Originally delivered on 12/17/2022 8:02 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 12.17.22

December 17, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

As we enter the winter break, I hope you are looking forward to spending more time as a family. I encourage you to take time during the busy holiday season to enjoy old traditions and create new ones with your children. Bake together, make holiday cards for relatives and neighbors, read together, and spend time with each other.

In staff news, I wanted to share that the newest member of our Wharton faculty, Coach Rawley Farris’s last day with us will be December 21, 2022.  While his time with us has been short, we appreciate his contributions and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. 

Please note that HISD School Choice applications for Phase I are open. Students in 5th or 8th grade must apply to their schools of choice using this application system. If your 5th grader is interested in staying at Wharton, they need to reapply via the School Choice system. Please reach out to Ms. Syreeta Lazarus with any questions about the application process, and find more information about the magnet application timeline below.

Have a wonderful break!

Jennifer Day

HISD Attendance Policy

As the holiday break draws near, we hope everyone stays safe and enjoys this special time. To ensure families have the most updated information, we are sharing the HISD attendance policy for reference, which includes the 90% Credit Rule, Excused Absences, and Unexcused Absences. Please see the updated attendance policy as communicated by TEA.  

Events & Programs

December 19-21
WDLA Days of Holiday Cheer
Thank you to all the Wharton families who have participated in our Days o of Holiday Cheer! We have three more to go next week:

  • December 19: Fuzzy Boots & Slippers Day
  • December 20: Ugly Sweater Day
  • December 21: Pajama Day

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
We look forward to seeing you at our PK-2nd grade "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" winter musical. Please see the flyer (English | Spanish) for more details.

December 21
Last Day of School 
Enjoy the holiday break! 

January 9
First Day of Classes - Spring Semester
We look forward to seeing our students back in school!

WDLA Holiday Cheer Drive

Thank you to all the families who participated in our Holiday Cheer Drive. Thanks to your generous contributions, we were able to deliver 11 food baskets to deserving Wharton families!

We are very grateful for all the families who reached out to sponsor students as part of our Wharton Angels program. We have matched all students to a sponsor. The deadline to drop off your wrapped gift is Monday, December 19. 

December Sunshine Cart

Thank you to the parents and guardians who supported our Holiday Cookie Exchange with time or money or yummy baked goods! We are so fortunate to have such a generous community and we could not have done it without your help! Thank you to Wharton families: Garmendia, Hanohano, Harrell, Melendez-Zaidi, Poetsch, Rem, Romero, Schillaci, Siemers-Kennedy, Simon, Zambrano-Welch, Lopez, Matute, Serna, Goes, Barrientos, Beebe, Wegmann, Wright, Sotelo, Rojas, and Hickman.

Wharton Eagle Clubs

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first post-pandemic Eagle Clubs during the Fall semester! We hope your students enjoyed these wonderful enrichment opportunities led by our teachers and staff. 

We will send out enrollment information for the Spring semester Eagle Clubs in late January.

Nurse's Notes

Parents, remember that ALL students that have fever, diarrhea, or vomiting and are sent home from school, must be symptom-free for 24 hours without medication before coming back to school. This policy is to keep the rest of the students healthy.

We have had many cases of pink eye this week. Pink eye is usually unilateral, discharge, crusty, pink/red sclera. Please keep your children home. Reinforce with your children to wash their hands!

Hazel health (telehealth program) will be available at our school clinic in January. Keep an eye out for more information.

HISD School Choice

Phase I of School Choice applications is now open. 5th 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)

For questions about the application process or issues with the new HISD School Choice application system, please contact Ms. Syreeta Lazarus via email at Syreeta.Lazarus@houstonisd.org.

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

Wharton DLA Magnet Tours
12 Days of Code

Our students had so much fun during HISD 12 Days of Code! #HISDDecodded

Wharton PTO News

Wharton families, we are so grateful for your continued support of our PTO. Whether by volunteering, participating in our events, or making monetary donations, your help allows us to support our students, teachers, and school to make it the amazing place that it is! Check out some of the things we did in November. 

Save the date for our Wharton Eagle Run! We are excited to host our Wharton Eagle Run (powered by Boosterthon) starting on January 23, 2023, to help our school raise funds for Phase II of our upper grades playground! Boosterthon is a fun, nine-day program that combines world-class character content with a highly profitable fundraiser. Our goal is to raise $70,000 to help fund Phase II of our upper grades' playground!

Keep an eye out for more information after the break.

Tuesday, December 20
5:30p PK-2nd Winter Program
Thursday, January 12
9:00a Wharton Magnet Tour
6:00p Dad's Club Basketball
Friday, January 13
Sunshine Cart
Thursday, January 19
9:00a Wharton Magnet Tour
6:00p Dad's Club Basketball
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