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    Hello Whittier Families, 

    I want to thank you for participating in your child's conferences this week.  We know involved parents is a key indicator for success in school.  Thank you for your involvement.   

    Assistant Principal Sciarrone challenged the students to engage in activities of gratitude over break.   We are asking the students to do something kind for their families, neighbors or community.  We would love to have a picture of your child engaged in an act of gratitude.  Students can share their pictures with us Monday morning as they enter the school These acts can be as simple as reading to their siblings, writing a note, helping with household chores, helping a neighbor or community member or the environment.  The Whittier pillars of respect, responsibility and safety are pillars that will help students succeed in life. 

    In December our theme is Mindfulness!  Here is a short article on what school's are doing to support Mindfulness. 

    https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/tips_for_teaching_mindfulness_to_kids/

    We have four weeks until winter vacation.  It is important to help your child get back in the routine of school.  Please make sure students are getting enough sleep and eating a healthy breakfast.  

    I am looking forward to the following Whittier events and activities:  

    • Thursday November 29th PTA/Library Book Fair in the Library 2 - 7  - Whittier Library 
    • Thursday, November 29th - 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Velveteen Rabbit!  - Sponsored by Whittier PTA (Thank you!) 
    • Sunday, December 2nd 2:00 to 4:00PM in the Whittier Library - UW Center of Philosophy for Children - An interactive discussion will consider how adults can help children examine the big questions on their minds, and why it matters.  Why be good? Why is it important? Are imaginary friends real? 
    • Monday, December 3rd - Principal Coffee - 8:00 AM Whittier Library (Topic to TBD) 
    • Thursday December 5th - 1st Grade Field Trip to Story Book Theater - Sponsored by Whittier PTA (Thank you!) 
    • Friday December 7th - Spirit Day sponsored by student leadership - SPORTS DAY - dress up as your favorite sports theme! 
    • Tuesday, December 11th - Assembly featuring Ballard Choir - Mindfulness!
    • Third Grade Field Trip to Pike Place Market: December 13th, (Kemery) December 17th (Maddelford) December 18th (Peterson) December 20th (Baldi) 
    • December 21st Dismissal 1:25! 

    Attached is the Winter Session for After School Programs!    There may be a few adjustments as get closer to January.   Please let us know if there is an activity you would like to participate in but you will need financial support or need assistance in filling out the paperwork

    2019 After School Program Winter Session Flier.pdf 

    Best wishes to all of you for a peaceful holiday vacation.  Do not put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect.  Try to find some time for yourself during this week. 

     

    Principal Clark