From our most recent Tuesday Newsday/ Digital Backpack Email:

WISE registration ends Friday, September 13 

WISE registration is happening now! New to Whittier? WISE is our after school enrichment program. Class registration has already begun, and can be completed online at Registration ends Friday, September 13. All scholarship requests MUST be received by Wednesday, September 11. Also, register by September 11 to save $10 per class. The following classes are already full: Coding for Kids, Kitchen Wizards, and Lego STEM FUNdamentals. Learn to Knit is almost full. There is still space in many other exciting classes.

Please email if you have any questions.


Volunteers Needed for the Fall Session of WISE!

After you sign your child up for a WISE class, please consider volunteering! The Fall 2019 session of WISE starts on Monday, September 23rd and runs through Thursday, December 19th. 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:

Attendance volunteers will receive $50 off one class, to be given as a refund after registration ends.

Thanks for your continued support of WISE! The program couldn't run without our volunteers


Whittier Wear Sale

Sales are open! For 2 weeks only, we will have $15 Whittier t-shirts for men, women, and children, as well as hoodies and performance shirts. Get your order in to dress your whole family! Sale ends 9/17, and shirts will be delivered about 2 weeks later. Place your order here.


Back to School Whittier Family Picnic - Thursday September 12, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Live entertainment, games, food, and more! Please come join us for the first Whittier get-together of the year! Whittier PTO will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers, and we’ll do a potluck for side dishes and desserts. Last names A-N please bring sides, O-Z please bring desserts. Plan to bring beverages, chairs, and blankets to sit on, and please go green by bringing your own utensils, dishes, and cups. The attached flyer has potluck information and the RSVP form


ALSO please sign up for a volunteer shift for the Back to School Picnic! We need help setting up, serving, and cleaning up.  Shifts are a 30 minutes long and a great way to get involved. See you there!


Whittier PTO Social at Oak Park Works - Thursday September 19

Whittier PTO is hosting an adult-only social the evening of Thursday, September 19! Come enjoy wine, beer, nonalcoholic drinks, snacks, and an opportunity to meet other parents and guardians!


To support our green initiatives, please bring your own drinking glass---bonus points for bringing the silliest/funniest/most outrageous drinking receptacle.


We are looking for a head count, so please let us know if you can join us! PLEASE RSVP BY SEPT 13.


Location: Oak Park Works, 18 Lake St, Oak Park (across from GRC)

Time: Thursday, September 19, 7 pm - 9 pm


Whittier 101 Educational Series—THIS Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8:30 am to 12 pm

Have you ever thought about…

  • What will the teacher do if my child is falling behind in class? 
  • What are they doing when a child is loud and disruptive in a classroom?
  • What is social justice?
  • Why do they keep mentioning MTSS in all these talks?


If these are questions that you have heard before, asked yourself, or are wondering about answers to, JOIN us at the educational session this Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Whittier Auditorium (new location).


Free childcare will be provided. RSVP for childcare.

Refreshments will be provided starting at 8:30 am.


Diversity Committee Update

The Whittier Diversity Committee is one of the committees on the Whittier PTO. Each school in District 97 has a diversity committee that does varied events related to diversity and inclusion—ranging from lectures, providing educational sessions about resources, discussion groups on race and equity, and hosting inclusive playdates.


The Whittier Diversity Committee is for you and what you feel is important as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Please check us out, join, or volunteer. Email


Stay tuned for the next general meeting.


Green Team Update

The Green Team is STILL seeking loyal regulars or occasional volunteers in the LUNCHROOM. 

We have important work going on teaching young citizens the basics of composting and recycling. The year is off to a good start, but scholars need reminders to not put ketchup packets and sporks into the composting! And the cute Kindergartners still need help finding their milk and lunch cards. Please help!


Please see the link below to sign up (early and often!) located on the homepage of the PTO Website under Get Involved, Volunteer Sign Up.


Did you know you can recycle the following in Whittier's Vestibule: 

- Printer Cartridges

- Spent Markers (all types: Crayola, White Board, etc). 

- Spent Holiday lights (December/January)

- TP Rolls, NEW THIS YEAR: milk jug rings, bottle caps, wine corks, pop tabs, and knitting yarn for Teachers Crafts

- Plastic toy trinkets (no bigger than a tennis ball) for Teachers to use as Prizes

- Soft Plastics (bin located in Hallway near elevator)

Questions: Green Team Co-Chairs, Cathi Ward; or 617-816-4143.

Dominique Betancourt (


Birthday Books

You are invited to share in Whittier’s Birthday Book Program! Through Whittier PTO’s Birthday Books program you can give a special gift for your child’s birthday (or other special occasion) while also helping to add new books to Whittier Library’s collection!  Please see the letter and form for details.  You can also learn about how to volunteer for the program on the Birthday Books page of the PTO website.  .


Whittier PTO Website –Update your Account or Register Now!

Please go to our website now at to make sure that you have updated your account information for this school year 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.


September Greenleaf now available

The first Whittier Greenleaf Newsletter of the year is available now. View it here.


Schola and Madrigal Choirs Open Registration

Are you looking for a joyful, nurturing environment for your child to learn to sing and find their own voice?  For twenty-five years, the Schola and Madrigal choirs of Grace Episcopal Church have offered young people a community where they receive high quality instruction singing secular and sacred music from around the world.  The Schola Choir, for grades 2-8, meets on Wednesdays 3:30 PM to 5 PM or 4 PM to 5:30 PM, depending on experience level.  The Madrigal Choir is a high school-age choir that meets on Sunday afternoons 1 PM to 2:30 PM.   Together the two choirs learn the finest examples of music from the Renaissance and beyond, in a wide variety of languages and styles.  Both choirs tour in the spring each year; past tour destinations have included Memphis, St. Louis, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, and Boston.  Rehearsals are starting now and registration is open.  We’d love for your child and you to visit us for a trial rehearsal.  The choirs are open to all young people who love to sing--religious affiliation is not a requirement.  There is no tuition charge, however we do have an administrative fee, for which scholarships are available.  Please visit our website at for more information.



Current Volunteer Signups

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.



You may view the Whittier Digital Backpack  on the D97 Website at any time. 

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