Washburn Elementary School

Lifelong Learning - December 2018

Mission of the Washburn School District

Our mission is to enable students to enter the global society with the knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes required to be contributing citizens.

December Character Traits






All School Activity - "Not a Box"

This month's all school activity was to read the book "Not a Box" by Antoinette Portis. Classes collected boxes and came up with some awesomely creative ideas.

Student "Not a Box" Ideas

Winter Break Activities

Photo Journal

Have your children take pictures of fun memories from the break. Other ideas of photos to take:

-Things I ate/cooked

-Last Day

-How I had fun

Old Game, New Rules

Keep those flexible, creativity muscles going strong by letting your children create new rules to old, familiar games. See what fun you can come up with.

Build an Indoor Snowman

Use your refrigerator or wall and build the snowman out of construction paper. Add an added flexibility, patience, open-mindedness challenge by using a dice to decide who gets to create and add what.This idea is adapted from a lesson done with the Kindergarten classes this month.

1 - Eyes

2 - Nose

3 - Mouth

4 - Buttons

5 - Arms

6 - Choose your own piece

Harvest of the Month Recipe - Potatoes

Easiest Hashbrown Bake

Recipe from Feast By the Bay website - www.feastbythebay.org

Try this easy and filling breakfast for a family brunch this winter! Frozen vegetables are fantastic because they’re pre-cut, less expensive than fresh vegetables, and just as nutritious! Most of the ingredients can be purchased regionally. Try Burnett Dairy cheese blend, Tetzners Dairy milk, local eggs, and 6th Street Market sells frozen ground pork.

Yield: 12 servings

  • Oil for casserole pan
  • 20 oz. frozen shredded potatoes (if shredding fresh potatoes be sure to squeeze out extra moisture)
  • 1 pound ground meat of choice (italian sausage/venison/cubed ham)
  • 20 oz. Frozen mixed bell peppers.
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • 3 cups shredded mixed cheese of choice
  • salt and pepper
  1. Oil the 9x13 inch casserole pan.
  2. Lay shredded potatoes on bottom of pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Brown the sausage, then add the frozen vegetables to the pan and turn to high. Saute until they’re tender or until the water has evaporated, and then season with salt, pepper, and spices. Sprinkle browned sausage and veggies over the potatoes in the casserole pan.
  4. Mix eggs & milk in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and pour mixture over the potatoes and sausage mixture.
  5. Sprinkle cheese, salt and pepper on top.
  6. Heat oven to 350 F, cook until set, about 60 minutes

Lifelong Learning

Contact Rachel Pufall with questions about the Lifelong Learning program, or to submit content for future newsletters. We would love to publish stories about things families are trying at home to support lifelong learning.