Whittier WildChat
May 2, 2018
Whittier School photo
We show respect. We make good choices. We solve our problems. It's what Wildcats do!

Upcoming Events
Still Time to Support the Auction Online 
The Catucky Derby isn't quite finished yet! Today is the last day of our online "clean up" auction. This is your opportunity to bid on never before seen items, sign-up parties that still have some room, and items that didn't sell the first time around and are now at a great price point! The bidding will close Wednesday evening.
Also, please pick up any auction winnings this Friday, May 4th in the library from 2:15pm - 8:00pm.

Next Week is Whittier Staff Appreciation Week
May 7th to May 11th, 2018 is Whittier Staff Appreciation Week. We are acknowledging all our staff because they life us UP and help their students' knowledge soar. Monday is wake and fuel UP with breakfast burritos, Tuesday is love UP with letter of thanks, notes and drawings, Wednesday is perk UP with flowers, Thursday is drink UP smoothies and Friday is forks UP for a salad bar. This event is not possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094ea4a72eaafe3-whittier6 to sign up for donations of food, utensils, and of course your time! Thank you everyone for showing our staff our appreciation!

Vote for Spring Family Movie Night
On Friday, June 1st, 2018, we will have another Family Movie Night. We need your vote by May 11th in the box in front of the front office! The student ballot is going home this week in Kidmail so be on the lookout and decide what movie we will be watching!

Gun Safety Presentation on May 8th
The Whittier PTA will be hosting a presentation from the Be SMART campaign. By informing adults about responsible gun storage and safety, the Be SMART campaign intends to reduce child deaths and injuries caused by guns. The presentation is for both gun owners and non-gun owners, helping parents understand how to secure guns in their own homes and ensure that there are no unsecured guns in other homes and environments that their children may visit. We hope that you will join us to learn about simple steps that all adults can take to reduce gun violence. 

More information about the campaign can be found at besmartforkids.org
Date: May 8th
Time: 7-8:00 pm
Location: Whittier Library


PTA Information
Recommended PTA Officers for 2018-19
  A Nominating Committee elected by the PTA membership in November has developed a recommended slate of officer positions, listed below. Members will also be asked to vote on candidates for officer positions on the 2018-19 PTA Board at the Community Meeting on May 10th.
 
Co-Presidents: Kate Mathew & Amy Bryan
Vice President: Kellie Pecoraro
Treasurer & Asst. Treasurer: Kelsey Toppenberg & Stephanie Pirtle
Co-Secretaries: Sascha Demerjian & Beth Goldsmith
 
The Nominating Committee is also recommending the following candidates for appointment by the incoming Executive Committee:
 
Fundraising Chair: Justin Fenton
Asst. Fundraising Chair: Mark Butler
Events Co-Chairs: Femeke Cabernard & Kim Kocher
Outreach Co-Chairs: Amy Patrick & Kristin Ford
Volunteer Co-Chair: Elena Aldinger
Communications Chair: Erin Lancione
Programs Co-Chairs: Jennifer Mannheim
Legislative Representative: Andrea Landis
Membership Co-Chair: Hilarie Sander
Hospitality Co-Chairs: Gail Olsen Laing & Cherise Gaffney
 
Additional nominations for these positions can be made from the floor during the Community Meeting. If you would like to be considered for one of these positions or would like to nominate someone, please come on May 10th to make your nomination.




School News
Playground Renovations Start Friday, May 3rd
Volunteers Needed!
The time has come! We need your help (and muscles!) to install the new Whittier play structure, including the HUGE task of hauling and spreading new gravel and wood chips. You may have signed up in the Fall to help. This is the new and revised signup, so please sign up here. 

There are nearly 200 volunteer positions for gravel and wood chip install over the May 18-20 weekend. Please consider signing up for more than 1 shift if you can, and pass along to your neighbors and friends - many hands are needed to pull this off! Troops, teams, classrooms or groups can sign up and tackle a piece of the job - including food or beverage donations. Please contact  whitterplayground@gmail.com with any questions.

Lastly, while the playground is under construction, students will have less space outside during recess. This means we need more help during recess to keep our kids safe and active. Can you donate some balls to our ball rack? How about lots and lots of sidewalk chalk? Bring in to Ms. Rebecca and Ms. Monica in the front office. And can you come in during recess from 10:30am-12:10pm to lead or play some games? You are welcome for any segment of that time, and you must have completed your volunteer paperwork and sign in at the front office. Closing down the playground during the month of May is tricky timing to say the least. Many factors and smart minds came to this decision so please lend a hand to help our students be active and safe during construction in May.

Parent Survey on School Behaviors
Whittier's PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) Team spent time analyzing our initial survey results and identified our top ten values based on behaviors we want to teach into. We would appreciate your feedback as well. Please complete the one question survey using the link below by Wednesday, May 2nd. The team will be meeting on Thursday to compile the final results.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCBHJ77

Thank you! Principal Schweitzer

May is Bike Everywhere Month
Now that the Bicycle Skills and Safety Unit is winding down, time to get on that bike and ride. All our Wildcat bikers (and unicylists) can track their minutes on their bikes of the entire month of May. Bike to school, to the library or market, bike to the park, practice, etc.

Track your minutes on the Bike Everywhere calendar available for download here, on Mr. Pule's Schoology page and outside the gym. Calendar was also sent to classroom teachers for electronic distribution. Hand it in to Mr. Pule by June 4th to add to Whittier's total.

Whittier's Bike To School Day will be Friday, May 11th. Let's get another 250 Wildcats on bikes that day.

Ride Safe. Ride Pono.


District News
2017-18 District Calendar 
Notes From the Front Office
New Bulletin Board is Up - Add Your Flower
We have a new bulletin board up. Please stop by and pick up a flower to decorate and bring it back to post on the board.


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
Whitman Students for Next Year- Return Your Registration Cards!

Over Spring Break Whitman sent out a middle school registration packet to the incoming 6 th grade students fr om our  feeder elementary schools (your schools). The packet included pink registration postcards that were to be completed and sent back to us either through regular US mail or they could email a "picture" of the postcard to our Registrar, Janice Brown at jabrown1@seattleschools.org Pink postcards were due back last Friday, April 20th. Sadly we have received responses from less than ½ of our assigned families so far! Please get your postcards submitted as soon as possible
Birds+Bees+Kids: The 3 Biggest Myths that get in the Way of the Sex Talk
Hosted by Seattle Therapy Network
Wednesday, May 2 at 7-8:45 pm
Amy Lang, MA has been teaching about sexual health and education since 1991. Her mission is to help every kid grow up to a whole and healthy adult by teaching the grownups who love and care for them how to openly and confidently talk about sexuality.
This evening with Amy Lang will focus on busting open 3 Myths that get in the way of the sex talk! https://www.facebook.com/events/1649469171812442/

Ballard High School Non-Contact Football Camp
The Ballard High School Football Program will be hosting two non-contact camps this June. One for incoming 2nd-8th graders (June 11-14th) and one for incoming Freshman (June 25-28th). At this non-contact camp each camper will learn the philosophy and core values of the Ballard Football program as well as learn the fundamentals for every position group. The camp will be taught by the Ballard coaching staff with assistance from former and current Ballard football players! Below is a link for more camp information and registration. If you have any questions please reach out to Coach Ross Humphries at ballardbeaverfootball@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank You!!
Thank you to the PTA Auction Team for all your time and effort to make the auction such a fun and successful event. Thank you to all of those that made donations and purchased items. You raised a lot of money to support programs for Whittier!

Lunch Menu
View the April lunch menu here.
Calendar
Mon.-Wed., May 7-9
5th Graders go to NatureBridge

Tuesday, May 8th
BeSmart Presentation

Friday, May 11th
Bike to School Day

Thursday, May 17th
Spirit Day-Rainbow Day

Friday/Saturday May 18th/19th
Suessical The Musical Jr. by the Whittier Wildcat Players

Thursday, May 24th
Instrumental Music Concert

Friday, June 1st
Spring Movie Night

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.

Get Involved

Contact Us
The WildChat has a new contact email address!
Delete the old Hotmail address! whittierwildchat@gmail.com

Contact the WildChat Editor with questions about or submissions to this newsletter.

WildChat content should be submitted via email no later than Tuesdays at noon for Wednesday publication.

Please use the SafeUnsubscribe link at the bottom of this message if you do not wish to receive further issues of the WildChat.