News and Events
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
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."
Visit the registration page for more information about all of the programs.
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.
Visit the Before and After School Program Registration page for more details.
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.
- Room 201 Ms. Capobianco
- Room 202 Ms. Milligan
- Room 203 Ms. Slaven
- Room 204 Ms. Smart
- Room 206 Ms. Crawford
- Room 207 Ms. Niemann & Ms. Mayo
- Room 208 Ms. Garzon
- Room 209 Ms. Newton
- Room 212 Mr. Fisk
- Room 213 Ms. McGrath
- Room 302 Ms. Engel
- Room 303 Mr. Nadal
- Room 304 Ms. Green
- Room 305 Ms. Childers
- Room 306 Ms. Gordon
- Room 307 Ms. Dowsing
- Visual Arts Ms. Narducci
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!
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).