Washington Weekly Summer Edition #2

Updates from Washington Elementary - Friday, July 28th


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

GE Day - Parent Volunteers Needed

Washington is one of the schools elected to be a recipient of GE's Community Service Day on August 2nd from 8-3pm.

Parents who are interested in volunteering along with our GE volunteers on August 2nd, YOU MUST complete the Link to volunteer survey. Any volunteers will get lunch and possibly a free t-shirt!

I'll reach out to interested families with more details about the day, but projects so far include landscaping, painting classrooms, painting lines on blacktop, murals, cleaning, organizing, and much much more!

Thank you in advance for helping to make GE Day a huge success!

Updates from the Office: Staffing, GE Day, Construction

Happy Summer! I've really enjoyed my July. My family and I camped, spent time in Door County and took a quick trip to St.Louis. I was hoping we would be a little further along with the remodel of our rooms that were affected by the flood in March, but construction and remodel are finally underway. You'll notice a couple of large storage containers on the North playground - those will be used to store some furniture and supplies during construction.

Please help me welcome the following new staff members to Washington for the upcoming school year. They each shared a brief bio to help you get to know them.

Orchestra - Loni Gornick

I am honored and thrilled to be your new Elementary Orchestra Teacher at Lincoln, Washington, and Eisenhower Elementary Schools. I believe the beginning of your child’s instrumental musical journey is so important, and I am so privileged that I will be able to continue to foster a love of music in your child this year. Prior to coming to Wauwatosa, I was the Director of Orchestras at Badger High School and Star Center Elementary in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for 14 years. I received my Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and my Masters of Music in String Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In my free time, I love to play my cello professionally, run, and spend time with my husband, and two young sons. I look forward to meeting you and your child(ren)!

Spanish - Nicolle Schroeder

Saludos! My name is Nicolle Schroeder. I have been a Spanish Teacher in the Milwaukee area since 2002 but this is my first time teaching at the elementary level. When I am not teaching or studying, I enjoy making jewelry and practicing yoga. I live with my husband and two sons who will be in 3rd grade and 5K at Roosevelt this year. I look forward to a year of fun and surprises!


Beginning of school opening events -

As you may have noticed, our school district calendar is a little different this year in that we start school Friday, September 1st. Our staff and PTA have a variety of events/opportunities to take advantage of to make the start of the school year as easy as possible. More details will follow, but please save the following dates:

Wednesday, August 16 - New family orientation (JK families and new SK through 5th grade families are invited) 6:00-7:00pm

We will be sending out an official invite to new families with more detail, but hold the date if you are new to Washington.

Monday, August 28th - Washington Meet & Greet Pool Party @ Hoyt Park 5:00-8:00pm

The Washington PTA has rented out the TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park for a private pool party for Washington students, staff, and their families. In addition, our staff will be available to greet students and their families. Families will also be able to pick up forms and pay fees at Hoyt Park.

Wednesday, August 30th - Open House and Parent Information Night 6:00-7:30pm

The evening will begin with an open house, where families can pick up and drop off forms, pay fees, drop off school supplies and meet the teacher. Immediately following will be break-out sessions in the classrooms where your child’s teacher will present procedures, policies and a curriculum overview.

5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Meet the teacher: students are invited to come in with their school supplies during this time. At 6:30 pm they will be asked to head to the playground for popsicles while parents stay for the Parent Information Sessions:

Parent Info Sessions:

6:30 – 7 pm Session one

7 – 7:30 pm Session two - for families with more than one child at Washington

Friday, September 1st - School Starts

8:20am - Flag raising ceremony - South playground

8:20am - Visit classrooms with students

8:45am - Coffee w/ Principal and PTA

Registration Underway for Tosa Night Out

The Wauwatosa’s Neighborhood Watch Committee and Wauwatosa Police Department have announced Tosa’s Night Out 2017 has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

In addition, on Monday, July 31, we will kick off the "Night out in your Neighborhood" parties at four of our elementary schools.

Locations this year are:
Madison, Underwood, Wilson, and Roosevelt Schools

This event is from 6 – 8 p.m.

Come join us for some good old fashioned fun! McGruff The Crime Dog, kickball, free food (grilled by our department), lots of games, some special guests, and lots of laughs!!!

See you there!!!


Summer Hours and Contact Info

Gabe and Brenda are in and out all summer long and have very sporadic hours. As many of you know, Gabe had her baby on June 10th. She and baby, Trinity Grace Schram, are doing well! Brenda is working summer school, and I am between here, Fisher and conferences/meetings throughout the summer. If you have questions that need to be addressed by the office or me, the best way to reach us is via email.

Joe - russeljo@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us

Brenda - hillgobr@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us

Gabe - schramga@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us

Donations Needed for the Washington Makerspace...

Plans are underway for the Washington Makerspace! We are collecting materials for the space.

Examples of items we need are:

  • Wires, pipe cleaners/chenille sticks

  • Office Supplies: Expo markers, scissors, glue, tape, construction paper, pencils, cardstock, rulers, brads

  • Household items: Styrofoam cups/plates, foil, wax paper, coffee filters, toothpicks, straws, cereal/soda boxes

  • Packaging materials such as bubble wrap

  • Duct tape

  • Cardboard

  • Paper towel tubes, popsicle sticks, paint stir sticks, buttons, origami paper

If you have items over the summer to drop off, please email Brenda, Gabe or I in order to ensure that someone will be here.

Washington Makerspace

  1. What is a Makerspace?
  2. What do students do in a Makerspace?
  3. Why should we have a Makerspace at Washington?

Click on this LINK to learn a little bit more about why a Makerspace would be an excellent addition at Washington.

Summer Reading Programs

There are many exciting reading programs being offered in the area over the summer! Most of the programs are free of charge too. For all the details, click here.

Right At School Before/After School Program, JK Wrap Around Care

Registration is now open for the new JK wrap-around program and before and after-school care offered at each Wauwatosa School District elementary school through our provider, Right At School.

How to register for the Right At School programs:

  • Head to www.rightatschool.org
  • Click on “Find a Program” at the top of the page
  • Enter your zip code
  • Register at the school your child attends
  • Select the program(s) of your choice (JK Wrap, Early Adventures – before-school care, or The Right Club – after-school care)

Attached are two separate flyers that provide additional information – one for the JK-Wrap program and one for before and after-school care. Both flyers include pricing information and have been updated to reflect the cost per week. Billing information is listed below the program pricing.

Additionally, here is a list of helpful parent FAQs regarding the Right At School programs.

If you have any additional questions or if you need help while registering for the Right At School programs, please contact the number for Right At School that is listed on each of the flyers.

Please note, this registration is strictly for the daycare programming now available. All families still need to formally enroll your child through the Wauwatosa School District, if you have not already done so.

Forms for resident enrollment in the District can be found HERE.

Questions about District registration may be directed to Student Services at 414-773-1080.

Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR---2017/2018 School & PTA Dates

Click here for the 2017/2018 Washington Events Calendar


  • Washington Pool Party @ Hoyt Pool, August 28, 2017 from 5-8pm

  • Open House/Parent Info Session, August 30, 2017 from 6-7:30pm

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