Volume 5 | Issue 7 | September 25, 2020
District News
Board Agenda | September 28
Interested in the items being considered at the next board meeting? Check out the agenda for September 28 on our Agendas & Minutes page.
Budget Hearing & Annual Meeting | September 28
On Monday, September 28, we will hold our budget hearing and annual meeting starting at 6:30 PM in the Whitnall High School Auditorium. Check out our website page for more documents for the annual meeting.
Learning Model Dashboard & Metrics
Our Learning Model Dashboard & Metrics can be found by visiting our Reopening Fall 2020 page. The dashboard is updated every Sunday evening.
Meal Program Information | September 28 - October 2
The high school offers a breakfast program each year. As part of the USDA waiver, breakfast meals are free for the high school and distance learners. This is a program that is in addition to the free lunch meals that are offered across the district on a daily basis. This program is slated to end either December 31, 2020 or when USDA funds are depleted, whichever comes first.
Meal pick-up for distance learners is on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 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. Please use the Google doc below to sign up.
Please remember to still complete a free/reduced application for the 2020-2021 school year. This will allow you to keep receiving free or reduced price meals once the USDA waiver ends. If you have any questions, please reach out to Karen Stichart, School Nutrition Manager, at kstichart@whitnall.com.

Student & Family Assistance Program
A healthy home and family life helps to nurture academic excellence. To promote healthy homes, minds, and families, Whitnall is continuing to offer the Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP) to all K-12 students and families. The SFAP is a free and confidential benefit, paid for by the school district, to help your family create a healthy, supportive home environment and develop strategies to overcome various life challenges. The SFAP offers direct counseling and consultation with licensed professionals using a family systems approach.

The SFAP offers families (up to) six consultations per issue. While many concerns can generally be resolved within the SFAP services, SFAP counselors will help connect families to additional community resources and/or insurance-based providers if they are needed.

To learn more about these services, please refer to this video, visit aurora.org/eap or call 800-236-3231. You can also reach out to the Pupil Services staff in each building or visit our district webpage for more information.
Chromebook Insurance Reminder
The enrollment period for Chromebook insurance has been extended until October 1.
The plan covers unintentional damages to a student Chromebook at home or school for an annual fee of $20.00 per device. Please follow this link for more information: 1:1 Chromebook Protection Plan
Health Services Newsletter
Click here for the September 25 health services newsletter.
Whitnall is now using Canvas as the district learning management system for providing access to instructional resources and academic content for students, teachers, and parents in one digital platform. 
Parents and guardians must create an Observer account in Canvas to connect to and view student accounts. For more information about Canvas, creating an account, and tutorials, visit the Whitnall Canvas Information webpage.
Hales Corners Library
Whitnall High School
Show Your Falcon Pride On Your Lawn!
Did you know that research has shown that students with higher levels of school spirit perform better academically, and are happier in general? In order to promote that positive mind set (& have some Blue & Gold fun!) our Student Council is planning great Spirit Week events for our high schoolers the week of October 12 – 16. With that in mind our SkillsUSA students and Cheer Squad have teamed up to bring that school spirit to your home or business!

By clicking here https://www.whitnallfalconboosterclub.org/product-page/falcon-stencil-fundraiser you can order your own Whitnall Falcon to be painted on your front lawn for spirit week. No front lawn? No problem- click here https://www.whitnallfalconboosterclub.org/product-page/falcon-pallet-fundraiser – the students will deliver a pre-painted pallet to your home or business to be displayed to show your Falcon Spirit! While the fundraiser is being run by the WFBC (therefore your purchase is a tax deductible donation) every dollar earned is funneled right back to the students who are doing the work.
The SkillsUSA Team is creating the stencils and pallets while our Whitnall Cheer Squad will be doing the painting on your lawn. Samples of both products will be posted on the WFBC Facebook page next week as well as viewable in person at our four schools by October 3. Be able to say you were in on the first year of what we hope will become a Homecoming tradition in the future.

“School spirit is a powerful reflection of pride, achievement and determination. It goes hand in hand with positivity and is a benchmark of a school’s holistic success.” ~Jeff Webb
Spirit Week
Spirit week is just around the corner October 12-16. Check out the parent and student flyer with information about spirit days.
Whitnall Middle School
Picture Retakes
On October 13, students will be able to get their pictures taken or re-taken, if needed. Pictures will take place starting at 8 AM and students will be called down throughout the school day.
Fall Interventions
Fall interventions will begin Monday, September 28th. For participating students, the parent/guardian should expect to receive an Infinite Campus message to your email.  Also, you can check your parent portal in IC.
WMS Athletics
We now have 2 cross country meets. Both at home. One Oct 1st against New Berlin West and one Oct 8th against Cudahy.

New starts dates
Girls basketball tryouts start Nov 9th
Boys basketball tryouts start Jan 4th
Girls volleyball tryouts start Feb 15th
Dance TBD
Wrestling TBD
Track TBD
Water Bottles
WMS students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school to hydrate throughout the day. Our water fountains are equipped with a touchless, sensor activated bottle filler.
Edgerton Elementary
Water Bottles & Masks
Students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle every day to school.  Although our water fountains are disconnected, we have wonderful filling stations with chilled water for students to access. We want to be sure they stay hydrated throughout the school day. Please be sure the bottle is clearly marked with your child’s name.  
Many students are coming to school with masks that are too big and do not fit properly.  Please send your child each day with a mask that fits properly over your child’s mouth and nose. Additionally, be sure your child has an extra mask in your child’s backpack in case a backup is needed.
Photo Makeup Day
School photo makeup day is Friday, October 9th. Students who did not take their school photo this summer or need a retake will have their photo taken on this makeup day.
Bus Information
First Student (Bus Co.) contact info: 414-422-2020. Parents can contact the bus company directly if the office is closed. Be sure you know your child’s bus route number when you call.
Spaghetti Dinner - Join us for our annual Spaghetti Dinner on October 8th. This year we are doing a to-go only option and therefore all orders must be made in advance. In person families please check your student's folder for the order form to be completed and returned with payment. Distance learning families you should have received an email with a link to an on-line order form. All orders must be placed by Thursday, October 1st.
Student Directory - The deadline to be included in this year's Student Directory is Friday, October 2nd. PTO members receive a free copy. If you would like to get your free copy, simply click here to join the PTO for only $5. Non-PTO members will be able to purchase a copy of the directory for $8 after they are printed. Please click here to complete the directory form. 
October Meeting - Join us on Thursday, October 15th at 7PM via Zoom (link will be shared closer to the date).  
Hales Corners Elementary
Canvas Parent Access
Please check your email for information from your child’s teacher regarding your access to Canvas. There is a 7 day window to act on the request.
HCE PTO | Mask Fundraiser
Did you know that fundraisers supported by the HCE PTO help fund activities and supplies for the HCE students and teachers? As we approach the fall, we are kicking off the year with a mask fundraiser. 50% of the proceeds go to the PTO. Show your HCE pride by purchasing HCE branded 2 ply face masks. Click this link to order.
Girl Scouts
For over 100 years, Girl Scouts have made the world a better place. Join our virtual Animal Dance Party on September 30, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to learn how Girl Scouts helps girls (K5 and older) build courage, confidence and character. Contact HCE's troop organizer for more info.