"Knightly" News

Washington Street Elementary - December 3, 2021

Upcoming Events:


6: Gingerbread House Drop Off for our "Gingerbread Lane"

6-17: Stuff the Stockings

8: Candy Cane Grams On Sale

10: Popcorn Friday!

10: Reindeer Day (wear antlers, reindeer shirt or brown)

16: Classroom Holiday Parties

17: Polar Day (wear pajamas)

PTO Meeting

The WSE PTO meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, in the Media Center, at 4pm. Please join us on Monday, December 13th. We will be planning and prepping for our PTO Christmas Festivities!

Bittersweet & Timber Ridge Ski Clubs

Attention skiers and snowboarders: If your family wants to take advantage of skiing/snowboarding at either Bittersweet or Timber Ridge Ski Area for a discount this winter, stop by the office and pick up a ski club application. Applications and money are due by December 15, if you want your pass before Christmas Break. Both ski areas will be open soon! Once the temperature drops, they have the ability to make snow!


WSE Mileage Club takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays during lunch recess! Parents are welcome to walk/run at Mileage Club too! Please park and sign in near the Bus Loop.

Bulldog PRIDE

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as their classroom PRIDE winner for the week!

P - Positive Attitude

R - Responsible Actions

I - Integrity Within

D - Determination to Succeed

E - Expect Excellence

Kindergarten: Brooke Kastran, Rylee Rysenga, Kenley Reimink

1st grade: Zandria Alexander, Keegan Knight, Majailah Pantelin

2nd grade: Liam Spencer, Ava Emmons, Aria Jensen

3rd grade: Quinn Dykstra, Cole Billman, Aleiya Stolt

4th grade: JaMiah Purcell, Payton Gleason, Trammell Bumgart

5th grade: Brayden Meyer, Emily Bowe, Rylee Knash

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Your Child’s Friendship Drama - Do’s and Don'ts for Parents

Friendships can be a tricky issue with students and sometimes parents are unsure how to help. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for helping your child with friendship issues.


  • Listen: This means undivided attention given to your child with a response. Give verbal cues that you are listening, such as nodding your head or using verbal phrases like, “Wow” or “I see.”

  • Ask Questions: These questions are open-ended, exploratory questions that will help you learn more about the situation. “How did you feel when she said that?” or “What happened next?”

  • Brainstorm together: If your child wants help to find a solution, work towards an answer together, rather than telling him/her what to do. Role-play different scenarios and help your child find one that she feels comfortable trying.

  • Keep the conversation open: Encourage open communication in the future by ending the conversation with, “If you ever want to talk more about this, I am here for you.”

  • Talk regularly about friendships: Find ways to use books, TV shows or examples from your own life about how to be a good friend or how to be confident when faced with peer pressure, etc.


  • Fix the problem yourself: It may seem easier to jump in and solve the problem for your child. Encourage your child to brainstorm, role play, and eventually, find a solution to the problem herself.

  • Force your child to stay with or change friends: Talk about the pros and cons of remaining with a certain group of friends. Review qualities of good friendships. Help your child to make an informed decision on her own.

  • Assume your child is the victim: Your child may appear to be the one being picked on, but there may be more to the story. Use role-play and open-ended questions to find out the rest of the story. “Ok, what did Joe do after you took the pencil….”

  • Ignore hurtful comments: If your child reports something hurtful, don’t brush it aside, or tell them it is nothing. You don’t have to dwell on it, but empathize with them, and then turn the conversation to something positive about your child.

**article adapted from www.imperfectfamilies.com

Holiday Happenings...

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Little Dawg Basketball

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Watch D.O.G.S.

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Apply for Free or Reduced Lunch

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch must enroll each year. The deadline is Sept. 30th

Washington Street Elementary

Office Phone: (269)694-7800

Attendance Line: (269)694-7880

WSE BASE: (269)694-7835