Washington Weekly

October 4 - October 8

This Week

Happy October!


Make sure your child has joined the Washington Class of 21-22 Google Classroom (code: ocnxaxx). Important announcements are shared here including how to sign up for leadership jobs, join clubs and much more!

Monday, October 4 - Friday, October 8

NJ Week of Respect (see details for theme days below)

Make sure students charge their Chromebooks Monday night!

Tuesday, October 5

Start Strong Language Arts Assessment- Remember to bring Chromebooks and earbuds/headphones (hard-wired and not bluetooth) to school

Wednesday, October 6

Start Strong Math Assessment- Remember to bring Chromebooks and earbuds/headphones (hard-wired and not bluetooth) to school

Friday, October 8

FIRST All School Den Rally

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Upcoming Events

October 11

No School for Students, Staff Professional Development Day

October 12

Elly Swartz, Author in Residence, Virtual Kick-Off Assembly

November 1, 2, 3

Parent-Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal for Students

November 4-5

No School, NJ Teachers Convention

Start Strong Assessment

Dear Families,

This is a reminder that all students at Washington School will participate in the Start Strong State assessment on Tuesday, October 5th and Wednesday, October 6th. The test will assess fourth grade skills and help identify any skill gaps that might exist. Students will take the language arts section on Tuesday and math on Wednesday. Each subject will take approximately one hour.

Testing will begin promptly at 9:15am each morning. As with any other test, it is important that the children:

  • Get a good night’s sleep

  • Eat a healthy breakfast

  • Arrive at school on time (8:55am)

  • Charge their Chromebooks at night and bring earbuds (hard-wired, not bluetooth)

During testing, cell phones, smart watches, and electronic devices (e-readers) are not allowed in the classroom. We ask that these items be kept at home. Otherwise, they must be collected and removed from the testing site. While we try to keep them safe, we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages.

We request that students are only absent when absolutely necessary.

Make-up testing will take place upon your child’s return. We will make every effort to minimize missing important classroom instruction when conducting make-up tests. Additionally, if your child is home due to quarantine or another Covid-19 related issue, your child will make-up the test when they return to in-person learning.

Please avoid increasing test anxiety. This is not the type of test that can be studied for; it is a “snapshot” in time. Teachers have been leading students through practice sessions in order to build a level of comfort with the testing platform.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us. Thank you for your cooperation.


Kerry Emmanouilidis

Instructional Supervisor

School Test Coordinator

Curriculum Connection

Parents- Grab your own copy and join us as we read, Finding Perfect.

"To twelve-year-old Molly Nathans, perfect is:

―The number four
―The tip of a newly sharpened No. 2 pencil
―A crisp white pad of paper
―Her neatly aligned glass animal figurines

What’s not perfect is Molly’s mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are sometimes broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Poetry Slam Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with white tablecloths. Molly is sure her mother would never miss that. Right…?

But as time passes, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly's world from spinning out of control. In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect."

2018 Great Words, Great Works - Elly Swartz
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A Message from Our School Nurse

Our students have been doing a terrific job with wearing masks as we have started the year. If possible, please include an extra disposable mask in your child's backpack for emergencies (mask gets wet, dirtied, breaks, etc.). We do have some extra masks if needed, but this will allow your child to use a preferred mask in this event and keep our stock replenished. Thank you as always for your support.

If your child is exhibiting any signs of congestion, runny nose, cough, etc. and/or you have administered medicine to treat any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep your child home. Please call me with any questions or if you'd like to discuss a specific situation.

Washington School

Peter Mercurio, Principal

Kerry Emmanouilidis, Instructional Supervisor