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Whittier PTA Wins Silver Award from WA State PTA

Washington State PTA Recognizes Whittier PTA with the Silver Membership Growth Award

Whittier PTA has recently been recognized by Washington State PTA as a Silver Membership Growth Award recipient! PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling 105 percent as many members as last year. That means our PTA is growing! Thank you to everyone who has become a member so far this year: YOU are the reason our PTA achieved this award! If you haven’t yet signed up for a 2021-2022 PTA membership, please consider joining today! By doing so, you are demonstrating your support for our PTA and all it does for Whittier Elementary. 

Whittier’s Black Lives Matter: Week of Action – Jan 31 – Feb 4, 2022

This year’s Black Lives Matter: Week of Action will include in-school activities, discussions, and books focused on the these themes:

Monday 1/31 – restorative justice, empathy and loving engagement 

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Tuesday 2/1 – Diversity and globalism 

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Wednesday 2/2 – Trans-affirming, queer affirming, collective value 

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Thursday 2/3 – Intergenerational, Black Families and Black Villages 

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Friday 2/4 – Centering Black Women and Femmes, Unapologetically Black

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To learn more about how you can continue this conversation and action at home, here are some great resources for Whittier families:

Winter Giving Drives 2021

Please join us in donating gift cards and socks to help provide a boost to members in our community this winter.

What: Whittier PTA Helping Hands Gift Card Drive and Illumination Learning Studios Sock Drive

When: Monday, November 29 – Friday, December 10

Where: At school, drop boxes in our community, or online (see “how” below for more)

Why: Donate gift cards (e.g., Fred Meyer, Target, etc.) to help provide winter gear, groceries, holiday gifts, home essentials and more to families in our community; and donate new men’s L and XL socks that will be distributed by FamilyWorks.

How: Return one of three ways…

1. Drop boxes available 8am – 5pm everyday.

  • 645 NW 83rd St
  • 7530 13th Ave NW

2. Return to the front entrance of the school.

  • Place gift cards (in an envelope labeled “Whittier PTA – Helping Hands”) in the mail slot at the front entrance of the school.
  • Place socks in the labeled bin near the front door.

3. Gift Cards ONLY: Donate to a volunteer’s PayPal account (5th grade parent Amy Bryan, @AmyBBryan) to support the purchase of gift cards and add the message “Whittier PTA – Helping Hands”. Donations will be acknowledged via email upon receipt, and a follow-up email will be sent to all donors when gift cards are purchased.

Whittier Book Fair: Nov 19 – Dec 10

Whittier Book Fair: Nov 19 – Dec 10

Whittier Families!

Again this year we are partnering with our local bookstore, Phinney Books, for the Whittier Bookfair! The virtual and in-store fair will run from November 19 to December 10, and the Whittier library will receive a credit of 25% of all sales to spend on books for the school library. features some popular categories that you can browse, but you can also search for most books in publication by clicking on the magnifying glass at the top of the page.

If you prefer to shop in person at Phinney Books, you can let the person at the checkout counter know that you are with Whittier Elementary and we will get a percentage of the sale.

Looking for a gift idea for your classroom teacher? Phinney Books has you covered with gift cards (only available in the store, not online). Feel free to share the website with your family members as everything is shipped directly to a home address.

If you have any questions, please send Ms. Newcomb ( an email. Thank you so much for supporting the Whittier Library!