Washington Weekly

Updates from Washington Elementary - Fri, Sept 22nd


Mr. Russell, Principal - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Schram, Administrative Assistant - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Hill-Gordon - Educational Assistant - 414.773.1806

Attendance Line - 414.773.1802

Building Construction and Updates

Thanks to all the parents who joined the PTA meeting last evening. We had a great turnout. I shared some updates I recently received about progress in our spaces that are still under construction. We'll certainly have some celebrations and invite families in to see the spaces as we get them finalized. They are going to be awesome when completely finalized!

Elementary Math Family Success Sessions

Sessions are near capacity and several have been filled. They will be recording and archiving an early session for families to view at home.

Parents and guardians of all JK-5 elementary students are encouraged to attend one of three sessions designed to set your child up for success with our new board-approved math curricular resources this year. Each will be one hour long and will include:

* Brief overview of the Elementary Math Review and Adoption process

* Introduction to new resources for JK and SK-5.

* What students will learn.

* How students will learn.

* How families can help at home.

* Homework details.

* Workshop exploring a game and a problem that students will experience, along with tools students will use in class.

Special Education staff will also be on hand to help families navigate the changes for students who have special learning needs.

Click HERE for dates, times, location, and to RSVP.

Missed the original email announcement from the District? You can read that HERE.

Science Technology Engineering Process

The Design Process

We are so excited for Washington students to have many opportunities to make, tinker and create solutions to problems throughout the year. To support this learning the instruction will focus on the Engineering Design Process which is a structured approach to generating and developing ideas. Our goal is for students to use this approach while they build, invent, experiment and engage in their learning.

Design Challenges Have Begun

The fourth and fifth grade students have started the year with 2 design challenges! On the first day of school, students were challenged to work in small groups to create a tall freestanding structure that could support a marshmallow. Sounds easy, but think again! Our students could only use 20 uncooked spaghetti noodles, a yard of tape and a yard of string. Although not all groups were successful with this task, students and teachers were able to use behavioral observations to create group collaboration norms.

Drop Off and Pick Up Routines

Please take note: There is a handicap parking sign posted on the north end of the cutout on 67th Street. Cars, buses and daycare vans should avoid this area at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you ahead of time for being considerate to our neighbors on 67th and all around our building by NOT blocking driveways nor turning around in driveways. 67th street is extremely busy in the morning and at dismissal so your continued efforts at being patient and follow the posted rules help keep everyone safe.

Please review the link, Safe Routes to School: School Map, for some important reminders to help improve the safety of students and others around Washington School.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Upcoming Assessments

PALS Testing (K-2nd) - The State of Wisconsin requires that all districts assess the reading readiness of all children enrolled in four-year-old kindergarten to second grade. Our district will assess our students’ readiness by administering PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening). For further information please click on the following documents:

PALS Letter

Parent Info for Pre-K

Parent Info for Kindergarten

Parent Info for Grades 1-2

MAP Testing:

We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and math. SK through 5th grade will use chromebooks in their classrooms to complete the MAP tests.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Each school year, students at the elementary level take the tests during Sept/October, January and May. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. If you have any questions about MAP testing, please contact your child(ren)’s teacher.

Schedule for MAP Testing @ Washington:

September 25-September 29 Fall MAP – Reading Gr 1 & SK

October 2-October 6 Fall MAP – Reading Gr 2-5

October 9-October 13 Fall MAP – Math Gr 1 & SK

October 16-October 20 Fall MAP – Math Gr 2-5

From the PTA

We're off to an exciting start of the 2017-18 school year!

Upcoming Events:

Friday, October 6 - Game Night @ 6:00pm - Watch for a registration form coming home on Monday.

Fall Book Fair Next Month

The Fall Book Fair will take place at Washington the week of October 9th. More information will be sent out by your child(ren) classroom teacher. If you are able to volunteer to help out at the book fair, please click here to sign up.


School success goes hand-in-hand with good attendance. Click here for tips to help your child(ren) succeed in school.

Junior Raiders Basketball Program

Attention families of 4th grade boys:

Fourth grade is the first year male students have the opportunity to work on skill development and play in the Wisconsin Youth Basketball Association, which allows youth to compete with other feeder programs across southeastern Wisconsin. For all the details on this great program, click here.

Click HERE to view a listing of our PAWS Winners for September 22nd. Congratulations students and keep up the good work!