September 24th, 2021
Dear Whittier Families,
The first few weeks of school are now behind us and I cannot begin to explain how happy I am to see our students learning routines, wearing their masks, interacting with their classroom peers and teachers, and experiencing academic growth. We did our school pictures, first book fair this year, completed testing to gather beginning of year data in reading and math, and held our first parent-teacher conferences. If you still have not had the chance to meet with your child(ren)’s teacher(s), let us know so that we can help you set up a time to meet either in person or virtually on Zoom.
We have also started Whittier’s Word of the Week where we recognize students, teachers, and staff who exemplify these words. Last week we focused on “growth mindset.” In the next four weeks, we will cover: self-care, respect, trustworthy, and honesty. While we will be talking about these terms at school, it would be great if you could chat with your child(ren) about what these words mean and how we can put them into daily practice in all that we do.
Please mark your calendars for the following events. On Tuesday, October 5th, teachers will be attending a mandatory district training. Thus, students will have an asynchronous learning day where they will be doing quality learning from home that their teachers will be sending. The next Extended Learning Program (ELP) Steering Committee meeting will be Thursday, October 7th from 5:30-7:00 PM. We will be on Fall Recess on October 14th-15th. On Thursday, October 21st, we will have Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting from 5:00–6:00 PM followed by School Community Council (SCC) from 6:00-7:00 PM. Please join us! You have the option of attending these meetings in person or via Zoom. If you have not had the chance to sign up for PTA, please do so using this link. It is only $5 and we would love your support and input as members of our community.
I look forward to this next month of school and all the positive gains we will be making academically and socially. Happy Fall!