Washington School: May Issue 2018
Letter from Mrs. Daly
Dear Washington Families,
It is hard to believe that we are now wrapping up and that our year is drawing to a close. What a weird Spring we have had in relation to weather but an exciting Spring with so many students being able to take part in so many exciting activities. From the hugely successful Author visits, to our many field trips, to our Spring concerts, Washington is always bustling with activity and energy. A big thank you to all of the parents and teachers that work to ensure that these opportunities keep happening and evolving. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of some important upcoming events and also review some Washington procedures and practices with you.
As the nicer weather is upon us, please keep in mind that your child should come to school wearing appropriate attire. We encourage youngsters to wear appropriate “school wear” rather than “beachwear.” Keep in mind that we have air conditioning and that within the building, temperatures are cool and comfortable. Clothing that becomes distracting or a health/safety concern is not acceptable. Caps, sunglasses, “belly” shirts, spaghetti straps, and clothing with inappropriate or suggestive words or pictures are not permitted. If your child has questions about the dress code, a more detailed overview can be found in the parent- student handbook. Thank you for taking the time to check your child in the morning to be sure that his or her clothing is not a distraction to learning. Please help us keep our students focused on their studies while being comfortable in the warm weather of May and June.
Students in grades 2-5 will be taking MAP assessment the week of May 7th. Please make sure they come to school with a full breakfast and rest. We look at this assessment this time of year to measure their growth.
We take student attendance very serious at Washington. All students are expected to be seated at their desks and ready to learn at 8:50 am; Kdg PM students are expected at 12:40 pm. (12:15 pm on Wednesdays). When arriving after 9 a.m., parents are asked to accompany the students to the office to check in. Doctor appointments or school bus problems are excused tardies; all other reasons are unexcused. Please make sure you call the main office if you child will be tardy or absent from school. It is also imperative you state the reason for their absence. This is serves as a friendly reminder that our last day of school is Thursday, May 31st.
Thank you for your continued focus on academics, citizenship, and our expected ROARS behavior rules. Our partnership with parents is something we truly value at Washington. I would like to extend one final thank you to our amazing PTO for organizing our upcoming Staff Appreciation week in May, as well as all of the other amazing authors, artists, field trips, wonderful opportunities our PTO supports us with.
Mrs. Stephanie Daly
May 31st will be the last day of school for all students!
May Social Emotional Learning Update
Springtime brings increased energy and excitement as we count down until summer. As we head into the final weeks of the school year, Washington staff members will be looking for students going above and beyond to demonstrate the Washington ROARS expected behaviors. Please encourage your child to earn their final ROARS stickers of the year!
Additionally, the SEL team of teachers met recently to look at what social emotional and behavioral supports are in place for all students at Washington. This year, the addition of our ROARS stickers and certificates have been a great way to positively acknowledge all students for demonstrating our expected school-wide behaviors. We have seen a decrease in office discipline referrals and an increase in positive behavior across the school. Look for some new additions in the fall to help all students show our Washington ROARS.