Washington Weekly

Updates from Washington Elementary - Friday, September 7th


Mr. Russell, Principal - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Schram, Administrative Assistant - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Hill-Gordon - Educational Assistant - 414.773.1806

Attendance Line - 414.773.1802

Excellent start to 2018-19!!

I hope your child(ren) are enjoying themselves and sharing their experiences at school with you. However, if your kids are anything like mine, you have to ask 100 times about what they did at school before they share any details. Please don't stop asking and learning about their day at school, their favorite part of the day, the feelings they have about school, their friendships, etc...

Here are just a few questions we have used at home that have helped our kids talk a little more freely about school these first few days. There are many more out there, but these have gotten the best responses so far!

  1. What games did you play at recess?
  2. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  3. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
  4. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  5. Who made you smile today?
  6. What new fact did you learn today?
  7. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?
  8. What challenged you today?
  9. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
  10. If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
  11. Did anyone push your buttons today?
  12. Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
  13. What is your teacher’s most important rule?
  14. What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
  15. Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
  16. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
  17. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
  18. What rule was the hardest to follow today?
  19. Which area of your school is the most fun?
  20. Is there something you did today that you hope you get to do again tomorrow?

Have a great weekend, and see you next week for our first Monday of the school year!

Drop off and Pick Up Routines

Please take note:

  1. 67th Street is ONE way SOUTHBOUND during drop-off and pick-up. Between 7:00-8:30am and 2:00-3:30pm traffic is only allowed to move southbound.
  2. Thank you ahead of time for being considerate to our neighbors on 67th and all around our building by NOT blocking driveways nor turning around in driveways. 67th street is extremely busy in the morning and at dismissal so your continued efforts at being patient and follow the posted rules help keep everyone safe.
  3. There is a handicap parking sign posted on the north end of the cutout on 67th Street. Cars, buses and daycare vans should avoid this area at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please review the link, Safe Routes to School: School Map, for some important reminders to help improve the safety of students and others around Washington School.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Reminder from Mr. Richards (PE Teacher)...

Please remember that students will not be able to participate in gym class if they are wearing sandals, crocs or open toed shoes. Students must wear tennis shoes for gym class. Socks are optional.

Early Release Wednesdays

Every Wednesday is an early release day for the Wauwatosa School District. Students in afternoon Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten through 5th grades will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. There is a form in the registration packets that needs to be returned so we know where your child is supposed to go on Wednesdays. Please turn this form into the school asap and let your child's classroom teacher know the dismissal plans prior to next Wednesday. Should your dismissal procedures change throughout the year, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to update this information.

Here are the Wednesday Dismissal Options:
  • Dismissed to walk home (on their own) at 2:20 p.m.
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to go home with family or friend
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to the after school recreation program (I Can't Wait for Wednesdays) until 3:45 p.m.(must be pre-registered with recreation department).
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to Right at School's After School Program (Right Club) at Washington (must be pre-registered)
  • Dismissed to another childcare bus/van at 2:20pm.

Important Dates

Wednesday, September 12 - Early Release 2:20 dismissal

Thursday, September 20 - PTA Meeting @ 6:00pm (Room - TBD)

Friday, September 28 - Game Night

Tuesday, October 16 - Picture Make-up Day/Class Group Photos

Wednesday, October 31 - Washington Parade @ 1:30pm

Destination Imagination (DI) Information Night - Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30pm in the multi-purpose room

Does your student enjoy working to solve challenges that require creativity and teamwork? If so, your student may be interested in joining Destination Imagination (DI) at Washington. DI is an international program that allows students of all ages to work in small teams of up to seven students to solve open-ended challenges and then present their solution at tournaments. The challenges are described as “open-ended” because they have no right or wrong answer. It’s up to the students and their teammates to decide how to solve a challenge. Assuming we have sufficient parent support for all interested students, each student will be placed on a team led by an adult team manager or coach, but the coach does not solve the challenge. The different challenges cover all aspects of "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) so there is something of interest for every student.

DI has a long history at Washington and in the past few years our teams have done well enough to advance to the global DI competition. Students who are involved with DI say it helps them do better in school, improves their communication skills, develops their self-confidence, and helps them have more respect for others. Most important, DI is fun! To learn more, please join us on Weds., Sept. 19 at 6:30pm in the Washington mutli-purpose room and visit www.destinationimagination.org. If you are unable to attend the meeting and have any questions, please contact Julia Burns, Washington DI Coordinator, at juliaLburns5@gmail.com.

Forms & Fees

Please make sure to turn in all the required forms that were distributed in the registration packets as soon as possible. If you need extra copies or did not receive a packet, please contact the office.

School Safety Drills

Next week we will be practicing the first of many safety drills throughout the year. I wanted to inform you in case your child comes home and talks about it. We are required to do several drill throughout the year, including monthly evacuation (fire) drills, severe weather, medical emergency and lockdown drills. We will inform parents about these drills as we practice them. During the month of September, we will practice each of the required drills to better review and evaluate our procedures as a staff.