Knightly News

April 20, 2020 - E-Learning Edition

Letter from Mrs. Craig - Revised April 20th

April 20, 2020

Dear, Washington Parents -

By now you may have heard that Governor Pritzker has declared that schools will remain in remote/e-learning for the remainder of the school year. While the staff and I have been preparing for that possibility, the finality of last Friday's announcement is something we are still processing. In my 25 years in education, I have always cherished the last days of the school year. They are a time to reflect and celebrate with our students.

As the Friday CUSD 200 update mentioned, our thoughts will be on these important final days of school in terms of providing everyone with closure. There are still many unknowns, but I will definitely keep you updated as the situation evolves. Please know that we, as a Washington staff, care deeply for our students, and the Friday news was emotional for us, as I know it has been for many of you and your children.

There are two plans I can share with you at this point regarding our 5th grade students. Every spring, I have lunch with the 5th graders in small groups. The students provide me feedback about their Washington experiences, and we talk about middle school. I am going to begin those lunches with 5th graders this week. In the hopes of meeting with every 5th grader over the next couple weeks, I will run some meetings as "lunch with the principal" and some later in the afternoon as "snack with the principal." These will occur via Google Meets; 5th grade parents and students have received information via email, and students will receive Google Meets invitations soon.

In addition, Mr. Babb always creates some incredible end-of-year videos for our school. He is beginning this work and will lengthen the videos a bit this year. To further celebrate our 5th graders, I am going to put out a Flashback Slide Show of our 5th grade class each week between now and the end of school. We will start this week with kindergarten; watch our Facebook and Twitter for these!

Finally, I encourage you to continue to support your children in engaging in e-learning. This is important from an educational standpoint but also a social emotional one. We are still a Washington School community; even though we cannot be in our building at this time, it is so important we stay connected!

Stay safe and healthy!

Jennifer Craig


CUSD 200 E-Learning Plan

The CUSD 200 E-Learning Plan can be viewed here. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or to Mrs. Craig.

E-Learning Plan

Mrs. Craig's Challenge Week 4 20 20
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Food Insecurity Crisis Fund

In these unprecedented times, the Student Excellence Foundation for Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 has established a Food Insecurity Crisis Fund, an emergency fund providing resources for Community Unit School District 200 students and families facing food insecurity. Please donate to help local families.

In District 200, 28% of students come from low-income households. Each day, 3,310 students receive a free or reduced lunch. While the District has done an incredible job of meeting the food needs of families during the school week during this pandemic, many parents are struggling to feed their children in the evenings and on weekends.

Your donation today will allow District 200 social workers to connect local families with supportive resources to meet nutritional needs.

You can donate here: Food Insecurity Crisis Fund.

Food Distribution

Food Distribution continues from 9:00am-12:00pm Monday through Friday. Parents can receive sack breakfasts and lunches for their children. Sites in the Washington area are:

Franklin Middle School. 211 E. Franklin, Wheaton

Monroe Middle School 1855 Manchester, Wheaton

Carol Stream Crossing Apartments @ clubhouse on Gundersen, Carol Stream (yellow school bus)

St. Charles Square Apartments @ leasing office, Carol Stream (yellow school bus)

For a full list of food distribution sites, click here.

Mobile Food Pantries

In partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank, CUSD 200 will be hosting the following mobile food pantries:

April 24th at Wheaton North High School 10am-11am

May 1st at Wheaton Warrenville South High School 4:30pm-5:30pm

May 8th at Wheaton North High School 4:30pm-5:30pm

May 12 at Wheaton Warrenville South High School 4:15pm-5:15pm

June 6 at Hubble Middle School (note location change) 10:00am-11:00am

June 13 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

June 20 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

June 29 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

Technology Distribution

If your child(ren) does not have a device and you need one, devices continue to be distributed 9:00am -12:00pm Monday through Friday at the School Service Center, 130 W .Park. Ave. in Wheaton.

The Department of Technology staff will be monitoring their Help Desk throughout the school closure. We want to help you troubleshoot any technology issues you may experience. If you have questions regarding your E-Learning plan, please continue to contact your child’s teacher directly. Visit for more information.

Lessons Learned From E-Learning

Lessons Learned During E-Learning

Go on a Scavenger Hunt with Mrs. Craig

Scavenger Hunt with Mrs. Craig

Temporary Library Cards Available to all CUSD 200 Students

Wheaton Public Library is offering a library card to anyone living in CUSD 200 boundaries. This temporary card can be used to download e-content and access databases and online learning resources. Sign up here: Wheaton Public Library.

"Hi" and "We miss you" from your Washington Teachers & Staff


School Playgrounds are CLOSED during the Stay-at-Home Order

Message from Wheaton Police Department

Play "Know your Knights" with Mrs. Craig!

Know Your Knights

Resources from the Washington LLC

The Washington LLC webpage provides links to online resources students may enjoy while at home, including research, math practice, typing practice, and coding. Check it out here: Washington LLC.

Virtual Field Trips

Our St. Baldrick's Event Goes Virtual!

Although we are disappointed to have to cancel our St. Baldrick's event, we are happy to say that we are making it happen virtually. Registered shavees have been braving the shave on their own, if and when they've had a safe means of doing so. In addition, this year we've had our first ponytail cuts for hair donations. As this newsletter went to print, we have raised $19,220, which greatly surpasses our $12,000 goal and is our most successful Baldrick's event yet. Thank you to all who supported and/or donated.

You can view information and photos of our virtual event here: Washington Virtual Shave. Photos are also on the Washington Facebook Page.

We are honoring 4th Grader Chase Ewoldt with our event. Thank you to all who are supporting this fundraiser!

Scenes from E-Learning

Stay Connected!

Now more than ever, it's important for us to stay connected as a school community. Consider following our social media sites. Links to all can be found on the homepage of the Washington website and also below:





Elementary Handbook

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