Knightly News

January 17, 2016

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January Dates

Jan. 18- NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 19 - ACCESS testing begins for students in the English Learners program

Jan. 25- Yearbook sales begin

Jan. 30 - PTA Pancake Breakfast 8:30am-10:30am

WatchDOGS Sign-Up

The new WatchD.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) program has been a success! 49 dads and grandpas volunteered at Washington September through January. The sign-up for volunteering February through May will be at the PTA Pancake Breakfast on January 30th. Washington dads, please bring your calendars!! After the breakfast, there will be a chance to sign-up electronically for any remaining slots.


WatchD.O.G.S. volunteer for a half-day in either the morning or afternoon. They help students in any way the teacher needs that day. Working with students in small groups with reading or math games are common activities. Many volunteers also help out in PE and the library. Photocopying and doing bulletin boards is NOT a part of this program; WatchD.O.G.S. work with kids!!

February Dates

Feb. 9 - PTA Meeting at 7pm

Feb. 12 - 5th grade bowling trip

Feb. 12 - Valentine Parties 2:30pm (Kindergarten AM 10:45am)

Feb. 15- NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

Feb. 17- Community Engagement Session Four 7pm at Monroe Middle School

Feb. 25 - Kindergarten Round-up for incoming kindergarten parents 2016-2017 (Registration 6:30pm; Meeting begins at 7:00pm)

Valentine's Day Information

Washington will celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday, February 12th with classroom parties. The morning kindergarten party will occur at 10:45am; all other parties will occur at 2:30pm. Volunteers will be allowed to go to classrooms at 2:15pm for set-up.


Students may bring Valentine cards to distribute to classmates. Please make sure your child brings a Valentine for every child in the class. Valentines may not include candy. Children will not be allowed to distribute any Valentine that includes food. Valentines with stickers, pencils or other small non-edible items are allowed.


Students will enjoy treats at the party that parent volunteers have planned in collaboration with the classroom teacher.

PTA Family Fun Nights are a HUGE Success!

Thanks to the PTA, especially VP Wendi Viola, for the fantastic Family Fun nights! There was a huge turnout for the December roller skating event, and the January Home Depot night was a full house. Students and parents really enjoyed building and painting together.

Save the Date - PARCC Testing

Last year, there were two PARCC testing windows; this year there is only one. PARCC Testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Washington will be April 12 through April 20. PARCC tests are given in mathematics and English Language Arts.

It's Cold Weather Scale Time!

Washington uses a Cold Weather Color Scale to serve as a guideline for dressing for the weather. These guidelines are enforced for recess grades ADK-3rd and highly encouraged for grades 4 & 5. If the feels-like temperature is below zero or there is heavy rain/snow, we have recess indoors. Otherwise, we like to give students time to play in the fresh air. Boots and snowpants are needed to play in snow. Please encourage your child to dress appropriately for the weather.


You can view the Cold Weather Scale on the Washington website under the Parents & Students heading or by clicking this link: Cold Weather Scale.

Thanks for ArtSmart, PTA!

Every month, our students enjoy an art enrichment lesson courtesy of the PTA ArtSmart program. Thanks ArtSmart volunteers! Enjoy these photos of Mrs. Kovarik's 3rd grade creating during ArtSmart.

Kindergarten Dates Set

This year's Washington Kindergarten Round-up meeting for incoming kindergarten parents will be Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Washington. Registration begins at 6:30pm, and the informational meeting begins at 7pm. The districtwide informational meeting on All-Day Kindergarten will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7pm at Whittier Elementary School. Please share this information with neighbors who will have children in kindergarten next year.


If you have a child who will enter kindergarten Fall 2016, please let Donna Smejkal know at donna.smejkal@cusd200.org or (630) 682-2222.

Board of Education Approves 2016-2017 Calendar

View the 2016-2017 CUSD200 calendar here: 2016-2017 Calendar.

Has a CUSD200 Teacher Been an Inspiration to your Child?

Check out the Inspiration nominations link below.

Going to Target??

If you shop at Target, please consider designating Washington as the school to benefit from your purchases. Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com to help Washington! Sign up is easy at the link below:

Red Robin also Gives Money Back to Schools

If your family dines at Red Robin, you can designate Washington to benefit from 1% of your bill. Check out the program here Red Robin Royalty

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