Originally delivered on 9/23/2022 8:30 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 09.23.22

September 23, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

It was wonderful to see so many grandparents visit us at school this week during our Grandparents Day Luncheon. We hope they enjoyed having lunch with their grandchildren. 

Starting next week, HISD will host nine community town halls at various school campuses. These meetings will provide an overview of the progress the district has made on its five-year strategic plan, and are also an opportunity for parents to hear from HISD leaders, ask questions, and provide feedback. See the schedule here

Please make sure you read important health and safety updates from Nurse Dana, and mark your calendars for our upcoming events.

Have a good weekend,

Jennifer Day

Events & Programs

September 24, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Wharton Garden Committee Work Day
Help us weed and replenish the soil in our school garden! The whole family is welcome. Please bring wheelbarrows, shovels, hoes, and pitchforks if possible.

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. 

Please RSVP >>

Sign up to share a dish >>

September 28
Oskar's Not So Simple Comeback (Students Only)
PK-5th grade students will enjoy a performance of Alley Theatre's "Oskar's Not So Simple Comeback" as part of our IB Arts Enrichment Programming to continue to support students' social and emotional learning. 

When Oskar starts attending school in person again after experiencing remote learning for an extended period of time, he’s excited about joining his classmates for his favorite activity: Sportsball! Soon, Oskar’s Sportsball team will compete for the state championship. But much to his dismay, Oskar’s big comeback is not so simple because his skills have deteriorated during the time he was stuck at home. Now he’ll have to find a way to restore the talent and confidence he forgot—but the solution to all his woes comes from the unlikeliest of places….

September 28, 2:30 PM - 7 PM
Blood Drive at Wharton
Sign up to give blood at the Wharton Gym on Wednesday, September 28. Donors will receive FREE hero socks and a voucher for the Texas Renaissance Festival!

October 4
Teacher Service Day
No classes for students.

October 5
Fall Holiday
No classes. HISD offices and campuses will be closed.

October 7
Fall Picture Day
Save the date for Fall Picture Day at Wharton! Order online at https://inter-state.com/order using order code 69537NB. We need four volunteers on that day. If interested, sign up here.

Membership Toolkit

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Nurse's Notes

Get your FLU shot! Studies are showing that we will have a rough flu season this year. Protect yourselves and your children.

Vision/Hearing/Acanthosis Nigricans/Scoliosis Screenings in October for PK, K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th. If your child wears glasses, please make sure they bring them to school. If your child needs glasses and you need help getting them, I am happy to assist. There will be a See to Succeed field trip in January where students can get a free eye exam and glasses. If you want to volunteer to help with the screenings, please email me dana.bethancourt@houstonisd.org.

Attention Parents! The Paqui One Chip Challenge 2022 could be dangerous for your child. Side effects of eating this one chip infused with Reaper pepper and scorpion peppers are nausea, vomiting, fainting, difficulty breathing, inflammation of the mouth and throat, severe allergic reactions, etc. Please see the product box and warning label. Please don’t let them bring these to school.

Safety Captain's Corner

Wharton has an ongoing “safe walks” initiative for our campus. We are very concerned about your student’s safety coming to and leaving from school. Wharton was approved to have two new crossing guards for Montrose/W. Clay and Stanford/W. Gray intersections. You probably noticed that an HISD officer was on campus doing a traffic study. They will also be ticketing speeders in the school zone. Several parents are meeting with the City of Houston to address the safety concerns around the school. Feel free to email me directly if you have any safety questions or comments.

Drop off and dismissal reminders

  • Follow our staff member’s directions.
  • Have your student unbuckled and ready to leave the car in the morning.
  • Do not walk or ride bikes through the gates where cars are entering or exiting.
  • Walk your bikes on campus.
  • Pull as far forward as possible in line, before letting your child in or out.
  • Please email your teacher early in the morning on whether your child is a car rider or walker or in ASP. Please try to be as consistent as possible to avoid confusion.
  • No left turns out of campus – this is to decrease congestion and increase traffic flow.
  • Stay off your phones and be alert while waiting for your children to come out of the building.

 If you have time in the morning, please sign up to help us during drop-off >>

Eagle Enrichment Clubs

Space is still available in the following Eagle Enrichment Clubs!  

  • Running Club (7th-8th) | MON & THURS | 4:05–5:05 PM
  • Basketball Club (6th-8th) | TUE & THURS | 7:20-8:20 AM
  • Art Car Club (5th-8th) | WED | 4:05-5:35 PM
  • Soccer Club (5th-8th) | SAT | 9-11:30 AM

Register here >> 

Middle School

Support Student Council: Snack Sales
Wharton’s Student Council has begun selling Gatorade ($2), chips ($1), and Smencils ($1) after school every Thursday and Friday in the cafeteria and the main foyer to fundraise for future events. 

Please support these students as they work to earn money for things like field trips and other fun activities for the Middle School. Cash only. 

A Letter from Principal Day
Please read this important message for Middle School parents from Principal Day.

Wharton PTO News

Friday, October 21
5 PM - 8 PM

Did you hear the news? Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Fall Festival! New this year are All You Can Play (AYCP) wristbands, which give you unlimited access to all games and the haunted house. Separate tickets are required for food items, the obstacle course, and the rock wall. Wristbands can only be pre-purchased for a LIMITED time. The deadline to order is October 14, 2022. Tickets 10-packs are also available.

Do you have a business, organization, or group in Houston? This is your chance to market your business to hundreds of Wharton families and community members! Become a sponsor or market vendor and get your name out in front of hundreds of local families while supporting educational programs. 

There's still time to volunteer! Fill out our Volunteer Sign-Up Form >>

⛺ 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 >>

Thank you to the 70 Wharton families who have donated to ¡Juntos! for our International Baccalaureate (IB) program this school year. We’re more than halfway there, but 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. Ms. Brewer (4th)
  2. Tie - Mr. Fernandez (1st) and Mr. Sandoval (2nd)
  3. Tie - Ms. Iglesias (PK), Ms. Treviño-Wilson (K), Ms. Gonzalez (1st)

👩🏻‍🏫 IB Video Series Learn more about teacher training requirements for IB in this week’s video

Community Announcements
Diesel's Readers

The Houston Dynamo FC and Houston Dash will launch their Diesel’s Readers program on October 1! Geared toward elementary and middle school students, the free program encourages students to read 5 books during the month of October and offers a reward of a free ticket to a Houston Dynamo or Dash game. More information here >>

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
Saturday, September 24
8:30a Garden Work Day | Día de Trabajo en el Jardín
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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