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Washington School: October Issue 2018

Letter from Mrs. Daly

Dear Washington Families,

Wow! September has flown by!

By now, everyone is settling in well to their new classrooms, their new routines and getting down to the business of learning. This year has so much in store, our entire team is excited to witness their growth!

Now that October is approaching, we have noticed an unreal difference in our temperatures. Please remember that our students go outside year round, and they should come prepared for recess time depending on what the weather is for the given day.

October is always a fun month at school…we’ll be diving into all things Fall as we gear up to the busy holiday season. This year we'll have Halloween Parties and the Parade on October 31st. An event I know families and students look forward too. Read the chat for specific information on the parties and parade.

Our 5th graders will be doing their overnight field trip to Camp Duncan on October 18th. 5th-grade parents, please get your money and forms turned in as soon as possible.

To help support and promote our positive ROARS system at Washington, I am asking for label donations to the office. If a family would like to donate 1 X 2 5/8 labels to the office that would be fantastic. Thank you for all of your support.

Please make sure when dropping off your child(ren) that you use the crosswalks. This is for the safety of EVERYONE! We have witnessed very unsafe behaviors of parents who walk their children across the street through traffic or allow their students to walk through the traffic. Please don't allow this to happen. It has also been brought to my attention that some parents aren't being kind to other parents or grandparents at pick up. Please be cognizant of the language you are using in front of students and staff at dismissal. We really want to model kind behavior.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns – please let Ms. Van Arsdale or myself know. We are always here to help.

We are looking forward to a great October!


Mrs. Daly

Washington Principal

Halloween Information and Parade Schedule

The students and staff of Washington School will celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, October 31st. Parents, who are helping with room parties, are to enter through the front doors and get your name badge. If you haven’t had your driver’s licenses scanned by our Raptor system, please do so as soon as possible. If your name's not on the room parent list, then you will not be allowed into the classroom for the parties.

Room parents, please make sure you submit your party plans to me and your classroom teacher two weeks prior to October 31st. Plans are due Wednesday, October 17th.

Relatives or parents who wish to just view the parade may do so out around the track in the back of the building. (If raining, the parade will be inside only for staff and students only).

We appreciate your cooperation and support with our Halloween celebrations.

Other Important Guidelines:

  • No food or candy is allowed at the party!

  • Parents, who are assigned to help with the class parties, must be registered with the office. Parents who are not a room parent or have not registered with the office will not be permitted to attend the class party.

  • EVERYONE is welcome to attend the parade. The parade is in the PM.

  • AM Kindergarten Parade is for students and staff only. Parents will not see the parade inside the building.

  • Students need to return to classrooms after the parade to pack up for regular dismissal.

Halloween Costume Guidelines - Please follow these

  • Costumes are optional for students in grades K-5.

  • Costumes should be brought to school, and students must be able to put their costumes on themselves.

Costumes brought to school MUST:

  • Not contain ANY weapons (real or imitation). This includes, but is not limited to, swords, guns, knives, clubs, lasers, etc.
  • Not contain any fake blood or other gruesome masks
  • Masks are NOT allowed to be worn at school during the party or the parade

(Masks need to be left at home).

  • Not represent a violent character such as, Freddie Krueger, “Jason”, an ax-murderer, etc.
  • Not display any alcohol, drug or cigarette logos
  • Cover the child appropriately: that is, no exposed torso, chest area, buttocks, etc.

Halloween Party and Parade Schedule

10:00 a.m. Kdg Am Parade

(Inside of building for students and staff only)

10:30 -11:15 a.m. Kdg Am Party

1:00 p.m. Students change into their costumes

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Halloween Classroom Parties

2:00 p.m. Halloween Parade

2:40 p.m. Dismissal from classrooms

A note from your Assistant Principal regarding lunch and recess.

Hello Parents and welcome to the wonderful month of October!

As you all know we have spent the first six weeks of school working on establishing and reinforcing our lunchroom and recess expectations. The students have been re-learning routines and practicing expected R.O.A.R.S. behaviors. Students have had time to build friendships and community with their new classmates. Our Green Team is up and running and we are very proud of our students who are working diligently to do their part to help our planet.

During recess, the 4th and 5th-grade students loved going over to Centennial Park to play. They were respectful of families who were enjoying the park with their small children. We were very proud of their kindness and good citizenship. Our new playground has been installed and the students are loving it! Thank you so much, PTO and all families who made this happen!

Moving forward, we will start allowing our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students to sit with students of their own choosing starting next week. Students can still sit with their homerooms if they would like to, but they will also be able to choose to sit with friends from previous years.

Traditionally our first-grade students always eat their classroom peers.

To reinforce all the positive gains that we have made, we are working with the lunchroom team to come up with fun incentives to promote expected alignment to our ROARS matrix in both the lunchroom and during recess. If we see an increase in unexpected behaviors or if we see that students are not following the R.O.A.R.S Matrix, we will revisit our lunchroom procedures.

Thank you for all your patience with our new procedures and the wait we had in getting our playground installed.

Happy Fall! - Ms. Van Arsdale

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Science Olympiad 2019

Science Olympiad 2019! Parents and students! If your family includes a third, fourth or fifth grader, now is the time to make plans to participate in this year’s Science Olympiad. Information, along with the ONLINE registration form, are available on the District 64 Science Olympiad Webpage. The last day to register for this great event is Friday, November 9.

Deadline for Health documents for entering Kindergarten


Deadline for Health documents for entering Kindergarten

If you have not already done so, this is a reminder that October 15, 2018, is the State of Illinois and District 64 deadline for submitting proof of health requirements for entry into kindergarten. Failure to comply with the deadline will result in your child’s exclusion from school beginning on October 16, 2018.

In addition, students entering kindergarten must also undergo a complete vision examination performed by a physician or licensed optometrist. A Snellen chart vision check completed in a pediatrician’s office does not meet the requirement for a “complete eye examination.” The completed report must be submitted by October 15, 2018. Failure to present proof by this date requires written proof of an appointment for a scheduled eye examination within the next 60 days following October 15th.

Information about these requirements can be accessed on the District website.

If you have questions or concerns regarding these requirements, please contact your school’s Building Nurse directly.

If you have submitted the required documents, no further action is required. Thank you for your cooperation.

Margaret Temari, RN, M.Ed., PEL-CSN

Facilitator, School Health Services

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Inspire all students to discover their strengths, embrace learning, achieve personal excellence, and demonstrate care. Students thrive in a rich, rigorous, and innovative curriculum delivered by highly qualified teachers. Each student learns and grows in a safe, nurturing environment. In collaboration with student, parents, teachers and the community, District 64 provides opportunities for each learner to investigate, be successful, be resilient, and become inspired and empowered as they contribute to our global society.
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