"Knightly" News

Washington Street Elementary - August 18, 2022

Welcome back, Bulldogs!

Welcome back, Washington Street Elementary Families!

We had a wonderful first week! From finding lockers to losing teeth, we thoroughly enjoyed meeting new friends and getting acclimated to classrooms! We are looking forward to a great year!

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Mrs. Knight

Morning Drop-off Procedures

In an effort to keep all students as safe as possible, please follow our drop-off procedure for students who will not be utilizing bus transportation before school:

  • Doors will open at 8:20 a.m. Students MUST stay in their vehicles until that time.
  • Please pull up as far as possible (all the way to the stop sign) when utilizing the drop-off zone in front of the building. This allows us to clear traffic off of Garfield Street.
  • Students are to be dropped off on the curbside ONLY when utilizing the drop-off zone. We do not want students in the path of traffic.
  • Parents who are using the drop-off zone in the morning should NOT exit their vehicles.
  • If you would like to visit the office, please park by the playground and walk up the sidewalk.
  • Please be safe and slow down when driving through the parking lot.
  • Parents may park by the playground and help their children out of the car. If desired, you may walk them up the sidewalk.
  • Staff members will be available to ensure each student arrives safely and directly to their classroom.

Dismissal and Pick-up Procedures

All students not using school transportation will have a designated outdoor pick-up location which parents/guardians will access from their vehicles only. We are asking all parents to stay in their vehicles while school staff direct students to parent/guardian vehicles once they are stopped in the pick-up lane.

All parents/guardians will need to use Garfield Street as the entrance to the pick-up area. Washington Street will ONLY be used as an exit at dismissal/pick-up time.

3rd-5th grade students will be picked up in front of the school building near the main entrance. Kindergarten-2nd grade students will be picked up on the east side of the building in the designated pick-up lane that is usually part of the parking lot (cars will NOT be parked in that area).

At the front of the school 5th graders will be furthest to the west, followed by 4th graders, and then third graders. On the east side of the building, 2nd graders will be lined up first, then 1st graders, followed lastly by the Kindergarteners. If parents have both upper elementary and lower elementary students, they will pick up their children at the youngest child's dismissal location.

3rd-5th-grade parents should stay in the outside lane.

Kindergarten-2nd-grade parents may use the inside lane to access the "turning lane". Do NOT get in this lane until after the OMS Parking Lot.

There can only be one lane of traffic until after the OMS Parking Lot in case there is an emergency.

After reflecting on last year, we feel this pick-up procedure puts student safety at the forefront as we can see who each student is dismissed to every day. Please drive slowly during student pick-up times, and remain focused when pulling out into the driving lane after being stopped in the pick-up lane.

Dismissal Map

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Counselor’s Corner - Angie Bender, MA, LPC

Why Does Attendance Matter?

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. In this era of increased accountability for states, districts, and schools, the connection between student attendance and learning is being studied more than ever before.

Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child’s school career. A recent study looking at young children found that absenteeism in kindergarten was associated with negative first-grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in subsequent years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge.

Poor attendance has serious implications for later outcomes as well. High school dropouts have been found to exhibit a history of negative behaviors, including high levels of absenteeism throughout their childhood. Students who eventually dropped out of high school missed significantly more days of school in first grade than their peers who graduated from high school.

**adapted from Every School Day Counts from the National Center for Education Statistics

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Free/Reduced Lunch Forms

This school year, regular meal prices will be charged to student lunch accounts and the costs need to be covered by families. However, you may still qualify for free or reduced meals!

If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you MUST complete a new form each year. Forms can be filled out online at: https://otsego.familyportal.cloud/

If you have questions, please contact Julie Guthrie, Otsego Food Service Coordinator, at jguthrie@otsegops.org or 269-694-7447.


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1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

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Upcoming Events:


19: No School

24: Delayed Start, Doors open @ 9:50am, School Begins @ 10am

26: No School


2: No School

5: Labor Day, No School

12: PTO meeting, Media Center @ 4:00pm

20: Picture Day

29: Fall Fest - Open House

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Apply for Free or Reduced Lunch

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch must enroll each year. The deadline is Sept. 30th

Washington Street Elementary

Office Phone: (269)694-7800

Attendance Line: (269)694-7880

WSE BASE: (269)694-7835