April
27,
2017
ISSUE
No. 71
Whittier Weekly News
 
SCHOOL NEWS
LOST AND FOUND- 

Please take a moment when a Whittier campus to review the lost and found in our Multi Purpose Room.  There are many items there from shoes to snowpants to jackets and sweatshirts.  Items will be donated on May 10th.
5th Grade Exhibition- 

Exhibition is underway! We invite you to visit our 5th grade Exhibition/Showcase on the evening of June 8th.  Our central idea this year is Change and Growth can be communicated through artisitic expressions!  Invitations forthcoming!
Yearbook
 
Yearbooks are now available for purchase!  Cost is five dollars and all you have to do is fill out the flyer that comes home in the backpack and send it along with your student.  Yearbooks will be distributed to students during the last week of school. 
Día del Niño 
  
Día del Niño, International Children's Day Celebration, will be on Friday April 28th, 5 - 8 pm with an International Potluck, Passport Stations with activities from Whittier's many cultures, and a closing ceremony with Aztec Dance group Elohuayotl Mitotiani and the Dia del Niño Choir, led by our own Señor Jesus.  
 
Would you like to host a Passport Station at Dia del Niño?  Past stations have featured language learning, art, craft, music, dance, active games, puzzles and cultural objects.  Or perhaps you have a totally original idea!  E-mail jcarl001@mpls.k12.mn.us to sign up!!
MacPhail Center for Music
 
The last week of instrument instruction for grades 4/5 will be the  week of May  22nd.
Please note that both violins and keyboards will need to returned to the school and/or instructor by May 26th.  Details for return will be shared as we approach this date.
 
Also, remember to mark your calendars for student performances on the following evenings @ 6:00 p.m. Your children will be bringing home invitations from their MacPhail instructors
 
Tues May 16 - Students of Adam Zahller, Luke Swanger
Weds May 17 - Students of Karin Valdizan, Jeremy Hanson
Thurs May 18 - Students of Carolyn Liptak
PTA NEWS
Final PTA Meeting Is 5/8

Join us for the final PTA meeting of the year on Monday, May 8th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Media Center.  Items on the agenda include: 1) IB Evaluation Report; 2) Upcoming Events (including Plant Sale & Community Breakfast); 3) PTA Budget Approval; 4) Open PTA Committee Lead and Board Positions.  Free childcare provided.  Somali (upon request) and Spanish interpretation provided.
Get Involved-Join the PTA Board or Lead a PTA Event/Program

Want to get more involved with family-led efforts at the school?  The Parent-Teacher Association supports school programs, organizes community events, funds field trips, pays for school resources, and more.  All of these things require volunteers to make them happen.  Joining the board or leading an event/program is a great way to learn more about the school, meet other families, use your skills, and support our students!  The PTA Board (aka Executive Committee) includes the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairs of different bodies of work.  
For 2017-18, PTA is looking for: 

1) Events & Programs Chair (coordinate work of committee leads for social events and school programs like McPhail and Amity); 2) Communications & Marketing Chair (create and coordinate content for enews, calls, fliers, social media, and events); 3) Member & Volunteer Chair (recruit members and coordinate PTA volunteers).  For 2017-18, PTA is also looking for Event/Program Leads for: 1) Book Fair; 2) Box Tops & Amazon Smile; 3) Read-a-Thon; and 4) Spirit Wear.  Interested? Want more information?  Please send a note to the Whittier PTA inbox (whittier.pta.mpls@gmail.com) or to anyone on the board (see http://whittier.mpls.k12.mn.us/ptaexecutivecommittee ).  We'd love to talk to you and answer any questions!
COMMUNITY & PARTNER NEWS
Whittier Pollinator Garden!
 
Check out what the Eco-Ambassadors have been doing in the Whittier Pollinator Garden.  
 
Aside from picking up several bags of garbage from the garden, they've taken pictures for a weekly Nature Notebook
 
The garden stretches all the way along the kindergarten wing from the main entrance to the grand stairway.  
 
More info and pollinator resources here on the Whittier Community Education website.  The Eco-Ambassadors plan to continue their nature notes throughout the spring, so stay tuned.  
PLANT GROW SHARE
 
GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES at HOME -- FREE!
 
10 SPOTS AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES LIVING IN THE CENTRAL NEIGHBORHOOD... GET A FREE RAISED BED GARDEN... CONTACT FERNANDA ASAP TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE: (612)315-1501, fernanda@thecentralneighborhood.com
YMCA

Take Advantage of Y Summer Savings
It is the last day to save on your kid's best summer ever. Watch your child's confidence and sense of adventure take off. We have so many ways to make it happen. 
  • $25 off Summer Power & Summer Uproar Registration Fee
  • $20 off Overnight Camp & Teen Wilderness Camp Sessions
  • $10 off Day Camp & Summer Sports Sessions
Please contact Jontae Koonkaew @ the Blaisdell YMCA (3335 Blaisdell Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408) or call 651.292.4140 if you have any questions.
Thank you,
 
Jontaé Koonkaew
Sports Program Director
Blaisdell YMCA
651.292.4140 
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
Whittier Plant Sale has begun!

Click here to pre-order online by Wednesday, May 10th. Plant pick up at Whittier International Elementary School, 315 W. 26th St. Minneapolis, MN 55404 on the following days (rain or shine): 
 
* Thursday, May 11th 4:00pm to 6:30pm
* Friday, May 12th 9:00am to 4:30pm
* Saturday, May 13th 9:00am to 4:00pm
 
Our pollinator-friendly, sustainably raised plants are provided by our partner Glacial Ridge Growers. 50% of the purchase price will support PTA's efforts to fund classroom supplies, Spanish language Amity Intern, MacPhail music program, educational field trips and more!   If you are interested in volunteering for the plant sale, please contact erin.sjoquist@gmail.com
 
Quantities are limited, so order early to get the plants you want!