WHIT N ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2007 EDITION II
Principal’s Message Counselor’s Corner
Rebecca Gensel Stacey Weiss, Guidance Counselor
Despite what felt like evidence Thank you for your contributions to the
to the contrary, fall is arriving Save-A-Tab program for the Ronald McDonald
and the cooler days are House! We’ve had a great start and the tabs are
beginning to arrive. It has been coming in quickly. Please continue saving pull-
a great start to a new school tabs for this worthwhile service project. To
year, and your children have check out the school’s progress, go online to
settled into the routines of Whiton’s Guidance page.
school quite well. We are Character Counts Week kicked off
approaching the end of the first successfully and the kids did an amazing job on
marking period, and you will soon have the all their activities. When you visit the school, be
opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher sure to check out the main hallways to see your
and learn of their progress. Please be sure to child’s work. We are looking forward to a great
check your district calendar for conference year filled with good character!
dates, as we have one early release day and one The “Newcomer’s Group” has come to
day where students do not report to school. As an end and it was fun for all those involved.
many of you with older children are aware, Upcoming guidance groups beginning this
November can be a choppy month for school month include: Character Matters, Celebrating
days, so a quick check of the calendar is highly Myself and Band of Friends. Teachers have
recommended! nominated students, but if any parent/guardian
would like to make a referral, please contact me
As you begin to think about the conference that at x3101. Permission letters for your child to
you will have with your child’s teacher, I attend will be sent home soon.
encourage you to jot down any questions you
might have so that you can be sure to have them Happy November!
answered. Think not so much about how they
compare to other students, or to your other
children, rather ask questions that will help you
gauge how they compare now in contrast to
where they were at the close of school last year.
The teachers at Whiton are looking forward to
learning more about your son or daughter from
your perspective, as well as sharing with you
who your child is as a learner at school.
November gives a pause to think about the
things in our life for which we are thankful.
From my perspective, I am acutely aware of the
joy that working with your children brings to
me. They are funny, energetic, enthusiastic, and
poignantly insightful! Thank you for sharing “We must teach our children to dream
them with us! with their eyes open.”
News from the Nurse Special Specialists
D. Warren RN & L. DeFouw RN Glenn Gottshalk & Tara Kolbe – PE Teachers
Keeping Healthy The P.E. Department has been busy
explaining the proper playground and
During Cold & Flu Season gymnasium rules to the kindergarten, first, and
October or November is the best time to second grade students.
get vaccinated against the flu. The CDC (Center Mrs. Kolbe and Mr.
for Disease Control) recommends vaccinations Gottshalk have been playing
for those at risk for complications of the flu “introduction” games such as
including children aged 6 months until their the Name Game, Meet Your
5th birthday, as well as anyone with certain Neighbor, Go Home Charlie,
chronic medical conditions. Others at high risk and Duck, Duck, Goose.
who should consider the flu vaccine include Parents, please remind your child to
pregnant women, people age 50 and over, and wear proper clothing and footwear on the days
household contacts or caregivers of children less that they have Physical Education class.
than 6 months of age (children too young to be
vaccinated). Thank You,
How can one tell the difference between Mrs. Kolbe and Mr. Gottshalk
a cold and the flu? Take a look and compare the
differences in the chart below!
Symptoms COLD FLU
Fever Rare Usual; Re-Takes & Make-Ups
Headache Rare Common November 13, 2007
Ask your child’s teacher for a new picture form if
Gen. Aches Slight Usual; necessary.
Fatigue Sometimes Usual
(lasts 2-3 weeks)
Exhaustion Never Usual at begin.
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Hacking Common &
Discomfort coughs can be severe
And remember that the best way to
prevent the spread of colds and flu includes
proper hand washing, and covering our mouths
when we sneeze and cough!
- cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm (2007)
Whiton Family School Council
Anna Nierenberg, Facilitator
The FSC had a very successful first
meeting! We welcomed nine new members and
discussed exciting ideas for future family and
One part of our discussion was focused
on the people a parent might need to call if they
were looking for specific information about a
program, policy, or procedure that relates to
Whiton Elementary. What the
members of the FSC discovered
is that the first call is always to
our child’s teacher. If we still
need help, the second call is to
Ms. Gensel or to Mr. McCartney. If we still
need help, Ms. Gensel or Mr. McCartney might
direct us to one of the district employees with
specific knowledge about the question we have
Whiton has a wide variety of support
staff in place to assist students and their
families. Parents are encouraged to access any
of these staff members when issues arise that
require specific areas of expertise. Some
important Whiton contacts include Stacey Weiss
as our school guidance counselor, Alice Willard
as our teacher of Gifted and Talented students,
and Beverly, as our cafeteria manager!
We have begun a discussion to plan a
family curriculum night to familiarize parents
with the components of the grade level
curriculum. Be sure to watch for updates!
As always, meeting minutes can be
found on the Whiton/FSC webpage. Thank you Just a reminder to send a note in with your child
to all of you who responded to our request for if there is any change in his/her dismissal.
volunteers at our future events-you’ll be hearing Without a note, your child will be dismissed as
from us shortly! usual. If your child typically attends Jointure but
will not be there on a particular day, please
notify Jointure and the Main Office. Thank you!
Whiton Elementary School
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Day 3 Day 4
5 6 7 8 9
PTO Meeting NJEA Convention
Day 5 Day 6 Day 1 Veteran’s Day
12 13 14 15 16
End of 1st Snuggle Up &
Marking Period SCHOOL Read: Family Board of Education First Grade Feast
PICTURES Literacy Night @ Meeting @ 8:00
Re-Takes & 6:00
Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
19 20 21 22 23
Meeting Thanksgiving Recess
7:00 – WES No School
Report Cards Single Session
Day 1 Sent Home Day 3
26 27 28 29 30
NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher
(1:00pm-8:00pm) Single Session
PTO Book Fair
Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 1
DECEMBER 4 5 6 7
3 PTO Meeting
Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
** IF SCHOOL IS CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE SCHEDULED CYCLE DAY
WILL BE MOVED TO THE NEXT DAY SCHOOL IS OPEN**