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Washington School: May/June Issue 2019

Letter from Mrs. Daly

Dear Washington Families,

Springtime is here, and besides warmer weather, beautiful blooms, and baseball’s first pitch, the season brings those of us who work in schools a frenzied pace as we begin to formally plan for next year while continuing to engage children in the important learning that must be mastered this year.

Please make sure you present all required registration documents by June 1st so your children get placed on a class list. If your family is not returning to Washington School next year for any reason, please email me and let me know. As we look ahead to this final stretch – hard to believe we’ve only five weeks left. We will be wrapping up the school year with continued learning, field trips, and planning for next year.

Spring assessment of MAP will take place the week of May 6th in grades 2nd – 5th. This computerized assessment tool provides an individualized look at your child’s development in reading and mathematics. Please note that NWEA reports will be sent home at the end of the school year, whereas IAR results are not expected until the fall of next year.

Remember, the last day of school for students is Tuesday, June 4th. I am wishing all of you a relaxing and enjoyable summer.


Mrs. Daly

Washington Principal

DIgital Citizenship - Online Safety

Part of our role as educators and parents is to prepare children to be safe, responsible, and successful. With the increase of technology in our society and in our classrooms, digital citizenship has become a necessary part of the curriculum. There are seven major themes that frame digital citizenship curriculum:

1. Internet Safety: Be cautious of the places that you go in a digital environment and what you share when you get there.

2. Privacy and Security: The precautions that all technology users must take to guarantee their personal safety and the security of their devices as a result of their behaviors.

3. Self-Image & Identity: How you see yourself and how you represent yourself virtually with an understanding that your digital footprint follows you forever.

4. Relationships & Communication: Utilizing the skills needed for positive and respectful online relationships and communication.

5. Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is a practice where an individual or group uses technology to ridicule, harass or harm another person. The social and emotional harm inflicted by cyberbullies can be connected to physical bullying in the offline world.

6. Information Literacy: Recognizing when information is needed and being able to efficiently locate, accurately evaluate, effectively/ethically use, and clearly communicate information in various formats.

7. Creative Credit & Copyright: Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a user and creator of content (such as literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, visual, and other intellectual works).

For more information on how to educate your children about digital citizenship, visitwww.commonsensemedia.org.

Washington Ukulele Ensemble

The Washington Ukulele Ensemble finished off another great year on April 22, when they performed at the Centennial Activity Center. The students performed alongside the Activity Center's ukulele group: The Uke Tones.
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Poet Bill Buczinsky visits Washington Students

Poet Bill Buczinsky visited Washington School on April 22nd, 23rd, and 25th. Through interactive assemblies, he modeled the creative process of poetry writing on Monday the 22nd. On Tuesday the 23rd and Thursday the 25th he gave poetry writing workshops to our 4th and 5th graders. See him in action - here is a video of him working with our 5th graders: https://Cliyoutu.be/yyAFe9HMYe8
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Washington Calendar of Events- Click Here

Click here to view upcoming and planned events

ROARS Winners for April

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Dear Parent/Guardian:

If your child has been taking medication at school, please plan to pick up any remaining in the school health office on the last day of school, June 4, 2019. Medication not claimed by the last day of school will be discarded. Please do not pick up emergency medication prior to the last day of school.

Medication prescribed for use during the upcoming school year (2019-20) requires submission of a new Medication Authorization Form (and Allergy Action Plan and Asthma Action Plan, if applicable). Forms are available on the Health Services page of the District 64 website.

If your child is attending Worlds of Wonder or Extended School Year (ESY) you are responsible for transporting medication to the summer school location, and for picking it up at the end of the session(s).

Please call the Building Nurse in your child’s school health office if you have questions.

Best wishes for a safe, healthy, and happy summer!

Margaret Temari, RN, PEL-CSN

Facilitator, School Health Services

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64


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District Mission Statement

Inspire all students to discover their strengths, embrace learning, achieve personal excellence, and demonstrate care. Students thrive in a rich, rigorous, and innovative curriculum delivered by highly qualified teachers. Each student learns and grows in a safe, nurturing environment. In collaboration with student, parents, teachers and the community, District 64 provides opportunities for each learner to investigate, be successful, be resilient, and become inspired and empowered as they contribute to our global society.