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Beginning of the Year Reminders

School begins on Wednesday, August 14th.  Class lists will be posted Tuesday, August 13th at 4:30 p.m. on the Welcome Gate.  On the first day of school, class lists will also be posted on the bulletin boards in the hallway outside the office and outside the cafeteria. We will be hosting “Coffee with the Principal” on the first day of school from 8:30-9:00 in the cafeteria.
The first day of school, Wednesday August 14th​, is a minimum day.  Students in grades 1-5 are dismissed at 12:40 p.m.  Students in grades TK & K will be dismissed at 12 p.m. ​This school year we will continue to have minimum days most Tuesdays for staff development. It is extremely important that students be picked up on time.​ Our Minimum day dismissal will remain the same: all students are dismissed at 12:40. 
Regular Schedule:
8:15-12:00 TK and Kinder (August 14th​ -August 30​th)
8:15-2:35 TK and Kinder Rest of School Year 
8:15-2:35 Grades 1-3 
8:05-2:35 Grades 4-5 
**Tuesday Minimum Day Dismissal at 12:40pm**
Back-to-School Night:
Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28th at 6pm. ​ During this time your child’s teacher will share important information that will ensure student success. PLEASE save this date! 
Dress Code:
School uniforms are optional. However, ALL students are required to dress appropriately for school and follow the district dress code. Students' clothing must adhere to the dress code at all times. According to the district dress code, students cannot wear overly large clothing. Shirts should be tucked in, or if appropriate be worn out, not hang down below the fingertips. Shorts and skirts should not be shorter than fingertip length. In addition, spaghetti straps, excessively tight clothing, and sandals will not be permitted.  
Students are also encouraged to show school spirit by wearing a West Whittier t-shirt EVERY Friday. Every Wednesday is also College T-shirt day.  Students should also have suitable shoes for physical activities. No sandals are permitted at school. A student whose attire does not follow district dress code guidelines and disrupts the learning environment will be sent to the school office.  
The hours of morning supervision will continue from ​7:40-8:15 am for this upcoming school year. ​There will NOT be any supervision before 7:40 am, unless your child is signed up for the morning Jump Start Program​. DO NOT drop off students prior to 7:40 a.m.  
Jump Start & Reach For The Stars Programs:
At West Whittier, we offer before and after school programs. If you are interested in enrolling your child for either the Jump Start Program (in the morning), or Reach for the Starts Program (afterschool), you may stop by the school office to pick up an application​. Please note that only students who have been contacted by the Reach for the Stars personnel will be allowed to participate. 
For students who are not enrolled in the free lunch program, the cost of lunch is $3 and breakfast is offered for $2. Milk or juice may be purchased for $.50. Food Services has asked that ALL families complete the attached lunch application and return to our school ASAP.  Therefore, please complete the lunch application.  Completed applications can be returned to our school or delivered directly to Food Services at 10706 E. Orange Grove Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601 
Secure Campus Policy:
It is our desire to have a safe environment for our students, staff members, and all individuals visiting our campus. Therefore, West Whittier is a Secure ​Campus​.​ ​The secure campus policy requires that all visitors check in through the office. Identification will be required if we are unable to identify you as a parent/guardian. Therefore, please be prepared with a valid I.D.
To ensure safety, parents are asked to say goodbye to their children at the Welcome Gate in the mornings. However, parents may enter campus through the welcome gate August 14-16th (the first three days of school) and remain with them until school begins at 8:05 (Grades 3-5) and 8:15 (Grades TK-2). This will allow parents and students to get acquainted with their new teachers and classrooms. ​However, beginning Monday, August 19th, parents must say goodbye to their children at the welcome gate. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.