Washburn Elementary School

Lifelong Learning - November 2018

Mission of the Washburn School District

Our mission is to enable students to enter the global society with the knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes required to be contributing citizens.

November Character Traits






Character Traits at Home

Staff in the Washburn School District were asked how they practice and teach the November character traits with the children they live with at home. Here are some of the ideas they shared.

Cooperation and Teamwork

Our 4K students cooperated with their families to talk about what they do at home to help out in their Helping Hand project. Check out their ideas down by their classrooms.

We've been working on a school wide quote project. We've had to cooperate and work as a teams to make decisions on which quotes we like best as a grade level. Look for the results of our work in the commons coming soon.


This one is really a great example of all the traits working together to go on a family walk or hike. It also seems to fit with collaboration.We often hold hands or use strollers or carriers/backpacks and work together to decide upon and carry out a plan (who walks/rides, where we’re going, how far, who gets to walk our dog, and whether or not we’re stopping at the playground).

Many of our classes did Student Led Conferences with their families this fall. Students had to collaborate with their teacher and then their families as they shared what they've worked on in the first quarter of school.


I took my son with me to vote. I want him to understand the importance of voting and being an active citizen. We discussed the candidates, but I never tell him who I vote for because I want him to form his own opinions. He was quite interested in this election and did form his own opinions on several candidates/issues.


A common question that is asked of my two and four year old is "How can we play together?" It's amazing what they can come up with so both can be included.

Washburn Middle School Approved Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

Yields 12 regular sized muffins or 24 mini muffins

Preheat oven to 350F

¾ cup all purpose flour

¾ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup wheat germ (or whole wheat flour)

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin spice mix (or mixture of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg)

Mix together in a large bowl

1 ¼ cups pumpkin puree ( make your own by removing seeds and cutting a pumpkin into chunks. Boil or microwave for 8-12 minutes Puree in a blender of food processor)

4 eggs lightly beaten

½ cup oil

Add eggs and oil to pureed pumpkin.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until moistened

Spoon batter into greased muffin tins.

Bake in preheated oven about 25 minutes.

Option: Add ½ cup cranberries, chopped pecans, or mini chocolate chips. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork

One of our Monday morning electives available for students in grade 3 - 6 is called Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork. It's inspired by this quote from Michael Jordan "Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships." Every Monday students in that elective get to strengthen their teamwork muscles by particpating in a variety of group games. Some that they've done this year include: Capture the flag, kickball, silent ball, pictionary, and jeopardy with teams.

Lifelong Learning

Contact Rachel Pufall with questions about the Lifelong Learning program, or to submit content for future newsletters. We would love to publish stories about things families are trying at home to support lifelong learning.