Washington Weekly

Friday, January 4, 2019


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

Welcome to 2019!

It was a wonderful short week to the new year! It can always take a little bit of time to get back into the swing of things after a break, but our students seemed very eager to be here and excited to get back to the daily routines of their classrooms and school. We had a brief assembly today reminding students how they can become more productive problem solvers at school and at home. It connects with our SecondStep curriculum which is rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive.

Ask them about how to STEP UP this weekend.

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Winter MAP Testing - Senior Kindergarten thru Fifth Grade

Winter MAP Testing Kindergarten thru Fifth Grade

We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and math. SK through 5th grade will use chromebooks in their classrooms to complete the MAP tests.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Each school year, students at the elementary level take the tests during Sept/October, January and May. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. If you have any questions about MAP testing, please contact your child(ren)’s teacher.

Schedule for Winter MAP Testing @ Washington:

Week of January 7th Winter MAP – Reading SK-5th

Week of January 14th Winter MAP – Math SK-5th

Week of January 21st Winter MAP – Makeups SK-5th

Kindergarten Registration

Please note that registration for new kindergarteners is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 from 9:00am - 3:30pm and Thursday, January 17 from 9:00am - 7:00pm. If a student is currently enrolled at Washington for the 2018-2019 school year, there is nothing that needs to be done in order for them to continue school at Washington for the 2019-2020 school year. The registration packet is available by clicking here.

Raptor Security System

Over break our IT department installed an updated Raptor System throughout the school district. Unfortunately all licensing information we had stored in the old system did not transfer over therefore we are asking that you bring in your drivers license to the office to be re-scanned. Thanks for your understanding!

Important Dates

Wed, Jan 9 - Early Release 2:20 dismissal

Wed, Jan 16 - Kindergarten Registration, 9-3:30pm

Thursday, Jan 17 - Kindergarten Registration, 9-7pm

Thurs, Jan 17 - PTA Meeting, 6pm

Mon, Jan 21 - No School

Sat, Feb 9 - Sweetheart Dance

Mon, Feb 18 - No School

PTA Update...

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, January 17th, 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria for our next PTA meeting.

We would like to invite you to our upcoming January meeting (1/17) when Seth Larson, Longfellow Middle School Principal, will be joining us to discuss the middle school experience and answer questions you may have.

Unfortunately, the Talent Show scheduled for Friday, January 25th has been canceled due to lack of parent volunteers. Please remove this event from your calendar.

On Monday, January 21st there is no school but you can go bowling for $5/2 hours through the EFW at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa. Proceeds from this outing come back to Washington Elementary. Early Release Bowling is every Wednesday, $5. 2:30-8 p.m. No need to register in advance.

Cold Weather Reminder

Just a reminder to send your child(ren) with a coat, gloves, hat, snow pants and boots everyday. Please have all items labeled with your child's name including their boots. The only time we have indoor recess is if the temperature or wind chill is below 0 degrees or it is raining outside.

Parent Listening Session - January

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may know, the Wauwatosa School District has adopted its first District Equity Plan. In brief, this plan consists of five main pillars developed through extensive dialogues with the Wauwatosa School District’s Equity team. It also has its theory of action tied to the Culturally Proficient Schools and Administration Offices policy 5440. The team created the following five pillars:

  1. Empower all students to achieve their own academic vision/goals and encourage excellence in education for all;

  2. Increase and improve cultural awareness/competence of all teachers, administrators, and staff;

  3. Ensure a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and equitable school environment for all, where we value all students and respect their differences;

  4. Recruit, hire, and retain teachers, administrators, and staff of color; and,

  5. Strengthen parent and community partnerships.

In regard to Pillar 5, Strengthen Parent and Community Partnerships, I would like to invite you to a sharing opportunity in an open dialogue format. On Thursday, January 24th from 6:00-7:30 pm, please come to share your thoughts about your family’s overall experience at Washington. Childcare for children ages 4-13 will be available during the meeting. Please complete this questionarre if you plan to use the childcare services.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact me at 414-773-1800. I look forward to this opportunity.


Joe Russell

The importance of equity work in the Wauwatosa School District extends through many years of dialogue, collaboration and action plans. This work can be seen in many of our documents that have been created over the last 5 years. These documents include our Culturally Proficient Schools and Administration Offices (CPSA) policy 5440, Strategic Objectives 2016-2021, Wauwatosa Core Principles of Teaching and Learning for All, District Teaching and Learning Alignment, and our Instructional Framework. The outcomes of these documents are a part of our continuous learning as a district. We believe these documents will help us exceed the expectations of culturally relevant teaching and high academic achievement for all.

Health Reminders...

Please read the following documents which include helpful reminders about head lice and when to keep your children home due to illness.

* When to Keep Your Children Home from School

* Head lice tri-fold brochure

* Lice letter

We will continue to send these reminders out periodically during the school year.

January Breakfast/lunch menus, meal application, account payments

Sodexo food service menu app, SoHappy!

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The January menus are available.

Breakfast menu

Lunch menu

Did you know that you can make meal account payments and check balances by signing up at https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome?

If you prefer, you can also submit cash or check payments in the school office and we will put them in the meal programs drop box to be added to the account on the same day. Checks should be made payable to Wauwatosa School FSD.

Kick Reading Into Over Drive!

For more information on this school library initiative, click on link.

Community Flyers & District Newsletter

Be sure to check out the community flyers page to find out what is happening in Wauwatosa and the surrounding area: https://www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/domain/210

The district newsletters that are also available here for your review.

Due to the short week, PAWS winners were not selected today. We will resume again next Friday.