Knightly News

May 9, 2016

If it's Spring, it's time to Fling!

Please consider coming to the annual PTA Spring Fling this Friday, May 13th from 7pm to 9pm in the Washington gym. This year's theme is Superheroes and Villans, so put on your cape and join us for some dancing and fun! All children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of admission is $5 for children; adults are free!

May/June Dates

May 10, 11, 12- Science w/ Mr. Lee for 4th grade

May 10 - PTA Meeting 7pm

May 10 - Parent Night at Monroe for incoming 6th grade parents

May 11 - Monroe musicians perform for grades 3,4,5 at 2:45pm

May 13 - Brookfield Zoo trip for 1st grade

May 13 - Famous Americans presentations - 3rd grade

May 13 - Spring Fling 7pm-9pm

May 16- Talent Show during Music Classes

May 17 - Lincoln Park Zoo trip for EL students in grades 2-5

May 20 - Naper Settlement trip for 3rd grade

May 23 - Field Day

May 24 - Yearbook distribution

May 25 - Morton Arboretum trip for 4th grade AM only

May 25 - Raindate for Field Day

May 26 - Morton Arboretum trip for kindergarten (all kindergarten students will attend school all day)

May 26 & 27 - Outdoor Education trip for 5th grade

May 27 - Supply kit order forms due

May 27 - Northside Park walking field trip for ADK (Raindate May 31)

May 27 - Walking field trip to local businesses for 1st grade PM only

May 27 - 2nd grade Readers' Theater PM

May 30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day


June 1 - End of Year Celebration Assembly 2pm

We Planted a Tree!

On Arbor Day, April 29th, we welcomed a new white oak tree to Washington. We held a slightly chilly all-school assembly outside to plant our tree with Wheaton Mayor Mr. Michael Gresk, Mrs. Kay McKeen from SCARCE, CUSD 200 Energy Operations Manager Mr. Colin Wilkie, longtime Wheaton resident and former CUSD200 teacher Mr. Bernie Hurley, Washington PTA members and other guests.

Highlights of the assembly included a presentation by student council on the meaning of Arbor Day and facts about white oaks, as well as an all-school performance of the song, I'd Be a Tree written by Washington teacher, Mr. Don Casper. Our new white oak is on the north side of our building behind 3rd grade classrooms. Thank you, City of Wheaton!

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Help Needed for PTA Field Day

Washington PTA's annual Field Day is fast approaching on Monday, May 23rd! This is an exciting day where students enjoy time outside as a class, rotating through various game related stations. We are in need of volunteers to help Field Day run safely and smoothly for students and staff. Please click on the link below to see how you can help with this fun day!

Students Show What They Know

Over the past few weeks, students at various grade levels have been presenting the knowledge they have learned to audiences of parents. Kindergarten students taught their parents all about chicks at the chick open house. 1st graders researched animals and habitats and presented to parents via writing, speaking and the use of technology (ChatterPix). Mr. Cerny's 4th grade class invited parents to participate in their bridge testing. Finally, the 5th grade invited parents and other classes to their Egypt Museum. Enjoy some highlight photos below.
Animal Habitats April 2016

News from the Health Office

Washington Elementary Health Office requests that parents/guardians or a designated adult pick up your child’s medications by June 1, 2016. Please be aware that medications left at school after the end of the school year will be discarded.

Remember that with every new school year, we must have a new doctor’s order to continue giving your child medication in school. If your child self carries an inhaler, it is school policy that we have a doctor’s order in place and your signature permitting a self carry status.

Spring in the Learning Garden

Mrs. Kovarik's 3rd grade class is tending the learning garden this spring. After learning about the parts of soil in science class, they planted radishes, spinach, and lettuce.
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Fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand

This year as part of our One Book - One School, The Lemonade War, the Washington community raised $1270 for Alex's Lemonade Stand to support pediatric cancer research. $1009.41 was raised via the change drive and student-run lemonade stands; the remainder via online donations. Thank you to all who supported this important cause. Although our school fundraiser is complete, if your child wishes to run a lemonade stand this summer or in the future, you can donate the proceeds on your own:
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Thanks, PTA for One Book - One School

Thank you to the Washington PTA for making our first-ever One Book - One School possible. Thanks to the PTA, every Washington student received a copy of The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies and a OBOS bracelet. Also, 252 prizes were awarded during the daily trivia questions, including 18 gift certificates to the PTA book fair.

A special thank you to Adrianne Karlovitz and Judith Zapf for the OBOS tie-ins at this year's spring book fair. Along with the gift certifcate prizes, there was a special display of the rest of the Lemonade series (Washington caused the second book in the series, The Lemonade Crime to go into back order!), Lemonade War games during family reading night, and of course free lemonade for shoppers!

Bravo, Musical Knights!

On May 2nd, students in 4th-5th grade chorus, 5th grade orchestra, and 5th grade band put on an outstanding fine arts concert. The whole school enjoyed a dress rehearsal that afternoon. Thanks to teachers Robin Ryan, Jeanne Johannesen, and Mike Klos for all of their work this year with students. Keep on singing and playing, Knights!

Thinking of Next Year

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As June approaches, I know that many of your thoughts are already turning toward next school year. Soon, I will begin working with the teachers on student placement for next year. Since students move in and out of our attendance area and staffing can change over the summer, the process will continue into August. We do our best to develop classes that provide the best opportunities for optimal teaching and learning. Due to the complex nature of developing class lists, it is impossible to accommodate requests for specific classroom teachers. The following quote is from the Parent/Student Handbook:

Many professional hours of planning and preparation are spent in the spring to ensure the most appropriate class placement for each child. To change even one student can upset the balance that was very carefully created by teachers and principals. Therefore, requests for a child's placement with a specific teacher are not invited.

We do value your input, and we invite you to share your thoughts and impressions about your child's needs. Feel free to email me at It will be most helpful to receive any information you have to share by mid-May. Please understand that class placements will not be finalized and communicated to parents until sometime in August.

Thank you,

Jennifer Craig


5th Grade Visits the Windy City

Thanks to the PTA, our 5th graders visited downtown Chicago on May 6th. After a fun stop at Millennium Park, students enjoyed a Wendella cruise and learned about architecture, bridge engineering, and the locks system.
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5th Graders Collaborate and Create in the LLC

This spring, students have continued learning about internet safety in the LLC. 4th graders collaborated via Google Classroom to learn more about specific internet safety topics while 5th graders created videos to share what they've learned with others. Watch one of their videos below.
Internet Safety Mr. Strayve's 5th Grade Class

Thanks, Girl Scouts!

Thank you to the 4th grade Girl Scout troop led by Mrs. Lynn Kadel and Mrs. Shelley Schilling for filling our front planters with beautiful spring flowers!
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5H Throws Mrs. Hrunek a Baby Sprinkle!

Mrs. Hrunek threw Mrs. Hrunek a "Baby Sprinkle" on her last day before beginning her maternity leave. Mrs. Hrunek thought it was a little strange that her class all happened to wear blue that day (to celebrate the impending arrival of her second little boy), but when parents Michelle Mueller and Susan Dansdill arrived after lunch to begin the surprise sprinkle, everything suddenly made sense! Good luck, Mrs. Hrunek!
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Thanks, NEW200 Foundation!

Washington recently learned that our instructional team was awarded a spring NEW200 grant to create math activity bags for next school year. Thanks to Mary Schlick, resource teacher, for leading the grant-writing effort.

4th grade teacher, Krista Lipnisky was awarded a fall NEW200 grant to purchase a set of 3Doodlers for her class. The pens work like small 3D printers, allowing students to construct 3D shapes. Thanks, NEW200 Foundation, for supporting our efforts to create more STEM opportunities for our students!
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CUSD200 2016-2017 Calendar

View the 2016-2017 CUSD200 calendar here: 2016-2017 Calendar.

Red Robin 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