Knightly News

September 17, 2018

Knights on the Run is Wednesday 9/19 (rain date Thursday)

Times and Class Schedule

9:20 - 10:00 Banta --- Ourada

10:05 - 10:45 Lipnisky --- Switalski

10:50 - 11:30 Cortopassi --- Longhini --- Willems AM

11:50 - 1:00 LUNCH BREAK

1:20 - 2:00 Miller --- Hrunek --- Sheppard --- Strayve

2:00 - 2:40 Consolazio --- Coover --- Burkard --- Schmitz

2:40 - 3:20 Weisheit --- Willems PM --- Belanger --- Harris

September Dates

Tuesday, September 18 - Knights on the Run Spirit Day - Crazy hair or hat

Tuesday, September 18 - PTA Meeting CANCELLED

Wednesday, September 19 - PTA Knights on the Run - Wear team color

Thursdsay, September 20 - Rain Date for PTA Knights on the Run

Friday, September 21 - NO SCHOOL - Inservice Day

Tuesday, September 25 - 4th grade guest speaker Pilot John Scholgrn

Tuesday, September 25 - PTA Meeting 7pm (new day)

Wednesday, September 26 - Hearing and Vision Screening

Thursday, September 27 - WatchDOGS Event Post-poned

Friday, September 28 - Picture Day

Knight Writers (and Speakers...and Video Creators)

As part of the CUSD 200 Vision 2022 teachers in all grades are focusing on developing students' skills in writing and message prodution (speaking, presenting, creating videos). We are also working to create opportunities for students to write and communicate with authentic audiences. Student writing and message production will be included in the Knightly News this year. Enjoy!

Mrs. Miller's Class Writing: 2nd Grade

So far we LOVE 2nd grade! One of our favorite things is recess because we get to exercise, enjoy the nice weather, and play with our friends. Another thing we like is read aloud. Our read aloud books is Ramona Quimby, Age 8. It is so funny when she cracks a raw egg on her head at school. We also like gym. Our gym teacher is Mrs. Miles. We like gym because you get to run laps and play fun games. Finally, our favorite thing is our class and Washington School. Our school is AWESOME! In our opinion, we are the best class in the school. We are nice kids and most importantly, we are a team!

Miss Consolazio's Class Writes about Heroes as a Way to Honor Patriot Day 9/11

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Mrs. Coover's Students Write Newspapers about their Super Selves!

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Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-ups Coming Soon

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in October. Most conferences will take place the evenings of October 11th and 16th, but teachers will add times as needed. Sign-ups will begin Thursday, September 27th at 4:30pm. Beginning at that time, you may use the below link. It will also be available on the Washington website.

Help Needed : Picture Day Volunteers

We could use a few parent volunteers to help with Picture Day on Friday, September 28th.

The morning session is 9:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The afternoon session is 12:50 - 2:15 p.m.

Volunteers receive a coupon for 50% off a picture package.

If you are available to help, please email Tami Bauer, Principal's Secretary at

Help Needed: PTA Volunteers

The PTA is looking for a chairperson to organize the reception for Veterans that occurs prior to our Veterans' Day assembly on Monday, November 12th. The reception will occur from 9:30am until 10:15am. There are already two parents willing to help with the reception, but we are looking for a chairperson. Please email Kathy Radojkovic with questions or if you are willing to fill this position at

The PTA is also looking for helpers for Hearing & Vision screenings. The volunteers will walk classes to and from the screening room and help supervise students. The shifts are:

Wednesday, Sept. 26th 9:00am-noon and 1:00pm-3:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 10th 9:00am-noon

Again, please email Kathy Radojkovic at

We thank you for any help you can provide.

Help Needed: Lunch/Recess (Paid Position)

Washington is looking for at least one lunch supervisor for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents, grandparents, or neighbors are welcome! This is a paid position with an hourly rate. Work times are approximately 11:45am - 1:15pm. We would consider your help even if you can only work a few days a week. If you are interested, please email Mrs.Craig at and apply via the CUSD 200 website.

Spotlight on SEL

Just as Illinois has state standards on all academic areas, there are also a set of social emotional learning (SEL) standards. This year we will shine a spotlight on all of the work our staff is doing to support students in the areas of self-awareness, growth mindset, self-management, interpersonal skills, and decision-making. You can read more about social emotional learning here: SEL.

First Safety Drills are a Success

Our first two safety drills of the year were very successful.

On September 11th, all classes participated in a bus evacuation drill in our front parking lot. Bus drivers provided a lesson on bus safety to all students.

On September 14th, our building engaged in a planned fire drill. Staff and students were informed of the drill ahead of time, and teachers discussed procedures with the class. Our students were well-behaved, and the drill was executed in an orderly fashion. The fire department was not present at this drill. Very soon, the fire chief will conduct a drill at our school.

October Dates

Monday, October 8 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 10 - Hearing & Vision Rescreenings

Thursday, October 11 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 12 - Prize Day for PTA Knights on the Run

Tuesday, October 16 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 23 - PTA Meeting 7pm

Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween parade and parties
Kdg AM 10:30 a.m. – Parade/10:45-11:30 a.m. – Party

Kdg-5th gr. 2:00 p.m. Parade/ 2:30-3:15 p.m. Party

Welcome, New Staff!

Mrs. Alicia Drabik has joined us as a part-time teaching assistant working in the afternoons with Mrs. Longhini's all-day kindergarten class. She graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and has lived in Wheaton for 27 years. Mrs. Drabik's five children were all educated through District 200, and her oldest child, Katie, is a teacher at WNHS. Her youngest son, Tommy, is entering 8th grade at Monroe M.S. Mrs. Drabik has previous taught preschool for the Wheaton Park District, Spanish for Language Quest, and children's programs at CDH (now Northwestern Hospital).

Mr. Ryan Morris is a physical education student teacher from Northern Illinois University. He grew up in Warrenville, in District 200 and graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South High School. He's a huge Chicago sports fan, especially the Blackhawks and the Bulls. He is studying to be a future physical educator while also spending his summers working at a summer camp in PA. Mr. Morris is working with PE teacher Mr. Scott Koester this fall.

Looking for Yearbook Photos

Throughout the year, if you have photos of Washington events, please consider submitting them to be part of the yearbook. Email them to Cher Kachelmuss at

Library Soft Seating Arrives

In addition to CUSD 200 providing new flooring and paint to the Washington LLC, the PTA was able to replace some of the shelving and purchase soft seating. The students love it! A huge thanks to the PTA, especially last year's Vice President of Fundraising, Mrs. Adrianne Karlovitz for all of her work on this project.

Lunch Reminders

We have just a few reminders for parents of students who bring lunches from home:

  • Please pack your child the necessary utensils, napkins, straws, etc. The ones we have in the lunchroom are for students who purchase a meal from our food service.
  • Please try to pack items that your child can eat independently. It's a good idea to practice opening containers and putting straws in juice packets at home, so your child knows what to do.
  • Please do NOT pack glass containers ilke Mason jars and Pyrex. Broken glass would create a safety issue for our students.

Elementary Handbook

This year, the Elementary Handbook will be online. You can find it on the Washington website and by clicking here: HANDBOOK.