Knightly News

Winter Break 2015

Happy Holidays from Washington!

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Winter Break Activities for Home

If you are looking for activities for your child to do at home over break, check out our LLC Webpage for links to numerous online resources. Introductory computer coding activities are available including Flappy Bird, Angry Bird, and Star Wars. Students can create using Story Bird and Comic Strip Maker. They can use sites like MobyMax, Xtramath, Typing Training, and Starfall for skill practice.


Of course, a great at-home activity is always to read, read, read!

2nd Annual Winter Concert a Success!

Our students did an excellent job performing for two large audiences on Monday, December 14th. Thank you to music teacher Robin Ryan for all of her work preparing the students and to the Washington staff whose flexibility and support made the concert possible.
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Students Enjoy Holiday Festivities

On the afternoon of Friday, December 18th our students enjoyed holiday festivities provided by staff and parents. First, the whole building gathered in the gym for a holiday sing-a-long led by musically talented teachers: Don Casper on guitar, J.J. Babb on drums, Mike Klos on trombone, and David Ourada on cello with Jenny Coover and Lauren Hrunek providing lead vocals. Following the sing-a-long, students enjoyed classroom parties coordinated by parent volunteers.


Other festive activities that day included 5th grade band caroling and the ADK toy shop play. What a fun kickoff to winter break!

PACE Testing Information

Parents interested in PACE testing for their children who are currently in grades 2-5 should read this information: PACE Spring 2016. The due date for PACE parent referrals is Thursday, January 14, 2016.

January Dates

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 8 - PTA Family Fun Home Depot Night at Washington 6:30pm-8:30pm

Jan. 12 - PTA Meeting 7pm

Jan. 13- Northside 5th grade Orchestra Festival at WNHS 7pm

Jan. 14 - PACE parent referrals due to PACE office

Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Jan. 18- NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 19 - ACCESS testing begins for students in the English Learners program

Jan. 25- Yearbook sales begin

Jan. 30 - PTA Pancake Breakfast 8:30am-10:30am

WatchDOGS - More information Coming Soon!

The WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) program has been a great success! Information on signing up for a February-May WatchDOGS duty will be coming soon!

Thanks to our December WatchDOGS!

Thank you to the following WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) volunteers:


Richard Hornick

Patrick Viohl

Mike Alongi

Tim Frawley

Dan Radojkovic

Jeff Pralle

Devin Leftwich

Tom Rebro

Paul David

Eric Ostensen

Mike Redmond

Andy Metanchuk

Jason Varney


WatchDOGS helped out with math, reading, language arts, science, PE, art, library, chess club, lunch, and recess!

Kindergarten Dates Set

This year's Washington Kindergarten Round-up meeting for incoming kindergarten parents will be Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Washington. Registration begins at 6:30pm, and the informational meeting begins at 7pm. The districtwide informational meeting on All-Day Kindergarten will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7pm at Whittier Elementary School. Please share this information with neighbors who will have children in kindergarten next year.


If you have a child who will enter kindergarten Fall 2016, please let Donna Smejkal know at donna.smejkal@cusd200.org or (630) 682-2222.

Erin's Law for Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Kindergarten and 1st grade parents received this letter in backpacks. The Erin's Law lesson for these two grades will occur. Lessons for 2nd and 3rd graders have already occurred.

It's Cold Weather Scale Time!

Washington uses a Cold Weather Color Scale to serve as a guideline for dressing for the weather. These guidelines are enforced for recess grades ADK-3rd and highly encouraged for grades 4 & 5. If the feels-like temperature is below zero or there is heavy rain/snow, we have recess indoors. Otherwise, we like to give students time to play in the fresh air. Boots and snowpants are needed to play in snow. Please encourage your child to dress appropriately for the weather.


You can view the Cold Weather Scale on the Washington website under the Parents & Students heading or by clicking this link: Cold Weather Scale.

Board of Education Approves 2016-2017 Calendar

View the 2016-2017 CUSD200 calendar here: 2016-2017 Calendar.

PARCC Update - Last Year's Scores & This Year's Dates

Students who were in grades 3,4,5 last year took the PARCC test in English language arts and math. Scores were sent home Wednesday, December 16th with a letter from Assistant Superintendent Faith Dahlquist.


Last year, there were two PARCC testing windows; this year there is only one. The CUSD200 window for this year's PARCC test will be April 5-27. Exact testing dates for Washington 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be determined after winter break.

Please Keep our Students Safe

Please consider these reminders about student arrival and dismissal:


  • Please drive under 20 mph as you approach and leave school.
  • Please drive slowly and vigilantly in the flow zone.
  • Hand-held cell phone usage while driving is prohibited by state law, but ALL cell phone usage is prohibited while driving in a school zone.
  • Please do not drive around a bus while students are boarding/exiting the bus.
  • Dogs and other pets are not allowed on school property while children are present; please refrain from bringing them if you walk to drop-off or pick-up your child.


Thank you for partnering with us to keep all Washington students safe!

Washington Hosts Board of Education Meeting

Washington hosted the Board of Education meeting December 9th. Mrs. Craig shared a report on facility enhancements that have occurred over the past two years that support student learning, including the learning garden and climbing wall. A newly added SmartTV and soon-to-arrive green screen will support students creating and collaborating in the LLC. The following video highlights cross-grade level collaboration occurring in the form of "Google Buddies!"
Google Buddies December 2015

Donations Welcome!

The Health Office is in need of clothing. We would love to have donations of gently used pants and shirts for both boys and girls that would fit our K-2 students. New, still-packaged underwear and socks are needed too. Thank you for any help you can provide.

Has a CUSD200 Teacher Been an Inspiration to your Child?

Check out the Inspiration nominations link below.

Going to Target??

If you shop at Target, please consider designating Washington as the school to benefit from your purchases. Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com to help Washington! Sign up is easy at the link below:

Red Robin also Gives Money Back to Schools

If your family dines at Red Robin, you can designate Washington to benefit from 1% of your bill. Check out the program here Red Robin Royalty

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