Knightly News

February 13, 2016

Community Engagement Session Four is February 17th

Community Engagement Session Four will be Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00pm. Facility concept diagrams for all district schools will be set up in a fair-like format; guests will have an opportunity to see information for as many schools as they like. There will also be formal presentations on Jefferson Early Childhood Center and three of the four district middle schools, including Franklin and Monroe. Read more about the community engagement sessions here.
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February Dates

Feb. 15- NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

Feb. 16, 19, 22 - 1st grade science activities with Mr. Lee

Feb. 17- Community Engagement Session Four 7pm at Monroe Middle School

Feb. 25 - Kindergarten Round-up for incoming kindergarten parents 2016-2017 (Registration 6:30pm; Meeting begins at 7:00pm)

Feb. 25 - 5th grade field trip - play at Paramount Theater in Aurora

Feb. 26 - 1st grade field trip - play at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn

Feb. 26 - Yearbook orders due

Feb. 26 - PTA Butterbraid sales begin

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. The kindergarten step-up day for incoming kindergarten students to visit the kindergarten classrooms will be Thursday, May 5th - time to-be-determined.

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

Fun Fair Time is Almost Here!

The annual PTA Fun Fair will be Saturday, March 5th from 11am until 2pm. This is a spectacular event for Washington - full of fun and community-building. To make this event a success, we need your help. Volunteers are needed to work the fair by running games, selling concessions, etc. If you aren't available to help that day, you can still contribute by donating goodies for the cake walk. Please check out the sign-up sheet at the following link and sign up to help in any way you are able: Fun Fair Help.

PTA Pancake Breakfast was a HUGE Success!

Thank you to Ann Marie & Mike Halter for a perfectly executed Pancake Breakfast! Many members of the Washington community enjoyed delicious pancakes and sausage cooked by our master staff & parent chefs! The 4th grade Girl Scout troop helped out as runners and with clean-up. Fun was had by all! Thank you to all who helped make this event a success.

Sign-up to be a WatchD.O.G.S Volunteer

Hey, Washington dads, step-dads, and grandpas, sign-up to serve as a WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) volunteer. The commitment is only one half-day. Morning shifts are 9am until 1pm. Afternoon shifts are noon-3:45pm. WatchD.O.G.S. work with students by helping out in any way the teacher needs - EXCEPT photocopying and clerical duties. WatchD.O.G.S. work with kids. Sign-up for a February-May date here: WatchD.O.G.S. Sign-up.
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Save the Date - PARCC Testing

Last year, there were two PARCC testing windows; this year there is only one. PARCC Testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Washington will be April 12 through April 20. PARCC tests are given in mathematics and English Language Arts.

Kindergarten Celebrates 100 Days of School!

Kindergarten classes celebrated the 100th day of school with a variety of activities centered around the number 100. Some students even dressed as if they were 100 years old!

Call for Nominations - NEW 200 Distinguished Teacher Award

Do you have a favorite District 200 teacher who has inspired you and made a difference in your life or your child's life? Please fill out a nomination form and let the NEW 200 Foundation know who they are! Nominations are due February 15th.

NEW 200 will present six teachers with the Distinguished Teacher Award. Awards are presented to one teacher at each level (preschool/elementary, middle, and high school) for the North and the South portions of the district. Awards will be presented at the Distinguished Teacher Awards event on April 26, 2016. Learn more about the nomination process here.

3rd Grade Learns the Science of Weather

Thanks to the PTA, each 3rd grade class spent a day with Mr. Lee learning all about the science of weather through hands-on experiences.

Yearbook Sales have Begun!

Washington yearbooks sales have begun at the the price of $16.00 per book. There are three ways to order your yearbook:

If you believe you purchased a Washington yearbook during the online registration process at the beginning of the school year, you did not.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amy Jones at

Battle of the Books Rocks!

The Washington Battle of the Books program is rocking it this year. They have achieved perfect scores in multiple Battle meets at Wheaton Public Library. Most importantly, all Battle team members have read hours and hours, enjoying books of a wide variety of genres. The Battle of the Books program is sponsored by the Washington PTA. It is available to any interested 4th and 5th graders. 3rd graders will begin their involvement in the spring. Thanks to Susan Dansdill, Battle chairperson, and all of the PTA volunteers who help make Battle possible.
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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.

Valentine's Parties were Fun for All!

Thanks to all of our PTA party volunteers! Friday, Feb. 12th was a fun-filled afternoon for all. Valentine parties included yummy treats, fun games, and awesome craft projects! Thanks again, PTA!!

Washington Students Appear in City of Wheaton Video

This year the City of Wheaton visited Washington as student council "stuffed-a-truck" for Make a Difference Day in October. The video is now available for viewing online. Washington is featured in the first six minutes of the video. Thank you to teacher Mary Schlick, students Emily Atkinson, Reagan Crosthwaite, and Aiden Viola, and student council. You can watch by clicking below.

Board of Education Approves 2016-2017 Calendar

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

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