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Building Community Through Dance and Play

What do “Global Play Day” and “Bring Your Star to Dance” have in common? Both are recent Whitaker activities that helped build community among our students and families. Global Play day inspires kids to creatively work together to create games, build, laugh, and collaborate. Our recent dance was an opportunity for students to dress up, bring their families to school, and share a good time with friends. Even Mrs. Beckelheimer and Miss Maria were spotted showing off their dance moves!
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Whitaker's Inspirational Speech Contestants

The Whitaker family is so proud of our fifth and sixth grade speech contest representatives who competed at the annual Buena Park School District speech contest last week. Their speeches were not only delivered with poise and confidence, but were also incredibly inspirational! Great job girls!


La familia Whitaker está muy orgullosa de los representantes de nuestros concursos de oratoria de quinto y sexto grado que compitieron en el concurso anual de discursos del Distrito Escolar de Buena Park la semana pasada. Sus discursos no solo fueron presentados con aplomo y confianza, sino que también fueron increíblemente inspiradores. Buen trabajo chicas!
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Mummies, Music, and Mentors

Whitaker sharks practiced their communication and collaboration skills in many different ways this week! Sixth graders memorized, recited, and wore costumes for their ancient history presentation. First, fourth, and fifth graders read books together in our Reading Together mentorship program. Primary students learned the language of music with the help of Ms. Vanides, our music teacher. Great job this week Sharks!
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The Greatest Field Trip Ever

Whitaker sixth graders have been enjoying a week of hands on NGSS science lessons, leadership training, and bonding together as a sixth grade class. Thank you Mr. Kiefer, Mrs. Robson, and Mrs. Garza for spending the week away from home with our amazing students!
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McTeacher Night

Whitaker staff are great at teaching and taking care of students, but we found out that they are also amazing McDonald’s workers. Students, staff, and families filled a local McDonald’s to celebrate McTeacher Night, 2019. Smiles and laughs were everywhere as students couldn’t believe teachers’ wide range of fast food skills. Thanks to staff, families, and community for all your support!


El personal de Whitaker es excelente para enseñar y cuidar a los estudiantes, pero descubrimos que también son increíbles trabajadores de McDonald's. Los estudiantes, el personal y las familias llenaron un McDonald's local para celebrar la Noche de McTeacher, 2019. Las sonrisas y las risas estaban en todas partes, ya que los estudiantes no podían creer en la amplia gama de habilidades de comida rápida de los maestros. ¡Gracias al personal, las familias y la comunidad por todo su apoyo!
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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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