Knightly News

December 17, 2019

Bravo, students & Ms. Pappalardo! What an entertaining winter concert!

December Dates

December 20 - Spirit Day - Dress Like Holiday Magic

December 20 - Mrs. Weisheit's ADK Toy Shop play 1:15pm

December 20 - Morning kindergarten holiday party 10:45am; Holiday Sing-a-Long 2:00pm; Holiday parties 2:30pm

December 23- January 3 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


5Essentials Survey for Parents is Open

The Illinois 5Essentials School Survey is now open for parents. 5Essentials rates how a school is performing in areas such as leadership, collaboration, family involvement, support, and instruction.

Now that 5Essentials is administered every year, it will be more useful for planning. Results from the survey will be used by both our school and the District 200 Board of Education to help guide our efforts.

The state will only provide a parent report for our school if at least twenty percent of our parents participate. We value your voice, so please take a few minutes to let us know how we are doing.

To take the short survey:

  1. Visit

  2. Choose the Parent Survey.

  3. Enter “Dupage” for our county.

  4. Begin typing "Washington" until you see the correct address.

Thank you!

January Dates


January 10 - Deadline for parents to request PACE testing for grades 3-5

January 14 - PTA Meeting 7:00pm

January 15 - 4th grade presents Illinois history for parents 1:15pm-2:00pm

January 17 - NO SCHOOL - Inservice Day

January 20 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 25 - PTA Fun Fair 11:00am

January 28 - Parent Workshop: Legal Marijuana- Now What? 7:00pm at WWSHS

January 30 - Traveling Native American Museum for 3rd grade

Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) Grades 2-5

All 2nd graders will be screened for PACE in February 2020 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in January 2020. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February. Testing will qualify students for the following 2020 -2021 classes: 3rd Grade PACE Mathematics and/or 3rd Grade PACE Reading.

In March 2020, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 3rd, 4th and 5th grade

students. Students in Grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or

parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, January 10, 2020. This

testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments. Testing will

qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2020-2021 classes: 4

th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics, 4th and 5th grade PACE Reading, or 6th grade Fast-Paced Mathematics and 6th grade Fast-Paced Language Arts.

Please Note – Students currently in PACE program classes do not need to re-test. Students currently attending a private school and/or homeschooled, but reside in the District 200 attendance area, are also eligible for PACE program testing. Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, scheduled around mandatory state testing. Parents will be notified by their child's school about testing dates & times prior to testing. Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email with any questions.

Save-the-Date: Family Night of Fun & Learning - Thursday, February 6th at 6:30pm

New Social Studies Curriculum

This year, K-5 teachers are implementing a new social studies curriculum based on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. Read more here: C3 Framework. The inquiry approach will be embedded into social studies lessons, and students may also do some in-depth inquiry work through activities and projects their teachers plan in collaboration with our library director Mr. Babb. 4th graders have been researching topics in Illinois history and are preparing to present what they've learned to their parents in January.

Washington Teachers Awarded Student Excellence Grants

We recently received the great news that two of our teachers have received grants from the Student Excellence Foundation. Lauren Hrunek, 5th grade teacher, was awarded one of the 12 grants from the fall cycle. She will receive $2340 to fund a classroom production studio for students to create and record songs using curricular content. 4th grade teacher, Cara Switalski, recently learned her Fund-a-Classroom project via the Foundation has been fully funded. Thanks to the donors, Ms. Switalski will soon be able to purchase $740 of flexible seating for her students. Thank you to the Student Excellence Foundation for all of the work they do for our schools. Learn more here: STUDENT EXCELLENCE FOUNDATION.

Visit the Student Excellence Foundation Tree at Cantigny

Please join the Foundation for the holidays at McCormick House! The Student Excellence Foundation has been chosen as one of seven local charities to decorate a holiday tree at the mansion. Stop by for this holiday season with family and friends and vote for District 200 students, educators, and classrooms by voting for the Student Excellence Foundation’s tree.The tree receiving the most votes will receive a prize of $2,500 from the McCormick Foundation.

Spotlight on SEL

Just as Illinois has state standards on all academic areas, there are also a set of social emotional learning (SEL) standards. You can read more about social emotional learning here: SEL. Teachers directly teach the standards and also embed SEL instruction into lessons and activities across the content areas. A few highlights from December include 1st and 2nd graders learning how to spread kindness. Also, 5th graders are writing and producing videos that will be viewed by the whole school in January to remind students of behavior expectations in common areas like the hallway and lunchroom.
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Kindergarten Round-up for Parents and Students

Informational sessions, called “Kindergarten Round-Up”, are for parents of children who will be starting Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year. Washington School’s Kindergarten Round-Up will be Thursday, February 27, 2019 at 6:00P.M. to turn in paperwork. The meeting begins at 6:30 P.M.

Kindergarten Round-Up is held in the school for parents and incoming Kindergarten children. The occasion gives parents the opportunity to meet the principal and the kindergarten teachers. Parents will also become acquainted with the kindergarten program. Parents will receive a copy of the Kindergarten Handbook at this meeting. This is also an opportunity for children to visit the school. Students will have another opportunity to visit the classroom in August prior to the first day of kindergarten

Parents are encouraged to begin the enrollment process before February 27 by bringing their child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency to Washington School. However, parents are certainly able to bring the necessary documentation to the Kindergarten Round-Up.

Parents who are unable to attend Kindergarten Round-up are asked to call the school at 630-682-2222 to add their child’s name to the Kindergarten mailing list.

For all necessary enrollment information, please visit Please feel free to call the school with any additional questions.

Parents will need to pre-enroll their child in order to complete the online registration process.

Photos Needed!

This year Mrs. Cher Kachelmuss has once again taken on the project of creating the yearbook for students and families to enjoy. Please keep this in mind as you take photos this year of class parties and other Washington events. Please consider sharing them with Mrs. Kachelmuss at

More Washington Highlights

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Elementary Handbook

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

Please Help Us Keep Our Students Safe

  • If your child walks to school, please remind him/her to watch for cars and cross President St. with the crossing guard.
  • Be vigilant of children when driving close to the school and drive very slowly in the flow zone and main parking lot.
  • Passing a school bus while it's stop sign is out is strictly prohibited.
  • Please observe our parking lot and FLOW ZONE procedures, including during BASP pick up and drop off. The driveway by door one is an entrance, not an exit.
  • Using a hand-held cell-phone while driving is prohibited.
  • We ask that you keep dogs off school property during arrival, school hours, and dismissal.
  • Please do not double and triple park in the school parking lot or on Bridle Lane.
  • Please observe the No Parking signs along Bridle Lane. The Wheaton Police Dept. acknowledges parents need to drop off and pick up their children from school. They ask that cars refrain from lining up on Bridle Lane until 8:45am and 3:15pm. Cars there prior to those times and cars left unoccupied may be subject to a ticket.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep our children safe.