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Washington Avenue School News - 12/21/15


Wednesday, 12/23 - Early Dismissal

Thursday 12/24- Sunday 1/3 - School Closed - Holiday Recess

Monday 1/4 - School Opens

Thursday 1/7 - 8pm Registration opens for ASE on Community Pass

Monday 1/11 - 8pm Registration closes for ASE on Community Pass

Tuesday 1/12 - Author's Day - Daniel Kirk

Friday 1/15 - Early Dismissal

Monday 1/18 - School Closed

Tuesday 1/19 - ASE 8-week Winter Session Classes begin

Friday 1/22 - Pizza Day

Friday 1/22- PTO Meeting- 9:00 a.m.

Friday 1/22- Family Fun Night

Principal's Update - Mary Quigley

Ellen Goodman offers the following thought for our reflection....“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

As I reflect on 2015 at WAS, I remain in awe at all that was accomplished by the children, the staff and our PTO who was actively engaged in so many projects. In our community there is so much potential. Thank you for your support of our school and the district. Enjoy this time with your families celebrating holidays that create memories that you will think about in 2016.

Report Cards are now available in the Parent Portal.

You can access the link here.

WAS PTO President's UPDATE Michelle Lease

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season! As we come to the end of 2015, I would like to thank all the wonderful parents who make WAS such a special place...we are so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of parent volunteers! Have a wonderful break!

Thank you from the PTO

Beth Kneebone, Beth Burton & Carrie Hillengdorff on their hard work facilitating the centerpieces and ornament process in our Give Back Give Thanks Campaign.

Claire Young for running the luminary fundraiser. Cara Haid for brightening our concert stage with pretty poinsettias.

Kindness Corner-"Give Thanks & Give Back" Holiday Campaign

Our students spent their recess last Monday making ornaments for the residents at Garden Terrace Nursing Home. Today they will complete their last “Give thanks. Give back.” project by writing letters as part of the Macy’s “Believe” program. This has been great way for the children to give back during this special time of year. Pictures of last week’s activity are below.

Winter ASE

WAS After School Enrichment Registration:

Happy New Year and Welcome to WAS ASE 2016! We have many fun programs to interest and entertain every WAS student this winter. Students enjoy making new friendships and learning new skills; It's the perfect way to keep away the winter blues! New classes include Film Making, Engineering, Tennis, Friendship Bracelets, Ukulele, Musical Theater, Chinese and more! Returning favorites include Mad Science, Chess, Magic, Mr. A Sports and Games, Lego Robotics, Sculpting with Felt, Creative Clay and many others.

After school enrichment meets from 3:10-4:10 every day of the week and our next 8 week session begins on Tuesday January 19. Registration for classes is through Community Pass from 8 pm on January 7 through 8 pm on January 11. Register early to get your favorite classes and to ensure your class does not close. Please email wasenrichment@hotmail.comwith questions.

Holiday Concerts

As always, the WAS Holiday Concerts were a huge hit and a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season. Thank you to all of our teachers, students and musicians for a job well done! Don't forget yout Holiday Concert DVD orders are due today.


A very big THANK YOU to all of you who made a contribution to Mr. A's troop collection. Your generosity will help make the holidays brighter for those serving our country. Thank you!
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Author's Day

January 12th is Author's Day at WAS! We are very excited to have Daniel Kirk as our author. He is an award-winning author and illustrator of over forty books for children, including his best-selling series of Library Mouse books, Ten Things I Love About You, Ten Thank You Letters, and the middle grade series Elf Realm. Kirk’s newest books are You are Not My Friend, But I Miss You and The Thing About Spring from Abrams, and Ten Thank You Letters from Nancy Paulsen Books

Family Fun Night

Save the Date for the WAS annual Family Fun Night which will be held on Friday January 22nd in the gym. It's a great evening of bingo, prizes, refreshments, raffles.

Admission is FREE!


Please visit our PTO Community Corner for more information on these and other community and programs. CLICK HERE TO VISIT COMMUNITY CORNER.


Just a reminder that the CHS Sophomore Class is hosting a Winter Party for elementary students on January 16th at the high school. There will be games, winter crafts, and face painting! There will also be baked goods and pizza to eat! Along with that, there will be raffle prizes that the students can take a chance on.

The entrance fee will vary based on how many raffle tickets a student's parent would like to purchase. The prices will be $5 for 10 tickets, $10 for 20 tickets, $20 for 40 tickets and so on. These raffle tickets can be purchased at the door and children can bring a parent or be dropped off as well. Games, prizes, food, and raffle baskets will range from 2-5 tickets each. Come support the Sophomore Class and celebrate the winter season on the 16th of January from 10:00-12:30 am! See you there!

Please take the following RSVP survey for Winter Party: