Knightly News

June 8, 2015

Welcome to Knightly News!

Look for the next issue of Knightly News in early August! Happy Summer!

End of Year Letter from Mrs. Craig

The following note went home in the backpacks of the oldest child in the family on Thursday, June 4th. End of Year Letter

A Celebration of Learning!

We gathered together on our last afternoon to celebrate our year of learning. We recognized students who participated in various activities, listened to a great chorus performance, and watched some culminating slide shows and videos created by Mr. Babb.

5th grade teachers presented the Lucas Barnes (former Washington student) award to three students. This year the winners were Kaela Maghinang, Milica Ivanovic, and Moises Hernandez. They each received a dictionary provided by the Barnes family and their names will be on a plaque that remains on display in the 5th grade hallway. Congratulations!

You can view all of the end-of-the-year videos on our Washington You Tube Channel or by clicking here:

End of the Year 2014-2015

Outdoor Education Trailer

Outdoor Education Extended Cut

Farewell to the 5th Grade

5th Graders Say, "No Thanks, I'd Rather Read!"

The 5th grade premiered their music video, "No Thanks, I'd Rather Read" last week. It is already inspiring people worldwide! Teacher Caleb Duttweiler wrote lyrics set to the song, "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit. 5th grade teachers and students gathered at school on a Saturday in April to film. Please take a few minutes to watch these confident, talented students! Of course, it's the perfect message as we part ways for the summer... here's what you tell them, "No thanks, I'd rather read!"
"No Thanks I'd Rather Read" - Washington School - CUSD 200

Let's All Keep Reading this Summer!

Whether you travel afar or relax in your own backyard, we hope you'll encourage your child to keep on reading. If you are willing and able, please send a photo of your child/family reading to Photos will featured on our website and Facebook page throughout the summer.

Our LLC Director Mr. JJ Babb will be running three summer reading afternoons in the Washington LLC: June 10th 1pm-5pm, July 10th 1pm-5pm and August 10th 1pm-7pm. Students who attend will have the opportunity to check out books for summer reading. Mr. Babb also sent a packet home with students regarding his summer reading incentive program and others being hosted by local libraries and businesses. Click here to view the information Summer Reading

Art and Music Move Inside!

Next year art, music, band, and orchestra will be moving inside the building. We will no longer need the mobiles. Art and music will be sharing the original music room, as we do not have these two programs on the same days. We will be happy to have our wonderful fine arts colleagues join us in the building, and especially happy to shorten the transition times to these classes.

We Love our New Climbing Wall!


June 10 Summer Library 1pm-5pm

June 15-20 Pick up Pre-ordered School Supply Kits at Carlson's

June 18 Washington Office Closes until August 3rd

July 10 Summer Library 1pm-5pm

July 10 PTA Kilwin's Spirit Day 10am-11pm

August 3 Washington Office Re-opens

August 4 Walk-in Registration 9am-12pm and 3pm-7pm

August 10 Summer Library 1pm-7pm

August 14 Class placement information available on Parent Vue beginning at 4pm

August 18 School Supply Drop-off for 1st Graders Only 1pm-3pm

August 19 First Day of School for Grades 1-12 full day

August 19 Open House for ADK and AM Kindergarten 10:00-10:45 am/Open House for

PM Kindergarten 11:00-11:45am

August 20 First Day of School for Kindergarten

August 21 Ice Cream Social 6:30pm-8:00pm

PTA Summer Fun Spirit Day

Kilwin's in downtown Wheaton will run a spirit day July 10th from 10am until 11pm. Stop by, present the PTA flyer, and Washington PTA will receive 15% of your purchase. You must present the flyer at your time of purchase. View it and print a copy here:

July 10 Spirit Day at Kilwin's

Help with Knights on the Run 2015

Attention all Washington Families! Mark your calendars for the PTA Fall 2015 Knights on the Run FUNdraiser on Wednesday, September 23rd (rain date September 24th). There are several ways you can help. Click here to sign up. If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Ueland at or Anne-Marie Lemp at

Bravo, 2nd Grade Readers' Theater!

Registration for 2015-2016 is Open

To register your child(ren) for the 2015-2016 school year, log into your ParentVUE account and follow the following three-step process for each child:

1. Review, update and confirm student permissions, contact information and demographics

2. Review fees and select a payment option

3. Confirm processing of information and fees

You can also access ParnentVUE from the CUSD200 website, or any school website from the shortcuts located on the left side of the main screen. If you cannot remember your password for ParentVUE, you can reset it on the ParentVUE website. If you are having difficulties with registration, please visit our website or email, call 630-784-7396 or contact your child's school.

Fee Waiver - To apply for a waiver of fees for the 2015-16 School Year, click here for necessary documentation and instructions. Applications for the National School Lunch Program will be available after July 1, 2015.

Health Requirements - Physical examination and immunizations are required before entering school in specific grades. Health requirement information can be found here. All documentation should be submitted to your school nurse as soon as possible and is expected before the first day of school. If you have questions, contact your school nurse.

Please register your child(ren) and pay any necessary fees by June 30th. For questions regarding fees, please refer to the fee schedule.

Girls in Motion Run the Cosley 5K - Run for the Animals

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Going to Target??

If you head to Target this summer, 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:

Scenes from Field Day - Thanks, Mrs. Anne-Marie Lemp, Mrs. Kathy Craig & PTA!

News from the PTA

PTA Reflections - a Perfect Summer Art Project - Consider adding artistic fun to your summer plans and get a jump start on your Reflections entry. To learn more, click here, Reflections 2015-2016.

Save the Date - Back-to-School Ice Cream Social is scheduled for 8.21.15. To learn more and find out how you can help, click Ice Cream Social 2015-2016.

5th Grade Leaves a Legacy of Five Trees

Inspired by the novel Ida B by Katherine Hannigan, the 5th grade organized a fundraiser to purchase five trees. The PTA funded one tree, and Mr. Strayve's brother Chuck helped the school get a great deal and "super-sized" our trees for us. 5th graders planted the trees themselves and held a very meaningful dedication ceremony. Thank you, 5th grade, for leaving Washington better than you found it!

Thank You and Farewell!

We are sad to see several staff members leave us this summer. They will be truly missed, but we wish them all the best!

Linda Haymore has been an aide at Washington for 14 and a half years. Most recently she has worked with 1st grade. Mrs. Haymore is moving to Askansas to be close to her family.

Caleb Duttweiler student taught at Washington and has been a 5th grade teacher for the past two years. Mr. Duttweiler will be relocating to the Atlanta, GA area where he will be teaching elementary school. Here are some parting words from him:

I will be leaving Washington School at the end of this school year and moving to Atlanta, GA to teach down there. I have absolutely LOVED my time here and am so thankful for the students, teachers, and parents I’ve had the privilege of getting to know. I am leaving on a great note by finishing up with a fantastic 5th grade class this year. It’s an exciting time for me, as this will be a new chapter in my life, but it is also difficult to leave an incredible community. Thank you for all of the support you’ve shown me. I’m looking forward to a great end to the school year!

Gina Armstrong has worked as our staff nurse Monday-Wednesday for the past two years. She is moving to Chicago, but we hope to see her occasionally as a substitute. Mrs. Armstrong offers these parting words:

My husband and I are moving into the city now that we are “empty nesters”. I’m convinced Washington is the best elementary school ever with an amazing principal, teachers, staff, parents and students – what a privilege to be here the last two years – you will be sorely missed.

Alysa Lueondee taught English Learners this year at Washington and Lowell. Next year she will teach full-time at Lowell as Mrs. Camilla Lopez will return to Washington after her year of service as an instructional coach for the district. We are happy Mrs. Lueondee will remain in the district and wish her well.

Becky Griffith taught art at Washington this year on Thursdays and also taught at Johnson and Pleasant Hill. Ms. Griffith has the opportunity to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts in Oil Painting at Northern Illinois University.

Staffing News

Complete staffing changes will be communicated in August, but at this point I can share with you that part-time aide Melissa Koenig will be with us full-time, and Angela Sheppard our current part-time PACE teacher will be teaching full-time next year in 5th grade. We are excited these valuable staff members will be with us all day next year!

5th Graders Enjoy the Windy City!