"Knightly" News

Washington Street Elementary - January 7, 2022

Upcoming Events:

January

  • 10: PTO Meeting, WSE Media Center, 4pm
  • 10: Board of Education Meeting, 7pm

  • 20: Winter Game Night & WatchDOG Sign Up, 5-6pm

  • 21: Popcorn Friday

  • 26: Third Grade Musical, OHS Auditorium - 5:30pm

February

  • 11: Valentine's Day Parties
  • 14-18: Winter Intersession - No School
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PTO Meeting

The WSE PTO meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, in the Media Center, at 4pm. Please join us on Monday, January 10th. We will be planning our PTO Valentine's Day Festivities, Teacher Appreciation Week and our annual Fun Run!

Lunch Menu Change

Due to the snow days, we will have some changes to our lunch menu. On Monday, the lunch choices will be:


A - Mini Corn Dogs

B - Cereal Sack Lunch

Tennis Shoes

Please make sure your child has tennis shoes to wear during the day and in PE. We do not want students to wear their boots in class as it is uncomfortable and not safe for PE. Thanks!

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: Mason Reed, Josiah Hawley, Saske Gray

1st grade: Easton Maystead, Lillian Dekema, Niko Mitchell

2nd grade: Taylor Arnsman, Jaxson Lange, Braelynn Mol

3rd grade: Emma Rainey, Luke Loftis

4th grade: Mason Coburn, Reagan Bonovetz, Terrance Moore

5th grade: Madisyn Rathe, Ocean Ray, Karson Comperchio

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Stuff the Stockings & Candy Cane Grams

In December, the WSE Student Council collected personal hygiene items that were donated to Christian Neighbors and Sylvia’s Place. Also, students had the opportunity to purchase Candy Cane Grams for friends and staff. From the profits, WSE was able to donate $100 to Sylvia’s Place. Thank you for helping to spread kindness this holiday season!

AG Nessel Issues Video Outlining Potential Punishments for Making School Threats

In the video, Nessel explains the potential charges one could face if they make a threat of violence, which include:

  • communicating a threat of terrorism, 20-year felony;
  • calling in a bomb threat, a four-year felony;
  • malicious use of a telecommunications device, a six-month misdemeanor; and
  • threatening violence against school employee or student, a one-year misdemeanor.

“Threatening the lives of students and staff, whether with intent to harm or simply to disrupt, is an outrage, particularly in the wake of the tragedy in Oxford,” State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice said. “Our students and staff should feel safe in our schools, and anyone that threatens that safety should be subject to swift and significant consequences.”


If you receive a threat or know of a threat of violence against your community, please contact your local law enforcement.


You can also leave a tip with the state’s OK2SAY hotline by calling 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729) or texting 652729 (OK2SAY). The hotline operates 24/7 and protects the confidentiality of the reporter’s identity.


OK2SAY, which is housed within the Michigan State Police, provides for confidential reports of potential self-harm, harm to others, or criminal acts including, but not limited to, sexual abuse, assault, or rape, directed at students, school employees, or schools in this state.

AG Nessel School Threats

COUNSELOR’S CORNER - ANGIE BENDER

When Your Child Lies ~ How to Respond

Children typically begin telling their first lies between the ages of 2 and 4. This represents a sophisticated mental leap – the child has to be able to comprehend that you, as a parent, do not know everything he knows. Then he has to construct an alternate reality – what he wants you to think. And he has to be able to hold both realities in his head without accidentally giving himself away. By age 7 and 8, most children lie for two reasons: to dodge punishment and to remain in your good graces. How you respond to your child’s lies is far more important than the fact that she has fibbed. Try these suggestions from some parenting experts:

  • Take it seriously. It’s OK to disregard the early fibs of a 3- or 4-year old, but if you consistently laugh at your child’s tall tales, she’ll begin to think that lying is acceptable behavior. Instead, gently remind her to tell the truth.

  • State the facts. If your child has chocolate and crumbs around his mouth and is clutching the remains of a chocolate chip cookie, don’t ask, “Did you eat the last cookie?” That simply sets your child up to lie. State what you see instead and start a conversation from there.

  • Bend but don’t break. Never punish a child for telling the truth, even if it involves admitting to a misdeed that is forbidden by your family’s code of behavior. Consider offering a one-time pass for kids who step forward to accept the blame.

  • Talk about honesty. Share stories you hear about honesty. Help your children to see the value of honesty at work, at home, and in relationships.

  • Tell the truth. Seems obvious, right? But it’s so easy to fib! Be sure you mean what you say to your kids. Little kids interpret, “We’re going to the park tomorrow” as a fact, and if you don’t go, they think you’ve lied to them. Avoid white lies. Teaching kids to lie to spare others’ feelings only reinforces the idea that lies make people happy.

  • Get help if you need it. If your usually truthful kid starts spouting lies, pay attention. A change in lying behavior usually warrants further investigation.

*excerpts taken from Scholastic Parent & Child, November 2011

Little Dawg Basketball

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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