Originally delivered on 10/7/2022 9:05 pm

SUBJECT: Wharton DLA Newsletter 10.07.22

October 7, 2022
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Wharton Families,

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus on and raise awareness of bullying. This is a serious issue that impacts thousands of students every day, but it can be prevented with education and awareness. 

At Wharton, we'll be raising awareness about bullying among our students throughout the month. You can help at home, too. Here is a helpful guide for parents: Bullying Prevention 101: A Quick Guide for Parents.

We have included some important reminders about procedures for early pick-up and visiting the school.

I hope you have a restful weekend!

Jennifer Day

Events & Programs

October 12
PSAT for 8th Graders
Wharton will be administering the PSAT (Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test) to all 8th graders. Please make sure your student is present and on time. More information >>

October 12, 10 AM - 9 PM
Spirit Night at Niko Niko's
Eat out for a good cause! Enjoy outdoor seating, a full kids menu, salads, sandwiches, and half-priced wings at Niko Niko's (2520 Montrose Blvd.) 20% of sales benefit our school. Be sure to mention Wharton at checkout. Valid for dine-in and phone orders.

October 12, 4 PM - 5 PM
Wharton MS Student Council Meeting
Middle school students are invited to attend Student Council's meeting in Ms. Valles's classroom on the third floor.

October 13 & 14, After School
Student Council Snack Sales
Buy drinks, snacks and smencils at the main foyer and cafeteria and support Student Council as they fundraise for field trips and other activities. Cash only.

October 14
October Sunshine Cart
For our October Sunshine Cart, we are asking for donations to purchase Halloween, fall, and Dia de Muertos-themed drinks and snacks for our teachers and staff! We appreciate your continued support!

Donate >>
Volunteer >>

Important Reminders

VIPS Registration: As we start bringing back field trips and increasing opportunities for guardians to be on campus, we would like to remind parents and guardians to complete the VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) registration through HISD. This certification is required for anyone accompanying students on field trips or volunteering at any HISD campus.

Early Pick-Up: Please remember that if you need to pick up your child early, you must do so by 3:10 PM at the latest. 

ID for VisitorsAll campus visitors must present an ID at the front office. Please remember to bring yours when visiting the school.

Lost and Found: Please stop by the school foyer to check the lost and found. We have many unclaimed items.

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!

Nurse's Notes

Houston ISD has a shortage of CPR/AED/First Aid instructors. I want to help our school and district by becoming a certified Red Cross instructor and training our staff. I am also interested in teaching a babysitting class for our middle school students. We will need manikins and AED trainers for all of the classes so I have created a Donors Choose project. Any contribution helps!

Nurse Dana

Wharton PTO News

Friday, October 21
5 PM - 8 PM

One more week to buy All You Can Play wristbands. The deadline to pre-order wristbands is next Friday, October 14. As a reminder, wristbands will not be sold after that date. Buy yours now >>

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

  • Haunted House: Shipley Do-Nuts, FC5120
  • Confetti Egg Booth: S. R Towing Unlimited by Familia Reyes
  • Photo Booth: Javier Ortiz Catering
  • Silly String Fun: The Poetsch Family
  • Spin Art: The DeSalvo Family
  • Hair Painting Bar: The Blaker Family
  • Face Painting Booth: Claudias Oramas and Hugo Ovalle
  • Holiday Walker/DJ: The Trade Entertainment
  • Bean Bag Toss: Jennafer Watson
  • General Sponsor: Frost Bank

There's still time sponsor or become a market vendor and get your name out in front of hundreds of local families while supporting educational programs!

Volunteer! We need festival helpers. Sign up here >>

Donate to Wharton’s IB Program
Only one week left for our classroom contest! Donate to ¡Juntos! by October 15, and the classroom with the most families donating will earn an ice cream party. Thank you to the 74 families who have already donated. 

Has your family donated yet? 

We still need another $20,000 to reach our goal of raising the $50,000 needed annually to sustain our IB program.

Donate Today!

Classrooms currently in the lead:

  1. Ms. Brewer (4th)
  2. Mr. Fernandez (1st)
  3. Mr. Sandoval (2nd)
  4. Ms. Rodriguez (3rd)
  5. Ms. Gonzalez (1st)
Wharton Middle School

Keep 'Em Coming: Middle School Donations to Ms. Acevedo's Class Dojo Store

Did you know that Middle School students win points for participation in Spanish class? To encourage our MS students to practice speaking and engage more, Ms. Acevedo awards points to active students. Those points can be saved to purchase things from her Class Dojo store. 

Items in Ms. Acevedo's Class Dojo Store range from snacks to school supplies -- thank you parents for your donations to support this initiative!

If you'd like to contribute to Ms. Acevedo's Class Dojo Store, visit her Amazon Wishlist. Don't forget to put your child's name on the gift receipt! 

LatAm Travel Opportunity for MS Students

Ms. Valles is exploring an opportunity for Middle School students to participate in a trip to Costa Rica during the 2023-2024 school year.

She is still in the information-gathering stage of this initiative, and more information is coming - but please start considering this exciting possibility. 

If this sounds like something in which your Wharton MS student would like to participate, Ms. Valles is holding a virtual meeting to provide more information and answer questions on Monday, Oct. 24. 

Look to future newsletters for more information and the link to join the first meeting! 

6th Grade Take The Stage Residency Coming to Wharton!

Wharton is excited to announce that our 6th graders will be participating in a residency with Take the Stage starting in January. Students will be creating a film from concept to premiere completely in Spanish. They will write the film and learn all the technical aspects of filmmaking, including acting in the film they write. We cannot wait!

Community Announcements

Home Depot Kids Workshops -November 5
Thank you to the Wharton families who came out to The Home Depot last Saturday. Let's get a group of Wharton students to the next one! November 5 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, 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
Friday, October 21
2022 Fall Festival | Festival de Otoño
Monday, November 21
Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, November 22
Thanksgiving Break
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