"Knightly" News

Washington Street Elementary - January 20, 2023

Upcoming Events:


  • 23: Lunar New Year Celebration - wear red
  • 25: Third Grade Musical, OHS Auditorium - 5:30 pm
  • 30: PTO Lobby Decorating for Valentine's Day - 3 pm
  • 6: PTO Valentine's Day Snack Prep - 9 am
  • 10: Valentine's Day Parties
  • 13: Winter Intersession - No School
  • 25: Father/Daughter Dance, OHS - 7-9 pm
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Good Deeds

Officer Judd is keeping an eye out for kids doing the right thing! He’s handing out “good deed” certificates when he sees a student doing a good deed. Congrats to Jamie and Rylynn!
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Bulldog PRIDE

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as their classroom PRIDE winner for the week!

P - Positive Attitude

R - Responsible Actions

I - Integrity Within

D - Determination to Succeed

E - Expect Excellence

Kindergarten: Hannah Sabatke, Ivan Raab, Kennedy Sanders

1st grade: Nova Root, Aspen Nickerson, Leland Adamczyk

2nd grade: Logan Shumaker, Kirah Moore, Zackary Pelikan

3rd grade: Taylor Arnsman, Raegan Hanson, Aria Jensen, Winston Hofmann

4th grade: Alexianah Hawley, Alana Chapman, Judah Andrina

5th grade: Drake Drewyor, Remy Coburn, Roman Cahoon

Counselor's Corner

Effective Discipline Techniques

Many parents get tired of repeating themselves as they try to teach their children the appropriate way to behave. When it comes to disciplining your child effectively, how you communicate -- what you say and how you say it -- is key. Discipline your child with words that are instructive, not destructive, and that are caring, not callous. If your child feels that you respect him or her, your child is more likely to comply.

Be calm and confident. A neutral tone shows your child you are standing your ground. Calmness is contagious! Establish the rules in your home by enforcing them consistently.
Focus on your child and be brief. Say his or her name when you give a directive and look directly at the child. One or two sentences is better than a lecture in most cases.
Praise good behavior. Be specific! “Thank you for sitting quietly and reading while I dressed your sister. It made us all happy and able to get things done.”
Present choices. Give your child choices you are comfortable with such as, "Do you want to put your socks on first or your shirt?"

Tell, don’t ask. When you ask, "Are you ready for bed?" you are leaving the decision up to your child. Phrase your direction as "Time for bed!"

When…then. Tell your child that when he completes an act of good behavior, then something desirable will happen. (When you finish your homework, then you can watch your TV show.)
Count to ten. Explain what needs to happen during the countdown. Kids actually like the 'beat-the-clock' challenge and it allows you to keep your cool.
Say please and thank you. This helps your child use these important terms in his or her own language, but also provides an air of civility and kindness.
Focus your message and be specific. Direct your child specifically, saying, “Dinner is almost ready. Please turn off the TV, wash your hands, and come to the table.”
Use “I” statements not “you” statements. Shift your criticism from the child to the child's behavior. Rather than, "You make me mad when you do not put away your toys" try "I feel mad when you don’t put away your toys after playing, please clean up."

*Adapted from an article on onetoughjob.org

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