"Knightly" News

Washington Street Elementary - April 21, 2023

Upcoming Events:


  • 25-28 - Hearing & Vision Screening
  • 25 - 5th Grade M-STEP
  • 27 - 5th Grade M-STEP & 3rd Grade M-STEP
  • 28 - Career Fair, Progress Reports


  • 2 - Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra visits WSE
  • 4 - 5th Grade to Greenfield Village
  • 8 - FUN RUN!
  • 9 - Fun Run Money Due
  • 12 - 5th Grade Field Day @ Bulldog Stadium
  • 15 - 1st Grade to Boulder Ridge Zoo
  • 18 - 3rd Grade to John Ball Zoo
  • 25 - Warriors 5k Ultimate Fitness Challenge
  • 31 - 1st Grade Program, OHS Auditorium - 2:30 pm

Fun Run

The WSE Fun Run Fundraiser packet was sent home this week. Please consider participating! This is our one and only fundraiser for the year. Students have a chance to earn great prizes: Classroom raffles, cotton candy, a pool party, pancakes with the principal, an obstacle course inflatable party, and more! The Fun Run will be held on Monday, May 8. All donations are due by May 9 to be eligible for prizes.

Also, we are in need of parent volunteers on May 8 from 10-2:30. Please email Mrs. Knight at jknight@otsegops.org if you are interested in helping!

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2023-2024 Class Placements

Spring is the time of year when we begin planning for the 2023-2024 school year. Placement of children in classes is a part of that planning and a most difficult task. Responsible placement decisions take time and many consultations among staff members. Our goal is to make the best match between student, teacher, and learning environment. Many factors must be considered such as gender ratios, academic ranges, social behavior, personalities, special needs, and learning styles. If you feel you have special insights regarding your child that could assist with our selection, it is certainly welcome. We ask parents to adhere to the following guidelines:

• Provide information about your child’s needs.

• Do NOT request a specific teacher or friendship group. A detailed description of your child’s learning style and individual needs is more helpful.

• Information must be in writing-email jknight@otsegops.org this FORM -- or fill out a form in the office on or before May 5th.

Remember that due to the many factors involved, we are unable to make any guarantees, other than the fact that we will put much thought, consideration, and individual attention into each and every placement. We hope you will rely on our expertise and know that the best possible placement will be made for your child.



  • 4th Grade - 5/11
  • 3rd Grade - 4/27


  • 5th Grade - 4/25
  • 4th Grade - 5/4
  • 3rd Grade - 5/11

Social Studies

  • 5th Grade - 4/27


Bulldog PRIDE

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as their classroom PRIDE winner for the week!

P - Positive Attitude

R - Responsible Actions

I - Integrity Within

D - Determination to Succeed

E - Expect Excellence

Kindergarten: Lilly Robbins, Clementine Cook

1st grade: Grace TerAvest, Xander Maystead

2nd grade: Luci Blekes Nadohou, Shayne Summers, Parker Nickerson

3rd grade: Seminole Root, Emersyn Wright, Katelynn Jacobs

4th grade: Abigail Chapman, Lydia Franklin, Rose Mooney, Mollie Bowe

5th grade: Kennadi Milhiem, Lilly Rood

Counselor's Corner

Regular Family Meetings Build Skills and Make Life a bit Easier

Weekly meetings can make family life run more smoothly and help children learn about cooperation and leadership. To hold productive family meetings:

  • Establish a schedule - meet at the same time every week and keep meetings brief. Fifteen minutes is often long enough.

  • Set ground rules - no devices or other distractions.

  • Plan an agenda - during the week, let family members jot down issues they’d like to address.

  • Encourage participation - give each family member a chance to talk uninterrupted.

  • Brainstorm solutions for concerns raised during the meetings. Consider everyone’s ideas.

  • Discuss expectations for the upcoming week and review goals.

  • Coordinate schedules - review your family calendar and discuss who is doing what this week.

  • End with a time-building activity - play a quick game or make up a story or a song

After a few meetings, let family members take turns being the meeting leader.

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Recess Dress Code

As we embark on the spring season, please dress your child in layers since the temperature fluctuates drastically throughout the day. Morning recess can be rather chilly and as you know our Michigan weather continues to throw us for a loop. Thank you for your support!

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Lunch Account

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch must enroll each year. The deadline is Sept. 30th

Washington Street Elementary

Office Phone: (269)694-7800

Attendance Line: (269)694-7880

WSE BASE: (269)694-7835