Knightly News

October 21, 2019

Food Donations for Stuff-a-Truck Due October 25th

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.

Please Help Us Keep Our Students Safe

  • If your child walks to school, please remind him/her to watch for cars and cross President St. with the crossing guard.
  • Be vigilant of children when driving close to the school and drive very slowly in the flow zone and main parking lot.
  • Passing a school bus while it's stop sign is out is strictly prohibited.
  • Please observe our parking lot and FLOW ZONE procedures, including during BASP pick up and drop off. The driveway by door one is an entrance, not an exit.
  • Using a hand-held cell-phone while driving is prohibited.
  • We ask that you keep dogs off school property during arrival, school hours, and dismissal.
  • Please do not double and triple park in the school parking lot or on Bridle Lane.
  • Please observe the No Parking signs along Bridle Lane. The Wheaton Police Dept. acknowledges parents need to drop off and pick up their children from school. They ask that cars refrain from lining up on Bridle Lane until 8:45am and 3:15pm. Cars there prior to those times and cars left unoccupied may be subject to a ticket.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep our children safe.

School Improvement Goal: Math

This year, we continue to work as a school on solving word problems with real world applications.

TED-Ex riddles are a fun way to practice problem solving at home. Try solving the fish riddle as a family. "Productive struggle" is good for growing the brain! If you enjoy this, you can find many more TED-Ed riddles online.

Kindergarten Math in Action with DuPage Children's Museum - Thanks, PTA!

It's PTA Reflections Time!

Information on the annual PTA Reflections contest has gone home in backpacks. This year's theme is "Look Within." Students can submit original writing, art, photography, musical composition, and more. Thanks to Mr. Grant Rebro for coordinating Reflections this year. Submissions can be turned into the Washington LLC through October 25th.

October Dates

October 21 - Hearing & Vision Rescreening

October 21-25 - Stuff-A-Truck food drive

October 25 - PTA Reflections submissions due in Washington LLC

October 25 - Knights on the Run Party Day

October 28 - PTA Pumpkin-decorating contest submissions due by 9:00am

October 28 - Illinois Dept. of Agriculture - Pumpkin presentation to kindergarten classes

October 29 - PTA Book Fair Preview Day

October 30 - PTA Book Fair Sales 9:00am - 3:30pm

October 31 - PTA Book Fair Sales 9:00am - 12:00pm

October 31 - Halloween Festivities

10:30-11:30 K-am Parade & Party

2:00 - 2:30 Parade / 2:30 - 3:15 Parties

Halloween is Almost Here!

A letter came home regarding the Halloween festivities that will occur on Thursday, October 31st, but here are a few highlights:

  • Students may NOT bring candy or other edible treats to distribute to classmates. Party food is provided by the PTA party volunteers who communicate with teachers regarding allergies and other food restrictions.
  • With the exception of morning kindergarten, students may not wear their costumes to school in the morning. Teachers will allow students to put costumes on prior to the afternoon parade. Parents may pick up their children at lunch if they prefer their children put costumes on at home.
  • Costumes should be school-appropriate. They should not be overly graphic, scary or violent. Weapon-look-a-like accessories cannot be brought to school. Students' faces cannot be completely covered; we need to be able to identify all students.
  • Only parents who are on the party volunteer list will be allowed back to classrooms.

Please contact Mrs. Craig with any questions at

November Dates

November 1 - PTA Book Fair 9:00am - 4:00pm

November 6 - Picture Re-take Day

November 7 - Shift Day - Friday Schedule

November 7 - End of first trimester

November 8 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

November 8 - STEM Expo 5:30pm - 9:00pm at Hubble Middle School

November 11 - Veterans Day Assembly 10:15am (Reception for veterans begins at 9:30am)

November 11 - PTA Spirit wear orders due

November 11 - PTA Butterbraid sales begin

November 12 - PTA Dine Out at Chick-Fil-A in Wheaton 5:00pm - 8:00pm

November 15 - Report card distribution

November 18 - Parenting workshop 7:00pm at WNHS (See info below)

November 20 - PTA Butterbraid orders due

November 25 - 29 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

November 29 - Washington PTA marching in Wheaton Holiday Parade to promote 5K Leprechaun Lap

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STEM Expo is Approaching

The annual Student Excellence Foundation STEM Expo will be November 8th from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at Hubble Middle School. All CUSD 200 families are welcome. Read more about this event here: STEM EXPO.

Knights on the Run a Huge Success!

Thank you to all who supported Knights on the Run this year. Over $16,000 in donations came in this year! The PTA dedicates a large portion of their budget to fund field trips and STEM. Top fundraising classes were: Mrs. Bonga, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Schmitz, Mr. Ourada, and Mrs. Hrunek. The very top fundraising class, Miss Kent's 2nd grade, will enjoy the Chick-Fil-A classroom party on October 25th. A big thanks to coordinator Mary Moore, all volunteers, and all who donated!

KIDS State Survey of Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten readiness is a key area of focus for the State of Illinois. To this end, school districts in Illinois will begin reporting on 14 readiness measures of the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) for each kindergartner beginning in the fall of 2017. You can learn more by visiting the KIDS Families Toolkit at

El estado de Illinois está interesado en asegurar que todos los estudiantes estén listos para el kindergarten.A partir de otoño del 2017, todos los maestros de kindergarten en Illinois implementarán KIDS para analizar a los estudiantes en 14 aspectos en cuatro áreas de aprendizaje. Puede consultar recursos del estado de Illinois en

Save-the-Date - Winter Concert - Monday, December 16th at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

PTA Spirit Wear Sales are Here

Washington Spirit Wear will be on sale through November 11th via the PTA. Flyers will be coming home, but you can purchase online via this link: SPIRIT WEAR.

Wheaton Police Officer Gapastione Visits During Lunch!

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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

Elementary Handbook

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