Knightly News

October 15, 2018

Washington School Improvement Goals 2018-2019

Every year, each school writes a school improvement plan (SIP) including an action plan to support goal areas. Here are the Washington SIP goals for 2018-2019:

Student Achievement in Reading: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the analysis of informational text structure, relationships and complexity.

Student Achievement in Math: Students will demonstrate proficiency in solving word problems with real world applications.

Learning Environment - Read about our Future of Instruction & Technology Learning Environment here: FIT

  • CUSD 200 DIstrictwide FIT Focus Area: Differentiation, Personalization & Individualization

  • Washington FIT Focus Area: Staff will support students in developing growth mindsets.
  1. Higher Order Thinking: Students will self-assess to make modifications and own the learning process.
  2. Social Emotional Learning: Students will demonstrate skills related to achieving personal and academic goals.

Check out this video about FIT Learning Environments across multiple grade levels. Look for one of our own Washington teachers!

Informational Brochure on Jefferson Early Childhood Center

Click here to view the brochure: Jefferson Early Childhood Center.

October Dates

October 16 - PTA Book Fair 9:00am-3:30pm

October 16 - Pilot John Scholgrn visits 4th grade classes (rescheduled from 9/25)

Tuesday, October 16 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, October 17 - Dictionary Presentation for 3rd grade

Wednesday, October 17 - PTA Book Fair 9:00am-3:30pm

Thursday, Ocober 18 - PTA Book Fair 11:00am-7:00pm

Friday, October 19 - PTA Book Fair 9:00am - 4:00pm

Friday, October 19 - Party for Winning Class for Knights on the Run - Ms. Cortopassi's 1st Grade 12:00pm-1:00pm

Monday, October 22-Friday, October 26 - Stuff-a-Truck Collection for Make a Difference Day

Tuesday, October 23 - PTA Meeting 7pm

Wednesday, October 24 - PTA Reflections Entries Due

Wednesday, October 24 - PTA Pumpkin-decorating Entires Due - 9:00am Door 1 entrance

Tuesday, October 30 - PTA Butterbraid forms due

Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween parade and parties
Kdg AM 10:30 a.m. – Parade/10:45-11:30 a.m. – Party

Kdg-5th gr. 2:00 p.m. Parade/ 2:30-3:15 p.m. Party

PTA Reflections: Heroes Around Me

The theme of this year's PTA Reflections Program is "Heroes Around Me." Students can create art in a variety of categories. Students may create their pieces at home or may work during lunchtime on October 22. Entries are due October 24th. Read more here: PTA Reflections.

Halloween Letter Came Home Via Backpacks October 11th

Dear Parents,

As in years past, we will continue the tradition of a Halloween parade on Wednesday, October 31st before we begin our classroom celebrations. This year the parade will begin at 2:00 pm and the class parties will begin at the conclusion of the parade (approximately 2:30 pm). If the weather permits, we will parade outside. Our parade route includes the blacktop area on the west side of the building, so we will not be able to open this space as a parking area. If weather is too rainy or cold, we will parade in the gym. Classroom parties will end at 3:15, allowing for clean-up before dismissal.

Parent volunteers will be allowed in the classrooms to set up for the party at 2:00 pm. All parent volunteers must sign in at the table in the front hallway before going to the classroom. At the conclusion of the parties, parents may take their children and leave before the dismissal bell rings. This will not be recorded as an “early” pick-up; however you will need to sign your child or children out when you sign in so we know who is leaving. If you are going to provide transportation for any child other than your own, that child’s parent will need to send a note to his or her teacher and to the office on the day of the party.

All parents are welcome to our costume parade; only parents who have signed up via PTA to work the classroom parties will be admitted to classrooms. Party volunteers must check in by the main office and receive a nametag.

If you prefer your child does not participate in Halloween activities, please inform your child’s teacher prior to Wednesday, October 31st. A staff member will be available in the library to supervise students as they work on curricular activities provided by their teachers.

Please observe these guidelines regarding costumes. Students are not to wear anything associated with their Halloween costumes to school in the morning. This includes face makeup and hair coloring. Students may put on their costumes at the start of the afternoon session with direction from their teachers. Students who go home for lunch may wear their costumes back to school. The only exception will be the morning kindergartners who will hold their activities in the morning.

As you prepare costumes, please follow these guidelines:

  • Masks or headgear that prevent us from clearly identifying the student create a safety concern

  • Theatrical props and imitation weapons are not allowed

  • Costumes or makeup considered threatening or otherwise inappropriate are prohibited

Please help your children select themes that are nonviolent in nature. All costume accessories must be in compliance with school policy, and if they are not, they will be confiscated and held in the office for a parent to pick up. Volunteers should follow the same guidelines.

Halloween party food will be provided by the PTA parent volunteers in coordination with the classroom teachers. Party food or treats given as prizes for party games should be consumed at the party and may not be taken home. Children may NOT bring candy or other food to distribute at the classroom parties.

We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in keeping this day a happy and safe one for all of our students at Washington School.


Jennifer Craig


DuPage Children's Museum Visits Mrs. Weishet's ADK - Number Sense Activities

From our Math Coach/Interventionist, Mrs. Russelle

Parents, are you looking for a FREE website that is full of fun games to promote your child’s understanding of number sense? Well, look no further! Greg Tang math is a great way to let your children practice math while having fun. Stuck at the doctor's office? Play Greg Tang math! At soccer practice with all of your children? Play Greg Tang math! Need a way for your child to practice math that is independent? Play Greg Tang math! Check it out here: GREG TANG

Congratulations, PTA Knights on the Run Prize Winners

Congratulations to all of our top-fundraising and raffle prize winners for Knights on the Run 2018! The top-fundraising class will enjoy a lunchtime party October 19th; the winning class is Ms. Cortopassi's 1st grade.

A huge thanks to organizers, Mrs. Mary Moore and Mrs. Melissa Youngren and all of the volunteers, participants, and supporters.

Knights on the Run raised approximately $10,000 for Washington PTA this year.

WatchDOGS Sign-up Finally Here!

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:

How Did Our Garden Grow?

This fall our learning garden thrived! Mrs. Lipnisky's 4th graders planted sunflowers, watermelon, and squash last spring, yielding a very bountiful harvest this fall! Unfortunately, the squirrels beat us to the watermelon. Mrs. Lipnisky's current 4th graders harvested the squash and will do a fall clean-up in the garden. They enjoyed doing math activities with the squash and then eating them as a healthy snack.

November Dates

Thursday, November 1 - Mobile Food Pantry at Washington 4:30pm-6:30pm

Monday, November 5 - Franklin Feeder Orchestra Demo Concert 7:00pm at Longfellow

Wednesday, November 7 - Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, November 7 - PTA Butterbraid pick-up

Friday, November 9 - 1st trimester ends

Friday, November 9 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

Monday, November 12 - Veterans Day Honored - Reception for Veteran guests at 9:30am; All-school assembly 10:15am

Tuesday, November 13 - 4th Grade Field Trip

Wednesday, November 14 - Board of Education Meeting at Washington School 7:00pm

Thursday, November 15 - Monroe Feeder Orchestra Demo Concert 7:00pm at Monroe

Friday, November 16 - Native American Traveling Museum Visit for 3rd grade classes

Friday, November 16 - Report Card Distribution

Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23 - NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING BREAK

Monday, November 26 - Northside Demo Band Concert 7:00pm at WNHS


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.

1st Grade Field Trip to Willowbrook Wildlife Center

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. A Box Top submission deadline is approaching; the last day for this submission period to turn in Box Tops is Friday, October 26. They can be sent to school in your child’s take home folder placed in an envelope labeled Box Tops or in a ziplock. The next submission deadline is in December. Coke Rewards can be sent in this way as well.

Title I Information

Washington is one of six schools in D200 receiving TItle I funds. Parents will soon receive a copy of the Title I compact to read and sign. Read more about TItle I and how it supports our students: Title I.

Help Needed: Lunch/Recess (Paid Position)

Washington is looking for at least one lunch supervisor for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents, grandparents, or neighbors are welcome! This is a paid position with an hourly rate. Work times are approximately 11:45am - 1:15pm. We would consider your help even if you can only work a few days a week. If you are interested, please email Mrs.Craig at and apply via the CUSD 200 website.

Author Ben Hatke Visits Grades 3-5

Thanks to the PTA having two book fairs via Anderson's Book Shop, our school enjoys two author visits each year. Thanks to LLC Director, Mr. J.J. Babb, for organizing the visit.

Knight Writers (and Speakers...and Video Creators)

As part of the CUSD 200 Vision 2022 teachers in all grades are focusing on developing students' skills in writing and message production (speaking, presenting, creating videos). We are also working to create opportunities for students to write and communicate with authentic audiences. Student writing and message production will be included in the Knightly News this year. Enjoy!

Inspired by Visiting Author, Ben Hatke, Ms. Banta's 3rd Graders Write Graphic Novels

Change for After School Walkers

We would like to ask our after school walkers not to walk along the front of the building. Walkers who are headed east have been running into the bus lines leaving the building, and there is not sufficient room on the sidewalk. We are concerned for the safety of all. Instead, we would like walkers to walk toward the red flow zone gates and use the sidewalk that runs along Bridle Lane. Please contact Mrs. Craig if you have questions at

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

Kindergarten Field Trip to Cosley Zoo

WNHS Show Choir Housewalk

Check out this information about the annual housewalk benefitting the WNHS show choir: Housewalk.

Elementary Handbook

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