Washington Street Elementary - December 1, 2023
- 1-8: Stuff the Stockings
- 4: PTO Snack Assembly, 12 pm & Lobby Decorating, 3 pm
- 5: Holiday Shop
- 7: Holiday Shop
- 8: Grinch Day
- 8: AR Store
- 10: Pool Grand Opening, Otsego Aquatic Center - 3-5 pm
- 11: PTO Meeting, Media Center - 4 pm
- 12: Holiday Shop
- 15: Reindeer Day
- 15: 8th grade band visits WSE for Holiday Concert
- 21: PTO Holiday Party
- 22: Polar Express/Pajama Day
Student Council Holiday Shop
The Student Council Holiday Shop is back and has great gifts for everyone! Students will have the opportunity to purchase surprise gifts for their loved ones that are priced right. Students are encouraged to use their own money or to ask their family if there are chores around the house they can do to earn money to buy gifts.
Students will be scheduled to shop on a specific date. Please look for more information in your child's classroom newsletter.
PTO Upcoming Events
WSE will once again be adding a little Christmas cheer to local families this holiday season. You are invited to join us in sponsoring a family for the 2023 Christmas season.
You may stop in to take a tag off the WSE Giving Tree. We're asking that all items be returned to the school no later than Friday, December 18th. Please do NOT wrap the items and be sure to include the gift tag with your present so we know to which family member it belongs to.
Please contact Jen Knight, at email@example.com, with any questions. Gift cards and monetary donations to go toward gifts are also welcomed. Thank you for your generous gift of giving!
Our elementary schools continued the tradition of helping Wings of Hope Hospice through Cookie Capers! Students brought in homemade cookies, then assembled plates with a variety of goodies on them that will be delivered to Wings of Hope Hospice families. In total, they donated almost 300 plates of cookies!! Those will surely bring smiles to many faces this holiday season!
Book Vending Machine - Fully Funded!!!
Happy Holidays WSE Elementary Family!!
With the holidays in full swing, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, which in turn may cause stress. The last thing we want is for the stress to dampen this time of year. There are other reasons, aside from just hustle and bustle, which may make it difficult to enjoy the holidays. Sometimes grief creeps up when we least expect it. Perhaps our children thrive on routine and structure, which ceases over break. It's easy to become overwhelmed or overstimulated around large gatherings, the lights and excitement of gifts. Please remember all feelings around this time of year are okay.
Below are some tips to help cope through the season:
Pace yourself. It's okay to set boundaries and say no to gatherings that may be too much for yourself or child.
Pick your battles. When our children are struggling, ask yourself "Is this going to matter a year from now?".
Plan fun activities to do with just your immediate family. A Christmas light scavenger hunt would be a great idea and only cost the price of gas!
Focus on gratitude. Did you know that listing 3 things to be thankful for each day has been scientifically proven to lift your mood?
Talk about expectations with your children, whether it be expectations for gifts they will or will not receive, expectations of their behavior at gatherings or expectations of chores/routine around the house. The more you talk about your expectations ahead of time, the easier children will be able to comply.
Ski Club - Deadline extended to MONDAY!
Our WatchD.O.G.S. program is officially underway! “Dads” (or dad-like figures) who are interested in signing up to volunteer for a full or half day should contact Angela Bender (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jen Knight (email@example.com) via email to schedule a date.
When you volunteer, you will receive a schedule for the day that allows you to help out in different classrooms doing a wide range of activities (reading a story, working with a child 1:1 on work, playing a game with a small group). You will also have scheduled time on the playground and lunchroom to interact with students and be a positive role model for them. We need a current background check on file before you can volunteer.
Please please make sure your child dresses for the weather. Coats, gloves, and hats are pretty much a given from now on and before you know it your child will also need snow pants and boots.
Whatever you send to school with your child, please LABEL!! There could potentially be 23 pairs of black snow pants in your child's classroom and finding their items will be easier if they are labeled.
Sign up for Mrs. Knight's Remind!
Washington Street Elementary
Attendance Line: (269)694-7880
WSE BASE: (269)694-7835
Location: 538 Washington Street, Otsego, MI, United States
Phone: (269) 694-7800