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October 5, 2020

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Letter from Mrs. Craig

October 5, 2020


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!


With gratitude,

Jennifer Craig

Principal

So Happy to be Back at School!

Thinking Ahead to Halloween

This year, Friday, October 30th, is the day we would traditionally celebrate Halloween in school. We do plan to still make this day special, but this year due to covid mitigation, we will NOT be including the following: wearing of costumes, parades, volunteers in the building, use of food, and sharing of materials.


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

Every student in grades 1- 5 has received a chromebook and charger to use during the school day and at home. Kindergarten devices will be assigned in the near future. It will be a student/parent responsibility to charge the device nightly at home and to ensure the student has the chromebook in his/her backpack to bring to school each day. Parents must complete the CUSD 200 Acceptable Use & Chromebook Care Agreement.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will occur the week of October 19th via Google Meets/Zoom. Your child's teacher will contact you soon to set up a 20 minute conference time.


If you would like to set up a virtual conference with any of our specials teachers, you can email them directly:


Denise Roche, art denise.roche@cusd200.org


Christina Pappalardo, music christina.pappalardo@cusd200.org


Scott Koester, PE scott.koester@cusd200.org


Jeanne Johannesen, orchestra jeanne.johannesen@cusd200.org


Mike Klos, band michael.klos@cusd200.org

October/November Dates

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!

Music teacher, Christina Pappalardo, will begin Virtual Chorus on Monday, October 19th from 3:00pm until 3:30pm. This activity is open to Washington 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in-person and Virtual Academy. You can sign-your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade child up for Virtual Chorus here. Contact Ms. Pappalardo with questions at christina.pappalardo@cusd200.org.

From the Health Office

This year, it’s more important than ever to get a flu vaccine. @Access DuPage is partnering with Walgreens to offer free flu shots to low-income, uninsured residents of DuPage County. Request a voucher at accessdupage.org/flu.

Birthday Celebrations

This year we have to ask you to refrain from sending your child with items to distribute for his/her birthday. Per the CUSD 200 Wellness Policy, food is never allowed for birthday celebrations, but due to COVID mitigation, we are going to refrain from allowing students to pass out items (pencils, stickers, etc.) to classmates. Our teachers will find ways to celebrate the students on their birthdays.

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

Thank you for all of your support and cooperation in helping us implement our new procedures. Here are few important reminders:


  • 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

A meal bag with grab-and-go lunches and breakfasts are currently free to all students. Students may take lunch and a breakfast for the next morning prior to leaving school at 1:00pm. Regular or chocolate milk is available as well as part of the meal bag. Teachers will take orders each morning.

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


Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - Spanish


Fee Application Form - English and Spanish

Elementary Handbook

View the Elementary Handbook here.

Office/Parent Visitor Procedures

While the Washington office is open, and office staff are happy to assist you in any way, we ask that you refrain from dropping items off for your child this fall in order to limit office traffic. With physical distancing, we are only able to accommodate two parents at a time in the office. Moving lunch, recess, and PE outside of the 9:00am-1:00pm attendance day should reduce the need for dropping off items. Please send paperwork for the office with your child marked accordingly. We will not be accepting homework into the office; please have your child bring it the next day if it is forgotten at home.


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.

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