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Washington Avenue School News - 3/28/16


Monday 3/28 - Delayed Opening -

  • Grades 1, 2, and 3: 10:35 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.;
  • AM kindergarten only: 10:35 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.;
  • Full Day PREK: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m; AM
  • PREP only: 10:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Monday 3/28 - Report Cards Issued

Wednesday 3/30- ASE Registration begins on Community Pass 8pm

Friday 4/1 - C.E.F “$1 MILLION REASONS TO CELEBRATE” at Fairmount Country Club

Saturday 4/2 - ASE Registration ends on Community Pass 8pm

Monday, 4/4 - Bd. of Education meeting

Wednesday 4/6 - PTO Community Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Thursday 4/7 - ASE Classes Begin

Monday 4/11-Friday 4/15 - School Closed Spring Break

Tuesday 4/19 - Budget Vote

Wednesday 4/20- 3rd Grade Concert 1:30pm & 7:00pm

Friday 4/22 - EARTH DAY

- Pizza Parlor Day

Monday 4/25-Tuesday 5/3 - PARCC Testing

Principal's Update - Mary Quigley

We begin the last trimester of the year filled with many fun learning experiences. With longer days and time for more activities after school, please remember to set aside some reading time in the evening for students to enjoy the books they are brining home.

As you see on the calendar above, third graders will be taking the PARCC Assessments during the week of April 25. Since testing is the first couple hours of the day, the building's specials schedule will be adjusted. Classroom teachers will let you know how this will effect your child's class.

Our biggest wish right now is that the "Mud Monster" on our fields dries up. Few days of sun should do it!

Enjoy the week ahead!

WAS PTO President's UPDATE Michelle Lease

Be sure to mark your calendars to remember to sign up for After School Enrichment this Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. Thanks to our fabulous ASE team, Alicia Ruggerio, Rosemary Mannino & Julie Carles for another round of great classes!

PTO Thank you's

More pizza day thank you's from last week...thank you to Belinda Hock, Jill Conlon, Tara Cronin & Becky Lee for their help serving pizza during lunch.

When we think of bullying, we often think of a conflict with only two sides: the bully and the victim. However, there are often other people who have the power to change what’s occurring: THE UPSTANDER.

An upstander takes on the role of defender and responsible bystander. Rather than laughing along with the bully, or taking no action, an UPSTANDER takes a stand against the bullying behavior. By teaching children how to act on behalf of their peers, we can create a school culture where bullying isn’t tolerated. At the same time, we encourage kids to feel empowered and confident.

At WAS, we teach the children about being UPSTANDERS. We wanted to share this important lesson with parents so if your children come to you with a story about someone being left out or being picked can reinforce the message by telling them to be an UPSTANDER and stand up for friends when something happens. Here is a link to a great video about the power of being an UPSTANDER



Dr. LaSusa and the entire Board of Education commended Mary Quigley for her outstanding service and dedication to her students, teachers, parents, BOE, and entire community. All are grateful for her stellar performance as Washington Avenue School’s Principal for 13 years. As an educator for 42 years, she will certainly be missed upon her retirement 7/1/2016. All wish you luck and thank you, Mrs. Quigley!

Superintendent’s Report- Dr. LaSusa announced that two unused snow days will make Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27 leading into Memorial Day as days off.

Budget- The preliminary budget was submitted 3/22 to the county for review & approval. A public hearing will be held at the Chatham Township Courtroom on May 2, 2016 at 7:30pm for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on the budget and the board approving the 2016/2017 budget. The BOE has decided not to add or eliminate any programs in a budget that calls for a 2.55% tax increase.

Chatham Education Foundation Report- The CEF’s upcoming “$1Million Reasons to Celebrate” on Friday, April 1st at the Fairmount Country Club. This event will celebrate excellence in education and raise funds for Chatham Schools. The CEF, the leading provider of private funding the School District of the Chathams, is hosting a new fundraising event this year, to celebrate the recent milestone of providing $1 million in grants to Chatham schools since CEF began fundraising in 1997.

Tickets can be ordered at Live music will be provided by Zero Balance. Dr. LaSusa recently met with the CEF Board about Technology Integration.

Chatham Township Report- Mayor Ritter contacted the BOE about the Dellwood area being used for dropoffs and pickups. There will be more to come. In the meantime, please be sensitive to neighbors.

Music & Theatre Boosters Report- There is an upcoming performance on April 17th by 30 students at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark at 4pm.

WAS, SBS & Milton 3rd graders are practicing for their spring concerts to be performed in April.

Public Commentary- Concerns were voiced about rising health care costs for teachers, which is estimated at a 19% increase. This is not locked at this point. The board is exploring other options to lower costs, but our school district is still lower than others.


WAS After School Enrichment Registration:

The spring registration will begin on Thursday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. through Community Pass and classes begin on Thursday, April 7th.

Days are longer and the kids have lots of energy- let's get ready to enjoy another 8-week session of ASE! ASE classes are a great way for your child to enjoy friendships and fun within the WAS community and develop new skills. New classes include WAS Cooks, Flag Football, Chinese, Yoga, Wall Painters, and Craft and Book Club. Returning favorites include Mad Science, Chess, Magic, Mr. A Sports and Games, Lego Robotics, Sculpting with Felt, Creative Clay, and many others. As a reminder, please do sign up using wait list for classes you are interested in once they have become full. For certain classes, if we have enough students on a wait list we are able to open a second session. Please respond to messages regarding wait list to give others the chance to register. See below or click this link for a DETAILED LIST OF CLASSES . If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

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