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    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: Whittier Elementary Class of 2023
    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. Fall classes start the week of September 11th.


    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

    The Fill Us In event is a chance to:
         • 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 on:
    Aug. 23rd-25th and 28th-30th, 7:00am-7:00pm, 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, 2:00pm – 3:00 pm
    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 for 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 11th, 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.