News and Events
Whittier students who want to see what band, orchestra and choir concerts are like in middle school, should try to attend one of Whitman Middle School’s free Spring Concerts in the school auditorium at 9201 15th Ave. NW.
The Tuesday, March 11, performance at 7 p.m. features Beginning/Intermediate Band, 6th Grade Orchestra, Concert Band and 7th Grade Orchestra.
The Wednesday, March 12, performance at 7 p.m. features Jazz Band, 8th Grade Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Ballard Chamber Orchestra.
Bands are conducted by Joel Orsen; orchestras are conducted by Brittany Newell.
The Choral Concert is March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School Auditorium. Whitman 6th Grade Choir will perform along with the McClure Middle School Choir, Ballard High School Men's and Women's Choir and Men's Quartet.
Find out more about Whitman's Music Program here.
The PTA Budget Committee would like to thank all respondents for taking the time to complete the survey of school funding priorities. The results, along with the many comments received, will be carefully considered as the Budget Committee drafts the 2014-2015 Whittier PTA Budget for membership approval. If you have any questions, please contact one of the budget committee members (listed at the bottom of the link below).
Click her for a Budget Survey Summary.
Principal Melissa Schweitzer has rescheduled her Monday, March 3, "Evening with Melissa" to Thursday, March 20. At the March 20 meeting she will be able to discuss the school district's budget allocation for Whittier for 2014-15.
And the PTA General Meeting originally scheduled for Monday, March 17, has been rescheduled to March 24. The school budget will be discussed indepth at that meeting and PTA members will vote on any funding requests from teachers and staff.
Click here for an updated timeline on the school budgeting process.
Whittier’s biennial fundraising auction, “The Great Catsby” is on Saturday, April 5, at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. We have more than 600 donated items for the silent and live auctions, as well as our hugely popular online auction, which begins Wednesday, March 19, and runs for 16 days.
You’ll have the chance to bid on items like vacation packages, dining and spa gift certificates, Mr. Pule’s popular school sleepover, tickets to sporting events, and autographed swag from the Seahawks!
Classroom art projects will begin bidding online, and then move to the live auction. These are historically some of the most popular auction items. You can get an early look at them at the Science Fair on March 27.
The first section of the online auction closes at 10 p.m. on Monday, March 24. Successive closings will happen at 10 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Friday, April 4.
- Silent/live auction – April 5, 6-11:30 p.m., Seattle Marriott Waterfront, 2100 Alaskan Way – gourmet, sit-down dinner and dancing.
- Tickets: $55 single/$110 couple; or VIP (includes valet parking, prime auction seating and sparkling wine) is $80 single/$160 couple. Buy your tickets online.
Auction proceeds fund tons of enrichment programs here at Whittier, including Science on Wheels, Writers in the School, books for the library, and much more!
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).
Our youngest Wildcats need volunteers to serve hot lunch Monday through Thursday (daily volunteer shift is 11:10-11:40 a.m.) If you can help on ANY day, please go to the following link: K-1st Wildcat Lunch Room Sign Up.
An extra helper is ALWAYS nice on Fridays. Helpers wipe down tables after lunch, help kids open difficult containers, assist with disposal of garbage, recyclables and compostables, and keep the noise level respectable.
Whittier serves a nutritious breakfast every morning beginning at 8:20 a.m. to anyone who wishes to purchase it (besides those who qualify for free and reduced-price meals). In addition to a different daily entrée on the menu, students may also select from a variety of low-sugar cereals, 100% whole wheat toast, fresh and canned fruits or 100% fruit juice, and low-fat white milk.
Cost for breakfast is $1.75. Students can use their pre-paid meal account, or pay cash or with a check made out to Nutrition Services. For more information, see the Seattle Public Schools web page on School Meals.
Throughout the year, Whittier Elementary PTA tries hard to keep students and their families informed of everything that’s happening at the school. We do this in numerous ways. Here’s a reminder of where to look for the latest Whittier news.
- Kidmail: Every event, before- and after-school program, and news of any kind affecting the school goes home in Kidmail. PTA news generally goes home in Kidmail on Thursdays.
- The WildChat is Whittier’s weekly email newsletter, put together by our volunteer WildChat Editor and sent out on Thursdays. It includes news and events, links to more information, and calls for volunteers.
- Whittier website: Our volunteer Website Editor puts all events and news on the website, and updates it daily if necessary. Instead of checking the website on a regular basis, you can receive daily email digests alerting you to every news post and calendar item. Here’s how:
- Go to www.whittieres.seattleschools.org and log into your Seattle Public Schools account.
- Click on My Account, then Personal Settings, then Notifications.
- Under Recent Activity Notifications, you can sign up to receive a daily email of updates to the website, including news posts and calendar items.
- Under Setup Daily Digests, you can elect to receive a daily morning email of Whittier events for that day or the next day.
Here is the list of all Whittier staff for 2013-14, including teachers (and their room numbers) and office and building staff:
- Melissa Schweitzer – Principal
- Melissa Ritter – Assistant Principal
- Mary Pat Bowman – Administrative Secretary
- Nancy Cutting – Office Assistant
- Joan McDonagh – Nurse (M, T, Th)
- Stephanie Turner-Busiel – Multi-Arts, Rm. 102
- Carrie Narducci – Art, Rm. 103
- (Sub) – Kindergarten, Rm. 201
- Kelsey Milligan – Kindergarten, Rm. 202
- Jamie Slaven – Kindergarten, Rm. 203
- Gail Smart – Kindergarten, Rm. 204
- Mary Ann Crawford – 1st (Spectrum), Rm. 206
- Shannon Mayo & Julie Childers – 1st, Rm. 207
- Mariluz Pembe – 1st, Rm. 208
- Margy Newton – 1st, Rm. 209
- Kelsey Green – 2nd (Spectrum), Rm. 211
- Heather Saddler – 2nd, Rm. 210
- Darlene Eng-Kozu & Susan Niemann – 2nd, Rm. 212
- Victoria Kemery – 3rd, Rm. 303
- Jill McGrath – 3rd (Spectrum), Rm. 213
- Mary Jo Maddeford – 3rd, Rm. 214
- Elizabeth Engel – 4th (Spectrum), Rm. 302
- Miranda Shoop – 4th, Rm. 304
- Sara Dowsing – 4th, Rm. 307
- Julia Ward – 5th, Rm. 305
- Gillian Gordon-Smith – 5th (Spectrum), Rm. 30
- Bryan Pule – P.E.
- Mary Bannister – Librarian
- Elisa McCulloch – Resource
- Karen Green – Resource IA
- Randall Davidson – Instrumental Music (Wed PM), Stage
- Heidi Jaehning – Kitchen Manager
- Than Sibounhevan – Head Custodian