Dear Whitfield families, friends, students and alumni,
Congratulations to our varsity dance team and varsity wrestling team for earning state championship victories in recent weeks! On February 18, our wrestling team won their third state championship in five years, which was the 19th state title in Whitfield history. Then on February 25, the dance team won their fourth state title, bringing home Whitfield's 20th overall state championship. We are so proud of our dancers and wrestlers for their weeks and months of hard work and for representing Whitfield so well.
We are also proud of both our girls and boys varsity basketball teams. The girls advanced to a hard-fought district championship game and the boys lost a buzzer beater in the district semifinal game. It has been a pleasure to see the determination and hard work of the student-athletes on both of these teams. The support of Whitfield’s varsity cheerleading squad and the tireless enthusiasm from the students in the Green Scene certainly helped with the great winter sports seasons.
Our varsity ice hockey team is playing in the Wickenheiser Cup final tonight, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Playing at the Scottrade Center for the third time in Whitfield history, the ice hockey team has been passionate in their pursuit of another championship and we wish the team great success this evening!
Whitfield athletics provide our students with physical fitness, mental sharpness, lasting friendships and experience working as a team. A wonderful benefit for the adults in our community is the opportunity to gather together and further develop our own friendships while we enjoy the great sports action and cheer for our Warriors.
Just like academics, athletics and other activities, the relationship-building aspect of Whitfield is a key component of what makes our school such a wonderful place. Parents often tell me that they appreciate feeling so much a part of the Whitfield experience.
With that in mind, I am pleased to remind you that the annual Father-Student Dinner is scheduled on April 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel. Over the years, many Whitfield dads have told me that they would like the Father-Student Dinner to have more social time so that they can meet other fathers and have time to talk and get to know one another. This year, we are taking advantage of the opportunity to make some exciting changes to the format of the evening. Some of the changes to watch for will include the addition of games and activities that will interest both students and dads, a variety of photo opportunities, and drawings for prizes. While we will not have a key-note speaker, we will enjoy a fun and festive evening. I am honored to have the opportunity this year to join our students in showing our Whitfield dads and special guests how much we appreciate them. An invitation for this “Night out with Dad” (okay, it is actually call the Father-Student Dinner) will be distributed electronically this week.
Though it is still early March, I am very excited that another Whitfield tradition is just around the corner. On May 5, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the school will have the chance to get together for the Montage auction, Whitfield’s premier annual fundraising event. It is always a great party, and the funds raised are absolutely vital to meeting Whitfield’s annual needs. The theme for this year’s auction is “Montage Mexicana,” so you can expect to experience sights, sounds, tastes and treats from south of the border, while bidding on a stellar line-up of auction items in all shapes and sizes.
I know that 2012 Auction Chair Kim Chulick and her team of volunteers have been hard at work gathering donations and planning an unforgettable event. There are still many ways to contribute to the auction and to take part in the fun, so please make sure your calendars are marked for Cinco de Mayo (May 5), and click here to find out more! Invitations to "Montage Mexicana" will be sent when we return from Spring Break, so be sure to watch your mail.
The students have made it very clear to me that they are excited that Spring Break is near at hand. The kids have worked hard and played hard throughout the year and will relish the time off to be with friends and family. I hope that everyone has a safe, enjoyable and refreshing break.
Ruth E. Greathouse