Originally delivered on 11/11/2022 8:33 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 11.11.22

November 11, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

Thank you for your support of our Scholastic Book Fair. We hope your students have enjoyed it. Join us for the last day of shopping on Monday.

Fifth and 8th-grade families, the first HISD School Choice Fair is this Saturday, November 12 at Austin High School (1700 Dumble) from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. This is a good opportunity to learn more about various schools in the district. Phase One applications for the 2023-2024 school year will open on December 14 and close on February 2. 

HISD is seeking feedback on the School Choice process. Please take a moment to take the survey in English or Spanish and provide your input. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jennifer Day

Elementary School Report Card Update

Our student information system (PowerSchool) was updated. This cycle you will notice a change in the format of the report card for students in first through fifth grade. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.  

Events & Programs
November 14, 8 AM - 4 PM, 4 PM - 7 PM
Scholastic Book Fair at Wharton DLA
Last day to support our Scholastic Book Fair! Students may shop during school hours. Parents are invited to join us from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Proceeds benefit Wharton DLA.

Through November 14
Student Council Toiletries & Diaper Drive
Donate much-needed items to help the women and children supported by the Houston Area Women’s Center. 

Items Needed:

  • Adult-sized toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Sanitary pads and tampons
  • Diapers sized 4, 5, and 6 (pull-ups)

Please drop off your donations in the school foyer.

November 15, 5:30 PM
Middle School Parent Meeting
Join us at the Wharton cafeteria to receive updates from our Middle School teachers.

November 16, 8:45 AM
Coffee with the Principal
Join Principal Day, the Wharton leadership team, and Wharton PTO for the latest school updates.

November 16, 11 AM - Midnight
Spirit Night at The Burger Joint
Eat out for a good cause! Dine at or order out from The Burger Joint (2703 Montrose Blvd.) and give back to Wharton. Order at the store or by phone and mention code WA20 at check out. Wharton receives 20% of the proceeds. Includes adult beverages.

November 16
Thanksgiving Luncheon for PK, 1st, 3rd & Middle School
Parents of students in PK, 1st, 3rd, and Middle School are cordially invited to join their students for a Thanksgiving luncheon. Please see the schedule for your student's lunch time >>

November 17
Thanksgiving Luncheon for K, 2nd, 4th & 5th
Parents of students in K, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades are cordially invited to join their students for a Thanksgiving luncheon. Please see the schedule for your student's lunchtime >>

November 17, 9 AM
Wharton Magnet Tour
Join us for an in-person magnet tour. Current Wharton 5th graders who are interested in Wharton Middle School must re-apply through HISD's School Choice application process. 

November 18
Trailblazer Program - 3rd, 5th & 6th Gr
Thanks to generous funding from Dow Chemical, our 3rd, 5th, and 6th-grade students will be participating in the "Trailblazer" program. You can get an overview of the program by reviewing this document: Trailblazer Overview

November 18
4th-grade Field Trip to the San Jacinto Monument

November 18
Fall Picture Re-Take Day
If you did not order pictures during the first take on October 7, you are welcome to order for Re-Take Fall Picture Day. Order online at inter-state.com and enter the online order code 71132VB.

November 18
November Sunshine Cart
We are asking for your donations to show our gratitude for our teachers and staff with a light breakfast! We appreciate your continued support of the Sunshine Cart and Wharton PTO. Sign up to make a donation, bring food or volunteer >>

Please bring your food donations to the office by Thursday, November 17.

Nov. 14-18: HISD GenTX Week

November is Generation Texas Month, a statewide movement to ensure students have information and resources regarding post-secondary options such as college, career, and military.

Generation TX Week runs Nov. 14-18, and HISD schools will celebrate with college and career activities. All HISD Schools will also participate in the following themed days for the week:

Nurse's Notes

✅ HISD’s return to school guidelines: If your student is sent home for an illness, please check in with the nurse before sending them back. If they had fever at school over 100.1, they cannot return the next day. They must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. Help us keep our school healthy.

✅ Flu A is on the rise in Harris County. See the weekly flu report >>

✅ COVID testing on Friday, November 18: Please sign up your child for optional COVID testing. Ms. Barbara Banks is the contact person for the COVID testing at our school (Barbara.banks@houstonisd.org). We will be making an announcement for the students who are on our list to come to the community room by grade. Please notify your child that they will be tested. 

We are asking you to:

Nurse Dana

HISD Magnet Tours & School Choice Fairs

Wharton DLA Magnet tours will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • November 17 
  • December 1 
  • December 8 
  • December 15 
  • January 12 
  • January 19 
  • January 26 

School Choice Fairs will be held on the following dates from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • November 12 - Austin High School
  • December 10 - Worthing High School
  • January 21 - Heights High School
  • January 28 - Westside High School
Wharton Middle School

November 14
6th Grade - Exxon Mobil Career Challenge for Mission to Mars at HMNS
The ExxonMobil Career Challenge for 6th grade is part of a grant generously donated by the ExxonMobil Corporation to bring HISD 6th grade students to experience the excitement of space flight as well as be introduced to different careers in the science field. The only costs not covered by ExxonMobil were transportation and meals. The buses are covered by the campus, and the students are expected to bring a sack lunch for a “working lunch” during the PowerPoint presentation on careers in the Mars Research Lab.

If you have any questions, please contact our middle school science teacher Ms. Olivia Smith

Save the Date: Family Movie Night

Join us at Wharton Whoville for a fun family movie night hosted by the 5th grade to raise funds for its end-of-year field trip and activities. Entrance donation of $5 per person or $20 for a family of 4 or more

The Grinch
December 2, 2022
6:30 PM - Doors Open

Bring blankets or lawn chairs, wear your Grinchiest attire, and get ready to have fun. We will have hot dogs, chips, popcorn, drinks, and candy for sale! You may also pre-order a family food combo until Nov. 26. 


Wharton PTO News

Thank you, Wharton Community!
We are filled with gratitude for your support of Wharton PTO. Thanks to your enthusiasm and generosity, our Fall Festival raised over $19,000 for school programs and support. ¡Gracias!

Support Wharton PTO During the Holidays 
The holidays are around the corner and with them come opportunities to support us while you shop! Here's how:

  • Minted Holiday Cards and Gifts: Order your holiday cards and gifts at MintedUse code FUNDRAISEWK8DA at checkout to receive 20% off your order. Wharton will receive 15% back.
  • Amazon Smile: Doing Black Friday shopping? Select Wharton Dual Language PTO as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. Wharton gets back 0.5% of selected purchases.
  • Mabel's Labels: Gift personalized labels, ornaments, stamps, and gift tags. Visit Mabel's Labels and search for Wharton Dual Language Academy. Wharton gets back 20% of your purchase.
  • See other ways to support Wharton Rewards with your shopping.
Important Reminders

Lost and Found: Last call for lost and found. Items not claimed by the end of Thursday, November 17 will be donated to a non-profit organization on Friday, November 18.

We strongly suggest that parents label all their student’s sweaters, pull-overs, jackets, etc., with their names. This will allow us to identify the owner and return items to them if found.

Absences: We have been receiving notes about absences that do not have a student name or the reason for the absence. Please ensure that notes about absences contain the following information:

  • Student's first and last name 
  • Teacher
  • Dates absent
  • Doctor's note or reason for absence 

Absences will be excused based on HISD guidelines

Lunch Drop-Off: 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.

Looking Ahead
Friday, November 11
6:00p Wharton Dad's Club Meeting
Monday, November 14
Gen TX Week - College Spirit Week
Scholastic Book Fair
MS Student Council Toiletries & Diaper Drive
Tuesday, November 15
Gen TX Week - College Spirit Week
Wednesday, November 16
Gen TX Week - College Spirit Week
Wharton Thanksgiving Luncheon (PK, 1st, 3rd & Middle School)
8:45a Coffee with the Principal
11:00a Spirit Night at The Burger Joint
Thursday, November 17
Gen TX Week - College Spirit Week
Wharton Thanksgiving Luncheon (Kinder, 2nd 4th, & 5th Grade)
9:00a Wharton Magnet Tour
Friday, November 18
Gen TX Week - College Spirit Week
8:45a Fall Individual Picture Retake
Monday, November 21
Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, November 22
Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 23
Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 24
Thanksgiving Break
Friday, November 25
Thanksgiving Break
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