Knightly News

May 29, 2015

Welcome to Knightly News!

Greetings, Washington Parents!

Welcome to Knightly News, an electronic newsletter for Washington Knight families. Knightly News is just one additional way to keep in touch with all of the happenings at Washington School. First and foremost, we encourage you to regularly check your child's backpack our website including the web calendar. We also invite you to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @washcusd200.

Let the Climbing Begin!

Thank you, PTA and all who supported the Galloping Ghost Run and Fuel Up to Play 60 BRAX cup fundraiser!
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Please Help with Field Day!

Washington Families, the PTA's annual Field Day is just around the corner! Come support your child and his/her class on Wednesday, June 3rd for a fabulous morning and/or afternoon of games and activities! We are in need of more volunteers. For more information and to sign up as a volunteer please click here. Thanks!

Washington is a Touchdown School!

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In our first year of being a Fuel Up to Play 60 school, we achieved touchdown status! We completed all components of the program including having at least one student log enough points to achieve ambassador status (Bridget Craig & Evelyn Winchell) and completing a school project (fundraising for our climbing wall).

On Saturday, May 16th we were able to send two staff members and five students to the FUTP60 Reward Summit at Halas Hall. The top five point-logging students at the time of the invitation were invited. They are: Bridget Craig, Evelyn Winchell, Chandler Shimmel, John David Jones, and Matthew Buehler. Students were welcomed by the Chicago Bears drumline, participated in activities in Payton indoor field, ate lunch in Halas Hall, had a question & answer session with Bears players, and won raffle prizes. Our students met current/retired Bears players Will Sutton, Kyle Fuller, and Anthony Morgan.

Thank you to kindergarten teacher Jenny Coover for coordinating FUTP60 this year. Thanks also to nurse Jackie Corso for attending the summit and leading our building wellness committee. Thank you also to the additional members of our wellness committee, Scott Koester, Jackie Esarey, Barb Harper, Gina Armstrong, and parent Judith Zapf.

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U. S. Congressman Peter Roskam Visits Washington

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U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam visited Washington this week to teach 4th graders about the lawmaking process.

D200 Social & Digital Media Parent Survey

To assist our district in providing parent resources and seminars that empower parents to feel educated and confident parenting in our world of social and digital media, please take a few minutes to complete this Survey. The survey will remain open through the end of the school year.

3rd Grade Presents...Famous Americans!


June 1 Open Registration Begins

June 3 Field Day

June 4 Rain Date for Field Day

June 4 Yearbook Distribution

June 4 Movie Premiere Night for 5th grade 6:00pm-7:00pm

June 5 Field Trip to Chicago SItes for 5th grade 9:30am-2:00pm

June 8 Last Day of School

June 8 End-of-Year all-school assembly 2:00pm

June 18 Washington Office Closes until August 3rd

5th Grade Outdoor Education

5th graders journeyed to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin May 21st for an overnight outdoor education trip. Students worked together to complete team rope courses then participated in a variety of outdoor activities including rock climbing, ziplining, canoeing, fishing, archery, and learning basic survival skills. Thank you to 5th grade teachers Lauren Hrunek, Caleb Duttweiler, and Ken Strayve for making the trip happen. Staff members JJ Babb, Melissa Koenig, Sheryl Bernth, Mary Schlick, Gina Hernandez, Kim Dillon, and Nurse Gina Armstrong chaperoned the trip along with parents. Check out the Washington Facebook page for the full Outdoor Ed. photo album. Outdoor Ed. - the video will be coming soon!

Help with Knights on the Run 2015

Attention all Washington Families! Mark your calendars for the PTA Fall 2015 Knights on the Run FUNdraiser on Wednesday, September 23rd (rain date September 24th). There are several ways you can help. Click here to sign up. If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Ueland at or Anne-Marie Lemp at

2nd Grade Visits Wheaton Sites

3rd Grade Visits Naper Settlement

1st Grade Visits the Marketplace in our Community

Congratulations, Susan Dansdill

Mrs. Susan Dansdill, mother of 4th grade student Ross was recognized this month by Wheaton City Council with the Good Citizen Award. Several students, adults, and groups were honored for their service to our community. Susan is the coordinator of Washington's Battle of the Books program; she puts a great deal of time and energy into encouraging the love of reading. Thank you, Mrs. Dansdill!
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Summer Gifted Program

Click here for information on a summer gifted program that will be held at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton - Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder

Thank You and Farewell!

We are sad to see several staff members leave us this summer. They will be truly missed, but we wish them all the best!

Linda Haymore has been an aide at Washington for 14 and a half years. Most recently she has worked with 1st grade. Mrs. Haymore is moving to Askansas to be close to her family.

Caleb Duttweiler student taught at Washington and has been a 5th grade teacher for the past two years. Mr. Duttweiler will be relocating to the Atlanta, GA area where he will be teaching elementary school. Here are some parting words from him:

I will be leaving Washington School at the end of this school year and moving to Atlanta, GA to teach down there. I have absolutely LOVED my time here and am so thankful for the students, teachers, and parents I’ve had the privilege of getting to know. I am leaving on a great note by finishing up with a fantastic 5th grade class this year. It’s an exciting time for me, as this will be a new chapter in my life, but it is also difficult to leave an incredible community. Thank you for all of the support you’ve shown me. I’m looking forward to a great end to the school year!

Gina Armstrong has worked as our staff nurse Monday-Wednesday for the past two years. She is moving to Chicago, but we hope to see her occasionally as a substitute. Mrs. Armstrong offers these parting words:

My husband and I are moving into the city now that we are “empty nesters”. I’m convinced Washington is the best elementary school ever with an amazing principal, teachers, staff, parents and students – what a privilege to be here the last two years – you will be sorely missed.

Alysa Lueondee taught English Learners this year at Washington and Lowell. Next year she will teach full-time at Lowell as Mrs. Camilla Lopez will return to Washington after her year of service as an instructional coach for the district. We are happy Mrs. Lueondee will remain in the district and wish her well.

Becky Griffith taught art at Washington this year on Thursdays and also taught at Johnson and Pleasant Hill. Ms. Griffith has the opportunity to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts in Oil Painting at Northern Illinois University.

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