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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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Whitaker Movie Night

The Whitaker community spirit, the smell of tamales and tacos, and the slight chill of fall were all in the air at Whitaker’s movie night on Friday, October 5th. Under a beautiful sunset, Whitaker families arrived with their chairs and blankets to fill the school’s quad. Families and staff enjoyed making connections with old and new friends, as the sun slowly set. At dusk, children and adults bundled up in blankets and sweaters, and enjoyed an outdoor viewing of Hotel Transylvania 2. It was so great to see the Whitaker community come together outside of school hours! We look forward to seeing you at our next event, Trunk or Treat, on October 26th!
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BPSD Language Learner Toolkit

We are excited to announce the launch of the BPSD Language Learner Toolkit on October 29, 2018 via the Buena Park School District Website under the STAFF tab. Please see the BPSD LL Toolkit Frequently Asked Questions Sheet for more information!
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Whitaker's New Trees

Our kindergarten playground has new trees! Thanks to our awesome grounds crew who planted two new trees in our kindergarten/TK playground. These trees will provide shade and natural beauty for years to come. When our current kindergartners reach sixth grade, they will be able to look back and be able to say that those beautiful trees were planted when they first started school!
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Whitaker Elects Student Council Officers

On Wednesday, September 19, many brave Whitaker students showed their commitment to their school by running for student council offices. After campaigning with creative and colorful posters, the candidates gave speeches detailing their plans for Whitaker's future. Student voted, and winners were declared. Congratulations winners! Thank you Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Reider for sponsoring such an important democratic process!
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