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    Dear  Whittier Families, 

    I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday I want to express my gratitude for each and every one of you.  You are an amazing community to serve.  Thank you for the support and service that you all do on behalf of your own children and all the children or Whittier Elementary.   I am a lucky principal to be a part of your community. 

    Wednesday is an early release day!  Don't forget to pick up the kids at 1:10. 

    Thursday November 15th - Please join me and the Whittier PTA Diversity and Inclusion Team and the Whittier Race and Equity team in hosting Sharon Chang.   Please see the flyer:   Event Flyer Sharon-2-2.pdf    Also, if you need childcare please sign up early:   Space is limited, so sign up today: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ea5ae23a0f58-childcare . Thank you all for making this event happen! 

    I am so looking forward to 

    Friday, November 16th - Gratitude/Veterans Day Assembly featuring our K and 1st Graders at 1:15.   K and 1st Grade families are invited.   

    Friday, November 16th - Principal Coffee for Whittier ELL Families discussion around what is the same...and what is different.  Guest Speaker ELL teacher Michelle Merklin and Dana Stork. 

    Friday, - Whittier College Jersey or Tee-shirt Day:  Join us in wearing your favorite college sweatshirt or tee-shirts.    If you don't have a college team - Wear your Whittier Spirit Gear! 

    And one final note, this time of year is a great time to think about gratitude.  Here is a link that supports the belief that people who regularly express gratitude are happier. It is so important to model and reenforce this for our children all of the time.  But this time of year can be busy and stressful for families.  So please take some time to slow down and show appreciation for all that we have. https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

    Also you may take a moment to discuss the hurtful stereotypes that Thanksgiving may represent to our original inhabitants. This is also a great time to teach your children about social responsibility.  Here are some resources that may help you have discussions with your child about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

    School will not be in session so teachers can have parent teacher conferences on November 19th, 20th and 21st.   Here is a short article from the NEA that can help parents prepare for conferences at Whittier. 

    http://www.nea.org/home/60103.ht

    If you need any help - let us know. 

    Thanks for all you do...Looking forward to another great week.

    Principal Clark