Knightly News

September 27, 2015

Parent-Teacher Conferences

This year most parent-teacher conferences will occur the evenings of October 6 and 15 with teachers setting up additional conferences as needed. Conferences for Mrs. Miller's 1st grade class will occur in November after Mrs. Miller's return from maternity leave. This year we are using an online sign-up called Online sign-ups began Monday, September 21st; sign-up windows close four days prior to the conference date. If you have any issues using the system or cannot find a time that works for your schedule, please contact the teacher. Sign-up for a conference using this link:

Picture Day is Near!

This Wednesday, September 30th is picture day! Retakes will be on November 12th.

Knights on the Run

A huge thank you to Mrs. Anne-Marie Lemp and Mrs. Kathleen Ueland for organizing another wonderful Knights on the Run! Thank you also to the many parent volunteers and cheerleaders who came out to support our students. This activity encourages wellness and team spirit but is also the PTA's most significant fundraiser for the year. Your support in helping your children collect their pledges is most appreciated.

All pledges forms and money are due by 3:30pm on October 9th.

Check out all info pertaining to Knights on the Run on the PTA page of the Washington website:

September Dates

Sept. 30 - Picture Day

October Dates

Oct. 1 - PTA Room Parent Meeting 7:00pm

Oct. 6 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Oct. 8 - Vision & Hearing Rescreening

Oct. 12 - NO SCHOOL Columbus Day

Oct. 15 - Mr. Utchen the Dictionary Man visits 3rd grade classes - afternoon

Oct. 15 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Oct. 16 -- WDSRA activity with 4th grade classes - afternoon

Oct. 20 - PTA Meeting 7:00pm

Oct. 21 - PTA Reflections entries due

Oct. 29 - PTA Book Fair Family Reading Night until 7:00pm (please note change in date)

Oct. 30 - Halloween parades and parties

Thinking Ahead to Halloween

A letter will soon come home regarding the Halloween fesitivities that will occur on October 30th, but I wanted to share a few pieces of information with you early:

  • Students may NOT bring candy or other edible treats to distribute to classmates. Party food is provided by the PTA party volunteers who communicate with teachers regarding allergies and other food restrictions.
  • With the exception of morning kindergarten, students may not wear their costumes to school in the morning. Teachers will allow students to put costumes on prior to the afternoon parade. Parents may pick up their children at lunch if they prefer their children put costumes on at home.
  • Costumes should be school-appropriate. They should not be overly graphic, scary or violent. Weapon-look-a-like accessories cannot be brought to school. Students' faces cannot be completely covered; we need to be able to identify all students.

Please contact Mrs. Craig with any questions at

Washington WatchD.O.G.S kicks off!

77 Washington dads, stepdads, and grandpas showed up for our WatchD.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) kick-off! After hearing a brief presentation about this new volunteer opportunity, over 50 gentlemen committed to be a WatchD.O.G. for a half-day of school from October through January. WatchD.O.G.S. will work helping our students with a variety of classroom activities.

A big thanks goes to our kick-off team: Gene Olsen, Todd Manning, Mike Peters, Devin Leftwich, John Czechowicz, and Tom Rebro. Thank you also to the Washington staff who helped with the event: Debbie Willems, Julie Banta, J.J. Babb, Dan Cerny, and David Ourada.

The event would not have been possible without the support of Dr. Joanne Panopoulos, Assistant Superintendent and the support of these local businesses:

Giordano's in Glen Ellyn

Jewel on Main & Geneva in Wheaton

Target in Wheaton

Mariano's in Wheaton

Village Market Place in Carol Stream

There will be other opportunities for Washington dads to be a WatchD.O.G. January through the end of the year. There may be additional opportunities to be a WatchD.O.G. this fall once we have the program up and running.

Our first WatchD.O.G.S. are on duty this week!

Spirit Night at Culver's

Thank you to Mrs. Michelle Mueller and to all of the PTA volunteers who helped with our very successful Spirit Night at Culver's in Carol Stream. It was a great night - so many Washington families came out, and I didn't spill any milkshakes! Thank you to all who participated in this fun event!

Wellness Policy - Birthday Treats

Just a reminder that the CUSD200 Board Policy 6.50 states: Only nonĀ­edible items will be used for birthday celebrations and other student recognition. Therefore, please do not send your child with any food or beverage items to distribute to classmates as a birthday treat; distribution will not be allowed, and you will be asked to pick up the items in the main office. This policy helps us keep all of our students safe and well. Thank you for your help and consideration.

Going to Target??

If you shop at Target, please consider designating Washington as the school to benefit from your purchases. Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and to help Washington! Sign up is easy at the link below:

Red Robin also Gives Money Back to Schools

If your family dines at Red Robin, you can designate Washington to benefit from 1% of your bill. Check out the program here Red Robin Royalty