Washington News Post
September 1, 2019
New School Start Time; 8:05 am and New School Dismissal Time; 2:35 pm
Parents partnering to provide voice and perspective to our Lighthouse Team and PBIS Team
Additionally, I am excited to announce that John Aaker has agreed to join The Leader in Me Lighthouse Team. This team includes other parents, students, staff and a community member. The purpose of this team is to provide vision and follow through for Leader in Me. This group meets four times per year. Kari Blom, parent representative and Jayson Koopmans, parent/community representative will continue to serve on this Lighthouse team.
SNACK CART BEGINNING THIS FALL
PeachJar; System for school and Community Ed Flyers
Creating a Healthy Environment
Mankato Area Public Schools is making an effort to promote healthy behaviors among our children and adolescents by making our cafeterias, school stores, fundraisers and vending machines healthier. We have swapped the high-fat, -sugar, and sodium items out for whole grains, low-fat, reduced sugar and nutrient-dense foods.
In order to provide a consistent message throughout our district we are asking that classrooms celebrate students' birthdays, holidays and other classroom we encourage healthy snacks.
Please also consider alternative options in order to make the child or day feel special. As a parent, you could consider donating a book to the classroom, eat lunch with your child, or give small items such as pencils, gel pens or erasers to the students.
Darcy Stueber, CDM, CFPP, FMP
Director of Food Services
Mankato Area Public Schools
Parent-Teacher Organization; A strong Parntership for Washington Elementary
Hi Washington Parents!
The summer has flown by and the PTO is gearing up for the 2019 school year! Our meetings will continue to be on the second Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Media Center. Our first meeting will be September 16th. We plan to review what the Washington PTO does, get to know each other a bit, and talk about plans for the school year. We will also chat about opportunities for parents to get involved, whether it is bringing some fruit for a conference meal, helping with fundraising planning, or stepping up to fill in an executive board spot.
PTO is a volunteer, non-profit organization that is made of moms, dads, grandparents, guardians and teachers who want to see students have the best possible educational experience. We fund many field trips, special events, classroom incentives, and teacher appreciation treats. We encourage you to come to the first meeting and get to know some other parents and staff members.
You can follow us on Facebook for update at www.facebook.com/washingtonptomankato. We will also be sending flyers and posting information soon about our back to school picnic that will occur Thursday, September 26th from 5:30-7:30pm. The picnic is a great opportunity to have fun with your family and get to know other Washington Families and will be incorporated with Open House this year. Looking forward to another great year at Washington!
Cherise Barker - President
TBD - Vice President
Shane Drahota– Treasurer
Becca Peterson – Secretary
“Washington PTO is a group of parents, caregivers and school staff dedicated to supporting our kids through learning and enrichment.”--
School-Wide Title I Site
Washington Elementary continues to be a school wide Title I building. We are fortunate to have resources and additional staff in place to support all students. The philosophy is to support students with what they need, when they need it. Your partnership is essential to the success of each child. Please seek out ways to support your child’s learning here and at home. We will provide opportunities for engagement and resources to support the journey throughout the year. Classroom volunteers, PTO membership, field trip chaperones, and special events planning are just a few ways you can become involved.
Sept. 3 Early Entrance Conferences 7:45-11:45 am, and 12:15-6:45 pm
Sept. 4 Early Entrance Conferences 7:45 am-11:45 am.
Sept. 3 & 4- Fall Pictures During Early Entrance Conferences
Sept. 5- Classes Start, K-8
Sept. TBD- Paws rotation Event, 9:10 am
Sept. 10, 12 & 19- Dibels Rdg. Assess.
Sept. TBD- Wildcat Rally
Sept. 17- PLC 2 hr. Late Start
Sept. 19- Bus Evacuation, 9am
Sept. 26- Open House and Welcome back family picnic 5:30-7:30 pm
Oct. 7- Picture Retake
Oct. 8- PLC 2 hr. Late Start
Oct. 15- After School Excel Begins
Oct. 17 & 18- No School MEA
Oct. 23- Leader in Me Coaching Day
Oct. 24- Math Night at Washington, 6 pm
Nov. 5- Vision & Hearing Screening
Nov. 5- General Election- School Board
Nov. 8- Teacher Workshop Day (No School)
Nov. 12-PLC 2 hr. Late Start Day
Nov. 14, 19 & 21- Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15 – 7:45 p.m.
Nov. 26- No School K-5
Nov. 27, 28 & 29 No School, Thanksgiving Break