Washington Weekly

Updates from Washington Elementary - Fri, Sept 8th


Mr. Russell, Principal - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Schram, Administrative Assistant - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Hill-Gordon - Educational Assistant - 414.773.1806

Attendance Line - 414.773.1802

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend. Students came back on Tuesday ready to go, and we've had a great four days this week. I hope your child(ren) are enjoying themselves and sharing their experiences at school with you. However, if your kids are anything like mine, you have to ask 100 times about what they did at school before they share any details. Please don't stop asking and learning about their day at school, their favorite part of the day, the feelings they have about school, their friendships, etc...

Here are just a few questions we have used at home that have helped our kids talk a little more freely about school these first few days. There are many more out there, but these have gotten the best responses so far!

  1. What games did you play at recess?
  2. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  3. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
  4. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  5. Who made you smile today?
  6. What new fact did you learn today?
  7. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?
  8. What challenged you today?
  9. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
  10. If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
  11. Did anyone push your buttons today?
  12. Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
  13. What is your teacher’s most important rule?
  14. What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
  15. Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
  16. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
  17. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
  18. What rule was the hardest to follow today?
  19. Which area of your school is the most fun?
  20. Is there something you did today that you hope you get to do again tomorrow?

Have a great weekend, and see you next week for our first Monday of the school year!

Please label personal items that are brought to school

Many students are leaving articles of clothing on the playground and in most cases nothing is labeled with the students name. Please make sure to label all items that are coming to school (especially coats, sweatshirts, etc).

Thank you for your cooperation.

Elementary Math Family Success Sessions

Parents and guardians of all JK-5 elementary students are encouraged to attend one of three sessions designed to set your child up for success with our new board-approved math curricular resources this year. Each will be one hour long and will include:

* Brief overview of the Elementary Math Review and Adoption process

* Introduction to new resources for JK and SK-5.

* What students will learn.

* How students will learn.

* How families can help at home.

* Homework details.

* Workshop exploring a game and a problem that students will experience, along with tools students will use in class.

Special Education staff will also be on hand to help families navigate the changes for students who have special learning needs.

Click HERE for dates, times, location, and to RSVP.

Missed the original email announcement from the District? You can read that HERE.

Drop Off and Pick Up Routines

Please take note: There is a handicap parking sign posted on the north end of the cutout on 67th Street. Cars, buses and daycare vans should avoid this area at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you ahead of time for being considerate to our neighbors on 67th and all around our building by NOT blocking driveways nor turning around in driveways. 67th street is extremely busy in the morning and at dismissal so your continued efforts at being patient and follow the posted rules help keep everyone safe.

Please review the link, Safe Routes to School: School Map, for some important reminders to help improve the safety of students and others around Washington School.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Early Release Wednesdays

Every Wednesday is an early release day for the Wauwatosa School District. Students in afternoon Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten through 5th grades will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. There is a form in the registration packets that needs to be returned so we know where your child is supposed to go on Wednesdays. Please turn this form into the school asap and let your child's classroom teacher know the dismissal plans prior to next Wednesday. Should your dismissal procedures change throughout the year, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to update this information.

There will be no Homework Club option at Washington this year on Wednesdays. Here are the Wednesday Dismissal Options:
  • Dismissed to walk home (on their own) at 2:20 p.m.
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to go home with family or friend
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to the after school recreation program (I Can't Wait for Wednesdays) until 3:45 p.m.(must be pre-registered with recreation department).
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to Right at School's After School Program (Right Club) at Washington (must be pre-registered)
  • Dismissed to another childcare bus/van at 2:20pm.

Important Dates

Thursday, September 21 - PTA Meeting @ 6:00pm (Room - TBD)

Forms & Fees

Please make sure to turn in all the required forms that were distributed in the registration packets as soon as possible. If you need extra copies or did not receive a packet, please contact the office.

Safety Drills at Washington

Next week we will be practicing the first of many safety drills throughout the year. I wanted to inform you in case your child comes home and talks about it. We are required to do several drill throughout the year, including monthly evacuation (fire) drills, two severe weather and lock down drills. We will inform parents about these drills as we practice them. During the month of September, we will practice each of the required drills to better review and evaluate our procedures as a staff.