Volume 5 | Issue 21 | January 22, 2021
Board Agenda | January 25
Interested in the items being considered at the next board meeting? Check out the agenda for January 25 on our Agendas & Minutes page.
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 | January 25
Meal pick up will be on Monday, January 25th, 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 ninth episode of What's Up Whitnall? from the Athletics and Activities Department!
Health Updates
Contact Tracing Timeline
Over this past week, there have been concerns as to why it has taken so long to notify families of a close contact. When you are notified of the date of last contact with the positive individual, this is not necessarily the date the individual tested positive. For contact tracing purposes, a positive case is considered contagious 48 hours prior to symptom onset. For example, if a student developed symptoms on a Friday and eventually tested positive, we would begin contact tracing on the prior Wednesday, 48 hours prior to the symptom onset. Unfortunately, test results can take 24 hours up to 5 days, depending on where the test was performed and what kind of test was done. We have been able to complete contact tracing for positive cases within 24 hours of the district receiving notification of the result. The time frame of when test results are received in comparison to when symptoms first started is also dependent on when the individual is tested, as sometimes it is a couple days after symptom onset. Our practice is following the current guidelines provided to us from the CDC and health departments however we cannot control when people decide to go get tested or the length of time test results take. We recognize this is a tough time but we have been working very hard to stay on top of COVID-19 and keep the entire district in the in-person model and to assure timely communication occurs. 
Student Awaiting Test Results
Families are reminded that students who have been tested for COVID-19 need to stay home until test results are received, even if they begin to feel better. Please follow the following steps while you are awaiting your test results:
1. Please DO NOT SEND your child to school until he/she has been cleared to return by a member of health services.
2. If your child is negative, please send a copy of the results to the covidreporting@whitnall.com email address. This documentation is needed to medically excuse these absences.
3. Continue to report your child's absences to your school as you normally do.
4. If your child is positive, notify covidreporting@whitnall.com ASAP. Please provide the date when the symptoms started and any close contacts your child may have had within the district, outside of the classroom. Below are resources from DHS to help guide you as well.
You may also refer to the DHS Next Steps: While You Wait for Your COVID-19 Test Results fact sheet to guide you.
Please review these additional COVID Reminders.
These steps will help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.
Whitnall Youth Baseball Registration
An in-person registration for Whitnall Youth Baseball and Fastpitch Softball will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 5-8 pm at Organ Piper Pizza (4353 S. 108th St.). Summer leagues begin in May and end in July for boys and girls ages 4-14. Visit whitnallyouthbaseball.com for more information.
Hales Corners Library
The Hales Corners Library is reaching out to the Whitnall community to help with interviewing final candidates for their youth services librarian position. On Tuesday, February 2, there will be two family story times, one at 10:30 am and another at 1:30 pm. The finalists will be conducting the story times on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/HalesCornersLibrary). Please join, then send the library your comments (a survey link will be provided via Facebook). If you’re unable to join on February 2, please watch the story times later. The library will be accepting comments through Sunday, February 7.
"Thank you, Whitnall families, for your help. We’re looking forward to welcoming a new youth services librarian and re-starting our programs for children, teens, and families.”
Second Semester Schedules
Parents and students, please check Infinite Campus for your second semester schedules. Second semester begins Monday.
Expo 2021
The WHS Expo is February 3rd, 5:00-7:30 PM. Check out the flyer. This is the opportunity for incoming 9th grade students and current students to learn more about the different offerings at Whitnall High School. There will be virtual presentations and teachers, coaches, and advisors are available for scheduled talk sessions. Session sign up will be sent next week.
Guarantee your copy of the 2020-2021 yearbook by ordering by Sunday, January 31. Order by January 31 to lock in the $65.00 price. Go to www.yearbookforever.com to secure your book. Starting on February 1, limited copies will be available for purchase at $70.00.
WHS Expo for WMS 8th Graders/Incoming Freshmen
Current WMS 8th grade families and students are invited to the virtual WHS Expo on February 3rd. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the high school and all that is offered. Check out the flyer.
Check Infinite Campus for Schedules
January 25th is the first day of 2nd semester. Please remind your child to check IC for their 2nd semester schedule.
Instructional Delivery Model Changes at Semester
Pupil Services Support on January 25th (Before School)
WMS Pupil Services will be available to support students returning to in-person learning from distance learning on Monday, January 25th, 7:20 - 7:55 AM, in the cafeteria. This includes answering questions, providing a printed schedule, and distributing locks and lock combinations.  
Helpful Instructional Delivery Model Documents
Pupil Services Team Contacts
Courtney Fleischman - School Social Worker - (414) 525-8655
Nicole Lussier - School Psychologist - (414) 525-8795
Jim Gableman - School Counselor - (414) 525-8654
Water Bottle Sales
Students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle every day to school. The middle school office sells Whitnall water bottles for $3.00 which supports the WMS PTO. Come to the middle school office to purchase your water bottle. Cash only. Our water fountains are equipped with touchless, sensor activated bottle fillers.
PTO Eat & Earn
Mark your calendar for our next Eat and Earn. February 9th 4 - 8 PM at Chipotle. Chipotle Flyer
Current Openings
This year, due to safety concerns, we are asking families to follow these guidelines for valentines:

  • Valentines may not include any food or candy items.
  • Valentines must be sent to school by Friday, February 5th in a bag clearly labeled with your child’s name.
PTO Updates
Silent Auction - This year's Family Fun Dance has been cancelled. However, the Silent Auction will be happening online February 26th - March 1st. Additional details will be coming out soon. If you have a business that would like to donate an auction item, please email Shannon Prohaska at smprohaska@gmail.com or Lynn Kluth at lkluth21@gmail.com.
Keep up to date on all PTO happenings by liking our Facebook Page!
Kids Heart Challenge
Edgerton is getting ready to kick off our socially distant Kids Heart Challenge. The service learning program will teach students how to care for their hearts, physically and emotionally, while raising life-saving donations. To sign your child up, go to EES Kids Heart Challenge and fill out the registration form.  Watch for more information about this year’s Heart Heroes in your email.
Disinfecting Wipes
Many of our classrooms are running low on disinfecting wipes. If you are able, please send in a container or two with your child. They seem to be more available in the stores these days. Having these on hand in the classroom helps students and staff to disinfect quickly and effectively. Thanks for helping us to keep EES healthy!
Kids Heart Challenge
This year's Kids Heart Challenge will run February 8th - February 19th. During this time, students get to learn a lot about the importance of being active and eating healthy. HCE has had a deep tradition of participating that helps raise money for the school and the American Heart Association. HERE is more info.
School Report to the PTO
The school report to the PTO for January 2021 is linked HERE.
Valentine's Day
Information will be shared by classroom teachers. A safety precaution of sending the valentine cards early on February 5 will be necessary for all.
Shop with Scrip
Shop with Scrip is the PTO’s new ongoing fundraiser. You can buy gift cards to places you shop every day while earning money for Hales Corners Elementary PTO at the same time. Please click this link for instructions on how to set up your account. If you have any questions, please email HCEPTO@whitnall.com.