Back to School

If you are new to Whittier, be sure to visit our New to Whittier page and review general information about Kindergarten.

Look on this page for: 
     • 2016-17 Schedule
     • Stay Informed
     • School Supply Lists / School Supply Drive
     • Whittier After School Enrichment Classes
     • Important Back-to-School Dates & Events — including Fill Us In on Wed. Aug. 31

Many documents that we are required to distribute to Whittier families are linked to from our Forms and Information page.

2016-17 Schedule

Start: 7:55 am, End: 2:05 pm

Kindergarten Family Connections Meetings (30-40 mins): Sept. 7, 8, or 9
First day of school for Grades 1-5: Wednesday, Sept. 7
First day of school for Kindergartners: Monday, Sept. 12

Stay in Touch

For back to school information as updates are made available, please consider joining your child’s class Facebook page (see list below) and/or signing up for the Whittier WildChat. You are also encouraged to send questions or concerns to Whittier's Outreach Coordinators — we will do our best to provide answers and/or put you in touch with the appropriate staff member or PTA contact at Whittier.

Kindergarten: Whittier Elementary Class of 2022
1st grade:  Whittier Elementary Class of 2021
2nd grade: Whittier Elementary Class of 2020
3rd grade: Whittier Elementary Class of 2019
4th grade: Whittier Elementary Class of 2018
5th grade: Whittier Elementary Class of 2017

School Supply Lists for 2016-17

Whittier staff has put together lists for school supplies and emergency kits for the 2016-17 school year; these lists are linked to below. Please note that your child's teacher may have some additional requests for his/her classroom when school starts.

Please bring supplies to class on the first day of school unless your teacher communicates otherwise. School supplies will not be accepted at Fill Us In.

Bailey Gatzert School Supply Drive

Bailey Gatzert Elementary is Whittier's sister school. Each year we run a school supplies drive, holiday gift drive and book drive to support their school. Please consider picking up a few extra supplies and drop them in the labeled boxes found at Fill Us In on Aug. 31st or by the Whittier office once school begins. The drive ends Friday, September 16th.

Whittier After School Enrichment Classes

After School enrichment classes will be offered at Whittier during the 2016-17 school year, facilitated by staff from Loyal Heights Community Center / Seattle Parks and Recreation. Programs will cover a wide variety of interests and activities. Programming will begin the week of September 19; registration begins Sept. 6. More details will be available in coming weeks and Loyal Heights staff will be available at Fill Us In (see event details below) to answer questions.


Saturdays, August 13, 20, & 27: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Wednesdays, August 17, 24, & 31: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Summer Playground Play Dates  
New families are invited to join veteran Whittier parents and students on the playground to learn more about Whittier. (The building will be locked; no restrooms available.)

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Fill Us In
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Whittier Elementary Gym

2:30pm - 3:30pm NEW FAMILIES ONLY
3:30pm - 6:30pm All families encouraged to attend

     • Submit required school and district paperwork
     • Receive your child's teacher assignment (paperwork must be completed first)
     • Learn about PTA events and opportunities
     • Learn about after school enrichment and childcare options
     • Drop off donations for the Bailey Gatzert School Supply Drive

Pick up your paperwork packet in advance, weekdays only, Aug. 24th - Aug 30th, 7am - 6pm, at Whittier's entrance; we strongly encourage you to complete your paperwork in advance of the event.  If you are not able to attend Fill Us In, your child's teacher assignment card will be mailed to you immediately following the event. 

Many documents that we are required to distribute to Whittier families are linked to from our Forms and Information page

NOTE: We are not able to accept your child's school supplies at Fill Us In this year. Please bring them to class on the first day of school unless your teacher communicates otherwise.

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Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2pm – 4pm
Whittier Wildcat Welcome
Whittier Elementary Lunchroom
New Families Only.  
     2:00pm – 3:00pm
     Enjoy light refreshments, meet Principal Melissa Schweitzer
     Kindergarten students meet their teachers, visit classrooms
     Older students have Q&A, school tour w/ Principal Schweitzer & staff
     3:00pm – 4:00pm
     If you missed Fill Us In!, complete required paperwork and learn about PTA 
     events and opportunities

Wednesday, September 7 
1st Day of School
, Grades 1-5

September 7, 8, or 9
Family Connections
Teacher/family visits for Kindergarten families. More information can be found on our New to Whittier page. 

September 12
1st Day of School
, Kindergarten

Monday, September 12th, 7:55am – 8:45am
First Day Jitters

Whittier Elementary Lunchroom
Whittier parents are invited for coffee and treats (provided) after drop off.
Friday, September 16th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Back to School Potluck / Fall Family Movie Night
Whittier Elementary Playground (movie in the lunchroom)
Bring the whole family and a dish to share. Mr. Peabody & Sherman starts @ 7:30

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