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Washington School: February Issue 2018

Letter from Mrs. Daly

Dear Washington Families,


I hope everyone had a most enjoyable winter break! I personally relished the slower pace and extra time I was able to spend with family and friends, because the months ahead seem to become increasingly faster and busier. January also marks the midpoint of our school year (already?!?!), and it is the time of year when we begin to plan for the next school year while staying focused on our current goals.


Besides helping our students jump back into learning mode this month, we also have been engaged in the powerful and proactive best practice of – after a long break from routines - reviewing the schoolwide behavior expectations outlined in our District 64 Student Handbook. If you would like to discuss or reinforce these guidelines at home, feel free to access our handbook online. It would also be helpful if you would remind them and talk about what ROARing behavior looks like and sounds like.


As we move into February, I want to thank everyone for your continued support of our students, teachers, and school as we collectively strive to provide optimal opportunities for learning each and every day. In addition, I want to also welcome our new families to Washington and trust that you will find yourselves a part of an outstanding and supportive learning community.


Thank you to our families for your diligence in having your students at school on-time and well-prepared for learning each day. In addition, please continue to be mindful that our students’ academic day continues until dismissal each afternoon and it is very important that students are not dismissed early unless an unavoidable appointment or emergency is involved as valuable instruction from the teacher can be missed in addition to required assignments.


As always, thank you for supporting the wonderful teaching and learning taking place here at Washington!


Warmly,

Mrs. Daly

Washington Principal

February SEL Update

Washington continues to ROAR with social-emotional learning in our classrooms. Many of our classes at Washington utilize morning meetings, or class meetings, to promote group problem solving, teach socialization skills, and to build community. Class meetings are effective strategies to build the foundational social skills in the elementary setting and are utilized from 1st grade all the way through 5th grade. Enjoy this clip from Edutopia.org on classroom meetings and their effectiveness.

Drop off and Pick up Safety Reminders

I know I sound like a broken record, but please make sure when dropping off your child(ren) that you use the crosswalks. This is for the safety of EVERYONE!

We have witnessed very unsafe behaviors of parents who walk their children across the street through traffic or allow their students to walk through the traffic.

Please don't allow this to happen.

Parent Teacher Book Club - Duct Tape Parenting by Vicki Hoefle

In February the PTO is partnering with the school to hold a Parent/Teacher Book Club. This year we will be reading Duct Tape Parenting by Vicki Hoefle.


There's a new set of 3Rs for our kids-respect, responsibility, and resilience-to better prepare them for life in the real world. Once developed, these skills let kids take charge, and let parents step back, to the benefit of all. Casting hover mothers and helicopter parents aside, Vicki Hoefle encourages a different, counter-intuitive-yet much more effective-approach: for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines, even if duct tape is required, so that the kids step up. Duct Tape Parenting gives parents a new perspective on what it means to be effective, engaged parents and to enable kids to develop confidence through solving their own problems. This is not a book about the parenting strategy of the day-what the author calls "Post-It Note Parenting"-but rather a relationship-based guide to span all ages and stages of development. Witty, straight-shooting Hoefle addresses frustrated parents everywhere who are ready to raise confident, capable children to go out in the world.


Looking forward to this opportunity for staff and parents to discuss this book to help all of our students become respectful, responsible, and resilient kids!!!


Amazon Smile. Did you know that you can earn money for Washington PTO by shopping on amazon? #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/35-2298679 for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Washington School PTO.

News from our LRC


Library Update

It’s award season in the library! We will be studying our Illinois State Book Awards. In K-3, we focus on the Monarch Award. The Monarch Award list is made up of 20 books. We will read several of these books together as a class. Students will get to vote for their favorite book in March. As we read Monarch nominees, we will be doing visible thinking activities, including “See, Think, Wonder.” This activity encourages students to make observations from the text and prepares them for inquiry.


In 4-5, we focus on the Bluestem Award. This list is made up of 20 books including different genres. Students must read or listen to 4 books from the Bluestem list in order to vote. We will be previewing different titles in the library.

Dress for the Weather

Now that the weather is changing and temperatures are dropping, dressing your child appropriately for the weather is important. Students will be sent outdoors for recess, weather permitting. It is important for the students to go out in the fresh air and exercise.

Message from PE

Hello from the PE Department!

Click on the link below for our PE Newsletter!


Mrs. Cichon - @mrscichonpe on Twitter and Instagram

Mr.Engeriser - @mrengeriserpe on Twitter and Instagram

Ms. Pater - @mspaterpe on Twitter and Instagram

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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.
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