Whitaker Elementary News

Blog Entries - 2016

Books-as-gifts: Recommendations from our media specialists

Posted on: December 7, 2016

FLSD is all in favor of including the gift of books in every holiday and birthday celebration! Here are book recommendations from our wonderful media specialists.

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Light Up Finneytown

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Add beauty to your neighborhood this holiday season and benefit the Finneytown Music Parents Association by purchasing luminary kits.

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Making a difference for Finneytown: Glenda Bedinghaus

Posted on: November 28, 2016

Known for being conscientious, kind and good-natured, Glenda Bedinghaus is the Finneytown Support Staff Member of the Month. The entire district sends congratulations -- and thanks -- to Glenda.

 

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In the news: Make A Difference Day at Finneytown

Posted on: October 28, 2016

It started with a grant and ended with a revitalized garden -- and a morning of community members, staff and students coming together to do a good deed at Whitaker Elementary. Read the story here.

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Finneytown Pride Hall of Fame Induction Dinner is Nov. 12

Posted on: October 9, 2016

The Finneytown Schools Educational Foundation invites the community, staff and alumni to the 2016 Finneytown Pride Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m., The Grove of Springfield Township. Order tickets here.

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Hamilton County PTA's Outstanding Educator: Doug Dirr

Posted on: September 29, 2016
Whitaker Elementary teacher Doug Dirr is known for making his fourth-grade classroom a place where students feel comfortable and learn by doing, and for overseeing a host of student service projects.
 
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A Great Way to Help Finneytown Schools: Join a Support Organization

Posted on: September 27, 2016

For a small investment of money and time, you can make a real difference for Finneytown Schools. Please consider joining our support organizations.

 

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Write, draw, dance, compose, photograph your way to recognition

Posted on: September 22, 2016

It's time for Finneytown's clever and creative students to enter their work in REFLECTIONS, the National PTA arts competition. Last year, 24 Finneytown students took home honors.

 

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"It's a great opportunity to teach patriotism to our students."

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Finneytown elementary schools invited Springfield Township firefighters to lunch to commemorate 9/11 and to say thank you for keeping their community safe every day.

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In the News: Whitaker sixth-grade teacher Janelle Sowders

Posted on: August 19, 2016

The Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Page asked a handful of local leaders -- including our own Janelle Sowders -- for advice on helping students have a successful school year. Check it out here.

 

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A great day of support for Finneytown Schools

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Really, how can we adequately say thank you to volunteers from Northminster Presbyterian Church and to our staff for spending Saturday mulching, weeding, painting, cleaning, stuffing student packets and simply showing love and support for Finneytown Schools?

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Interested in student accident insurance?

Posted on: June 28, 2016

Guarantee Trust Life is making optional accident insurance available to Finneytown students. Choose between two options, 24-hour-a-day coverage or school-time coverage. For information and an application, click here.

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2016 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator Award Winner: Janelle Sowders

Posted on: June 16, 2016

Out of Ohio's 108,000 public-school teachers, just 44 won the coveted Battelle for Kids' Celebrate Teaching Award. One of them is (legendary) Whitaker Elementary sixth-grade teacher Janelle Sowders.

 

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Amazing! Whitaker Writers Club Publishes Book

Posted on: May 19, 2016

How many elementary students do you know who are published authors? Nineteen -- and they're all members of the Whitaker Writers Club! Hot off the press: Do Not Open: A Pick-Your-Path Adventure.

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Next Fall's School Supplies -- Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours

Posted on: May 13, 2016

Middle-school parents, act now and save yourself some hassles next fall. Order next year's school supplies online, and they'll be waiting for your students when they head back to school.

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Theresa Noe Named New Superintendent of Finneytown Local School District

Posted on: May 12, 2016

The Finneytown Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Mrs. Theresa Noe as superintendent of

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Cincinnati City Councilman Christopher Smitherman's Advice to Whitaker Elementary Students: "Think Big"

Posted on: April 29, 2016

Whitaker Elementary teacher Janelle Sowders heard Cincinnati City Council member and Cincinnati NAACP President Christopher Smitherman give an inspiring speech to students at another school and wanted the same thing for her students at Whitaker. She issued an invitation: Councilman Smitherman accepted.

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2016-17 Cheerleading Tryouts

Posted on: March 22, 2016

Students interested in trying out to be 2016-17 Finneytown High School cheerleaders should pick up a tryout packet from Mrs. Enderle's office at the Secondary Campus, from the Whitaker Elementary School main office (for current sixth-graders entering middle

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Word of the Week - December 19

Posted on: December 18, 2016

The word of the week is resilient.                              

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Word of the Week - December 12

Posted on: December 12, 2016

The word of the week is querulous.             Adjective             Definition:  full of

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Word of the Week - December 5

Posted on: December 4, 2016

The word of the week is compassion.             Noun             Definition: concern for

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Whitaker Newsletter

Posted on: December 1, 2016

The Whitaker December Newsletter came home in Thursday folders on December 1. It can can also be accessed here. All newsletters are posted under the Parent Communication tab on the Whitaker Elementary web page.

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Word of the Week - November 28

Posted on: November 27, 2016

The word of the week is orator.             Noun             Definition: a person who gives a speech

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Word of the Week - November 21

Posted on: November 20, 2016

The word of the week is nonchalant.               Adjective             Definition: coolly unconcerned or

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Word of the Week - November 14

Posted on: November 13, 2016

The word of the week is mundane.             Adjective             Definition: Ordinary,

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Word of the Week - November 7

Posted on: November 6, 2016

The word of the week is integrity.             Noun             Definition: acting with morals, manners, and personal

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Whitaker November Newsletter

Posted on: October 31, 2016

The November Whitaker Newsletter is available online and will come home in Thursday folders this week.

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Word of the Week - October 31

Posted on: October 30, 2016

The word of the week is keepsake.             Noun             Definition: Something kept in memory of the giver; a

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Word of the Week - October 17

Posted on: October 16, 2016

The word of the week is glum.             Adjective             Definition:  depressed,

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Calming Our Wildcats: Mindful Music Moments

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Whitaker Elementary is starting a new program called Mindful Music Moments. To learn more about this program visit Mrs. Utley's Donors Choose Project Page at https://www.donorschoose.org/project/calming-our-wildcats-mindful-music-mome/2267153/. Use

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Word of the Week - October 10

Posted on: October 9, 2016

The word of the week is hypothesis.             Noun             Definition: Theory requiring

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Trick of Treat for a Cause

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Wildcats Trick or Treat for a Cause

When: Sunday, October 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: McNulty Stadium

For more information see the complete flyer: Trick or Treat for a Cause

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Box Tops Count - October 12

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Please send it your Box Tops for Education by Friday, October 21 for our first count. Homerooms are competing to see whose class can collect the most!

Each Box Tops Clip is worth 10 cents for our PTA. Occasionally, Bonus Box Tops or Bonus eBoxTops of a different value are issued for special promotions.

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FMPA Savory Sweets Fundraiser

Posted on: October 4, 2016

Finneytown Music Parents Savory Sweets Fundraiser will kick-off on Tuesday, Oct. 4.  Music group students in the 5th & 6th grade are being asked to help sell tubs of cookie dough and gourmet popcorn to raise money for the Music Programs at Finneytown

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Word of the Week - October 3

Posted on: October 3, 2016

The word of the week and character trait of the month is responsibility.             Noun             Definition: the state of being

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Fourth Grade Music Update

Posted on: October 3, 2016

4th grade General Music will be starting a new recorder unit in the 2nd quarter.  If your 4th grade child still has the recorder that he/she used last year in music class, please send it with them in their backpacks beginning Monday, Oct. 17.  They

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Word of the Week - September 26

Posted on: September 25, 2016

The word of the week is frugal.             Adjective             Definition: using very little

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Word of the Week - September 19

Posted on: September 18, 2016

The word of the week is exemplary.             Adjective             Definition: serving as a model; representing the best of its

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Word of the Week - September 12

Posted on: September 11, 2016

The word of the week is diligent.                 Adjective;                 Definition: hard

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Word of the Week - September 5

Posted on: September 5, 2016

 The word of the week is respect.             Can be used as a noun or a verb;             Definition:  noun:  a feeling of deep admiration to someone;

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September Newsletter

Posted on: September 1, 2016

The September Whitaker Newsletter came home in Thursday folders today as well as spring state test results.

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Word of the Week August 29

Posted on: August 28, 2016

The word of the week is bluster.

      Verb;

      Definition: to talk or act in a noisy and threatening way;

Example Sentence: After he was caught shoplifting, the man began blustering in the lobby. 

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Word of the Week August 22

Posted on: August 21, 2016

The word of the week is anecdote.             Noun;             Definition: A short account of a

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Word of the Week - May 23

Posted on: May 22, 2016

The word of the week is amicable.             Adjective:  friendly;             Synonym: lovable, courteous,

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Word of the Week - April 16

Posted on: May 16, 2016

The word of the week is digress.             Verb:  to depart from the main topic;             Synonyms:  stray, sidetrack; Example

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Supply Lists for 2016-17 School Year

Posted on: May 15, 2016

Class Supply Lists 2016-2017 Third Grade Supply List Fourth Grade Supply List Fifth Grade Supply List Sixth Grade Supply

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Word of the Week - April 25

Posted on: April 25, 2016

 The word of the week is differentiate.               Verb:  to identify the differences between; to become different;            

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Word of the Week - April 18

Posted on: April 18, 2016

The word of the week is relevant.                           Adjective: to be closely appropriate;

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Word of the Week - April 11

Posted on: April 11, 2016

The word of the week is engage.                           Verb:  to become involved in; to pledge or promise; to bring into conflict

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Word of the Week - April 4

Posted on: April 4, 2016

The word of the week is correlate.

            Verb: to have a mutual connection;

            Synonyms: to match or agree;

Example Sentence: She worked hard to make her facts correlate.

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One School, One Book Post Survey

Posted on: March 24, 2016

Dear Parents, Students and Staff, As we complete the One School, One Book community read on Friday, we would like to get feedback on your experience. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Link: http://goo.gl/forms/gTC1zE4xjS We

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Word of the Week - March 21

Posted on: March 21, 2016

The word of the week is anonymous. It is an adjective. Definition: without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like; Synonyms: unnamed, nameless, unidentified; Antonyms: named,

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Word of the Week - March 14

Posted on: March 14, 2016

The word of the week is infinitely. It is an adverb. Definition: unlimited or unmeasurable in extent of space, duration of time, etc.; Synonyms: enormous, immense, tremendous; Antonyms:

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Word of the Week - March 7

Posted on: March 7, 2016

The word of the week is abdomen. It is an noun. Definition: the cavity of this part of the body containing the stomach,intestines, etc. Synonyms:

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Word of the Week - February 29

Posted on: February 29, 2016

The word of the week is queasy. Queasy is an adjective. Definition: inclined to or feeling nausea, as the stomach, a person;

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One School, One Book Parent/Student/Staff Pre-Survey

Posted on: February 24, 2016

Please take our short One School, One Book survey. This will help us measure the effectiveness of the program which will begin Friday, February 26.

Link: 

http://goo.gl/forms/IKEmXvCKdb 

Thank you for participating!

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Word of the Week - February 22

Posted on: February 22, 2016

The word of the week is omit.

Verb:  to leave out; to neglect;

Synonym:  to leave out; neglect;

Antonym: include or add;

Example sentence:  I accidentally omitted my parents from my thank you speech.

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Word of the Week - February 15

Posted on: February 15, 2016

The word of the week is emerge.                         Verb:  to come into existence or view; to become

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Word of the Week February 8

Posted on: February 8, 2016

The word of the week is reflect.               Verb:  To think deeply, to bring about a good or bad impression of; to bend (like light), to give             back

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HCC PTA Reflections Winners

Posted on: February 4, 2016

2015-16 Finneytown PTA Reflections Winners At the Hamilton County Council PTA Level “Let Your Imagination Fly…”   Below is the list of our Finneytown winners that have been recognized at the Hamilton County Council (HCC) PTA

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Word of the Week February 1

Posted on: February 1, 2016

The word of the week is determine.             Verb:  To decide, figure out, or explain               Synonym: ascertain, find

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Word of the Week January 25

Posted on: January 25, 2016

The word of the week is precede. Verb:  To come, exist or occur before time OR to go in front of OR to introduce; Synonym: antecede, predate, or lead; Antonym: to follow; Example Sentence: The 3rd and 4th grade awards ceremony precedes the 5th and

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Word of the Week January 18

Posted on: January 18, 2016

The word of the week is compose. Verb:  to write or create OR to make up; constitute OR to write music; Synonym: to craft or formulate; Antonym:  to destroy; Example Sentence:  The casserole is composed of many

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Word of the Week January 11

Posted on: January 11, 2016

The word of the week is analyze.            Verb:  to examine in detail;            Synonyms:

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2015-2016 PTA Reflections Winners

Posted on: January 10, 2016

2015-16 Finneytown PTA Reflections Winners “Let Your Imagination Fly…”   Congratulations to all of our students that participated in this year's PTA Reflections program in Finneytown!  Our number of entries submitted this year

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Word of the Week January 4

Posted on: January 4, 2016

The word of the week is tarry.                 Verb:  to delay leaving; to linger                

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