Washington Weekly

November 18, 2021

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Thanksgiving Break - November 22-26

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Washington Families,

Don't forget that Thanksgiving break is ALL next week. No school November 22-26. We hope you have a wonderful time spent with family and friends.

Please make sure your child checks the Lost & Found tomorrow before they leave for break. We've got a lot of lost items!

As always, we are here to help your family in any way we can. Please reach out to us at lconnery@norman.k12.ok.us, slowery@norman.k12.ok.us or through the school # at 366-5984 if we can assist in any way.

Stay safe and well!

Dr. Connery & Mrs. Lowery

Washington Calendar

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November Breakfast/Lunch Menus

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Teachers/Staff Favorite Things

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November Virtue of the Month - Gratitude

Gratitude is focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have.

"A thankful heart is a happy heart."

STEM Holiday Gift Guide

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Arrival Safety

Please do not let your child out of the car before you arrive at the drop off area in the mornings. We've had students coming across the north parking lot from the north side of the loop and have had some close calls.

This is a safety issue since we have cars pulling in and out of the lot and parking spaces throughout the morning drop off. We want to keep all of our Eagles safe. Thank you for helping with this by keeping your child in the car until you've pulled around to the drop off area.

Please Click Below for a Letter About NPS After School Programs

Above & Beyond - NPS Employee Recognition

This program is designed to encourage our employees to go above and beyond, taking that extra step to provide excellent customer service to our students and families in the Norman Public Schools. We invite employees, administrators, parents, and guardians to participate in the process by nominating Norman Public School employees for outstanding customer service. Click here for the nomination form.

The ELF HOLIDAY STORE Opens Monday, November 29th!

The Elf Holiday Store will be open the week of November 29th. Make sure to send money with your child if you'd like for them to shop. Kiddos will be able to shop during the school day Monday - Friday of that week!

November is Native American Heritage Month

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth Spotlight: Johnnie Keel

After 17 years working in the oil and gas business, Johnnie Keel was ready for a change. While Keel enjoyed her job, she wanted a role in which she was giving back. Her oldest daughter had recently started pursuing a teaching career, and the education field stood out to Keel as well.

Keel made a “midlife crisis change” and attended the University of Oklahoma through the American Indian Teacher Corps grant, without which she might never have been able to afford the career change. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Keel also completed a master’s degree.

As a teacher, Keel has discovered a true passion, one she shares with both of her daughters. The three of them are educators at different levels and enjoy sharing about their experiences and the rewards.

Keel started working at Truman Elementary School in 2002, where she now serves as a gifted resource teacher and sixth grade math teacher. In her role, Keel works with 100 students each week and collaborates with other staff members to provide enrichment opportunities. These have included activities like agriculture STEM days, guest speakers about topics like forensics, a visit from the Southwest Dairy Mobile Classroom and more. Keel also oversees a group called GLAMS, which stands for Girls Learning Agriculture, Math and Science.

“I just love my kids, and I really enjoy working with them,” Keel shared. “What’s so cool about Truman is that you have a lot of the same families coming through, so you get close to them. Working with the students for three years, I really get to see them grow.”

A lifelong learner, Keel enjoys attending workshops and recently began volunteering at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, partly so she can continue to educate both children and adults even after she retires. Keel also wants to learn more about her Seminole and Creek background and about other tribes too.

For anyone considering a career change to teaching, Keel encourages them to first answer a couple of key questions.

“The first thing I would ask is, ‘Do you go to work every day and love it? How do you feel when you go home?’ Because I can really say I do,” Keel said. “I get choked up because it does mean so much to me. I have a passion for it, and there’s just so many rewards.”


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Order Your Washington Winter Apparel Now!

Winter Apparel is available for purchase now through Nov. 29th! All orders will be distributed to students when they arrive the week of December 13th.

Please include your child’s name, grade and teacher in the notes section when checking out


Holiday Helpers

With the holiday season swiftly approaching, we would like to help facilitate in making sure every child's holidays are merry and bright. If you would like to sponsor a Washington student(s) by providing gifts this December or you would like your student's name on the list to receive a gift, contact our counselor Trevor Graham by November 19th.

Extended Absence Process

Please contact the office as soon as you know that your child will have an extended absence. This could be for a vacation, surgery, etc. The office will then email you a link for a form to complete regarding the absence. It will automatically be sent back to the school upon completion and the approval process will then begin.

The parent/student will receive a copy of the complete form back from the school with any information that they need.

If you have questions, please call Emily in the school office.

NPS COVID-19 Daily Dashboard

Click here to see the daily case reports by school in the district.

Bedtime Stories with the Book Club!

Make sure to join the Washington Elementary closed FB Group at the link below if you haven't already to join in!! Stories will either be live streamed or posted to the page on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m.

Cleveland County Christmas Store

The Christmas Store is a shopping opportunity for low-income persons who wish to create a meaningful Christmas for their families. Eligible Cleveland County families partner with community volunteers to prepare the Store site for shopping as a means of paying it forward for the opportunity to select gifts and food for their Christmas.

Click Here for Eligibility and Application Requirements

Washington Elementary Facebook Group

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Get the News from the Washington PTA!

Purchase Your PTA Membership, Remaining 2021 T-Shirts and Water Bottles!

Purchase everything PTA at https://washpta.square.site

As always, if you ever have any questions, please feel free to call, text, or email Washington PTA President, Ricci McManaman at (405) 990-1069 or by email at riccimcmanaman@gmail.com.

Washington PTA Facebook Page

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NPS Student/Parent Policy Guide

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