News and Events
The votes are counted for our movie night and the winner is: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM is the winner (runner up: Diary of a Wimpy kid will be shown in the Fall).
Reminder- Please attend the PTA General Meeting - Thursday, May 21st
The 2015-16 school year calendar was approved by the Seattle Public Schools School Board Executive Committee on May 6, 2015.
Important dates include:
- Sept. 9: Start of school
- Dec. 21-Jan 4: Winter break
- Feb. 15-19: Mid-winter break
- April 11-15: Spring break
- June 23: Last day of school
English/Language Arts (ELA) -- addresses reading and written expression Common Core Standards
- Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) – addresses students’ reading and comprehension of text, as well as written expression skills in the areas of mechanics (e.g., spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar), and sentence and paragraph writing.
- Lesson and two Performance Tasks (PT) – addresses students’ ability to read, and potentially watch a video, on a specific topic and then answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions, as well as skills for writing connected text (i.e., writing longer text organized by paragraphs).
- Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) – addresses students’ computation and problem solving skills.
- Lesson and a Performance Task (PT) – addresses students’ ability to apply mathematical concepts to a situation.
The Whittier Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Fair is coming up on Thursday, March 26th from 6-8pm. Is your young scientist or engineer still looking for ideas? Check out resources for parents and students at our STEM fair website http://whittiersciencefair.weebly.com/student-and-parent-resources.html
The newsletter from Whittier's principal has a new name, the Principal's Paw Print (formerly called the Wave).
Hard copies will be going home with kids this week in Kidmail, but we wanted to let you know that the newsletter will also be available online. You can find the February edition here.
If you shop at Fred Meyer, please sign up for the Community Rewards program. You still recieve your personal rewards points/gas points but Whittier also recieves a donation.
Here's how to set it up:
If you don't have an online account, you click "sign up" and can type in your account number or phone number to create an account and link it to the Community Rewards program.
You will be prompted to enter in our organization number 85919 and this will ensure Whittier PTA gets credit.
You will receive an email to activate your account.
It's an easy way to support our school.
The open house for new and prospective students at Whittier will be on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 pm. Please note that this is a parents only event. More to details to come.
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:
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- body aches
- 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
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.
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
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!