Whittier WildChat
May 16, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Seussical Jr. the Musical - May 18th and 19th
From the Jungle of Nool to The Whos in Whoville, Whittier Wildcat Players Presents: Seussical Jr., based on the collective works of Dr. Seuss.

Performances are Friday, May 18th at 7:00pm and Saturday, May 19th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults/$7 for ages 3-11; kids 2 and under are free (scholarships are available).  Tickets will be on sale in the Whittier Lobby every morning from 7:45am - 8:05am and every afternoon from 2:15pm - 2:45pm and at the door before each performance. Cash or check only. We hope to see you there!

Field Day is Friday, June 15th: World Cup Russia 2018
Old hands or new, everyone is welcome! Let's celebrate World Cup Russia 2018 in true Wildcat fashion and have a blast!

Volunteers are asked to wear the colors of the host country, Russia... It is an easy one. Red, White, and Blue. 

Ask your Wildcat which team their class is representing! From Senegal to Argentina, Japan to Sweden... Wildcats will be come clad in the colors of 21 different World Cup teams. Face paint and dyed hair a bonus!

STATION VOLUNTEERS SHOULD MEET MR. PULE IN THE WHITTIER GYM @ 11:15 AM. Mr. Pule will present a quick Field Day Activities 101 wiki-course. In a few minutes, you will be an expert in the field day arts! Bring a friend and really have a World Cup of a Day.

To help make field day memorable for our Wildcats, simply follow our World Cup Russia 2018 link to Sign up Genius  Be a part of Wildcat history.

PTA Information
Volunteers Needed for the Fall 2018 Carnival
We are now building our 2018 Fall Carnival team and are seeking volunteers for the following open positions:
  • Carnival "Activities" (manage / update 8 existing activities - e.g., cake walks, balloon sales, candy/popcorn sales, etc.)
  • Hogwarts / Stage Experience (we have a team lead who is seeking anyone and everyone who has 1/4 ounce of creativity and would like to get involved!)
  • Volunteer Recruitment (work with Fall Carnival teams to determine volunteer needs, manage recruitment of parent and community volunteers)
Detailed task lists are available for every position.
Interested and/or want to learn more? Join us at Tarasco (1452 NW 70th St.) on Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30pm to celebrate success in 2017 and plan for 2018. Or, email Amy Bryan for more information.

School News
Playground Renovations are Underway
Volunteers Needed!
We are still looking to fill more than 80 volunteer slots this coming weekend (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 35 more slots on Wednesday, May 23, 4pm - 8pm) or the HUGE task of laying the safety surface under the structure. Several opportunities remain to contribute food and beverage donations as well. See a full summary of open volunteer slots below and please sign up HERE

We are optimistic that if we fill these volunteer roles, we can finish the job on May 23, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule! Your children and Whittier staff will thank you. So, grab a group of friends (or neighbors, family members, your high school babysitter, troop members...anyone who's willing!) and spend a few hours this weekend or on the 23rd working together to get this project done. Go Wildcats!

May is Bike Everywhere Month
Now that the Bicycle Skills and Safety Unit is winding down, time to get on that bike and ride. All our Wildcat bikers (and unicylists) can track their minutes on their bikes of the entire month of May. Bike to school, to the library or market, bike to the park, practice, etc.

Track your minutes on the Bike Everywhere calendar available for download here, on Mr. Pule's Schoology page and outside the gym. Calendar was also sent to classroom teachers for electronic distribution. Hand it in to Mr. Pule by June 4th to add to Whittier's total. 

District News
Interested in Advanced Learning?
View this flyer for more information.
Eligibility criteria and instructions are available
beginning May 15, 2018 at www.seattleschools.org/advlearning

2017-18 District Calendar 
Notes From the Front Office
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
Whittier Kids Summer Camps
Open to all kids entering Kindergarten-5th grade
Registration is open now and more information can be found online
Join us for a summer full of engaging weekly themes, activities and interesting field trips! Learn new skills, explore new friendships and provide your child a chance to grow and learn in a safe, fun environment.
Questions? Email whittierkids@phinneycenter.org

Testing for Accelerated Math at Whitman
Any student interested in Accelerated Math placement at Whitman for the 2018-19 school year will need to take a math skills assessment at Whitman. Accelerated Math for 6th grade at Whitman is Math 7. Students will have to take the assessment even if they have already been recommended for Math 7. The assessment will be held at Whitman in the Library on the following dates:
June 2nd - AM session start time 10am. Students can begin arriving by 9:30.
June 9th - PM session start time 2pm. Students can begin arriving by 1:30.
June 25th - AM session start time 10am. Students can begin arriving by 9:30.
The assessment is timed and students will have approximately two hours to complete it; two 50 minute windows with a 10 minute break in between. Students should bring two, sharpened #2 pencils. You are welcome to send a snack and water with your student. No calculators, no cell phones or smart watches. If you would like your student to have access to their cell phone you can leave it with the teacher proctoring the assessment.

An RSVP would be preferred to Miste Chandler, michandler@seattleschools.org; however, we won't turn students away if they show up without one.

The assessment will not be the only determining factor for Accelerated Math placement. The Whitman Math department will also take into consideration the district/school placement recommendation as well as SBA scores from this year and last year.

Registration Open for Ballard Youth Soccer Summer and Fall Leagues
Registration is open for Summer Development League and Fall Rec League. See the club website for more details.

Northwest Boychoir Auditions in June
The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions for boys who love to sing on Saturday, June 2 or at a time convenient for you. Classes for new members begin in September. Boys who are currently in K-Third grades are invited to sign up to audition and no previous music training is needed. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of music training and Serious Fun. For more than 40 years, the Northwest Boychoir has trained young singers to be fully skilled musicians and perform in professional settings with confidence. Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. The Northwest Boychoir is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization and is firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. To schedule an audition appointment or for more information: 206-524-3234 or www.nwboychoir.org

Vocalpoint! Seattle is holding auditions for Girl's Prep on June 2
The Vocalpoint! Seattle Girls Prep program is holding auditions for female vocalists who will be in 7th and 8th grades in the fall. Girls Prep is a training program for Vocalpoint! Seattle, designed specifically for highly motivated middle school-age girls with strong music talent and aptitude. Successful graduates of Girls Prep move into Vocalpoint! Seattle, an ensemble of high-school-age students with an emphasis on performance of popular music. Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. Vocalpoint! Seattle is the affiliate of the prestigious Northwest Boychoir, and is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization which is firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. To schedule an audition appointment or for more information: 206-524-3234 or www.vocalpointseattle.org.

Thank You!!
Thank you to all the volunteers working so hard on the new playground. It looks amazing. Still time to help. See link above.

Lunch Menu
View the May lunch menu here.
Tuesday, May 8th
BeSmart Presentation

Thursday, May 10th
PTA Community Meeting

Friday, May 11th
Bike to School Day

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 8th
Jog-a-thon and The Not-Its! Concert

Tuesday, June 12th
New Family Popsicle Playdate

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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