Washington Wildcat Chat

February Edition 2023

Letter From Ms. Brito

Dear Washington Families,

In the coming weeks, our staff will collaborate on the important process of creating class lists for the upcoming school year. This process is quite structured, takes various factors into account, and involves many stages.

Because the placing of students in classrooms is so important, we use a very specific and detailed process for all children. We consider several criteria in making our decisions, with no one being more important than another. The following criteria are considered before placements are made:

• The total number of children in all grade-level classes needs to be equal.

• Ability levels of students need to be balanced in each grade level class.

• Leadership skills and other affective characteristics need to be balanced.

• Students’ learning styles should be matched appropriately with teachers’ instructional styles.

• Some student combinations should be split for social or academic reasons.

We will also coordinate co-teaching opportunities that may dictate how we group and cluster students in all grade levels.

If you would like to provide specific information about your child to assist in the homeroom placement selection, please submit a letter by Friday, March 24th. Pertinent information may include the parents’ view of how the child learns best, the environment that best suits learning, peer social matches to avoid, and any other pertinent details. Such information will be considered as part of our process, but final decisions about class assignments are determined by the administration and teachers.

Due to the nature and complexity of this task, we are unable to accept requests for specific teachers. We ask that you please do not put our teachers in an awkward position by requesting a specific placement for them. At times, they are unable to honor a request and we do not want them to feel responsible for not being able to follow through with considerations.

Please note that any letters received after Friday, March 24th may not be considered. Our staff will spend a significant amount of time on placements, and we take the process very seriously.

Lastly, please note that once homeroom assignments are made and notifications are shared in August, we are unable to honor requests for changes. We encourage you to take the opportunity now to share your thoughts. If you have questions or feel you need to have a conversation with me that our letter method doesn't provide, please contact me as I'd rather have this conversation now than a complicated conversation in August.

Thanks for your support and partnership.



Supervision at Arrival and Dismissal

We want to remind all families that our morning supervision begins at 8:35 a.m. Please do not send students unattended before 8:40 so we can ensure they are safely monitored after the busses arrive. Additionally, our afternoon supervision ends 15 minutes after the bell rings. Students should leave school grounds immediately after dismissal. Please see below for additional reminders about arrival and dismissal procedures.
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Cell Phones and Smart Watches at School

This a reminder that cell phones and smart watches are not allowed for students during the school day at Washington. Per District policy, cell phones, smartwatches, and other electronic devices are to be powered off and kept in the student’s locker or a designated classroom area during the school day. Please do not try to communicate with your student via these devices while we are in school. If there is an emergency and you need to contact your child, contact the main office for assistance. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this policy.
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Kids Heart Challenge at Washington!

The students at Washington Elementary are getting ready for the American Heart Association's KIDS HEART CHALLENGE!

Mark Your Calendars:

Our school is kicking off our Kids Heart Challenge program on February 12, 2023, but you can get a jump start TODAY!

Getting started is as easy as 1..2…3…

    1. Download the Kids Heart Challenge App or visit heart.org/KHC to register.
    2. Choose your daily health challenge to Move More or Be Kind and earn your own BE THE TORCH wristband so you can help light the way!
    3. Get a head start on COMPLETING FINN’S MISSION in your Headquarters, where you and your family can put the power of lifesaving Hands-Only CPR into YOUR hands and help us create a community of lifesavers! Try to do all 8 activities to complete the Mission!

We are looking forward to a fun heart-healthy program!

Don’t forget: Double your Gift! Check to see if your employer will match your donation today! Follow the steps and forward the confirmation to matchinggifts@heart.org to have this added to the student’s fundraising page

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ROARS Winners for January

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as ROARS winners in January!
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Upcoming Events

  • February 8: PTO Meeting, 7:00
  • February 9: Special Board of Education Meeting
  • February 16: Regular Board of Education Meeting
  • February 20: No School - President's Day
  • March 8: 2nd Trimester ends
  • March 9: Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences:
  • March 10: No School for Students, Records/Planning Day
  • March 15: 2nd Trimester Report Cards Home
  • March 27-31: No School - Spring Break

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.