MS. CLEMENS’ CORNER
February is a time when focus is placed on Black History Month. At Whitman, we plan to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups that are represented at our school. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please contact your student’s homeroom teacher or Mrs. Words, our parent coordinator. We have had some weather that has not been cooperating with keeping our students in school. Please make sure you listen to the news when inclement weather is pending. Otherwise, please send your students to school! Your support is ALWAYS appreciated and needed for your student(s) to be successful. Please look at the bottom right corner for upcoming events when you can be an active part of our school community.
Thanks, Deb Clemens
District policy requires that we ensure building security and student safety by having parents drop off students at the entrance doors, rather than at the classroom door. If you need to go to the classroom, you must stop at the main office to obtain a visitor’s pass. Thank you for understanding as we take steps to improve Whitman School’s security.
SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT COUNCIL/P.T.O.
Our School Engagement Council meeting will be on Thursday, February 28th at 5:30 in the library. PTO meeting will follow on Feb 28th at 6:15 pm in the library.
Please come out and support our school!
WHITMAN AVERAGE: 93.4% (Last month 94.7%)
DISTRICT AVERAGE: 89.4%
Due to weather conditions, illness or whatever it might be, Whitman’s attendance has been dropping. Our school is striving to maintain a 95% average. Even though we are above the district average, research shows that students who have 95% attendance or higher are more successful at school. Please make sure to send you students to school unless they are running a fever or vomiting. Attend today, Achieve tomorrow. #Everydaycounts
February 2nd starts our enrollment for next year! If you know anyone who is looking for a great new school, please encourage them to sign up for Whitman! We are especially looking for K4, K5, 1st, 2nd, and 6th grade students. They can enroll online at the MPS website under Enrollment.
REMIND APP UPDATE
What’s happening? Verizon fees will increase the costs of providing text messaging by 11x—pushing the annual costs into the millions of dollars. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan with Verizon.
How will this affect you? Beginning January 28, 2019, if you normally get your Remind messages as texts, you will no longer receive these messages if you have Verizon Wireless as your phone carrier.
What can you do? To make sure you continue receiving your messages, you should download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge.
Double payments will be given in January, but the second payment in January is actually February’s payment issued early due to the government shutdown. Depending on the length of the shutdown, March payments could be delayed or skipped. Food share recipients should expect their February benefits on their Quest Card before the end of January, rather than their usual assignments of benefits on the specific date in the first two weeks of February. This means you will be getting your February benefits early. The payment to your Quest card at the end of January is NOT an overpayment, just an early February payment that you must carefully spend so that it lasts the entire month. If the government shutdown continues into late February, there may be no March payments to your Quest Card. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Quest Card Customer Service at 1-877-415-5164 or the Whitman Social Worker, Ms. Wright, at 414-604-7730.