Originally delivered on 8/26/2022 9:36 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 08.26.22

August 26, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

We hope your students had a wonderful first week of school! We're very excited about this academic year. 

Our newsletter goes out every Friday and contains information about events, programming, Wharton PTO activities, and more. I encourage you to read it each week and use it as a resource for what's happening at Wharton. 

Now that you know who your child's teacher is, please log in to your Membership Toolkit account and update this information. We would like to have the most up-to-date information about your family.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jennifer Day

ISA Update

We thank the families who have shared an interest in supporting our International Spanish Academy (ISA) Language Assistant for this year. We have been informed that there is a delay for this role at this time, so we will share updates once we receive more information.

Events & Programs

Parent Work Day

Please join us tomorrow, August 27, at 8:00 AM to help us clean up our campus. We have bushes that are severely overgrown. Mr. Zarate will be here to meet you all. Bring any hedge clippers, brooms, extension cords, gloves, bug spray, leaf blowers, etc. that you will need.

Thank you so much for helping to make our campus cleaner and safer.

August 31, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Class Ambassador Virtual Information Session
Interested in becoming an ambassador for your child's classroom? Please follow the steps outlined in this document to express interest and join us at our virtual session to learn more.

September 5
Labor Day
No classes. Enjoy the holiday!

September 7, 6 PM - 7 PM
3rd - 8th Grade Open House 
Join us to learn more about the expectations and procedures of your child’s classroom. 

September 8, 6 PM - 7 PM
PK-2nd Grade Open House 
Join us to learn more about the expectations and procedures of your child’s classroom

September 8
Spirit Night at Marble Slab Creamery
Stop by Marble Slab Creamery on West Gray to enjoy a refreshing treat and support our school. See more details >>

September 9, 7:30 AM - 9 AM
☀️ Back-to-School Sunshine Cart☀️
We survived back to school! Help us close out the week with a coffee truck and snacks for our teachers. Wharton PTO Hospitality invites all parents to sign up to treat teachers to coffee or to donate pastries. You are also invited to purchase coffee at the truck to celebrate the end of the first week with other parents. Email hospitality@whartonpto.org if you have any questions.

September 14, 9 AM
Coffee with the Principal
Join Ms. Day, Wharton's leadership team, and Wharton PTO for the latest school updates. In the Wharton cafeteria.

Nurse's Notes

Please see the newest HISD COVID guidelines. Please let me know immediately if your child tests positive for COVID.

Please visit the Wharton Health Clinic web page for all updates and order forms.

Save the Date! Blood Drive September 28, 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the gym.

Wharton PTO News

Thank you to everyone who joined us for donuts and coffee on the first day of school. We hope your kids had a wonderful first week! 

👕 Spirit Wear Update: If you ordered Wharton spirit wear through our online store during the summer, items will ship on Friday, Sep. 2. Items shipped to the school will be distributed to students when they arrive. Missed out? We will have a limited amount of spirit wear for sale during Open House.

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

🙋‍♂️ Join the Wharton Dad's Club: We're a group of Wharton Dads who are committed to building and improving our school community, fostering a safe learning environment, and supporting growth in education through our involvement with the school. If you're interested in joining, please fill out this form!

🚸 Dad's Club is looking for volunteers to help direct morning drop-off traffic flow. Please sign up to help out >>

Save the Date! Our Fall Festival is back! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 21 for an evening of games, food, the Wharton pumpkin patch, and a haunted house.

2022 is our year to bring back the Wharton Fall Festival in its finest form. Here's how you can help us make this year’s festival a success:  

Do you love helping plan events or helping behind the scenes? Join us as a Fall Festival Volunteer! From building games to setting up a haunted house, decorating, or finding sponsors, there are a number of ways you can help make this an amazing event. Volunteer Sign-Up Form >>

Do you have a business, organization, or group in Houston? Become a sponsor or market vendor at Wharton Dual Language Academy’s 2022 Fall Festival market and get your name out in front of hundreds of local families while supporting educational programs. Join us by filling out the Fall Festival Sponsorship Form or the Market Vendor Application

Wharton proudly offers every Pre-K through 5th-grade student an International Baccalaureate (IB) education. Our IB program is funded by parent contributions to the PTO through ¡Juntos!, and we need your help. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more about the benefits of an IB education. Stay tuned. 

Here's How You Can Help During the 2021-22 school year, 72 Wharton families collectively donated nearly $30,000. This year, we need more Wharton families to join our effort! Will you help us reach our goal of 150 families donating $50,000? 

  • Donate monthly for a year or the entirety of your child’s time at Wharton (Recommended)
  • Make a one-time donation in the amount of your choice
Donate Today!

For more information, check out the ¡Juntos! flyer in your student's enrollment pack or view it here.

Wharton Middle School

Wharton is now an HISD PowerUp school, which means every Middle School student receives a Chromebook to take home. Please complete these requirements as soon as possible so your student can receive their Chromebook during distribution on August 30.

Social Worker Corner

We're excited to introduce our new social worker, Bobbilyn Lyons, to Wharton! 

Family to Family Network is providing free training to parents on various topics related to special education.

  • Does your child have a speech delay, autism, or other disability?
  • Do you know how to obtain services in public schools?
  • We want to help you understand the Special Education process!

Classes start on Sep. 19. Please see the flyer for a full schedule and information on how to join the virtual sessions.

Neartown Little League Fall Ball

Registration is now open for Neartown Little League Fall Ball. Open to ages 4-12. Visit neartownll.org for more information.

Looking Ahead
Wednesday, August 31
6:30p Parent Ambassador Virtual Info Session
Monday, September 5
Labor Day
Wednesday, September 7
6:00p Open House: 3rd-8th Grade
Thursday, September 8
11:30a Celebrity Scoop Night at Marble Slab Creamery
6:00p Open House: Pk-2nd Grade
Tuesday, October 4
Teacher Service Day (No Students)
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