Washington Elementary

January 29, 2021

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Principal's Message

Greetings Families,

It is hard to believe we are already to the month of February. Our students and staff have done a fantastic job of transitioning back to the Hybrid Learning Plan. We are so excited and thankful to have students back in the building. We are working hard to ensure safety precautions are taken every day; Hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing are a big priority everyday. The more we do to support these three guidelines, the more likely we are to remain safe and healthy.


Thursday, February 11th was supposed to be our Family Reading Night at school. These events have always been a great way to connect with other Wildcat Families and a wonderful opportunity for your children to show off their Reading skills! Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we had to rethink this event. Your children will now be celebrating Reading Day in school and bringing home different games/activities to engage in with you at home that evening. This will be a great opportunity to spend time together while also connecting school to home learning. We are busy planning for the Family Reading Night Schedule for Thursday, February 11th. This event will be held in family homes. We will be providing supplies to support this event. See details in the Reading NIght summary.


Remember school starts each day at 8 am and ends at 1:40 pm in the Hybrid Learning plan. Please wait until at least 7:35 am to drop off students. There will be no supervision until that time. After school pick up must be done as close to 1:40 as possible. With COVID safety expectations, we don't want to bring groups of students from different classrooms inside to wait for rides.


As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to to me at 345-3059, sbaier1@isd77.org or call my cell phone at 605-645-8055.


Important Dates:


February/March

NWEA Assessment for grades 1-5


February 8

PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm (google meets)


February 11

Reading Day at school with Virtual Family Reading Night in the evening


March 23, 25 & 29 Parent Teacher Conferences


In February, the PTO is sponsoring a virtual Scholastic Book Fair! More details to come.

Family Reading Night- February 11th (Activities Sent Home with Students)



FAMILY READING NIGHT

When: February 11th

Where: Your Home

What/Why: To engage in reading activities as a family and

connect school to home learning.


Thursday, February 11th was supposed to be our Family Reading Night at school. These events have always been a great way to connect with other Wildcat Families and a wonderful opportunity for your children to show off their Reading skills! Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we had to rethink this event.


Your children will now be celebrating Reading Day in school and bringing home different games/activities to engage in with you at home that evening. This will be a great opportunity to spend time together while also connecting school to home learning.


Distance Learning Families can pick up reading night materials at Washington Elementary in the front office foyer on February 9, 10 or 11the between 8 am and 3:30 pm

It's Time to Talk: Inequality in the Workplace: What You Can Do About It


It's Time to Talk:

Inequality in the Workplace:

What You Can Do About It


Thursday, February 4th 2021

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Hosted Virtually on Zoom


Last year's It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race event was a powerful testament to our community's commitment to eliminating racism.


Please join us again on February 4 via Zoom to continue moving this important conversation forward. The theme of this year's event is: Inequality in the Workplace: What You Can Do About It.


At It’s Time to Talk™: Forums on Race 2021, attendees will:


  • Hear from local professionals about workplace inequality
  • Learn tools to help change workplace inequality
  • Participate in facilitated dialogue in their breakout zoom rooms about their lived experiences of race and inequality in the workplace.


It's Time to Talk (IT2T) is an engaging event which:

  • Educates about facets of racism, equity and inclusion
  • Engages in dialogue, discussion and self-reflection
  • Empowers communities to lead sustainable change


This event is intended for everyone from entry-level employees to local business owners and the leadership of local organizations to attend.


Click Here >>>>> Register Today

PTO Mtg (Click Here) Monday, February 8, 6:30 pm

Join by phone ‪(US) +1 513-783-1496‬ PIN: ‪233 608 226‬#

Hybrid Learning; The Wildcat Way!

What will the return to Hybrid Learning look like?

  • Follow COVID-19 Attendance Guidance
  • Student Drop Off and Pick up: Use designated curb location and enter & leave through designated door. Click Here to view drop off/pick up locations.

  • Practice the 3 W’s; 1) Wash Hands, 2) Wear Mask 3) Watch Distance: 3-6 ft in the classroom. 6ft in other places.

  • Breakfast and Lunch will be provided in classrooms free of charge.

  • 2 Outside recess times in designated zone each day.

  • Lockers for boots, coats and snow pants only.

  • Live the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids.

  • Show your PAWS; provide respect, act safely, work hard, show responsibility.

  • First Bell: 7:50 am

  • School Start Time: 8:00 am

  • School End Time: 1:40 pm for Hybrid Plan

  • Don't arrive before 7:35 am

MAPS Preschool Registration 2021-22

Preschool registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin Monday, January 25th for 4-5 year old preschool sections and Tuesday, January 26th for 3-4 year old preschool sections. The preschool brochure is available in English, Spanish and Somali. The English version was mailed to families with age eligible children All preschool information is

available on the Early Learning Department website . For more information, contact the Early Learning Department at 507-625-4620.

HyVee Fuel Your School- Parents way to help us support the PTO

During Hy-Vee’s Fuel Your School promotion, winning customers will choose which schools will receive a portion of Hy-Vee’s $75,000 donation of cash and supplies. Here’s how the promotion works:

  • Between January 1–31, Hy-Vee customers are invited to shop select brands in-store and online and use their Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks card at checkout. For every qualifying purchase, the customer will receive one entry into our Fuel Your School drawing.
  • The first week of February, Hy-Vee will randomly select 55 winners across its eight-state region.
    • 50 winners will win various prizes along with $1,000 to be awarded to a school of their choice.
    • 5 grand prize winners will receive up to $500 in prizes with $5,000 awarded to the school of their choice. Additionally, Hy-Vee will provide Hy-Vee KidsFit silicone bracelets to the entire school of their choosing. Click the button below to see more details