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Washington Avenue School News - 12/7/15


Tuesday, 12/8 - Luminary Kit Orders Due

Friday 12/11 - Pizza Parlor Day

Tuesday 12/15 - 1st Grade Holiday Concert - 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, 12/16 - 2nd Grade Holiday Concert - 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, 12/17 - 3rd Grade Holiday Concert - 9:00 a.m.

Friday, 12/18 - Kindergarten Holiday open House 10:30 for AMK, 2:15 for PMK

Friday 12/18 - Report Cards Issued

Wednesday, 12/23 - Early Dismissal

Thursday 12/24- Sunday 1/3 - School Closed - Holiday Recess

Friday 1/22- PTO Meeting- 9:00 a.m.

Friday 1/22- Family Fun Night

Principal's Update - Mary Quigley

There is a lot of excitement in our classrooms as we prepare for the holidays learning about Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas, and about the important roles different traditions play in our families.

A special thank you to our music teachers Veronica Shaw and Tracy Roskam for leading 142 students from the three primary school third grades for the annual Tree Lighting ceremony near the library.

See this link from the Tap into Chatham website which features one of their songs.

Thank you to Mrs. Malatesta who brought decorated brown bags from 1Cuffe and 2Elwell's classes to the Bridges event sponsored by the CHS track teams in Chatham. Their kinds deeds made a difference to clients in Harlem who appreciated the packed lunches, soup and hot chocolate. See this link to learn more about this Chatham community venture.

This week our students will participate in the Hour of Code during their library time with Mrs. Szoke. This presentation will share what is happening throughout the district in all grades related to this special week! Hour of Code at the SDOC

Enjoy the week ahead!

Kindness and Safety reminders for parents during drop off and pick up times

If you are a parent who drops a child off on Orchard at every morning, please park on the side of the road so the children can walk to the crossing guard. It has been reported that cars stop in the middle of the road, children jump out while other cars try to pass. (This sounds very dangerous!)

Additionally there has been some unsavory behavior on the pick up line - honking and people getting out of their cars yelling at other people picking up. This is not the right behavior to model for our students. We ask all our drivers to be a little more patient and kinder during this hectic time.

WAS PTO President's UPDATE Michelle Lease

We are so excited to kick off our WAS Kindness Give Back & Give Thanks campaign this week. It's a great opportunity during the holidays to help those in need while teaching the kids a very valuable lesson about the importance of helping others. Over the next three Mondays, students will create centerpieces for a local homeless shelter that hosts a holiday dinner, make ornaments for Garden Terrace's residents and extra ornaments for their community tree. During our last week students will be supporting the Make a Wish Program by participating in the Macy's I Believe Program with stories or coloring pages.

Thank you from the PTO

A big thanks to Cara Haid & Jen Morrison on organizing & running a terrific holiday boutique! Also thanks to all the parent volunteers for all their help.

Shannon Matter & Kara Kopcsik for their work running picture day & faciliating the picture retake process this past week. Beth Kneebone & Beth Burton for organizing the "Give Back & Give Thanks" campaign.


Thank you so much to all of our Holiday Boutique Helpers!! The Boutique could not have happened without such great volunteers. Our breakdown was done in record time this year! Please reach out to Cara Haid or Jen Morrison if you have interest in joining our committee for next year.Thank you all again! Happy Holidays!

Luminary Deadline Extended - 12/8

The Luminary deadline has been extended to Tuesday, December 8th! FYI... The Rotary Club will be conducting an informal contest this year of the best illuminated streets in Chatham and will be making a donation to that street's corresponding PTO. The rotary club will have a photographer out on December 24th taking taking pictures of the luminary displays.

Kindness Corner-"Give Thanks & Give Back" Holiday Campaign

Hello Families,

Just a reminder that WAS’s Kindness Committee is rolling out our “Give Thanks / Give Back” campaign on Monday. Volunteers are still needed on all Monday’s to help the students with the crafts. Please email if you would like to help out. We are also looking for volunteers to drive centerpieces to Eva's Village in Patterson.

Tables will be set up in the hallways during lunch recess and students can elect to skip recess to create something that will make another person’s holiday season a little brighter. The details of this campaign are as follows.

  1. Monday December 7 – Eva’s Village in Patterson NJ - Eva's Village is a non-profit social service organization dedicated to fighting homelessness and poverty. Eva’s Village will be feeding 400 people a holiday dinner. Our students will create centerpieces for their holiday tables.

  2. Monday December 14 – Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Chatham, NJ – Students will make individual door decorations for their 30 residents and extra ornaments for their community tree.

  3. Monday December 21 - Macy’s I Believe Program - For every: (1) letter sent to Santa, (2) story about why someone believes in the power of giving or (3) coloring sheet (for the youngest students), Macy’s will donate $1.00 to Make a Wish Program. During recess we will have the students write these letters or color the coloring sheets. These letters will be dropped off at Macy’s giant mailbox at the Short Hills Mall by some of our third grade students and their parents.

Thank you so much for your help.

WAS Kindness Committee


Please visit our PTO Community Corner for more information on these and other community and programs. CLICK HERE TO VISIT COMMUNITY CORNER.

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