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Reminder that Whittier's October PTO meeting is Tuesday Oct. 20th

Zoom information below.
We will hear from Principal Robinson and Asst. Principal McComb-Williams about D97/Whittier's approach to the proposed hybrid plan, as well as get an update on the Fun Run and other fun PTO activities.

Topic: Whittier PTO meeting
Time: Oct 20, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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10/19 – 11/11

This fall the Scholastic Book Fair is online and our store is open for a limited time only! Now is the time to freshen up those home libraries. Our fair will run from October 19 – November 11. Books will ship directly to you.


Follow this link and start shopping now:


The Fair will Feature:

  • A Virtual Fair (360° room) that mimics our in-school fair that kids can browse and shop from
  • A vast online catalog with over 6000 items
  • Books will ship directly to you
  • Shipping is FREE with book orders over $25.


All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards that we can use for books and materials for the classrooms.


Treat your amazingly adaptable scholars to some fresh reads and raise funds for the school at the same time! Win-win!


Our Guess-the-Teacher Contest ended on Friday, October 16. THANK YOU to the teachers who submitted the adorable pictures and to all who participated. We had a lot of entries, but we have eight lucky winners:


Kathleen Cohen

Colleen Griffin

Danny Lesiowski

Claire Robert

Nico Robert

Gabriel Swain

Charlotte Van Horn

William Van Horn


Congratulations! Please contact Olivia Schreiner ( to find out how to select your FREE book by Friday, October 23.



The 76th Whittier Pumpkin Festival is going virtual!


Post a clear photo of your carved, painted, or decorated pumpkin on the Padlet that best represents who made the pumpkin between October 28th-30th. Whittier staff will vote for their favorites on October 30th and winners will be announced the following week. 


Padlet Links: 

EC, K,1st:
2nd, 3rd:
4th, 5th:



The Mexican Ofrenda | The Meaning of This Tradition | Mexicans in Poland

Whittier is joining this year's Dia de Muertos Scavenger Hunt! Whittier parents are planning to set up an ofrenda outside our school to honor and memorialize the people we have lost in our lives as a part of a larger community effort to create community.


If you are interested in being a part of this effort, please reach out to Sofia Daly @ and stay tuned for a map of all the ofrendas in Oak Park and River Forest!


The Whittier Wildcat Fun Run was a blast! Congrats Wildcats on a fantastic Virtual Fun Run year! Check out some of our Wildcats in action here: Please send us your pictures and videos to, as we are putting together a Fun Run compilation video of all our Wildcats. We can't wait to see your Wildcats in action!


We are still holding regular prize drawings and will distribute all class and all-school prizes based on the amount raised. As of 10/19, we've raised $9,655, which is 60% of the way to our all-school goal of $16K. Top classrooms are Cousin, Baker, Dunn, and Weiss, who exceeded their way to their respective class goals. Want to contribute? Fundraising is open through the end of October. Cash/check can be dropped off at the school next week (in an envelope with your child's name/classroom), or donate here Our Top Prizes Winners will be announced next week! Stay Tuned!


All students at Whittier will receive our traditional Wall Ball and Fun Run Number Bib.  Supplies are available at the Whittier front office or the Fun Run Team can personally deliver the gear to you!  Email at

Please check out this special message from Nurse Hillary:


Art to Remember – McCall Elementary & Middle School


Our school is participating in a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child's art. There are over 60 products and many are less than $15. These make great gifts and a percentage of every purchase goes right back to our school. The exciting part is that you can select any piece of artwork from home! You can use art from e-learning, choose a piece from earlier in the year, or create something new. Just click on the link below, search for your child's name, and upload the piece of artwork you selected. You can upload additional pieces and save them in a digital family gallery. Have fun creating and shopping!

 PTO Open Positions for 2020-2021 School Year 

The Whittier PTO has several open positions for the 2020-2021 school year. We’d love to have you join us! View the openings here and the leadership job descriptions here. Some of our open positions include:

Co-Presidents (2)

Co-VP Parent Engagement

Co-VP Enrichment

Spring Silent Auction Chair

Please contact Shailushi Ritchie at if you have interest in a position. 

Amazon Smile Program

If you use Amazon, please consider using the AmazonSmile site ( to make your purchases and selecting “Whittier School PTO” as your supporting organization. This adds up fast to support our school!




Welcome to the new school year! Please go to our website at to make sure that you have updated your account information with your child’s new grade and teacher.  And if you have not registered yet, please do!  Registration is required to see private content, access the online directory, sign up to volunteer, register for WISE classes, and more! Please see our FAQ if you have questions.

Wondering how you can lend a hand? 

Check out our Current Volunteer Signups on our PTO websitePlease note that you will need to register on the PTO website in order to see the volunteer sign ups.



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You can support Whittier with the Box Tops for Education program, that donates 10¢ for each qualifying box top you collect!

Bring your Box Tops to the school lobby or drop them off with your child's teacher.

You can also signup and do your shopping online through the Box Tops Marketplace and Whittier will receive eBoxTops for every $10 in qualifying purchases.


Do you shop on-line with Amazon? You can support Whittier by using the Amazon Smile Program.

Just use this link to sign up for the program. Choose Whittier School PTO in Oak Park for your charity, and click on the link before each Amazon purchase to raise money for the PTO!

Note: All of your purchasing information stays private with Amazon.

Here's an easy way to help Whittier and be green at the same time! Just bring in your empty printer cartridges (inkjet and toner) and used cell phones to the recycling center in Whittier's lobby and we’ll take it from there. We will recycle the cartridges and cell phones through FundingFactory to earn new technology and/or recreational equipment or cash. Click here for more information and to learn about how you can get your employer or business to help too!

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