Knightly News

April 1, 2019

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!

PTA officers, classroom helpers, WatchDOGS, party planners, LLC volunteers, Battle of the Books...for all of the ways you help us, THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS! To see more volunteer photos, check out the bulletin board in the door 1 vestibule and the photo album on Washington Facebook, Thank You, Volunteers 2018-2019
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April Dates

April 5 - Spring Picture Day

April 5 - Yearbook Orders Due

April 5 - 1st grade field trip - morning

April 9 - Parent Workshop - Taming the Anxiety Beast 7pm at WWSHS

April 10 -16 - Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing for grades 3-5 in math and literacy - morning

April 16 - K-2 Author Visit, Adam Rubin

April 16 - PTA Meeting 7pm in LLC

April 19 - NO SCHOOL

April 23 - Franklin Middle School music performance for grades 3-5

April 24-27 - PTA Book Fair

April 25 - 3rd Grade Famous Americans program for parents

April 25 - Northside Band Festival 7pm at WNHS

April 27 - PTA Fun Fair

Calendar Updates

May 17 - PTA Spring Fling

June 5 - Field Day

June 6 - Field Day Rain Date

June 11 - Tentative Last Day of School

Help Needed

We could use help with spring picture day this Friday, April 5th. We need two volunteers for the morning and two for the afternoon. Volunteers will receive 50% of a picture package. Please contact Tami Bauer at

St. Baldrick's Event a Success!

Our 3rd annual St. Baldrick's event was a great success! On March 20th, 35 Washington staff and students shaved their heads to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. This year's event far surpassed our goal of $12,000 and raised over $17,000. That brings our three-year fundraising total to over $50,000. Thank you to the shavees, donors, and barbers/stylists who volunteered their time and services:

Patti Mueller

Nika Shah

Andrea Henderson

Briney Young

Janelle Martin

Krissy Heins

Deanna Rivera

Donna Wojciechowski

Joe Etheridge

from the following businesses:

Ellyn Salon

Nika Shah Hair Salon

LifeSpa Bloomingdale


Beautiful You Salon and Spa

Hair by Janelle

Busy Bee Barber Shop

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.

As our event was occurring, our Baldrick's honored kid, 3rd grader Chase Ewoldt, was serving as a Baldrick's ambassador at a Washington D.C. meeting with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss childhood cancer.

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Spotlight on SEL

Just as Illinois has state standards on all academic areas, there are also a set of social emotional learning (SEL) standards. This year we will shine a spotlight on all of the work our staff is doing to support students in the areas of self-awareness, growth mindset, self-management, interpersonal skills, and decision-making. You can read more about social emotional learning here: SEL. See examples of recent SEL at Washington below.

1st Grade Kindness Challenge

SEL Writing in 1B and by Mrs. Kovarik's 1st Grade Students

2nd Grade Peformance - Ordinary People Like Me Change the World!

Celebrating Read Across America All Month!

Washington celebrated Read Across America the whole month of March! We had a whole school Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) day, a whole school Book Scramble, fun spirit days, and we read across the genres all month long! Thanks to student council and teachers Mrs. Kim Dillon and Mr. David Ourada for coordinating the activities!
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WatchDOGS Sign-up

The WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) Is a program that creates opportunities for dads to volunteer in schools. WatchDOGS do not have to commit to an ongoing schedule; they can volunteer as little as one half-day a school year. WatchDOGS help out with whole class activities and also one-to-one or small group reading and math practice. Students also love playing with WatchDOGS during recess!

Sign up to volunteer here: WatchDOGS.

Email Mrs. Craig with questions:

Kindergarten Force and Motion with Materials from DuPage Children's Museum - Thanks, PTA!

Thanks for Visiting and Thank You for your Service, Wheaton Police Officers Welsch and Hoots!

First PTA 5K Leprechaun Lap a Success

Thank you to everyone who came out on March 16th to run or volunteer for our very first 5K! Thank you to PTA especially Mr. Steve Karlovitz and Mr. John Klich for all of the time and effort that went into planning the event. Thank you also to the City of Wheaton and Wheaton Auxiliary Police for all of their assistance. It was a beautiful morning, a fun event, and we are looking forward to growing it in the years to come.

Wheaton North Summer Camps

Click here for information on Wheaton North Summer Camps.

Lost and Found - Stroller Piece Left at Winter Concert

Please notify the Washington office if this belongs to you.
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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.

Box Tops for Education & Coke Rewards

PTA collects both Box Tops and Coke Rewards; both are easy ways you can help raise money for Washington. Mrs. Mandie Porick coordinates both programs. Box tops can be sent to school in your child’s take home folder placed in an envelope labeled Box Tops or in a ziplock. Coke Rewards can be sent in this way as well.