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Open House for New & Prospective Students at Whitman Middle School

Whitman Middle School will be hosting an Open House for incoming students and parents on Thursday, February 19 at 7:00pm. No appointment or RSVP necessary.  This will be the only event we will be holding so please mark it on your calendar.
We do not offer any tours or events during the school day for prospective students.  However, students and parents are welcome to stop by the school any day after school (after 2:20pm) for a self-guided tour of the building.  Staff will be happy to provide a map and information packet and answer any questions you may have about Whitman.

Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu and Cold Season

Flu season has struck, and youth can be more affected than usual. Seattle Public Schools is taking a proactive approach to fighting colds and flu in our schools by sharing information to help you stay healthy.

The flu is transmitted by close personal contact. You can take the following steps to stay healthy during this flu season. Please use these tips to cut down your child's risk of getting sick and catching the flu:

  • Encourage regular hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available and your hands are not visibly soiled.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not return to work or school until you are free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
  • Drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.
  • Get your flu shot. Even if the season’s flu shot is not directed at the current strain of the flu, receiving a shot can help shorten and reduce flu symptoms.

The flu has many symptoms, some of which may not be present. Here are the common symptoms:

  • fever*
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
If your child comes down with the flu, watch carefully for signs of complications. Seek medical attention if your child has difficulty breathing, appears limp or extremely weak, is confused or does not respond, has a fever over 104 or a fever that lasts more than 48 hours, or a very dry mouth with no urine output for 8 hours. Call your  child’s health care provider if you have any questions. Remember, children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

If you have questions about whether or not your child should attend school due to illness, please contact your child’s school. Also, your school’s nurse is a valuable resource to discuss how to avoid the flu, recognizing symptoms, and how to speed recovery.   Please also see “When to keep your child home” on our Health Services website.

You can learn more about how to prevent the spread of the flu by visiting the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm

Whittier PTA General Meeting on Thursday, January 15
Please join us on Thursday, January 15th in the Whittier Library for the next Whittier PTA General meeting.

Whittier PTA General Meeting Agenda
6:30pm - 7:00 Social Time - Refreshments will be provided by PEMCO Insurance via the PTA-PEMCO Partnership Program
7:00 - Meeting called to order
7:02 - Approval of November meeting minutes
7:05 - Update from Principal Schweitzer
7:15 - Treasury report
7:25 - General vote on Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance and PTA Nominating Committee
7:35 - Guest speaker - Alderwood Vision Therapy Center, PLLC
Vision and Learning: Exploring the Link
Is your student or child frustrated or struggling with learning?  Many children (some statistics say as high as 1 in 4) who appear inattentive and struggle to learn suffer from undiagnosed visual problems.  They may test 20/20 and can see fine, but their visual system doesn’t work efficiently. Come learn about the 4 F’s of vision:  fixation, following, focus and fusion.  Learn what to watch for, when evaluations are recommended, and what can be done to help. 
8:15 - BLT Update
8:30 - Meeting Adjourned
Please note that we do have an item that needs to be voted on and you must be a paid member of the PTA in order for you to cast a vote. We hope to see you there!

After School Archery Added on Tuesdays

8 classes with Mr. Pule in the Whittier gym

WHO: 3rd – 5th grade (enrollment 18 – 20 students)
DAYS/TIME: Tuesday 3:15 – 4:15 January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 3

OVERVIEW: Mastering archery requires skill, concentration and perseverance. It’s a sport that’s fun, but also allows participants of any skill level to compete against others or challenge themselves individually.


Download the registration form here.

Nature Bridge Fundraising

Please help us fundraise for our 5th grade spring science camp at 
NatureBridge. At NatureBridge we will stay in Olympic National Park and spend our days on the trail engaging in hands-on science, team building and stewardship. Below our several ways you can help us fundraise with funds going to offset the cost for chaperones, extra programs at the camp and transportation to the Olympic Peninsula.

Buy Brown Bear Car Wash tickets 

  • Parents & 5th graders will be selling these before and after school in the lobby through 12/19. Tickets are $7 each or 3 for $20 with $3.50-$5.50 going to directly to our fun. Great stocking stuffer!
  • Buy car wash tickets online! Not at school or never have your checkbook? Buy online and car wash tickets can be mailed or delivered via kidmail to you for gift giving.

Make a direct donation online 
Share with out of town family and friends. 100% of your donation goes to provide scholarships and reduce the cost of this field trip to all families.

Whittier Illustrated Maps – still available! 
This charming and colorful map of the neighborhood surrounding Whittier Elementary features the businesses and landmarks we know and love, all drawn by the talented artists of Ms. Shoop's 2013 - 2014 4th grade. https://www.etsy.com/listing/190430002/illustrated-map-of-whittier-heights

Use coupon code "dontmail" for free shipping / local pickup.

Thank you for supporting us!!!

Whittier Elementary 5th Grade Class

"Stand up, Speak up, Show up"

Wondering why Seattle area PTAs are funding counselors, librarians, music teachers, and art programs? Concerned about overcrowded classrooms and 15-minute lunch times? What about school buildings that are falling apart, lack safe drinking water, or have outdated play equipment?

This year, the Seattle Council PTA is urging members to “Stand up, Speak up, Show up” to advance the cause of children and education funding during the Washington State Legislative Session.

Please take the following survey before January 9, 2015!


Your reply will be turned into a “TAKE 5 POSTCARD” that the Seattle Council PTA will print out and hand-deliver to Olympia on FOCUS DAY, January 19, 2015 when they meet with Legislators and rally on the steps of the Capitol.

This is a great way to get your voice heard!

New Volunteer Requirements- Everything You Need to Know
Seattle Public Schools has updated their volunteer requirements. Visit Whittier's Volunteer Page to learn all the details and determine what you need to to do to get your paperwork up to date.

Summary of the Walk to Math Discussion at the PTA Board Meeting

If you were unable to attend last week's PTA Community Meeting, there was an hour long discussion related to Walk to Math. The discussion led by Ms. Schweitzer and the math team, walked parents through how children were broken into classes and how things will move forward. You can view the PowerPoint presentation here. Many parents had questions after the presentation. These have been complied into one document and you can view the original questions and the answers by clicking here.

It was emphasized that the philosophy on homework is to reinforce previously learned skills. If your child seems to be struggling, stop and make a note of what your child is having difficulties with. Then write a note to your child’s math teacher to let him or her know. You should not have to explain or teach a new concept to your child. It is likely that other children have the same issue, and the teacher needs to know! 

What else can parents do to help their children in math?  Try some of the following with the homework:

*Ask your child to explain to you in full sentences, or in writing, the concepts they are working on, so that they are turning abstract numbers and concepts into full fledged ideas.

*Work with your child to model concepts in different ways, using real-life examples

Parking Safety Update

Traffic safety continues to be a problem around our school. Cars frequently park in the No Parking zones, which include the marked bus zones along 13th Avenue NW. (Incredibly, some drivers have been seen moving those safety cones out of the street and parking there anyway.)

Student crossing guards have noted that many cars park within 20 feet of a crosswalk, which impairs sightlines for pedestrians, and is illegal.


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