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News and Events

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.

COST: $20, payable to WHITTIER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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 What about school buildings that are falling apart, lack safe drinking water, or have outdated play equipment?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!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FocusDay2015

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!


SPS Kindergarten Enrollment Events

Seattle Public Schools will welcome nearly 5,500 new Kindergarten students next September, and we want each one of these children to start school feeling eager and confident. From December 3rd to March 4th, Seattle Public Schools will hold Kindergarten Early Enrollment events at 10 different SPS elementary schools around our community. Families can attend whichever event is most convenient, regardless of where they live. 

Below are links to the SPS Kindergarten Early Enrollment flyers advertising the 10 events to be held around the city, starting December 3rd at Dearborn Park.

SPS Kindergarten Early Enrollment Events at 10 Elementary Schools
·         English
·         Spanish
·         Somali
·         Vietnamese
·         Chinese


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.

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



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Office: (206) 252-1650
Attendance: (206) 252-1652
Fax: (206) 252-1651

 

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