Knightly News

September 8, 2020

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Letter from Mrs. Craig

September 8, 2020

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;

• Chills;

• Fatigue;

• 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!

Jennifer Craig


September Dates

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

Curriculum Night will be held virtually on Thursday, September 17th. Teachers will send links to Google Meets or Zoom sessions. PACE (Ms. Regan) and English Learners (Mr. Clark & Mrs LaManna) will present at 6:00pm. Classroom teachers will present at 6:30pm and 7:00pm; these presentations are repeated to increase availability to parents with more than one child at Washington. All sessions are virtual; the school is not open to parents for this event. The purpose of Curriculum Night is for the teacher to give an overview of the instructional program for his/her grade level; it is not a time to conference about individual students. We encourage all of our parents to join us on the evening of Sept. 17th!
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Picture Day

Picture Day will occur, weather permitting, on Friday, September 18th. In-person students will have their photos taken during the school day. Virtual academy Washington parents may bring their children between 2:00pm and 3:30pm to the tent on the northside of the building. Please use the cones and blue sidewalk markings to maintain physical distancing. Adults and children should wear masks; children may remove their mask for their photos.

All orders will be online at

Use Picture Day ID: EVT4W98TT

IMPORTANT - Chromebooks - 1:1 Devices

Every student in grades 1- 5 has received a chromebook and charger to use during the school day and at home. Kindergarten devices will be assigned in the near future. It will be a student/parent responsibility to charge the device nightly at home and to ensure the student has the chromebook in his/her backpack to bring to school each day. Parents must complete the CUSD 200 Acceptable Use & Chromebook Care Agreement.

Reminders for Arrival/Dismissal

Thank you for all of your support and cooperation in helping us implement our new procedures. Here are few important reminders:

  • 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

Each day, students in ADK through 5th grade have an hour of asynchronous instruction to complete in the afternoon including work from the classroom teacher or a lesson from the social worker, and the "specials" - art, music and PE. Half-day kindergarten students have only art, music and PE instruction each afternoon. These activities are not optional; they are part of the students' instructional day. The activities can be accessed via Google Classroom. You can contact the appropriate teacher if you are having issues accessing the activities and/or have any questions. The schedule for specials asynchronous lessons is:

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!

Thank you!

Thank you to Mrs. Leslie Frenk for the fun bulletin board inside Door 1. Thanks to 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Jenny Coover, for our fun mask-up bulletin board and for creating the photo collage for our all-staff photo this year. Thank you also to the Washington PTA for providing two tents for additional mask breaks and outdoor learning!
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Breakfast and Lunch Available Free to ALL Students

A meal bag with grab-and-go lunches and breakfasts are currently free to all students. Students may take lunch and a breakfast for the next morning prior to leaving school at 1:00pm. Regular or chocolate milk is available as well as part of the meal bag. Teachers will take orders each morning.

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

Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - Spanish

Fee Application Form - English and Spanish

Scenes from Our First Days of School

To see Washington photos throughout the year, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

Office/Parent Visitor Procedures

While the Washington office is open, and office staff are happy to assist you in any way, we ask that you refrain from dropping items off for your child this fall in order to limit office traffic. With physical distancing, we are only able to accommodate two parents at a time in the office. Moving lunch, recess, and PE outside of the 9:00am-1:00pm attendance day should reduce the need for dropping off items. Please send paperwork for the office with your child marked accordingly. We will not be accepting homework into the office; please have your child bring it the next day if it is forgotten at home.

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

Students and parents can be on property beginning at 9:00am. The red flow zone gate for drop off will open at 9:00 am as well. All children over the age of 2 and adults must wear masks when on school property during arrival. If you are dropping your child off via car, please have him/her put his/her mask on in the car prior to pulling into the flow zone.

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.

District 200 Reopening Information

Birthday Celebrations

This year we have to ask you to refrain from sending your child with items to distribute for his/her birthday. Per the CUSD 200 Wellness Policy, food is never allowed for birthday celebrations, but due to COVID mitigation, we are going to refrain from allowing students to pass out items (pencils, stickers, etc.) to classmates. Our teachers will find ways to celebrate the students on their birthdays.