Knightly News

February 24, 2020

Save-the-Date - The 5K Leprechaun Lap is March 21st!

The 2nd annual 5K Leprechaun Lap will be Saturday, March 21st with check-in at 7:00am and the race beginning at 8:00am. Come on out for the first 5K of spring! All proceeds to to Washington PTA. See the race site for more info and to register: 5K Leprechaun Lap.

Creating Positive Identities Toward Mathematics

The following two resources are suggested by our math coach, Mrs. Lea Russelle. Both work toward supporting children to create positive identities toward math.

The mission of youcubed is to inspire math success for all students through growth mindsets and innovative teaching.

The website contains numerous resources for parents, including articles on a wide variety of topics such as:

  • 6 Ways to Support Your Child’s Mathematical Development

  • Memorizers are the Lowest Achievers

  • The Stereotypes About Math That Hold Americans Back

Learn more here.

Growth Mindset for Parents is a free online course that takes about 30 minutes to complete. Parents learn what a growth mindset is, why it’s important, and best practices to support their children in developing this learning belief.

Learn more here.

February Dates

Feb. 25 - PTA Dine-Our Maciano's 5pm-8pm

Feb. 26 - 1st grade Mrs. Belanger's Polar parent presentation 2:45pm

Feb. 27 - End of 2nd trimester

Feb. 27 - Kindergarten Round-up and Visit 6:00pm-7:00pm

Feb. 28 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Feb. 29 - Franklin Middle School Charity Dodgeball Tournament (5th graders may participate) 11:00am

Thanks for the Great Valentine Parties, PTA!

PTA Dine-Out at Maciano's

The next PTA Dine-Out will be Tuesday, February 25th from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Maciano's Pizza at 26W220 Geneva Rd. (by the CVS). 15% of all orders for dine-in, pick-up, delivery who mention Washington Elementary during this time will go to Washington PTA. Orders can be placed via phone (630) 933-9113 or online

Kindergarten Round-up for Parents and Students

Informational sessions, called “Kindergarten Round-Up”, are for parents of children who will be starting Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year. Washington School’s Kindergarten Round-Up will be Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:00P.M. to turn in paperwork. The meeting begins at 6:30 P.M.

Kindergarten Round-Up is held in the school for parents and incoming Kindergarten children. The occasion gives parents the opportunity to meet the principal and the kindergarten teachers. Parents will also become acquainted with the kindergarten program. Parents will receive a copy of the Kindergarten Handbook at this meeting. This is also an opportunity for children to visit the school. Students will have another opportunity to visit the classroom in August prior to the first day of kindergarten

Parents are encouraged to begin the enrollment process before February 27 by bringing their child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency to Washington School. However, parents are certainly able to bring the necessary documentation to the Kindergarten Round-Up.

Parents who are unable to attend Kindergarten Round-up are asked to call the school at 630-682-2222 to add their child’s name to the Kindergarten mailing list.

For all necessary enrollment information, please visit Please feel free to call the school with any additional questions.

Parents will need to pre-enroll their child in order to complete the online registration process.

Water Main Project on President St.

Per the City of Wheaton, please be aware that as of February 21, 2020, Trine Construction has resumed construction on the final leg of the water main replacement project on President Street (from Ranch Road to Bridle Lane). This work will impact bus and parent traffic on President Street at Washington School. Although Bridle Lane will not be blocked at the beginning of construction, vehicles on President Street will be delayed as traffic is flagged through the work zone.

The construction will begin at the south end of President Street at Ranch Road and commence north to Bridle Lane. We do anticipate water shutoffs, however, they will be scheduled for "non school" days or on Saturdays.

St. Baldrick's Time is Approaching

For the fourth consecutive year, Washington will raise money via a head-shaving event to benefit The St. Baldrick's Foundation. The foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization other than the U.S. government.

Our event will be March 25th at 2pm. Only Washington staff and students can register to be a shavee at this event, but parents are welcome to attend the assembly. Anyone can donate online. Students interested in being a shavee at the March 25th assembly should be signed up by Friday, March 13th on the Washington Baldrick's website. We will then send a Participant's Agreement home for parents to read and sign.

Washington families interested in donating can pledge a shavee or donate toward our event. All donations go to St. Baldrick's. Donate online here: Washington Baldrick's Donations.

We are honoring 4th Grader Chase Ewoldt with our event. Thank you for your support

St. Baldrick's Head-Shaving Events

March Dates

Mar. 6 - Report Card Distribution

Mar. 9 - PACE testing - 4th math & 5th reading

Mar. 10 - PACE testing 5th math & 4th reading

Mar. 11-13 - Science Fun with Mr. Lee in 3rd grade classrooms

Mar. 16 - PACE testing 3rd math

Mar. 17 - PACE testing 3rd reading

Mar. 19 - PACE testing 2nd grade

Mar. 21 - PTA Leprechaun Lap 5K

Mar. 25 - Dental Clinic

Mar. 25 - St. Baldrick's assembly 2pm

Mar. 26 - 2nd grade musical

Pancake Breakfast is a Success!

Thanks to Mr. Grant Rebro, the PTA, and all of the parent and staff volunteers who helped make this annual community-building event a success. A special thanks also to the 1st graders who decorated the event with reminders of spreading kindness.

More Washington Highlights

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Photos Needed!

This year Mrs. Cher Kachelmuss has once again taken on the project of creating the yearbook for students and families to enjoy. Please keep this in mind as you take photos this year of class parties and other Washington events. Please consider sharing them with Mrs. Kachelmuss at

Help Needed - LLC Volunteers

LLC Director, Mr. J.J. Babb is looking for more volunteers to help in the library. Help is needed Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings and afternoons, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday mornings and afternoons. If you have availability any of these times, please email Mr. Babb at
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Elementary Handbook

This year, the Elementary Handbook will be online. You can find it on the Washington website and by clicking here: HANDBOOK