Knightly News

February 10, 2020

Valentine Party Info

Here are a few important pieces of information about our upcoming Valentine parties:

1) Students may bring Valentines to distribute as long as they bring one for each student in the classroom. NO FOOD/CANDY may be distributed with Valentines, so please do not purchase Valentines that include candy.

2) Parties will occur on Friday, February 14th. Mrs. Bonga's morning kindergarten class will have their party at 10:45am. All other classes will have parties at 2:30pm.

3) Only parents who have signed up with the PTA party coordinator to help with the parties, will be allowed to classrooms. Party volunteers will be allowed to classrooms beginning at 2:15pm.

February Dates

Feb. 10 - ALICE Community Information Night - WNHS 7pm

Feb. 11 - ThinkFirst! Program for 1st and 5th grade students - afternoon (1st graders will be receiving bicycle helmets)

Feb. 11 - ALICE Community Information Night - WWSHS 7pm

Feb. 11, 12, 13 - 2nd Grade PACE testing for all students

Feb. 13 - 1st grade field trip - morning

Feb. 14 - Valentine Parties

10:45-11:30 a.m. Kdg AM
2:30-3:15 p.m. Kdg-5th gr.

Feb. 17 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

Feb. 21 - Club photo day

Feb. 22 - PTA Pancake Breakfast 8:30am-10:30am

Feb. 25 - PTA Dine-Our Maciano's 5pm-8pm

Feb. 26 - 1st grade Mrs. Belanger's Polar parent presentation 2:45pm

Feb. 27 - End of 2nd trimester

Feb. 27 - Kindergarten Round-up and Visit 6:00pm-7:00pm

Feb. 28 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Feb. 29 - Franklin Middle School Charity Dodgeball Tournament (5th graders may participate) 11:00am

Kindergarten Round-up for Parents and Students

Informational sessions, called “Kindergarten Round-Up”, are for parents of children who will be starting Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year. Washington School’s Kindergarten Round-Up will be Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:00P.M. to turn in paperwork. The meeting begins at 6:30 P.M.

Kindergarten Round-Up is held in the school for parents and incoming Kindergarten children. The occasion gives parents the opportunity to meet the principal and the kindergarten teachers. Parents will also become acquainted with the kindergarten program. Parents will receive a copy of the Kindergarten Handbook at this meeting. This is also an opportunity for children to visit the school. Students will have another opportunity to visit the classroom in August prior to the first day of kindergarten

Parents are encouraged to begin the enrollment process before February 27 by bringing their child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency to Washington School. However, parents are certainly able to bring the necessary documentation to the Kindergarten Round-Up.

Parents who are unable to attend Kindergarten Round-up are asked to call the school at 630-682-2222 to add their child’s name to the Kindergarten mailing list.

For all necessary enrollment information, please visit Please feel free to call the school with any additional questions.

Parents will need to pre-enroll their child in order to complete the online registration process.

PTA Pancake Breakfast

The PTA Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at Washington from 8:30am-10:30am. Prices are: Children $3, Adults $4, and Families $15. We hope to see everyone come out for a yummy breakfast prepared by your talented parent and staff chefs! Please note that this is not an open-gym activity. Running and playing with balls, etc. will not be allowed, so as to create a positive dining experience for all. Parents may want to bring books or other table activities for children.

St. Baldrick's Time is Approaching

For the fourth consecutive year, Washington will raise money via a head-shaving event to benefit The St. Baldrick's Foundation. The foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization other than the U.S. government.

Our event will be March 25th at 2pm. Only Washington staff and students can register to be a shavee at this event, but parents are welcome to attend the assembly. Anyone can donate online. Students interested in being a shavee at the March 25th assembly should be signed up by Friday, March 13th on the Washington Baldrick's website. We will then send a Participant's Agreement home for parents to read and sign.

Washington families interested in donating can pledge a shavee or donate toward our event. All donations go to St. Baldrick's. Donate online here: Washington Baldrick's Donations.

We are honoring 4th Grader Chase Ewoldt with our event. Thank you for your support

St. Baldrick's Head-Shaving Events

PTA Dine-Out at Maciano's

The next PTA Dine-Out will be Tuesday, February 25th from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Maciano's Pizza at 26W220 Geneva Rd. (by the CVS). 15% of all orders for dine-in, pick-up, delivery who mention Washington Elementary during this time will go to Washington PTA. Orders can be placed via phone (630) 933-9113 or online

Save-the-Date - The 5K Leprechaun Lap is March 21st!

The 2nd annual 5K Leprechaun Lap will be Saturday, March 21st with check-in at 7:00am and the race beginning at 8:00am. Come on out for the first 5K of spring! All proceeds to to Washington PTA. See the race site for more info and to register: 5K Leprechaun Lap.

Help Needed - LLC Volunteers

LLC Director, Mr. J.J. Babb is looking for more volunteers to help in the library. Help is needed Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings and afternoons, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday mornings and afternoons. If you have availability any of these times, please email Mr. Babb at

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) - Spreading Kindness

In the past month, primary students have worked on showing kindness in their classroom, school, and beyond.

1st graders wrote good luck notes to high schoolers at WNHS and WWSHS during final exam week.

2nd graders collected hats, gloves, and scarves to be donated to People's Resource Center and PADS this winter.

ADK students in Mrs. Willems's class made cards for the Valentines for Vets program.

Way to go, Knights!

Nominations are open for Student Excellence Foundation Distinguished Educator

Do you know a District 200 Distinguished Educator? Submit one (or more!) nominations for this year's Distinguished Educator Awards. Nominations are open through February 10, so don't delay!

Click for more information, instructions, and the on-line nomination form.

Photos Needed!

This year Mrs. Cher Kachelmuss has once again taken on the project of creating the yearbook for students and families to enjoy. Please keep this in mind as you take photos this year of class parties and other Washington events. Please consider sharing them with Mrs. Kachelmuss at

Franklin Middle School Charity Dodgeball Tournament

Franklin Middle School invites all CUSD200 5th graders to participate in their annual charity dodgeball tournament, Feb. 29th at 11:00am. This year, the tournament will benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, People’s Resource Center, and Franklin Middle School. 5th graders can sign-up here: 5th grade Dodgeball.

Thanks for coming out to our Family Night of Fun & Learning

Thanks to the 83 Washington families who came out to our Family Night of Fun & Learning and stopped by our activity stations for reading, math, technology, and health & wellness. Bravo to the Washington staff who prepared excellent activities for the event. Thanks to PTA for providing desserts.

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Elementary Handbook

This year, the Elementary Handbook will be online. You can find it on the Washington website and by clicking here: HANDBOOK