Welcome to Washington Elementary

November 2019

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Coming up

November 1 - Half day for students, Classes dismiss @ 11:40 / PJ & Stuffed Animal Spirit Day ($1 each to participate)

November 4 - Stepped Up Assembly for October 2019

November 6 - PLC Late Start, Classes begin @ 9:45 am / Bottle Drive

November 8 - Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser is due today / Popcorn Friday $1 per bag

November 11 - 15, Book Fair

November 12 - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences /

November 14 - Half Day for Students, Classes dismiss @ 11:40 am / Parent Teacher Conferences

November 15 - Half Day for Staff and Students, Classes dismiss @ 11:40 / State vs Michigan Spirit Day

November 18 - STP Meeting @ 6:30 pm

November 25 - Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser Delivery

November 27 - Half day for Staff and Students, Classes dismiss @ 11:40 / Thanksgiving Break begins, Classes resume on December 2nd

From the Principal

Karen Bracey


Parent teacher conferences notes with your designated times were sent home Monday November 4th. If you have any questions regarding your time, please contact the office. These times have been scheduled at 15 minute blocks per child. Please be respectful of these time blocks. If you find yourself in a position in which you may need more time, please speak with the teacher about meeting at an additional time after the conclusion of your conference. If one teacher gets behind in their schedule, it can impact the entire school. We have made every effort to schedule siblings at similar times to provide convenience for our parents with multiple children in the building. Parents, please consider writing a small list of questions you may have for the teacher to utilize the time efficiently. Please click on the link below to view Parent Report Card FAQ's.

Lastly, remember the book fair will be set up in the parent workroom, please remember to stop in to support STP. Also, children may be in the building due to the book fair, therefore, it is that important that children observe adults treating each other with respect at all times.

Drop Off Loop

Parents we are providing a safety video link (https://youtu.be/vOShcu7crJU) that was created by School Safety Officer, Mr. Tom Cowhy to assist during arrival and dismissal times. It is important to keep in mind that the busiest time for the parent drop off loop in the morning is between 8:20-8:30am. Supervision begins at 8:00am and the loop is less congested from 8:00-8:10am. It is important that we are patient and we do not pass cars on the driver's side as this is unsafe since pedestrians are walking from the parking across the street. Please utilize the parking lot and additional parking when at all possible in the morning if you are planning to walk your child to the door. We are looking for any volunteers that may be interested in assisting with traffic flow in the morning from 8:00-8:30am. Please talk to Mrs. Bracey if interested.

Book Fair Hours

November 11th - 15th in our Media Center

Monday: 3:30 - 6:30

Tuesday: 5:00 - 8:00

Wednesday: 3:30 - 5:00

Thursday: 12:00 - 3:30 and 5:00 - 8:00

Friday: 11:40 - 1:30

Online Shopping is also available at https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/washingtonelementaryschool15

Happy Shopping!!!

Friendly Reminders

  • If end of day transportation will be different, please contact the office before 2:45 pm or send in a note to let us know of the changes. We are unable to accept changes directly from your child.
  • If before or after school child care is needed, please contact Latchkey @ 388-0107.
  • We have Marysville High School home sporting event student tickets available for purchase in the office. These are for regular season games and they are $2.00/ticket.
  • Check out Washington’s calendar for monthly events on the Marysville Public Schools website.
  • Don't forget to sign up for Remind, we often post updates/reminders about important school events/information. Please click on the Remind link http://remind.com/join/99kef3 to sign up.

Attendance Policy

Each elementary school will closely monitor all student attendance records. Because a child’s attendance remains the responsibility of the parents/guardians, the school can only provide the information to help support the importance of school attendance and the documentation for the actual days a student attends. If a student’s attendance record warrants attention due to excessive absences, a letter of information, a letter to request a conference, or a notice for a referral to the St. Clair County RESA Attendance Officer, will be sent to the parents/guardians. At the elementary level, childhood illnesses and chronic illnesses or medical conditions can impact attendance. It is expected that a parent whose child fits in this category begin the verification process at the start of the school year and continue during the year to reduce the likelihood of receiving notification letters concerning their child’s attendance record.

A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in class when the instructional period begins. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. will be marked absent for the morning. Students leaving before 3:00 p.m. will be marked absent for the afternoon.

If a student acquires 6 absences, within a semester, an informational letter will be sent to the parents/guardians. If, during the school year, absences reach 10 days, a letter will be sent requesting parents to contact the principal and forwarded to the county truancy officer.


We had a wonderful Halloween day despite the rain. Students enjoyed a school-wide parade and then participated in some fun Halloween festivities in their classrooms. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped with classroom parties or donated goodies. We appreciate your support.

Students that STEPPED UP in September 2019

Begindergarten - Eli Michelsen / DK - Juliette Kacafirek

ECSE AM - Sawyer Henderson / ECSE PM - Akira Churchill

KA - Emily LaVere / KB - Mina Love / KC - Kaleb Smith

1A - Malayah Barr / 1B - Erin Smith / 1C - Ruby Sullivan

2A - Arianna Wilson / 2B - Hunter Nicolai / 2C - Cassidy McMann

3A - Evelynn Connell / 3B - Rebecca Newmann

4A - Jordyn Cobb / 4B - Kaylee Forbes / 4C - Allyson Schindler

5A - Jackson Smith / 5B - Madison Ureel / 5C - Shane Evans

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Viking Spirit Award Winner

Each month the district recognizes one student from each building that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Washington Elementary is proud of the following student who received this recognition for this achievement in September. Congratulations to Ryker Settel.

Art News

We are looking forward to another fabulous year in the Art room here at Washington! In order to stay up to date on announcements and what is happening in Art, please follow us on Facebook, Mrs. Sparschu's Art Room for B classes or Mrs. Cody's Elementary Art- Marysville Public Schools for A and C classes. Thank you!

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Art Hop

Congratulations to the following students!

Maria Cantanzaro, Morgan Leverich, Isabel Catanzaro, Liam Roberts, Brady Wright, Keegan Moran, Cordelia Baker, Ellasyn Baker, Camryn Bopra, Bram Love, Grace Hinkle, Grace Woodburn, and Zoe Day.

Garden Club

Washington Elementary is proud to announce our new Garden Club! Their advisor, Veronica Dimick, reports that the Garden Club has 42 members who worked very hard at their first meeting, planting over 300 tulip, crocus, and daffodil bulbs in the school flower bed, all of which were donated by parents. The Garden Club’s main goal is to create a Monarch Waystation on the school grounds. This means they will plant annuals and perennials in the flower beds around the school that are ideal host and nectar plants to support the dwindling Monarch butterfly population. The Garden Club will also hopefully be able to collect Monarch caterpillars for classrooms so students can watch their life cycle and eventually release butterflies. They are looking forward to a great year of learning and getting dirty!

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Safety of Students

Supervision in the morning does not begin until 8:00 am. Many students are arriving before 8:00 am and waiting outside and in the vestibule area. These students are unsupervised and many are not following school rules and are causing a disruption, as well as being a safety issue. If you need daycare before 8:00 am please contact the Marysville Children Center to get signed up Latchkey in our building. The Marysville Children's Center phone number is 364-3165.

Winter Weather

Please send your child to school every day prepared for outdoor recess. Students need snow pants and boots to be able to leave the blacktop during snowy conditions. Having proper winter clothing (snow pants, boots, hats and gloves) will allow students to participate in outdoor recess. Students that are not properly prepared for the weather are often very disappointed because they cannot use the playground equipment or play in the snow.

As the cold weather approaches we find that many students are in need of warm weather gear. We have been very fortunate to have coats, hats, and mittens donated to our office to allow students to borrow outdoor gear during recess. However, we could use gently used snow pants and boots. If anyone finds that their children may have outgrown these items and would be willing to donate them to our school, we would greatly appreciate it.

STP Highlights

STP is our school Parent/Teacher Group, they work very hard all year by organizing fun and exciting fundraising events like our Fun Run, Movie Nights etc. Please consider attending the next STP meeting on Monday, November 18th at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can be more involved in your child's school and connect with other parents!

We would like to thank all the parents who have donated through our fundraisers or who have donated their time to make our events possible. We truly appreciate your continued support.

Marysville Public Schools Board of Education

Dave Schmorrow, President ~ Kevin Palmateer, Vice President ~ Nicole Winston, Secretary ~ Dave Watson, Treasurer ~ Michelle Kut, Trustee ~ Barry Kreiner, Trustee ~ Ben Lasher, Trustee