Wildcat News

September 22, 2022

Principal's Message

Happy first day of fall! Here are a few things so you stay in the know:


~ Safety: Thank you to all the students, staff, and families for working together during the soft lockdown last Friday and the events of Wednesday. I say it a lot because it's true--nothing is more important than the safety of the students and staff in our building. It's why we practice drills (we had a fire drill this week--did your child tell you about it?) and why we keep safety in the forefront of our minds all the time, not just when there's a specific need. Safety practices are in place every single day. Thank you, again, for your reassurances, for your confidence in our practices, and for your voice--they all matter!


~ Washington Walk-A-Thon: The Washington PTO's fundraiser kicks off tomorrow! Be looking for the fundraising envelope to be coming home with your child on Friday. Many fun incentives are being planned (see below) as we work towards the fundraising goal of $12,000. Also, the QR code above will take you directly to a place you can make a donation--feel free to share that with your friends and family!


~ PTO Facebook Page: Please join the PTO Facebook page to stay up to date with information about events, fundraising, and initiatives. It will be full of information about easy ways to help give back, teacher introductions, and helpful tips to navigate the school year. https://www.facebook.com/washingtonptomankato


Please also consider attending one of our upcoming meetings--it's a great way to get involved with your child's school! Can't make every meeting? No worries--come for as many as you can make! We'd love to have you! Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 6:30-7:30pm, and we do provide child care in the gym.


~ ACES Update: Effective Monday, September 26th ACES will move to a locked entrance practice at ALL SITES. The welcome table will be moved into the cafeteria and out of sight of the entrance. Parents (or designated pick up person) will call the ACES site phone when they arrive at the building. An ACES staff member has been designated to address this work. There is a high probability that there will be a delay in answering parent calls. Thank you for your understanding of this new practice.


~ Mark your calendars: Upcoming events to note:


PTO Meeting: Monday, October 3

Indigeneous People's Day: Monday, October 10 (No School)

Washington Walk-A-Thon: Thursday, October 13 (times will be coming)

Washington Picnic: Thursday, October 13 5:00-6:30pm

MEA Break: October 20-21 (No School)


Thank you for your partnership!

Ann


Ann Haggerty

Washington Principal

ahagge1@isd77.org

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We are on the hunt for a Math Corps Tutor

Washington Elementary is looking for one Math Corps tutor for the 2022-23 school year. You can take action in our community by giving your time and talent to help students build their skills and confidence!

Tutors work with students during school hours throughout the school year. No matter if you’re a recent grad, career changer, stay-at-home parent or retiree, you can make a great tutor. With training and on-site coaching, we’ll prepare you to help kids succeed.

Part-time and full-time positions are available with upcoming start dates in October (apply by October 5) and January (apply by December 14).

Tutors Receive
  • A stipend paid every two weeks
  • Up to an additional $3,500 in tuition assistance or student loan repayment. Tutors 55 and older may gift the award to their child, grandchild, stepchild or foster child.
  • Free health insurance and child care assistance for those who qualify


Please help us spread the word by sharing with anyone you know who may be interested! Learn more and apply at Join.ReadingandMath.org. Questions can be sent to join@ampact.org or call 866.859.2825.

Important Attendance Reminders

Attendance is absolutely critical for students to be successful. COVID has made this challenging. With COVID hopefully in the rearview mirror, please be aware that our attendance protocols will be followed with fidelity. This includes:

  • Sending a letter at 7 tardies, another letter at 14 tardies, and a meeting with parents after 14 tardies;

  • Sending a letter at 7 excused absences, another at 14 excused absences, and a meeting with parents after 14 excused absences;

  • Sending a letter after 3 unexcused absences, another letter and a meeting at 5 unexcused absences, and filing Educational Neglect after 7 unexcused absences.


Other friendly reminders:

  • Please be sure to call the attendance line if your child will be absent (507-345-3059).

  • An automated voice message goes out to parents at 9:15 each day if we have not received a call from a parent/guardian about a student being absent.

  • The 1st bell rings at 7:50, and if students are not present by 8:00 they are marked tardy.


Your partnership in this process is critical, and home/school working together to have all our kiddos in school as much as possible is a shared goal. Thank you for your attention to these details!

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MAPS Mission Statement

Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) is committed to working together equitably, with families and communities, so that each learner has the knowledge and skills to be a successful and contributing citizen in a diverse global society.