October 19, 2020
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.
Thinking Ahead to Halloween
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org along with
- Name of student
- 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!
If you would like to set up a virtual conference with any of our specials teachers, you can email them directly:
Denise Roche, art email@example.com
Christina Pappalardo, music firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Koester, PE email@example.com
Jeanne Johannesen, orchestra firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Klos, band email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns or for advice on prepping a piece of artwork.
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!
IMPORTANT - Chromebooks - 1:1 Devices
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
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 www.MySchoolBucks.com 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.
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
Reminders for Arrival/Dismissal
- 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
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.