Washington Weekly

Updates from Washington Elementary - Fri, Sept 1st


Mr. Russell, Principal - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Schram, Administrative Assistant - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Hill-Gordon - Educational Assistant - 414.773.1806

Attendance Line - 414.773.1802

Welcome Back!

We had an excellent first day of school and hope your child(ren) enjoyed themselves as well. The first day of school is always filled with much anticipation and excitement for students, families and staff. I hope that your child(ren) shared positive feelings about their time at school today. Click on link to enjoy some 1st day of school photos.

I'd like to again welcome back all of our returning Washington families, as well as, welcome all new families to our community. In addition, please help me welcome some new staff to Washington:

  • Jenny Di Meo - 5th Grade

  • Loni Gornick - Orchestra

  • Niki Higgins - Psychologist

  • Tanya Jahr - Physical Therapist

  • Brittany Khatib - Library Media Specialist Coordinator

  • Cindy Nolette - 2nd Grade

  • Nicole Schroeder - Spanish

Changing Places....

  • Michael Brock - Equity Coach @ Washington

  • Beth Kimmel - Instructional Design Support Teacher

  • Andrew Pinn teaching 5th grade

Thank YOU!

Thanks to all families who attended our PTA sponsored Meet & Greet Pool Party on Monday evening. The weather held up and the atmosphere was even better with great company. Thanks to the following for making this welcome back event a memorable one for our students:

  • Thanks to our dedicated staff for their presence and availability at this event.
  • Thanks to our PTA for reserving the pool.
  • Thanks to Hoyt Pool, members and lifeguards for allowing over 500 Washington guests to take over the pool!

Thanks to our PTA for sponsoring treats this morning and afternoon. It was very nice to meet and speak with so many families. I continue to be so impressed with the amount of parent support that is provided to our entire school community.

Drop off and Pick Up Routines

Please take note: There is a handicap parking sign posted on the north end of the cutout on 67th Street. Cars, buses and daycare vans should avoid this area at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you ahead of time for being considerate to our neighbors on 67th and all around our building by NOT blocking driveways nor turning around in driveways. 67th street is extremely busy in the morning and at dismissal so your continued efforts at being patient and follow the posted rules help keep everyone safe.

Please review the link, Safe Routes to School: School Map, for some important reminders to help improve the safety of students and others around Washington School.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Early Release Wednesdays

Every Wednesday is an early release day for the Wauwatosa School District. Students in afternoon Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten through 5th grades will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. There is a form in the registration packets that needs to be returned so we know where your child is supposed to go on Wednesdays. Please turn this form into the school asap and let your child's classroom teacher know the dismissal plans prior to next Wednesday. Should your dismissal procedures change throughout the year, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to update this information.

There will be no Homework Club option at Washington this year on Wednesdays. Here are the Wednesday Dismissal Options:
  • Dismissed to walk home (on their own) at 2:20 p.m.
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to go home with family or friend
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to the after school recreation program (I Can't Wait for Wednesdays) until 3:45 p.m.(must be pre-registered with recreation department).
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to Right at School's After School Program (Right Club) at Washington (must be pre-registered)
  • Dismissed to another childcare bus/van at 2:20pm.

Important Dates

Monday, September 4 - Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, September 6 - Early Release 2:20 dismissal

Thursday, September 7 - School Pictures

Thursday, September 21 - PTA Meeting @ 6:00pm (Room - TBD)

Forms & Fees

Please make sure to turn in all the required forms that were distributed in the registration packets as soon as possible. If you need extra copies or did not receive a packet, please contact the office.

School Safety Drills

Next week we will be practicing the first of many safety drills throughout the year. I wanted to inform you in case your child comes home and talks about it. We are required to do several drill throughout the year, including monthly evacuation (fire) drills, two severe weather and lockdown drills. We will inform parents about these drills as we practice them. During the month of September, we will practice each of the required drills to better review and evaluate our procedures as a staff.