Washington Weekly

Friday, March 8, 2019


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

2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Award

It is my pleasure to share with everyone that Mrs. Kannass has been selected as a 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellow. She was chosen from among many candidates across the state and region. Mrs. Kannass' experience, belief system, expertise, ability to nurture relationships and superior ability to inspire the love of learning are just a few of the reasons she was chosen.

Please help me in celebrating, congratulating, and enjoying this honor with Mrs. Kannass. We are very lucky to have her at Washington!

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UPDATE: The Second Annual Washington All-School Read February 28-March 22, 2019

Washington students and staff had an exciting week reading and discussing The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Our second annual All-School Read is off to a successful start thanks to the support of our Washington families. Thank you to all! The trivia contest began this week. Congratulations to our winners!

Remember to turn in your trivia slips each Wednesday to be included in the drawings.

Check out our All-School Read Online for more information on our All-School Read, book description and author bio. Plus, find helpful links to our pacing guide, trivia questions and listen to chapters read by special guests and Washington Staff!

All month long classrooms are invited to the Makerspace to work on a Wild Robot inspired design challenge. Students will follow the engineering design process to make a "nest" for Roz and Brightbill using only play-doh and straws. Roz was designed and printed using a 3-D printer, students are then able to test to make sure there is enough room for Roz to stand inside. Mrs. Koeble's 4th-grade class was the first to try out this challenge yesterday, we can't wait to see the other designs our students create!

Washington Elementary - A Message From Peter Brown

Science and Engineering Fair/Chili Dinner

Wow! What an amazing event to see so many students excited about solving problems. It was really impressive to see students of all ages express what they learned so enthusiastically and articulately. There are so many celebrations, successes and enthusiasm to build upon for future Science and Engineering Fairs, but first it is important to show our gratitude to everyone who helped out. It was amazing to see hundreds of parent’s visit the Fair and many Washington staff members show up to support students!!

Thank you to our science teachers for their continued support and dedication to the Fair — especially Beth Kimmel and Donna Koeble for all their guidance with the Science and Engineering Fair. The class presentations were a huge success. Thanks to parent, Karen Dunst and Sue Gronemus for their leadership and organization with the Chili Dinner and Science and Engineering Fair. Thank you to all of the volunteers who gave their time to help or made a donation to make our chili dinner complete. Finally, thanks to Teagan Haag and Preston McCullough for their amazing designs for our t-shirts.

Events like this DO NOT happen in all schools across the state. It takes committed parents, teachers and volunteers working together to pull these events off and as always you should feel very proud to be a Timberwolf!! And, of course, thank you to all of the students and their parents and guardians who continue to support the Science Fair and keep it amazing year after year with their creativity and their desire to think like scientists. I look forward to seeing how this great event continues to evolve and work to include more students.

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PTA Update...

Science and Engineering Fair and Chili Dinner Thank You!

What a great night it was at the Science and Engineering fair and the Chili Dinner! Thank you to Karen Dunst, Dave Minerath, Beth Kimmel and Donna Koeble for organizing the Science and Engineering Fair and to Sue Gronemus for organizing a great Chili dinner.

PTA Volunteers NEEDED:

All of our events need man power to continue to happen for our kiddos. We are looking for new families to take the lead on a few of our events and our PTA Board. All events are well oiled machines with the majority of planning steps outlined but allowing for your own personal touch. Please consider grabbing a friend and giving back to your child so that they can continue to enjoy events at the school.

Upcoming Events Need Volunteers

Glow Dance-April 12th.

  • Flyer and collection of registrations (can edit last years flyer)

  • Social Media Promotion

  • Purchase Glow Materials (can send link to PTA President to purchase)

  • Sign Up Genius-for volunteers

  • Set Up and Clean Up

  • Night Managing

DJ is booked and contracted. He brings glow lights and music

High Interest Day- Committee Help

  • Send out confirmation emails to participants (Can be done from Home)

  • Week of preparation

  • Day of Volunteer if available

Timberwolf Trot

  • Follow up to donation request

  • Assist with Thank You Letters

  • Week of preparation

  • Day of Volunteer if available

PTA Board Positions for 2019-20 School Year

  • Treasurer-DO you love numbers. The board is need of a new treasurer. The system is set in place and just needs someone to dedicated a couple hours a month to keep the books up to date, pay reimbursements and other small tasks. Would love to discuss with anyone that may have a slight interest? Can be done majority from the comfort of your own house.

  • VP Programming. This board position reaches out to book quest speakers, helps set up dine out nights and assists with fundraising. Great position for someone who has a computer and can put a couple hours into sending some emails.

Please contact Denise Van Cuyk at denisevancuyk@gmail.com or Laura Geisler at lgeisler28@gmail.com

Washington Family STEM Night!

STEM night is right around the corner! For all the details click on FLYER.

Plastic Collection-Girl Scout Junior Troop 8689

Today is the last day of plastic collection at Washington for Troop 8689’s Bronze Award. The girls who are participating have collected over 500lbs. of plastic! If you are still interested in collecting plastic, please click HERE for other ways you can appropriately recycle your filmy plastic.

Important Dates

Tues, Mar 12 - Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Play at Washington

Wed, Mar 13 - 2:20pm Early Dismissal'

**There IS school on March 15th**

Tues, Mar 19 - Grades 3-5 Author Visit, The Dreadful Fairy

Thurs, Mar 21 - PTA Meeting

Mon, Mar 25 - Fri, Mar 29 - Spring Break; no classes

Cold Weather Reminder

Just a reminder to send your child(ren) with a coat, gloves, hat, snow pants and boots everyday. Please have all items labeled with your child's name including their boots. The only time we have indoor recess is if the temperature or wind chill is below 0 degrees or it is raining outside.

Traffic Reminders

Please take note:

  1. 67th Street is ONE way SOUTHBOUND during drop-off and pick-up. Between 7:00-8:30am and 2:00-3:30pm traffic is only allowed to move southbound.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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!

Health Reminders...

Please read the following documents which include helpful reminders about head lice and when to keep your children home due to illness.

* When to Keep Your Children Home from School

* Head lice tri-fold brochure

* Lice letter

We will continue to send these reminders out periodically during the school year.

March Breakfast/lunch menus, meal application, account payments

Sodexo food service menu app, SoHappy!

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The March menus are available.

Breakfast menu

Lunch menu

Did you know that you can make meal account payments and check balances by signing up at https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome?

If you prefer, you can also submit cash or check payments in the school office and we will put them in the meal programs drop box to be added to the account on the same day. Checks should be made payable to Wauwatosa School FSD.

Community Flyers & District Newsletter

Be sure to check out the community flyers page to find out what is happening in Wauwatosa and the surrounding area: https://www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/domain/210 **If your child is interested in synchronized swimming, you may want to check out the flyer about the beginner rec club in the link above! Some of our Washington students are in the club.**

The district newsletters that are also available here for your review.

Way to Go Timberwolves!

PAWS Winners for March 8th are available here. Congratulations students and keep up the good work!