Originally delivered on 1/20/2023 9:55 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 01.20.23

January 20, 2023
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

This Sunday is the Lunar New Year. Join us in celebrating this ancient tradition of new beginnings and good fortune as we recognize and honor our Asian American students, staff, families, and community members.

We have some exciting developments in our upper grades playground. Equipment is arriving and installation will begin soon. We are very grateful for your continued support of our PTO to make this playground a reality for our school.

Please note that the deadline for Phase I magnet applications is quickly approaching. If you have a 5th or 8th grader, please make sure you apply to your schools of choice by February 2. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jennifer Day

Attendance Reminders

Parents, please make sure that doctor's and absence notes are turned in to the school office or sent via email to Nancy.figueroa@houstonisd.org and Gabriela.martinez@houstonisd.org.

Notes must include the following:

Events & Programs

January 21, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Wharton Butterfly Garden Workday
Help us fill our beds for planting a butterfly garden! Bring gloves, gardening tools, and wheelbarrows if you own them.

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 21, 9 AM - Noon
HISD School Choice Fair 
Visit with school representatives in person at Heights High School (413 East 13th St., Houston, TX 77008).

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.

January 25, 8:45 AM
Coffee with the Principal
Join Principal Day, Wharton leadership, and PTO officers at the school cafeteria for the latest school updates.

January 25
Classroom Group Pictures
Classes will take group pictures on this day. If you would like to order a copy, please visit inter-state.com/order and use code 75953C.

January 25, 6 PM 
Spring Gala Committee Kick-Off Meeting
Join PTO's Spring Gala Committee at Postino Montrose and help us bring our 2023 Spring Gala to life! See more information in the PTO section.

January 26
HISD Back to the 90s Day
In celebration of the 90th day of school in HISD, all students and staff are invited to dress in 90s attire. #HISDBackToThe90s

GT & IB at Wharton

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

Wharton PTO News

January Sunshine Cart: Thank you to the parents and guardians who supported our healthy-filled sunshine cart with your time, money, or donation of healthy goodies! We could not have done it without your help! 

Thank you to Wharton families: Garmendia, Vasquez Escamilla, Hanford, Oramas, Tank, Uribe, Kennedy, Mejia, Rojas, Hickman, and Rojas.

Interested in helping with future Sunshine Carts? Email hospitality@whartonpto.org

Wharton Eagle Run

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

Our Wharton Eagle Run 2023 kicks off on Monday! 

18% of our students have registered at MyBooster.com. Help us reach our goal of registering 100% of our students by signing up at MyBooster.com this weekend!

With your generous contributions over the past years, we have been able to purchase the equipment for Phase I of the playground. We are very excited to announce that the equipment has arrived, and installation will begin soon. We invited our Wharton Eagles who helped us soar past our fundraising goal last year to our groundbreaking. Take a look at our groundbreaking pictures!

Our goal this year is to raise an additional $70,000 for the first part of Phase II of our Outdoor Playground which has a total cost of $150,000+.

Here is how you can support Wharton:

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 and class rewards, independent 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. 

VIP VOLUNTEERS: We need parents to help us package and deliver the student's prizes during the two weeks of the program. Please sign up using this link!

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. If you would like to donate directly to Wharton PTO, you may use this link.

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

Eagle Run 2020-2022
  • 2020
  • School Profit: $33,106
  • Students Registered: 64%
  • Students Pledged: 55%
  • Sponsors: 1,277

  • 2021
  • School Profit: $40,110
  • Students Registered: 56%
  • Students Pledged: 49%
  • Sponsors: 1,131

  • 2022
  • School Profit: $60,000
  • Students Registered: 67%
  • Students Pledged: 58%
  • Sponsors: 1,422
Save the Date: Space City Soirée

Our 2023 Spring Gala: Space City Soirée will take place on April 29, 2023! Mark your calendars and plan to join us for dinner, drinks, dancing, and a silent auction! More information coming.

Interested in helping us organize this event? Join our Spring Gala Committee Meeting on Wednesday, January 25 at 6 PM at Postino Montrose (805 Pacific Street).

Questions? Email gala@whartonpto.org.

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
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
Friday, January 27
Wharton Eagle Run by Boosterthon
Saturday, January 28
Wharton Eagle Run by Boosterthon
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