Originally delivered on 10/23/2022 6:01 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 10.23.22

October 23, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

I hope you had a fantastic time at the Fall Festival! I loved seeing our community come together at this great event. 

Thank you to the parents who joined me at Coffee with the Principal last week. If you missed it, you can view the presentation here

Next week is Red Ribbon Week. We will be raising awareness and educating our students about living a drug-free life. See more information about the themed dress days below.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jennifer Day

Events & Programs

October 24-28
Red Ribbon Week
This year’s theme is: Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free. Help Wharton celebrate and raise awareness of living a drug-free life by participating in these themed dress days.

October 25
Mix It Up at Lunch
Students in grades 4-8 will participate in Wharton's first Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question, and cross social boundaries. So we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch.

October 31, 2 PM
Storybook Character Parade - PK-5th Grade
We can’t wait to see our students dressed as a character from a favorite book! Help your students create homemade costumes using items you already have at home. We also ask that students make a sign/poster identifying their book and favorite character. Students should wear their uniforms to school and change into their costumes in the afternoon before the parade. Parents are welcome to attend the parade. See flyer for more details >>

Save the Date: Barnes & Noble Book Fair

We are thrilled to be hosting a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble River Oaks on November 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We hope you will join us for author events, a performance by the Wharton Student Orchestra, and shopping. A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit Wharton.

View flyer in EnglishView flyer in Spanish

Don't miss these amazing events!

4 PM - Wharton Student Orchestra Performance

4:45 PM - Sarah Allison will read her book Each of Us

5:30 PM - Van G. Garrett will read his book Kicks

Teacher wishlists will be posted soon. Can't attend the book fair? Shop online from November 1 to November 9 using book fair ID# 12634911 at checkout.

GT & IB at Wharton

GT Testing 
This school year, parents of 1st through 8th-grade students need to submit a request for GT testing. Please email your child's homeroom teacher and Ms. Silva to initiate the process. Then, submit a request through PowerSchool (see instructions). The 1st through 8th grade GT testing window will be from January 10 to February 11, 2023. 

Nurse's Notes

We will start Covid testing on campus with Fulgent on November 7 and then after Thanksgiving. Please watch for updates if you would like your child to participate.

We have finished screening for hearing, vision, and acanthosis nigricans (pre-diabetes marker) for K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades. I will retest anyone who failed the first time and send referrals next week. 

The See To Succeed program offers free eye exams and free glasses to anyone who needs them. Wharton’s field trip is planned for the week of January 23-27. If your child needs glasses, please email me at dana.bethancourt@houstonisd.org. The consent forms will go out next week and the deadline to return the consent is November 4.

Help Me Become a Certified Red Cross Instructor

I want to help our school and district by becoming a certified Red Cross instructor and training our staff. I am also interested in teaching a babysitting class for our middle school students. We will need manikins and AED trainers for all of the classes. 

Please support my DonorsChoose project! Give by October 28 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose. Just enter the code LIFTOFF on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50). Any contribution helps.

Wharton Middle School
Creativity + Math = Brilliance!

Mr. Vigil's seventh-grade math students have been learning about composite figures, which is are figures made of shapes. For a special project, students were assigned to create a composite figure of a three-dimensional object.

Being selected as the most creative for their assignment, Sofia Turrubiartes and Daniel Melo-Trejo created a human figure and a snow cone, respectively. Bravo!

Tickets on Sale Now for MS Day of the Dead Dance

Wharton MS is holding its first dance of the school year on Friday, Nov. 4 between 7:00-9:00 at the school gym. All Wharton sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students are invited to attend!

The Student Council is selling tickets to the dance for $10 each in the mornings in the cafeteria. We need at least 60 tickets sold to make the dance viable.

So don’t wait to get your tickets to support this fun event!

Wharton PTO News

We hope your families had a blast at the 2022 Wharton Fall Festival! THANK YOU to the Wharton community – parents, students, teachers, staff, administrators, and local businesses – for your support of this event. 

A special thank you to Fall Festival chairs, Melanie Rodriguez and Rachel Semien, the Fall Festival committee, and Fall Festival volunteers for their hard work and dedication. We are also very grateful for the volunteers who came to school on Saturday to help clean up.

And last but definitely not least, thank you to our family and business sponsors.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Haunted House

  • Shipley Do-Nuts, FC5120

Festival Booths

  • Photo Booth: Javier Ortiz Catering
  • The Claw Game: The Poetsch Family
  • Spin Art: The DeSalvo Family
  • Hair Painting Bar: The Blaker Family
  • Face Painting Booth: Claudias Oramas and Hugo Ovalle
  • Donut Pull: Lecca Engineering & Research
  • Fishbowl Toss: Melton Family
  • Football Toss: Garmendia Family
  • Bean Bag Toss: Jennafer Watson
  • Balloon Dart: Familia Balcazar
  • Putt Putt: On behalf of Ms. Hernandez
  • Plinko: The Prather Family
  • Confetti Egg Booth: S. R Towing Unlimited by Familia Reyes

Food Booths

  • Today’s Vision - Northside - Amador Sánchez
  • La Mexicana Restaurant
  • Team Fuentes-Hussey
  • Hirsch & Westheimer

Pumpkin Patch

  • H-E-B Buffalo Speedway & H-E-B Montrose


  • The Trade Entertainment
  • Gonzales Daycare

Event Sponsors

  • Frost Bank
  • The Rodriguez Family

Support Wharton Dad's Club

The Wharton Dad's Club is fundraising to support its efforts to foster a safe learning environment and growth in education at Wharton DLA. Pre-order a Super Papá or Super Mamá tee to show your support and Wharton spirit! 

Interested in joining Dad's Club? Fill out this form >>

🍦Ice Cream Party Winners

Congratulations to the classrooms with the most families donating to ¡Juntos! for Wharton’s IB program. They will celebrate with an ice cream party on Friday, November 4.

  1. Mr. Sandoval (2nd) - 15 families
  2. Ms. Rodriguez (3rd) - 12 families
  3. Ms. Brewer (4th) - 12 families
  4. Mr. Fernandez (1st)  - 11 families

Donate to Wharton’s IB Program
Thank you to the generosity of the 106 Wharton families who have helped us raise more than $34,000 for Wharton’s IB program! We still haven’t quite reached our goal of $50,000, so we’re still accepting donations. 

Donate Today!
Community Announcements

Oct. 27: Autism...A Spectrum of Hope and Challenges
The Harris Center is hosting a free, virtual conference on autism on October 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information and to register, please see the event flyer.

Nov. 5: Home Depot Kids Workshops
Thank you to the Wharton families who came out to The Home Depot last Saturday. Let's get a group of Wharton students to the next one! November 5 at 9 a.m. at the new Home Depot Lower Heights (2777 Katy Freeway). If interested, register here (under In-Store Kids Workshops) >>

Looking Ahead
Monday, October 24
Red Ribbon Week | Semana del Listón Rojo
Tuesday, October 25
Red Ribbon Week | Semana del Listón Rojo
Wednesday, October 26
Red Ribbon Week | Semana del Listón Rojo
Thursday, October 27
Red Ribbon Week | Semana del Listón Rojo
Friday, October 28
Red Ribbon Week | Semana del Listón Rojo
Monday, October 31
2:00p Storybook Character Parade | Desfile de Personajes de Cuentos
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