Knightly News

October 29, 2018

Halloween Letter

Dear Parents,

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.


Jennifer Craig


Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Thank you to Mrs. Kathy Radojkovic and the PTA for sponsoring the annual pumpkin decorating contest. A winner from each grade level was selected by student vote and will be receiving a $15 gift card to Scholastic Books.
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October Dates

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

This year Washington will participate in collecting candy post-Halloween to send to our troops. A box will be in the main office from November 1st until the afternoon of November 5th. We prefer parents bring in the candy. We do not want large quantities of candy on the school bus. The Wheaton North High School student-led volunteer club, Students Supporting Military Services (SSMS) will pick-up the candy and send it to troops via Operation Freedom. Last year, CUSD 200 collected over 800 pounds of candy!

Another Awesome Fall Book Fair!

Thank you to the PTA and Mrs. Adrianne Karlovitz for another wonderful fall book fair. Thank you to the parent volunteers and teacher readers for a fun family reading night. The fall fair funded PTA Birthday Books for the school year; each child will continue to receive the gift of a book for his/her birthday!

Facebook Live - 2M and 4L in the LLC!

Watch the Facebook Live Broadcast from the Washington LLC!

Washington School Improvement Goals 2018-2019

Every year, each school writes a school improvement plan (SIP) including an action plan to support goal areas. Here are the Washington SIP goals for 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.
  1. Higher Order Thinking: Students will self-assess to make modifications and own the learning process.
  2. 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!

November Dates

Thursday, November 1 - Mobile Food Pantry at Washington 4:30pm-6:30pm

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)

As part of the CUSD 200 Vision 2022 teachers in all grades are focusing on developing students' skills in writing and message production (speaking, presenting, creating videos). We are also working to create opportunities for students to write and communicate with authentic audiences. Student writing and message production will be included in the Knightly News this year. Enjoy! Check out this student-created class newsletter by Mrs. Lipnisky's 4th grade!

Spotlight on SEL

Just as Illinois has state standards on all academic areas, there are also a set of social emotional learning (SEL) standards. This year we will shine a spotlight on all of the work our staff is doing to support students in the areas of self-awareness, growth mindset, self-management, interpersonal skills, and decision-making. You can read more about social emotional learning here: 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.

Informational Brochure on Jefferson Early Childhood Center

Click here to view the brochure: Jefferson Early Childhood Center.

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.

information to set up parent account

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:


Washington Makes a Difference!

Thanks to the leadership of our Student Council, Mrs. Kim Dillon, and Mr. David Ourada, Washington had a very successful food drive for Make A Difference Day. We stuffed the truck to benefit People's Resource Center. Way to go, Knights!

Cooler Weather is Here!

Washington uses a Cold Weather Color Scale to serve as a guideline for dressing for the weather. We do our best to enforce these guidelines for recess grades ADK-2nd and we highly encourage them for grades 3-5. 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 Our School/School Information or by clicking this link: Cold Weather Scale.

Box Tops for Education & Coke Rewards

PTA collects both Box Tops and Coke Rewards; both are easy ways you can help raise money for Washington. Mrs. Mandie Porick coordinates both programs. A Box Top submission deadline is approaching; the last day for this submission period to turn in Box Tops is Friday, October 26. They can be sent to school in your child’s take home folder placed in an envelope labeled Box Tops or in a ziplock. The next submission deadline is in December. Coke Rewards can be sent in this way as well.

Looking for Yearbook Photos

Throughout the year, if you have photos of Washington events, please consider submitting them to be part of the yearbook. Email them to Cher Kachelmuss at

WNHS Show Choir Housewalk

Check out this information about the annual housewalk benefitting the WNHS show choir: Housewalk.

Elementary Handbook

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