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The Wildchat: 5/30/2023

May 30, 2023

Mission Complete: Thank You for an Amazing Spring Fling!

Thank you to everyone is our community that so generously supported our Spring Fling Block Party and Auction. Our goal was to raise $80,000 and, so far, we’ve raised over $100,000 to support essential staff and services at Whittier Elementary! We are so grateful to have such an engaged, welcoming community to enrich our Wildcats.

If you weren’t able to purchase your Wildcat’s aviator photo, there is one printed photo available per student. To purchase yours, select your preferred package from the online Aviator Photo purchase page, checkout, and show the front office your receipt when you pick up photos from Monica and Rebecca. Photos will be available until Friday, June 2nd.

There are also a handful of hosted party tickets and items still available for purchase. And if you didn’t get a chance to participate in our Fund the Need campaign, it’s not too late! You can still contribute here.

Please also consider amplifying any donation, including Fund the Need and financial contributions above an item’s designated retail value, to any corporate matching programs (Whittier PTA’s 501(c)3 Federal ID is Federal ID #91-1479413). Please reach out if you need any help submitting your corporate match.

Thank you so much for choosing to support Whittier Elementary and the Whittier PTA during this year’s Spring Fling! Would you like to help make next year’s Spring Fling a success? Please contact to learn more about how you can help!

Upcoming Happenings

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Reel by Kellie Pecoraro

Thank You, Spring Fling Committee Volunteers!

Thank you to our incredible Spring Fling Committee for their generous donation of time, talent, and commitment to make this event a reality:

  • Anjean Vanden Bosch
  • Ashley Cannon
  • Ashley Schiavone
  • Brie Gardner
  • Courtney Sievers
  • Elliot Scher
  • Emi Matsumoto
  • Emily Gross
  • Emily Robertson
  • Glenda Elley
  • Gwen Weed
  • Jess Templeton
  • Jess Twardzik
  • Joa Pope
  • John Shaw
  • Joni Larson
  • Kellie Pecoraro
  • Laura Zingg
  • Liz Young
  • Melissa Ivancevich
  • Mendy Minjarez
  • Rebecca Grandin
  • Renee Hartnett
  • Sara Lukas
  • Shannon Louma
  • Tina Lilley

Volunteers Needed for Blacktop Painting Day – Friday, June 23rd!

The blacktop is getting a refresh! Thanks to the hard work of our 4th grade leadership team, we are able to repaint the hopscotch, four square, tetherball, basketball, kickball and US map areas, and even add a WORLD MAP! But we need LOTS of helping hands. 

Painting day is FRIDAY, JUNE 23rd. 

Please sign up for shifts below! It’s fine if you can’t make all of a designated shift or if shifts overlap. Please make sure you have up-to-date volunteer status before you arrive.

Email Cindy or Emily with any questions.

Mark Your Calendars for Drag Queen Story Time!

Come join us for a special story time on Thursday June 22nd at 6pm. Popular Seattle drag queen, Aleksa Manila will be stopping by Whittier to spend an evening with us to read stories and have some fun! Drag Queen story time is all about love, acceptance, inclusion and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models! During story times like this one, kids will be able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where everyone can be their authentic selves! Come join in the fun!

Last Chance to Opt-in to the Family Directory! Info Due 5/31

Whittier PTA is developing a Family Directory for students and families to use this summer. The Family Directory is an OPT-IN print directory providing family contact information. It is intended to foster communication within the Whittier community (e.g., arranging playdates, childcare swaps, family get-togethers, birthday party invitations, etc.) It’s a great way to stay in touch with families you met at Spring Fling!

The directory can only be compiled with the information YOU PROVIDE. The PTA cannot access the contact information you’ve provided to the school. If you would like your contact information included in the directory, please see below:

Directory information and artwork submissions are due by Wednesday, May 31. Questions? Please contact

Volunteers Needed for Field Day!

Join the team and volunteer on June 16 between 11:10am-2:10pm! (Please note you must be an approved SPS volunteer.)
Sign-up here!

2023-2024 PTA Board Seeking Volunteers for Essential Position!

We are seeking two volunteers to act as Co-Secretary for next year’s board. This role primarily records meeting minutes and is perfect for a family new to Whittier or just getting involved in the PTA. For more information or to volunteer, please contact

Thank You, Wildcats!

Volunteers Needed for Blacktop Painting Day – Friday, June 23rd!

The blacktop is getting a refresh! Thanks to the hard work of our 4th grade leadership team, we are able to repaint the hopscotch, four square, tetherball, basketball, kickball and US map areas, and even add a WORLD MAP! But we need LOTS of helping hands. 

Painting day is FRIDAY, JUNE 23rd. 

Please sign up for shifts below! It’s fine if you can’t make all of a designated shift or if shifts overlap. Please make sure you have up-to-date volunteer status before you arrive.

Email Cindy or Emily with any questions.

The Wildchat: 5/16/2023

May 16, 2023

Make Your Class Your Wingman!

Has your class gotten Spring Fling tickets? It’s not too late! Buy your tickets today and plan a pre-funk, after party, or designated meeting spot with your class!

It’s a pretty tight race among the grades, but we can still fight for 75% participation! Come celebrate your community and support the PTA’s final fundraiser of this school year this Saturday, May 20th!

Take me to BID or lose me forever! Here’s just a small preview of what’s in this year’s Silent Auction, available both online and in-person, starting at 5pm on Saturday, May 20th. Check out the full catalog here!

  • Watching Outdoor Sports in Seattle: This Class “bucket” is actually a collapsible wagon filled with everything you need to stay dry, warm, cool, or shady during any outdoor sporting event!
  • Worm Bin from Mr. Pule: If you’re a new Wildcat, you might have heard of it. If you’re an experienced Wildcat, you’ve probably been outbid on it. Don’t miss it this year.
  • Pickleball Basket, Tournament and Picnic: Whether you are new to this fast growing sport or a pickled veteran, the Whittier Staff “The Real Dills” are challenging you! This package includes a basket of 6 paddles and balls to play, as well as some of our favorite pickles and picklebacks to get your competitive juices flowing. On tournament day, we will coordinate and meet up for a pickle picnic and games, kids and parents welcome. Split with another family of ballers or treat yourself and friends. Kids and families encouraged to play in this round robin pickleball tournament and picnic.
  • Class Art: From framed collages to custom serving trays to little libraries, don’t miss your chance to win a one-of-a-kind piece!
  • Dick’s Delivery – Hangover Hamburgers: Buy a ticket to this sweet hosted un-party and, the morning after the auction Sunday May 21st, 2 Dicks cheeseburgers, 2 french fries and 1 vanilla milkshake will be delivered to your front door between 11am and 12pm.
  • Movement is Medicine: Elevate your self-care routine with this incredible gift set that combines style, fitness and relaxation, including a Brooks Running gift card and 5-class package to Barre3 Ballard. 

Don’t Forget: We Fling Rain or Shine (but hopefully shine)

Come dressed in your best aviators and be ready to rock this outdoor Block Party Top Gun-style!

Thanks to PTA Hospitality and our Wildcat Community for an Amazing Staff Appreciation Week!

We flew high with our Staff Appreciation celebration! A big thank you to Kathleen Donahoe and Emily Grosse, and the rest of the Whittier PTA Hospitality team for coordinating a week of amazing events to match the awesomeness of our Wildcat staff. Go Wildcats!

What is Drag Queen Story Time?

Drag queen story time is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children. A drag queen generally reads 3-4 children’s books and may sing songs or lead kids in a craft activity. Through a fun and fabulous literary experience drag queen story time celebrates learning and play, encouraging kids to celebrate gender diversity and all kinds of difference, while building confidence in expressing themselves.

People of all ages should be free to express themselves however they want, free from the constraints of prescribed gender roles. In other words, there’s no such thing as “girl clothes” and “boy clothes,” or “girl toys” and “boy toys.” Drag queen story times teach children that there are many ways to express themselves and their gender, and they are all OK! Drag is an art form that is rooted in diverse LGBTQ communities, which support equality, justice, and respect for all people. Given that LGBTQ people are present in every community, it’s important that children are exposed to these aspects of our shared history and culture, in age appropriate ways.

Why is Drag Queen story time necessary?

Drag queen story times help children develop empathy, learn about gender diversity and difference, and tap into their own creativity. These story times can also be life-changing and ultimately life-saving for LGBTQ kids and teens, kids with LGBTQ parents or family members, and anyone who feels different because of their identity or interests or who may not otherwise see themselves reflected in the broader culture. Come experience a fun, inclusive, creative, and unique story time with us!!

Drag Queen Story Time with Aleksa Manila!

Thursday, June 22nd

6-7:30pm at Whittier

Come join us for a special story time on Thursday June 22nd at 6pm at Whittier. Popular Seattle drag queen, Aleksa Manila will be stopping by Whittier to spend an evening with us to read stories and have some fun! Drag Queen story time is all about love, acceptance, inclusion and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models! Come join in the fun!

Reminder: Check out our Calendar page (or Sync Your Calendar on Konstella) for all of the end-of-the-year event details!

Send Your Student Directory Submissions!

Whittier PTA is developing a Family Directory for students and families to use this summer. The Family Directory is an OPT-IN paper directory providing family contact information. It is intended to foster communication within the Whittier community (e.g., arranging playdates, childcare swaps, family get-togethers, birthday party invitations, etc.). The directory can only be compiled with the information YOU PROVIDE. The PTA cannot access the contact information you’ve provided to the school.

If you would like your contact information included in the directory, please see below:

  • Kindergarten Families:
    • Complete this Google form,, OR
    • Complete the 2022-23 Family Directory form that will be sent home with your student in Tuesday’s Kid Mail (a.k.a. your student’s backpack).
  • Grade 1-5 Families
    • A draft of your student’s class directory page will be sent home in Tuesday’s Kid Mail (a.k.a. your student’s backpack), using information shared in last year’s directory. Please review and mark any updates.
    • New families can complete the Google form: Return to your student’s teacher or the office by Wednesday, May 31.

Call for Student Artists! Students are invited to submit artwork for the Family Directory cover. The form was sent home in this week’s KidMail and can be downloaded for at-home printing:

Directory information and artwork submissions are due by Wednesday, May 31.

Questions? Please contact

Thank You, Wildcats!

The Wildchat: 5/2/2023

May 2, 2023

Don’t forget! Staff Appreciation Week: Dress Like Your Teacher, Bring a Flower

Whittier PTA’s Staff Appreciation Week continues! We’ve already gotten ready for take-off with a coffee cart and today’s inflight snack service. Tomorrow’s festivities will include a catered lunch provided by Barking Dog.

How can you join in on the celebration? Show your Wildcat Staff appreciation by:

  • Dress Like Any Staff Member: We’re asking our Wildcats to dress like any staff member on Thursday! Grab glasses, make a name badge, carry a special pencil–whatever reminds you of your amazing Wildcat staff!
  • Bring a Flower: For our final day of Staff Appreciation week, we’re asking all students bring a special delivery (flower(s)) for their teacher. Whether it’s a garden cutting or purchased flower, the PTA will help collate the flowers into vases to celebrate our staff. Bring it with you at drop-off where PTA volunteers will collect them for delivery.

Spring Fling Class Art Preview – May 5th!

The PTA’s First Friday Fun event for May is a special Spring Fling Class Art Preview! Come see each room’s collaborative art piece on display for the FIRST and ONLY time before the big auction! Join us on the blacktop after school on Friday, May 5th, from 2:25 – 2:45pm. Please plan to greet your Wildcats at your usual pick up locations before returning to the covered area. You won’t want to miss seeing the art in person!

Have you bought your Spring Fling tickets? Help your class reach 100% participation! Buy your ticket (and make sure other class parents have, too)!

Save the Date and Sneak Peek: This Year’s Hosted Parties

One of Spring Fling’s most loved traditions is selling tickets to our community’s Hosted Parties. These events, hosted by Whittier community members, have limited tickets available and can only be purchased by participating in our Spring Fling Silent Auction! Here’s a sneak peek of some of this year’s Hosted Party catalog:

*Please note dates could shift due to, you know, life stuff and capacities are limited for many of these events!

Psst–It’s not too late to host a party yourself! Parties of all kinds and sizes are welcome! Sign up today!

What Else Happens at Spring Fling?

This year we are striving to have items available to purchase at a wide variety of price points. In addition to all of our classroom buckets, art and the myriad of silent packages, there will be a Wine Wall and Golden Ticket opportunity.

And, of course, this year’s event is also a celebration! Expect music, tasty beverages, food trucks, and more.

So remember to preview one-of-a-kind Class Art on Friday, sign-up to host a party for Whittier, or help with your Classroom Bucket (if you haven’t already)! All Spring Fling proceeds support the Whittier PTA’s funding for essential staff and services at Whittier! Go Wildcats!

Sign Up: Trivia Night – May 18th, Whittier Library!

JOIN US FOR A STUDENT-LED TRIVIA NIGHT & help raise funds for a SPECIAL playground project!

An amazing group of 4th graders is hosting a trivia competition on MAY 18th, from 6 – 7:30pm, in the Whittier Library. All are welcome!

This 4th grade leadership team is raising funds for supplies to repaint the four square and basketball areas, touch up the hopscotch and US map, and even add a world map to the blacktop! 

Trivia Night Details:

  • An adult must register their team on our Sign Up Genius and be available to supervise their team on game night. Additional family members are welcome to watch.
  • Teams can be a max of 6 players, and made up of any combination of ages – kids and adults. Questions will vary to include all levels.
  • Suggested donation – $5 per person. A donation box will be available on game night, however no fee is required to play or attend.
  • There is only enough room for 8 teams, so register soon! Once you reserve your team spot, we will be in contact for more information.

There are a few volunteer positions available, too, if you’d like to help! Sign up! Email Emily Grosse or Cindy for more information!

Thank you!

Emily Grosse (parent project coordinator) AND the 4th Grade Playground Team: Ada, Greta, Sydney and Zoe

Drag Queen Story Time with Aleksa Manila!

Thursday, June 22nd (6-7:30PM)

Come join us for a special story time on Thursday June 22nd at 6pm. Popular Seattle drag queen, Aleksa Manila will be stopping by Whittier to spend an evening with us to read stories and have some fun! Drag Queen story time is all about love, acceptance, inclusion and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models! During story times like this one, kids will be able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where everyone can be their authentic selves! Come join in the fun!

PNW Parent Ed Presents, “Building Your Child’s Superpower of Stress Resilience”

We know that children and adolescents are reporting higher and higher levels of stress. We are partnering with PNW Parent Education ( for a FREE online presentation titled “Building Your Child’s Superpower of Stress Resilience” with Dr. Laura Kastner, PhD.

Tonight, Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 6:30-8pm(If you can’t make the date/time work, register anyway as all registrants will receive an email with the recording following the event.)

Register via eventbrite:

Order Yearbooks by May 15! 

The 2022-2023 Whittier Elementary yearbook is a full-color book of special memories of students and staff.  Our goal is that every student receives a yearbook, whether or not a family is able to purchase one. When you order, you will have the option to donate a yearbook for a student or staff member.   

Order your copy now through May 15, 2023! The books will be shipped to the school in mid-June. $20 per book 

Help our Office Restock Snacks!

The Whittier front office stocks snacks for students and classrooms is running low. Please help us restock for the rest of the school year. We have an Amazon Wishlist or resources can be dropped off to Ms. Watters directly at the gate in the morning.  

Thank you, Wildcats!

The Wildchat: 4/18/2023

April 18, 2023

Back to Reality: Post-Spring Break Updates & Reminders

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in Prides of March! In addition to serving our Ballard Health, Luther Memorial let us know that Whittier’s donations will help their community fed for 2 months. Go Wildcats!
  • It’s Bike Unit at Mr. Pule’s PE Palace!
    • Students may bring their own helmet and their own bike (please label!) which can be stored at the gym during their PE week. School bicycles and helmets are also available.
    • Is your Wildcat a Rusty Rider/Learner and looking for extra practice? Mr. Pule is offering bike practice sessions after school between 2:40-3:15pm today (4/18), Thursday (4/20), 4/25, 4/27, 5/2, and 5/4. Students should bring their own helmets and parent supervision required during the session.
    • Want to have your Wildcat’s bike have a look over? Whittier students receive a free safety check (air tires, minor gear, and brake adjustment) at JRA Bike Shop between April 1 – May 5. Please plan 1-2 days ahead for this check-up. Any additional required work will be 10% off, along with helmets. This shop is also owned by a former Whittier parent!
  • After School Enrichment Programs are full for the Spring quarter but, we still need volunteers to make these programs happen! This includes our Vendor Supervisor role: an on-site volunteer who is on-call should any program vendor have a question or need assistance while programs are running. This is the perfect role for someone with a younger child they’d need to bring along or wants some independent time after school one day! For more info, please contact or to sign-up, visit
  • Today marks the start of Clay Days with Mr. Buck! He’s seeking volunteers Tuesdays-Thursdays during art rotations April 18-20 (B), April 25-27 (C), and May 2-4 (A). Email Mr. Buck to volunteer or for more info!
  • It’s time to order your yearbook! The 2022-2023 Whittier Elementary yearbook is a full-color book of special memories of students and staff.  Order your copy now through May 15, 2023! The books will be shipped to the school in mid-June and cost $20 per book. To order, visit:
  • Reminder: Lost & Found racks can be found right inside the front doors. Have your students check the racks for lost items (especially hats and gloves!) as the seasons start changing.
  • Are you a Kinder family? Reminder that this month’s Soup and Salad Staff Appreciation lunch is hosted by K families this month! We are still in need of K families to sign-up to bring soup, salad, and other items to the main office by 8am this Thursday, April 20. Please sign up here! Questions? Please contact
  • Join us for our PTA Board Meeting today! Click the link in the ad below to join the Zoom meeting at 7pm tonight. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
  • Buy your Spring Fling Ticket! Learn more about this amazing event below and get ready to take-off on May 20!
  • Spring time is loaded with events! You can easily add Whittier events to your digital calendar. Join Konstella to add Whittier PTA’s calendar (click “Calendar” and then “Sync to my Calendar”) or visit our Calendar for the latest.

Searching for Whittier Spirit Gear?

Whittier Spirit Gear is always available in a ton of styles at our Bonfire online store:

Styles include paw print, Wildcat profile, and “Class of” designs.

Enjoy a cup of coffee on us! Stop by the library right after drop-off on April 21st for a casual hang with some PTA members. Great way to learn how you can get involved or share your ideas for community building with us. Got questions? Email

Get Excited for Our Silent Auction!

Our procurement team has been working hard to deliver an amazing auction catalog this year that will be available for bidding during Spring Fling! Here are some highlights so far:

  • Club Husky Tickets to the Apple Cup + Parking Pass: The Apple Cup is back at Husky Stadium this year on Saturday, November 25th (time: TBA). This is a big rivalry game between the University of Washington & Washington State University! You can bid on 4 Club Husky tickets + a Parking Pass (Padelford lot)
  • Art by Local Artists, including Leah Nadeau! 
  • Brooks is Back: Get your spring self ready with Brooks gift cards in the auction again this year!
  • Reptile Zoo Experience: Did your family love Reptile Man? Win 4 tickets to Reptile Zoo to see those amazing critters close up for a fun family day trip!

Psst–it’s not too late to donate! Auction donations are due May 5. Submit one today!

Whittier PTA Presents

Staff Appreciation Week 2023 – May 1st – 5th

We’ve been GEARING UP all year for this! The first week in May is National Staff Appreciation Week, and the Hospitality Team plans to shower our staff with gratitude each day! M/T/W events are hosted by the PTA, and TH/FRI events invite the students to participate.

  • Monday, May 1st Ready for Take Off Coffee and Donuts will be served to staff in the morning.
  • Tuesday, May 2nd Lunch on Board Catered lunch from Barking Dog will be served to staff in the lounge.
  • Wednesday, May 3rd In Flight Snack Service A snack cart will make its way through the halls, delivering refreshments to our staff.
  • Thursday, May 4th Outfit the Crew Wildcats are invited to dress like any staff member: Mr. Ogle’s signature tie? Bunny ears for Ms. Childers’s lops? A Hawaiian shirt to be a mini Mr. Pule? Have fun!  
  • Friday, May 5th Special Delivery Wildcats are invited to bring a flower(s) to school, from your garden or the grocery store, which will be collected at the gate in the morning and put into vases for all of our teachers.

Email with any questions!

Golden Acorn Award Nominations – DEADLINE May 5th

This award recognizes volunteers who have given outstanding service to children in the Whittier community. The recipient(s) of this award will receive loads of Wildcat appreciation, a Golden Acorn pin, special recognition at a General PTA meeting, a contribution in their name to the Washington State PTA Financial Grant Program, and their name engraved on the Golden Acorn plaque in the lobby.

Please help us recognize and reward the amazing individuals within our school and community who meet the criteria for this award. Email your nomination along with a brief explanation of why your nominee deserves this recognition by May 5th, 2023 to

A note for our 5th Graders/Incoming Whitman 6th graders!

Thursday, April 20th, incoming 6th graders will be able to register online for their electives.  Instructions on how to register online through your student’s SOURCE account can be found on the Whitman Website 6th Grade Registration page.  Online elective registration will be open from Thursday, April 20th – Sunday April 30th  and will close at 9pm.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Elaine Way, Registrar at

Thank you, Wildcats!

April 2023 Lunch Menu

April’s breakfast offerings are $2.25 and lunch offerings are $3.25. An a la carte menu is also available throughout the year. For more nutrition information and breakfast menus, please view menus at:

MON, APR 3Pasta with Beef Meatballs and Marinara SauceBean and Cheese BurritoTBDTBD
TUES, APR 4Chicken Tikka Masala with RiceSunbather and Jelly SandwichTBDTBD
WED, APR 5BBQ Brisket Sandwich and FriesSeeds and Cheese LunchboxTBDTBD
THURS, APR 6Chicken Alfredo PastaMozzarella Breadstick with MarinaraTBDTBD
FRI, APR 7Orange Chicken with Fried Rice and Steamed BroccoliBagel LunchboxTBDTBD
MON, APR 17Individual PizzasBagel LunchboxBeans and CornFresh Fruit Cup
TUES, APR 18Nachos with Beef and BeansSunbather and Jelly SandwichTBDTBD
WED, APR 19Baked Potato with ToppingsRoast Beef and Cheddar SandwichTBDTBD
THURS, APR 20Korean BBQ Meatballs with Steamed Rice and VeggiesTuna SandwichTBDTBD
FRI, APR 21Hot Dog with FriesYogurt LunchboxTBDTBD
MON, APR 24Chicken Enchilada with RiceYogurt LunchboxTBDTBD
TUES, APR 25BBQ Chicken with Corn and Whole Wheat RollHummus LunchboxTBDTBD
WED, APR 26Chicken Fajitas with Rice and BeansSunbather and Jelly SandwichTBDTBD
THURS, APR 27Potato Leek Soup with Mozzarella BreadstickSpicy Chicken Sandwich with FriesTBDTBD
FRI, APR 28Chef’s ChoiceChicken Pot PieTBDTBD

The Wildchat: 3/28/2023

March 28, 2023

Spring After School Program Registration – Thursday, April 6 at 3pm!

Whittier PTA is excited to coordinate additional After School Program opportunities for Spring! Planned program offerings include:

  • Mondays (5/1 – 6/12, no classes 5/29) – 2:25 – 4pm:
    • Mighty Coders (Grades 3-5): Coding for Kids
    • Bricks For Kidz (Grades K-2): Lego Engineering for kids
  • Tuesdays (5/2 – 6/6) – 2:25 – 4pm:
    • Gamer Group w/ Mr. Buck (Grades K-2): Board Games, card games
    • Robotics (Grades 3-5): Learn how to make a robot
  • Wednesdays (5/3 – 6/7) – 1:10 – 2:30pm:
    • Mode Music (Grades K-2): Intro to music for kids
    • Chess Wizards (Grades 1-5): Learn chess, play with friends
  • Thursdays (5/4 – 6/8) – 2:25 – 4pm:
    • Gamer Group w/ Mr. Buck (Grades 3-5): Board Games, card games
    • Jump On Languages – Spanish Immersion (Grades K-5): Learn Spanish in a fun, interactive setting

Note: Whittier Wildcat Players will continue its program through Spring Quarter, but registration is closed for the program’s duration.

Registration details and links for Spring Quarter will be updated and posted on Thursday, April 6 at 3pm here: If you have any questions or concerns about the registration process, please contact

Spots are limited, so be sure to ask to be on the waitlist if classes are full.

The Whittier PTA only coordinates building reservations and hosts registration links for these independent enrichment providers. Please note: Whittier Elementary and Seattle Public Schools are not affiliated with or connected to the Whittier PTA Programs offerings or these individual program vendors. The enrichment providers will be managing registrations and schedules independently for each program.

Prides of March: Final Week to Contribute!

Our school’s month of giving drive ends this week! As a reminder, we’re collecting donations for the Luther Memorial Church Food Pantry and Ballard High School Teen Health Center. Click here for more information on what and how to donate.

And don’t forget to participate in this Friday’s final dress-up day: Neon Day!

Seeking Day-of Event Volunteers!

more information & sign-up

Wine Donations for Spring Fling Wine Wall

At this year’s Spring Fling we have the addition of a Wine Wall! We are seeking donations of bottles of wine $20+ to fill up the wall. If you have contributions or connections, you can contact Shannon Luoma (206-856-6708) and drop off at her home. Thanks!

Neurodiversity Affinity Group – Parent Gathering

Please join the Whittier Elementary Neurodiversity Affinity Group for a parent gathering March 31st at Barking Dog at 7pm. This will be a casual get together to support each other navigating the joys and challenges of parenting a neurodivergent child.

Key Positions Require Volunteers for ’23-24 PTA Board

The Whittier PTA funds essential staff and services, programs, and more for the Whittier community. From flexible staffing grants to ensure we have a Literacy Specialist (Ms. Trilby) and our amazing Specialists (Mr. Pule, Mr. Buck, and Ms. Steph) to community events (Family Dance and Game Night, Reptile Night) to enrichment (Massive Monkees, After School Programs), the Whittier PTA needs volunteers in board positions to make it all happen.

Please see our currently available positions here. Questions? Please contact

From SPS: LGBTQ+ Mailing List and Families Dinner

We are trying to reach as many LGBTQ+ families as possible for our mailing list. We sometimes offer events and opportunities for connection/community for LGBTQ+ parents and also parents/guardians of LGBTQ+ or gender-expansive kids. We have a families dinner coming up on Saturday, May 6 at Camp Long from 4 to 7 pm. To join our mailing list and receive updates, please fill out this form!

What EDI is Working on This Week

Supporting Gender-Diverse Youth in our Community

Whittier PTA recently Co-Sponsored a Workshop called “Supporting Gender-Diverse Youth-What can our Community do?” A few very important take-a-aways from the workshop: Being Transgender is NOT a new or trendy thing! You can be a safe person in a child’s life who sees them, validates them, and supports them. We hope to continue learning and growing as a community to be a safe and supportive environment for gender-diverse youth. Please take a look at some terminology below:


  • Transgender – an adjective that describes a person who does not identify as the gender they were assigned at birth.
  • Cisgender – an adjective that describes a person who identifies as the gender they were assigned at birth. 
  • Transition – any step(s) a person takes to affirm their gender identity; this may or may not include changes in one’s name, pronouns, physical appearance, taking hormones, undergoing surgery, among many other things. There is no one way to transition.
  • Gender identity – a person’s internal sense of their own gender. This does not have to match “biological sex,” though it often does as most people are not transgender. 
  • Gender binary – the concept that there are only two genders (male and female)
  • Non-binary – describes someone who does not identify within the gender binary. 
  • Misgender – the act of referring to someone in a way that does not reflect that person’s gender identity. For example, using incorrect pronouns, calling someone by an old name, using an incorrect prefix (e.g. Mr., Ms., ma’am, or sir). Misgendering can be especially painful for trans individuals because it drags forth a history of not being seen as who we truly are. 

This piece of district policy focuses on the rights of our gender diverse student population and helps us understand our responsibilities as staff. Superintendent Procedure 3211SP:

Finally, here are some resources for LGBTQ+ Youth:

Thank You, Wildcats!

Board Meeting Minutes: 2/7/23

Whittier PTA Board Meeting

Februrary 7th, 2023

7:00pm in Whittier Library
Meeting ID: 864 5941 6022
Passcode: wildcats


  • Leah Lansberry Austin- President
  • Jess Templeton – Co Secretary
  • Kellie Pecoraro – Adviser/Support
  • Courtney Kirk Sievers – Hospitality and Events
  • Kate Scher – Communications Chair
  • Renee Hartnett – Treasurer
  • Cindy Waters – Principal
  • Ashley Schiavone
  • Lauren Carey- EDI Committee Member
  • Sara Lukas
  • Kathleen Donahoe- Hospitality
  • Emily Grosse
  • Emily Barbee
  • Melissa O’Keefe

Meeting Called to Order / Land Acknowledgment at 7:15 PM

Approval of January Board Minutes

Renee Hartnett motioned to approve and Kate Scher seconded 

Nominating Committee

There are still a few positions open.  Family game night, Konstella, and work directly with Cindy to identify parents who are already involved who can become more involved. 

VP or Co-President, events, outreach, volunteer, EDI, legislative rep and membership. 

Non-board roles:  Wildchat editor, Spring Fling Chairs, Move-a-thon, Spirit gear, student directory, yearbook



It’s not going to be great.  Cindy has been advocating on our enrollment projections and trying to keep our budget numbers up.  


  • Put in a funding request for some microphones to get a couple of lapel microphones and 2 new handheld microphones.  $12,000.
    • -Mrs. Steph often rents for the spring play.  
  • We’re in Black Lives Matter week of action.  Trying to meet kids developmentally where they are.  It’s going really well.  Helping kids to be thoughtful citizens and promote civic engagement.  
  • Going to do Prides of March. Partnering with a church up in Broadview to do a food drive and gift cards to stock the pantry.  Cindy will get us information on this next week.  Focus is hyperlocal and tangible.  Curriculum will teach about community investments and service.  
  • The fundraiser for Ms. Jo raised over $5000 for the Ballard Food Bank.
    • There is a wednesday or thursday pickup- about 15 bags for families in the Whittier Community. 
  • Leadership group has selected 4 spirit days in March.  Wacky hat and sock day, twin day, famous person or book character day. 
  • Outreach to Ballard HighSchool and Ingraham that have pantries for students who live independently and are home insecure.  Food and supplies
  • Is there going to be a Massive Monkey’s performance (Kate)?  Yes, in March. 
  • What is happening with the merging of the Special Education Services.
    • They want more schools to serve the kids in their neighborhood.  Have kids spend as much time in the gen ed settings as possible to meet their learning needs.  This is already done at Whittier and Cindy thinks there will be less of a change than other schools.  Though we’re not an SEL school, we still serve those students.  The way we serve kids is the service model the district wants all schools to go to.  
    • It’s unclear if kids will still be bussed to Whittier.  
    • Cindy would love a full time social worker
    • The state only funds for 13% of each school’s kids to be special needs.  Typically the need is greater than this.  
    • Universal design learning can’t be scaled to all 106 schools in the district.  
    • Budget will be released Feb 28th.  
    • How are the teacher’s feeling right now?  They’re tired and stressed but Cindy tries to keep this away from them.  
    • Will there be an adjustment from the current ask?  Potentially.  

Vote on the fundraising proposal

Kelly moves to approve and Sara Seconded 


Treasurer’s Report

$201k in the bank

10 kids who got to go to the sensory friendly night at Wild Lanterns

Update on Fall fundraiser/ annual give $72,000 of a $75,000 goal 

The jog-a-thon is tracking at over budget as well

Budget committee:  if you know anyone who is interested, have them join.  Will get started the week after mid-winter break.  It will be between 3-6 hours of time commitment.  

Be thinking about how this is our money and we can choose what we do with it.  What programs do you hear about that you want to see at Whittier? 

Potentially bring back a comment/ idea form or use room parents to ask for ideas.

Renee will send out a budget survey shortly.    

Chair Reports


  • The Family Game and Dance night is March 3rd.  Michelle and Meg are chairing this event.  Sending out a Sign Up Genius for food.  Looking for an MC or may use Spotify.  Will have a PTA table at the event for Spring Fling and volunteers for next year.   
  • Spring Fling tickets go on sale March 1st.  Meeting this Thursday.  Date is May 20th.  Committee was unanimous about having the event at a different location.  Will be casual.  Renee drafted up the landing page and Courtney will review.
    • Highway to the Wildcat Zone
    • Classroom Buckets, wine wall, silent auction, classroom art
    • Want a strong MC


  • Budget survey- could we share funds with another organization as a teaching moment for our kids?  Maybe a food bank or homeless shelter.  There are some challenges with non-profits giving to other non-profits.  Missing the communication about what we’ve done.  Report out.  
  • Like the idea of us giving back to the community and teaching our kids about that.  
  • Add Impact page on the PTA website- Lauren will take on data collection.  
  • Could we ask folks to volunteer to run these small events
  • EDI is working on affinity groups and building those small communities within the larger community
    • We need folks to lead these groups and the groups can be whatever they want to be
    • Still doing the buddy bench in the Wildchat
    • Trying to get the special ed classes more included in the school
    • On that note, for the first time we’re doing sped room classroom art and classroom buckets
    • Also trying to collaborate on the school’s race and equity team.  Their main focus is the Rebellious Read Allowed program on different topics like Identity, food, culture, etc.  The books come with questions to prompt conversations.  The Race and Equity Team wants to bring the Author Rebellious Read Allowed to the school but it’s really expensive.  May try to split with another school


  • Regular cadence of every other week between Fun Fridays and Teacher Lounge stocking
  • Valentines for the beginning of Feb
  • PTA is funding lunch for all staff from Ban Town (Emily Coordinating)
  • Family Dance and Game Night
  • Cereal Bar for Staff (First Grade Families
  • May is a big staff appreciation week.  There’s a theme, etc.  The next meeting we will need to have time on the agenda to do some planning in this regard.  Will likely do the flower event this year as well. 
  • We have our snacks at in person meetings


  • Wildchat is next week.  Send Content.  
  • As a group we need to talk about we have 27 volunteers we are asking for between next year and Spring Fling and we need to understand our capacity.
    • Family Game Night could have a physical poster and celebrate when folks sign up.  
    • We got 10-12 new folks for Spring Fling
    • Celebrate how we’re being involved. 
  • Classroom rep head position could be really valuable.  Invite them to the next meeting. 
  • Communications position is not sustainable- too much work and skill.  We may want to talk about how we restructure the role.  
  • Back in the day there was only the Wildchat so parents knew where they had to look.  Part of the messaging is lost because of multiple avenues.  We need to reimagine.  
  • What if we had a PTA table at drop off every week?  
  • Everybody needs to submit their stuff.  


  • Auditions for the musical were Monday and Tuesday this week and rehearsals start next week. 
  • Both Gamer group and language are full
  • More choices for spring session
  • need a few more volunteers for winter session


3/14 PTA 

3/21 Community PTA meeting

Meeting Adjourned 9:23 pm

Lauren Motioned to adjourn

 Melissa seconded 

The Wildchat: 3/13/2023

March 13, 2023

We Need Volunteers for Required Positions on Next Year’s Board!

Calling all parents who are interested in getting involved with the PTA! If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please email Mendy Minjarez at

We are looking for board members, event organizers, and general volunteers for various roles for both this and next school year. Please see here for a chart detailing the roles that are open for next year, including job descriptions and estimates of how much time is needed.

Following COVID the PTA needs an infusion of new members and volunteers! Please consider joining us…we are a fun group of parents who are motivated to make our school and community a better place!

Click above or here to purchase!
Want to host but need help coming up with an idea? Email for help brainstorming, or if you’re ready to go, submit your idea here!
Click above or here to donate online! Questions? Contact

We’re also still seeking Class Bucket coordinators for two more classrooms: DiTullio and Provence. And congrats to our community–all Class Art coordinator spots have been filled!

Click for survey link! Questions? Please contact Jared, Programs Chair!

Library Book Drive Continues Through May!

Please consider donating a book to our library collection! All donated books will be shipped to our school processed and ready to be added to the shelves!  Email Ms. Newcomb if you have any questions. This link will take you directly to the Whittier book wishlist. Thank you in advance for supporting our library!

What EDI is Working on This Week

Supporting Gender-Diverse Youth: What Can Our Community Do? Interactive Workshop

  • Thursday, March 16 from 6-8pm
  • Adams Elementary School (6110 28th Ave NW)

Join presenter Sam Cristol, M.Ed. (they/he), program coordinator in the Health Education Office at Seattle Public Schools for an interactive workshop to build literacy and speak affirmingly about gender-diverse identities. Learn skills and strategies to effectively support the young people in our lives. Together, we’ll walk through scenarios, review students’ rights in our schools, and learn why family support is the number-one predictor of LGBTQ health outcomes. Whether you’re the parent of a gender-expansive kid or just want to know how to improve your allyship to these communities, we look forward to learning with you.

  • Childcare will be provided for children ages 3+ for this in-person event.
  • Snacks and drinks will also be available.

Co-hosted by Adams Elementary PTA, Loyal Heights PTA, Licton Springs PTA, Whittier PTA, and Friends of Salmon Bay.

PNW Parent Education Presents “Consent At Every Age: Why and How We Need to Talk to Our Young People About Consent”

Join PNW Parent Education as we partner with Jo Langford, M.A., to bring you Consent at Every Age: Why and How We Need to Talk to Our Young People About Consent. Virtual talk is on March 29 from 7-8:30pm. Register at 

With our evolution both culturally and technologically, a new awareness is emerging about why and how we need to speak to our young people about consent. In this talk with Jo Langford, M.A., we will take a deep dive into all things consent, including:

  • A comparison of passive and affirmative consent
  • A breakdown of the biggest hurdles and potholes young people face with regard to consent, and how we can counterbalance them.
  • Definitions and discussions of concepts such as true consent, virginity and rape culture
  • Primers on gender issues, adolescent brain development and best practices for negotiating consent with screens
  • Tips and tricks for parents, a healthy dose of Q&A and a few fun games

Questions? Contact PNW Parent Education!

A Recommendation from our Community: Seattle Families of Multiples Consignment Sale

A giant kids consignment sale is coming March 25, 2023 from 9-11:30 am at Shoreline Community College. Free admission and no registration required. Sponsored by Seattle Families of Multiples, this spring sale features gently used clothes, toys, books, baby gear, bikes, and more. Learn more about the sale

Join the Holi Festival of Colors on 3/25!

Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, connection, and the triumph of good over evil. Join the celebration with traditional music, dance, food, and color throwing at the Phinney Center from 1-3pm on March 25th! Folks from all religions, cultures, backgrounds, and ages are invited to participate. For tickets and more information visit:

Thank You, Wildcats!