"Knightly" News

Washington Street Elementary - October 1, 2021

Upcoming Events:


1: PTO Holiday Party Money Due $5

4: PTO Meeting - Halloween Planning, 4:00pm

4-8: Homecoming Spirit Week

5: Mileage Club Kick-off

8: Homecoming Parade, downtown Otsego, 5:30pm

8: Homecoming Football Game, Bulldog Stadium, 7:00pm

13-17: School Safety Week

18-22: Fall Intersession Week - No School

25: Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest - details forthcoming

29: Halloween Festivities

PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) Meetings

The WSE PTO meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, in the Media Center, at 4pm. Please join us on Monday, October 11th.

We also have an additional meeting this month to help plan our special Halloween Festivities on Monday, October 4, at 4pm. Please join if you are able!

Bulldog PRIDE

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as their classroom PRIDE winner for the week!

P - Positive Attitude

R - Responsible Actions

I - Integrity Within

D - Determination to Succeed

E - Expect Excellence

Kindergarten: Remington Rose, Journey Perez, Kaylyn Ross

1st grade: Dominic Owen, Emily Todd, Kendall Sanders

2nd grade: Liam Spencer, Brookelynn White

3rd grade: Hazel Lingbeek, Keegan Shumaker, Makaynah Pantelin

4th grade: Ben Arnsman, Kennadi Milhiem, Liam Livingston

5th grade: Hunter Town

Homecoming Parade will be on Friday, October 8, at 5:30pm

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Popcorn Fridays

Popcorn Fridays are back! Popcorn is 75 cents per bag with the option to prepay $6 for the year. Money will be due the Thursday before each Popcorn Friday to ensure we have enough popcorn.

Popcorn Friday Dates:

  • Oct. 15

  • Nov. 19

  • Dec. 10

  • Jan. 21

  • Feb. 25

  • March 25

  • April 22

  • May 20

Mileage Club

WSE Mileage Club kicks off on Tuesday during lunch recess! Parents are welcome to walk/run at Mileage Club too! This will be on Tuesdays and Fridays in the Bus Loop. Please park and sign-in near the Bus Loop.


Halloween is around the corner and we are excited to bring back our Halloween Parade on Friday, October 29! The costume parade will take place outside and parents will line the sidewalks.

We will have a Trail for Treaters outside where parents will have the opportunity to pass out candy to students if desired. There will be a sign-up coming soon so you can reserve your spot along the parade route to set up for candy distribution and decorate your table/wagon/area. The idea is for this to be like a "Trunk or Treat"... just without the trunks. ;) We will also have a contest for the best-decorated table/wagon/area! So, start planning now! You will need 450 treats.

Students should bring their costumes to school and will change for their classroom parties prior to the parade. It is important that your child can put on their costumes independently as parents will be outside prepping for the parade.

Just a reminder - your child's costume must be non-violent. Weapon accessories/scary masks will not be allowed. Also, due to allergies, students may not come to school with spray-painted hair.

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Counselor’s Corner - Angie Bender

Helping Kids Cope with Stress

To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can’t protect your kids from stress - but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems. Here are a few ideas:

Listen to your child: Tell your child you notice that something is bothering him or her. Listen attentively and calmly. Try to get the whole story by asking questions like “When did that happen?” Take your time to actively listen.

Comment briefly on the feelings you think your child was experiencing: For example, you might say, “That must have been upsetting.” “No wonder you felt mad when they wouldn’t let you in the game.” Avoid an urge to judge, blame or lecture.

Help your child think of things to do: If there’s a specific problem that’s causing stress, talk together about what to do. Encourage your child to think of a couple of ideas. You can start the brainstorming of ideas if necessary. Your child’s active participation will build confidence. Support the good ideas and add to them if necessary.

Listen and move on: Sometimes talking and listening and feeling understood is all that is needed to help a child’s frustrations begin to melt away. Afterward, try changing the subject and moving on to something more positive and relaxing. Help your child think of something to do to feel better.

*adapted from the article “Helping Kids Cope with Stress” from Johns Hopkin’s All Children Hospital


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Washington Street Elementary

Office Phone: (269)694-7800

Attendance Line: (269)694-7880

WSE BASE: (269)694-7835