Wildcats Newsletter



Dear Washington Families,

It is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Washington Elementary and to join this extraordinary school community. I hope that this note finds you enjoying the rejuvenating days of summer and that you and your children are looking forward to beginning a wonderful school year together in September. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s commitment to caring for your children each and every day while providing them a world-class learning environment.

This marks my 22nd year in education. As an educator, I am driven by the individual success and growth of every student. I have devoted my career to educating, inspiring, and advocating for students, both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator. I am excited to use my cultural background, passion, and experience at Washington. Above all, I am excited to observe, listen, learn, and understand what makes Washington stand out.

Besides my role as an educator/administrator, I am first and foremost a mother and wife. My husband of 22 years and I have three amazing kids – my 21-year-old son, my daughter who will be graduating school this year, and my youngest daughter entering the fourth grade. Our hobbies include turning our little home into a small farm. We love taking care of our plants and driving tractors. I look forward to introducing my family to the many wonderful people that call Washington “home” in the near future.

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we elevate the health and safety of our students, visitors and staff as our top priority this 2021-22 school year. With this said, we will be following the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education of requiring all students and staff in K-12 schools to use face covering this fall. Frequent hand washing and physical distancing will be maintained to every extent possible.

To our students, I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope that you are excited for this coming school year and that you are playing and reading tons of books with your family and friends. It is going to be a fun year learning together.

In closing, please know that my door is always open to you. I welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2021-22 school year. Please feel free to contact me by email at romero_magda@salkeiz.k12.or.us or by calling our school office at 503-399-3193. I look forward to meeting our Wildcats in person!

With Wildcat Pride,

Magda Romero



Open House- September 7th

Join us for a Back to School Open House on Sept 7 from 1:00-6:00pm

Drop off Supplies, Pick up Supplies and Meet your teachers!

YMCA Childcare Program will be available to sign up families for After School Care.

Important Dates to Remember! SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER

7 ..... Back to School Open House: 1:00-6:00pm

8 ..... First day of school for grades 1st - 5th : **8:50-2:20

13 ...... Transition day of school for Kindergarten last names A-L **7:50-2:20

14 ...... Transition day of school for Kindergarten last names M-Z **7:50-2:20
15 ...... First day of Kindergarten all together **8:50-2:20
** Kinder students will be doing Assessments on Sep 8/9/10. Expect a phone call from the school soon to set that up.

8 ..... Statewide In-service Day- NO SCHOOL

13 ..... School Picture Day

20 & 21 .....Conferences

22 ..... No School

Notice: Lockdown Drill

Part of our safety procedures include training our students what to do in case of a fire, evacuation or lockdown. Each month, we will conduct a fire or evacuation drill as well as a lock down drill. This is an important practice for our staff and students to give them the skills to act quickly if the situation arises.

Please talk with your students about these types of drills to help them settle their nerves. We will be having a lockdown drill within the first 10 days of school. We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe. Here are some tips:

Supply Lists by Grade Levels


1st thru 5th grades: Complete Online Registration & Enrollment Verification

It’s time to complete the registration/enrollment verification process for the 2021-22 school year! Completing this process early ensures our district can best prepare for staffing, program offerings and more.


Salem-Keizer Preschool Registration

Salem Keizer Preschools Registration for 2021-2022

Open Enrollment!

Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 10, 2021.

Preschool Office

1850 45th Ave NE • Salem, OR 97305


Applications are now being accepted!

Download the application on Salem-Keizer’s website on the Head Start webpage or on the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action website.

Call 503-581-1152 or 503-399-5510 to have an application mailed to you.

Stop by a Head Start office to pick up an application.

YMCA Afterschool Program

Check out their flier Here!

In partnership with the YMCA, we will be offering childcare on site, Monday-Friday from 2:30-6:00 pm. Monthly fees range from $220-250 per child. YMCA will offer scholarships and use a reduce fee scale for families that qualify. Also, they now accept direct payment from DHS. To sign up, please contact them directly or click HERE. Space is limited.

Guidelines for face coverings

As we return to in-person learning, face coverings are required when in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools building, with situational exceptions. All employees, students and visitors must continue to wear a face covering indoors.

All students, staff, volunteers and visitors are not required to wear face coverings outdoors as long as 6' of space is being maintained. This includes, but is not limited to: athletic events, outdoor PE, outdoor music, recess and arrival & dismissal. Until additional updates are provided, all physical distancing and other related requirements still apply.

If a student needs a face covering, the school has them available for students, but we encourage you to send a spare in case one gets soiled.

Watch the video below with your child to teach and encourage them to wear their mask and practice safe cleaning measures at home and at school!

For Kids: Why Do I Have To Wear a Face Mask?

Interested in being a volunteer?

Volunteers and community partners play an important role in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Each day in every school, volunteers support and encourage staff and students, take an active role in helping every student achieve. Through their contributions of time, energy, inspiration and expertise, volunteers often report they receive more than they give.

Anyone may apply to become a volunteer. Before taking part in a volunteer activity, applicants must complete a criminal history check. Click here to get started!

All volunteers and visitors must wear face coverings while in the building. Because of contact tracing measures, everyone in the building must also sign in at the front desk. Thank you in advance for helping us keep our students and staff safe.


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