Volume 5 | Issue 24 | February 12, 2021
DISTRICT NEWS
Learning Model Dashboard & Case Data
Our learning model dashboard and our case data can be found by visiting our Navigating 20-21 page. The dashboard is updated every Sunday evening. Student and staff case data is updated twice weekly (Friday and Tuesday evenings).
Meal Pick Up for Distance Learners & Students in Quarantine or Isolation | February 15
Even though there is no school for students, we will still have meal pick up for distance learners on Monday, February 15th, 11:30am-12:00pm at Whitnall High School, Door 15. If you need an earlier or later pick up time, please call (414) 525-8430 or email Nick Foti, Administrative Assistant, at nfoti@whitnall.com.

What's Up Whitnall?
Check out the 12th episode of What's Up Whitnall? from the Athletics and Activities Department!
Save the Date
Bryan Wright Virtually Presents: The Dangers of Social Media and Sexting.

Whitnall is thrilled to be offering two virtual presentations on the dangers of social media and sexting from Bryan Wright, the owner of Dynamic Family Solutions LLC. Over the last 12 years, Bryan has worked as a youth / teen advocate. He hopes to share the information and knowledge gained through his research and work experience to address these important issues families and youth are facing today. 

In this presentation, Bryan will touch on the following topics:
  • Identity development, and awareness of hypersexualization in today's society and how it impacts youth's decision making
  • The influences and risks of social media and the dangers of sexting
  • What are preventative measures parents can take to promote safe technology use? 
  • The importance of having open conversations with youth and setting healthy boundaries

These presentations will cover sensitive matters, and are intended for a mature audience. Please be mindful of your audience at home while in attendance, as the information discussed may include language that is not appropriate for young children.

Presentation #1 | Intended for parents with students grades 4-8 | 2/23, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Presentation #2 | Intended for parents with students in grades 9-12 | 2/25, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

The presentations will be conducted via Zoom. The meeting information is listed below:

Topic: Social Media Sexting Parent Presentation 
Time: Feb 23 and 25, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 976 016 5769
Passcode: yBGXQ3
Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
WHITNALL HIGH SCHOOL
Donations
Please help homeless shelters and people in need during this cold and difficult time by donating the listed items. Thank you from the Red Cross Club!
Athletics Registration Deadlines
Students need to register for the “alternate fall” seasons of football and boys soccer by March 1. The registration deadline for spring sports season (track and field, softball, baseball, boys golf) is April 9. For girls soccer and boys tennis, it is April 16. To register, go here.
Course Selection
Students will be choosing classes for next school year in February. Click here for more information on the timeline as well as guides to use with your students. All current high school students should have courses requested in IC by February 23.
WHITNALL MIDDLE SCHOOL
Yearbook Orders
You can now place an order for your yearbook at VIP’s website by clicking here. This year, all yearbook orders will be placed online, and the deadline for ordering is April 1st - please be sure to place your order before this time. When it’s complete, your yearbook will be delivered directly to your home. For questions or additional information, please email support@vipis.com.
Conferences
Mark your calendars for March 25th for the WMS conferences (4-7 PM). Conferences will once again be held virtually and by appointment invitation (from staff.) You are always welcome to contact staff about setting up a conference time if an appointment is not required.
PTO News
8th grade parents - we are in the process of forming a committee for 8th grade promotion at the end of the year. Looking for parents interested in planning a celebration for the students. With COVID restrictions we will need to be creative this year. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to wmspto@whitnall.com.
 
WMS PTO Board of Directors - The PTO is currently looking for parents interested in participating on the Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 school year. The board consists of four positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. For the 2021-2022 school year we will have some open positions that we are looking to fill. If you are interested in volunteering or just getting more information, please email wmspto@whitnall.com.
EDGERTON ELEMENTARY
Yearbook Orders
You can now place an order for your Edgerton yearbook at VIP’s website by clicking here. This year, all yearbook orders will be placed online. The deadline for ordering is April 1st - please be sure to place your order before this time. For questions or additional information, please email support@vipis.comCORRECTION: Yearbooks will not be mailed to your home as stated in our February newsletter. For distance learning families, yearbooks will be available for pick up at Edgerton.
Second Semester Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences will be held virtually on March 11 (4-6 PM) and March 12 (12:00-3:30 PM) by appointment. You will receive an email from your child’s teacher inviting you to sign up for a conference time. If you need assistance with the sign up, please contact your child’s teacher. Conferences will be held via a Google Meet. You will receive an email with a link the week of March 8. Please note that Friday, March 12 is an early release day. Students attend from 8:35-11:20 AM. Buses will run as scheduled, however, there is no YMCA program that afternoon.
PTO Updates
Silent Auction - This year's Silent Auction will take place online, February 26th - March1st. Click here for details. Invite your friends and family to bid! Winners must pick up items March 4th or 5th at the EES lobby, 3:30 - 5pm. 

Raffles - This year our staff auction items as well as the reserved parking spot will be done as raffles. Details will be sent out next week. 

Eat & Earn - Enjoy a dinner out and support our school at Noodles in Hales Corners, Thursday, February 18th, 4-8pm. See the flyer for details. 

Stay in touch with all the PTO happenings by liking our PTO Facebook Page.
HALES CORNERS ELEMENTARY
Kids Heart Challenge
Hey HCE Community! We have some exciting news about the Kids Heart Challenge to share and, by the way, you are doing an awesome job. Our Kids Heart Challenge goal for this year is to raise $11,878. We are currently at $10,318.60. That is fantastic!!! To meet our goal, we need $1559.40. So, if you haven't registered and collected donations for the Kids Heart Challenge, it's not too late!! We have a whole week left to meet our goal. All donations (online only) are due by Friday, February 19th. Click the links for more information.
Yearbook Sales
Yearbooks can be ordered at VIP’s website by clicking here. All yearbook orders will be placed online, and the deadline for ordering is Thursday, April 1st. Please be sure to place your order before this time. When the yearbook is complete, your yearbook will be delivered directly to school for distribution. For questions or additional information please email support@vipis.com.
Spirit Wear Day
Tuesday, February 16 is spirit wear day. Wear your HCE or Whitnall attire, or blue and gold to be counted as participating for your classroom. The classroom with the highest total participation for the year will be receiving a treat from the PTO in June.
Morning Parking Lot Drop Off
Beginning Monday, we are revising the directions for morning drop off. Similar to the after school pick up, we will have a staff member direct the cars one at a time to the curb. Both lanes will be stopped before the curve. This procedure still requires parents to move along the entire length of the sidewalk. Stopping at a specific door is causing the entire drop off process to slow. Your help is needed to make the drop off not only safe but efficient. Please follow the directions of the staff members in the green vests.