"Knightly" News

Washington Street Elementary - October 30, 2021

Upcoming Events:


4: Picture Retakes

8: PTO Meeting, WSE Media Center - 4pm

8: Board of Education Meeting, Dix Street - 7pm

9: 1/2 Day of School

10: 1/2 Day of School, No Delayed Start - Conferences

11: 1/2 Day of School - Conferences

12: No School

19: Popcorn Friday

24-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break

Thank You

Thank you to those of you who participated in our pumpkin decorating contest! Students voted on Friday and winners will be announced on Monday!

Also, thank you to those of you who assembled treats, helped decorate the school, worked centers in classrooms, organized the hayride, watched the parade, and handed out candy in the Trail for Treaters! The Trick or Treat stations were absolutely awesome!

Because of you, our students were blessed with such a fun-filled Halloween experience at WSE! THANK YOU!

Halloween Hayride!

Happy Halloween!



Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place virtually via Zoom. We are looking forward to connecting with all of our families. Please click on the link below to sign up for your child's conference. We are striving for 100% participation.

WSE Parents to Sponsor Dinner for Staff

Our WSE parents are organizing a dinner for teachers during conferences on Wednesday, November 10th. If you are interested in contributing, please click on the link below to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094cabac29a4fe3-wseteacher2

Bulldog PRIDE

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as their classroom PRIDE winner for the week!

P - Positive Attitude

R - Responsible Actions

I - Integrity Within

D - Determination to Succeed

E - Expect Excellence

Kindergarten: Nehemyah VanDenBerg, Charlotte Howe, Layla Wright

1st grade: Shayne Summers, Luci Blekes-Nadohou, Eli Sczcembara

2nd grade: Luna Aukerman, Amelia Deckert, Eli Bushee

3rd grade: Kasandra White, Reid Richie, Judah Andrina

4th grade: Mason Muraoka, Tanner Severance, Malaya Miller

5th grade: Dawson Muraoka, Camryn Guerrant, Mason Hanson

Science Fun!

Challenge accepted! Students had to get their lightbulb to light! They used a battery, bulb and wires to build their closed circuit, but they also got to try to use the PHET simulation on their Chromebook to build a circuit too. It worked!
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Personal Safety Lessons

Our school uses a health program called the Michigan Model for Health. It gives families and schools opportunities to work as a team to help youth stay healthy. In the next few weeks, we will be teaching a personal safety lesson. This lesson teaches students how to protect themselves from unsafe touch. Sadly, abuse of children takes place more often than we think. We need to work together to stop this problem.

Counselor’s Corner - Angela Bender

Tips to help get your kids moving in the morning!

The first day of school is usually an exciting time. The children can’t wait to meet their new teacher, see their old friends and use their new backpack. After a few days however, it doesn’t seem quite as exciting to get up early in the morning and out the door! Using the following ideas can help your mornings run more smoothly and help everyone get on their way with smiles.

Have a bedtime routine that allows for your children to get enough sleep. Kids who are tired will definitely not want to get up in the morning!

  • Be consistent with your expectations. Make sure your child knows what you expect. If the morning routine means waking up, getting dressed, making the bed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth, packing lunch & backpack, then make sure your child completes all those duties before letting them play or watch television. Work together by telling them if they can get ready quickly enough, there will be time to read a book together.

  • Make breakfast easy. It’s the most important meal of the day! Have healthy options in a place where children can get to them. Cereal, instant oatmeal, bagels or toast are all items that most children can prepare themselves.

  • Prepare the night before. Have clothing picked out, take baths or showers, make sure all items needed are in the backpack ready to go! Have the kids put their backpacks near the door.

  • Let your child learn the consequences of dilly-dallying in the morning. If the bus has arrived and she still hasn’t brushed her hair, send her to school with messy hair. Ignore your embarrassment and let her learn. The next morning she’ll probably get ready a little quicker!

If your child starts complaining that they don’t want to come to school, sit down and have a talk about reasons someone should stay home from school (or work if they’re an adult). Fever, vomiting, contagious illnesses, accidents, family emergencies or a death in the family are all legitimate reasons not to be in school. There are other times when we might not feel up to 100% of normal, but we can still make it through the day. By following these guidelines, children are learning how to be punctual, dependable and responsible.

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Apply for Free or Reduced Lunch

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch must enroll each year. The deadline is Sept. 30th

Washington Street Elementary

Office Phone: (269)694-7800

Attendance Line: (269)694-7880

WSE BASE: (269)694-7835