Volume 3 | Issue 13 | November 9 , 2018
District News
Important Bussing Message
Whitnall School District has been in a consortium with Franklin School District, Greenfield School District, and Greendale School District for many years to create purchasing power in regards to our transportation services. This consortium agreed to a five year contract with First Student LLC in the spring of 2016. This is the typical length of a transportation contract across the state because of the large capital investment needed for buses.

   While it is typical to see changes and fine-tuning occur in the first couple of weeks of a new school year as routes are finalized and ridership is confirmed, we, as a consortium, have seen more issues this year than what are typical. There are a number of variables occurring at First Student that may be contributing to some of the issues. Again, this is a consortium issue, and not only isolated to Whitnall School District. We have met several times as a group with First Student to discuss our concerns, and while First Student is responsive during our meetings, actions are not meeting our expectations. Concerns include a wide variance in pick up times, lack of communication on a number of issues, lack of communication when routes are running late, improper protocols, lack of co-curricular buses, etc. At Whitnall, we clearly recognize these issues and we are as frustrated and disappointed as many of our families.

   With most vendors, we are simply able to not use those vendors again. However, in this case, given the logistics as well as contractual obligations we are under as a consortium, we are doing everything we can to improve First Student's transportation services. The consortium will continue to meet with First Student as well as with each other to determine next best steps moving forward for 2018-2019 and beyond.
Nutrislice
Whitnall Food Service is pleased to announce a partnership with Nutrislice Inc. Nutrislice provides a superior digital communication experience to enhance the knowledge parents desire regarding the daily nutrition of their children. Parents can view lunch menus online or on their phone immediately to see the nutritional profile of each menu item featured. Take a moment to explore Nutrislice online or download the app free from the App Store today and stay informed on your child's daily nutrition. Greater knowledge is conveniently just a click away!

Click on the Lunch Menu tab on whitnall.com you will see Whitnall Lunch Menus @ Nutrislice.com . If you click on that line, you can view all the school menus. Choose any menu item and you are immediately able to view nutritional values. Additionally, Nutrislice will feature recipes, nutrition news related to monthly menu features, and stories related to child wellness and nutrition. Nutrislice makes staying on top of your kids' nutrition as easy as a click of the mouse!

Monthly menus may still be printed - look for the printer icon in the upper right hand corner.
Parent Learning Academy
Thursday, December 6th
6:30 PM - Community Board Room
Topic: TBD (please fill out form below to suggest topics)

Please join us for our next Parent Learning Academy on Thursday, December 6th. Since there is a wide range of topics that we could cover, we would like input from our parents on which areas would be most helpful and relevant at this point in time. Fill out the Google form below to request a topic or two for the December 6th meeting. The form has room for two ideas, but you are welcome to fill out more than one form if you have more suggestions.

Food Service Box
We have added a food service box right outside of the district office for those looking to drop off money for their child's lunch account. You will find directions and envelopes for leaving the cash or checks made out to the Whitnall School District.
Board Agenda | November 12
Interested in the items being considered at the next board meeting? Check out the agenda for November 12 on our Agendas & Minutes page .
Development Day
The Whitnall School District will be sponsoring their 21st annual "Whitnall Child Development Day" program on Friday, November 30th. The program combines a developmental screening of preschool children with an opportunity for parents to learn more about child and family related services in the community. All families with 3 year olds residing in the Whitnall School District are welcome to attend. Please complete the form to register. An email will be sent to confirm your registration and appointment time. 
Whitnall High School
Annual DECA Food Drive for the Hunger Task Force
This year’s DECA Food Drive is well under way with a record goal of collecting 30,000 lbs of non-perishable food items for the Hunger Task Force. As a Whitnall School District resident, you should have received or will be receiving your grocery bag and instruction letter containing information on how you can participate. On Saturday, November 10th, one hundred Whitnall High School DECA members will be coming through your neighborhoods to collect your donations. Please have your bags out at the end of your driveway by 10 AM. If you are not available Saturday, feel free to drop them off at the main entrance to the high school. We will also be accepting donations in the stadium parking lot from 10 AM - 4 PM on Saturday, November 10th or at the high school the week of November 5th. Thank you for participating in this Whitnall High School tradition and helping to feed the needy families of southeastern Wisconsin!
Senior Pictures and Ads
1. When are senior pictures due?
All senior pictures are due by or on December 1.  
Click this link and upload the picture via the Community Upload button at the top of the page, using the code Whitnall (case sensitive). Or send the image to WHSYearbook@whitnall.com .

2. Interested in purchasing a senior ad for your grad?
All senior ads purchase are due by or on December 1. 
Click this link   and scroll to the bottom of the page to create your senior ad. If the website doesn't seem to be working, try using Chrome as your web browser.

3. It's not too late to purchase a yearbook for $60.00.
Click this link  to order your book for the low price of $60.00. The price goes up to $65.00 on November 21.
Dance Team Poinsettia Fundraiser
The Whitnall Dance Team is hosting their annual poinsettia fundraiser to help fund their dance season. Funds raised will be put towards competition outfits and travel expenses as well as supplies. For more information, please see this  document .   To place an order, please complete the   link   or complete the information document and send payment to the WHS Dance Team. Contact Emily Mayer at  emayer@whitnall.com  if you have any questions.
Trades Expo
On November 13th, WHS is hosting a building trades expo. Students from 5 neighboring schools will be visiting with 12 union building trades groups to partake in simulations and learn more about the building trades. For more information, please see this flyer
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences are Wednesday, November 14th in the High School Gym from 4 to 7 PM. There will be a general topics meeting with the Principal, Mr. Tollefsen at 6:30 in the cafeteria where general questions can be answered and discussed.
Cheer Fundraiser
Whitnall Cheer is holding a fundraiser in the form of a Packer tailgate. For all of the information, check out this flyer !

*There has been a time change. The event now begins at 3 PM!
Whitnall Middle School
Parent Teacher Conferences
November 13 and November 15, WMS will be holding parent teacher conferences from 3:30-6:00 PM in both our gyms. 6th and 7th grade teachers will be in the West Gym with 8th grade and special teachers in the East Gym. Our student service team will be in the cafe as our families enter to meet as needed/available. Families are welcome either evening, but if possible we are asking that families A-L attend on November 13 and M-Z on November 15. If additional time is needed with a teacher, please connect and more time can be arranged.
Picture Retake Day
November 14th will be a picture retake day for students that want to get a redo. If a student has not gotten their picture taken yet, this is the last time we will have our photographer at WMS. The picture information is available on our website and here .
Book Fair
November 12-16 the WMS PTO will be holding a book fair in our library. All students will have the opportunity to go to the book fair at the beginning of the week. If students would like to get something later in the week, students should connect with their ELA teacher.

Are you able or willing to help volunteer for the book fair? Our WMS PTO is looking for people to help during the following times - see LINK - if you are available!
Math Club
WMS is launching a Math Club and we have recently registered to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, National Math Club, and Math Video Challenge. Check for a more detailed message coming through Infinite Campus and information will be shared with students at school.
Edgerton Elementary
Picture Retakes
Our picture retake day for EES is Tuesday, November 13 (changed from Oct. 30). If you are not satisfied with your child’s portraits, please return them to school along with a note to your child’s teacher indicating that you would like the photos retaken. Activity pictures will also be taken on November 13, so scouts are welcome to wear their uniforms.
PTO Craft and Vendor Fair
Mark your calendars for the Edgerton PTO’s annual craft and vendor fair scheduled for Saturday, November 17 to be held at Edgerton Elementary from 9 AM - 2 PM. From 10 AM - 1 PM , while adults shop our local crafters and direct sale vendors, kids can enjoy their own holiday shoppe. There will also be pictures with Santa for only $5 (10 AM - 1 PM), letter writing to Santa supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a bake sale, and concessions. All proceeds will benefit Edgerton Elementary.
Fall Parent Teacher Conferences
Our fall parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 15 from 4 - 6 PM and Friday, November 16 from 12 - 4 PM. Conferences will be by appointment. You should have received an email from your child’s teacher with instructions for scheduling a time. If you have questions regarding the sign up procedure, please contact your child’s teacher directly. Also, please note that elementary students will be dismissed at 11:20 AM on Friday, November 16 and there will be no K4 sessions on that day. There is no after school YMCA program on student half-days.
Lost and Found
There are currently many unlabeled articles of clothing, lunch boxes/bags, water bottles and other items that are in our Lost and Found. Please take a moment to label your child’s personal belongings with their first and last name. It will help us reunite found items with their rightful owner. Also, during parent teacher conferences, please take a moment to stop by the Lost and Found to see if you can claim any lost items.
Hales Corners Elementary
Construction Information
Mrs. Komas will be available during parent teacher conferences sharing plans for our upcoming construction. Please stop by to see the plans.
Lost and Found
Please stop and take a look at our Lost and Found table during parent teacher conferences. Marking your child’s belongings helps us reunite them if misplaced!
Book Fair
The PTO is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair during parent teacher conferences on November 15 and 16. Books make great gifts for the upcoming holidays!
Mad Science
Don’t forget that Friday, November 15 is an early release at 11:20 AM. K4 students don’t attend school on early release days.