September 8, 2020
Letter from Mrs. Craig
Dear, Washington Parents -
Thank you so much for all of your support during our first week of in-person learning. We are truly happy to have our students back at our home sweet Washington with us! We remind you to check in with your child to ensure he/she does not come to school with any of the following symptoms:
Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
• Uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
• Muscle and body aches;
• New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever;
• Sore throat;
• New loss of taste or smell;
• Congestion or runny nose;
• Nausea and/or vomiting;
• Diarrhea; or
• Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH.
Thank you for partnering with us to keep in-person learning happening! This newsletter includes information on Curriculum Night and Picture Day, as well as a number of other back-to-school reminders.
Moving forward, you can expect to see a Knightly News newsletter every-other-week.
Thanks for all you do to make Washington a great community!
Thursday, September 10 - Drive-thru Pop-up Market at DuPage County Fairgrounds 4:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday, September 15 - Mobile Food Pantry at Hubble Middle School 4:30pm-5:30pm
Thursday, September 17 - Virtual Curriculum Night
PACE and EL presentations via Google Meet/Zoom 6:00pm
Classroom teacher presentations via Google Meet/Zoom 6:30pm and 7:00pm
Teachers will send parents links to the virtual meetings
Friday, September 18 - Picture Day 9:15am-1:15pm in-person students
2:00pm-3:30pm Virtual Academy Washington students
Friday, September 25 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice
Curriculum Night for In-Person Washington
All orders will be online at mylifetouch.com.
Use Picture Day ID: EVT4W98TT
IMPORTANT - Chromebooks - 1:1 Devices
Reminders for Arrival/Dismissal
- Dogs and other pets should not be on school property during arrival, dismissal, and school hours including BASP.
- All adults and children over the age of 2 must wear a mask when on school property, including outside during arrival/dismissal. Please have your child put on his/her mask before leaving your vehicle during morning arrival.
- Adults should remain in their vehicles during flow zone arrival and dismissal. Children should exit and enter their vehicles on the passenger side of the car to avoid walking between cars.
- Being on a handheld cell phone while operating a vehicle is prohibited.
Thank you for partnering with us in our efforts to keep everyone healthy and safe.
Asynchronous Art, Music & PE
Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Physical Education with Mr. Scott Koester
Tuesday - Music with Ms. Christina Pappalardo
Thursday - Art with Mrs. Denise Roche
In addition, each class has a short visit by a specials teacher each day. Mr. Koester, Ms. Pappalardo, and Mrs. Roche will be able to stay connected to students and will use these visits to introduce or discuss the assignment(s) for the week.
Although our days are shortened, we want to ensure that our students still engage in these important subjects!
Breakfast and Lunch Available Free to ALL Students
Meal and Fee Waivers
Attached are links for the Meal waiver (breakfast and lunch) program and a link for the Fee waiver. If you are unable to print the documents, you may contact the school office at 630.682.2222 and a form will be mailed to you or sent home with your child. Please send completed forms into the Washington office.
Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - English
Office/Parent Visitor Procedures
If you do have an item that is urgent and necessary to drop off at school, you will most likely be directed to leave the item in the vesitbule. Parents and visitors that are deemed necessary to enter the office will undergo a symptom screeening and temperature check.
If you are called by the health office or need to see the nurse, please wait in the main office area; do not proceed back to the health office. This is for the health and safety of students, staff, and parents.
Lastly, we will not be having parent volunteers and visitors in the building beyond the office this year while we are under the current health guidelines.
Washington truly values the partnerships we have long had with our wonderful parent community. Please understand that these procedures are due to health guidelines; we must follow them in the interest of health and keeping in-person school happening.
Arrival/Dismissal Procedures for Walkers & Car Riders
Parents using the flow zone are not to leave their vehicles. The flow zone is designed for quick student drop off/pick-up.
Once on property, students should walk immediately to their grade level doors. Doors will open at 9:00am:
Kindergarten - Door 3 (west side of building)
1st grade - Door 4 (west side of building)
2nd grade - Door 4 (west side of building)
3rd grade - Door 6 (west side of building)
4th grade - Door 7 (north side of building in courtyard)
5th grade - Door 8 (northeast corner of building)
Students will come into the building immediately upon reaching their grade level doors. There will be no waiting outside in lines. Classroom teachers will be in classrooms to greet students and assist them in unpacking and beginning their day. Specialist teachers and teaching assistants will be at grade level doors and in hallways to assist students. Parents will not be allowed to accompany their children into the school building
If there is a delay entering at the grade level door, students should stand on the blue marks on the sidewalk to physically distance. Parents may stand on the blue marks with their children during the first days of school.
After parents walk their children to the grade level door, they should immediately leave the property. In order to promote physical distancing, we cannot permit adults to congregate and talk on school property this year. The playground is closed during arrival and dismissal.
Please understand that our procedures are designed with the health of everyone in mind and also in keeping with the goal of sustaining in-person learning for our students.
We ask that parents do not come on property until 1:00pm for dismissal. Students who walk or are picked up by a parent will walk out to the west side of the building with a teacher and find a blue mark to socially distance. If you walk to pick up your child, please leave the property as soon as you have your child. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.