Knightly News

December 10, 2018


We are so excited that our all-school winter concert is approaching! Students have been working hard practicing with music teacher, Cathy Liebenow. The Washington chorus and all grade levels K-5 will sing winter songs for you!

There will be identical performances at 10am and 2pm. Half-day kindergarten students only participate in the performance that occurs during their school time. Doors will open at 9:30am and 1:30pm at the earliest. The west flow zone parking lot will be open for parking, but cars must be removed immediately after the concert in order for our lot to be available for recess and dismissal.

Students are in class when they are not performing.

Please notify your child's teacher if you do not want your child to participate in the winter concert 12/17 and/or the holiday sing-a-long and party on 12/21.

December Dates

December 17 - Winter Concert at 10am and 2pm

December 20 - 1st grade Polar Express activity

December 21- AM Kindergarten holiday party 10:45am

December 21- Mrs. Weisheit's ADK Toy Shop play 1:15pm

December 21- Holiday sing-a-long 2:00pm followed by holiday parties at 2:30pm

December 24 - January 4 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

January 7 - School Resumes

Thank You for Supporting Christmas Sharing!

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Message for 4th and 5th grade Parents

You received an email mid-November about your child taking the 5 Essentials Survey the week after Thanksgiving break. The state was delayed in opening the survey window. You will receive another email soon about the new timeline for your child participating in the survey.

Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) Grades 2-5

All Second Graders will be screened for PACE in February 2019 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in January 2019. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February. Testing will qualify students for the following 2019-2020 classes:

3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading

In March 2019, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students in Grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, January 11, 2019. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments. Testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2019-2020 classes:

4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics

4th and 5th grade PACE Reading

6th grade Fast Paced Mathematics

6th grade Fast Paced Language Arts

Please Note – Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test for 2019-2020

Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, but reside in the

District 200 Attendance Area, are also eligible for PACE Program Testing.

Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, and will be scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, January 11, 2019 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email with any questions.

Volunteers Needed for PTA Pancake Breakfast

The Washington PTA Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, January 26th from 8:30am until 10:30am. Parent volunteers are needed. Please sign up here: Pancake Breakfast Volunteers.

Spotlight on SEL

Just as Illinois has state standards on all academic areas, there are also a set of social emotional learning (SEL) standards. This year we will shine a spotlight on all of the work our staff is doing to support students in the areas of self-awareness, growth mindset, self-management, interpersonal skills, and decision-making. You can read more about social emotional learning here: SEL.

Mrs. Longhini's ADK class has been learning how to develop growth mindsets.

2nd graders are demonstrating acts of kindness and recognizing acts performed by their peers. They hope this will help the Grinch's heart grow!

1st and 2nd graders are earning "The Golden Spoon" by demonstrating positive lunchroom behavior.

From our Math Coach/Interventionist, Mrs. Russelle

Please take a few minutes to check out this blog about the importance of understanding place value and number sense.

Understanding Place Value

Knight Writers (and Speakers...and Video Creators)

As part of the CUSD 200 Vision 2022 teachers in all grades are focusing on developing students' skills in writing and message production (speaking, presenting, creating videos). We are also working to create opportunities for students to write and communicate with authentic audiences. Student writing and message production will be included in the Knightly News this year. Check out this video created for the November Board of Education meeting highlighting writing and message production and starring our K-5 students!

Cooler Weather is Here!

Washington uses a Cold Weather Color Scale to serve as a guideline for dressing for the weather. We do our best to enforce these guidelines for recess grades ADK-2nd and we highly encourage them for grades 3-5. If the feels-like temperature is below zero or there is heavy rain/snow, we have recess indoors. Otherwise, we like to give students time to play in the fresh air. Boots and snowpants are needed to play in snow. Please encourage your child to dress appropriately for the weather.

You can view the Cold Weather Scale on the Washington website under Our School/School Information or by clicking this link: Cold Weather Scale.

Parent Workshops

Check here for the latest information on Parent Seminars and Workshops.

WatchDOGS Sign-up

The WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) Is a program that creates opportunities for dads to volunteer in schools. WatchDOGS do not have to commit to an ongoing schedule; they can volunteer as little as one half-day a school year. WatchDOGS help out with whole class activities and also one-to-one or small group reading and math practice. Students also love playing with WatchDOGS during recess!

Sign up to volunteer here: WatchDOGS.

Email Mrs. Craig with questions:

Box Tops for Education & Coke Rewards

PTA collects both Box Tops and Coke Rewards; both are easy ways you can help raise money for Washington. Mrs. Mandie Porick coordinates both programs. Box tops can be sent to school in your child’s take home folder placed in an envelope labeled Box Tops or in a ziplock. Coke Rewards can be sent in this way as well.

Looking for Yearbook Photos

Throughout the year, if you have photos of Washington events, please consider submitting them to be part of the yearbook. Email them to Cher Kachelmuss at

Elementary Handbook

This year, the Elementary Handbook will be online. You can find it on the Washington website and by clicking here: HANDBOOK.