Dear Whittier Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the recent California Department of Public Health Order for Riverside County, we will open the school year in a fully online learning model beginning August 17, 2020. Although we are all experiencing multiple changes due to COVID-19, we want to assure you that as we begin our school year in an Online Learning Model, our staff is committed to establishing and nurturing lasting connections, delivering high quality instruction, and providing necessary support for every student. It is our hope to continue to build and foster relationships with our Whittier families, so together we can ensure academic and social emotional growth in all students.
Some exciting news is that we now have 1:1 Chromebooks for all students in grades TK-5 to support with online learning. Please note that we have identified three days for Chromebook and Supply Bag distribution.
- Monday, August 10th 8:00AM to 11:00AM (Last Names starting with A-F)
- Tuesday, August 11th 8:00AM to 11:00AM (Last Names starting with G-M)
- Wednesday, August 12th 8:00AM to 11:00AM (Last Names starting with N-Z)
In order to receive your student Chromebook and materials, you must complete the Data Validation and consent to electronic equipment check out on Student Mobile Device Agreement through AERIES Parent Portal https://www.hemetusd.org/apps/pages/reregistration. Materials will not be given unless this step is completed.
The location for the distribution of student Chromebooks and materials will be a drive-thru model in the parking lot loop in front of school, similar to our lunch distribution, on your assigned day (see above). We ask that you remain in your vehicle at all times and follow staff direction and instructions. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Important - BEFORE the First Day of School:
- Classroom assignments will be updated in Aeries on August 14. Please login to your AERIES Parent Portal to locate the name of your assigned classroom teacher.
- Go to Whittier’s school website at www.whittier.hemetusd.org
- Scroll down to Latest News
- Locate Classroom Teacher Page
- Click on Teacher Name
- Follow directions to set up Google Classroom and/or Class Dojo accounts TO LINK TO TEACHER.
If you are not available on your assigned distribution day, please contact the school office at 951-765-1650 to schedule a pick-up appointment.
The Whittier School PTO is an integral partner in our successful school program and your child would not receive the top-notch educational experience without the PTO’s support. They generously provide us with funds and volunteers to maintain our educational efforts (i.e. field trips, assemblies, festivals, etc.). Please consider joining the Whittier PTO this year and support their efforts to provide the best possible experience for our students; or better yet, join the PTO executive board and attend the monthly meetings and become part of the decision making process. Your support is so greatly appreciated!
Together, we will continue to build on our prior successes and dedicate ourselves to moving the school forward in a positive direction by providing the highest quality education for every student. I would like to thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times. Most importantly, we want you to know that we miss our students and are working hard to provide them with meaningful connections and relevant instruction. Welcome back Wildcats!
Jeff Keeney, Principal