Knightly News

April 24, 2015

Welcome to Knightly News!

Greetings, Washington Parents!

Welcome to Knightly News, an electronic newsletter for Washington Knight families. Knightly News is just one additional way to keep in touch with all of the happenings at Washington School. First and foremost, we encourage you to regularly check your child's backpack our website including the web calendar. We also invite you to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @washcusd200.

PARCC End-of-Year Testing

Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will take part two of the PARCC tests April 27, 28, and 29. Testing will occur in the morning and will consist of one test a day for a total of one English language arts test and two math. Your support in helping your child arrive to school on time and encouraging his/her best effort is much appreciated.

Thinking of Next Year...

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As June approaches, I know that many of your thoughts are already turning toward next school year. Soon, I will begin working with the teachers on student placement for next year. Since students move in and out of our attendance area and staffing can change over the summer, the process will continue into August. We do our best to develop classes that provide the best opportunities for optimal teaching and learning. Due to the complex nature of developing class lists, it is impossible to accommodate requests for specific classroom teachers. The following quote is from page 14 of the Parent/Student Handbook:

Many professional hours of planning and preparation are spent in the spring to ensure the most appropriate class placement for each child. To change even one student can upset the balance that was very carefully created by teachers and principals. Therefore, requests for a child's placement with a specific teacher are not invited.

We do value your input, and we invite you to share your thoughts and impressions about your child's needs. Feel free to email me at It will be most helpful to receive any information you have to share by mid-May. Please understand that class placements will not be finalized and communicated to parents until sometime in August.

Thank you,

Jennifer Craig


Decorating Help Needed

Every year we change the artwork in our frames inside and outside the main office to showcase new artwork created by our students. This task takes only a couple hours if two or three people work together. Parents, if you are willing to help out with this project sometime between now and the end of May, please email principal's secretary Tami Bauer at

Mixing it up with a Book Scramble!

Student council organized a book scramble this week. We mixed ourselves all up grades one through five (Kindergarten was at the arboretum) and enjoyed reading a book with new friends. Students chose the book they wanted to read, but the staff member was a mystery until the time of the book scramble. Enjoy some book scramble selfies below!

If it's Spring, it's Time for Fling!

Join us for the Annual Spring Fling! Take Me out to the Spring Fling! All Washington families are invited. Children must be escorted by a supervising parent at all times.

Place: Washington School Gym

Cost: $5.00 per child (parents free)

What is it: A dance where you can socialize and mingle with other families! Live DJ with music, dancing, games and refreshments, and fun things to purchase!

Date Friday, May 8th from 7:00pm until 9:00pm

Wear your favorite baseball team apparel, (professional or park district) and be entered into a raffle!! Fun Prizes!!

There will be a special guest appearance by Kane County Cougar Mascot--OZZIE Cougar from 7:30pm until 8:30pm!

Book Fair

Another successful book fair, thanks to PTA and Mrs. Adrianne Karlovitz! Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked the fair and all of the families who came out to support our school.
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Thank you for Child's Play, PTA!

A special thanks to Mrs. Lynn Kadel who served as PTA cultural arts chair this year. Child's Play performed a fall assembly for us and talked to students about the elements of a good story. Student writing was then submitted to Child's Play, and they returned April 17th to perform three plays based on our students' writing. The three plays performed were based on the works of 2nd grader Declan Sullivan, 4th grader Philip Tran, and 5th grader Sophia Hahn.

Honorable mention writers were also recognized at the assembly:

Amelia Kasztlelan, ADK

AM Kindergarten class

Stella Tarusha, 2nd grade

Ashlyn Kafer, 3rd grade

Ashley Ippolito, 3rd grade

Bridget Craig & Lori Dikena, 3rd grade

Elise Mueller, 4th grade

Kaela Maghinang, 5th grade

Ben Humecke, 5th grade

Nathan Metz, 5th grade

In addition, 1st grader Emma Jones, 2nd grade Dylan Todd, 5th grader Emily Beaudin, and 5th grader Brandon Swartz gave great performances as impromptu superheroes!

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Book Collection for Ghana

Student council is organizing a gently used book collection for children in Ghana. Boxes are located outside the main office. Books will be collected through May 1st.
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April 27,28,29 - Second PARCC testing window for grades 3-5.

April 30 - Step Up day at Franklin & Monroe for 5th grade in the morning

April 30 - PTA Spirit Event - Village Tavern 11am-11pm


May 1 Kindergarten Visit Day 10am and 2pm

May 4 Fifth Grade Field Trip to Paramount Arts Theater in Aurora 9:30am-1:00pm

May 4 Band/Orchestra/Chorus Concert Dress Rehearsal 2pm

May 4 Band/Orchestra/Chorus Concert 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

May 5 Parent Night at Monroe for Incoming 6th Grade 7pm

May 8 First Grade Habitat Open House

May 8 Spring Fling 7pm-9pm

May 11 Kane County Cougars Game 6:30pm

May 12 Middle School Music Tour 10:45am

May 12 PTA Meeting 7pm

May 13 Field Trip for EL Students in 2nd-5th Grade to Chicago Botanical Gardens 9:30-3:00

May 14 Parent Night at Franklin for Incoming 6th Grade 7pm

May 15 Field Trip to Brookfield Zoo for 1st grade 9:30-2:00

May 20 Biography Presentations for 3rd Grade Parents

May 21 & 22 Outdoor Education in Lake Geneva for 5th Grade

May 25 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

May 27 Field Trip to Naper Settlement for 3rd Grade 9:30-2:00

May 27 Mad Science Presentations for 4th Grade

Letter to 5th Grade Parents

The following letter went home in backpacks Friday, April 24th will all 5th graders:

Letter to 5th Grade Parents

Summer Gifted Program

Click here for information on a summer gifted program that will be held at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton - Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder

Kindergarten Visits Morton Arboretum

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