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.
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
Raptor Security System
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:
Empower all students to achieve their own academic vision/goals and encourage excellence in education for all;
Increase and improve cultural awareness/competence of all teachers, administrators, and staff;
Ensure a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and equitable school environment for all, where we value all students and respect their differences;
Recruit, hire, and retain teachers, administrators, and staff of color; and,
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.
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.
Please read the following documents which include helpful reminders about head lice and when to keep your children home due to illness.
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!
The January menus are available.
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.