The Whittier Way: Be Safe - Be Respectful - Be Your Best
New cell phone policy
The use of cell phones in the classroom can distract students from instruction, yet can be important to have accessible in case of emergency. With this in mind, the district has adopted a new policy 3246 and procedure 3246P which prohibits cell phone use in the classroom while still providing access for students in case of emergency.
Elementary school students who choose to bring cell phones to school may only use them before or after the school day. During the school day, they must be powered off and stored (e.g., in the student’s backpack, locker, other district provided storage). There will be storage in the classroom so, in the event of an emergency, the cell phones will be accessible without leaving the classroom.
Whittier Back-to-School Orientation Thursday, August 22, 2019
Whittier's Back-to-School Orientation will take place Thursday, August 22 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Whittier cafeteria and gym.
During the orientation you will receive your child’s class placement/new teacher for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Class placement is subject to change once the school year has started based on additional enrollment that will occur through the first week of school. The first day of school for the 2019-20 school year will be Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The first day of school for kindergarteners will be Monday, September 9, 2019.
The purpose of the orientation gathering is to:
Kindergarten families will have the opportunity to sign up for a Whittier Family Connections meeting that will take place with teachers on September 3, 4, 5, or 6 to develop a strong home-school partnership. The first day of school for kindergarteners will be Monday, September 9.
Meet the Teacher Day & PTA Ice Cream Social September 3
You are invited to “Meet the Teacher Day” on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Please come to the school, find your new classroom, and say hello to this year’s teacher. You may come anytime between 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. so we hope to see many of you here. This important visit helps our students and families feel more comfortable and prepared for the first day of school. You may also bring your child’s school supplies on this day. The school supply list can be accessed at the following link: https://www.everettsd.org/Page/24559. Uniform sales will be available this day from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.
The Whittier PTA will also be hosting an "Ice Cream Social" in the courtyard during the "Meet the Teacher Day" to celebrate the kick off to another great school year. All families are welcome to attend. It's a great opportunity to visit with old friends and make connections to establish new friendships. We hope to see you there!
First Day of Kindergarten is Monday, September 9, 2019
The first day of kindergarten is Monday, September 9, 2019. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a Whittier Family Connections meeting on August 22, 2019 during Whittier's "Back-to-School Orientation" to meet with your child's teacher on September 3, 4, 5, or 6. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a strong home-school partnership to ensure that your child's kindergarten experience is very successful. We are so excited for our new learners to officially join the Whittier school community!
Whittier Summer Library Hours
When school ends, summer reading begins! Whittier's Library will be open this summer to support the district wide Summer Reading Challenge on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting on Tuesday, July 9. Here are the following dates that the library will be open during the summer: 7/9, 7/11, 7/16, 7/18, 7/23, 7/25, 7/30, 8/1, 8/6, 8/8, 8/13, 8/15. Create your own reading adventure!
Access specific information about the Summer Reading Challenge by following this link:
Summer Math Challenge
The Everett Public Schools Summer Math Challenge is for ALL students. Make summer count and keep your math brain sharp! Engage in exciting mathematical activities, problem solving and puzzles by participating in the EPS Summer Math Challenge.
Visible Learning Communities with Problem Solvers and Leaders
Whittier is very passionate about preparing and supporting all students to be college, career, and life ready. This process requires thoughtful and intentional planning to build visible learning environments that foster our students’ ability to communicate effectively, problem solve complex tasks, and strengthen their decision-making skills as leaders.
Whittier staff are continuously improving our instructional practices to ensure that we provide students with engaging and relevant learning experiences that are connected to real world learning. We also emphasize the key characteristics of perseverance and grit so that students develop the capacity to work through difficult situations and never give up. These are attributes that will help all students succeed at Whittier and in life.
Whittier Elementary is committed to achieving academic excellence that meets the needs of individual students within a positive, engaging environment. The Whittier community is dedicated to developing life-long learners who become responsible and productive citizens.