Knightly News

November 2, 2020

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PTA Reflections Contest - ENTRIES DUE NOVEMBER 4TH!

Thanks to Mr. Grant Rebro for coordinating the PTA Reflections contest at Washington again this year. All Washington students may participate - in-person and Virtual Academy.

The theme this year is - “I MATTER BECAUSE…”!

ALL WORKS MUST BE TURNED IN READY TO ADVANCE, FOLLOWING ALL RULES AND FILLING OUT THE ENTRY FORM IN THE LINKS BELOW. This is the main difference from last year. Usually any and all works were accepted and then prepped, but due to COVID, we are attempting to minimize the amount of “touches” your artwork receives.

Entries will be accepted beginning October 28th. In-person students should turn in their pieces to their teacher. VA students should turn in their pieces at the main entrance, Door 1. All entries must be in by November 4th at 3:00pm. All entries must be prepped according to each category's rules and must also be accompanied by a completed entry form.

Please feel free to contact Grant Rebro at with any questions, concerns or for advice on prepping a piece of artwork.

Reflections Entry Rules

Reflections Entry Form

Veterans Day Wall of Honor

On Veterans Day, November 11th, we will continue our tradition of creating a school-wide Wall of Honor. If your child would like to recognize a family member who is a veteran by placing a star on our wall, please enter the information via this Google Form by the end of the day this, Wednesday, November 4th.

Veterans Day Wall of Honor

Scenes of Learning & Fun!

November Dates

November 3 - NO SCHOOL - Election Day

November 4 - PTA Reflections Entries due to Main Office

November 10 - PTA Butterbraids Curbside Pick-up 3:00pm-6:00pm

November 11 - Veterans Day - wear red, white & blue

November 11 - PTA Dine Out - Portillo's in Glendale Heights 5:00pm-8:00pm

November 12 - 1st Trimester Ends

November 13 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

November 15 - PTA Spirit Sales Ends

November 16 - 2nd Trimester Begins

November 17 - PTA Meeting via Zoom 7:00pm

November 20 - Report Cards

November 23-27 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Dressing for the Weather

As weather grows colder, please make sure your child wears a coat, hat, and gloves/mittens to school. We will continue to take mask breaks outside whenever possible. Also, Mr. Koester's PE classroom visits now occur outside in order to incorporate more movement. We will not go outside if the temperature is below zero or there is heavy precipitation or winds.

We will not be having students change into boots or snowpants during the school day, as this takes more time, and we will not have students playing in the snow.

Congratulations to the Great Pumpkin Contest Winners!

A huge thank you to Steve and Adrianne Karlovitz for keeping the PTA Great Pumpkin Contest tradition going this year. The contest was completely virtual this year and was open to Washington in-person and virtual academy students. Congratulations to the winners! They will receive gift certificates to the upcoming PTA Virtual Book Fair. Thanks to all who participated!

It's PTA Spirit Sales Time!

PTA Spirit Sales are open now through November 15th. Check out the variety of Washington wear available, including Washington face masks! Thanks to Katie Joiner for coordinating sales again this year.

PTA Dine-Out at Portillo's

The first PTA dine-out of the year is almost here! Show the below flyer at Portillo's in Glendale Heights between 5:00pm and 8:00pm and Washington PTA will receive 20% of your order. Thanks to Kelly Klich for coordinating dine-outs again this year.
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Proposed Calendar Change

An updated calendar for this school year will be proposed at the November 11th board of education meeting. Due to a shift to balance semesters for middle school and high school, the inservice day originally scheduled for January 15th will be moved to January 29th.

Halloween Activities

Although our usual Halloween parties and costume parade were not possible this year, a big thanks to our teachers for planning classroom activities. Thank you also to our PTA for providing funding for the activities.

IMPORTANT - Chromebooks - 1:1 Devices

Every student in grades 1- 5 has received a chromebook and charger to use during the school day and at home. Kindergarten devices will be assigned in the near future. It will be a student/parent responsibility to charge the device nightly at home and to ensure the student has the chromebook in his/her backpack to bring to school each day. Parents must complete the CUSD 200 Acceptable Use & Chromebook Care Agreement.

Welcome to our New, Little Knight!

Second grade teacher, Mrs. Jamie Longhini, welcomed her baby boy, Nolan Paul on October 26th! Congratulations to Mrs. Longhini, her husband Will, and son Connor on the new addition to their family! Mrs. Sandy Cho will be teaching 2nd grade while Mrs. Longhini is on leave. Mrs. Longhini plans to return to Washington this winter. We all wish Nolan a warm, Washington welcome!
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From the Health Office

This year, it’s more important than ever to get a flu vaccine. @Access DuPage is partnering with Walgreens to offer free flu shots to low-income, uninsured residents of DuPage County. Request a voucher at

My School Bucks

If you are already using MySchoolBucks to pay for school meals, your account is already set-up and ready to go! Just log in and click on School Store. If you don’t have an account follow the steps below:

1. Go to and register for a free account.
2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
3. Select School Store and Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic check.

If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:
• (855) 832-5226
• Visit and click Help

Once logged into your account, you will see the options of Home / Meal Accounts/ School Store near the top of your screen. To see your invoices, hover over the School
Store dropdown, and click on School Invoices.

Your Registration Fee invoices will all show on that screen. From there, you can easily add them to your cart. Once they are added to your cart, proceed to Checkout and complete the transaction and your invoice(s) is paid. You will receive an email once you have paid an invoice as further confirmation of it being completed.

Meal and Fee Waivers

Attached are links for the Meal waiver (breakfast and lunch) program and a link for the Fee waiver. If you are unable to print the documents, you may contact the school office at 630.682.2222 and a form will be mailed to you or sent home with your child. Please send completed forms into the Washington office.

Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - English

Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - Spanish

Fee Application Form - English and Spanish

Elementary Handbook

View the Elementary Handbook here.

Reminders for Arrival/Dismissal

Thank you for all of your support and cooperation in helping us implement our new procedures. Here are few important reminders:

  • Once on property past the red flow zone gates, all bicycles and scooter should be walked.
  • Dogs and other pets should not be on school property during arrival, dismissal, and school hours including BASP.
  • All adults and children over the age of 2 must wear a mask when on school property, including outside during arrival/dismissal. Please have your child put on his/her mask before leaving your vehicle during morning arrival.
  • Adults should remain in their vehicles during flow zone arrival and dismissal. Children should exit and enter their vehicles on the passenger side of the car to avoid walking between cars.
  • Being on a handheld cell phone while operating a vehicle is prohibited.

Thank you for partnering with us in our efforts to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Office/Parent Visitor Procedures

While the Washington office is open, and office staff are happy to assist you in any way, we ask that you refrain from dropping items off for your child this fall in order to limit office traffic. With physical distancing, we are only able to accommodate two parents at a time in the office. Moving lunch, recess, and PE outside of the 9:00am-1:00pm attendance day should reduce the need for dropping off items. Please send paperwork for the office with your child marked accordingly. We will not be accepting homework into the office; please have your child bring it the next day if it is forgotten at home.

If you do have an item that is urgent and necessary to drop off at school, you will most likely be directed to leave the item in the vesitbule. Parents and visitors that are deemed necessary to enter the office will undergo a symptom screening and temperature check.

If you are called by the health office or need to see the nurse, please wait in the main office area; do not proceed back to the health office. This is for the health and safety of students, staff, and parents.

Lastly, we will not be having parent volunteers and visitors in the building beyond the office this year while we are under the current health guidelines.

Washington truly values the partnerships we have long had with our wonderful parent community. Please understand that these procedures are due to health guidelines; we must follow them in the interest of health and keeping in-person school happening.

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