Raider Reader - October 2023
Dates To Remember
October 5: Good News Club 2:40pm-4:00pm in Room #66October 6: Picture day 7:45am-1:00pm
October 9: PTA meeting @ 6:30pm in Washington Library
October 12 & 16: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30pm-7:30pm
October 13: Girl Scouts Presentations in class 9:15am-10:15am
October 16th: Author Visit & Book Signing 1:00pm-2:20pm
October 16th: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30pm-7:30pm
October 18th: Early Out Day-School Day Ends at 12:47pm
October 19 & 20: No School-NDCEL Conference
October 26: Scholastic Book Fair 8:00am-4:00pm
October 26: Good News Club 2:40pm-4:00pm in Room #66
October 27: Vision Screening 9:00am-11:00am
October 27: PTA Fall Festival in Washington Gym 6:30pm-8:00pm
October 31: End of First Quarter
Picture Day October 6th!
Parent Teacher Conferences October 12th & 16th
Andrea Wang Author Visit October 16th
Andrea Wang will be visiting our school on October 16th from 1:40-2:25 in the Multipurpose Room for grades 3-5 pm. She will be talking about her author’s journey and specifically the book “Watercress.” If students would like to purchase a book to be signed the form is due back to the library by October 3rd. Students can meet the author and get their book signed in the Library after the assembly.
Counselor's Corner on Suicide Awareness
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among school age youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority, and are empowered to take the correct actions, we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.
In the Schools - What We are Doing
Sometimes students report to counselors suicidal thoughts or other indicators that warn of suicide. Other times it is a student's friend who reports their concerns to a counselor, who then meets with the student to investigate these concerns. We deeply appreciate and depend on these reports. In both cases the counselors evaluate the situation, contact the parents, and make referrals to the appropriate resources. In addition to responding to individual students’ needs around the issue of suicidal thoughts as they arise, counselors at the middle schools and high schools are also addressing this topic and prevention in a variety of ways. All teachers will receive information regarding warning signs for students and resources.
Parents, teachers and counselors are all a vital part of your child’s education and mental well-being. If a child makes statements about self-harm at school, it is our job to communicate and work together to ensure safety and resources when appropriate. You know your child best and may be the first one to notice any changes in your child.
Please reach out to your school counselors if you have any questions or concerns about your child. The following resources are also excellent sources of information!
Jason Foundation Parent Resource Program http://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/parent/parent-resource-program/ This website contains basic information about suicide and how you as a parent or guardian can help prevent youth suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1–800–273-TALK (8255) The Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free phone line for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. An online chat option is available at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx
The PTA Meeting will be October 9th at 6:30pm in the Washington Library.
The PTA Fall Festival celebration for Washington families will be October 27th from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Please reach out if you have any questions.
Washington Elementary School
1725 Broadway N
Fargo ND 58102
Good News Club
Box Tops for Education
Washington School is a member of Box Tops for Education, and by using the easy-to-use App, we can earn money for the school to use for our students!
Box Tops for Education was started by General Mills in California back in 1996, after the company decided they wanted to create a program to help support education and benefit America's schools.
Currently, Over 90,000 K-8 schools are enrolled in the Box Tops program.
It’s easy to participate, as you can download the App from your App Store to your phone or tablet (See Below) and then scan your grocery store receipts with your device's camera. It’s that easy!
1. Download the App
2. Create an Account
3. Go To: "Find a School", use Zip Code 58102, and choose Washington Elementary School
4. Click "Complete Profile" and you're ready to scan your first receipt!
This will be great for our school and helps us purchase extra supplies for our students! Please take a moment to sign up and remember to scan your receipts. Thank you for supporting our school!
New Texting Option for Attendance
Now you have the option to text the Washington Office about your student's absence or late arrival! There is a specific number for texting, please do not text the landlines as texts are not received on these lines.
The Attendance Texting Number is: 701-446-8541.
Attention GMail and Hotmail Users
If you have a Hotmail or GMail email address and you think you might be missing school notification messages, please follow the steps in this linked document to create a contact/people entry for the firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com email address.
That process will add the email to your “safe sender” list and help make sure you see all emails from Fargo Public Schools and Washington Elementary School.
Every Friday will be Spirit Day at Washington School! We will show our Washington Spirit by wearing Washington clothing or the colors blue and gold. We ask parents to join us in this activity by wearing their Washington clothing or the colors blue and gold at home or at your place of work.
Boys & Girls Club
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC) offers affordable and flexible youth development programs for before school, after school, and school-out days for youth K-5th grades, and The CLUB Teen Center at our BGC Midtown location after school and summer for teens 6th through 12th grade.
- We’ve increased our capacity for after-school activities at The CLUB Teen Center at BGC Midtown, cost is only $10 per teen annually, and registration opens in May. Spots open for Summer 2023!
- And we’ve launched the Maris Academy, a year-long program designed specifically for grades 6-12 that provides exciting career exploration opportunities right here in our community!
- Register for the BGC Driving Great Futures Charity Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15 at Suite Shots! BGCRRV.org/events
Visit our website at BGCRRV.org for more information.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley
Scheduling, Registration, & General Information
Is your family living in any of the following?
- A shelter, motel, car or campground
- With friends/family because you can't afford housing or have been evicted
- On the street
- In an abandoned building or trailer
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your child(ren) may be eligible for McKinney-Vento services. Please call Mary at (701) 446-2456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility.