"Knightly" News

Washington Street Elementary - September 17, 2021

Upcoming Events:


21: Picture Day

22: Delayed Start, School Starts @ 10am

30: Fall Fest Open House, 6-7:30pm


1: PTO Holiday Party Money Due $5

4-8: Homecoming Spirit Week

8: Homecoming Parade @ 5:30pm

8: Homecoming Football game, Bulldog Stadium, 7:00pm

18-22: Fall Intersession Week - No School

25: Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest - details forthcoming

29: Halloween Festivities - details forthcoming

Picture Day is Tuesday!

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WSE Fall Festival

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 30 from 6-7:30pm for our annual Fall Fest! There will be a free hot dog dinner, hayride, and lots of outdoor activities for the entire family! In addition, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the Media Center. Please RSVP to this event!
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Scholastic Book Fair is back!

WSE is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Sept. 27th - Oct. 1st! It will also be open for shopping during our annual Fall Fest on September 30. Please stop in and check it out!

Click Here to enroll your student in eWallet or order online.

Bulldog PRIDE

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as their classroom PRIDE winner for the week!

P - Positive Attitude

R - Responsible Actions

I - Integrity Within

D - Determination to Succeed

E - Expect Excellence

Kindergarten: Grace Teravest, Elijah Mitchell, Braylin LeGrow

1st grade: Olivia Smith, Della Griffith, Adley Richie

2nd grade: Vera Rowe, Madison Stermer, Kale Swanson

3rd grade: Hazel Lingbeek, Carson Franz, Alana Chapman

4th grade: Skyla Harig, Bell Harris, Brynlee Puffer

5th grade: Skyler Crispi, Mason Lenartz, Addy Sabatke

Sweet Science Lesson

Gummy bears are good for more than a treat - they work well in science, too! As WSE 3rd graders study the scientific method, they conducted an experiment to find out what will happen to a gummy bear soaked in water over two nights. Students made a hypothesis as to what they think will happen, set up the experiment and recorded observations. They charted what they saw along with actual measurements of the gummy bear - if it didn’t fall apart. These sugary treats took on quite a bit of water and really expanded!

Thank you Oshtemo Grange!

Thank you to the Oshtemo Grange, and Gene the Pumpkin Man, for continuing your generous tradition of providing a dictionary for every 3rd grader in our district! This donation has taken place for more than 20 years!

Counselor’s Corner - Angie Bender, MA, LPC

Seven Building Blocks of School Success

Thriving students share several qualities that allow them to have success in school. While there are some digital resources that engage young minds, parents still need to monitor the content matter and amount of time children spend on “screens” so as not to undermine the following seven building blocks for school success.

  1. Sense of Curiosity – Children need enough time to be curious and explore the real world around them. Too much screen time takes away from the hours available to be curious.

  2. Imagination – Playing games, making projects and reading books allow a child’s imagination to be used. Find digital experiences that encourage real world activities.

  3. Ability to Focus Attention – Many TV shows, video games, internet sites and mobile apps require very little attention from the viewer. Make sure your children are participating in activities that require them to pay attention – reading, art, building projects, science experiments, and outings to new places.

  4. Ability to Maintain Attention – Too much fast-paced media trains children to always expect constant sensory stimulation, and their attention wanders when they don’t have it. Avoid a steady diet of extremely fast-paced programs, movies and games, especially with young children.

  5. Persistence – When school work becomes difficult, it takes real persistence to complete the assignment. The instant gratification provided by video games and other media affects a child’s ability to stick with an activity when things get frustrating.

  6. Language – Engage your children in conversation, read to them, and expose them to the wonder of books and language at an early age. Our electronic age is picture-based, rather than language-based, but the ability to use spoken and written language well is essential to school success.

  7. Inner Speech – The ability to reflect and to have a private conversation with ourselves helps us think things through and control our impulses. Encourage your kids to think before they act. Most electronic media do not engage critical thinking skills.

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Office Phone: (269)694-7800

Attendance Line: (269)694-7880

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