Knightly News

August 16, 2015

It's Back-to-School Time!

School begins this week! Here are some important back-to-school dates:

Tuesday, August 18 - Supply drop off for 1st grade only 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wednesday, August 19 - First day of school for grades 1-5 all day 9:15am - 3:30pm

Wednesday, August 19 - Open house for kindergarten

10:00am - 10:45am for AM & ADK

11:00am - 11:45am for PM

Thursday, August 20 - First day of school for kindergarten

Friday, August 21 - PTA ice cream social 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Thursday, September 3 - Curriculum Night

Arrival and Dismissal

Students may arrive on school property beginning at 8:55am. Please do not drop your child off prior to 8:55am as they will not be under adult supervision; students attending BASP and band/orchestra/chorus practice are the exception.

We are still awaiting our updated bus routes from Illinois Central. As soon as we receive them, we will post them on our school website, and I will update this newsletter with a link.

Once arriving on school property, students should line up at their designated doors:

Kindergarten & 2nd grade - Door 3 (west side of building)

1st grade - Door 4 (west side of building)

3rd grade - Door 6 (west side of building)

4th grade - Door 7 (courtyard north side of building)

5th grade - Door 8 - (northeast corner of building)

If you drop off or pick up your child by car, please familiarize yourself with the Flow Zone Procedures.

Also, please remember that it is illegal to pass a bus when it is loading or unloading children. There should be no car traffic at the front of the building during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. For the safety of our students, please follow our procedures and use the flow zone. Also, it it illegal to talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving. Doing so during arrival and dismissal greatly compromises the safety of our students. Please use the utmost caution when driving in the flow zone.

New Food Service Provider

Please click here to read about changes to CUSD200 food service. There is a link to the new food service payment system MySchoolBucks on the homepage of the Washington website.

Don't Forget to Check your ParentVue Permissions!

Please remember to read the permissions section in your ParentVue account and answer each with a Yes or No. The Release of Directory Information pertains to much more than the PTA parent directory; a NO to Release of Directory Information means that we cannot use your child's name or photo. This would mean we cannot display your child's work with his/her name, list his/her name if they win an award, and we cannot include your child in the yearbook. At times there can be disappointment caused by misunderstanding of this permission. Please read it carefully and feel free to contact Mrs. Craig with any questions. We respect your decision on any and all of the parent permissions but want to make sure the impacts are understood.

Check out our New Learning Garden!

PTA Treasurer Deb Evans, mother of 3rd grader Corey Ostensen, successfully applied for a $5000 Lowe's grant for a learning garden. Last week Deb and her husband Eric spent several days preparing the site and assembling the three raised beds. Several Washington families including the Violas and Johansens joined them to begin the planting. Three Washington classes plan to continue the planting and maintain the gardens this year. All Washington classes will have access to enjoy the gardens and learn from them. Keep your eye on the gardens; soon benches will be installed and more planting will occur. Thank you, Ms. Evans, Lowe's and PTA volunteers! The garden will be an outstanding addition to our grounds and enhance our learning experiences at Washington!
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Art and Music Move Inside!

This year art, music, band, and orchestra have moved inside the building. We no longer need the mobiles, and they have been removed from school property. We will be happy to have our wonderful fine arts colleagues join us in the building and especially happy to shorten the transition times to these classes.

Health Requirements for 2015-2016

Physical examination and immunizations are required before entering school in specific grades. Health requirement information can be found here. All documentation should be submitted to the school nurse as soon as possible and is expected before the first day of school. If you have questions, contact Nurse Jackie Corso at (630) 682-2222 or

Going to Target??

If you shop at Target, please consider designating Washington as the school to benefit from your purchases. Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and to help Washington! Sign up is easy at the link below:

Red Robin also Gives Money Back to Schools

If your family dines at Red Robin, you can designate Washington to benefit from 1% of your bill. Check out the program here Red Robin Royalty

Welcome, New Washington Staff!

This year we have a few familiar faces in new roles. Part-time aide Melissa Koenig will be with us full-time, and Angela Sheppard who previously taught part-time PACE will be teaching full-time this year in 5th grade. We are excited these valuable staff members will be with us all day! In addition, we have one familiar face with a new name. Reading teacher Jamie Alley was married this summer and is now Mrs. Longhini. Congratulations!

Mr. David Ourada student taught at Washington with 4th grade teacher Dan Cerny during the 2013-2014 school year. Last year Mr. O was our permanent building substitute. This year Mr. O will teach PACE in the morning and work as an aide in the afternoon. Mr. O is a proud product of CUSD200 (Madison, Edison, and WWSHS). He is a graduate of Wheaton College with a BA in Elementary Education and endorsements in both mathematics and language arts.

Mrs. Joanne Lang is also a familiar face to Washington; her three children attended Washington, she worked with the PTA Art Smart program, and recently worked as a long term substitute. This year, Mrs. Lang will teach part-time in the English Learners (EL) department. Mrs. Lang started her career teaching middle school and high school Spanish, follwed by an elementary content-based immersion program in Park Ridge. While working on her EL endorsement, Mrs. Lang taught Spanish through TIDE and Benedictine University; some of our Washington teachers were her students!

Mr. Mike Klos will be our 5th grade band director this year at Washington. For the past four years, Mr. Klos has taught 5th through 8th grade band in the Reed-Custer School District in Braidwood. Prior to that, he was the band director at Benet Academy in Lisle.

Mr. Klos is very excited to join the CUSD200 team. He will also be band director at several other CUSD200 elementary schools. He and wife Julia welcomed their son Brady earlier this summer.

Ms, Elizabeth Serrata will be teaching art at Washington on Thursdays; she will also be the art teacher at several other CUSD200 elementary school throughout the week. Ms. Serrata is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a BS in Education Magna Cum Laude. She is looking forward to helping students explore the field of art and develop their creative minds. She is excited to be in CUSD200 as a first-year teacher.

We give a warm, Washington welcome to all of our new teachers! We will welcome new aides in the next issue of Knightly News.