Washington Weekly

Friday, December 21, 2018


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

Have a wonderful winter break!

Our JK-2nd grade students did an outstanding job on Tuesday at their concert. On Wednesday, some of our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students put on a great Band, Choir and Orchestra Concert. We have so many talented students at Washington! Thanks again to Ms. Graber, Mrs. Gornick, Mrs. Daily and Mr. Pforr for their energy, passion and high expectations with our musicians. We are so lucky to have them at Washington. Here are some photos from our recent performances: pictures

We also thought you would enjoy some photos of our class parties, movies, etc as a wrap-up to the last day before break.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

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.

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.

Important Dates

Wed, Jan 2, 2019 - School Resumes

Wed, Jan 2 - Early Release 2:20 dismissal

Thurs, Jan 17 - PTA Meeting, 6pm

Fri, Jan 25 - Talent Show

PTA Update...

Happy break everyone! Looking ahead to January we have a PTA event scheduled that may not happen without you. Our TALENT SHOW on January 25th currently has no adults to run/ organize it. Please reach out to Denise Van Cuyk at denisevancuyk@gmail.com if you're interested.

Or next PTA meeting is a big one for 5th grade families. Seth Larson, principal from Longfellow, will be there to discuss the transition to middle school. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, January 17th 6-7:30 p.m.

Don't forget to order your warm weather spirit wear.


Kick Reading Into Over Drive!

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

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.

Community Flyers

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

Way to Go Timberwolves!

PAWS Winners for December 21st are available here. Congratulations students and keep up the good work!