Welcome to the Whittier PTO!

Lou Malnati’s Fundraiser TONIGHT!
On Tuesday, March 19, from 11 AM to 11 PM, you can help raise funds for Whittier PTO just by getting your lunch or dinner from Lou Malnati’s in Oak Park.  20% of your food sales from dine-in, carryout, or delivery will go to Whittier PTO – just be sure to mention the Whittier Fundraiser when you order, and check to make sure your receipt says “FUNDRAISER.”  More information and instructions can be found on this flyer.

Volunteers Needed for the Spring Session of WISE!
After you sign your child up for a WISE class, please consider volunteering!  The Spring 2019 session of WISE starts on Monday, April 1st and runs through Thursday, May 30th. We need your help to fill 20 weekly volunteer slots for the program to run (3 attendance and 2 dismissal volunteers for each day of WISE.) The signup can be found here: http://signup.com/go/aNsRrUp
Attendance volunteers will receive $50 off one class, to be given as a refund after registration ends. Thanks for your continued support of WISE! This program could not run without our volunteers!

Spring Silent Auction Continues until April 10
The Spring Silent Auction is still going!  If you did not get a chance to sign up for any of the Silent Auction parties/events at the Fun Fair, don’t dismay, there is still time!  Don’t delay, there are limited spaces available.  You can sign up directly in this google doc until April 10th or 1 week before the event (whichever comes first).  These are just some of the parties available:  Whittier Classic Softball Matchup, Poker Party, Tacos & Tunes, Kombucha, Homebrew Workshop, Greeting Card Making Party, Hot Bollywood Nights, Roaring 1920s Speakeasy, Totally Rad 80s and more!  Descriptions of the parties can be found here.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Edith at edith_jason143@yahoo.com.  You can sign up for Silent Auction Parties at this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Kf8DGezGciqdKtAGqRO6-zIQtSjMACbasDFSIJKN6u0

Joey FineRhyme Assembly on Thursday, March 21st
Funded by a grant co-authored by members of the School Green Teams Collaborative (Oak Park and River Forest), Joey FineRhyme, environmental raptivist, will perform 27 assemblies in 12 schools throughout Oak Park and River Forest. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be educated about climate change and inspired to take action through high-energy, STEAM-based performances featuring a pedal-powered sound system. The School Green Teams Collaborative is a unique collaboration of green team leaders from parochial, private, and public schools who band together to share ideas, resources, and now efforts to seek out sources of funding for environmental education that entertains and inspires. Thanks to these active volunteers, more than 7,000 local kids will learn how they can effect positive environmental change and become future sustainability leaders.  Joey FineRhyme will visit Whittier Elementary School on Thursday, March 21st.  More information about Joey FineRhyme can be found here.

One Book One School Coming Soon!
We are so excited to kick off our One Book One School in a few weeks!  Every year one secret surprise, wonderful book is chosen to bring the school community together– a book for Whittier students K-5 to read and enjoy through thoughtful discussions and fun activities.  This year’s book will be announced on April 10 — stay tuned!  Every student will receive a copy of the book, provided by Whittier PTO.  If you would like to make a donation to help support this wonderful program, please follow this link.  Thank you!

NEW Communications Platform for Whittier PTO
Spring is a GREAT time to get organized, and Whittier PTO is here to help!  Our new website will help you keep it all together, with awesome features like an online directory and your own account pages to keep track of volunteer slots, calendars, orders, and newsletter subscriptions.  Check it out at whittierpto.membershiptoolkit.com!  Please note that you will need to register in order to be listed in the directory and to enjoy all of the available features.

PTO Leadership Vacancies for 2019-2020 School Year
Join the leadership team and help make a difference in your school community!  Whittier PTO is looking for a few parents/guardians to lend their time and talent to the following offices:
VP of Teacher Enrichment Grants
Wellness Chair
Back to School Picnic Intern 
Fun Fair Co-VPs (2)
If you are interested, or would like to learn more, please contact Sofia at sofiavillafuerte@gmail.com.

Calling All Wildcat Photographers!
We are looking for photos for the Whitter Yearbook.  Please upload your favorites from the Fun Fair, Black History Literacy Night, Trivia Night, or any other Whittier event!  Our link to the dropbox can be found here or on our website.  Thank you!

Attention Sustainability-Minded Volunteers!
Downtown OP is in need of people to monitor the recycling, compost, and landfill waste stations for Thursday Night Out events. Each station will have 2 to 3 people working each night from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Workers would get a free coupon book for helping keep their community green.  Contact Anna or Naomi if interested or for more information: Anna@downtownoakpark.net OR Naomi@downtownoakpark.net

D97 Kindergarten Registration is Coming!
Please see the attached flyer for dates and required documents.

Have a question for the PTO? Thought or Opinion you’d like to share? Use this form to provide feedback to the PTO: Parent Feedback Form.

    Whittier Display Case Help
    If you can lend your ideas and talents to keeping the Whittier display case (in the front hall, across from the main office) filled with interesting exhibits, please sign up here.

    Current Volunteer Signups
    Wondering how you can lend a hand?  Check out our Current Volunteer Signups on our PTO website

    Volunteer Postions Open

    Amazon Smile Program

    Raise money for Whittier PTO when you shop Amazon.com through the AmazonSmile program!   Just click on the AmazonSmile link before each Amazon purchase and Amazon will donate .5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Whittier PTO!  Copy the link into your bookmarks to keep it handy!