Washington Weekly

Updates from Washington Elementary-Friday, March 23, 2018


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


Please help me in congratulating Karen Zimmerman, our School Social Worker, on her decision to retire at the end of the school year. Mrs. Zimmerman has been an unbelievable asset to our school community and she will be dearly missed. Please see the message below from Mrs. Zimmerman:


Dear Washington Families:

My request for early retirement has been approved by the School Board and I will be leaving Washington at the end of this school year. This decision is very bittersweet, because this has truly been a wonderful place to work. For the past 18 years at Washington and 27.5 years in the district I have been so fortunate to be a part of such a supportive community. I have had the pleasure of watching young children grow into these amazing human beings! I have seen the support that the families in this school community have given our school and other families to better enrich the lives of children. I have worked with the most dedicated staff of individuals who continually give so much each and every day to educate and nurture children. I can’t thank this school community enough for this wonderful journey.

Washington IS the best school in the USA!


Karen Zimmerman, MSW

School Social Worker

Good luck DI Teams!

Two Washington Destination Imagination (DI) Teams will be competing at the state tournament in UW-Stevens Point tomorrow. Team members and coaches are:

Jordan Beck's Scientific team

Harper Beck (3)

Olivia Omon (3)

Louis Riepenhoff (3)

Alexander Foreen (3)

Roman Kral (3)

Maggie Geisler (3)

Anna Richer (3)

Julia Burns' Improv team

Margaux Burns (4)

Colin Burns (4)

Teagan Hegg (4)

Grace Guertin (4)

Hanie Tiru (4)

Gioanina Koehler (4)


During the month of March we are focusing on kindness, which is connected to our school goal of increasing a sense of belonging with our students. We will be using the hashtags #teamkindness and #wearewashington to share our acts of kindness on social media.

It was awesome to see our JK through 5th grade students so eager to share their appreciation of so many different people, groups and/or organizations last week. Click here to view pictures from the kindness project.

Upcoming Kindness Projects -

Kindness Bingo

A kindness Bingo game will be sent home before Spring Break. This is a game that can be played at home with family and/or friends.

Tree of Kindness

A huge Kindness Tree will be created and located on the ground floor near the art room for all to see. Each student should have received receive paper leaves this week in their classroom. On one of the leaves, students will write about how they were kind to others. On the other leaf, students will write about one way others were kind to them. Leaves will then be placed on the tree prior to Spring Break. Extra leaves can be available if students wish to write about another kindness.


Washington Elementary’s First Annual All-School Read!

Oh what a journey! Will Edward ever make it home? Does he have a home? Keep reading Washington! Remember to turn in your trivia slips by Wednesday of each week to be included in the prize drawings. Win school store coupons and more!

Click here to listen to chapters read by special guests and Washington Staff, as well as links to our pacing guide and trivia questions.

Also, check out the following link to see photos from art class where Mrs. Finn is working with students to create clay models of Edward Tulane. Photos

School Store Closed until after Spring Break

The Washington School Store will be closed was closed this week and will be closed next week due to schedule changes. It will reopen after Spring Break.

Mrs. Kimmel

School Store Adviser


Rusalka, A Mermaid’s Tale

Dear PM JK Students, Parents and Grandparents,

You are cordially invited to the Opera for the Young’s production of Rusalka; A Mermaid’s Tale featuring Washington 5th Grade students as Creatures of the Coral Reef--Tuesday, March 27, 1:30 PM in the gym.

Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring this event.

EFW Run/Walk

Below you will find the link to register for the EFW Walk/Run which is Saturday, May 5, 2018. The Activity Number to search is 700001.


5th grade families ONLY...

Mrs. Zimmerman is setting up Academic and Career Portfolio Conferences (ACP) for all 5th grade students. Please find more details in the enclosed document and return the slip at the bottom of the document by next Monday, March 26. Thank you!

High Interest Day!

Washington Families,

Our highly anticipated High Interest Day will be held on Friday, April 27th sponsored by the Washington PTA. On this day all Washington students participate in activities that are different than our normal academic learning. We have presenters from all over the Milwaukee area come to teach students how to dance, play field hockey, become a journalist and even decorate a cake to name a few.

Do you have a special talent you think students would enjoy; knitting, yoga, making ice cream or pizza? These are just a few things that we would love to have our students try. If not, maybe you know someone you think might be interested in presenting to our students on this day.

If you would like to present to our students fill out this form so we can contact you with more information.

Thank You,

The High Interest Day Team

STEM Program Update

Click here for this weeks STEM Program update which includes more information on 4th grade and what they are learning about electricity!


Please read the following letter for reminders about head lice. (Letter)

The Wauwatosa School District recently implemented new guidelines for when to keep your child home from school. For more information, click here.


Please read the parking reminders for drop-off and dismissal below:

  • NEVER stop on the East side of 68th Street. There is NO stopping or parking on the East side of the road.

  • Do not park where you see orange traffic cones.

  • Only use the three (15 minute) parking spots at the corner of 68th Street/Garfield Avenue. Cars should NEVER be parked or stopped on the East side of 68th Street near the front door.

  • DO NOT turn around in our neighbors' driveways. Be patient and go around the block.

  • IF you are using the hug and go on 67th Street, do not leave your car. Stay in your car and a staff member will call your child down.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Cold Weather Reminder

Just a reminder to send your child(ren) with a coat, gloves, hat, snow pants and boots everyday. Please have all items labeled with your child's name including their boots. The only time we have indoor recess is if the temperature or wind chill is below 0 degrees or it is raining outside.

PTA Updates

Thanks to all who came out to the PTA meeting on Thursday! Our biggest school fundraiser, the Timberwolf TROT, launches Monday, 3/26. Watch for information in backpacks, on social media and school emails.

Keep reading Edward Tulane!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming events:

3/26-5/4 Timberwolf Trot fundraising window

4/13 Family Glow Dance Party at Washington

4/16 Chipotle Dine Out (50% comes back to school)

4/27 High Interest Day and Timberwolf Trot

5/9 Bike to School

5/14-5/18 Scholastic Book Fair

6/1 Fun fair

6/2 Girls on the Run 5K at Miller Park

School Photos

Click here to view photos and/or place an order. You will need to scroll down the page to "search" and enter in your child’s student ID number and last name. If you need your child’s student ID number, please call or email Mrs. Schram in the office at (414) 773-1800 or schramga@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us.

Community Flyers

A list of current community flyers, which include a number of activities and opportunities for students and families, can be found here: www.wauwatosaschools.org/communityflyers

The 2018-2019 district calendar is available here.

Also, AMF Bowlero has special offers on early release Wednesdays and non-school days. For all the details, click here.

March Menus

The March breakfast and lunch menus are available below.

March Breakfast Menu

March Lunch Menu

Click HERE to view a listing of our PAWS Winners for March 23rd. Congratulations students and keep up the good work!