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See this PDF for some of the position descriptions: Open_PTO_positions_2020-2021.pdf


(Leadership positions are in GREEN.)


   Whittier PTO Leadership 2020- 2021  
Committee Position Name
PTO Leadership Co President Shesel Washington
PTO Leadership Co President Shailushi Ritchie
PTO Leadership Co President NEW
PTO Leadership Co Treasurer James Overbeck
PTO Leadership Secretary Abigail Hodges
CO VP Communication Kirsten Jackson
CO VP Communication David Gulbransen
Communications Stacey McCord
Greenleaf News Julie Burwell
Parent Engagement- Family Events/ Activities
Co VP Parent Engagement London Black
Co VP Parent Engagement VACANT
Monthly Coffees VACANT
Facebook Suzanne Griffin
End of Year Picnic Besty Hart
Fall Harvest Dance 5th grade Girl Scouts
Winter Bowling Event VACANT
Family Cultural Nights VACANT
co VP Enrichment- new position VACANT
co VP Enrichment- new position VACANT
Teacher Grants Lauren Castro
Teacher Appreciation Dinners VACANT
Teacher Luncheon
Shelly Gustavson
Kelly Sculles
Jennifer O'Rourke
Field Trips n/a
Teacher Liason Sondra Nelson
Olympic Day Julie Burwell
Whittier at the Movies
Shannon Kazyak
Christine Diedrich
Ethnic Fest (Shesel- temp)
Turkey Trot co pres
School Kits Rehka Rajkumar
Yearbooks Mary Furman
Word Language Lori Robert
Camp Edwards Scholarships n/a
5th grade Luncheon/ T shirts n/a
Talent Show VACANT
co VP Fundraisers Jamia Ponder
co VP Fundraisers VACANT
Fun Run Committee Chair VACANT
Amazon Smile n/a
Book Fair Olivia Schreiner
Book Fair VACANT
Art to Remember Terri McConville
Birthday Books Terri McConville
Box Tops Kellie McGinnis
Fun Fair Chair VACANT
Gift Card Sales (Gepettos) Julie Burwell
Restaurant Night Out Krystina Ryan
PTO Dues Shayla Bell
Whittier Wear Christine Dietrich
Spring Silent Auction Edith Gomero
Adult Funraiser/Event Christine Dietrich
Green Team/ Wellness
co VP Green Team Cathi Ward
co VP Green Team Dominque Betancourt
Patricia Engebrtson
Elizabeth McVey
Kelly Witt
Nicki Peters
Suzanne Griffin
Service Day - Garden VACANT
Beautification Team
Justin Witte
Greg Diedrich


Contact Shesel Washington at


Shailushi Ritchie at


Whittier School Supply Kits

Let Whittier PTO do your school supply shopping for you next year! Order school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year during our sales period (May 15 through June 30, 2020) and your child’s school supply kit will be delivered to school before the first day. Please note that not all items (such as backpacks, headphones and water bottles) will be included in the kits, so if you do choose to order a kit, please plan to check your child’s supply list just to make sure you have everything.

You can place orders via the PTO website starting May 15.

Questions? Please email



Let’s make this a summer of reading to remember! You’re invited to shop our Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair now through September 4, 2020 to support our school and help students discover favorite characters, series, and collections all summer long. Stocking up for summer reading has never been easier:

  • Find the same exclusive titles as our in-school Book Fair
  • Orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases benefit our school and earn 25% in rewards


Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started: 


Happy reading!

Greenleaf Garden 2020 Edition


Seeking Volunteers to Plant in the Greenleaf Garden. The Garden Team will be continuing our edible garden tradition, it will just look a little different this growing season. We are seeking family volunteers to plant in the garden and maintain the garden over the summer. The first stage will be planting. If you would like to plant in the garden with your own family during a dedicated time, please email Garden Chairs, Nikki Peters at and Suzanne Griffin at If interested, we will assign you garden space and a dedicated time to plant. We ask you to continue social distancing and wear masks when tending to the garden. 


Lastly, stay tuned for a Summer Volunteer Sign Up, which includes the watering/weeding/harvesting schedule from May 2020 through September 2020.

Handy Person Needed 

Service Day was not held this year, so we need some individual Wildcat help! Calling all handy persons to help with two projects in the Greenleaf Garden. We need to repair the rain barrels as soon as possible. This will be especially important for watering the garden this growing season.  We will encourage people to use the rain barrels versus the community hose. We also need assistance with repairing the compost bins and bug house. Please email Garden Chairs, Nikki Peters at and Suzanne Griffin at

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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