Welcome to Whittier International Elementary School!

Whittier International Elementary is a public PreK-5 International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) World School (since Feb, 2007). 

Our Vision
All Whittier International Elementary students will become independent global thinkers through inquiry and action

Our Mission
Encourage exploration, inquiry, and critical thinking
Provide learning opportunities that integrate subject areas
Promote local and global action
Respect cultural similarities and differences

Whittier Weekly News
The 2016-17 school year begins for grades 1 through 5 on Monday, August 29. School begins for High5 and kindergarten on Wednesday, August 31.

Go here to see the 2016-2017 calendar.
Fall Open House

ALL Whittier Families are invited to our Fall Open House: Thursday, 8/25/2016, 4:30-6:30pm.

Join us at school on 8/25 to visit your child's classroom, talk to your child's teacher, learn more about what he or she does throughout the day and find out more about our IB curriculum and Title 1 services available at Whittier.
Conversations with the Principal!

Thursdays, August, 25 from 6:30-7:30 at Common Roots Room.
Discussion topics: 
Letter from the Principal!
Hello Whittier Families!

We are so exited to see you!

Our Open House/Meet and Greet is August 25th from 4:30-6:30. Come and meet your child's (children's) classroom teacher, specialists, and support staff. You will have the opportunity to sign-up for Parent-Teacher-Association, Site Council, various interest groups and task forces, and our school community directory. We welcome parents to join staff, and community members, to work collaboratively for Whittier.

Through the summer our Whittier staff attended district, state, and national institutes, expanding and deepening our professional learning. Our staff is committed to providing you and your child (children) a safe, responsive, rigorous, culturally and linguistically challenging learning experience!

Whittier's Vision: All Whittier International Elementary students will become independent global thinkers through inquiry and action.  Mission: The school community creates an environment that promotes exploration, inquiry and critical thinking. It provides learning opportunities that integrate subject areas; it teaches a curriculum that promotes local and global action, and it respects cultural similarities and differences.

This school year our work centers on identifying and nurturing the giftedness of every student. We will engage in professional data-cycles to examine the individual learning and social needs of every learner. Our task is to set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rigorous, and Time-sensitive goals (SMART) for each student.

Our Whittier staff is growing and expanding. The caliber, knowledge, experiences, worldliness, and giftedness of our staff, is second to none! We are fortunate to have each and every one working with and for our students, and with one another. Please take a moment on August 25th, Open House/Meet and Greet, to say hello to our new staff and welcome them.

Please note that on the mailing label of this letter you will find your child's classroom assignment. Also, you will find the teacher listed with the mailing. Throughout the months of May and June our staff engaged in a collaborative process to co-construct class lists.
Placements are finalized at this time. I'm confident your learner will be successful with the teacher, and the classroom community we have designed for them."

Norma Gibbs, Ed.S, NBCT Principal norma.gibbs@mpls.k12.mn.us Direct: 612-668-4171
August Project Whittier
Project Whittier is back on Thursday, August 25 from 4:00-8:00pm at World Street Kitchen and Milkjam Creamery, 2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Mention Whittier International PTA to the cashier and they'll donate 25% of your bill to support our students. Stop by before or after you visit the school Open House! 
September PTA Meeting
Join us Monday September 12 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Media Center. Spanish and Somali interpretation and childcare will be provided. Come and be a part of our 2016-17 school year planning. 
PTA for the 2016-17 School Year 
We hope you will support Whittier International PTA by becoming a member this year. Annual membership dues are $8 for a single member or $15 for a family membership. Find us at the August 25th Open House or look for membership forms to be sent home in backpacks early in the school year. Free scholarship memberships are available if your budget does not allow for the expense. Regardless of ability to pay, all parents, caregivers, teachers, and staff are welcome to participate in the PTA. To join visit: http://whittier.mpls.k12.mn.us/join
PTA Volunteers Needed 

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the following for 2016-17: Amity Internship, Box Tops for Education, Book Fair Committee Co-Chair, Whittier Spirit Wear. To learn more, please email whittier.pta.mpls@gmail.com
Girls On The Run

3rd-5th grade girls: Join Girls on the Run this fall at Whittier!  It's a fun after school running team that will meet Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:10-5:30 from September 6-November 15. We'll run a fun 5K on Saturday November 12.  Maximum fee for Whittier is $50, but everyone is welcome and encouraged to join regardless of ability to pay.  

Contact Whittier parent Laura LaFave at 612-532-0122 or lauralafave@gmail.com for more info!  Or register on line at: 

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. 
Whittier Bike Fair

Saturday, September 10, from10am to 2pm
Outside Sunrise Cyclery bike shop,  2901 Blaisdell Ave
Family friendly Whittier Alliance event celebrating cycling in Whittier. The fair will feature: 
  • free basic bike tune ups, courtesy of Sunrise Cyclery
  • bike helmets & water bottles for kids, courtesy of Bike Cops 4 Kids
  • Nice Ride
  • Midtown Greenway Coalition
  • Whittier Wheels bike incentive program
Nicollet Open Streets

Sunday, September 18, from 11 am to 5pm
Between Lake St Kmart parking lot & W 46th St

Enjoy a safe, car-free Nicollet Avenue! Residents of all ages can walk or bike and enjoy the street food, community activities and music stages. This year will feature food vendors, children's activities and a pop-up playground in the Kmart parking lot.
Monday, August 29: First day of school (1-12)
Wednesday, August 31: First day of school (Pre-k/k)


School Supplies

Click here for information on optional school supplies, including grade-level suggestions.