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    Good Morning Whittier Wildcats!  

    I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine!  

    Our teachers and staff are out of this world!   The PTA is asking for your help in honoring our teachers this week.  We have the best teachers in the world.  The PTA has created a bulletin board with all of our teachers names.  We encourage that you and your child write a special note for them to read.  The bulletin board is right in front of the office.  You can use the attachment or your child can practice their letter writing skills and write them a note a draw them a picture.  Whittier Staff - Out of this WORLD! 

    Today, the PTA sponsored a latte cart in the staff lounge.   Thank you! 

    We will continue with testing this week.  1st and 2nd grade students are taking the MAP assessment and 3rd - 5th grade is taking the SBAC assessments.  Students may choose to bring their own headphones for these tests.  Please make sure you are packing a water bottle for your child.  We have a water bottle filling station near the fish tank.  On these warm days, it is important for kids to stay hydrated.    If you have any questions about the assessment please contact your teacher.  

    2019 -2020 - Advanced Learning Information!  OPEN May 15th - September 23rd Refer your child on the Source.  https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/advanced_learning 

    If you have any questions contact the advanced learning office at 206-252-0130

    This month our theme is about cooperation and teamwork!   We hope that you will support us in teaching and reinforcing this important life skill.   

    Whittier Wildcat Players presents "Wizard of Oz"! Come join the magic of what lies ahead on the yellow brick road. Performances are Friday, May 10th at 7:00pm and Saturday, May 11th at 2:00pm. There will be a bake sale at each performance, so bring cash! Tickets go on sale Monday, May 6th before and after school in the lobby. Ages 12  and up - $10, 2-11 - $7, under 2 is free. Cash or check only. 

    Whittier Wildcat Food and Hygiene Drive!   Please bring items to donate this week.  Students can turn things into a box in their classroom or the barrel in the front desk! 

    Note from Andrew Weber: Regarding the Food Drive: 

    My name is Andrew Weber, (Dad to Izzy - 5th and Tariku - 3rd). I volunteer as the Board President of the Ballard Food Bank and I want to thank you all for considering the Food and Hygiene Drive that is taking place inside the lobby doors and classrooms of Whittier School until May 13th. 

    As an organization, The Ballard food Bank serves over 1200 of our neighbors each week via: our big blue building on Leary, a growing home delivery service and our backpack program for kids, now at 18 schools and feeding 450 kids each week. Our largest growing client segment is our elderly population, many of whom are on fixed incomes and struggling to stay in their homes as the cost of living continues to rise in Seattle. 

    As we head into the summer, food items like canned fruits and vegetables, ensure shakes, canned tuna and salmon, peanut butter and granola bars are standard essentials at the food bank. In addition, personal hygiene items like: tooth paste, tooth brushes, cough drops and q-tips are also most commonly requested. 

    Finally, the Ballard Food Bank is hosting the second annual Helpings for Hope at the Lagunitas Brewery in Ballard on Monday May 20th! This is an A-list Seattle chef celebration that brings together amazing local restaurants under one roof to support the incredible mission and vision of Ballard Food Bank. 

    Please join us for a PTA community meeting on May 9th at 7:00 PM in the library. 

    Thanks for all you do! 

    Steph