Originally delivered on 10/28/2022 9:30 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 10.28.22

October 28, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

We loved seeing our students dress up for Red Ribbon Week. Thank you for your participation. 

Next week is another exciting week at Wharton. We will host our Storybook Character Parade and our book fair at Barnes & Noble. At the book fair, you will have the opportunity to see our school orchestra and enjoy book readings by wonderful authors while supporting our school. I hope you will join us!

The HISD School Choice applications cycle will open in December this year and magnet tours will begin next month. Wharton will host its first magnet tour on Thursday, November 10. Please check our school website next week for updates.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jennifer Day

Events & Programs

October 31, 2 PM
Storybook Character Parade 
Help your students create homemade costumes inspired by their favorite book characters. 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. Middle school students may also dress up if they wish to do so.

October 31, 11:10 AM - 1:10 PM
Student Council Halloween Pizza Sales
No need to pack lunch on Monday! Middle School Student Council is selling pizza at lunch in the cafeteria. Cheese and pepperoni pizza slices ($2 per slice) are on the menu, as well as Gatorade, chips, and candy. Please send your kids with cash to support the Student Council as it fundraises for the middle school end-of-year field trip.

November 2, 10 AM - 8 PM
Book Fair at Barnes & Noble River Oaks
Join us for author events, a performance by the Wharton Student Orchestra, and shopping. A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit Wharton. 

Can't attend the book fair?Shop online from November 1 to November 9 using book fair ID# 12634911 at checkout.

View flyer in English | Volante en español

Don't miss these amazing events!

10 AM - Coffee with Wharton PTO (caffeine, conversation, and shopping!)

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

🥤 Barnes & Noble Café will have fun, fruity-tasting refreshing “kid” drinks for purchase during the book fair. Both children and teens are sure to enjoy these while generating proceeds for Wharton. Take a peek at the menu.

November 2-17
Volunteering for the Scholastic Book Fair
We need volunteers to ensure our on-campus Scholastic book fair runs smoothly, including set-up and breakdown the week before and after the fair. Please sign up for a shift!

November 7-11, 8 AM - 4 PM
Scholastic Book Fair at Wharton DLA
The Wharton Scholastic Book Fair kicks off on November 7 at the Wharton library. Students may shop during school hours. Cash or e-wallet accepted. Parents are invited to shop with their students during one of our evening dates:

  • Monday, November 7, 5:45 PM – 7 PM
  • Thursday, November 10, 4 PM – 7 PM

Credit card/debit cards will be accepted from parents or buyers 18 years and older. Proceeds will benefit Wharton DLA.

eWallet: Make it easier for your students to make purchases and avoid them having to carry cash by creating a Scholastic e-wallet account. It's simple to sign up, makes it a breeze for the kids to pay during their school shopping sessions, and never expires.

Important Reminders

Parents may not drop off lunch for students during the school day. Our office staff cannot leave their posts to deliver lunches to students' classrooms. If your student forgets their lunch, we will make sure they are served a hot meal in the cafeteria on that day. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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

Do you need help affording glasses for your child? Contact Nurse Dana at Dana.bethancourt@houstonisd.com by November 7 so your child can be included in the See to Succeed program field trip in January. 

If your child failed the vision test, I will send home consent next week.

Help Me Become a Certified Red Cross Instructor
Thank you to all the Wharton families who have supported my DonorsChoose project to help me become a certified Red Cross instructor! I am $211 away from fully funding my project. Today, October 28, is the last day to have your donation 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.

Ms. Fegen's Science Corner (5th-8th Gr)

Hi Parents,

Scan or click on the QR code below to see our 5th - 8th-grade students in action during our recent lab investigations. 

5th Grade

  • Intro to Measuring Matter and Separating Mixtures
  • Measuring Properties of Matter

6th Grade

  • Plate Boundaries Review Activity 

7th Grade

  • Play-Doh Prokaryotic Cells
  • Strawberry DNA Extraction Lab

8th Grade

  • Conservation of Matter Lab

*My apologies if I was not able to capture your child in the videos above this time around. I try to get everyone in, but it can be tricky supervising (and recording) labs 🙂. I love seeing kids' love for science!

Have a great weekend!

Lisa Fegen

5th - 8th Grade Science Lab Instructor

Wharton PTO News

Wharton Dad's Club T-Shirt Fundraiser
The Wharton Dad's Club works hard for our kids, helping at morning drop-off, building games, staffing the Fall Festival, and much more! Support their efforts and show your Wharton spirit by pre-order a Super Papá or Super Mamá tee!

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

Donate to Wharton’s IB Program
Thanks to the generosity of 107 Wharton families, we’ve raised nearly $35,000 for Wharton’s IB program! We still haven’t quite reached our goal of $50,000, so we’re still accepting donations!

Donate Today!

🍦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

Community Announcements

November 5: Color Esperanza- Conferencia de Educación Especial y Feria de Recursos
Partners Resource Network is offering this Special Education and Resource Fair in Spanish, including topics such as sexuality, behavior, and more. Please see the flyer for more information. 

November 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 31
2:00p Storybook Character Parade | Desfile de Personajes de Cuentos
Wednesday, November 2
10:00a Wharton DLA Barnes & Noble Book Fair | Feria del libro en Barnes & Noble
Monday, November 21
Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, November 22
Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 23
Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 24
Thanksgiving Break
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