Washington Elementary

September 14, 2017

Wildcat Wednesday Builds Community and Develops Leaders

Classrooms are paired with another grade level to meet three times per month in PRIDE Time. Grade level groups are grades 5-2, 4-1 and 3-K. The partnerships are designed to build community, build relationships, and offer opportunities for mentorship, leadership and personal growth. The application of the Seven Habits will be the focus of Pride Time. This will be building-wide and include all students and staff. Pride Time has been developed to give people access: adults opportunities to connect and mentor students, and it gives students opportunities to connect with and mentor peers.

Desired Outcomes for Culture of Leadership and Excellence

  1. A safe and supportive environment focused on developing leadership capacity in all students.

  2. A student centered culture with a laser like focus on our primary purpose of student learning

  3. An environment where differences are embraced and celebrated

  4. Healthy relationships where every student has at least one adult advocate and peer friendship.

  5. Develop the skills and mindsets that allow students to lead their own lives, to be able to work effectively with others and make a meaning contribution wherever they go in life. (Stephen and Sean Covey, Leader in Me)

Student benefits

  • Sense of leadership

  • Provides/ builds intrinsic motivation for students

  • Provide lifelong skills

  • Students feel like they are part of a larger community

  • Builds relationships: student-to-student, teacher-student

PRIDE meets 3 times per month on Wednesdays. Our first PRIDE time is Wednesday, October September 19th.

Counselor’s Corner

Happy Fall to our Washington Wildcat family! I am excited to provide full-time counseling services here at Washington this year. With the additional time I will now have at Washington, I will be able to get to know students better, meet individually with more students and facilitate more small groups. September brings the beginning of many things at school. The Peacemaker program will be starting with training on September 21st. Peacemakers will begin on the playground on September 24th.

Read more here to learn about our Peacemaker program.

Peacemakers are a group of 30-40 fourth and fifth grade students who volunteer to be on the playground for the entire recess period about one or two times per month. Students apply for this leadership role. There is typically one fourth grade student and one fifth grade student paired together per “shift”. Peacemakers are excellent at problem solving, helping, including and encouraging. Peacemakers are trained to help talk through a conversation when students are in conflict. Peacemakers also keep a look out for students who may be lonely on the playground to help connect them with other students. When there are students who are unsure of the playground rules or using equipment in an unsafe manner, Peacemakers are trained to remind students of the playground rules and the proper use of equipment.

-Mrs. Ross

Washington School Counselor

Math Night!

Thursday, Oct. 25th, 6-7:30pm

1100 Anderson Drive

Mankato, MN


This is a reminder to save the date for Math Night 2018!

Our theme this year is Time!

Pizza will be served.

Book Fair in the Gym.

Leader in me presentations.

We hope to see you there!!

Important Dates..

9-14-18: Welcome Back Family Picnic 5:30-7:30pm

9-17-18: PTO Meeting in Media Center 6:30pm

9-18-18: Late Start, School starts at 10:15am

9-27-18: 5th Grade trip to Linnaeus Arboretum

10-04-18: Open House 6-7:30pm

10-08-18: Open Door Dental

10-08-18: Picture Retake Day

10-08-18: PTO Meeting in Media Center 6:30pm

10-09-18: Late Start, School starts at 10:15am

10-18-18: MEA-NO SCHOOL

10-19-18: MEA-NO SCHOOL

10-25-18: Math Night and Book Fair

10-31-18: Kindergraten Fall Festival

11-2-18: NO SCHOOL.

11-12-18: PTO Meeting in Media Center 6:30pm

11-13-18: Late Start, School starts at 10:15am

11-13-18: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:50pm

11-15-18: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:50pm

11-16-18: Kindergraten Field Trip to Blue Earth County Historical Society

11-19-18: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:50pm

11-20-18: NO SCHOOL

11-21-18: NO SCHOOL

11-22-18: NO SCHOOL

11-23-18: NO SCHOOL