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Washington School: November Issue 2017

Letter from Mrs. Daly

Dear Washington Families,

Engaging and robust are two words that come to mind when I think of all the experiences we have had at Washington School thus far this year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking the time to read with your children, check homework, communicating with your child’s teacher and countless other things you do as a parent to encourage and support the education of your son or daughter.

November is one of my favorite months of the year. The temperature is finally where it is cold in the morning and beautiful during the day. The fall colors are in full swing. And the holidays that are focused on family and gratitude and caring are upon us. We have much to be grateful for here at Washington. We have a wonderful, caring staff from our custodian, our teaching assistants, our office staff, to all of our teachers. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work with all of them and I know your children are in good hands with them. We have supportive parents and community, with a giving and engaged PTO at the forefront, to which we all say thank you for all that you do to make Washington the school it is today. And finally, we have incredible students, who challenge themselves every day to learn and be engaged as well as challenging us to become better people. They are why we are here every day!

Thank you to all of our families and local business that is helping make our new Washington Playground dream come true. This project has been amazing and I cannot wait to see it in the end. ThAnK YoU!

November continues to be an extremely busy month at Washington! Be sure to view the school calendar in this newsletter so you don’t miss anything!

Parent Teacher Conferences are planned for November. It is vitally important for you to attend at conference time in order for you to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher. All faculty and staff members are in the building during conferences for your convenience so that you can feel free to communicate with all of the teachers that instruct your child. Looking forward to seeing some of you at parent/teacher conferences.

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!


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.
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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

Holiday Sing Note: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

In order to better accommodate the families of Washington School and to help alleviate overcrowding, the Holiday Sing schedule of performances will be different this year. We will be going to a model used by other schools within the district.

The Holiday Sing will take place on Tuesday December 19th 2017. If the student's last name begins with A - L, or they are an AM kindergartener, then the parent/guardian performance will be in the AM.

If the student's last name begins with M - Z or they are a PM kindergartener, then the parent/guardian performance will be in the PM.

Please see the schedule of performances below. In addition to this change, we will also be asking every person to exit and re-enter the gym between each performance. This gives us an opportunity to reset for the next performance.

Tuesday December 19, 2017 Schedule of Holiday Sing Performances
9:15 am - Families of students with last name A-L grades 3, 4, All AM K families
10:15 am - Families of students with last name A-L grades 1, 2, 5

1:15 pm - Families of students with last name M-Z grades 3, 4, All PM K families
2:15 pm - Families of students with last name M-Z grades 1, 2, 5

Music News

In music, students are busy developing instrument performance skills. From xylophones, ukuleles, recorders and classroom instruments, students are performing and extending their critical thinking and problem solving skills in music class while reading rhythmic and melodic notation. Ukulele ensemble for 5th grade students begins this Friday, October 27th. Chorus rehearsals are on Tuesday mornings and have gotten off to a great start! Washington Chorus will be performing at a Chicago Wolves game with Field, Roosevelt and other local schools on Sunday, November 12.

Dress for the Weather

Now that the weather is changing and temperatures are dropping, dressing your child appropriately for the weather is important. Students will be sent outdoors for recess, weather permitting. It is important for the students to go out in the fresh air and exercise.

Our Social/Emotional (SEL) Update for November

November brings unpredictable weather changes, increased academic rigor, parent-teacher conferences, and anticipation for the holiday season. As we continue to build our school-wide Social Emotional Learning supports, teachers are enhancing their strategies to assist with students experiencing these stressors. At Washington this fall, teachers continue to learn more about how to effectively set clear and consistent limits and use positive language to prevent escalating behaviors. We aim to be proactive by appropriately intervening with a supportive approach when students are demonstrating anxiety, and set clear expectations when students might be defensive. By responding appropriately to any given behavior, we can positively support students in managing their emotions, developing self-control, and ensuring we are all demonstrating our Washington ROARS.

News from the Art Room

This trimester primary students celebrated Picasso by observing/copying his sculpture that he donated to Chicago 50 years ago. The intermediate students did portraits in the Cubist Style. To see more,please follow on twitter or check out art room web page.

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Message from PE

Hello from the PE Department!

Click on the link below for our PE Newsletter!

Mrs. Cichon - @mrscichonpe on Twitter and Instagram

Mr.Engeriser - @mrengeriserpe on Twitter and Instagram

Ms. Pater - @mspaterpe on Twitter and Instagram

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


Students at Washington School have completed vision and hearing screening.

Parents/guardians of students who failed the vision screening criteria will be rescreened in approximately two weeks. Students may initially fail vision screening due to a temporary eye condition. You will receive notification of the need for professional evaluation if, at rescreen, the vision test is failed again. Parents/guardians of students who are presently under the care of a physician for glasses or other reasons will receive a request for a report from the eye professional for the child's school health record.

Students who fail the hearing screening are rescreened in approximately two weeks. Students may fail hearing screening because of respiratory or ear infections. Once these resolve, the child is usually successful in meeting the hearing screening criteria. If the problem persists, referral for a medical evaluation will be sent home.

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

Science Olympiad 2018 - Register by Friday, November 10

Parents and students! Please remember that the deadline to sign up for this year’s Science Olympiad is Friday, November 10. If your family includes a third, fourth or fifth grader, time is running out to make plans to participate in this year’s event, which will be held on Saturday, February 3. Information, along with the ONLINE registration form, is available on the District 64 Science Olympiad Webpage. Don’t miss this chance to participate in a fun and challenging event, enjoyed by hundreds of curious and creative D64 students each year.

ELF Run Volunteers Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help with the District 64 ELF Halloween Hustle 5k on Saturday, October 28. We need volunteers for the start/finish line, registration, course marshals, clean up, etc. Please follow the link below for more details, times for volunteering and to sign up to be a volunteer. Please feel free to bring your kids to help cheer on the runners.


Also, Cheer Stations will be set up along Vine at Hodges Park. Each school will have an area where they can congregate and cheer on their runners. If running isn’t your thing, come out and support the runners from our school!

If you would like more info about the Halloween Hustle 5k or ELF, please contact sponsorship@district64elf.org.


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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