Whitehall's May 2017 Newsletter

Whitehall's May 2017 Newsletter

Whitehall News – May 2017

  • From the Principal                                            

Dear Whitehall Family,  

Let’s go fly a Kite!  That was the theme throughout April for the children at Whitehall.  Children brought kites to school and their parents joined them for a time of fun filled flying.  The seasonal wind made the activity a high flying success.

Tricky Tray was well organized and attended.  Many participants went home with creative prizes.



PARCC Testing is scheduled to take place this month as follows:







Gr. 3

May 1 - Math

May 2 - Math

May 3 - ELA

May 4 - ELA

May 5 - ELA







Gr. 4

May 8 - ELA

May 9 - Math

May 10 - Math

May 11 - ELA

May 12 - ELA


May 15 - ELA

May 16 - ELA






  • From the Nurse


1.  Remember, personal hygiene is important with the upcoming warmer months.  To avoid any unnecessary embarrassment due to sweating and odor, please ensure your child wears underarm deodorant and showers regularly .  .  .  our friends and teachers will be grateful.

2.  Please remember if a child is attending school with a cast, crutches, sling/splint, or boot, etc., to please notify the nurse directly.  A note from the physician or parent stating the student’s restrictions or activity is needed.  If no note, the child will sit out of recess and gym.  Remember, even with a note stating some activities are permitted, a cast can be dangerous to others and participation will be left up to the discretion of the supervisor of the activity.

 3. FYI:  The Gloucester County Health Department offers free eye exams for all Gloucester County residents at two locations:

                        - 204 East Holly Avenue, Sewell

                        - Shady Lane Home, 256 County House Road, Clarksboro

Please visit   http://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/default.asp  for more information.


The Caring Kids Club cook @ the Ronald McDonald House

The Caring Kids Club is a unique club at Whitehall in which teachers, students, and their parents take the opportunity to volunteer their time in the surrounding community in order to help others.

Recently, the Caring Kids Club volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, NJ.  While there, the club members worked together to create a delicious dinner for the families staying at the house.  Not only did the members make potato chip chicken, homemade mac-n-cheese, mash potatoes, green beans, & salad, but they even made chocolate chip cookies from scratch and a yummy peanut butter cup & brownie trifle.  And in the end, the families were very thankful for the assistance and for the delectable meal.

It is quite clear that the members of The Caring Kids Club have a spirit of charity and compassion for others that shines through in all that they do.  Furthermore, from their support and contributions over the past 7 months they have helped an endless number of people ~ people of different races, ages, and economic classes.  They have beautified our world and enriched countless lives!


Officer Phil Child Safety Program

The Monroe Township Police Department provided Whitehall with a program called, "Officer Phil Child Safety Program."  Officer Phil teaches children about stranger danger, the negative effects of bullying, fire safety, internet safety, and respect for authority figures.  They encourage positive behavior like honesty, friendship, and being a buddy - not a bully.  The program uses magic, games, and puppets to keep the children engaged and learning.  

Visit their website to learn more:http://www.officerphil.com/char_officer_phil.html

Defending Like a Champ

The third grade TAG students at Whitehall and Radix Elementary are continually challenged in their math class.  They complete difficult Noetic math problems that are written for gifted students.  Having to identify the best math strategies and then go through the rigorous process of solving them are only the first steps.  These confident students then need to defend their work in front of the entire class, using logical reasoning and analytical thinking.  Sometimes multiple students come up to show their "thinking" which can illustrate very different approaches.   Everyone learns something about how to look at a problem and how to best solve it.  Of course, these healthy competitive youngsters are "chomping at the bit" for an opportunity to find a flaw in a classmate's work so they can prove their expertise.  These sessions are learning experiences for everyone .... even their teacher, who is amazed to see some of their creative problem solving strategies!

May - June   HAPPENINGS 



following Tues.     May 1-16             PARCC Testing 


Tuesday               May 2                  PTO Meeting


Friday                  May 12                ALL PRO DADS – 8:00 – 8:40 am in APR        


Friday                  May 12                PTO Color Run Fundraiser


Wednesday        May 17                PTO Fundraiser Night – California Tortilla 4-9 pm

                                                          Must bring flyer to participate.


Thursday             May 18                Art Show / 4th Grade Spring Chorus

                                                          Students and Staff – 9:30

Parents/Guardians welcome for

Evening Art Show 6 pm, Concert 7 pm.


Fri-Mon               May 26 & 29      Schools Closed – Memorial Day Break  

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Thursday             June 1                  PTO Spring Fair (rain date June 2)


Friday                  June 2                  PTO fundraiser Night – Uncle Mike’s Water Ice

                                                          5:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Thursday             June 8                  Whitehall’s Got Talent


Friday                  June 9                  2nd Grade Year End Parent Activities


Thursday             June 15               -    Field Day

  • AM Kindergarten snow make up day


Friday                  June 16               ALL PRO DADS BBQ


Thurs - Wed        June 15-21                   Early dismissal

                                                          Gr. 1 – 4  1:20,  K am/pm 11:25


Tuesday               June 20               10:00 AM Fourth Grade Awards Assembly


Wednesday        June 21               -   PTO Fourth Grade Luncheon 11:00 am/APR

  • Last Day of 2016-17 School Year – Hooray!!!