Washington Weekly

Updates from Washington Elementary - Friday, September 14th


Mr. Russell, Principal - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Schram, Administrative Assistant - 414.773.1805

Mrs. Hill-Gordon - Educational Assistant - 414.773.1806

Attendance Line - 414.773.1802

Principals Message

We practiced our first fire drill today. I wanted to inform you in case your child comes home and talks about it. We are required to do several drill throughout the year, including monthly fire drills, two severe weather and lockdown drills and an off-site evacuation drill. We will inform parents about these drills as we practice them.

Police Presence Today

Earlier this afternoon, Wauwatosa Police pulled over a vehicle on 68th Street between Lloyd Street and Garfield Avenue. There were several police cars that responded.

It is always alarming to see such a heightened amount of law enforcement, especially near a school. I just wanted to remind you that during incidents in the neighborhood, the Police Department does advise the school on locking down the building should they feel it is unsafe for students to be outside. We were not advised to go into a lockdown of any kind so we continued with our business as usual.

Important Dates

Wednesday, September 19 - Early Release 2:20 dismissal

Thursday, September 20 - PTA Meeting @ 6:00pm (Room - Cafeteria)

Friday, September 28 - Game Night

Tuesday, October 16 - Picture Make-up Day/Class Group Photos

Wednesday, October 31 - Washington Parade @ 1:30pm

PTA Update...

We're finding our rhythm Washington! There are BIG EVENTS coming up... nothing quite as big as our district referendum. Please join us for our first PTA meeting to discuss the upcoming Wauwatosa School referendum on Thursday, 9/20 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. If you have questions you'd like to submit in advance please use this link:


All are welcome and encouraged to come. (Free babysitting services available). Please bring $10 dues if you haven't sent them to school already. We will have extra PTA forms if yours has been misplaced.

Our last dine-out opportunity earned our school over $100 for eating at Frozone. Let's support or next dine out at CAFE BLUE on Monday and Tuesday 9/17-9/18 all day, 6:30a.m.-5:30p.m. Mention "Washington Elementary" and help raise funds for our school and support a local business.

Please mark your calendars for GAME NIGHT Friday 9/28. We need volunteers and donations to make this happen. Look for updates here next week, in backpacks, on Facebook and in emails.

Finally, we're trying to get 100% off our families to fill out our 2 minute "Volunteer Form"


for 2018-19.

If you're one of the 50 people who have completed it, THANK YOU! Please encourage others to fill it out so we can plan for a fantastic school year.

Drop off and Pick Up Routines

Please take note:

  1. 67th Street is ONE way SOUTHBOUND during drop-off and pick-up. Between 7:00-8:30am and 2:00-3:30pm traffic is only allowed to move southbound.
  2. Thank you ahead of time for being considerate to our neighbors on 67th and all around our building by NOT blocking driveways nor turning around in driveways. 67th street is extremely busy in the morning and at dismissal so your continued efforts at being patient and follow the posted rules help keep everyone safe.
  3. There is a handicap parking sign posted on the north end of the cutout on 67th Street. Cars, buses and daycare vans should avoid this area at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please review the link, Safe Routes to School: School Map, for some important reminders to help improve the safety of students and others around Washington School.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Reminder from Mr. Richards (PE Teacher)...

Please remember that students will not be able to participate in gym class if they are wearing sandals, crocs or open toed shoes. Students must wear tennis shoes for gym class. Socks are optional.

Early Release Wednesdays

Every Wednesday is an early release day for the Wauwatosa School District. Students in afternoon Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten through 5th grades will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. There is a form in the registration packets that needs to be returned so we know where your child is supposed to go on Wednesdays. Please turn this form into the school asap and let your child's classroom teacher know the dismissal plans prior to next Wednesday. Should your dismissal procedures change throughout the year, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to update this information.

Here are the Wednesday Dismissal Options:
  • Dismissed to walk home (on their own) at 2:20 p.m.
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to go home with family or friend
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to the after school recreation program (I Can't Wait for Wednesdays) until 3:45 p.m.(must be pre-registered with recreation department).
  • Dismissed at 2:20 p.m. to Right at School's After School Program (Right Club) at Washington (must be pre-registered)
  • Dismissed to another childcare bus/van at 2:20pm.

Destination Imagination (DI) Information Night - Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30pm in the multi-purpose room

Does your student enjoy working to solve challenges that require creativity and teamwork? If so, your student may be interested in joining Destination Imagination (DI) at Washington. DI is an international program that allows students of all ages to work in small teams of up to seven students to solve open-ended challenges and then present their solution at tournaments. The challenges are described as “open-ended” because they have no right or wrong answer. It’s up to the students and their teammates to decide how to solve a challenge. Assuming we have sufficient parent support for all interested students, each student will be placed on a team led by an adult team manager or coach, but the coach does not solve the challenge. The different challenges cover all aspects of "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) so there is something of interest for every student.

DI has a long history at Washington and in the past few years our teams have done well enough to advance to the global DI competition. Students who are involved with DI say it helps them do better in school, improves their communication skills, develops their self-confidence, and helps them have more respect for others. Most important, DI is fun! To learn more, please join us on Weds., Sept. 19 at 6:30pm in the Washington mutli-purpose room and visit www.destinationimagination.org. If you are unable to attend the meeting and have any questions, please contact Julia Burns, Washington DI Coordinator, at juliaLburns5@gmail.com.

Community Flyers

Be sure to check out the community flyers page to find out what is happening in Wauwatosa and the surrounding area: https://www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/domain/210