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The Wildchat: 5/7/24

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Only 31 Get Ups Left in the 2023-2024 School Year!

Here are all the key events remaining this year:

SPRING FLING is 11 days away! Are you ready to follow the call of the disco ball?

It’s already MAY and Spring Fling is less than 3 weeks away! If you haven’t purchased a ticket, you can hereWhen you purchase your ticket, you will have the option to buy one for a staff member, too.

Remember, this is kid-free event, so get your babysitter booked!  

Some highlights to look forward to at the event include:

  • Food trucks from Delfino’s Chicago Style Pizza (vegetarian options) and Bai Tong on Wheels (vegetarian and gluten free options)
  • Drinks tent with featured cocktail
  • Live music from the Late Shift, a youth cover band from Ballard (returning for its second year)
  • Art gallery with your kiddos’ art
  • Golden ticket- chance to win $$!
  • “Raise the Paddle” opportunity to learn more about why we fundraise and to donate
  • Silent Auction including:
    • A magical evening of dragons with the 1st grade teachers (6/7)
    • A culinary trip through France with dinner and wine pairings (9/21)
    • 2 tickets to the UW Huskies
    • Tickets to Seattle Storm
    • Backyard Pizza party classroom bucket … and more!

We hope to see you there!

Volunteers Needed!

Join our day-of team! We’re seeking volunteers in a variety of shifts and roles. Sign up here!

Spring Fling Art Preview!

Join us on the blacktop after school on Friday, May 10 to preview classroom art for this year’s Spring Fling auction. Art will be displayed from 2:30 – 3:15. Many thanks to our volunteers and Wildcat artists for their amazing work!

We Love our Wildcat Staff!

Thanks to our Wildcat families for bringing flowers and to our Room Reps for providing vases and crafting arrangements for our staff! We continue our Staff Appreciation Week celebration with:

  • Tuesday: Staff Lunch from Barking Dog
  • Wednesday: Custom Smoothie Bar
  • Thursday: Morning Coffee and Donuts
  • Friday: Don’t forget to help your Wildcat dress like a staff member!

THANK YOU, Wildcats! Move-a-thon Raised Over $29,000!

Our Wildcats showed their incredible spirit to our community as they helped raise $ during Move–a-thon on April 26th. We surpassed our $15,000 goal, inching us even closer to this year’s total fundraising goal of $155,000. 

This amazing community accomplishment couldn’t have happened without the participation and support of our Whittier community and volunteers. Huge kudos and shout-outs to the amazing David Peabody, who chaired this event (and made incredible hype videos!), along with a team of volunteers who helped before and during the event: Bonnie Smith, Emily Robertson, Angie Lundstedt, Lauren Zerbey, Silvana Moncayo, Lana Sturmer, Glenda Elley, Michelle Nemeth, Kimberly Gilsdorf, Megan Herscher, Katie Hambley, Sara Lukas, Jon Reckers, Renee Hartnett, Kate Scher, Jess Tuardzik, Kristin Laughlin, Kathleen Donahoe, Megan Wildenradt, Jerrica Kostis, Jessica Milman, Anjean Vanden Bosch, Courtney Miller, April Soliman, Sara Elmore, Natalie Gromoff-Hiatt, Kara Stone, Tricia Schalekamp!

Last Whittier PTA Meeting of the School Year is TONIGHT!

Join the last Whittier PTA Meeting of the school year is TONIGHT (Tuesday, May 7th) only on Zoom! Password: wildcats

PTA Members will vote on next year’s board volunteers and budget, which reflects how the Whittier PTA will raise and invest donated funds for the 2024-2025 school year. 

Updates from the PTA's Advocacy Team

  • We have a new school board director for our district, Sarah Clark, who lives near Whittier and is the Director of Policy at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.  You can read Sarah’s statement of interest here.  
  • There is an important SPS board meeting on May 8th! They will be talking about the plans for “Well Resourced Schools” with potential implications for the 25/26 school year (changes to bell times, transportation, and school consolidation). You can find out more about the meeting here.
    • For a refresher on the district’s budgetary issues, we recommend listening to the Seattle Hall Pass podcast episode 32.  Funding will be a big topic next year so stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved in advocacy.  
  • SPS will be updating their Strategic Plan this year and will be holding community engagement meetings over the next two months. We will let you know when we hear of opportunities to engage!

"1000% Me" Screening = 1000% Success!

Thank you to our EDI team, facilitators, Whitter Kids childcare team, and families who participated in last month’s viewing of the film “1000% Me: Growing up Mixed.”

Looking for Ideas to Support Our Wildcat Staff?

We’ve been updating our Teacher and Staff Wish Lists to guide families interested to support Whittier, especially specialists, the front office, Nurse Marissa, and other staff. As always, families are encouraged to look at Wish Lists for inspiration and purchase items outside of the Amazon site should they choose. Know of a staff wish list that’s not included or needs updating? Please contact us!

From Our Ballard Community

Fundraiser for Take 5 Urban Market after Natural Gas Explosion Damages Building

Take 5 Urban Market, local beloved deli and Whittier Elementary community partner, was damaged after a natural gas explosion occurred Thursday morning. Luckily, there were no injuries. 

From the Seattle Times: Around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, the Seattle Fire Department responded to a blaze at Take 5 Urban Market in Ballard. The fire, which only damaged the Take 5 building, was the result of an accidental natural gas explosion, the Fire Department confirmed Thursday afternoon. The building was empty at the time of the explosion and subsequent fire, and nobody was injured. In addition to the building being vacant, “nobody was outside when the windows blew out from the gas leak,” said Take 5 co-owner Rebecca Rouleau. “We’re grateful nobody was hurt at all,” she said, and “right now we’re just trying to process.” 

If you would like to support Take 5 and their rebuilding effort, a fundraiser has been set up here

SPS Healthly Schools Seminar at Whitman MS: Fentanyl Awareness Seminar

Please join us on the evening of May 9th for a special seminar on Fentanyl Awareness, provided by SPS Healthy Schools Coordinator, Lynnet Mitchell at Whitman Middle School. This event aims to provide crucial information and insights into the dangers of Fentanyl, an opioid that impacts all Seattle communities. This seminar is geared toward adults. Whitman students will attend a separate seminar during school. 

  • Date: May 9th
  • Time: 6-7:30pm
  • Location: Whitman Cafeteria
  • Some food and snacks will be provided.
  • Ms Mitchell will bring Narcan for participating families.

We would appreciate a head count for this event so we can be prepared. Thank you in advance for emailing your RSVP to Jan Johnson (PTSA President Whitman Middle School).

Thank you, Wildcats!