5th Grade – Class of 2021

Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 5th-Grade Year!

Hello, Class of ‘21 Parents!


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  We, your 5th-grade committee, hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and sane.  While a virtual start to the school year isn’t what we envisioned, we remain hopeful and more determined than ever to make this last year for our 5th graders memorable and special.  Together with our incredible principal Mrs. Desiderio, our dedicated teachers, and school staff, there’s no doubt that our joint community effort can make this unusual year a phenomenal one. 


Given that school is in remote learning and we’re still living through a pandemic, there are so many unknowns as far as what traditional experiences 5th grade can have. That said, we will focus on two main outcomes- how to fulfill a sense of connection and how to honor the end of our children’s elementary journey.


Below are upcoming items that will require action:


  • 5th GRADE T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST - To kick off the school year, we invite the class of ’21 to design their 5th-grade shirt.  Entries must include “WHECES Class of 2021” and must be limited to two colors.  Accepting digital or hand-drawn designs.  Send entries to whesclass2021@gmail.com.  Please include “ T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST” in the subject title.  Submissions due Tuesday, September 15.  For more info, visit https://www.mypatt.org/5th-grade.


  • 5TH GRADE ASSEMBLY PARTICIPATION – Mrs. Desiderio will include 5th graders to collaborate in the weekly assemblies. More info to come.


  • 5TH GRADE PARENT CONTRIBUTION - Our 5th graders are ready to step into their last year at WHECES and we, their parents, want to support them to make it the best experience possible. To make this happen, we ask for a $150 contribution per 5Th-grade student, which is separate from PATT’s HERO fund. This $150 contribution will cover costs associated with culmination-specific expenses, the 5th-grade tile wall, and 5th-grade t-shirt. Ongoing 5th grade-related news will be posted at the following link: https://www.mypatt.org/5th-grade


  • BENEFIT Mobile Ongoing fundraiser - Earn money for our 5th graders while shopping for your everyday needs.  Join us soon for a Zoom tutorial on how to download and use the app.


With much uncertainty in this COVID era, there are lots of unknowns.  Hopefully, the following speaks to some of those concerns:

  • Q: Why are we fundraising if the kids are not participating in any trips this year?

A: Our donations to 5th grade will cover the 5th-grade tiles, 5th-grade t-shirts and other merchandise, and 5th-grade Culmination. Although we do not know what Culmination will look like this year, we want to make it as special as possible for our graduates!


  • Q: Will our 5th graders participate in Pali Camp this school year? 

A: Pali Institute is a 3 night, 4-day sleepover camp in the San Bernardino Mountains.  If school transitions out of distance learning back to 100% in the classroom, we can revisit experiences such as Pali.  In the event it’s safe to go to Pali in June, we will ask for contributions in the spring.  Pali has typically been a $450 commitment per student. It might be a good idea to start saving now!


  • Q: Do I have to donate to the HERO fund AND the 5th-grade fund? 

A: As always, donations are not a requirement, but your contributions do make it possible to offer the best to our school community.  This year’s 5th grade “ask” is significantly less than in year’s past. (We’ll have an additional “ask” should Pali Camp happen. See the previous bullet.)  Also, the HERO campaign will offer incentives that will make it more realistic for 5th-grade families to contribute to both.  


  • Q: I want to volunteer in support of the class of 2021.  How can I get involved?

A: There are lots of opportunities that need your passion and enthusiasm! Whether it’s your time or resources, lookout for a 5th grade Volunteer and Activities survey in mid-September.


We hope you’re as excited as we are to make this a FUN and MEMORABLE year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at whesclass2021@gmail.com.


With gratitude,


Yianna Trewyn

Nee Zartoshty

Cherin Banna

Dorothy Borja

2020-2021 5th Grade Committee