May 9, 2016
If it's Spring, it's time to Fling!
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 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
June 1 - End of Year Celebration Assembly 2pm
We Planted a Tree!
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!
Help Needed for PTA Field Day
Students Show What They Know
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
Fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand
Thanks, PTA for One Book - One School
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!
Thinking of Next Year
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
5th Grade Visits the Windy City
5th Graders Collaborate and Create in the LLC
Thanks, Girl Scouts!
5H Throws Mrs. Hrunek a Baby Sprinkle!
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!