Virtue of the Month- Self Regulation
September 11 - 15
Good Afternoon Washington Families!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We have 2 full weeks before our next break. We have a lot of exciting things happening at Washington this year. Make sure to watch our calendar for the events.
When dropping off in the mornings please make sure your child is exiting your vehicle on the side of the sidewalk or the grass area. We want to make sure that everyone is getting to school safe.
I would like to introduce our SRO Amber Wells. She will be at Washington full time. We are lucky to have her on our team.
Yearbooks & 5th Grade Ad's are available for purchase: (School code: 227540M)
- PLEASE don't drop off your student before 7:25 when staff gets outside. We have no supervision before 7:25. Our staff is not on contract until 7:25. Thank you for helping us keep your kids safe.
- Please stay in your car during drop off and pull up if you need to buckle your child. This helps our line move faster.
- Student cell phones should remain in backpacks and turned off. All smart watches must only be used as a watch during school hours. If a student is using their device for calls, texting, photos, videos or apps. during the school day, the device will be taken away and a parent must pick it up from the office.
- Please make sure your child covers their midriff and shorts are appropriate length.
- Please check with classroom teachers for food allergies before bringing birthday treats. You can drop the treats off in the office. We do ask parents not to send balloons or big bouquets to school. These are a big distraction in the classroom and if your child rides the bus it is hard to handle on the bus. Thank you.
October is approaching fast. Don't forget to fill out the free and reduce form. If you need a paper copy please call the office and we will send one home. This form helps give our school more money to support our students and if you qualify it helps you save money on breakfast and lunch. More information is below.
Please help us with our school wide goal on improving school attendance this year. Tardy's and early check outs count towards your child's attendance.
September 20- BJ's Food Night Fundraiser 5:00-11:00
September 22- Treat Friday
October 1- Free and Reduce forms must be turned in or filled out online
October 4 - 6- Teacher Professional day/Fall Break - No school
October 9 - 20- Storybook Pumpkin Patch
October 12- Fall School Pictures
October 13- Treat Friday
October 13- Trick or Treat evening 6:00-7:00
October 26 - Book fair open in the evening
October 26- Parent Teacher Conferences PM
October 27- No School- Parent Teacher Conferences AM
October 30 - November 2- Book Fair
November 9- 3rd grade Music program 7:00 PM
November 16- PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00 PM @ WES Library
November 20-24- Thanksgiving Break -No School
November 30- Fall picture retakes
WES SPOT LIGHT
This weeks spot light is our amazing second grade team. Lindsay Schemm, Emma Huntley, Zion Angeles, and Mary Daley.
Dear Washington Parents:
The UGLY BUG CONTEST is here again. In the past we have had so many extraordinary bugs entered. Our school has won TWICE !! Kade Rhodes, who was in third grade, won last year. Our school got a very fancy microscope and 8x10 microscopic pictures of our bug.
Please think about getting outside and collecting the ugliest bug you can find. ( no spiders or scorpions...they are not insects) You will need an undamaged/dry specimen. These can be entered along with your written description of the bug you captured. BUGS ENTERED WITHOUT THE FORM AND WRITTEN DESCRIPTION WILL NOT BE ENTERED. We will choose a school winner and send that winner to the state competition. Please follow the links below for rules and to print an entry form.
You will have to print an entry form and submit it with the specimen. You can also view the poster from last year.
All entries are due to Mrs. Trumble by October 3rd.
4th and 5th Grade Coding Club
The Washington Coding Club will teach children the basics of computer programming, how the internet works, logic, problem solving and creativity. We hope our club will inspire students to continue learning how technology improves our world.
Coding Club starts September 21st
Meet Thursday or Friday each week in the library
4th grade will meet during their recess 12:05-12:30
5th grade will meet during their recess 12:30-12:55
4th and 5th Grade Academic Team
Academic Team is a quiz-based sport that tests players on a wide variety of academic subjects.
Players will be grouped in teams of 4 and will learn how to use a buzzer system to quickly answer questions. Washington’s Academic Team will be comprised of 4th and 5th graders. These students will meet in Mrs. Trumble’s room during their designated times. We will compete against other Norman elementary schools throughout the school year.Academic Team information
If you have any questions you can contact Mrs. Trumble at email@example.com
Local Chess Club in Norman
Here is some information about a local chess club in Norman. They are a great group run by several caring adults including a grandparent of a Washington student. Check it out if your child has an interest in Chess.
Chess for Children-Norman/CC-N
Chess for Children-Norman formed in spring of 2022 to create a fun learning experience for beginning chess players in grades 1-5. David Wilson is volunteering his time to teach young players the game of chess. David is a retired teacher/counselor having 30 years with NPS at Jackson Elementary where he also sponsored a chess club for the school. Donna Green is the group communications person and also retired and former teacher.
-We meet at the First Presbyterian Church of Norman, 555 S. University, Alexander Hall with entry on south side of building. The church provides the space, set up, and snacks/water. Also free parking in church lots. The club follows the church’s practice for safety of children in this space. Children must be accompanied by an adult who remains in the building and available for their children [bathroom needs, drinks, etc.].
-C4C follows the NPS school calendar for holidays and weather related events. Also if the weather develops in the day, the church may also cancel events. Text messages will be sent asap and also notice will be posted on C4C facebook page.
-The group will meet on Thursday afternoons from 3:30- 4:30 for beginning learners. And established players meet from 4:30-5:30. Mr. Wilson will assign players to appropriate group.
-CC-N is for grades 1-5
Coming in September , 2023, there will be a middle school group that will meet at St. Stephens Methodist Church. Further details to follow.
-Share the group information with others and invite them to come
-Club announcements can be found at the Facebook page Chess for Children-Norman. This is the best way to contact the club
· Learn the rules of the game
· Learn new strategies
· Learn the history and etiquette of the game
· Make new friends
· Have fun
Free and Reduce Meals
Reminder to fill out the application for free and reduce meals for the 23-24 school year. If you don't fill out a new form each year your child will start being charged after October 1, 2023. The application is below. Please complete only ONE application per household (not per student).
If you need a paper copy please call the office and we will send one home.
You can also go into your parent portal- click the 3 lines and the "more" tab, then "Meal Benefits"
We want your child to be successful in school and that means supporting and encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, children also need skills to take on learning challenges, make good decisions, manage strong emotions, and get along with others.
All students K-8 will receive weekly instruction with Second Step to support their mental health, social and behavioral needs. In addition to classroom instruction, parents and guardians will receive weekly communication regarding what skills are being taught in your child's class that week as well as grade specific resources to reinforce the concepts at home. For more information, parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the Second Step Parents Resource Webpage located
Washington has a wonderful PTA. Our goal is to have a parent for each student sign up for PTA this year. Thank you to everyone that came to the PTA meeting. We appreciate all the support and help.
Washington Student/Parent Handbook
Cell Phones and Smart Watches:
Student cell phones should remain in backpacks and turned off. All smart watches must only be used as a watch during school hours. If a student is using their device for calls, texting, photos, videos or apps. during the school day, the device will be taken away and a parent must pick it up from the office.
Clothing should be school appropriate. Please make sure your child covers their midriff and shorts are appropriate length.