Knightly News

March 20, 2020 - E-Learning Edition

Note from Mrs. Craig

Dear Washington Family -

While I am still processing everything that has happened in the past week, I can definitely say that I am overwhelmingly proud of our school community!

In an extremely short period of time, our teachers created plans for e-learning and continue to research and try new things. Teachers are in contact with each other throughout the school days to help each other and share ideas. Most importantly, their hearts and minds are focused on doing their best to continue learning for their students in this unprecedented situation. I am not surprised, but I am so appreciative and impressed!

Teachers have kept me informed of their students' engagement and participation in e-learning activities. We've also enjoyed seeing the photos from the week of e-learning! This was an unexpected occurrence for students, and I am so proud of their efforts! I miss the kids!

Last, but certainly not least, many thanks to our parents. We realize that many of you are working from home and/or juggling a lot of changes and logistics while supporting your children in e-learning. You are a most valuable part of our team!

Please continue to remember that you are all part of Washington, even when we are apart. Take care and stay healthy!


Jennifer Craig


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E-Spirit Week March 23-27!

Hey, Washington Knights! Let's do an e-spirit week! Students, their siblings and parents can all participate in any, all or none of these virtual events. If you do participate, please take a photo, and send it to or tweet it @washcusd200 #YourCommunitySchools. Teachers and staff, we'd love for you to participate too! The e-spirit days will be:

Monday 3/23 - Pajama and stuffed animal day

Tuesday 3/24 - Team jersey/t-shirt day

Wednesday 3/25 - Crazy hair or hat day

Thursday 3/26 - Washington spirit wear or school colors (blue and silver/gray)

Friday 3/27 - Spring break day (tropical prints, sunglasses, etc.)

Take a couple minutes to view Mrs. Craig's video message about e-spirit week.

Mrs Craig Video Message for March 19 2020

March Dates

Mar. 25 - ONLINE INTEREST for ADK opens in ParentVue at 8:00am

Mar. 30 - April 3 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Food Distribution

Food Distribution will continue next week from 9:00am-12:00pm (revised times) Monday through Friday. Parents can receive sack breakfasts and lunches for their children. Sites in the Washington area are:

Franklin Middle School. 211 E. Franklin, Wheaton

Monroe Middle School 1855 Manchester, Wheaton

Carol Stream Crossing Apartments @ clubhouse on Gundersen, Carol Stream (yellow school bus)

St. Charles Square Apartments @ leasing office, Carol Stream (yellow school bus)

For a full list of food distribution sites, click here.

Food will not be distributed during spring break week March 30 - April 4.

In addition, there is a mobile food pantry on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at Lowell Elementary (312 S. President, Wheaton) and on Wednesday, April 1 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Johnson Elementary (2S700 Continental Drive, Warrenville). Families will receive a week’s worth of groceries at no cost. This is open to any area family.

We partner with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to offer mobile pantries in our community. Mobile pantries will be a drive-thru format. Social distancing practices will be followed.

Technology Update

To date CUSD 200 has distributed more than 500 devices to students to support our E-Learning plans. If your child(ren) does not have a device and you need one, please call the District Office at 630-682-2000, and we will make arrangements to get you a device(s). Devices are being distributed 9:00am -12:00pm Monday through Friday the week of March 23rd at the School Service Center, 130 W .Park. Ave. in Wheaton.

The Department of Technology staff will be monitoring their Help Desk from the hours of 8:00 am till 8:00 pm throughout the school closure. We want to help you troubleshoot any technology issues you may experience. If you have questions regarding your E-Learning plan, please continue to contact your child’s teacher directly. Visit for more information.

Resources from the Washington LLC

The Washington LLC webpage provides links to online resources students may enjoy while at home, including research, math practice, typing practice, and coding. Check it out here: Washington LLC.

Welcome to Our New, Little Knight!

Congratulations to school psychologist, Kristi Stacey, husband Luke, and son Owen on the arrival of baby Adam Craig on March 13th. Adam is 8lb. 6 oz, and 20 inches long. Adam's middle name is after his grandpa (not his mom's principal!). We wish the Stacey family a happy and healthy time at home together.
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Stay Connected!

Now more than ever, it's important for us to stay connected as a school community. Consider following our social media sites. Links to all can be found on the homepage of the Washington website and also below:





The 5K Leprechaun Lap has been postponed.

Thank you to all who were planning to support this PTA event March 21st. It has been cancelled for Saturday. The PTA and organizers will update us at a later date.

St. Baldrick's Event Goes Virtual

Although we are disappointed to have to cancel our St. Baldrick's event, we are happy to say that we are making it happen virtually. Registered shavees will brave the shave on their own, if and when they have a safe means of doing so. In addition, this year we've had our first ponytail cuts for hair donations. You can view photos below of those who have already shaved or cut to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

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.

We are honoring 4th Grader Chase Ewoldt with our event. Thank you to all who are supporting this fundraiser!

Mr. Lee's Science Magic - Weather with 3rd Grade - Thanks, PTA!

Washington Celebrations - Way to go, Knights! (Revised)

Several groups of Washington students have given us reason to celebrate over the past couple weeks.

This year, Washington had 54 entries submitted for PTA Reflections. Six students advanced and were honored February 24th at a districtwide ceremony at Hubble Middle School. Ellie Livingston and Chase Ewoldt are both advancing to the state competition. Josara Wilhelm was also honored as one of three districtwide winners of the Superintendent's Art Award. Thanks to Mr. Grant Rebro for chairing Reflections this year.

We were recently notified that Ellie Livingston will be advancing to the national Reflections competition! way to go, Ellie!!

Twelve of our Washington writers were award-winners in the annuarl ITBE Poetry Contest and were honored at a ceremony at the ITBE Conference on February 28th. Thanks to EL teachers Mrs. Amy Kovarik, Mr. Don Casper, and Mr. Brian Clark for supporting the students in their writing and submitting their work.

Washington made a great showing at the annual Franklin Middle School Charity Dodgeball Tournament. A team consisting of 5th grade girls from Washington and another school won the girls' tournament. One of the Washington 5th grade boys' teams finished in 2nd place.

Last, but certainly not least, congrats to the Washington Battle of the Books competition team for a season filled with great meets and tons of spirit and sportsmanship! We are so proud of you! Thanks to Mrs. Jill Baer and Mrs. Nancy Taylor for coaching the team this year.

Elementary Handbook

This year, the Elementary Handbook will be online. You can find it on the Washington website and by clicking here: HANDBOOK