Wildcat Chat

Washington School: October Issue 2017

Letter from Mrs. Daly

Dear Washington Families,

I know we are all surprised how fast September has flown by!

We have certainly had a fantastic month here…it’s been incredibly busy, but the progress the students have made in just a few short weeks has been astounding! By now, everyone is settling in well to their new classrooms, their new routines and getting down to the business of learning. This year has so much in store, our entire team is excited to witness their growth!

Now that October is approaching, we have noticed an unreal difference in our temperatures. Please remember that our students go outside year round, and they should come prepared for recess time depending on what the weather is for the given day.

October is always a fun month at school…we’ll be diving into all things Fall as we gear up to the busy holiday season. This year we'll have Halloween Parties and the Parade on October 31st. A event I know families and students look forward too. Read the chat for specific information on the parties and parade.

I would like to take the time to thank ALL of our parents and families who have donated/sponsored and have helped make our Washington Walkathon a huge success. The day was beautiful and the students/staff ran and walked their hearts out. We are all working really hard for our new playground. Thank you to ALL of you for helping make this project happen.

A few reminders, picture day is coming up on October 3. Please make sure your child(ren) are to school on time. Our 5th graders will be doing their overnight field trip to Camp Duncan on October 19th. 5th grade parents, please get your money and forms turned in as soon as possible.

To help support and promote our positive ROARS system at Washington, I am asking for label donations to the office. If a family would like to donate 1 X 2 5/8 labels to the office that would be fantastic. Thank you for all of your support.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns – please let Ms. Lazor or myself know. We are always here to help.

We are looking forward to a great October!


Mrs. Daly

Washington Principal

Drop off and Pick up Safety Reminders

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.

Student Council Update

Student Council had its second meeting this month. Twenty-six of our finest student representatives are helping make Washington School great! During the first week of October 2-6, the student council is running a fundraiser for the victims of our most recent natural disasters. The students are excited to help!

Halloween Information and Parade Schedule

The students and staff of Washington School will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, October 31st. Parents, who are helping with room parities, are to enter through the front doors, and get your name badge. If you haven’t had your driver’s licenses scanned by our Raptor system, please do so as soon as possible. If your name's not on the room parent list, then you will not be allowed into the classroom for the parties.

Room parents, please make sure you submit your party plans to me and your classroom teacher two weeks prior to October 31st. Plans are due Tuesday, October 17th.

Relatives or parents who wish to just view the parade may do so out around the track in the back of the building. (If raining, the parade will be inside only for staff and students only).

We appreciate your cooperation and support with our Halloween celebrations.

Other Important Guidelines:

  • No food or candy is allowed at the party!

  • Parents, who are assigned to help with the class parties, must be registered with the office. Parents who are not a room parent or have not registered with the office will not be permitted to attend the class party.

  • EVERYONE is welcome to attend the parade. The parade is in the PM.

  • AM Kindergarten Parade is for students and staff only. Parents will not see the parade inside the building.

  • Students need to return to classrooms after the parade to pack up for regular dismissal.

Halloween Costume Guidelines - Please follow these

  • Costumes are optional for students in grades K-5.

  • Costumes should be brought to school, and students must be able to put their costumes on themselves.

Costumes brought to school MUST:

  • Not contain ANY weapons (real or imitation). This includes, but is not limited to, swords, guns, knives, clubs, lasers, etc.
  • Not contain any fake blood or other gruesome masks
  • Masks are NOT allowed to be worn at school during the party or the parade

(Masks need to be left at home).

  • Not represent a violent character such as, Freddie Krueger, “Jason”, an ax-murderer, etc.
  • Not display any alcohol, drug or cigarette logos
  • Cover the child appropriately: that is, no exposed torso, chest area, buttocks, etc.

Halloween Party and Parade Schedule

10:30 a.m. Kdg Am Parade

(Inside of building for students and staff only)

10:45 -11:30 a.m. Kdg Am Party

2:00 p.m. Students change into their costumes

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Halloween Classroom Parties

3:00 p.m. Halloween Parade

3:30 p.m. Dismissal from classrooms

Our Social/Emotional (SEL) Update

With the addition of our Washington Voice Volume levels, each month we will be focusing on a different letter of our Washington ROARS to promote positive student behavior throughout the school day. For the month of September, we ROARed by practicing our Voice Volumes. Your child earned their ROARS stickers for using a Voice Volume 1 in the hallway, 0 in the bathrooms and during our safety drills, and a 2 in the lunchroom. Classrooms with the most ROARS sticker recipients each month will get to house our Washington Wildcat stuffed animal to show their Washington Wildcat Pride! In October, we will be ROARing with Respect.

LRC News

In grades K-2, we are working on all kinds of exciting things from learning about parts of books and where they live in the library to differentiating between fiction and nonfiction as well as how we can start to pick out “just right” books.

In grades 3-5, we are excited to continue using Destiny Discover this year with students. This online system provides students with access to our school’s online catalog and their library accounts. Students can now check their accounts to see what materials they have checked out, search and place holds on items and access our school’s online information resources in one place.

Message from PE

Hello from the PE Department!

The 2017- 2018 school year is off to a fantastic start! Our students are filling their days learning about fitness, tennis and soccer. If you would like to see what’s happening in physical education class at Washington follow us on twitter and instagram.

Mrs. Cichon - @mrscichonpe on Twitter and Instagram

Mr.Engeriser - @mrengeriserpe on Twitter and Instagram

Ms. Pater - @mspaterpe on Twitter and Instagram

La clase de español

¡Hola! Classes are off to a great start for the students in grades 2-5. If you'd like to read Señora Nagel's latest updates, just follow Señora Nagel (and Rubén) via her blog found on her website OR via Twitter. ¡Gracias!

Follow Mrs. Daly on Twitter

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER….. We are always looking for ways to improve communication and to increase engagement with our parent community, please follow me on Twitter. I invite you to follow me @Dalytalk for news on student, classroom, and school accomplishments, important updates, informational items, and a glimpse at amazing moments of teaching and learning.
Washington Calendar of Events- Click Here

Click here to view upcoming and planned events

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.

Science Olympiad 2018

Parents and students! If your family includes a third, fourth or fifth grader, now is the time to make plans to participate in this year’s Science Olympiad. Information, along with the ONLINE registration form, are available on the District 64 Science Olympiad Webpage. The last day to register for this great event is Friday, November 10.


District 64 ELF is hosting a Halloween-themed 5k run and walk on Saturday, October 28. Starting and ending in Hodges Park, the loop will allow for a shorter, 3k distance in the event 5k is too far. Open to kids of all ages and adults of all abilities, this is an inter-school competition to see who has the most participation. Let's help Field School win and show our support in this fun family-friendly event! Click here to register:

https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/2017-Halloween-Hustle-5k-Run-and-Walk and open the flyer attached to this newsletter to read more.

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