Washington Elementary

January 6, 2021

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Device Drop Off for School issued Chromebooks and IPADS- January 14 & 15

Dear Families,


In order to have IPADs and Chromebooks that were issued to students during the temporary Distance Learning time ready for all students when they return to face to face leanring on January 19th, please drop off your school issued devices on either Thursday, January 14 or Friday, January 15 between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm.


When: January 14 and 15


Time: Between 7:30 am and 3 pm


Drop Site Location: Washington Elementary Front Office Door


Two Drop Boxes:

Drop Box #1: Put Devices Here (IPADS and Chromebooks)

Drop Box #2: Put Charging Cords Here


***If you are unable to bring the device on January 14 or 15, please send the IPAD or Chromebook with your child on January 19th.***

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Hybrid Learning; The Wildcat Way!

What will the return to Hybrid Learning look like?

  • Follow COVID-19 Attendance Guidance
  • Student Drop Off and Pick up: Use designated curb location and enter & leave through designated door. Click Here to view drop off/pick up locations.

  • Practice the 3 W’s; 1) Wash Hands, 2) Wear Mask 3) Watch Distance: 3-6 ft in the classroom. 6ft in other places.

  • Breakfast and Lunch will be provided in classrooms free of charge.

  • 2 Outside recess times in designated zone each day.

  • Lockers for boots, coats and snow pants only.

  • Live the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids.

  • Show your PAWS; provide respect, act safely, work hard, show responsibility.

  • First Bell: 7:50 am

  • School Start Time: 8:00 am

  • School End Time: 1:40 pm for Hybrid Plan

  • Don't arrive before 7:35 am

Principal's Message

Greetings Families,


Happy New Year! We hope that this letter finds you well and that 2021 proves to be a time of rejuvenation, peace, and hope. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we are capable of navigating challenges while supporting each other and our community. We are excited to be reunited with our students in person! Thank you all for doing your part within our community so that our district's COVID -19 infection rate affords us the opportunity to be face to face. During and throughout this transition, we will be following strict health and safety protocols to ensure safety for our students and staff.


To that end, we will continue to serve students in both the distance learning and hybrid models. Distance learners will continue their typical instruction. Hybrid learners will return back to the hybrid model on Tuesday, January 19. The hybrid model will look very similar to how it looked before the move to distance learning. This includes a 1:40 PM release time for elementary students.


  • Prior to January 19, students and staff will continue with distance learning. Students that have been receiving instruction onsite (SpEd III/IV and EL I/II) will continue to do so.

  • Please note that on January 14 & 15 there will not be school for students in the hybrid model so that elementary staff can prepare for the return to the hybrid learning model. Students enrolled in distance learning will continue instruction on those two days.


This plan has been supported by local healthcare community members as well as our Regional Support Team. Additions to the guidance from MDE for PK-12 Safe Learning Plan (SLP):

  • All adults will continue to wear masks and are encouraged to wear face shields.

  • A minimum of 3 feet distance between students desks is strongly recommended, though MAPS will continue to space desks as far apart as possible in the space.

  • We will continue 6 feet social distancing when they are away from their desks.

  • Onsite, optional saliva testing will be available to staff every two weeks.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to to me at 345-3059, sbaier1@isd77.org or call my cell phone at 605-645-8055.


Important Dates:

January 13

Monthly Teacher PD Day: Learning from Home Day (No Live Meets with Teachers)


January 14 and 15

No School Days for Students- Teachers will be planning for students return to Hybrid / In-person Learning.


January 18

No School- MLK Day


January 19

First Day of Hybrid / In-Person Learning for families who chose this model


January 20-28

K-5 Dibels Assessment for Hybrid Learners


January 29

No School for Students

3 Goals will continue to be our focus at Washington Elementary

At Washington Elementary we will continue to put our focus on achieving the three goals listed below. I will briefly share updates for each goal area as appropriate to highlight how school will look when students return on January 19th to face to face learning.


3 Goals for 2020-21

  1. Establish systems and practices that support physical safety for all students, staff and families.

  2. Establish systems and practices that support emotional safety for all students, staff and families.

  3. Establish systems and practices that support intellectual safety for all students, and staff.


Goal #1: Establish systems and practices that support physical safety for all students, staff and families.

  1. When educators cannot be six feet from students (small group and individual instruction), when possible we will add plexiglass between the adult and student.

  2. Execute staff COVID-19 testing program (saliva test kits provided by the State; optional for school staff) every other week for all school staff, beginning January 4, 2021.

  3. Face masks worn at all times by students and staff. Face shields may be worn together with masks by school staff.

  4. Face coverings must be worn when engaging in indoor physical activity (e.g., during indoor recess, indoor physical education class, or when exercising in a gym)

  5. All student meal times will continue to be held in the classroom or outside (weather permitting).

  6. While we will work to keep up to as much space distance between student desks as possible. We now have increased flexibility to have less space between desks to accommodate more students in the in person learning model

  7. In first grade all students who return from distance learning will remain with their assigned homeroom teacher in the hybrid classroom. This move will increase the number of students in first grade classroom, but still allow for four or more feet between desks.

  8. We will be adding two students from the Hybrid waiting list to 2nd grade classrooms.

  9. In 4th grade, we will be adding two additional students who were on a waiting list to return.

  10. To keep within the new guidelines defined in the Safe Learning Plan, we will ensure the distance between student desks is at least 4ft and as much as possible up to 6 ft.


Goal #2: Establish systems and practices that support emotional safety for all students, staff and families.

  1. Practice the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids. Teach the language, engage students in classroom leadership opportunities and focus on the whole child.

  2. Support emotional safety by participating in daily morning meeting/greeting times to develop positive peer to peer and student to teacher relationships.

  3. Reteach on the PAWS for all areas of the school


Goal #3: Establish systems and practices that support intellectual safety for all students, and staff.


Use of the 5 Cultural Awareness Principles to guide our professional practicea

  1. Express interest in the racial and ethnic background of our students

  2. Redirect your role from instructor to facilitator

  3. Maintain high expectations for student performance

  4. Incorporate various methods for assessment

  5. Maintain an inclusive curriculum that remains respectful of differences


DIBELS 8 to be administered in the window between January 20-28, 2021.

MCA and ACCESS Testing are still on the schedule to take place. Both will need to be administered in person.

Engage in the Professional Learning Community process as a teaching team to answer the four corollary questions of an active PLC.
  1. What do we expect our students to learn? ( Goals/Expectations)
  2. How will we know they are learning? ( Assessment)
  3. How will we respond when they don't learn? – (Intervention)
  4. How will we respond if they already know it? ( gifted-extended learning)

Tiered Intervention Model at Washington Elementary
  1. Tier I- Classroom Instruction, EL Teacher, Sped Teacher
  2. Tier II- Classroom Teacher: conferring, small group, Rdg. intervention, Reading Corp, EL Teacher/Para
  3. Tier III- Classroom Teacher: conferring, small group & Multi-sensory, Rdg. Intervention, SpEd Teacher, EL Teacher,


  • Utilize student goal setting to develop student ownership of their learning.
  • Provide high quality instruction with a focus on learning standards, curriculum and supplemental resources.


Thank you for your continued patience as we work to develop our plans to support students and families.

HyVee Fuel Your School- Parents way to help us support the PTO

During Hy-Vee’s Fuel Your School promotion, winning customers will choose which schools will receive a portion of Hy-Vee’s $75,000 donation of cash and supplies. Here’s how the promotion works:

  • Between January 1–31, Hy-Vee customers are invited to shop select brands in-store and online and use their Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks card at checkout. For every qualifying purchase, the customer will receive one entry into our Fuel Your School drawing.
  • The first week of February, Hy-Vee will randomly select 55 winners across its eight-state region.
    • 50 winners will win various prizes along with $1,000 to be awarded to a school of their choice.
    • 5 grand prize winners will receive up to $500 in prizes with $5,000 awarded to the school of their choice. Additionally, Hy-Vee will provide Hy-Vee KidsFit silicone bracelets to the entire school of their choosing. Click the button below to see more details