Originally delivered on 12/9/2022 9:21 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 12.09.22

December 9, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

This week, Wharton was recognized as an exceptional Imagine Learning school for the month of November. We are so proud of all our teachers and students.

As the holiday break draws near, we hope everyone stays safe and enjoys this special time. Please help us keep expectations high during this time. To ensure families have the most updated information, we are sharing the HISD attendance policy, which includes the 90% credit rule, and guidelines for excused and unexcused absences.

In addition, we are excited to share that HISD has partnered with BakerRipley Community Developers to introduce "Aprendamos Juntos," on-demand digital mini-ESL lessons for Spanish-speaking HISD parents and caregivers. Watch the video to learn more about this exciting initiative.

I hope to see you at our next Coffee with the Principal on Wednesday, December 14. We will have a special winter treat of hot tamales. Don't miss it!

Have a great weekend,

Jennifer Day

Events & Programs

December 12-21
WDLA Days of Holiday Cheer
Wharton dress-up days continue! Students are invited to dress up in the holiday themes below. Please make sure your student wears their uniform if not participating.

December 12, 6 PM
Dad's Club Meeting
Join Wharton's Dad Club for a meeting in the Wharton community room (near the PK-K entrance).

December 14, 8:45 PM
Coffee with the Principal & HISD 101 Parent Workshop 
Join Principal Day, the Wharton leadership team, PTO reps, and HISD's FACE (Family and Community Engagement) department. 

December 15, 9 AM
Wharton Magnet Tour
Join us for an in-person magnet tour to learn more about our IB, dual language program

December 15, 6 PM
Wharton Dad's Club Basketball
Join Wharton dads for basketball at the Wharton gym.

December 16, 9:45 AM - 12 PM
Great Wharton Bake-Off Sunshine Cart
Help us to treat our Wharton educators and staff with a baked treat exchange for the holidays. 
See sign up to volunteer your time or money, or sign up to bake!

December 17, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Garden Committee Workday
Join us for a garden workday. The whole family is welcome, and please bring wheelbarrows, shovels, hoes, and pitchforks if possible.

December 19
Express Theater's Puppet Scrooge
Elementary students will enjoy the story of greedy teenager Eboni Scrooge on a wild ride with three ghosts who teach her the true meaning of Christmas: generosity and goodwill toward all critters.

December 20, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
PK-2nd Grade Winter Musical
Save the date for PK-2nd grade "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" winter musical.

December 22, 2022 - January 4, 2023
Winter Break
The last day of classes is Wednesday, December 21. Enjoy your winter break! We will see your students back on Monday, January 9.

WDLA Holiday Cheer Drive

The last day to drop off food and gift card donations for the Wharton holiday gift baskets is Wednesday, December 14.

We are still looking for a few more Wharton Angels to gift GIFT CARDS to unmatched selected Wharton Middle School students. Send your interest email to Ms. Murillo, mary.murillo@houstonisd.org. Wharton Angels already signed up should drop off their gifts at the main office between December 14 – 19.

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Nurse's Notes


On Thursday, we conducted a lockdown drill both to prepare staff and students for the process and to make improvements in our procedures where necessary. This was only a practice drill. There was no emergency threat. During this drill, the school closed down for a short period of time, including the main office, so that our staff and students could practice safety procedures.

In the event of an actual emergency, you will be notified by the school. As always, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our number one priority at HISD.

We will continue to conduct drills like this in the future to make sure our school is prepared for any emergency situation.


✔️ Triple threat COVID/Influenza/RSV. Read more about these illnesses.

✔️ Here’s how to know when your child is too sick for school

✔️ Please see the upcoming immunization and COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the City of Houston. 

HISD 12 Days of Code

Wharton is celebrating CSEdWeek2022 and we want you to join the fun. Go to 12 Days of Code & "Let us CODE!"  

HISD School Choice

Phase I of School Choice applications open next week. 5th-grade and 8th-grade students should apply to their schools of choice during this window.
HISD Office of School Choice.

Phase I: December 14, 2022 - February 2, 2023 
(Notifications on April 5, 2023)

Phase 2: April 5, 2023 - June 15, 2023 
(Notifications as seats become available)

Please remember that current Wharton 5th graders interested in attending Wharton Middle School will need to apply through the School Choice application process. We invite you to learn more about Wharton Middle School:

Wharton DLA Magnet Tours
Wharton PTO News

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:

Amazon Smile: Select Wharton Dual Language PTO as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. Wharton gets back 0.5% of selected purchases.

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.

Monday, December 12
6:00p Wharton Dad's Club Meeting
Wednesday, December 14
8:45a Coffee with the Principal
Thursday, December 15
9:00a Wharton Magnet Tour
6:00p Dad's Club Basketball
Friday, December 16
Sunshine Cart: Great Wharton Bake-Off
Saturday, December 17
8:30a Wharton Garden Work Day - December
Tuesday, December 20
5:30p PK-2nd Winter Program
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