April 20, 2020 - E-Learning Edition
Letter from Mrs. Craig - Revised April 20th
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!
Food Insecurity Crisis Fund
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.
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
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
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 www.cusd200.org/technology for more information.
Lessons Learned From E-Learning
Go on a Scavenger Hunt with Mrs. Craig
Temporary Library Cards Available to all CUSD 200 Students
"Hi" and "We miss you" from your Washington Teachers & Staff
School Playgrounds are CLOSED during the Stay-at-Home Order
Play "Know your Knights" with Mrs. Craig!
Resources from the Washington LLC
Virtual Field Trips
Our St. Baldrick's Event Goes Virtual!
We are honoring 4th Grader Chase Ewoldt with our event. Thank you to all who are supporting this fundraiser!