October 29, 2018
As in years past, we will continue the tradition of a Halloween parade on Wednesday, October 31st before we begin our classroom celebrations. This year the parade will begin at 2:00 pm and the class parties will begin at the conclusion of the parade (approximately 2:30 pm). If the weather permits, we will parade outside. Our parade route includes the blacktop area on the west side of the building, so we will not be able to open this space as a parking area. If weather is too rainy or cold, we will parade in the gym. Classroom parties will end at 3:15, allowing for clean-up before dismissal.
Parent volunteers will be allowed in the classrooms to set up for the party at 2:00 pm. All parent volunteers must sign in at the table in the front hallway before going to the classroom. At the conclusion of the parties, parents may take their children and leave before the dismissal bell rings. This will not be recorded as an “early” pick-up; however you will need to sign your child or children out when you sign in so we know who is leaving. If you are going to provide transportation for any child other than your own, that child’s parent will need to send a note to his or her teacher and to the office on the day of the party.
All parents are welcome to our costume parade; only parents who have signed up via PTA to work the classroom parties will be admitted to classrooms. Party volunteers must check in by the main office and receive a nametag.
If you prefer your child does not participate in Halloween activities, please inform your child’s teacher prior to Wednesday, October 31st. A staff member will be available in the library to supervise students as they work on curricular activities provided by their teachers.
Please observe these guidelines regarding costumes. Students are not to wear anything associated with their Halloween costumes to school in the morning. This includes face makeup and hair coloring. Students may put on their costumes at the start of the afternoon session with direction from their teachers. Students who go home for lunch may wear their costumes back to school. The only exception will be the morning kindergartners who will hold their activities in the morning.
As you prepare costumes, please follow these guidelines:
Masks or headgear that prevent us from clearly identifying the student create a safety concern
Theatrical props and imitation weapons are not allowed
Costumes or makeup considered threatening or otherwise inappropriate are prohibited
Please help your children select themes that are nonviolent in nature. All costume accessories must be in compliance with school policy, and if they are not, they will be confiscated and held in the office for a parent to pick up. Volunteers should follow the same guidelines.
Halloween party food will be provided by the PTA parent volunteers in coordination with the classroom teachers. Party food or treats given as prizes for party games should be consumed at the party and may not be taken home. Children may NOT bring candy or other food to distribute at the classroom parties.
We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in keeping this day a happy and safe one for all of our students at Washington School.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Tuesday, October 30 - PTA Butterbraid forms due
Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween parade and parties
Kdg AM 10:30 a.m. – Parade/10:45-11:30 a.m. – Party
Kdg-5th gr. 2:00 p.m. Parade/ 2:30-3:15 p.m. Party
Halloween Candy for Heroes
Another Awesome Fall Book Fair!
Facebook Live - 2M and 4L in the LLC!
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Washington School Improvement Goals 2018-2019
Student Achievement in Reading: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the analysis of informational text structure, relationships and complexity.
Student Achievement in Math: Students will demonstrate proficiency in solving word problems with real world applications.
Learning Environment - Read about our Future of Instruction & Technology Learning Environment here: FIT
- CUSD 200 DIstrictwide FIT Focus Area: Differentiation, Personalization & Individualization
- Washington FIT Focus Area: Staff will support students in developing growth mindsets.
- Higher Order Thinking: Students will self-assess to make modifications and own the learning process.
- Social Emotional Learning: Students will demonstrate skills related to achieving personal and academic goals.
Check out this video about FIT Learning Environments across multiple grade levels. Look for one of our own Washington teachers!
Thursday, November 1- Monday November 5 - Halloween Candy Collection for the Troops - drop off in main office
Monday, November 5 - Franklin Feeder Orchestra Demo Concert 7:00pm at Longfellow
Wednesday, November 7 - Picture Retake Day
Wednesday, November 7 - PTA Butterbraid pick-up
Friday, November 9 - 1st trimester ends
Friday, November 9 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
Monday, November 12 - Veterans Day Honored - Reception for Veteran guests at 9:30am; All-school assembly 10:15am
Tuesday, November 13 - 4th Grade Field Trip
Wednesday, November 14 - Board of Education Meeting at Washington School 7:00pm
Thursday, November 15 - Monroe Feeder Orchestra Demo Concert 7:00pm at Monroe
Friday, November 16 - Native American Traveling Museum Visit for 3rd grade classes
Friday, November 16 - Report Card Distribution
Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23 - NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING BREAK
Monday, November 26 - Northside Demo Band Concert 7:00pm at WNHS
Knight Writers (and Speakers...and Video Creators)
Spotlight on SEL
This 1st grade writing assignment integrated SEL and writing instruction. Students learned about identifying emotions, and then completed a writing piece about how their monster was feeling and why.
From our Math Coach/Interventionist, Mrs. Russelle
Did you know that all students in grades 3-5 have a way to practice math skills from home? District 200 is providing an account on a web-based math program called Dreambox for each student in grades 3-5. It is an adaptive program that places your child at the level that he or she need to work at in order to be successful. As your child passes lessons, he or she will progress through the grade level standards. If your child needs more practice at a certain standard, then Dreambox requires them to practice several more times until they are successful. Some teachers use Dreambox for homework. Others use it as a center for differentiated math time. Here are some informational links for parents. Washington’s Math Coach Lea Russelle can also answer any questions you may have about it. The link is on the Washington’s School website under the LLC webpage: Dreambox, The direct website is below and the school code is qpyh/rd66. Your child must know their login information in order for you to create a login as well.
WatchDOGS Sign-up Finally Here!
The WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) Is a program that creates opportunities for dads to volunteer in schools. WatchDOGS do not have to commit to an ongoing schedule; they can volunteer as little as one half-day a school year. WatchDOGS help out with whole class activities and also one-to-one or small group reading and math practice. Students also love playing with WatchDOGS during recess!
Sign up to volunteer here: WatchDOGS.
Email Mrs. Craig with questions: email@example.com.
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Cooler Weather is Here!
You can view the Cold Weather Scale on the Washington website under Our School/School Information or by clicking this link: Cold Weather Scale.