Whittier WildChat
April 25, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Home Stretch for the Whittier PTA Auction!
We're in the home stretch! Last day for ticket sales will be the 24th so please make sure you get your tickets in this week. If you can't attend, why not purchase a ticket for a teacher or staff member to attend!
Also Online Auction is going on NOW! We had our first closing last Friday - CONGRATS to all the winners! Let's keep those bids coming for all the great items - restaurant gift cards, summer camps, day out with our teachers, reader board and the FAMOUS Gringots Playhouse! Also, take a look at the awesome artwork that each classroom put together. Get a head start on your bid! Final bids will be at the live auction.
For more information or to bid on any auction online go to www.whittierauction.org

Not going to be able to join us at this weekend's Catucky Derby auction?
You can still support our library, our staff, our programs, and our students by making a donation online. Visit the Whittier PTA Fundraising page to make a donation. 

Auction Classroom Art on display this FRIDAY
Have you seen the classroom artwork posted on the auction website? A gumwall! A lampshade! A unicycle print! It's all SO GOOD. Many rooms are already getting competing bids.

This Friday is your chance to see the work up close, beginning at 2:15pm in the library. You'll appreciate how much hard work each student (and parent volunteers!) put in to making these one-of-a-kind treasures.

Place your bids now, and we guarantee you'll be racing for the highest bid again after Friday. Read all about your favorite pieces here: https://wildcats.schoolauction.net/derby2018/catalog

Email whittierauction@gmail.com with any questions.
Thank you!

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 gun safety and responsible gun storage, the Be SMART campaign intends to reduce child deaths and injuries caused by guns. This presentation is for both gun owners and non-gun owners. We hope that you will join us to learn about simple steps that all adults can take to reduce the harm that can occur when unsupervised children get ahold of an unsecured firearm. More information about the campaign can be found at besmartforkids.org
Date: May 8th
Time: 7-8:00 pm
Location: Whittier Library

PTA Information
Financial Review Committee Volunteers Needed
Are you someone who wants to volunteer at Whittier but have trouble fitting it into your schedule? Are you interested in a volunteer position you could do on a Thursday evening at Chucks or a Sunday morning over coffee? Do you like numbers and checklists? If you answered yes to two out of three, you are perfect for the Financial Review Committee.

The Financial Review Committee is a committee of 3 or 4 Whittier volunteers that review the how the PTA followed procedures throughout the year: are there two signers on checks, were the meeting minutes approved, etc. It's not hard, you basically just follow a Washington State PTA checklist. And you can do it in your pajamas if you want .. with a cocktail.

If you are interested, please contact either Co-President Sascha Demerjian ( saschawd@gmail.com) or James Goldsmith ( Jamesgoldsmith7041@gmail.com).

Communications in Spanish
We have been working to have most of our communication also translated to Spanish. You will get a newsletter for May/June in Kidmail. Please contact us at events.whittierpta@gmail.com if you would like to receive our newsletter in Spanish and did not get it in your Kidmail.

School News
Volunteers Needed for Playground Install
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.

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!


-Miss Monica & Miss Rebecca
Community News & Events
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/

Thank You!!
Thank you to the PTA Auction Team for putting together a great catalog for the online auction this year. Make sure to check it out!

Lunch Menu
View the April lunch menu here.
Saturday, April 28th
Whittier PTA Dinner/Auction

Tuesday, May 8th
BeSmart Presentation

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.

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