Knightly News

May 4, 2020 - E-Learning Edition

Our Message to our Families

Information on Curbside Pick-up/Drop-off for Items

May 4, 2020

Dear, Washington Parents-

Thank you so much for your commitment to your children's education during this time of e-learning. We truly appreciate your support in partnering with us. We want to keep the learning happening until the very last day of instruction, which will now be Friday, May 29th. The first three days of June will be non-attendance days for students and will be used for staff inservice to plan for next year.

Teachers are beginning the process of packing up their rooms. They will be placing each student's supplies and belongings in a bag, so the items can be returned to you. Teachers will try their best to include gym shoes and other clothing, but please understand that there may be challenges to tracking those items down if they are not currently in the classroom.

If your child has medication that is kept in the school health office, please mention that when you drive up for your pick-up, and our staff will get the medication to you.

We have arranged a schedule to offer an opportunity for you to pick up your child’s belongings. The schedule below includes a specific timeframe to arrive at Washington and is arranged alphabetically by last name. You will have the opportunity to come either Wednesday or Thursday to pick up the belongings. Please come during your assigned time slot. To help keep the line moving, we kindly ask that you have your child’s last name on a piece of paper in the car window. This will allow us to locate your child’s belongings more quickly. If possible, please unlatch your trunk and we will place the items in there for you. To help keep everyone safe, we have developed some simple guidelines. These can be found below, along with the schedule.

In addition to this opportunity to pick up your child’s belongings, we would also like to use this time to collect any library books, classroom books, band/orchestra instruments or other items that belong to the school. You are welcome to put those items in a bag to allow for an easy drop off.

We understand that these circumstances are less than ideal, but please be assured that we will do our best to collect your child’s belongings and get them to you.

Pick-up/Drop-off Guidelines

- Arrive from the west, as if you were doing flow-zone drop-off. Enter the west entrance of the main parking lot (usually an exit-only). Drive up along the front curb of the building.

-Stay in line and please wait until it’s safe to pull forward.

-Please stay in your car.

-If possible, unlatch your trunk.

-Your child’s belongings will be placed in your trunk, or handed to you.

-Helpers will be wearing masks and gloves.

-Hand any items that need to be turned in to a staff member.


Pick-up/Drop-off Schedule

Wednesday, May 27th

  • 9:00am-10:15am last names A-E
  • 10:30am-11:45am last names F-K
  • 12:45pm-2:00pm last names L-R
  • 2:15pm-3:30pm last names S-Z

Thursday, May 28th

  • 9:00am-10:15am last names L-R
  • 10:30am-11:45am last names S-Z
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm last names A-E
  • 2:15pm-3:30pm last names F-K

Thanks again for your flexibility and understanding. Please feel free to send questions my way at


Jennifer Craig


CUSD 200 E-Learning Plan

The CUSD 200 E-Learning Plan can be viewed here. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or to Mrs. Craig.

E-Learning Plan

Happy Staff Appreciation Week to our Washington Staff!

Staff Appreciation 2020

E-Spirit Day - 1980s Day - Thursday, May 7th

Eariler this year, some 5th graders asked if we could have a 1980s day to help celebrate 30 years since our school re-opened in 1989. We will keep our promise to these students and have an e-spirit day this Thursday! If you participate, please send photos to Mrs. Craig at Students, staff, parents, and pets are all invited to participate. Need ideas? Check out these staff costumes from this fall.

Washington is Awarded Mathical Book Prize Grant!

We are delighted to announce that our school has been selected to receive an inaugural Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Award to expand our library’s collection of literary fiction and nonfiction books to encourage kids to discover a love of mathematics.

Our school is one of 25 libraries in K–12 Title I schools nationwide to be presented with this $700 grant to purchase award-winning titles from the Mathical Book Prize list. Thanks to math coach, Lea Russelle, and LLC director, J.J. Babb, for their collaborative effort applying for this grant.

The grant is awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in partnership with School Library Journal.

Check out the mathical book list.

Food Insecurity Crisis Fund

In these unprecedented times, the Student Excellence Foundation for Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 has established a Food Insecurity Crisis Fund, an emergency fund providing resources for Community Unit School District 200 students and families facing food insecurity. Please donate to help local families.

In District 200, 28% of students come from low-income households. Each day, 3,310 students receive a free or reduced lunch. While the District has done an incredible job of meeting the food needs of families during the school week during this pandemic, many parents are struggling to feed their children in the evenings and on weekends.

Your donation today will allow District 200 social workers to connect local families with supportive resources to meet nutritional needs.

You can donate here: Food Insecurity Crisis Fund.

Check out these 5th Grade Flashback Videos - Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

5th Grade Flashback Kindergarten 2014 v2
5th Grade Flashback 1st Grade 2015
5th Grade Flashback 2nd Grade 2016

Food Distribution

Food Distribution continues from 9:00am-12:00pm Monday through Friday. Parents can receive sack breakfasts and lunches for their children. Sites in the Washington area are:

Franklin Middle School. 211 E. Franklin, Wheaton

Monroe Middle School 1855 Manchester, Wheaton

Carol Stream Crossing Apartments @ clubhouse on Gundersen, Carol Stream (yellow school bus)

St. Charles Square Apartments @ leasing office, Carol Stream (yellow school bus)

For a full list of food distribution sites, click here.

Mobile Food Pantries

In partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank, CUSD 200 will be hosting the following mobile food pantries:

May 8th at Wheaton North High School 4:30pm-5:30pm

May 12 at Wheaton Warrenville South High School 4:15pm-5:15pm

June 6 at Hubble Middle School (note location change) 10:00am-11:00am

June 13 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

June 20 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

June 29 at Hubble Middle School 10:00am-11:00am

Technology Distribution

If your child(ren) does not have a device and you need one, devices continue to be distributed 9:00am -12:00pm Monday through Friday at the School Service Center, 130 W .Park. Ave. in Wheaton.

The Department of Technology staff will be monitoring their Help Desk throughout the school closure. We want to help you troubleshoot any technology issues you may experience. If you have questions regarding your E-Learning plan, please continue to contact your child’s teacher directly. Visit for more information.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt with Mrs. Craig

Scavenger Hunt with Mrs. Craig

Temporary Library Cards Available to all CUSD 200 Students

Wheaton Public Library is offering a library card to anyone living in CUSD 200 boundaries. This temporary card can be used to download e-content and access databases and online learning resources. Sign up here: Wheaton Public Library.

"Hi" and "We miss you" from your Washington Teachers & Staff


School Playgrounds are CLOSED during the Stay-at-Home Order

Message from Wheaton Police Department

Play "Know your Knights" with Mrs. Craig!

Know Your Knights

Resources from the Washington LLC

The Washington LLC webpage provides links to online resources students may enjoy while at home, including research, math practice, typing practice, and coding. Check it out here: Washington LLC.

Scenes from E-Learning

Stay Connected!

Now more than ever, it's important for us to stay connected as a school community. Consider following our social media sites. Links to all can be found on the homepage of the Washington website and also below:





Elementary Handbook

This year, the Elementary Handbook will be online. You can find it on the Washington website and by clicking here: HANDBOOK