Knightly News

October 9, 2015

School Improvement Goals

Every year Washington creates a school improvement plan to focus our efforts to continually improve instruction and student learning. This year, we have buildingwide goals in reading, math, social emotional learning, and two FIT (Future of Instruction and Technology) goals. FIT is a CUSD200 framework of best practices in instruction. You can view the CUSD200 FIT guide here: FIT Guide.


Student reading achievement will improve in the area of identifying or inferring the main idea and supporting details of a paragraph or passage.


Student math achievement will improve in the area of applying expressions and equations to realĀ­ world situations.


Students will use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.


Group time requires meaningful contributions from all as well as individual accountability.


Formative assessment data based on standards and learning targets is used to design instruction.

Attendance is Essential

School attendance is essential to student achievement. If a child is ill, he/she certainly needs to stay home to rest and heal. Parent support in minimizing other reasons for absences is very much appreciated. While some classwork can be made up, the instruction and classroom activities cannot be replicated. Please plan appointments and family vacations with the school calendar in mind. Teachers are not required to provide work in advance of vacations and often cannot predict the exact lesson plans, as pacing is often adjusted in response to the students.

Attendance is reviewed monthly and attendance letters are sent when the rate of a student's absences becomes a concern. If absences are excessive, a doctor's note may be required in order for the absences to be excused. A student who has unexcused absences for 5% of the last 180 school days is considered truant.

If you have any question regarding when to keep your child home due to illness, please feel free to contact our school nurse Jackie Corso at

Scenes from 1st Grade Corn Fest

Galloping Ghost - a Wheaton Tradition!

The Galloping Ghost Fitness Run is this Saturday, October 17th at 9:00am at Hawthorne School. Come join this Wheaton tradition and help support the Washington PE program and the DuPage Heritage Gallery. Read more here: Galloping Ghost.

Watch D.O.G.S. Up and Running!

WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is up and running! Thank you to our D.O.G.S. from the past two weeks:

Jason Beguhl

John Czechowicz

Ron Beauchamp

Gene Olsen

Devin Leftwich

Todd Manning

Keith Danly

Rob Toal

John Graham

Josh Moore

WatchD.O.G.S. helped out in math, reading, science, 1st grade corn fest, PE, library, art, lunch and recess!

October Dates

Oct. 12 - NO SCHOOL Columbus Day

Oct. 15 - Mr. Utchen the Dictionary Man visits 3rd grade classes - afternoon

Oct. 15 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Oct. 16 - Knights on the Run individual prizes awarded during announcements

Oct. 16 -- WDSRA activity with 4th grade classes - afternoon

Oct. 17 - Galloping Ghost 9:00am-10:30am at Hawthorne School

Oct. 20 - PTA Meeting 7:00pm

Oct. 21 - PTA Reflections entries due

Oct. 21 - EL Family Night 6:00pm-7:30pm

Oct. 22 - Kindergarten field trip to Cosley Zoo 9:15am-11:45am

Oct. 23 - Butterbraid Kick-off

Oct. 26 - Pumpkin decorating contest

Oct. 28 - Book fair 9am-5pm

Oct. 29 - Book fair 9am-7pm

Oct. 29 - PTA Book Fair Family celebration of reading 3:30-7:00pm

Oct. 30 - Book Fair 9am-5pm (closed during Halloween parade and parties)

Oct. 30 - Halloween parades and parties - Kinder AM parade 10:30/party 10:45-11:30 Rest of building parade 2:00/party 2:30-3:15

Thinking Ahead to Halloween

A letter will soon come home regarding the Halloween fesitivities that will occur on October 30th, but I wanted to share a few pieces of information with you early:

  • Students may NOT bring candy or other edible treats to distribute to classmates. Party food is provided by the PTA party volunteers who communicate with teachers regarding allergies and other food restrictions.
  • With the exception of morning kindergarten, students may not wear their costumes to school in the morning. Teachers will allow students to put costumes on prior to the afternoon parade. Parents may pick up their children at lunch if they prefer their children put costumes on at home.
  • Costumes should be school-appropriate. They should not be overly graphic, scary or violent. Weapon-look-a-like accessories cannot be brought to school. Students' faces cannot be completely covered; we need to be able to identify all students.

Please contact Mrs. Craig with any questions at

Global Handwashing Day

Thursday, October 15th is Global Hand Washing Day. Learn all about it and a variety of other resources on our Health Office webpage.

2E Surprises Mrs. Esarey!

As this edition of Knightly News goes to press, we are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby Esarey. This week, 2E surprised Mrs. Esarey with a "cake" made up of diapers and other cute baby girl items.

Going to Target??

If you shop at Target, please consider designating Washington as the school to benefit from your purchases. Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and to help Washington! Sign up is easy at the link below:

Red Robin also Gives Money Back to Schools

If your family dines at Red Robin, you can designate Washington to benefit from 1% of your bill. Check out the program here Red Robin Royalty