Knightly News

October 19, 2020

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Safety Training at Washington

Dear, Washington Parents -

School safety is our top priority. As a district, we take a multi-faceted approach to keeping our schools safe.For more than a year, we have been planning the implementation of ALICE, a new safety protocol, in partnership with our police departments. ALICE equips staff and students with response options during an active safety situation.

Last winter, all District 200 staff were trained in ALICE. We had planned to train students on this new protocol in late March of this year but due to the school closure, we were unable to do so.

On October 21, 22, and 23, students will receive age-appropriate training on ALICE from their classroom teachers. The training will be in the form of three short classroom lessons using the following schedule: October 21st - Alert & Inform, October 22nd - Lockdown, and October 23rd - Evacuate. The State of Illinois does require all schools to complete active safety training within the first 90 days of the school year.

Thank you so much for your partnership. The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.


Jennifer Craig


Thinking Ahead to Halloween

This year, Friday, October 30th, is the day we would traditionally celebrate Halloween in school. We do plan to still make this day special, but this year due to covid mitigation, we will NOT be including the following: wearing of costumes, parades, volunteers in the building, use of food, and sharing of materials.

We do invite students to wear orange and black or fall-themed clothing on Friday, October 30th. No costumes will be allowed including, but not limited to: costume masks, face paint, wigs, hats, and costume accessories. Teachers will be engaging students in special Halloween and fall-themed activities during the school day such as games and crafts in addition to providing instruction. We are committed to incorporating fun into the day! A huge thanks to the PTA for funding the celebration activities.

We know it will cause some disappointment to miss some of our usual traditions, but this was a districtwide decision made with health and safety in mind. The top priorities are health and keeping in-person school open for our students.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

PTA Great Pumpkin Contest

The air has cooled, the leaves are falling and the smell of fall is in the air. Courtesy of the PTA, the "Great Pumpkin Contest" is once again upon us! This year will be a little different as the pumpkins will not be delivered to the school for display, it will be done virtually. We ask that you unleash your imagination and creativity to decorate the best pumpkin ever and submit it for the whole school to enjoy.


  • One submission per student
  • Pumpkins can be carved, colored, or decorated with supplies you have
  • All designs must be school-appropriate and not overly graphic or scary
  • Please take a photo of your pumpkin when complete and email it to along with
    • Name of student
    • Grade
    • Teacher
    • Brief description of your creation
  • Submission deadline 11:59pm Friday 10-23-2020
  • Entries will be displayed online (Link to follow) for voting
  • Votes will be counted on Thursday 10-29-2020
  • Winner will be announced during morning school announcements on Friday 10-30-2020

Spirit Day Fun!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will occur this week via Google Meets or Zoom. If you do not yet have a conference appointment, please contact your child's teacher to set up a 20 minute conference time.

If you would like to set up a virtual conference with any of our specials teachers, you can email them directly:

Denise Roche, art

Christina Pappalardo, music

Scott Koester, PE

Jeanne Johannesen, orchestra

Mike Klos, band

October/November Dates

October 19-23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences via Google Meets/Zoom

October 21, 22, 23 - ALICE Classroom Safety Lessons

October 23 - PTA Butterbraid orders due

October 23 - Entries for PTA Great Pumpkin Contest due

October 30 - Teacher-led classroom Halloween/Fall activities

November 3 - NO SCHOOL - Election Day

November 4 - PTA Reflections Entries due to Main Office

November 10 - PTA Butterbraids Curbside Pick-up 3:00pm-6:00pm

November 11 - Veterans Day

November 12 - 1st Trimester Ends

November 13 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

November 16 - 2nd Trimester Begins

November 17 - PTA Meeting via Zoom 7:00pm

November 20 - Report Cards

November 23-27 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Scenes of Learning & Fun!

PTA Reflections Contest

Thanks to Mr. Grant Rebro for coordinating the PTA Reflections contest at Washington again this year. All Washington students may participate - in-person and Virtual Academy.

The theme this year is - “I MATTER BECAUSE…”!

ALL WORKS MUST BE TURNED IN READY TO ADVANCE, FOLLOWING ALL RULES AND FILLING OUT THE ENTRY FORM IN THE LINKS BELOW. This is the main difference from last year. Usually any and all works were accepted and then prepped, but due to COVID, we are attempting to minimize the amount of “touches” your artwork receives.

Entries will be accepted beginning October 28th. In-person students should turn in their pieces to their teacher. VA students should turn in their pieces at the main entrance, Door 1. All entries must be in by November 4th at 3:00pm. All entries must be prepped according to each category's rules and must also be accompanied by a completed entry form.

Please feel free to contact Grant Rebro at with any questions, concerns or for advice on prepping a piece of artwork.

Reflections Entry Rules

Reflections Entry Form

Library Book Check-Out Has Begun

This year looks different than normal, but we still want our students to have the opportunity to check out books from our school library. Our current plan allows for each student to check out two books every two weeks. Students in kindergarten through second grade will complete a topic interest sheet so that books can be selected for them. Students in third through fifth grade are putting books on hold by accessing the online catalog through Destiny Discover. Mr. Babb taught lessons to all students about check out and circulation procedures so all students understand how their grade level process works. You can view the below video for a Destiny Discover tutorial for students in grades 3-5.

Please understand that like all things this year, we may find a need to adjust our book check-out plan during the year. We are excited to have books in the hands of our students!

Book Check Out and Hold System 2020-2021

IMPORTANT - Chromebooks - 1:1 Devices

Every student in grades 1- 5 has received a chromebook and charger to use during the school day and at home. Kindergarten devices will be assigned in the near future. It will be a student/parent responsibility to charge the device nightly at home and to ensure the student has the chromebook in his/her backpack to bring to school each day. Parents must complete the CUSD 200 Acceptable Use & Chromebook Care Agreement.

Staffing Updates

We are happy to share that Mrs. Laura Rosignal will be working as a part-time LLC aide this year. Mrs. Rosignal has served as a lunch/recess supervisor in the past. This year, each elementary school has a part-time instead of full-time LLC director. Also, book check-out procedures are different under our covid mitigation guidelines. Thus, the LLC aide position was created this year to support our efforts to put books in the hands of our students.

Laura Rosignal graduated from Northern Illinois University with a major in economics and a minor in marketing. She lives in Wheaton with her husband and four children and has been a Washington parent for 15 years. Mrs. Rosignal enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, reading, playing piano, and watching sports. Although she grew up in the south suburbs, Mrs. Rosignal is a Cubs fan!

We also welcome Mrs. Sandy Cho to the Washington team. Mrs. Cho will be the long term substitute for Mrs. Longhini's 2nd grade class while Mrs. Longhini is on maternity leave.

From the Health Office

This year, it’s more important than ever to get a flu vaccine. @Access DuPage is partnering with Walgreens to offer free flu shots to low-income, uninsured residents of DuPage County. Request a voucher at

My School Bucks

If you are already using MySchoolBucks to pay for school meals, your account is already set-up and ready to go! Just log in and click on School Store. If you don’t have an account follow the steps below:

1. Go to and register for a free account.
2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
3. Select School Store and Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic check.

If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:
• (855) 832-5226
• Visit and click Help

Once logged into your account, you will see the options of Home / Meal Accounts/ School Store near the top of your screen. To see your invoices, hover over the School
Store dropdown, and click on School Invoices.

Your Registration Fee invoices will all show on that screen. From there, you can easily add them to your cart. Once they are added to your cart, proceed to Checkout and complete the transaction and your invoice(s) is paid. You will receive an email once you have paid an invoice as further confirmation of it being completed.

Meal and Fee Waivers

Attached are links for the Meal waiver (breakfast and lunch) program and a link for the Fee waiver. If you are unable to print the documents, you may contact the school office at 630.682.2222 and a form will be mailed to you or sent home with your child. Please send completed forms into the Washington office.

Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - English

Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - Spanish

Fee Application Form - English and Spanish

Elementary Handbook

View the Elementary Handbook here.

Reminders for Arrival/Dismissal

Thank you for all of your support and cooperation in helping us implement our new procedures. Here are few important reminders:

  • Once on property past the red flow zone gates, all bicycles and scooter should be walked.
  • Dogs and other pets should not be on school property during arrival, dismissal, and school hours including BASP.
  • All adults and children over the age of 2 must wear a mask when on school property, including outside during arrival/dismissal. Please have your child put on his/her mask before leaving your vehicle during morning arrival.
  • Adults should remain in their vehicles during flow zone arrival and dismissal. Children should exit and enter their vehicles on the passenger side of the car to avoid walking between cars.
  • Being on a handheld cell phone while operating a vehicle is prohibited.

Thank you for partnering with us in our efforts to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Office/Parent Visitor Procedures

While the Washington office is open, and office staff are happy to assist you in any way, we ask that you refrain from dropping items off for your child this fall in order to limit office traffic. With physical distancing, we are only able to accommodate two parents at a time in the office. Moving lunch, recess, and PE outside of the 9:00am-1:00pm attendance day should reduce the need for dropping off items. Please send paperwork for the office with your child marked accordingly. We will not be accepting homework into the office; please have your child bring it the next day if it is forgotten at home.

If you do have an item that is urgent and necessary to drop off at school, you will most likely be directed to leave the item in the vesitbule. Parents and visitors that are deemed necessary to enter the office will undergo a symptom screening and temperature check.

If you are called by the health office or need to see the nurse, please wait in the main office area; do not proceed back to the health office. This is for the health and safety of students, staff, and parents.

Lastly, we will not be having parent volunteers and visitors in the building beyond the office this year while we are under the current health guidelines.

Washington truly values the partnerships we have long had with our wonderful parent community. Please understand that these procedures are due to health guidelines; we must follow them in the interest of health and keeping in-person school happening.

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