Originally delivered on 9/2/2022 8:50 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 09.02.22

September 2, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

We had a wonderful second week of school. Our teachers continued to work hard to build community within their classrooms, practice class routines, engage in meaningful lessons, and get to know their students. 

Next week during our Open House, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the procedures and expectations of your children's classrooms. We hope you'll join us!

Remember that there will be no classes on Monday in observance of Labor Day. 

Enjoy the long weekend!

Jennifer Day

Events & Programs

September 5
Labor Day
No classes. Enjoy the holiday!

September 7, 6 PM - 7 PM
3rd - 8th Grade Open House 
Learn more about the expectations and procedures of your child’s classroom. We highly encourage parents to leave students at home for this event.

September 8, 6 PM - 7 PM
PK-2nd Grade Open House 
Learn more about the expectations and procedures of your child’s classroom. We highly encourage parents to leave students at home for this event.

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 10 at 6 PM
Dad's Club Social
Come meet other Wharton Dads at Slick Willie's (1200 Westheimer Rd., 77006).

September 12 at 6 PM
Fall Festival Planning Meeting
Join us to learn how you can help Wharton PTO make this year's Fall Festival a success. The meeting will take place in the community room. Questions? Email fallfestival@whartonpto.org.

September 14, 8:45 AM
Coffee with the Principal
Join Principal Day, Wharton's leadership team, and Wharton PTO in the Wharton cafeteria for the latest school updates.

September 17 at 8 AM
Dad's Club Fall Festival Work Day at WDLA
Help us dust off and repair our Fall Festival games. 

Nurse's Notes

Community: Thanks to all of the families that helped clean up the campus last Saturday. You are fantastic Avila, Kehr, Ramirez, Lepicovsky, Alvarez, Wright, and of course the leader of the group, Mr. Zarate!

Food Allergies: Please remember that some of our students have life-threatening food allergies. Please remind your students not to share food. Talk to your teacher and look at the food labels before sending treats to the class. Please no home-baked goods.

I'm looking forward to meeting you at Open House.

Nurse Dana

Wharton PTO News

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. 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 on Monday, Sep. 12 at 6 PM at the Wharton community room to find out how you can help! 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

⛺ Oct. 7-9, Wharton Family Campout: Join Wharton PTO and other Wharton families for a weekend outdoors at Double Lake Recreation Area, about an hour north of Houston. Whether you stay overnight or just join for the day, you're guaranteed a good time. Register >>

🙋‍♂️ 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!

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program helps students build on classroom concepts, connect what they’re learning across subject areas and apply knowledge to the real world. Watch this video to learn how IB enhances education through the eyes of Ms. Rodriguez’s 2021-22 3rd grade class and their yearlong class economy study.

IB 3rd Grade Economy Video

Our IB program is funded by parent contributions to the PTO through the ¡Juntos! fundraising campaign. Will you help us reach our goal of 150 families donating $50,000? To date, we’re at 16% of our goal with 29 Wharton families donating $8,175 to ¡Juntos! by the end of the school year. Here's how you can help:

  • 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
  • Double your donation with corporate matching
Donate Today!

🍦 Classrooms with the most families donating to ¡Juntos! will earn an ice cream party.

Community Announcements
Parent Engagement Survey

PREMIUM is gauging interest in educational sessions that could be hosted at Wharton. Will you help us by responding to this brief survey? Your responses will be used to develop parent educational sessions for the topics most selected in the survey’s submissions. 

Neartown Little League

Registration for the Neartown Little League Fall Ball closes on Sunday, September 4. The league is open to ages 4-12. Visit neartownll.org for more information.

Houston Grand Opera Auditions

On September 25, Houston Grand Opera will hold auditions for child actors to cast five speaking (non-singing) roles in a production of the holiday opera EL MILAGRO DEL RECUERDO by Javier Martínez and Leonard Foglia. Auditioning children should be fluent Spanish speakers and have some previous stage experience. Please see the flyer for more details >>

Looking Ahead
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
Saturday, September 10
6:00p Dad's Club Social
Monday, September 12
6:00p Fall Festival Planning Meeting
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