Knightly News

Happy New Year - January 7, 2019

Help Needed - PTA Pancake Breakfast

The Washington PTA Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, January 26th from 8:30am until 10:30am. Parent volunteers are needed. Please sign up here: Pancake Breakfast Volunteers.

5Essentials Parent Survey

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.

January Dates

January 7 - School Resumes

January 8 - PTA Dine-Out at Augustino's Rock & Roll Deli 4pm-9pm

January 9 - Northside Orchestra Concert at WNHS 7pm

January 14 - 17 - 4th and 5th grade students participate in the 5Essentials Survey

January 14 - Northside 5th grade Band Demo Concert Monroe 7pm (rescheduled from snow day)

January 15 - 4th grade regions presentations in LLC 1:15-2:00pm - 4th grade parents invited

January 15 - PTA 7pm in LLC
January 18- NO SCHOOL - Inservice Day

January 21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 22 - 4th grade visit by SCARCE

January 26 - PTA Pancake Breakfast in the gym 8:30am-10:30am

January 28 - PTA Reflections Ceremony for students advancing to DuPage Region at Hubble 6:30pm

Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) Grades 2-5

All Second Graders will be screened for PACE in February 2019 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in January 2019. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February. Testing will qualify students for the following 2019-2020 classes:

3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading

In March 2019, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students in Grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, January 11, 2019. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments. Testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2019-2020 classes:

4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics

4th and 5th grade PACE Reading

6th grade Fast Paced Mathematics

6th grade Fast Paced Language Arts

Please Note – Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test for 2019-2020

Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, but reside in the

District 200 Attendance Area, are also eligible for PACE Program Testing.

Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, and will be scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, January 11, 2019 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email with any questions.

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 2019-2020 school year. Washington School’s Kindergarten Round-Up will be Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. to turn in paperwork. The meeting begins at 7:00 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. This will be replacing our spring visit day, but students will still have an opportunity to visit the classroom again in August prior to the first day of kindergarten

Parents are encouraged to begin the enrollment process before February 28 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.

3rd Grade Weather with Mr. Lee - Thanks, PTA!

4th Grade Sphero Marathon

5th Grade Winter Olympics of Engineering

WatchDOGS Sign-up

The WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) Is a program that creates opportunities for dads to volunteer in schools. WatchDOGS do not have to commit to an ongoing schedule; they can volunteer as little as one half-day a school year. WatchDOGS help out with whole class activities and also one-to-one or small group reading and math practice. Students also love playing with WatchDOGS during recess!

Sign up to volunteer here: WatchDOGS.

Email Mrs. Craig with questions:

Thanks for the Fun Holiday Parties, PTA!

From our Math Coach/Interventionist, Mrs. Russelle

Please take a few minutes to check out this blog about the importance of understanding place value and number sense.

Understanding Place Value

Cooler Weather is Here!

Washington uses a Cold Weather Color Scale to serve as a guideline for dressing for the weather. We do our best to enforce these guidelines for recess grades ADK-2nd and we highly encourage them for grades 3-5. 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 Our School/School Information or by clicking this link: Cold Weather Scale.

Parent Workshops

Check here for the latest information on Parent Seminars and Workshops.

Box Tops for Education & Coke Rewards

PTA collects both Box Tops and Coke Rewards; both are easy ways you can help raise money for Washington. Mrs. Mandie Porick coordinates both programs. Box tops can be sent to school in your child’s take home folder placed in an envelope labeled Box Tops or in a ziplock. Coke Rewards can be sent in this way as well.

Looking for Yearbook Photos

Throughout the year, if you have photos of Washington events, please consider submitting them to be part of the yearbook. Email them to Cher Kachelmuss at

Elementary Handbook

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