Originally delivered on 9/16/2022 8:58 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 09.16.22

September 16, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

Thank you for joining me at our first Coffee with the Principal this week. It was great to see so many new and familiar faces! If you missed it, you can view the meeting slides here.

Yesterday marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, during which we recognize the contributions and achievements of those of Hispanic descent to our history and culture. Be on the lookout for a variety of HISD events showcasing our community’s rich Hispanic influence. 

Next week, schools throughout our nation are celebrating “Start with Hello” week. The purpose of “Start with Hello” is to raise awareness about Sandy Hook Promise’s mission to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes, and communities. On Wednesday, September 21, we invite everyone to wear green. Green is the Sandy Hook Elementary School color and a symbolic color of change. By wearing green on this day, our community is making a promise to Start With Hello.

Enjoy the weekend!

Jennifer Day

Events & Programs

September 17 at 8 AM
Dad's Club Fall Festival Work Day at WDLA
Help us dust off and repair our Fall Festival games. We will need trucks to transport the games from storage to the school. 

September 21, 10 - 1:30 
Grandparents Day at Wharton
Save the date! Join your grandchild for lunch on this special occasion. HISD will offer a special “Grandparent’s luncheon” for $6 per plate (cash only). Plates may be purchased when you arrive at Wharton. Grandparents are also welcome to bring their lunch from home. View the lunch schedule >>

September 27, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Hispanic Heritage Loteria & Potluck
Join us for a family-friendly night of loteria and snacks from around Latin America organized by Wharton PTO's Heritage Committee. Have fun playing loteria and share foods from your country with our school community! Sign up to volunteer and/or to share a dish >>

Nurse's Notes
Give Blood, Save Lives

Sign up to give blood at the Wharton Gym on Wednesday, September 28 between 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Donors will receive FREE hero socks and a voucher for the Texas Renaissance Festival!

Membership Toolkit

Wharton PTO uses the Membership Toolkit to send out school and PTO communications, manage event registration, receive donations, and more!

Please log in to update your information or sign up for a new account if you're a new user. If you have used Membership Toolkit at another school, you may log in using your same account information.

Also, be sure to download the free Membership Toolkit app on the App Store or Google Play, so you can easily check your messages, access the school directory, and make purchases. You can even sync the Wharton calendar to your phone's calendar and opt to receive push notifications for important announcements!

If you have any issues signing up or logging in, please email contact@whartonpto.org.

Eagle Enrichment Clubs

Thank you for your patience and enthusiasm as we rolled out our Fall 2022 Eagle Enrichment Clubs. We're excited to start rebuilding these teacher-sponsored clubs at Wharton! Space is still available in our Soccer Club (5th-8th), Running Club (7th-8th), Art Car Club (5th-8th), Axolotl Club (3rd-4th), and Basketball Club (6th-8th). 

Register here >> 

Safety Captain's Corner

THANK YOU to members of the Wharton Dad's Club and other parents who have volunteered to make our drop-off safer and more efficient! We need help every week. If you have time in the morning, please sign up to volunteer >>

Wharton PTO News
Your PTO at Work

Thanks to the generous contributions and support of Wharton families, Wharton PTO is able to support our students, teachers, and staff month after month. Take a look at what we funded in August. 

Interesting in continuing to support our work? There are many ways to help:

Spirit Wear Update

👕 Reminder: Due to the overwhelming support and interest, we are taking pre-orders online for additional Wharton space-themed t-shirts in youth and adult sizing. Please place your order in our PTO store by Wednesday, September 21

Summer Spirit Wear Orders Have Arrived! If you ordered Wharton logo t-shirts and/or hoodies over the summer, they should have been delivered to your home this week. Orders shipped to school were delivered to classrooms today. Thank you for your patience!

For questions, please email contact@whartonpto.org.

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. For more information, read the FAQs. Register >>

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. In this week’s video, Ms. Silva, our IB coordinator, explains how our students benefit from IB and how IB works in the classroom.

Donate to Wharton’s IB Program
Our IB program is funded by parent contributions to the PTO through ¡Juntos!, and we need your help to fund this $50,000 program.

Donate Today!

🍦Ice Cream Party! Donate to ¡Juntos! by October 15, and the classroom with the most families donating will earn an ice cream party. Classrooms currently in the lead:

  1. Tie - Mr. Fernandez (1st), Ms. Brewer (4th)
  2. Mr. Sandoval (2nd)
  3. Tie - Ms. Iglesias (PK), Ms. Treviño (K), Ms. Gonzalez (1st)

Friday, October 21
5 PM - 8 PM

Planning for this year's Fall Festival is underway! If you're interested in helping, fill out our Volunteer Sign-Up Form >>

We're looking for sponsors! Join us by filling out the Fall Festival Sponsorship Form or the Market Vendor Application.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 19 ... stay tuned!

Community Announcements
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 >>

Home Depot Kids Workshops - Oct. 1

The Home Depot hosts free kids' workshops on the first Saturday of every month. Let's get a group of Wharton kids to the next one! October 1 at 9 a.m. at the new Home Depot Lower Heights (2777 Katy Freeway). If interested, register here (under In-Store Kids Workshops) >> 

Looking Ahead
Wednesday, September 21
10:00a Grandparents Day
Tuesday, September 27
5:30p Hispanic Heritage Month Loteria Night & Potluck
Wednesday, September 28
2:30p Blood Drive
Tuesday, October 4
Teacher Service Day (No Students)
Wednesday, October 5
Fall Holiday
Friday, October 7
Wharton Family Campout | Campamento Familiar de Wharton
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