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Whittier Elementary School

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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    Please call the Whittier absence line, 949-515-6816, when your child is absent from school.

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    Happy New Year Dolphins!

    Welcome to 2021 and a very happy New Year to you all.  I hope that this year we will all be able to look forward to moving on from the pandemic and focus on better times ahead.  We at Whittier are looking forward to returning and seeing our Dolphins thrive in the new year.  However, we are all taking every precaution to ensure that we are safe and we will need your support in this process.  

    It is absolutely vital that all of us play our part in helping to reduce transmission of the COVID virus at our school site. Many of our staff and community members have self-isolated over the holiday period in an effort to avoid contracting COVID. I ask you to do all you can to adhere to the school’s COVID requirements, thereby minimizing risk to our staff, students and families.  Please go to our website to find our safety plan during our hybrid learning model under Quick Link.    I do want to remind of a few things before we begin the 2021 year: 

    1. If your child is unwell they must remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are better or show no symptoms, and 48 hours after any vomiting or diarrhea.

    2. If your child has had contact with anyone who has received a positive Covid case, we would ask you to have them tested, even if they are not presenting with symptoms, as we know many children are asymptomatic. 

    3. Any positive test results must be immediately reported to the school, so that we can take the appropriate actions as swiftly as possible. 

    4. Children should only bring absolute essentials  to school – their packed snacks, water bottle, reading book, chromebook (if teacher has requested it)  and outdoor coats.

    5. Please adhere strictly to the correct drop-off and collection times and do not engage teachers in conversation. If you have an important matter to share, please email the school. 

    6. Face masks must be worn at all times and parents must keep a proper social distance from all other adults and children. Please do not wait around outside of the school gates.

    Thank you for all of your support, one of the many significant strengths of Whittier is our community spirit which has seen us through these challenging times, and will continue to do so during this 2021 new year.

    Go Dolphins!
    Dr. Santa Acuña
    Principal for Whittier Elementary

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    AM Hybrid Schedule
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    Whittier Elementary Dolphins are a community of life-long learners leading through Whittier PRIDE!

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    Whittier students are recognized at Trimester Awards Assemblies featuring awards for: Accelerated Reader, Language Arts, Math, Writing, Effort, Citizenship and more.

    Join us each Friday morning for Whittier Flag Decks and each month for our PRIDE Assemblies!


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    Please visit the Spanish Dual Immersion Program webpage for additional information about Whittier Elementary's program, enrollment, and frequently asked questions.

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    Hybrid Wednesday Schedule

    The Cohort Listed will be attending Wednesday in-person class from 7:55am to 10:25am.  The Cohort that is remaining at home will zoom with the teacher for 30 Minutes in the morning.

    Date Description
    Jan. 6 Cohort B
    Jan. 13

    Cohort A

    Jan. 20 Cohort B
    Jan. 27 Cohort A
    Feb. 3 Cohort B
    Feb. 10 Cohort A
    Feb. 17 President's Wk
    Feb. 24 Cohort B
    Mar. 3 Cohort A
    Mar. 10 Conference Wk
    Mar. 17 Cohort B
    Mar. 24 Cohort A
    Mar. 31 Cohort B
    April 7 Cohort A
    April 14 Spring Break



    About Our School

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    Whittier School is located at 1800 Whittier Avenue within the City of Costa Mesa. Our school serves 434transitional kindergarten through sixth grade students. In addition, 32 preschool students are served in an on-campus preschool setting. Whittier also offers a Spanish Dual Immersion Program beginning in kindergarten. We have an active parent community participating in PTA and ELAC. We also partner with local community organizations and churches to support our students, parents, and staff.

    Whittier staff believes that each child belongs to all of us. We work together to support students in developing as healthy, confident, life-long learners and leaders. 

    All students at Whittier School will receive continuous support so they can access the core curriculum and become successful students within a safe environment. They will leave Whittier Elementary School with a solid foundation in reading, writing, mathematics, and citizenship. Our families will understand the important role they serve as a partner in their child's education and how they can work as a team member in helping their child reach his or her full potential.