The Cougar Connection

Washington Avenue School News - 2/22/16


Tuesday 2/23- Mixed Bag Fundraiser Begins

Thursday 2/29 - Walk to School Day


Tuesday 3/1-Battle of the Books Begins

Monday 3/7 - Bd. of Education Meeting

Tuesday 3/8 - Mixed Bag Orders Due

Saturday 3/12 - Circus Trip

Monday 3/28-Report Cards Issued

Friday 4/1-Spelling Bee-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 4/6-PTO Community Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Principal's Update - Mary Quigley

Kindness in Action.....Kudos to Lacey Polychronopoulos in 2T for adopting for our school, a cougar through the World Wildlife Fund. Lacy used her own money for this endeavor. Thank you Lacey!

Special Events Day is around the corner and I see that many of our parents are involved. I would invite anyone to stop in on Feb. 29 and take a peek at what the children are doing and the bulletin boards that will be focusing on our theme. The bulletin boards will be up for two weeks so that children, staff and parents can have time to learn good ideas about health, wellness and nutrition.

Enjoy the week ahead!

What is happening in the WAS Library?

Washington Avenue School Library

Lots of exciting things going on in our library – We have started our practice battles for the Battle of the Books in 3rd grade and the pre-school, kindergarten and 1st grades have been learning all about Dr. Seuss and will be ready to celebrate his birthday on March 2nd.

The 2nd grades have been learning all about our classic collection and our biographies – they have been reading up a storm!

Third grade families will receive more information about dates of the battles – this year our winning team will be competing against Southern Boulevard School at the Lafayette Media Center on March 16th at 4pm.

The planetarium will be here in May for an exciting week of lessons, thanks again to the CEF for their most generous addition to our district!

Mrs. Szoke

WAS PTO President's UPDATE Michelle Lease

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Monday for Special Events Day! It's going to be a fantastic day! We are planning a yoga morning for the spring & looking for someone to chair this event. If you are interested please email Thank you!

PTO COMMUNITY MEETINGS - this means you!

It has come to our attention that there may have been some confusion regarding the quarterly WAS PTO meetings. We learned that many WAS parents believed these meetings were just for members of the PTO Board, committee chairs, committee volunteers, etc.

This is NOT the case! We apologize if the name of the meeting created confusion, but these meetings are in fact for ALL WAS parents. The meetings provide updates on WAS information as as well as important district information. There are also wonderful guests speakers and an open Q/A format. If you are a WAS parent, this is a meeting for you! You are welcome and encouraged to attend. Going forward we will be referring to our quarterly meetings as PTO Community Meeting. We hope to see you on April 6th at our next meeting!

PTO Thank you's

Thank you to Anne Davenport & Chris Kania for another great pizza day! Jennifer Bankert for her work as co-chair of the strings program. Kristi Azzinaro & Anne Molinaro for being fabulous treasurers!


Special Events Day is next Monday, February 29th! Our school will be transformed into a WELLNESS WONDERLAND! Thanks to all that have signed up to help! We look forward to seeing you all next week!



We wanted to share with you this wonderful story of kindness in action! A teen in Utah bought every girl in his school a flower for Valentines Day so they all felt included! Kindness truly makes the world a better place! Enjoy this heartwarming news story!

Mixed bag fundraiser

Our Mixed Bag Fundraiser begins tomorrow, Tuesday Feb 23rd. Please be sure to keep an eye out for the catalogs coming home in the student backpacks. There are so many great ecofriendly items for sale, from amazing bags to tons of innovative kitchen gadgets. The sale will run for two weeks with order forms being due by Tuesday, March 8th. All orders will be filled and returned to you before Mother's Day, so when ordering remember those important woman in your life! Any questions please contact Shannon Matter @ or Dawn Caputo-Davison @


Don't let the winter weather stop you! Support WAS's green efforts and walk to school this Thursday, 2/29!

2016-2017 School Supplies

Check it off your can pre-order next year's school supplies now! All you have to do is to visit


Please visit our PTO Community Corner for more information on these and other community and programs. CLICK HERE TO VISIT COMMUNITY CORNER.

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