Originally delivered on 1/13/2023 8:55 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 01.13.22

January 13, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

I hope you were able to rest and relax during the break. This first week back at school was a time for our teachers to reconnect with their students and revisit expectations. We are ready to make 2023 a wonderful year! 

I wanted to share some staff news with you. Mr. Ruben Gomez has accepted a principal position at Mangum Elementary and will begin in this new role in the coming weeks. We will miss him and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Today, HISD released its proposed 2023-2024 academic calendar. Please review it and provide feedback by January 18, 2023.

As a reminder, there will be no classes on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day. We will see your students back on Tuesday, January 17.

Jennifer Day

HISD Attendance Policy

To ensure families have the most updated information, please review the HISD attendance policy, which includes the 90% Credit Rule, Excused Absences, and Unexcused Absences. Please see the updated attendance policy as communicated by TEA.  

Events & Programs

January 16
Martin Luther King Jr Day - No Classes
All HISD campuses and offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

January 18, 5 PM - 9 PM
Spirit Night at Tarka Indian Kitchen
Join Wharton PTO at Tarka Indian Kitchen Upper Kirby (3701 S Shepherd Dr, Houston 77098) to dine for a good cause. Wharton gets back 20% of the proceeds. Just mention Wharton at checkout. Not valid on online orders or third-party delivery service orders. 

January 19, 9 AM
Wharton Magnet Tour
Join us for an in-person magnet tour to learn more about our dual language program.

January 20, 9:30 AM
Middle School Tour for Wharton 5th-Grade Students
Wharton 5th-grade students will have the opportunity to learn more about our middle school. Students will hear from Wharton Student Council, shadow middle school classes, and get a chance to ask questions. This event is for students only.

January 21, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Wharton Butterfly Garden Workday
Help us fill our beds for planting a butterfly garden! We will need wheel barrels for this workday. If you own a wheel barrel we can borrow but cannot attend the workday, please drop off your wheel barrel at school on Friday, Jan. 20. Questions? Contact Eric D'Olive. 

January 21, 4 PM - 6 PM
Wharton Dad's Club Family Social
The Wharton Dad's Club is hosting a social at Del Mar Lanes. Bring your families to have some fun! Please RSVP to Brandon Newton via text at 713-890-9108.

January 23
Wharton Eagle Run Kick-Off
It's that time again! Help us reach our goal of $70,000 for Phase II of our upper grades playground by registering at MyBooster.com. See more details in the PTO section below.

GT & IB at Wharton

GT testing for students who requested it started this week and will run through January 27. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ana Silva.

Wharton PTO News

Kick-Off: January 23 | Event Day: February 3* 

We are 10 days away from kicking off our Wharton Eagle Run 2023! Our goal is to fundraise $70,000 for Phase II of our Outdoor Playground for our upper grades. 

Please support Wharton today - here’s how:

REGISTER your student(s) on MyBooster.com today. It takes 30 seconds! If you participated last year, all you have to do is sign in and choose Wharton. Once you are done, set up your student's Star Video!

SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on MyBooster.com Students will earn rewards just for sharing from MyBooster.com.

 GIVE a donation if you are able to.

  • Every share and donation makes a difference! And don’t forget Students can receive rewards when parents share from MyBooster.com

  • All students get to participate in the Eagle Run Day, regardless of financial participation.

  • This fundraiser comes with the Grand Land Adventure program, a national park theme all about building character through the rugged beauty and wild wonders of the great outdoors. By exploring some of the most iconic national parks in America, students will learn how to live a life of adventure and character. 

Thank you for supporting our school - we are grateful for our amazing school community! We will be sharing our challenges soon! Help us get to 100% participation of all our students.

*The schedule for the day of the run will be sent out in the coming weeks.*

HISD School Choice

Phase I of School Choice applications is now open. All 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
Wednesday, January 18
5:00p Spirit Night
Thursday, January 19
9:00a Wharton Magnet Tour
6:00p Dad's Club Basketball
Friday, January 20
Sunshine Cart
Saturday, January 21
8:30a Garden Work Day
4:00p Dad's Club Social
Monday, January 23
Wharton Eagle Run by Boosterthon
Tuesday, January 24
Wharton Eagle Run by Boosterthon
Wednesday, January 25
Wharton Eagle Run by Boosterthon
8:45a Coffee with the Principal
6:00p Spring Gala Kick-Off Meeting
Thursday, January 26
Wharton Eagle Run by Boosterthon
9:00a Wharton Magnet Tour
6:00p Dad's Club Basketball
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