4th Avenue early if you would like participate. The parade ends at Seattle Center where there will be a rally, music, food, and entertainment.
When: Sunday, June 24 at 11 a.m.
Where: Downtown Seattle - beginning at 4th Avenue and Union; ending at Seattle Center
Questions, or if you'd like to join us: Lisa Love, llove@seattleschools.org, Manager Health Education, Student Health Outreach

2017-18 District Calendar 
Notes From the Front Office
Things are getting busy! Mark your calendars for all the events!
There is a lot going on as we close out the school year. Relisting many of the school-wide events below with more details coming as we have them.
  • Thursday, June 7- Rock Star Spirit Day
  • Friday, June 8- Jog-a-thon followed by The-Not-its Concert after school at 4 pm
  • Wednesday, June 13- Spring Sing and Art Walk- 6:30 pm
  • Friday, June 15- Field Day
  • Thursday, June 21- End of Year Assembly and 5th Grade Graduation
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!


-Miss Monica & Miss Rebecca
Community News & Events
Whitman Music Picnic
All incoming 6th grade Whitman Music students and their families are invited to our annual music picnic on Tuesday, June 12th at Golden Gardens from 5:30 to 8pm. We have reserved Picnic Shelter #1 next to the playground.  The Friends of Whitman Music will be cooking hotdogs. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share with everyone. We hope to see you there!

Avoid The "Summer Slide" with Mathnasium "Power Math" Summer Programs!
Help your student build their math skills and confidence this summer with Power Math Programs at Mathnasium of NW Seattle in Ballard. Programs include Numerical Fluency, Multiplication Fact Fluency, "Jump Start" programs for students going into upper elementary (4th grade) and middle school (6th grade), and more! Call 206-588-0460 or email northwestseattle@mathnasium.com for more information. Learn more at: http://www.mathnasium.com/northwestseattle

Eagle Staff New Student Orientation - Save the Date
Mark your calendar: orientation for Eagle Staff 6th graders will be held on Thursday August 30, 9-12. This is part of our WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program.

Thank You!!
Thank you to all the volunteers that helped organize, set up, and clean up after Movie Night last week.

Lunch Menu
View the June lunch menu here.
Thursday, June 7th
Rock Star Spirit Day

Friday, June 8th
Jog-a-thon (during the school day) and The Not-Its! Concert at 4pm

Tuesday, June 12th
New Family Popsicle Playdate

Wednesday, June 13th-6:30
Spring Sing and Art Walk

Friday, June 15th
Field Day

Thursday, June 21st
End of Year celebration and 5th Grade Graduation

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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