Originally delivered on 11/18/2022 6:35 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 11.18.22

November 18, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes a lot of busyness that can leave us and our children feeling overwhelmed. There are things we can do as families to feel more connected and have a more meaningful holiday season. As we head into Thanksgiving break, I wanted to share a few gratitude rituals that I recently came across. I hope you try some of them with your students.

  1. Have your family count your blessings by listing things you are grateful for.
  2. Comment with appreciation; your children will notice. "What a beautiful day! I love it when the sun is shining."
  3. Express thanks through service. Volunteer at a local organization, make cards for our troops, or bake treats to take to the fire station. Generation Serve is a local organization that has service opportunities for families. 
  4. Spend time in nature and show your children to appreciate it and care for it. 
  5. Help your kids write thank you notes to mail or deliver to someone who has done something kind for them.

I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy the break!

Jennifer Day

Events & Programs

December 1, 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. 

December 2, 6:30 PM
Family Movie Night: The Grinch

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.

On this day, all students are invited to wear any “Grinch Movie” character attire/costume to school.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs 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. 


December 1 and 2
Kendra Scott Gives Back Party
Dec. 1, 5 PM- 7 PM (in-store); Dec. 1-2 (online)
Join us at Kendra Scott Highland Village (2701 - A Drexel Dr.) for an evening of shopping to benefit our school! Wharton will get back 20% of purchases made in-store during our event on December 1 or online on December 1-2 using code GIVEBACK-DBTTN.

December 5-12
Wharton Families Holiday Baskets Drive
All students will be invited to donate a specific grade-level food item to create holiday food baskets to present toselected Wharton families. More details will follow.

December 6-21
WDLA 12 Days of Holiday Cheer
Students are invited to dress up in various holiday themes. See the scheduled theme days and get ready to participate. December 2 is a bonus day in support of 5th grade.

December 12-19
Wharton Angels Gifts Collection
All Wharton families are invited to make a holiday gift donation (wrapped present) to a selected Wharton student.  Sponsors will choose the gender & age level of the student they wish to gift their anonymous present to. More details will follow.

GT & IB at Wharton

Dear Kindergarten Parents: 

Your child will be participating in GT Universal Screener between Monday, November 28 to Wednesday, November 30 between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Please make sure your child arrives on time, has a good night's sleep, and has a balanced breakfast each day. 

We know with your support they will be fully prepared to meet success! Have a wonderful holiday break!

Scholastic Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families,

I’m sending my sincere gratitude for making our Book Fair an outstanding success!

Thanks to your contributions at our fair, we raised over $2,991.915 for our school (total sales of $11,967.66 of which 25% will go to our school).

My reward for hosting a Book Fair was watching your kids discover new books. All that joy wouldn’t be possible without volunteers from our school community – you deserve my special thanks.

I hope to see you and your child at our next Fair. Until then, happy reading!


Froilan Natividad
Book Fair Chairperson
Wharton Dual Language

HISD School Choice

Parent Support Needed for School Choice Fairs

Parents, would you like to share your student’s transforming learning experience at Wharton with prospective parents?

Do you have 3 hours to support by helping to recruit the next generation of Wharton eagles at any upcoming  HISD School Choice Fair(s) below?

December 10
Worthing High School

January 21
Heights High School

January 28
Westside High School

 If so, please contact Syreeta Lazarus for more information.

HISD School Choice Timeline

Please make note of the HISD School Choice application timeline.

NOTE: Current Wharton 5th-grade students will need to apply for Wharton MS.

Wharton DLA Magnet Tours

Nurse's Notes

Your child’s immunizations need to be up to date!

Eleven and 12 year-olds need to have meningitis and tetanus boosters. Four-year-olds need their Tdap, polio, MMR, and Varicella shots. Please get these done as soon as possible. HISD has mandated that exclusion letters go out in December if your child is not up to date and you are not trying to get them up to date. Email me your updated records to dana.bethancourt@houstonisd.org.

The City of Houston wastewater studies prove that we have an uptick in COVID cases. Many people are not reporting due to home tests. Keep yourselves safe and get your boosters, keep your distance and mask up. Test yourselves before visiting anyone who is at higher risk. Better yet, if you are sick, stay home!

Sign up your students for free COVID testing here at Wharton every other Friday. You will get results within 24 hours.

Wharton PTO News

Thank you to the parents and guardians who supported our Gratitude Sunshine Cart! We could not have done it without your help! Thank you to Wharton families: DeSalvo, Beebe, Oramas, Anzola, Hanford, Callaghan, Montes, S. Mejia, Tank, C. Mejia, Armstrong, Uribe, Monsalve-Ramos, Jaime-Espitia, Rojas, Gonzales, Choe, Avila, Hajikhani, Siemers-Kennedy, Hanohano, Turrubiartes, Zambrano-Welch, and Schlingmann! 

Get those baking skills ready! We’ll see you at our next cart in December for a holiday baked treat exchange! Interested in learning more about teacher appreciation and hospitality efforts? Or sponsoring a cart? Reach out to us at hospitality@whartonpto.org.

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

Participate in our Kendra Scott Give Back Party!
Join us at Kendra Scott Highland Village (2701 - A Drexel Dr.) for an evening of shopping to benefit our school! Wharton will get back 20% of purchases made in-store during our event on December 1 or online on December 1-2 using code GIVEBACK-DBTTN.

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.

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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.

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.

Looking Ahead
Thursday, December 1
Kendra Scott Give Back
9:00a Wharton Magnet Tour
Friday, December 2
Kendra Scott Give Back
6:30p Family Movie Night
Thursday, December 8
9:00a Wharton Magnet Tour
Wednesday, December 14
8:45a Coffee with the Principal
Thursday, December 15
9:00a Wharton Magnet Tour
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