Knightly News

December 19, 2014 - Winter Break Edition

Welcome to Knightly News!

Greetings, Washington Parents!

Welcome to Knightly News, an electronic newsletter for Washington Knight families. Knightly News is just one additional way to keep in touch with all of the happenings at Washington School. First and foremost, we encourage you to regularly check your child's backpack and our website including the web calendar. We also invite you to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @washcusd200. At this time, we plan to use Knightly News as a monthly communication with the possibility of increasing its frequency in the future.

Thank You and Happy Holidays!

The month of December has zipped by and winter break is upon us. I would like to thank you all for your support of Washington School. Most recently, thank you to all of you who made the holiday parties happen; it is always a highlight of the year for our students.

Thank you also for supporting Washington's first all-school music concert in a number of years. A special thanks is due to Mrs. Robin Ryan, our music teacher, and all of the Washington staff. Teachers flexed their schedules and helped students with a little extra singing practice. Mrs. Bauer and Mrs. Smejkal kept everything running smoothly as ususal, and Mr. Mojica our custodian graciously set up for the concert, cleaned up, set up again, and cleaned up one last time! Last, but not least, Mr. Koester stepped into his soundbooth gig at the last minute and did a fantastic job. I am grateful we were able to make this concert happen for our students.

Scenes from December


January 5 School Resumes

January 8 Northside Orchestra Concert 7pm at Wheaton North High School

January 13 PTA Meeting 7pm in Washington Staff Center

January 15 Deadline for parents to request PACE testing grades 2-5

January 16 Teacher Inservice - No School

January 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 22 Google Family Night 6:30pm-7:30pm in Washington LLC

January 26 Yearbook Sales Begin (Until February 27)

January 31 Pancake Breakfast 8:30am-11am

Washington Google Family Night

When: Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: Washington LLC

Who: Washington Families

What: Learn about all of the exciting ways Google can be used as a tool in our learning; see how Washington is using Google now and how it may use it in the near future; understand the safety and security features of the Google environment.

The Washington Technology Committee and District Technology Specialist, Eric Slaughter, will be present to demonstrate and answer parent questions.

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Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE)

In March 2015, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. This testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2015-2016 classes:

3rd, 4th & 5th grade PACE Mathematics

3rd, 4th & 5th grade PACE Reading

6th grade Fast Paced Mathematics

6th grade Fast Paced Language Arts

Please Note – Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test for 2015-2016

Students may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent.

The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing January 15, 2015.

Parents who register their students by the January 15, 2015 deadline will

be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website under

Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

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

Fuel Up to Play 60

Washington is one of several CUSD200 schools participating in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. It is a program created by the National Dairy Council and NFL to support schools in their efforts to promote health and wellness. Our level of participation could potentially lead to Washington earning a grant, but more importantly promotes healthy eating and physical activity. To sign your child up and read more about the program, visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 website:

Our Fuel up To Play leadership group consisting of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders has already completed an assessment of how well Washington promotes wellness. They are embarking on two projects - promoting healthy snacks and a 100 mile club.
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PTA Chess Club is Up and Running!

Thanks to Mary Ruhter and Danielle Diehl, lunchtime chess club is up and running. Close to 80 students expressed interest, so for now the club has been divided into K-2 and 3-5. Each level is able to meet once a month at lunch. Students are really enjoying this activity! If other parents are available to help, we may be able to increase the frequency of meetings. If you are willing and able to help with chess club on Fridays during the lunch hour at least twice a month, please contact Mrs. Craig at

Cold Weather Recess Scale

Blue Day – 25 degrees and below

Coats are zipped; hats/hoods and gloves/mittens are on.

SNOWPANTS AND BOOTS are required for playing in the snow.

Green Day – 25-45 degrees

Coat partially zipped; hats and gloves optional.

Orange Day – 45-55 degrees

Coats or sweatshirts; zipping is optional.

Red Day – above 55 degrees

Student’s choice

The above scale is enforced with K-3 primary students and highly encouraged with 4th-5th intermediate students. We try to go outside for recess whenever possible. In cases of rain, heavy/blowing snow, and feels-like temperatures at zero or below, we will have indoor recess. Students not dressed for the weather on outdoor recess days, go to the warming table in the lunchroom.

Emergency School Closings

Going to Target??

Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and to help Washington! Sign up is easy at the link below: