Knightly News

School's Out For Summer - 2020

Letter from Mrs. Craig

June 3, 2020

Dear Washington Families -

As we bring this school year to a close, I wanted to thank everyone in our school community. Students, parents, and staff have had to be flexible, patient, and open to change all while coping with the various ways this pandemic has impacted your lives and those of your loved ones. I am thankful for you all and will continue to think of you this summer in the hopes that you stay healthy and well.

Thank you to all staff and parents for making the curbside pick-up go so smoothly! 87% of students picked up their belongings. If you were not able to make the curbside pick-up date, please email me at I will be able to offer you one other time, and then you will likely need to wait until later this summer.

Most of the staff is now off for the summer. Secretaries, Tamara Bauer and Leslie Tozier, and I will be working primarily from home through June 18th. Email is the best way to contact us. The school building continues to be closed. Tami, Leslie, and I return to work July 27th .

If you have driven by the building, you may have noticed that work replacing part of our roof has already begun. We are expecting to have our parking lot repaved this summer as well .

The status of school for August is the big question on everyone's minds. The district has begun work exploring different possibilities. When decisions are made, they will be communicated by the district. Please make sure your email is updated in ParentVue so that you receive these communications. The following is from a recent district communication regarding next year:

2020-21 School Year
While there are many uncertainties as it relates to future health guidelines, we must still plan for the next school year. Our goal remains to return students to school on a timeline and in a manner consistent with the guidance of the Illinois and DuPage Departments of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education. We are actively participating in discussions with our state organizations and will continue to do so as they issue guidance for Illinois school districts. As we look to the 2020-21 School Year the District is building out three different plans and has put together seven workgroups to build pieces of each plan.

Plan A - Schools will open for all students as they were at the start of the 19-20 school year with adjustments based on applicable health guidance.

Plan B - Schools will open in a “hybrid model”, allowing schools to operate with some in-person and some E-Learning based on the CDC & Health Department Guidance. The approach in Plan B may vary by level (early childhood, elementary, middle, high school, transition).

Plan C - Schools will open with E-Learning with adjustments through summer planning.

Once the district communicates information about school in the fall, I will follow up with more detailed information concerning Washington.

Thank you for all of your support! i wish you all a happy and healthy summer!

Jennifer Craig


End-of-Year Slide Show 2019-2020

Washington 2019-2020 v3

Information on Elementary Third Trimester Report Cards

Dear Washington Parents,

Thank you for your support and partnership during E-Learning. On Wednesday, June 3, your child’s teacher will email a progress report that will replace the regular report card during this unprecedented time. The information below has been available on the district website, but we wanted to be sure everyone has seen it.

For elementary E-Learning, District 200 narrowed the list of skills and standards typically taught during the third trimester to those most essential to students’ long-term success. Students in the elementary grades will receive a grade of “Progressing” or “Incomplete” for each of the Trimester 3 Essential Skills. Teachers, however, continued to incorporate numerous other standards into their lessons and student activities for continuity of learning.

A grade of “Progressing” indicates that a child engaged regularly in E-Learning and was able to demonstrate his or her learning. “Progressing” does not indicate mastery. Complete mastery of standards will be more formally assessed when school resumes, and students who need more time will be provided the opportunity to attain mastery.The district is in the process of planning learning recovery programs for students who receive an “Incomplete.”

District grading practices continue to align to state guidance. We understand that students’ access to resources that support remote learning vary and current circumstances may be challenging for some of our learners. District 200’s E-Learning grading policy is based upon the principle of no educational harm to any student, which aligns to current state guidelines.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Jennifer Craig


Congratulations and Farewell to our 5th Graders!

The 5th grade class of 2020 had to face a lot of disappointments this spring. We were so impressed with their resilience and their efforts to support one another and stay posititve. We celebrate the six wonderful years we had with these enthusiastic students, the great things they achieved, and the memories they created with us. Enjoy this slide show of their time with us.
5th Grade Goodbye 2019-2020 v2

Congratulations, Lucas Barnes Award Winners!

It's a Washington tradition for the 5th grade teachers to present one student per class with the Lucas Barnes Award, an award named for a former Washington student. These awards were presented at a virtual assembly May 29th, but you can watch our teachers present the awards via the below videos. Congratulations to Moriah Herr (Hrunek), Isabella Giovanis (Strayve), and Jackson Carter (Sheppard).
Mrs. Hrunek's Lucas Barnes Award Winner
Ms. Sheppard's Lucas Barnes Award Winner
Mr. Strayve's Lucas Barnes Award Winner

2020-2021 Registration and Fees

Due to the uncertainty of the future, the Board discussed that while registration for the 20-21 School Year will open in early June, the collection of student fees will not take place until September 1, 2020 when there is a better understanding of the learning plan in place for the fall.

Yearbook/Class Photo Update

Class photos have arrived; all students who ordered one received theirs via their bag picked up on the curbside pick-up days. Yearbook printing was delayed this year due to the impact of COVID-19 mitigation at Lifetouch, the photo company. When yearbooks will arrive, the PTA will communicate the plan for distribution.

From the Health Office

Information on health insurance for children:

If your child will be requiring medication for the fall, please have your doctor complete this medication form.

If you child has an Epi-pen, please read this FDA alert.

Health Requirements for August 2020

We understand that doctors, dentists and ophthalmologists are not seeing patients right now and that scheduling appointments may be delayed. We wanted to let you know that we will follow any guidance that is given to us from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education in regards to health requirements for school attendance next fall. A list of the health requirements and the forms can be found on both the district and school websites under the “Health Services” heading.

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Staff News

Mrs. Jenn Harris, 1st grade teacher, will be leaving us at the end of this school year. Mrs. Harris accepted a position teaching 2nd grade in the same school she taught at in Texas at the beginning of her teaching career. This is bittersweet news for us! Mrs. Harris will be very much missed, but we are happy that she and her husband have the opportunity to return home to be around their family. Best wishes, Mrs. Harris!

Reading specialist, Ms. Erin O'Shea will split her time next year between Washington and Lincoln next year due to some adjustments in the Title I grant.

Other staffing changes may occur during the summer. Any further updates will be communicated in August.

Let the Music Ring!!! District 200 Virtual Music Concert

Food Insecurity Crisis Fund

In these unprecedented times, the Student Excellence Foundation for Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 has established a Food Insecurity Crisis Fund, an emergency fund providing resources for Community Unit School District 200 students and families facing food insecurity. Please donate to help local families.

In District 200, 28% of students come from low-income households. Each day, 3,310 students receive a free or reduced lunch. While the District has done an incredible job of meeting the food needs of families during the school week during this pandemic, many parents are struggling to feed their children in the evenings and on weekends.

Your donation today will allow District 200 social workers to connect local families with supportive resources to meet nutritional needs.

You can donate here: Food Insecurity Crisis Fund.

Mobile Food Pantries

In partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank, CUSD 200 will be hosting the following mobile food pantries:

June 6 at Hubble Middle School (note location change) 10:00am-11:00am

June 13 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

June 20 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

June 29 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

July 6 at Hubble Middle School 4:00pm-5:00pm

July 13 at Hubble Middle School 4:00pm-5:00pm

July 23 at Hubble Middle School 4:00pm-5:00pm

July 29 at Hubble Middle School 4:00pm-5:00pm

Aug. 6 at Hubble Middle School 4:00pm-5:00pm

Aug. 13 at Hubble Middle School 4:00pm-5:00pm

Summer Activity Choice Boards

The CUSD 200 Department of Educational Services has created choice board of activities for students to enjoy during the summer. Check them out here: CHOICE BOARDS.

Wheaton Public LIbrary Summer Reading Challenge

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Temporary Library Cards Available to all CUSD 200 Students

Wheaton Public Library is offering a library card to anyone living in CUSD 200 boundaries. This temporary card can be used to download e-content and access databases and online learning resources. Sign up here: Wheaton Public Library.

Resources from the Washington LLC

The Washington LLC webpage provides links to online resources students may enjoy while at home, including research, math practice, typing practice, and coding. Check it out here: Washington LLC.
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Stay Connected!

Now more than ever, it's important for us to stay connected as a school community. Consider following our social media sites. Links to all can be found on the homepage of the Washington website and also below:





Franklin Spirit Wear on Sale for Incoming 6th Graders

Elementary Handbook

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