Washington Weekly

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018


Mr. Russell, Principal - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Schram, Administrative Assistant - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Hill-Gordon - Educational Assistant - 414.773.1806

Attendance Line - 414.773.1802

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one my most favorite times of the year for a variety of reasons, but mainly because it is such a good reminder to take time and give thanks for those closest in my life. I am thankful for the opportunity to be in Wauwatosa and at Washington. I am grateful to work with such dedicated educators and wonderful students and families. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and giving thanks!

School Report Card - Exceeds Expectations!!

What an amazing start to the school year so far! As a learning community, we strive to provide the best possible educational experience for each student. One measure we use to reflect on our areas of strength and areas in need of improvement is the School Report Card.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) generates a School Report Card and District Report Card for every publicly funded school and district in the state. These public report cards can be found online at: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards. The report cards include data on multiple indicators for multiple years across four unique priority areas: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on-track toward graduation and post-secondary success. In addition, the report card also measures chronic absenteeism and dropout rates. A school or district's overall accountability score places the school or district into one of five overall accountability rating categories:

Accountability Rating Category and Score Ranges:

Significantly Exceeds Expectations: 83-100

Exceeds Expectations: 73-82.9

Meets Expectations: 63-72.9

Meets Few Expectations: 53-62.9

Fails to Meet Expectations: 0-52.9

Here are some highlights that I’d like to share from our School Report Card:

  • School Growth: We received 67.0 points for growth this year as compared to 54 points last year
  • Closing Gaps: We received 68.9 points in the priority area of Closing Gaps this year as compared to 59 points last year.

Over the past three years, we have steadily improved our overall score from 71.9, Meets Expectations in 2015-16 to 82.7, Exceeds Expectations this past year. I believe these results indicate the commitment and focus of our teachers and staff.

The School Report Card is just one measure of a school’s performance and what I love most about our teachers and staff at Washington is that although we feel fortunate to have increased over the past three years, there is still a collective desire to keep growing and learning. We are also proud of all of the support our parent community offers to Washington throughout the year. We wouldn’t be able to succeed without you!

Click HERE to view our School Report Card

Click HERE to view the an informative School Report Cards At-a-Glance guide. If you have questions, please contact me.

-Mr. Russell

Troop 8689 Plastic Bag Collection

Please click on the flyer: plastic bag collection for more information about the 5th grade Girl Scout collection that will take place during the Pancake Breakfast on December 1st. Thank you for your support!

The Washington Way PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

For more information on PBIS at Washington, click here.

Important Dates

Wed, Nov 21 through Mon, Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Break (school resumes Tues, Nov 27)

Wed, Nov 28th - Early Release 2:20 dismissal

Sat, Dec 1 - Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shopping Spree

Fri, Dec 7 - Report cards sent home

Wed, Dec 12 - Holiday Sing (3rd-5th grade) @1pm

Tues, Dec 18 - Holiday Sing (JK-2nd grade) @ 2pm

Wed, Dec 19 - Band, Choir, Orchestra Winter Concert @ 7pm

Food Drive EXTENDED!

A Girl Scout Troop at Washington is going to continue the collection of non-perishable food items through the end of next week. Please continue to drop off food donations at school.

Thank you for your support!

Washington's Design Lab

Click here for this weeks STEM Program update which includes information about the Hour of Code Family Night on November 29th

PTA Update...

Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shop:

The Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shop are just around the corner on Saturday, December 1st. Volunteers are NEEDED for this event. Please sign up for a shift....

Lend a Hand to Help: https://www.signupgenius.com/…/10C0F4FACA92FAAF85-washingto…

Tickets can be purchased online or through the form that was sent home. You can register here for your breakfast. Pre-Registration is best as a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Purchase Tickets Here: https://squareup.com/store/washington-elementary-pta-4

Also, we are calling 5th Grade Timby Squad Members to help out the day of the Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shop. Please talk to your student and see if they would be interested in helping out. You can sign your child up here:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0845AEA62CA4FF2-pancake

Thank you to everyone who came to our PTA meeting last Wednesday night. A special thank you to Washington staff--Abbey Finn, Beth Kimmel and Lindsey Rust for being there also.

The staff lounge is looking for a few donations:

Boxes of tea bags


Handheld disherwasher wand

Handwashing dish soap

(Please leave at the front office if you are able to donate.)

Spirit Wear

Are you thinking of holiday gifts? Washington Spirit wear would be a great gift for your student. Order and purchase online.


Kick Reading Into Over Drive!

For more information on this school library initiative, click on link.

Health Reminders...

Please read the following documents which include helpful reminders about head lice.

* Head lice tri-fold brochure

* Lice letter

We will continue to send these reminders out periodically during the school year.

Breakfast/lunch menus, meal application, account payments

Sodexo is excited to annouce a new food service menu app called SoHappy! The free app is available to download from the apple store or google play. It just takes a few simple steps to get set up and you will have access to daily menus, nutritional and allergen information, and so much more. This interactive platform is a great time saver for those families who are on the go and need access to this type of information.

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The November menus are available.

Breakfast menu

Lunch menu

The free and reduced meal program application is available by clicking this link: app (you will need to print the application and turn it into the school office.

There is also an option to complete the application online by clicking this link: https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/WAUS01

Did you know that you can make meal account payments and check balances by signing up at https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome

If you prefer, you can also submit cash or check payments in the school office and we will put them in the meal programs drop box to be added to the account on the same day. Checks should be made payable to Wauwatosa School FSD.

Community Flyers

Be sure to check out the community flyers page to find out what is happening in Wauwatosa and the surrounding area: https://www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/domain/210


Due to the short week, PAWS winners were not selected today.