Washington Elementary

September 25, 2020

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Virtual PTO Meeting- Monday, October 5, 6:30 pm

Or you can call Phone Numbers 1 218-301-2635‬ and enter the PIN: ‪797 411 275#‬ Be sure to join us for this virtual PTO meeting. We are interested in hearing how we might best engage and partner parents in this unique time.

Principal´s Message

Dear Families,


Happy Friday! The communication I shared with you in support of the Teacher Professional Development Day/Student Learning from Home Day this past Wednesday was confusing. Moving forward, I will send two separate messages in my reminder to you about the October 7th Teacher PD / Students Learning from home day; one message to hybrid plan families and one message to distance learning families.


Attendance for hybrid families is taken on Thursday when students bring back the signed cover sheet. Distance Learning student attendance is taken the morning of the The Learning from Home Day on Google Classroom and/or SeeSaw.


Picture day has been set for October 12, 2020. We finally reached a deal with a new photography vendor. Please plan for pictures to be taken during the school day for Hybrid Learning Plan families on Monday, October 12th.


Distance Learning families from Washington will come to the school between 1:30-3:30 pm on Monday, October 12th to have student pictures taken in the gym. Please stagger your arrival; Last Names from A-M arrive between 1:30 to 2:30 pm and Last names between N-Z arrive between 2:30-3:30 pm. A link to the online order form will shared with you as soon as we receive it. Paper copies will be available as well. Be sure to conduct the COVID self-screening before coming to the school for pictures. It will be expected that you wear a mask and honor the 6ft of social distancing while on campus.


We will continue to work hard to create the best conditions for safety and social-emotional well-being and academic learning. Our three goals for the school year are as follows:



  1. Establish systems and practices that support physical safety for all students, staff and families.

  2. Establish systems and practices that support emotional safety for all students, staff and families.

  3. Establish systems and practices that support intellectual safety for all students, and staff.


I look forward to seeing how the school year continues to take shape in an unfamiliar time. We are in this together. If you have any feedback on how we can improve, please call 345-3059 or email sbaier1@isd77.org.

School Start and End Times

  • Student Drop Off- 7:35-7:50 am at specific location per grade level.

  • First Bell: 7:50 am

  • School Start Time: 8:00 am

  • School End Time: 1:40 pm for Hybrid Plan

Please join us on Oct 12, 2020 for Mankato Area Public School's Family Academy

Picture Day set for October 12th

Picture day has been set for October 12, 2020.


Hybrid Learning Plan Families: We finally reached a deal with a new photography vendor. We will share an online order form to you as soon as we receive it. A paper copy will also be available. All students will be schedule with their class to take a school picture during the school day for Hybrid Learning Plan families.


Distance Learning families from Washington will come to the school between 1:30-3:30 pm to have student picture taken in the gym. Please stagger your arrival; Last Names from A-M arrive between 1:30 to 2:30 pm and Last names between N-Z arrive between 2:30-3:30 pm. A link to the online order form will shared with you as soon as we receive it. Paper copies will be available as well.

Breakfast and Lunch at no cost for youth age 18 years and under

Beginning Monday, September 28, Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) will provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to all youth age 18 years and under. Youth do not need to be enrolled in MAPS nor do they need to qualify for free or reduced lunch. Provided service will be available on school days following MAPS’ school calendar through December 31, 2020, or when funding is no longer available.


Participants must pre-order meals online for pickup at:


  • East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road
  • West High School, 1351 South Riverfront Drive


Meals consist of lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. Orders must be received by 8 a.m. the day of pickup.


The service is part of the extended Summer Food Service Program approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


For more information contact food services staff at 507-388-7442.

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If you foresee a need for winter gear (winter coats, snow pants, mittens, hats, etc.) for your child(ren) please let the office know as soon as possible so appropriate gear and sizes can be found for your child. The school has a supply of gently used donated items that can be given to students in need. The school’s phone number is 507-345-3059. See Link above for more winter gear options.

Title I School- Washington Elementary


Dear Parent/Guardian, September 2020


Greetings to you and your families. Washington Elementary has implemented the school-wide Title 1 program. In the past, Washington has qualified for Title 1 services and supported students who qualified for those services. By keeping the school-wide model, Title 1 resources can be used flexibly to reach the needs of all students in the areas of reading and math.


Title 1 is a government program where students receive additional support to help them reach proficiency on state academic standards and state academic assessments. The program is designed “to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.” (http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg1.html)

Washington staff believes all students can and will learn and we are dedicated to improving our instruction to reach the needs of every child. We are excited about the school-wide Title 1 program at Washington to provide an equal opportunity for all students to succeed.


Students will be selected for additional support through test scores and classroom performance. Teamwork is important to the success of Title 1 services, and we look forward to working with you and your child in the coming months.


If you have specific questions regarding the school-wide Title 1 program you can contact:

Mandi Sonnenfeld & Connie Long Title One Coordinators

Shane Baier, Principal: email address: sbaier1@isd77.org

Jocie Desutter, District Coordinator: email address: jdesut1@isd77.org


Sincerely,

Shane Baier, Principal

Mandi Sonnenfeld & Connie Long, Coordinators

(507) 345-3059 Washington Elementary

Hybrid Plan Parent Handbook (Click Here); A Must Read!

Includes all the schedules, health guidelines and everything Hybrid Plan.

Ways to raise funds for students!

Students can bring HyVee receipts in clear plastic bags. Teachers will collect the bags and turn them in to the office.


The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we can earn cash for our school. Instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. The new BTFE app features allow you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online.

***If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school. We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products. LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE CHANGES AT https://www.boxtops4education.com/


With Coca-Cola Give, every purchase of your favorite Coca-Cola beverages is an opportunity to make a difference to Washington Elementary. To donate, simply visit https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools/, select Washington Elementary and scan or enter product codes from participating Coca-Cola products. Each product code scanned or entered has a unique donation value.


Save your Hy-Vee receipts from both Mankato locations and they will donate $1 for every $150 spent through the Hy-Vee Kash 4 Kids program. The receipts must be dated during the current school year (Sept. 2020 - June 2021) to qualify. Every little bit will add-up!



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