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News and Events

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


Register for After School Activities by Friday!

Registration for Drama, Tennis, Golf, Chess, Drawing, Clay Animation, and Sewing, ends Friday, September 26th. Please see all registration information on the Whittier Elementary webpage under "Before and After School Program Registration." 

A second sewing class was added on Tuesday and there is room for a couple more students. Register at http://madesewing.com/products/whittierschool2

Language Classes will continue to accept enrollment beyond Friday, September 26th. 

Visit the
registration page for more information about all of the programs.


Coding with Kids' computer programming club added to after school program options

Another after school program added to the list of options. In "Coding with Kids" students will learn and practice key programming concepts (variables, functions, conditionals, etc.) and create games and interactive stories. Lessons include short lectures and lots of practice. The programming environment used is Scratch, developed by MIT (http://scratch.mit.edu). See more information on the program registration page.


Before and After School Program Registration Begins Friday, September 12!
Registration begins Friday, September 12 and is first come first served. If classes fill early, we will attempt to provide more choices for those types of classes in future sessions. 
Most activities are run by private organizations. Families will register directly with the activity provider and make payments to them. Please contact the activity provider for more detailed class information, for scholarship availability, and for schedule changes after classes have begun.

Visit the Before and After School Program Registration page for more details.

4th and 5th Grade Enrollment for Instrumental Music

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Whittier Families:  Enrollment for Instrumental Music is happening now!  If your student is interested in playing an instrument offered by the program, please fill out the Enrollment Form that was sent home with your student on Thursday, Sept. 4.  Please submit completed forms ASAP in the green box labelled "Instrumental Music Enrollment Forms" in the Whittier office.


Advanced Learning Testing
Applications are now being accepted for Advanced Learning Program testing.  Information packets and referral forms are available in the Whittier main office or on the website at www.seattleschools.org/advlearningThe deadline for applications is October 2, 2014.


Welcome back from the Whittier Teachers
Class Supply Lists for 2014-15

Here are the class supply lists for the 2014-15 school year (this will open as a Word document). Additional supplies may be requested after school starts.


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.

PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FOLLOW ALL TRAFFIC RULES TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE!



New School Volunteer Requirements

Seattle Public Schools has a new requirement that all school volunteers complete an online course on Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention and sign off on the Volunteer Hand Book. Existing volunteers have until the end of the school year to view the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention video and complete the online course. After course completion, volunteers will receive an online certificate to either email to the school office or print out and bring in.

All volunteers are required to read and sign the Volunteer Handbook at the time they sign up to volunteer.

Volunteers are required to take the online course on Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention and sign the Volunteer Agreement only once, but are required to fill out a WATCH background check form every year (available in the front office).



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