Washington Weekly

Updates from Washington Elementary - Fri, Sept 15th


Mr. Russell, Principal - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Schram, Administrative Assistant - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Hill-Gordon - Educational Assistant - 414.773.1806

Attendance Line - 414.773.1802

Elementary Math Family Success Sessions

Parents and guardians of all JK-5 elementary students are encouraged to attend one of three sessions designed to set your child up for success with our new board-approved math curricular resources this year. Each will be one hour long and will include:

* Brief overview of the Elementary Math Review and Adoption process

* Introduction to new resources for JK and SK-5.

* What students will learn.

* How students will learn.

* How families can help at home.

* Homework details.

* Workshop exploring a game and a problem that students will experience, along with tools students will use in class.

Special Education staff will also be on hand to help families navigate the changes for students who have special learning needs.

Click HERE for dates, times, location, and to RSVP.

Missed the original email announcement from the District? You can read that HERE.


It was reported that a construction workers' vehicle was broken into this week while working at Washington. It was parked on the north side of Garfield. The Police Department is urging everyone to remember to lock their doors and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Fall Book Fair Next Month

The Fall Book Fair will take place at Washington the week of October 9th. More information will be sent out by your child(ren) classroom teacher. If you are able to volunteer to help out at the book fair, please click here to sign up.

Please label personal items that are brought to school

Many students are leaving articles of clothing on the playground and in most cases nothing is labeled with the students name. Please make sure to label all items that are coming to school (especially coats, sweatshirts, etc).

Thank you for your cooperation.

Drop Off and Pick Up Routines

Please take note: There is a handicap parking sign posted on the north end of the cutout on 67th Street. Cars, buses and daycare vans should avoid this area at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you ahead of time for being considerate to our neighbors on 67th and all around our building by NOT blocking driveways nor turning around in driveways. 67th street is extremely busy in the morning and at dismissal so your continued efforts at being patient and follow the posted rules help keep everyone safe.

Please review the link, Safe Routes to School: School Map, for some important reminders to help improve the safety of students and others around Washington School.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Upcoming Assessments

PALS Testing (K-2nd) - The State of Wisconsin requires that all districts assess the reading readiness of all children enrolled in four-year-old kindergarten to second grade. Our district will assess our students’ readiness by administering PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening). For further information please click on the following documents:

PALS Letter

Parent Info for Pre-K

Parent Info for Kindergarten

Parent Info for Grades 1-2

MAP Testing:

The week of September 25th we will begin fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and math. SK through 5th grade will use chromebooks in their classrooms to complete the MAP tests.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Each school year, students at the elementary level take the tests during Sept/October, January and May. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. If you have any questions about MAP testing, please contact your child(ren)’s teacher.

From the PTA

We're off to an exciting start of the 2017-18 school year!

Please join us next week Thursday, September 21st, at 6p.m. in the school library for our first PTA meeting. Our bi-monthly meetings will start with facility updates and volunteer opportunities. As always, free childcare care and snacks provided for your kids. Don't miss out on the raffle for Washington swag!

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, September 21 - PTA Meeting @ 6:00pm (Room - TBD)

Friday, September 29 - Mother/Son @ 6:00pm

Forms & Fees

Please make sure to turn in all the required forms that were distributed in the registration packets as soon as possible. If you need extra copies or did not receive a packet, please contact the office.

Safety Drills at Washington

We practiced our first fire drill today. I wanted to inform you in case your child comes home and talks about it. We are required to do several drill throughout the year, including monthly fire drills, two severe weather and lockdown drills and an off-site evacuation drill. We will inform parents about these drills as we practice them.


School success goes hand-in-hand with good attendance. Click here for tips to help your child(ren) succeed in school.

Junior Raiders Basketball Program

Attention families of 4th grade boys:

Fourth grade is the first year male students have the opportunity to work on skill development and play in the Wisconsin Youth Basketball Association, which allows youth to compete with other feeder programs across southeastern Wisconsin. For all the details on this great program, click here.