Washington Weekly

Friday, May 3rd 2019


Mr. Russell, Principal - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Schram, Administrative Assistant - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Hill-Gordon - Educational Assistant - 414.773.1806

Attendance Line - 414.773.1802

Thank You!!!

What an amazing day---Thank you to all the presenters, staff, teachers and parents for all your efforts in making this an unforgettable day for our students! We will be doing more specific shout-outs of thanks in the coming weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Russell

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Parent Chat Session #2

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may know, the Wauwatosa School District has adopted its first District Equity Plan. In brief, this plan consists of five main pillars developed through extensive dialogues with the Wauwatosa School District’s Equity team. It also has its theory of action tied to the Culturally Proficient Schools and Administration Offices policy 5440. The team created the following five pillars:

  1. Empower all students to achieve their own academic vision/goals and encourage excellence in education for all;

  2. Increase and improve cultural awareness/competence of all teachers, administrators, and staff;

  3. Ensure a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and equitable school environment for all, where we value all students and respect their differences;

  4. Recruit, hire, and retain teachers, administrators, and staff of color; and,

  5. Strengthen parent and community partnerships.

In regard to Pillar 5, Strengthen Parent and Community Partnerships, I would like to invite you to a sharing opportunity in an open dialogue format. On Thursday, May 9th 5:30pm, please come to share your thoughts about your family’s overall experience at Washington. Childcare for children ages 4-13 will be available during the meeting. Please complete this questionarre if you plan to use the childcare services.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact me at 414-773-1800. I look forward to this opportunity.


Joe Russell

The importance of equity work in the Wauwatosa School District extends through many years of dialogue, collaboration and action plans. This work can be seen in many of our documents that have been created over the last 5 years. These documents include our Culturally Proficient Schools and Administration Offices (CPSA) policy 5440, Strategic Objectives 2016-2021, Wauwatosa Core Principles of Teaching and Learning for All, District Teaching and Learning Alignment, and our Instructional Framework. The outcomes of these documents are a part of our continuous learning as a district. We believe these documents will help us exceed the expectations of culturally relevant teaching and high academic achievement for all.

Kindergarten African Market

The senior kindergartners will hold an African Market during the lunch hour on Thursday, May 16th. All items will be sold for $1.00. Monies raised at the market will be donated to the organization Nothing But Nets which purchases mosquito nets for families in Africa. Last year, the SK African Market raised over $500 which purchased 50 nets for families. The market will include jewelry, small toys, baked goods and much more.

2019-2020 Class Placement Form and Returning to Washington Questionaire

Please click here for the 2019-2020 Classroom Placement Form. This form allows you to share information about your children that would help us in determining where children might be placed next year. Please return this form to Mr. Russell by May 10th.

If your family won't be returning to Washington for the 2019-2020 school year, please click here and answer a few questions. This will help us in planning for our upcoming enrollment decisions.

Timberwolf Trot All School Incentive

We surpassed our goal and we are seeking some help with our All School Incentive as sleeping on the roof is played out! Time for something new. In considering several options, we have found something that we think our students will absolutely love, but

We NEED some parent support.

Are you creative?

Do you like to make a mess?

Do you like to laugh?

Do you remember Double D.A.R.E??

Intrigued? I have three staff members on a small team needing some help planning a fun obstacle course type assembly for teachers when we meet our Trot goal.

Please click here if you are interested.

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Thanks for considering to help! Marc Summers appreciates you!! So does Mr. Russell and the staff!

PTA Update...

What a spectacular High Interest Day! Thank you Washington - our community is amazing! It's we have met and exceeded our goal. We' re Collecting donations through next Friday, 5/10. Look for our final total in next week's updates. Ask your kids to tell you about how special today was. It was nothing short of amazing!

Next week is another terrific week - Teacher Appreciation Week! Please send in gift cards all through next week to show how much you adore the staff at Washington!

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Club Photos this Monday, May 6th!

VIP will be at Washington this Monday May 6th to take Group/Club Photos for the yearbook.

The group photo schedule is as follows:

7:55 Group photo of Jr. Choir Members
8:55 Junior Kindergarten AM in Cap and Gown
9:15 Group photo of Sr Choir Members

9:20 Group photo of band Members

9:30 Group photo of orchestra members

9:45 5th grade class picture

Nominate a WSD Employee for the Distinguished Service Award!

Dear Wauwatosa School District Staff and Families -

Do you know a Wauwatosa School District employee that goes "above and beyond" normal expectations and embodies exemplary service and dedication in their work? YOU can help them be recognized for their level of excellence by nominating them for the Distinguished Service Award!

Each year, during our Opening Day kickoff for the new school year, the Wauwatosa School Board recognizes staff members with this great honor. Employees, students, parents and community members are invited to nominate individuals for the award. The criteria and process are as follows:

  • The nominee must have been employed by the District for at least three years.
  • The nominee can be recognized no more than once every three years. See Recent Recipients of Distinguished Service Award.
  • An individual may nominate no more than two employees each year.
  • The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 10, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.
  • A committee of the Board will review nominations and select the recipients.
  • When making its decision, the committee will consider (1) demonstrated services to the District which are distinguishable by excellence; (2) quantity and quality of accomplishments listed in the nominating paragraph; and (3) overall realization of this person’s going "above and beyond" normal expectations.
  • Recipients will be recognized at the Opening Day event in August.

You can nominate an employee via this form.

If you have any questions, please contact our Supervisor of Human Resources, Dean Nemoir via email.

Thank you for helping recognize the work of our outstanding team members.


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Children's Theatre of Wauwatosa

CTW Players announces auditions for Cinderella

Students in grades 6-12 as of September 2019 are invited to audition for the fall trouping of Cinderella. The play, an original script by CTW, is a non-musical version of the original story. Various male and female roles are available.

1st Audition: Monday, May 13, 6:30 - 8:00pm (Arrive 15 - 20 minutes early to complete paperwork)

Callback Audition: Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Auditions are held at the Lois Weber Theater, Longfellow Middle School, 7600 W. North Avenue. Rehearsals will be held 3 times per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 6:30-9pm, beginning Wednesday, September 4th. In lieu of a Labor Day rehearsal, there will be one Saturday rehearsal on September 7th at 9:00am. Tentative performance dates are October 19, 26, and a daytime date during the week of October 14.

For further information email Fran Panek at franpanek@me.com or Lynn Leider at lleider2@gmail.com.

Right At School Summer Camp

Click here for the Washington summer camp flyer. The summer program is at a discounted rate if you register early, $25.00 per week savings.

Important Dates

May 9th - Parent Chat Session #2

May 16th - PTA Meeting

April Breakfast/lunch menus, meal application, account payments

Sodexo food service menu app, SoHappy!

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The April menus are available.

Breakfast menu

Lunch menu

Did you know that you can make meal account payments and check balances by signing up at https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome?

If you prefer, you can also submit cash or check payments in the school office and we will put them in the meal programs drop box to be added to the account on the same day. Checks should be made payable to Wauwatosa School FSD.

Community Flyers & District Newsletter

Be sure to check out the community flyers page to find out what is happening in Wauwatosa and the surrounding area: https://www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/domain/210 **If your child is interested in synchronized swimming, you may want to check out the flyer about the beginner rec club in the link above! Some of our Washington students are in the club.**

The district newsletters that are also available here for your review.

Due to High Interest Day and the Timberwolf Trot, PAWS winners were not selected today.