October 5, 2020
Letter from Mrs. Craig
Dear, Washington Parents -
I'm so happy to write you as we begin this sixth week of school! The children are doing a wonderful job with our new routines and protocols. The past five weeks have gone extremely well, and I would like to thank you all for your partnership. It truly is a community effort to keep us all healthy and keep school open for our kids.
We truly appreciate how conscientious everyone has been about following the health guidelines and protocols, including staying home if symptoms are present. Your adherence to this and your excellent communication have played a large part in how smooth of a start we have had. I remind the staff that it is just as important to follow the guidelines on day 30, day 50, etc. as it is to follow them the first week of school, so I share the same with you. Thank you for all of your cooperation and support, and let's keep in-person learning happening for our kids!
I am so grateful and proud to work with such a wonderful school community!
So Happy to be Back at School!
Thinking Ahead to Halloween
We do invite students to wear orange and black or fall-themed clothing on Friday, October 30th. No costumes will be allowed including, but not limited to: costume masks, face paint, wigs, hats, and costume accessories. Teachers will be engaging students in special Halloween and fall-themed activities during the school day such as games and crafts in addition to providing instruction. We are committed to incorporating fun into the day! A huge thanks to the PTA for funding the celebration activities.
We know it will cause some disappointment to miss some of our usual traditions, but this was a districtwide decision made with health and safety in mind. The top priorities are health and keeping in-person school open for our students.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
IMPORTANT - Chromebooks - 1:1 Devices
If you would like to set up a virtual conference with any of our specials teachers, you can email them directly:
Denise Roche, art firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Pappalardo, music email@example.com
Scott Koester, PE firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanne Johannesen, orchestra email@example.com
Mike Klos, band firstname.lastname@example.org
October 9 - Crazy Hair/Hat Day
October 12 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day
October 12-23 - PTA Butterbraids Fundraiser - Online Sales
October 15 - Kindergarten physicals due to Health Office
October 19-23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences via Google Meets/Zoom
October 30 - Teacher-led classroom Halloween/Fall activities
November 3 - NO SCHOOL - Election Day
November 10 - PTA Butterbraids Curbside Pick-up 3:00pm-6:00pm
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 13 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
November 17 - PTA Meeting via Zoom 7:00pm
November 23-27 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Coming Soon - Virtual Chorus for Grades 3,4,5!
From the Health Office
PTA ButterBraids are Coming!
It's that time of year again - ButterBraid season!
The Washington PTA will once again sponsor a ButterBraid fundraiser this month - just in time for the holiday season! Information about how to place orders online will be sent out to all parents via email next week, with the order window running from October 12 - 23rd. Orders will be ready for a safe, curbside pickup on November 10th from 3-6 pm. Please watch your email and MemberHub for more information.
Reminders for Arrival/Dismissal
- Once on property past the red flow zone gates, all bicycles and scooter should be walked.
- Dogs and other pets should not be on school property during arrival, dismissal, and school hours including BASP.
- All adults and children over the age of 2 must wear a mask when on school property, including outside during arrival/dismissal. Please have your child put on his/her mask before leaving your vehicle during morning arrival.
- Adults should remain in their vehicles during flow zone arrival and dismissal. Children should exit and enter their vehicles on the passenger side of the car to avoid walking between cars.
- Being on a handheld cell phone while operating a vehicle is prohibited.
Thank you for partnering with us in our efforts to keep everyone healthy and safe.
Breakfast and Lunch Available Free to ALL Students
Meal and Fee Waivers
Attached are links for the Meal waiver (breakfast and lunch) program and a link for the Fee waiver. If you are unable to print the documents, you may contact the school office at 630.682.2222 and a form will be mailed to you or sent home with your child. Please send completed forms into the Washington office.
Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - English
Office/Parent Visitor Procedures
If you do have an item that is urgent and necessary to drop off at school, you will most likely be directed to leave the item in the vesitbule. Parents and visitors that are deemed necessary to enter the office will undergo a symptom screening and temperature check.
If you are called by the health office or need to see the nurse, please wait in the main office area; do not proceed back to the health office. This is for the health and safety of students, staff, and parents.
Lastly, we will not be having parent volunteers and visitors in the building beyond the office this year while we are under the current health guidelines.
Washington truly values the partnerships we have long had with our wonderful parent community. Please understand that these procedures are due to health guidelines; we must follow them in the interest of health and keeping in-person school happening.