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Washington School: January Issue 2019

Letter from Mrs. Daly

Dear Washington Families,

This is the time of year for gratitude. I always take time to reflect on what a very lucky woman I am. I am the principal of the greatest school around! The reason that Washington is so amazing is because of the magical mix of all of you.

THANK YOU to all the generous families who participated in our Washington Cares Tree initiative. Due to your support, we were able to fulfill the holiday wishes of many Washington families.

I wish you a happy holiday season. Happy New Year!


Mrs. Daly

Washington Principal

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Second Step Lessons Overview

It is important to help students identify skills for learning to use. The skills they have learned and need to apply.

1. Listening

2. Focusing attention

3. Using self-talk

4. Being assertive

Students need help identifying empathy skills and showing compassion toward others.

1. Ask myself, "How does the other person feel?"

2. Look at the person's face and body for clues.

3. Ask myself, "What is this person's point of view?"

4. Think of how I can help.

5. Think of a kind thing to say.

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ROARS Winners for the Month of December

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2018-19 5 Essential Survey

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be completed by staff, students, and parents in January. New this year, ISBE has extended student participation to include students in grades 4-8. Results will provide information to schools in five areas: instruction, environment, leaders, teachers, and families. Research shows that schools rated highly on three or more of the five essentials are 10 times more likely to make substantial gains in math and reading.

Staff will complete the survey at our District-Directed meeting on Wednesday, January 16. Our parent community complete the survey during the first two weeks of January.

Students will complete the survey between January 7-18. Parents were notified about the survey in December and were asked to return an opt-out form if they would prefer that their child not participate. More details about this and our survey schedule will be shared soon.

The survey will take no more than 20 minutes to complete. All responses are completely confidential. Teachers will be emailed a unique username and password to log-in and take the survey. Teacher names or other unique identifiers will never be connected with individual responses or used in any report. Aggregated data will be shared with parents and the general public on our school’s report card.

Data from this report will be used by our district and our school to help inform our school improvement planning efforts and to provide a picture of our school’s performance beyond test scores. It will not be used as a component in administrative or staff evaluation.

Science Olympiad 2019

Science Olympiad 2019! Parents and students! If your family includes a third, fourth or fifth grader, now is the time to make plans to participate in this year’s Science Olympiad. Information, along with the ONLINE registration form, are available on the District 64 Science Olympiad Webpage. The last day to register for this great event is Friday, November 9.

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Washington Calendar of Events- Click Here

Click here to view upcoming and planned events

District Mission Statement

Inspire all students to discover their strengths, embrace learning, achieve personal excellence, and demonstrate care. Students thrive in a rich, rigorous, and innovative curriculum delivered by highly qualified teachers. Each student learns and grows in a safe, nurturing environment. In collaboration with student, parents, teachers and the community, District 64 provides opportunities for each learner to investigate, be successful, be resilient, and become inspired and empowered as they contribute to our global society.

Holiday Spirit was in the air at Washington! Our staff was treated to some holiday music, coffee and biscottis

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