Knightly News

November 18, 2019

Winter Concert - Monday, December 16th at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

We are so excited that our all-school winter concert is approaching! Students have been working hard practicing with music teacher, Christina Pappalardo. The Washington chorus and all grade levels K-5 will sing winter songs for you!

There will be identical performances at 10am and 2pm. Half-day morning kindergarten students will only participate in the 10:00am concert. Doors will open at 9:30am and 1:30pm at the earliest. The west flow zone parking lot will be open for parking, but cars must be removed immediately after the concert in order for our lot to be available for recess and dismissal.

Students will be in class when they are not performing.

Please notify your child's teacher if you do not want your child to participate in the winter concert 12/16 and/or the holiday sing-a-long and party on 12/20.

Donations Being Collected for Christmas Sharing Organization

Washington is collecting items for the Christmas Sharing Organization again this year. Christmas Sharing is a program organized to help families living within CUSD 200 who are facing financial difficulty. Sponsored by CUSD 200, local churches, businesses, and civic organizations, this program reaches to all corners of our community.

The organizers of Christmas Sharing have expressed a special need for:

Non-perishable food

Good, gently used clothing for all ages, and especially for infants and children

Winter coats, boots, hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves for all ages

Dishes, flatware, and cooking utensils

New or gently used toys, games, and books

New underwear and socks for all ages

Through donating food, clothing, and toys; Washington families will be able to make a difference in the lives of families in the Wheaton, Warrenville and Carol Stream area. Please make sure that any donations are either new, or in very good and usable condition.

Donations of non-perishable food and new or lightly used items should be brought to Washington School Tuesday, November 12 through Monday, December 9th at 9:00am for distribution by local churches. Donations can be placed on the tables outside the main office. Christmas Sharing is recognized as a 501(c)3 public charity making contributions deductible. Please call or email Mrs. Glasser, social worker at Washington, if you have any questions Thank you for your help!

New Report Card Standard: Social Studies Inquiry

This year, K-5 teachers are implementing a new social studies curriculum based on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. Read more here: C3 Framework. All students have a new standard on their report card for social studies: Demonstrates an understanding of the inquiry process through investigations, discussions, explorations, and questioning.

The inquiry approach will be embedded into social studies lessons, and students may also do some in-depth inquiry work through activities and projects their teachers plan in collaboration with our library director Mr. Babb. Recently, 3rd grade students have researched national parks and 5th graders have researched individual's experiences during World War II.

Enjoy this national parks travel video by a group of students in Mrs. Burkard's 3rd grade class.

Thank You, Veterans!

On November 11th, several dozen veterans were invited to our all-school assembly by members of our Washington community. Many visited classrooms after the assembly. We thank our veterans for their service and for spending time with us to teach our students about the importance of Veterans Day!

Thank you to staff members Kim Dillon, David Ourada, Cara Switalski, Christina Pappalardo, and J.J. Babb for working with the student council and chorus in preparation for the assembly.

Thank you to parent Kathy Radojkovic and PTA volunteers Diane Karpman, Bradalis Sunich, Shawna Herleth-King, Holly Rodgers, Libby Phillips-Hill, and David Worniak for providing a reception for our veteran guests. Thank you also to Julie Crosthwaite for taking photographs.

More Washington Highlights

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November Dates

November 18 - DuPage Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom - Plant presentations in 1st grade classrooms

November 18 - Parenting workshop 7:00pm at WNHS (See info below)

November 20 - PTA Butterbraid orders due

November 25 - 29 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

November 29 - Washington PTA marching in Wheaton Holiday Parade to promote 5K Leprechaun Lap

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December Dates

December 2 - School resumes

December 3 - 5th grade parent meeting for Outdoor Education Trip 7:00pm in LLC

December 4 - Northside 5th grade band demo concert 7:00pm at Franklin Middle School

December 9 - Collection for Christmas Sharing Organization ends at 9:00am

December 10 - PTA Dine Out - Buona Beef in Glen Ellyn 10:30am - 10:00pm

December 10 - Butterbraid pick up

December 16 - All-school Winter Concert 10am and 2pm

December 20 - Mrs. Weisheit's ADK Toy Shop play 1:15pm

December 20 - Morning kindergarten holiday party 10:45am; Holiday Sing-a-Long 2:00pm; Holiday parties 2:30pm

December 23- January 3 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


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Elementary Handbook

This year, the Elementary Handbook will be online. You can find it on the Washington website and by clicking here: HANDBOOK
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From the Health Office

Packing a healthy lunch helps your child be at their best for the school day. Some healthy eating tips are in the links below. When students are regularly offered fruits and vegetables, they learn to like them. When parents set the expectation of eating healthy at a young age, those habits will follow their children for a lifetime.

Better Nutrition Every Day

Mejor Nutricion Todos Los Dias

Photos Needed!

This year Mrs. Cher Kachelmuss has once again taken on the project of creating the yearbook for students and families to enjoy. Please keep this in mind as you take photos this year of class parties and other Washington events. Please consider sharing them with Mrs. Kachelmuss at

Please Help Us Keep Our Students Safe

  • If your child walks to school, please remind him/her to watch for cars and cross President St. with the crossing guard.
  • Be vigilant of children when driving close to the school and drive very slowly in the flow zone and main parking lot.
  • Passing a school bus while it's stop sign is out is strictly prohibited.
  • Please observe our parking lot and FLOW ZONE procedures, including during BASP pick up and drop off. The driveway by door one is an entrance, not an exit.
  • Using a hand-held cell-phone while driving is prohibited.
  • We ask that you keep dogs off school property during arrival, school hours, and dismissal.
  • Please do not double and triple park in the school parking lot or on Bridle Lane.
  • Please observe the No Parking signs along Bridle Lane. The Wheaton Police Dept. acknowledges parents need to drop off and pick up their children from school. They ask that cars refrain from lining up on Bridle Lane until 8:45am and 3:15pm. Cars there prior to those times and cars left unoccupied may be subject to a ticket.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep our children safe.