Knightly News

December 13, 2015

All-School Winter Concert is TOMORROW!

Music teacher, Mrs. Robin Ryan, will lead all students K-5 in a winter music concert on Monday, December 14th. Each grade level, as well the 4th & 5th grade chorus, will perform. Two identical performances will occur in the Washington gym/lunchroom at 10am and 2pm. Doors to the gym will be opened for audience members at 9:30am and 1:30pm. The west parking lot will be open that day, but please know that parking is limited. Carpooling is highly encouraged! Your child may wear holiday attire Monday if you wish.

PARCC Update - Last Year's Scores & This Year's Dates

Students who were in grades 3,4,5 last year took the PARCC test in English language arts and math. Scores will be sent home Wednesday, December 16th with a letter from Assistant Superintendent Faith Dahlquist.

Last year, there were two PARCC testing windows; this year there is only one. The CUSD200 window for this year's PARCC test will be April 5-27. Exact testing dates for Washington 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be determined after winter break.

Please Keep our Students Safe

Please consider these reminders about student arrival and dismissal:

  • Please drive under 20 mph as you approach and leave school.
  • Please drive slowly and vigilantly in the flow zone.
  • Hand-held cell phone usage while driving is prohibited by state law, but ALL cell phone usage is prohibited while driving in a school zone.
  • Please do not drive around a bus while students are boarding/exiting the bus.
  • Dogs and other pets are not allowed on school property while children are present; please refrain from bringing them if you walk to drop-off or pick-up your child.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep all Washington students safe!

December Dates

Dec. 14 All-school Winter Concert 10am and 2pm

Dec. 15 & 16 - Erin's Law lessons in 2nd & 3rd grades

Dec. 16 - Just Woke Up Day - Students may wear pajamas to school

Dec. 18 Holiday Sing-a-long 1:45pm in gym followed by Holiday parties at 2:30 (Kindergarten AM party at 10:45)

Dec. 21 Winter break begins; school resumes Jan. 4

Holiday Party Information

The holiday party for morning kindergarten will be Friday, December 18th at 10:45am. The holiday sing-a-long will be in the gym Friday, December 18th at 1:45pm followed by parties at 2:30. Party volunteers will be able to go to classrooms for set-up beginning at 2pm. Parties include games, crafts, and treats all prepared by parent volunteers in communication with classroom teachers. Students will not be allowed to distribute candy or other edible treats. If you prefer your child not participate in the holiday activities, please contact your child's teacher as soon as possible.

PACE Testing Information

Parents interested in PACE testing for their children who are currently in grades 2-5 should read this information: PACE Spring 2016. The due date for PACE parent referrals is Thursday, January 14, 2016.

January Dates

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 8 - PTA Family Fun Home Depot Night at Washington 6:30pm-8:30pm

Jan. 12 - PTA Meeting 7pm

Jan. 13- Northside 5th grade Orchestra Festival at WNHS 7pm

Jan. 14 - PACE parent referrals due to PACE office

Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Jan. 18- NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 19 - ACCESS testing begins for students in the English Learners program

Jan. 25- Yearbook sales begin

Jan. 30 - PTA Pancake Breakfast 8:30am-10:30am

Kindergarten Dates Set

This year's Washington Kindergarten Round-up meeting for incoming kindergarten parents will be Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Washington. Registration begins at 6:30pm, and the informational meeting begins at 7pm. The districtwide informational meeting on All-Day Kindergarten will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7pm at Whittier Elementary School. Please share this information with neighbors who will have children in kindergarten next year.

If you have a child who will enter kindergarten Fall 2016, please let Donna Smejkal know at or (630) 682-2222.

Board of Education Approves 2016-2017 Calendar

View the 2016-2017 CUSD200 calendar here: 2016-2017 Calendar.

Erin's Law Letter

2nd and 3rd grade parents received this letter in backpacks. The Erin's Law lesson for these two grades will occur Dec. 15 and 16. Lessons for kindergarten and 1st grade will occur in January; a letter will go home in backpacks at least a week prior to the lesson.

Washington Hosts Board of Education Meeting

Washington hosted the Board of Education meeting December 9th. Mrs. Craig shared a report on facility enhancements that have occurred over the past two years that support student learning, including the learning garden and climbing wall. A newly added SmartTV and soon-to-arrive green screen will support students creating and collaborating in the LLC. The following video highlights cross-grade level collaboration occurring in the form of "Google Buddies!"
Google Buddies December 2015

Students Discover Coding is Fun!

The Hour of Code is a global movement encouraging students to learn computer science. For the past two weeks, library director Mr. Babb has been giving students in grades 2-5 opportunities to learn coding during library lessons using Flappy Bird, Angry Bird, and Star Wars games. Links to these, as well as to are available on the LLC webpage. Children can use them at can parents!

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Washington Students Advance in PTA Reflections Contest!

This year, there were 34 PTA Reflections entries from Washington; 19 advanced to the district level. We recently learned that six entries have advanced to the DuPage West Region. These students will be honored at a districtwide ceremony Monday, January 25, 2016 at Hubble Middle School at 6:30pm. They are:

Primary K-2

Ruth Manning for Film Production

Julia Manning for Literature

Intermediate 3-5

Chloe Zych for Dance Choreography

Patrick Zapf for Film Production

Alexandra Kroger for Dance Choreography

Evelyn Winchell for Literature

Way to Go, Knights! Thank you to Reflections chairperson, Deb Evans.

Donations Welcome!

The Health Office is in need of clothing. We would love to have donations of gently used pants and shirts for both boys and girls that would fit our K-2 students. New, still-packaged underwear and socks are needed too. Thank you for any help you can provide.

Health Office Staffing

Our Monday through Wednesday nurse Amy Orr has taken another job opportunity. We currently have a substitute nurse Monday through Wednesday, Karen Clarke, RN. We expect to have a permanent replacement for Nurse Amy in January. Jackie Corso continues as our certified school nurse. She is at Washington every Thursday and Friday and can be reached at if you have any health questions or concerns.

It's Cold Weather Scale Time!

Washington uses a Cold Weather Color Scale to serve as a guideline for dressing for the weather. These guidelines are enforced for recess grades ADK-3rd and highly encouraged for grades 4 & 5. If the feels-like temperature is below zero or there is heavy rain/snow, we have recess indoors. Otherwise, we like to give students time to play in the fresh air. Boots and snowpants are needed to play in snow. Please encourage your child to dress appropriately for the weather.

You can view the Cold Weather Scale on the Washington website under the Parents & Students heading or by clicking this link: Cold Weather Scale.

WatchDOGS - More information Coming Soon!

The WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) program has been a great success! Information on signing up for a February-May WatchDOGS duty will be coming soon!

1st Graders Journey to the North Pole!

On Friday, December 11th, the 1st graders followed the Washington tradition of boarding the Polar Express and traveling to the North Pole. They brought stuffed animals for the journey and enjoyed hot cocoa and a reading of Chris Van Allsburg's Polar Express by Conductor Craig. Each 1st grade class also worked together to create their own photo story of Polar Express. It was a chilly but fun ride!

Has a CUSD200 Teacher Been an Inspiration to your Child?

Check out the Inspiration nominations link below.

Going to Target??

If you shop at Target, please consider designating Washington as the school to benefit from your purchases. Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and to help Washington! Sign up is easy at the link below:

Red Robin also Gives Money Back to Schools

If your family dines at Red Robin, you can designate Washington to benefit from 1% of your bill. Check out the program here Red Robin Royalty