Knightly News

May 18, 2020 - E-Learning Edition

Information on Curbside Pick-up/Drop-off for Items - REVISED

May 18, 2020

Dear, Washington Parents-

Thank you so much for your commitment to your children's education during this time of e-learning. We truly appreciate your support in partnering with us. We want to keep the learning happening until the very last day of instruction, which will now be Friday, May 29th. The first three days of June will be non-attendance days for students and will be used for staff inservice to plan for next year.

Teachers are beginning the process of packing up their rooms. They will be placing each student's supplies and belongings in a bag, so the items can be returned to you. Teachers will try their best to include gym shoes and other clothing, but please understand that there may be challenges to tracking those items down if they are not currently in the classroom.

If your child has medication that is kept in the school health office, please mention that when you drive up for your pick-up, and our staff will get the medication to you.

We have arranged a schedule to offer an opportunity for you to pick up your child’s belongings. The schedule below includes a specific timeframe to arrive at Washington and is arranged alphabetically by last name. You will have the opportunity to come either Wednesday or Thursday to pick up the belongings. Please come during your assigned time slot. To help keep the line moving, we kindly ask that you have your child’s last name on a piece of paper in the car window. This will allow us to locate your child’s belongings more quickly. If possible, please unlatch your trunk and we will place the items in there for you. To help keep everyone safe, we have developed some simple guidelines. These can be found below, along with the schedule.

In addition to this opportunity to pick up your child’s belongings, we would also like to use this time to collect any library books, classroom books, band/orchestra instruments or other items that belong to the school. You are welcome to put those items in a bag to allow for an easy drop off.

We understand that these circumstances are less than ideal, but please be assured that we will do our best to collect your child’s belongings and get them to you.

Pick-up/Drop-off Guidelines

- Arrive from the west, as if you were doing flow-zone drop-off. Enter the west entrance of the main parking lot (usually an exit-only). Drive up along the front curb of the building.

-Stay in line and please wait until it’s safe to pull forward.

-Please stay in your car.

- Please have a sign in your window with your child's/children's last name and teacher(s) name

-If possible, unlatch your trunk.

-Your child’s belongings will be placed in your trunk, or handed to you.

-Helpers will be wearing masks and gloves.

-Hand any items that need to be turned in to a staff member.

For Walk-up Pick-up/Drop-off

- We highly encourage you to use the car line in order to best maintain social distancing, but if you live very close to school, you may walk.

- Walkers come to Door 10 (BASP door) on the east side of the building (NOT the car line). Please wear a mask/face covering.

- Do not congregate at the door. If someone is already there for pick-up, please remain on the sidewalk/grass along President until it is your turn.

- Please be patient. Most of our staff helpers will be working the car line; we will have one staff member at door 10.


Pick-up/Drop-off Schedule

Wednesday, May 27th

  • 9:00am-10:15am last names A-E
  • 10:30am-11:45am last names F-K
  • 12:45pm-2:00pm last names L-R
  • 2:15pm-3:30pm last names S-Z

Thursday, May 28th

  • 9:00am-10:15am last names L-R
  • 10:30am-11:45am last names S-Z
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm last names A-E
  • 2:15pm-3:30pm last names F-K

Thanks again for your flexibility and understanding. Please feel free to send questions my way at


Jennifer Craig


May 18-22 is Virtual Field Week!

Check out the CUSD200 YouTube channel each day for a new activity to do!

Monday's Field Week Activities - Check out CUSD 200 YouTube or Facebook each day for more

District 200 Virtual Field Week - Monday

Information on Elementary Third Trimester Report Cards

Dear Washington Parents,

Thank you for your support and partnership during E-Learning. On Wednesday, June 3, your child’s teacher will email a progress report that will replace the regular report card during this unprecedented time. The information below has been available on the district website, but we wanted to be sure everyone has seen it.

For elementary E-Learning, District 200 narrowed the list of skills and standards typically taught during the third trimester to those most essential to students’ long-term success. Students in the elementary grades will receive a grade of “Progressing” or “Incomplete” for each of the Trimester 3 Essential Skills. Teachers, however, continued to incorporate numerous other standards into their lessons and student activities for continuity of learning.

A grade of “Progressing” indicates that a child engaged regularly in E-Learning and was able to demonstrate his or her learning. “Progressing” does not indicate mastery. Complete mastery of standards will be more formally assessed when school resumes, and students who need more time will be provided the opportunity to attain mastery.The district is in the process of planning learning recovery programs for students who receive an “Incomplete.”

District grading practices continue to align to state guidance. We understand that students’ access to resources that support remote learning vary and current circumstances may be challenging for some of our learners. District 200’s E-Learning grading policy is based upon the principle of no educational harm to any student, which aligns to current state guidelines.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Jennifer Craig


PTA Meeting - Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00pm

The PTA will have their final meeting of the year virtually via Zoom on Tuesday 5/19 at 7pm.

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5th Grade Virtual Assembly

We will have a virtual assembly for 5th graders on Friday, May 29th at 11:00am. Students will receive a Google Meets link for this event. Attendees will be the first to see the slide show of the 5th graders throughout all their years at Washington and the end-of-year slideshow for the school. 5th grade teachers will present the Lucas Barnes Award for each class. The students are working with their teachers on a special performance as well. We hope to see all 5th graders then to close out the year together. All slide shows will be shared as video links later for the whole school community to view.

Play Know Your Knights - 2nd Edition! It's the trivia game about Washington Staff!

Know Your Knights 2nd Edition

From the Health Office

We miss you and we hope you are healthy! Should your family need support or access to resources, we want to help. If you need anything, please reach out to us at 630-682-2000 or complete this form or email, our School Nurse. Here are a few reminders from the health office as we finish up the school year:


We will be at curbside pick up to return any medications that students have at the school. Please mention it in the pick-up line if you need your child's medication. If you have questions, let us know.

If your child will be requiring medication for the fall, please have your doctor complete this medication form.

If you child has an Epi-pen, please read this FDA alert.

Health Requirements for August 2020

We understand that doctors, dentists and ophthalmologists are not seeing patients right now and that scheduling appointments may be delayed. We wanted to let you know that we will follow any guidance that is given to us from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education in regards to health requirements for school attendance next fall. A list of the health requirements and the forms can be found on both the district and school websites under the “Health Services” heading.

Staff News

Mrs. Jenn Harris, 1st grade teacher, will be leaving us at the end of this school year. Mrs. Harris accepted a position teaching 2nd grade in the same school she taught at in Texas at the beginning of her teaching career. This is bittersweet news for us! Mrs. Harris will be very much missed, but we are happy that she and her husband have the opportunity to return home to be around their family. Best wishes, Mrs. Harris!
Our Message to our Families

One More E-Spirit Day - Thursday, May 21st

We will have one last e-spirit day Thursday, May 21st. It will be Electronic/Technology Day. This day was selected by the 5th grade class, but anyone can participate. Dress like your favorite video game character, an emoji, or anything tech-inspired! Send photos to Mrs. Craig at

Yearbook/Class Photo Update

Class photos have arrived; all students who ordered one will receive theirs via their bag picked up on the curbside pick-up days. Yearbook printing was delayed this year due to the impact of COVID-19 mitigation at Lifetouch, the photo company. When yearbooks will arrive, the PTA will communicate the plan for distribution.

Art to Remember Online Orders

If you are interested in ordering Art to Remember this year, check out this information and order here.

Washington is Awarded Mathical Book Prize Grant!

We are delighted to announce that our school has been selected to receive an inaugural Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Award to expand our library’s collection of literary fiction and nonfiction books to encourage kids to discover a love of mathematics.

Our school is one of 25 libraries in K–12 Title I schools nationwide to be presented with this $700 grant to purchase award-winning titles from the Mathical Book Prize list. Thanks to math coach, Lea Russelle, and LLC director, J.J. Babb, for their collaborative effort applying for this grant.

The grant is awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in partnership with School Library Journal.

Check out the mathical book list.

Food Insecurity Crisis Fund

In these unprecedented times, the Student Excellence Foundation for Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 has established a Food Insecurity Crisis Fund, an emergency fund providing resources for Community Unit School District 200 students and families facing food insecurity. Please donate to help local families.

In District 200, 28% of students come from low-income households. Each day, 3,310 students receive a free or reduced lunch. While the District has done an incredible job of meeting the food needs of families during the school week during this pandemic, many parents are struggling to feed their children in the evenings and on weekends.

Your donation today will allow District 200 social workers to connect local families with supportive resources to meet nutritional needs.

You can donate here: Food Insecurity Crisis Fund.

Check out these 5th Grade Flashback Videos - Kindergarten - 4th Grade

5th Grade Flashback Kindergarten 2014 v2
5th Grade Flashback 1st Grade 2015
5th Grade Flashback 2nd Grade 2016
5th Grade Flashback 3rd Grade 2017

Food Distribution

Food Distribution continues from 9:00am-12:00pm Monday through Friday. Parents can receive sack breakfasts and lunches for their children. Sites in the Washington area are:

Franklin Middle School. 211 E. Franklin, Wheaton

Monroe Middle School 1855 Manchester, Wheaton

Carol Stream Crossing Apartments @ clubhouse on Gundersen, Carol Stream (yellow school bus)

St. Charles Square Apartments @ leasing office, Carol Stream (yellow school bus)

For a full list of food distribution sites, click here.

Mobile Food Pantries

In partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank, CUSD 200 will be hosting the following mobile food pantries:

June 6 at Hubble Middle School (note location change) 10:00am-11:00am

June 13 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

June 20 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

June 29 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

Franklin Spirit Wear on Sale for Incoming 6th Graders

Go on a Scavenger Hunt with Mrs. Craig

Scavenger Hunt with Mrs. Craig

Temporary Library Cards Available to all CUSD 200 Students

Wheaton Public Library is offering a library card to anyone living in CUSD 200 boundaries. This temporary card can be used to download e-content and access databases and online learning resources. Sign up here: Wheaton Public Library.

"Hi" and "We miss you" from your Washington Teachers & Staff


School Playgrounds are CLOSED during the Stay-at-Home Order

Message from Wheaton Police Department

Play "Know your Knights" with Mrs. Craig!

Know Your Knights

Resources from the Washington LLC

The Washington LLC webpage provides links to online resources students may enjoy while at home, including research, math practice, typing practice, and coding. Check it out here: Washington LLC.

Stay Connected!

Now more than ever, it's important for us to stay connected as a school community. Consider following our social media sites. Links to all can be found on the homepage of the Washington website and also below:





Elementary Handbook

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