Originally delivered on 9/30/2022 9:12 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 09.30.22

September 30, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

I hope you are enjoying the slightly cooler weather. This week was busy at Wharton! Our school community gathered to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and our elementary school students enjoyed a performance of the Alley Theatre's "Oskar's Not So Simple Comeback." Programs like Oskar are part of our continued efforts to support our students' social-emotional learning.

For families with older students, I wanted to share an article I came across that has tips and suggestions on peacefully parenting your tween. You may read it here – I hope you find it useful.

A reminder that HISD is hosting a series of community town halls to get feedback from the community. These meetings are good opportunities to learn more about HISD and ask questions. See the schedule here.

Don't forget that next week students don't have classes on Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5. 

Have a good weekend,

Jennifer Day

Events & Programs

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. Students may wear the clothing of their choice. We need a few volunteers on that day. Sign up here.

October 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. Families are invited to camp overnight or join us for the day on Saturday, October 8. Please make sure you register >>

National Principals Month

October is National Principals Month! We invite all students, parents, staff, and community members to honor and thank our amazing principal, Ms. Day.

To show appreciation, please download a custom e-card, print it out, and include a message to give to your principal or post it on social media throughout the month using the hashtag #ThankAnHISDPrincipal. Make sure to tag @WhartonDual and @HoustonISD on Twitter and @houstontxisd on Instagram.

Let's show Ms. Day how much we appreciate all she does for Wharton!

GT & IB at Wharton

GT Testing 
This school year, all 1st through 8th-grade students need to submit a request for GT testing through PowerSchool. The 1st through 8th grade GT testing window will be from January 10 to February 11, 2023. Please email your child's homeroom teacher and Ms. Silva to initiate the process. 

Gifted Education Plan and Renzulli 
Our teachers have diligently been developing your GT student's gifted education plan in collaboration with your child. Over the last few weeks, your child has had the opportunity to fill out his or her learner profile through the Renzulli application. Our teachers then use this personalized information to develop the gifted education plan to differentiate the instructional needs of your learner. Renzulli is a wonderful resource for our GT students. We recommend that students extend their in-class learning and use the application at home. 

Clever Log-in Update

It has come to our attention that some parents have had difficulty logging into Clever. Please note the format of the log-in credentials below:

Username: s#######@online.houstonisd.org (# = HISD student number)
Password: Hisdmmyy (mmyy=student's birthdate month and year)

The H in the password must be upper case.

Nurse's Notes

5th-grade vision/hearing/AN screenings will take place on Monday, October 3. Please make sure your child brings their glasses and comes to school on time. 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Nurse Dana

Safety Corner

PK/K Parents: Please don’t pass on the left of the car line, park and walk across the street to drop off your children. It slows down the line and it is unsafe.

Drop-off: Entrance doors open at 8:20 a.m., peripheral doors and gates close at 8:30 a.m., and the main entrance gate stays open all day.

Dismissal: Peripheral doors/gates open at 3:45 p.m. Dismissal starts at 3:50 p.m. and ends at 4:05 p.m. If you come later than that, please park your car and pick up your student from the main office. We do not have enough staff to stay outside with your children.

Wharton PTO News

On behalf of Wharton PTO's Heritage and Hospitality committees, THANK YOU to the families who contributed to making our Hispanic Heritage Loteria & Potluck a huge success! Families enjoyed tasty dishes from various countries and had fun playing a few rounds of loteria. We have an amazing community! See more photos >>

If you're interested in helping bring other events that highlight Latin American culture and the Spanish language to Wharton, please email heritage@whartonpto.org.

Friday, October 21
5 PM - 8 PM

Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Fall Festival! Admission to the festival is free, but you'll need a wristband or tickets to play games and buy food. The deadline to order All You Can Play (AYCP) wristbands is October 14, 2022. Separate tickets are required for food items, the obstacle course, and the rock wall. Buy your wristbands and tickets now >>

Do you have a business, organization, or group in Houston? Become a sponsor or market vendor and get your name out in front of hundreds of local families while supporting educational programs. 

Volunteer! We need day-of-festival helpers. Sign up here >>

Donate to Wharton’s IB Program
Your donations make IB Arts Enrichment Programs—like this week’s Alley Theatre performance of “Oskar’s Not So Simple Comeback”, which supports students’ social and emotional learning—possible. Help us continue these vital learning experiences for our students by donating to ¡Juntos! for Wharton’s IB 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. Gonzalez (1st) and Ms. Rodriguez (3rd)

👩🏻‍🏫 IB Video Series Learn more about IB Arts Enrichment Programs, IB Units of Inquiry, 5th Grade IB Exhibition and student-led parent conferences in this week’s video.

Wharton Middle School

Winning at Life: Middle School Raffle
Did you know Middle School homeroom teachers give out raffle tickets every Friday to students that have written in their agendas every day? 

How we organize ourselves is an important life skill, and the middle school teachers are working to encourage organizational journaling with the sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Middle school students who have been keeping up with their agendas daily will be entered into a raffle for gift cards.

The first raffle will be held on Monday, Oct. 3 – students must be present to win. 

Get to Know Your Student Council
Wharton's Middle School Student Council is a teacher-sponsored volunteer and service organization that represents the middle school student body.

By joining this group, sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students learn leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving skills, while strengthening their logistics, fundraising, and entrepreneurial muscles. 

From organizing the blanket and sock drive for the homeless to collecting toiletries for the Houston Area Women's Center, from fundraising for eighth-grade graduation activities to planning the middle school dances, the Student Council works to connect both the Wharton community and support our larger community. 

Middle School Student Council meetings are held after school every other Wednesday in Ms. Valle's classroom on the third floor. Their next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 12 – and they'd love to see you there!

Stay tuned for updates on Student Council's upcoming initiatives and how you can support this service organization.

(Pictured from left to right, back row: Patrick T., 7th; Taylor B., 7th; front row: Ms. Valles, teacher sponsor; Eduardo V., 6th; Daniella R., 6th; Mila V. 8th; Mariana W., 7th; Mr. Vigil, teacher sponsor; not pictured: Tiana C., 7th; Gabriella R., 8th; Leila M., 6th)

Ms. Fegen's Science Corner

Hello Parents,

I want to share videos of our Science Lab activities this past week for 5th - 8th grade. I love how engaged my students are in class! 

Please accept my apologies if I wasn't able to capture all of my classes on video. I'll continue sending videos throughout the year, so you'll be sure to see your child hard at work.

Lisa Fegen
5th - 8th Grade Science Lab Instructor

Scan or click on the code to watch the videos.

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 >>

Looking Ahead
Tuesday, October 4
Teacher Service Day (No Students)
Wednesday, October 5
Fall Holiday
Friday, October 7
Wharton Family Campout | Campamento Familiar de Wharton
Saturday, October 8
Wharton Family Campout | Campamento Familiar de Wharton
Sunday, October 9
Wharton Family Campout | Campamento Familiar de Wharton
Wednesday, October 12
10:00a Spirit Night at Niko Niko's
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