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: 
     • 2017-18 Schedule
     • Stay Informed
     • School Supplies
     • Whittier After School Enrichment Classes
     • Important Back-to-School Dates & Events — including Fill Us In on Wed. Aug. 30

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

2017-18 Schedule

Start: 7:55 am, End: 2:25 pm (Wednesdays at 1:10pm)
Note about early release Wednesdays: To support staff professional development, students will be released 75 minutes early every Wednesday (except for the first day of school).

Kindergarten Family Connections Meetings (30-40 mins): Sept. 6, 7, or 8
First day of school for Grades 1-5: Wednesday, Sept. 6
First day of school for Kindergartners: Monday, Sept. 11

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: to be posted soon
1st grade: 1st grade:Whittier Elementary Class of 2022
2nd grade:  Whittier Elementary Class of 2021
3rd grade: Whittier Elementary Class of 2020
4th grade: Whittier Elementary Class of 2019
5th grade: Whittier Elementary Class of 2018

New Format for School Supplies in 2017-18

Whittier is introducing a new model for school supplies next year. Families will be asked to make a payment for classroom supplies, and the Whittier front office will coordinate a bulk order based on teacher requests. No shopping, no hassle! This effort is intended to streamline the types of supplies that go into the classroom, make it more equitable for all students, and take the stress out of shopping for those "hard to find" items. Details will be available in student paperwork packets as part of Fill Us In (Wednesday, Aug. 30).

Whittier After School Enrichment Classes

After School enrichment classes will be offered at Whittier during the 2017-18 school year, facilitated by staff from Loyal Heights Community Center / Seattle Parks and Recreation. Programs will cover a wide variety of interests and activities. More details will be available in coming weeks and Loyal Heights staff will be available at Fill Us In.


Summer Playground Play Dates  
   Saturdays, August 12, 19, & 26:
 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
   Wednesdays, August 16, 23, & 30: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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. 30, 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, DATES TBA, 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

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Tuesday, Sept. 5, time TBA (usually afternoon)
Whittier Wildcat Welcome
Whittier Elementary Lunchroom
New Families Only.  
   - 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
   - If you missed Fill Us In!, complete required paperwork and learn about PTA 
     events and opportunities

Wednesday, September 6 
1st Day of School
, Grades 1-5

September 6, 7, or 8
Family Connections
Teacher/family visits for Kindergarten families. More information can be found on our New to Whittier page. 

Monday, September 11
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 15th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Back to School Potluck / Fall Family Movie Night
Whittier Elementary Playground (movie in the lunchroom)
Bring the whole family and a dish to share. 

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