Knightly News

January 28, 2020

Family Night of Fun & Learning - Thursday, February 6th

We hope that all Washington families will come on out Thursday, February 6th 6:30pm -7:30pm for our Famlly Night of Fun and Learning, a Title I event. Teachers have some fun activities planned in the areas of reading, math, technology, and health & wellness. All families will receive an emoji-themed tote upon entering the event. Children who visit at least two of the four stations will receive a small prize. Desserts will be provided by PTA.

A bus will provide round-trip transportation from the Carol Stream Gundersen Drive area. The bus route will be:

6:10 p.m. - St. Charles Sq Northwest corner

6:10 p.m. - St. Charles Sq Northeast corner

6:15 p.m. - St. Charles Southeast corner

6:15 p.m. - St. Charles Southwest corner

6:15 p.m. - Carol Stream Crossings - East (580 & 590 buildings)

6:15 p.m. - Carol Stream Crossings - West (550 & 560 buildings)

6:15 p.m. - Outreach Center

The bus will depart Washington at 7:30pm for the return trip,

We hope you will all come out and have some fun with us!

5Essentials Survey for Parents is Open

The Illinois 5Essentials School Survey is now open for parents. 5Essentials rates how a school is performing in areas such as leadership, collaboration, family involvement, support, and instruction.

Now that 5Essentials is administered every year, it will be more useful for planning. Results from the survey will be used by both our school and the District 200 Board of Education to help guide our efforts.

The state will only provide a parent report for our school if at least twenty percent of our parents participate. We value your voice, so please take a few minutes to let us know how we are doing.

To take the short survey:

  1. Visit

  2. Choose the Parent Survey.

  3. Enter “Dupage” for our county.

  4. Begin typing "Washington" until you see the correct address.

Thank you!

January Dates

January 28 - Parent Workshop: Legal Marijuana- Now What? 7:00pm at WWSHS

January 30 - Traveling Native American Museum for 3rd grade

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Valentine Party Info

I wanted to share a few important pieces of information about our upcoming Valentine parties:

1) Students may bring Valentines to distribute as long as they bring one for each student in the classroom. NO FOOD/CANDY may be distributed with Valentines, so please do not purchase Valentines that include candy.

2) Parties will occur on Friday, February 14th. Mrs. Bonga's morning kindergarten class will have their party at 10:45am. All other classes will have parties at 2:30pm.

3) Only parents who have signed up with the PTA party coordinator to help with the parties, will be allowed to classrooms. Party volunteers will be allowed to classrooms beginning at 2:15pm.

February Dates

Feb. 4 - Mr. Lee's Science Fun - Mrs. Longhini's 2nd grade

Feb. 5 - Mr. Lee's Science Fun - Ms. Kent's 2nd grade

Feb. 6 - Mr. Lee's Science Fun - Mrs. Coover's 2nd grade

Feb. 6 - Family Night of Fun and Learning 6:30pm-7:30pm at Washington

Feb. 10 - ALICE Community Information Night - WNHS 7pm

Feb. 11 - ThinkFirst! Program for 1st and 5th grade students - afternoon (1st graders will be receiving bicycle helmets)

Feb. 11 - ALICE Community Information Night - WWSHS 7pm

Feb. 11, 12, 13 - 2nd Grade PACE testing for all students

Feb. 13 - 1st grade field trip - morning

Feb. 14 - Valentine Parties

10:45-11:30 a.m. Kdg AM
2:30-3:15 p.m. Kdg-5th gr.

Feb. 17 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

Feb. 21 - Club photo day

Feb. 22 - PTA Pancake Breakfast 8:30am-10:30am

Feb. 26 - 1st grade Mrs. Belanger's Polar parent presentation 2:45pm

Feb. 27 - End of 2nd trimester

Feb. 27 - Kindergarten Round-up and Visit 6:00pm-7:00pm

Feb. 28 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Kindergarten Round-up for Parents and Students

Informational sessions, called “Kindergarten Round-Up”, are for parents of children who will be starting Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year. Washington School’s Kindergarten Round-Up will be Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:00P.M. to turn in paperwork. The meeting begins at 6:30 P.M.

Kindergarten Round-Up is held in the school for parents and incoming Kindergarten children. The occasion gives parents the opportunity to meet the principal and the kindergarten teachers. Parents will also become acquainted with the kindergarten program. Parents will receive a copy of the Kindergarten Handbook at this meeting. This is also an opportunity for children to visit the school. Students will have another opportunity to visit the classroom in August prior to the first day of kindergarten

Parents are encouraged to begin the enrollment process before February 27 by bringing their child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency to Washington School. However, parents are certainly able to bring the necessary documentation to the Kindergarten Round-Up.

Parents who are unable to attend Kindergarten Round-up are asked to call the school at 630-682-2222 to add their child’s name to the Kindergarten mailing list.

For all necessary enrollment information, please visit Please feel free to call the school with any additional questions.

Parents will need to pre-enroll their child in order to complete the online registration process.

Help Needed - LLC Volunteers

LLC Director, Mr. J.J. Babb is looking for more volunteers to help in the library. Help is needed Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings and afternoons, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday mornings and afternoons. If you have availability any of these times, please email Mr. Babb at

5th Grader Appears in Time for Kids!

This week, one of our 5th graders, Jada Mosley, appears in the print and online version of Time for Kids. Jada submitted her response to the debate, "Is Social Media Good for Society?" and her response was selected to be included in the publication. Way to go, Jada! Check out the online version here:

Art teacher, Mrs. Roche, invites everyone to check out Washington art work on display at the Wheaton Public Library

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Nominations are open for Student Excellence Foundation Distinguished Educator

Do you know a District 200 Distinguished Educator? Submit one (or more!) nominations for this year's Distinguished Educator Awards. Nominations are open through February 10, so don't delay!

Click for more information, instructions, and the on-line nomination form.

Thanks for Another Awesome Fun Fair, PTA!

Big thanks to PTA, Mr. Steve Karlovitz, and all of the parent and staff volunteers who made the Fun Fair a big success!

Photos Needed!

This year Mrs. Cher Kachelmuss has once again taken on the project of creating the yearbook for students and families to enjoy. Please keep this in mind as you take photos this year of class parties and other Washington events. Please consider sharing them with Mrs. Kachelmuss at
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More Washington Highlights

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Elementary Handbook

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