Dear Washington Families,
Spring Break came and went. It is hard to believe that we have only a few months left in the 2022-23 school year. I would like to take a moment to thank you for your hard work this year! You are all vital to the success of students. I hope that all of you have the opportunity to reflect, refresh and rejuvenate yourselves with family and friends.
A big thank you to all the families that joined their students in our Spring student led conferences. We had a great turn out of 87% overall. A extra round of applause for the 2nd grade families as they had a 95% attendance rate with their families. Keep up the great work! If you were not able to to attend during conferences, please reach out to your students teacher to check in about progress. Family partnerships formed during elementary school years build a strong foundation for future student success and continued engagement.
On another note, what a great start to testing. Thank you to all students and teachers for their focus, concentration, and putting forth their best efforts. Continue to excel!
Friendly reminder to parent/guardians, when using the pick up lane by the gym, please pull forward as far as possible. We want to make pick-up as efficient as possible. We appreciate your help.
New Calendars for the Next Two School Years
On February 28, 2023, The Woodburn School Board of Directors adopted the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic calendars. This year WSD elected to adopt the next two years, in order for people to be able to plan their time away from school better as well as be able to facilitate some school operations.
For the 23-24 school year, There will no longer be late starts every Wednesday. Instead, WSD has consolidated a similar amount of time monthly on one day. That day will not have students present, and staff will be able to work together to provide professional development, PLC time, district job-alike meetings (grade level or subject level, etc), and time to practice the applications of what they learn. These have been placed on one Monday a month, on most months.
Family Movie night
Thank you families for joining us on Friday night for our first Family movie night. We had a great turn out. It was amazing to see so many families and smiling faces. We were had the gym open for families to come, relax and watch a family film. We had snacks available for sale to raise funds for our new Yearbook. There was so much excitement, but the question at the end of the night was, "when's the next one?"
Big thank you to Washington Site Council Parents that came and volunteered for the night. If you would like to volunteer for future events or field trips, please stop by the office to pick and complete the WSD Volunteer packet.
Up to 40 percent of children in our country experience outdoor allergies. If welcoming the new season means welcoming more sneezing and sniffling around your house, then your kids might be suffering from allergies. As the weather changes and becomes warmer we will spend more time outdoors. Seasonal allergies occur mainly with pollen so it comes from plants, weeds, grasses and trees. Typically, it comes from trees early in the spring, so in April and May.
In kids typically, we sometimes see a myriad of problems that are related to the congestion [caused by allergies]. Fatigue, especially during the daytime, poor concentration in class, learning problems and other difficulty in class can all be related to nasal congestion, because kids won't be sleeping as well at night. And then during the daytime, they're blowing their nose a lot and experiencing other symptoms. It can make having a good day very challenging. Please inform your child’s teacher and the nurse about any allergies your child might have.
We are excited to announce that this school year we are going to have a yearbook! A yearbook will help our school captivate important memories and it will be even more special to our 5th grade students who will be moving on to middle school. Please be on the look out for more information coming to you soon.
State testing (Repeat information)
Following our Spring Break, your student will be taking the Oregon State Assessment in various contents. Testing is a regular part of learning and helps guide learning decisions at the system level and this is good practice to prepare for testing that you may experience in your in college and/or career journey. It allows you an opportunity to demonstrate what you know and can do in English language arts, math, and science. This can help shape what you focus on learning next.
Here are four of the many actions parents can do to make it a more positive experience.
1. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before the test.
2. Feed your child a good breakfast. Research shows that children do better on tests if they have had a good breakfast.
3. When the scores are sent to you, talk to your child's teacher and/or principal. This will help you to understand them more clearly.
4. Reassure your child that no matter the outcome of the test you will still love him/her. Encourage them to simply do their best.
Washington is proud to offer various enrichment opportunities for our students. For 4th and 5th grade students are able to join SMILE club. What is SMILE club? Please read below for more information.
Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) is a pre-college program at Oregon State University (OSU). There are many after school SMILE Clubs throughout the state of Oregon at the elementary, middle and high school level. At Washington Elementary, 4th and 5th grade students in SMILE Club meet weekly to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities to gain new skills and creatively problem solve through fun activities. The photographs are of some students learning about earthquakes by constructing a LEGO City and testing the strength of their building designs.
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April 19th & 26th- Making Parenting a Pleasure Classes
April 21st- Half day for Students (more information to come)
April 21st- Spring picture (Pre-K Only)
April 22nd- Earth Day
April 29th- Dia del Nino Celebration
May 8th -Teacher Appreciation Week
Washington Elementary School
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Location: Washington Elementary School, East Lincoln Street, Woodburn, OR, USA
Phone: (971) 983-3050