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November 2002


Picture dates for retakes are scheduled for 8:30 AM, November 13th at the Elementary School and November 15th at the Middle School.  Also, Band pictures (all grades), cheerleading, boys basketball teams, volleyball teams & glee club will all be taken on the above dates (Octobr picture packets will be in early Nov).

Last year Whiteside School collected over 51 tons of paper to be recycled.  Abitibi Consolidated, our carrier, paid the school $734.84 for all of the discarded paper.  The community is encouraged to drop off paper in the green and yellow Paper Retriever bin (two at the elementary school and one at the new school).   Recycling paper is great for the environment and it earns money for Whiteside School.  Yes, please recycle: newspaper, magazines, catalogs, mail, office paper, self-stick notes, computer paper, posters & folders, fax paper, & envelopes with and without windows.  NO, we cannot make paper from laminated paper, food containers, milk cartons, plastic of any kind, metal, glass, & phone books.

Whiteside is proud to announce that Mari Heslop, Mark Poettgen and Rozalie Stovey were chosen by their community as the most influential educators within our district and honored in this year's edition of "Who's Who Among American Teachers".  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


Cheerleading Competition:  Cheer on the Whiteside Cheerleaders as they compete against local schools at the Emge cheer and dance competition.  The competition will be held at 9:00 AM at Emge School on Saturday, November 23rd.


Whiteside set a new record this year with the acceptance of 9 students into the Illinois Music Educator's Association Band.  Congratulations to the following students:  Kathy B., Becky M., Rosalyn B., Amber L., Erin H., Christicia S., Lauri D., Richard f., and Vincent F.  These students will perform with the IMEA Jr. Honor Band in Carbondale on November 9th.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • November 14:  Full Band Rehearsal (Middle School) 3:00-4:00 PM
  • November 16:  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Middle School) 10:00 AM
  • November 20:  Spaghetti Dinner Performance at Elementary School (MS Band) 6:00 PM
  • December 4:  * Full Band Rehearsal (Middle School) 3:00-4:00 PM
  • December 11:  * Full Band Rehearsal (Middle School) 3:00-4:00 PM
  • December 16:  * Full Band Rehearsal (Middle School) 3:00-4:00 PM
  • December 16:  Winter Concert at Middle School (All Grades) 7:00 PM
  • December 17:  Middle School Band Performance at Elementary School during school
  • December 19:  5th Grade Band Performance for school during school

* A 4:00 bus will be available.  Students will need to sign-up for the bus 10 days prior to rehearsal.  Forms are available from Mrs. Korak.  

The next Band Parents meeting will be held on December 3rd at 6:30 PM in the Middle School Band room.  Hope to see you there.

Help support the Band and earn prizes!!!  This year the annual Butter Braid Fund Raiser is being made available to all students.   Students can earn cash prizes and support the band at the same time.  Details will be coming to homerooms soon!


Primary Glee Club Performance at 6:30 PM November 20th at the Elementary School.

Primary Glee Club performance/field trip at the Scottish Rite in Belleville, Nov 21st, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM


It's time for PTC's Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Fall Book Fair!  It will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the elementary school.  Menu includes: spaghetti & meatballs, garden salad, bread, soda and dessert.  Tickets are $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child (ages 5-12), and free for children under 5.  Tickets are available through Friday November 15, 2002.  The Jr. High Band will be performing in the gym at 6 PM and the Glee Club at 6:30 PM.  The Fall Book Fair will be open from 4:30 - 8:00 PM in the Media Center.  PTC will be selling "Scripts" gift certificates, the "Together We're Better" fundraiser. Stop by the PTC table and check it out!  Hope to see you all at the dinner!

Also we're looking for volunteers to help during the dinner.  If you would like to help, please call Liz Tasso (236-1923) or leave a message at the school office.  Thank you!

The monthy PTC meeting is Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30 PM in Warrior Hall.  We will be discussing the following items:  Scripts Program, Fundraiser Card results, Fun Spot Skating Party incentives, Book Fair and Spaghetti Dinner.

Market Day pick-up is November 2nd from 9:30 - 10:30 AM and our second Fun Spot skating is Friday, November 15th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Admission is $2.50 plus skate rental.  Personal skates may be used as long as a Fun Spot employee approves them.  In addition,  the Middle School and Elementary School class with the highest participation percentage will win $25.00 towards a class party.   In October we had almost 200 participants.  We are very proud to announce that Mrs. Keuss and Mrs. Reilly's classes won the participation prize.  In addition, please don't forget to save your Campbell Soup labels and General Mills box tops.


Please become a Booster Club member for $30.00. You and your family will get into any Booster Club activity, basketball and volleyball games for free.


Giddy-up! It's roundup at the Whiteside Corral! The fall Book Fair will be Nov 18 - 22 in the elementary bulding library. Ride that buckin' bronco over to check out the familiar favorites, the new titles, the software, and all the fun items for sale. The book fair will also be open during the Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday Nov 20th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Middle School students will have the opportunity to buy books that night.
Books have been purchased for the library from the Friends for Whiteside Library Fund and the Don Didier Memorial Fund. We are so appreciative to have these new books for our students to enjoy. More books are on order and will be ready for use soon.

Lunchtime storytelling began in October for the Middle School. The story "The Lady or the Tiger" was shared along with popcorn in the library during all three lunch periods. They were super audiences, ate all the popcorn, and listened attentively. We plan to continue this program every month.

Welcome to Jan Bolding who joined the library staff this month. She is quickly learning library procedures, and it is a pleasure to have her with us.

On Nov 2nd we are looking forward to moving books, videos, shelving, tables, chairs, etc back to the elementary library. We hope to have everything in place, up and running, so we may begin checking out materials to students the first week in December.

"You cannot open a book without learning something." - Chinese Proverb

The following donations for the Whiteside Education Foundation have been made, In memory of:
Mrs Ann Kingery - Pam Conrath's mother
Mr. Donald Didier - Grandfather of Taylor and Troy S.
Mr. Melvin Munier - Jan Bolding's father
Maxie Bonner - Brother of Joan McCray
Gregory Tribout - Father of Michelle Burton
Mrs. Neva Wilson - Mother of Don Wilson

We would like to thank all who generously donated. Thank you all for continuing to support the Whiteside Education Foundation.