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Whitaker's Painted Playgrounds

Whitaker’s playgrounds have a new look! Whitaker families, a huge group of volunteers from H&R Block, and OC Department of Education staff joined forces to make our playgrounds beautiful. Healthy themed games and pictures were added to the kindergarten and lower grade playgrounds to inspire kids to be active and eat healthy foods. Thanks for your help, Whitaker community!

¡Los patios de recreo de Whitaker tienen una nueva apariencia! Las familias de Whitaker, un gran grupo de voluntarios de H&R Block y el personal del Departamento de Educación de OC unieron fuerzas para hacer que nuestros patios de recreo sean hermosos. Se agregaron juegos e imágenes temáticas saludables al jardín de infantes y a los patios de recreo de grados inferiores para inspirar a los niños a estar activos y comer alimentos saludables. Gracias por tu ayuda, comunidad Whitaker!
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Whitaker Reads!

Whitaker students and staff are committed to literacy! This week, 40 Whitaker students started an after school reading mentor program called "Reading Together". First graders paired with upper grade students to practice doing what great readers do! Primary teachers fine tuned their reading instruction by planning and observing lessons with Ms. Choi, our district's expert in English learner instruction.

¡Los estudiantes y el personal de Whitaker están comprometidos con la alfabetización! Esta semana, 40 estudiantes de Whitaker comenzaron un programa de mentores de lectura después de la escuela llamado "Reading Together". ¡Los estudiantes de primer grado se juntaron con estudiantes de grados superiores para practicar lo que hacen los grandes lectores! Los maestros de primaria perfeccionaron su instrucción de lectura planificando y observando lecciones con la Sra. Choi, la experta de nuestro distrito en instrucción para estudiantes de inglés.
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A Lot to be Thankful For

We are thankful at Whitaker for all the staff, students, and families who make Whitaker School a family. A school is not the just buildings the staff and students learn in, a school is the staff and students themselves! This week we celebrated student achievements at our awards assemblies, learned about the history of our country, and enjoyed working together in teams. Have a great week off, Whitaker families!
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Padres en Accion

Padres en Accion!
Whitaker’s students benefit from our awesome parent volunteers! Three days a week, our “Padres en Accion” join students at lunchtime to introduce active physical activities that help to keep our sharks healthy and strong. Thank you Padres!

¡Los estudiantes de Whitaker se benefician de nuestros maravillosos padres voluntarios! Tres días a la semana, nuestros "Padres en Acción" se unen a los estudiantes durante el almuerzo para presentar actividades físicas y activas que ayudan a mantener a nuestros tiburones sanos y fuertes. Gracias Padres!
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Kindergarten Costume Parade

Whitaker’s transitional kindergarteners and kindergarteners showed their Whitaker Power by dressing up and participating in the annual costume parade. Super heroes, princesses, police officers, and book characters marched around the kindergarten playground as parents and families cheered them on. There was even a visit from a mysterious dancing dinosaur! Thanks for your school spirit and support, kinder families!
Desfile de disfraces de jardín de infantes
Los estudiantes de kindergarten de transición y de kindergarten mostraron su poder de Whitaker vistiéndose y participando en el desfile anual de disfraces. Superhéroes, princesas, oficiales de policía y personajes de libros marcharon por el patio de recreo del jardín de infantes mientras los padres y las familias los aplaudian. ¡Incluso hubo una visita de un misterioso dinosaurio bailarín! Gracias por su espíritu escolar y apoyo, familias de kinder!
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Common Core Math and Science at Whitaker

Common Core Math and Science
Everyday at Whitaker, students are practicing their math and science skills. These students from Mrs. Garza’s, Mr. Kiefer’s, and Mrs. Robson’s classes are learning the importance of real world math and science through hands on activities. Learning comes alive at Whitaker, especially when students are having fun and learning at the same time!
Todos los días en Whitaker, los estudiantes practican sus habilidades de matemáticas y ciencias. Estos estudiantes de las clases de Mrs. Garza, Mr. Kiefer y Mrs. Robson están aprendiendo la importancia de las matemáticas y ciencias del mundo real a través de actividades prácticas. Aprender cobra vida en Whitaker, ¡especialmente cuando los estudiantes se divierten y aprenden al mismo tiempo!
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Pizza With the Principal

Students showed their Whitaker Power this week by earning a special pizza lunch with the principal! Students enjoyed sitting at VIP tables, having a specially catered lunch, and spending time with friends playing outdoor games. Keep earning those Whitaker Power Tickets!

¡Los estudiantes mostraron su Whitaker Power esta semana al ganar un almuerzo especial de pizza con el director! Los estudiantes disfrutaron sentados en mesas VIP, almorzando especialmente y pasando tiempo con amigos jugando juegos al aire libre. ¡Sigan ganando esos boletos de Whitaker Power!
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Trunk or Treat

Thanks to so many Whitaker families for participating in Whitaker’s Trunk or Treat! The Whitaker community came together to enjoy an evening of fun, food, festivities, and fright!
Trunk or Treat de Whitaker
¡Gracias a tantas familias de Whitaker por participar en el Trunk or Treat de Whitaker! ¡La comunidad de Whitaker se unió para disfrutar de una noche de diversión, comida, festividades y susto!
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Super Science Students

Whitaker students are excited about learning science! Their teachers are bringing the Next Generation Science Standards to life by taking science lessons outside of the classroom! First graders were treated to a presentation from Inside the Outdoors Traveling Naturalists. Scientists came to Whitaker with live animals to let first graders see, hear, and touch science. They experienced habitats, adaptations, and what animals eat. Fifth graders enjoyed a field trip to Rancho Sonado in the Santa Ana mountains on a beautiful fall day to learn science outdoors. Fifth graders studied different ecosystems, the water cycle, and living and non-living parts of ecosystems. Thanks Whitaker teachers, for making learning come alive everyday!

¡Los estudiantes de Whitaker están entusiasmados por aprender ciencias! ¡Sus maestros están dando vida a los Estándares de Ciencia de la Próxima Generación al tomar lecciones de ciencia fuera del salon! Los estudiantes de primer grado recibieron una presentación de Inside the Outdoors Traveling Naturalists. Los científicos vinieron a Whitaker con animales vivos para permitir que los estudiantes de primer grado vean, escuchen y toquen la ciencia. Experimentaron hábitats, adaptaciones y lo que comen los animales. Los estudiantes de quinto grado disfrutaron de una excursión a Rancho Sonado en las montañas de Santa Ana en un hermoso día de otoño para aprender ciencias al aire libre. Los alumnos de quinto grado estudiaron diferentes ecosistemas, el ciclo del agua y las partes vivas y no vivas de los ecosistemas. ¡Gracias a los maestros de Whitaker, por hacer que el aprendizaje este con vida todos los días!
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Whitaker Walks!

On October 9th, the Whitaker community celebrated "Walk to School Day" in a big way! Whitaker parents, staff, and even the Buena Park Police Department met students at intersections around Whitaker, and began the day with a brisk walk to campus. As they arrived to campus, students and families were greeted with fresh fruit and more welcoming staff members. Students and families continued their walking with laps around the quad as Mr. Keifer and Mrs. Ryan played upbeat music, for our Wednesday "Walking With Sharks". Thanks to all who made this such a wonderful Whitaker wellness walking Wednesday!
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