Washington Weekly

Updates from Washington Elementary-Friday, March 2, 2018


Mr. Russell, Principal - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Schram, Administrative Assistant - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Hill-Gordon - Educational Assistant - 414.773.1806

Attendance Line - 414.773.1802

Washington’s first ever All-School Read!

“Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost.”

Today students received their books for Washington’s first ever All-School Read! Our selected title is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Thanks to the generous donation of the PTA, one book per family* was purchased for you to keep. This book was sent home this afternoon with the oldest in each family along with an informational packet that includes nightly trivia questions and a pacing guide calendar.

Please check backpacks tonight for your family’s copy of the book and the family letter for more details.

Check out our All-School Read online! Click here for more information on our All-School Read, book description and author bio. Plus, find helpful links to our pacing guide, trivia questions and listen to chapters read by special guests and Washington Staff!

Thank you and happy reading!​​​​​​​

Washington PTA and Staff

*Please note, children who reside in multiple homes will share one copy of the book.

Principal Message

Student and staff safety is our number one priority. A major reason for the success here at Washington is the safe and secure learning environment students and staff enjoy every day. It's important to know that our School District, local private and parochial schools, and local law enforcement and safety agencies continue to work together to evaluate our current practices related to school safety. We conduct drills regularly and try to be as prepared as we can be for any sort of emergency.

Please be aware of the following procedures as they relate to our building specific plan -

  • All exterior doors are locked at all times.
  • Supervisors will let students into the building before school for early band, orchestra and choir rehearsals starting at 7:15am.
  • Supervisors will let students into the building at 7:45am for breakfast at the 67th street doors.
  • Supervisors will let students into the building starting at 8:00am until 8:20am for soft landing at the Garfield door (near JK), 67th street doors (near cafeteria) and Senior Kindergarten doors.

  • All visitors after 8:20am must enter through our main entrance on 68th street (near office) and get a visitors badge.

Thank you.

EFW Run/Walk

The EFW Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, May 5th. For all the details, click here.

STEM Program Update

Click here for this weeks STEM Program update which includes news about 4th grade Climate Homes and 1st grade Winter STEM Olympics.

Congratulations DI Teams!

Great News! The Washington DI Teams did an outstanding job at last Saturday's Destination Imagination tournament at Muskego High School. Three of the five teams placed in the top 3 of their challenges and brought trophies in on Monday to display at school! This is a huge accomplishment as the regional tournament grew by 50% over last year's tournament so there was significant competition across every challenge category. Most of the challenges had between 8 and 12 teams competing at the elementary level. Marc Beaudoin's Improv team finished third in the elementary division of their respective challenge categories. Both Jordan Beck's Scientific team and the fourth grade Improv team took second place and will advance to the state tournament at UW-Stevens Point on Sat., March 24th!

Jordan Beck's Scientific team (3rd graders) - 2nd place, advance to state tournament at UW Steven's Point

Harper, Olivia, Louis, Alexander, Roman, Maggie, Anna

Julia Burns' Improv team (4th graders)- 2nd place, advance to state tournament at UW Steven's Point

Margaux, Colin, Teagan, Grace, Hanie, Gioanina

Marc Beaudoin's Improv team (3rd graders) - 3rd place

Izzy, Julian, Harmony, Arden, Brooke, Morgan, Justis


Please read the following letter for reminders about head lice. (Letter)

The Wauwatosa School District recently implemented new guidelines for when to keep your child home from school. For more information, click here.


Please read the parking reminders for drop-off and dismissal below:

  • NEVER stop on the East side of 68th Street. There is NO stopping or parking on the East side of the road.

  • Do not park where you see orange traffic cones.

  • Only use the three (15 minute) parking spots at the corner of 68th Street/Garfield Avenue. Cars should NEVER be parked or stopped on the East side of 68th Street near the front door.

  • DO NOT turn around in our neighbors' driveways. Be patient and go around the block.

  • IF you are using the hug and go on 67th Street, do not leave your car. Stay in your car and a staff member will call your child down.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Cold Weather Reminder

Just a reminder to send your child(ren) with a coat, gloves, hat, snow pants and boots everyday. Please have all items labeled with your child's name including their boots. The only time we have indoor recess is if the temperature or wind chill is below 0 degrees or it is raining outside.

PTA Updates

Hello Washington Families!

What an exciting day for Washington as we kick off our 1st All School Read. It will be so fun to be reading as one school. Enjoy your reading!

Please check out the upcoming PTA events:

Girls on the Run- Registration opened February 1. There are still some spots open if you are interested in having your daughter participate. You can register at https://www.girlsontherunsoutheasternwi.org/. Girl on the Run is open for 3rd-5th graders. Practice will be Tuesday and Thursday after school. For additional questions Chirstie Guertin (clrussell@uwalumni.com).

Timberwolf Trot- Our largest fundraising will be kicking off in just a few short weeks-March 22nd. Please get your list started of family and friends you will be sharing your students fundraising page with. Without this fundraiser the PTA would not be able to support so many wonderful things at Washington: Artist and Resident Program, New Kiln, Audio Visual for the Gym and The Amazing Makers Space. We can do this again this year Washington when we work as a team and collect pledges.

Do you have a company that would like to be promoted? We would love to hear from you as we are looking for any donations to use as incentives or sponsorships towards the Trot. Contact: Laura Geisler (lgeisler28@gmail.com) or Denise VanCuyk (Denisevancuyk@gmail.com). Also, check with your companies HR department to see if they do a company match-double those dollars you bring in.

School Photos

Click here to view photos and/or place an order. You will need to scroll down the page to "search" and enter in your child’s student ID number and last name. If you need your child’s student ID number, please call or email Mrs. Schram in the office at (414) 773-1800 or schramga@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us.

Community Flyers

A list of current community flyers, which include a number of activities and opportunities for students and families, can be found here: www.wauwatosaschools.org/communityflyers

The 2018-2019 district calendar is available here.

Also, AMF Bowlero has special offers on early release Wednesdays and non-school days. For all the details, click here.

March Menus

The March breakfast and lunch menus are available below.

March Breakfast Menu

March Lunch Menu

Click HERE to view a listing of our PAWS Winners for March 2nd. Congratulations students and keep up the good work!