Knightly News

December 3, 2014

Welcome to the First Edition of Knightly News!

Greetings, Washington Parents!

Welcome to Knightly News, an electronic newsletter for Washington Knight families. Knightly News is just one additional way to keep in touch with all of the happenings at Washington School. First and foremost, we encourage you to regularly check your child's backpack and our website including the web calendar. We also invite you to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @washcusd200. At this time, we plan to use Knightly News as a monthly communication with the possibility of increasing its frequency in the future.

Scenes from First Trimester

Christmas Sharing Collection Ends This Friday

Washington is collecting items for the community Christmas Sharing program through this Friday, December 5th. Your donations of new or gently-used clothing and toys are appreciated as well as non-perishable food items and household products including:

Canned fruit and vegetables

Canned soup

Boxed pasta

Coffee and tea

Flour and sugar

Spaghetti sauce

Facial tissue


Bath Soap

Dish Soap

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House on Bridle & President

The light yellow house across from Washington on Bridle & President will be demolished this Saturday, so as to not cause disruption to our school day. Fencing should be put up around the construction site of the new home, but I thought it best to inform you as some of your children walk by the home on the way to and from school. Our crossing guard, Mr. Matthews, is very vigilant, but please talk to your children about staying away from the construction site for their own safety.


December 1-5 Christmas Sharing Collection

December 3 Fifth Grade Outdoor Education Meeting for Parents Only 7pm in LLC

December 4 Fourth & Fifth Grade Books 'n' Bites 7pm at Wiesbrook School

December 12 First Grade Polar Express Activity

December 12 Third Grade Native American Traveling Museum Presentation

December 15 K-5 Winter Concert at 10am and 2pm

December 19 Mrs. Weisheit's ADK class play at 1:00pm

December 19 All-school Holiday Sing 1:45pm in the gym followed by class parties

December 22 Winter Break - Classes Resume January 5th

Washington Winter Concert

After many years without an all-school music concert, Washington will have a K-5 winter day concert this year. To better accommodate parent schedules and parking constraints, we will offer two identical performances on Monday, December 15th.

The 10am concert will include morning kindergarten, all-day kindergarten, and grades 1-5, as well as a performance by the 4th & 5th grade chorus.

The 2pm concert will include afternoon kindergarten, all-day kindergarten, and grades 1-5, as well as a performance by the 4th & 5th grade chorus.

The parking lot on the west side of the building will be open beginning at 9:30am and 1:30pm. Cars in this lot must be moved immediately after the concerts in order to clear the lot for midday recess and afternoon dismissal.

Cold Weather Recess Scale

Blue Day – 25 degrees and below

Coats are zipped; hats/hoods and gloves/mittens are on.

SNOWPANTS AND BOOTS are required for playing in the snow.

Green Day – 25-45 degrees

Coat partially zipped; hats and gloves optional.

Orange Day – 45-55 degrees

Coats or sweatshirts; zipping is optional.

Red Day – above 55 degrees

Student’s choice

The above scale is enforced with K-3 primary students and highly encouraged with 4th-5th intermediate students. We try to go outside for recess whenever possible. In cases of rain, heavy/blowing snow, and feels-like temperatures at zero or below, we will have indoor recess. Students not dressed for the weather on outdoor recess days, go to the warming table in the lunchroom.

Washington Google Family Night

When: Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: Washington LLC

Who: Washington Families

What: Learn about all of the exciting ways Google can be used as a tool in our learning; see how Washington is using Google now and how it may use it in the near future; understand the safety and security features of the Google environment.

District Technology Specialist, Eric Slaughter, will be present to demonstrate and answer parent questions.

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Fuel Up to Play 60

Washington is one of several CUSD200 schools participating in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. It is a program created by the National Dairy Council and NFL to support schools in their efforts to promote health and wellness. Our level of participation could potentially lead to Washington earning a grant, but more importantly promotes healthy eating and physical activity. To sign your child up and read more about the program, visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 website:

Bravo, Washington Reflections Finalists!

This year, Washington had a total of 41 entries/40 students in the PTA Reflections contest. 20 entries/19 students were selected to advance to the WWPTA District level. Of the 20 entries sent to the district, 11 entries/10 students from Washington were selected to advance to the DuPage West Regional review.

Each of the ten advancing students will be recognized at a districtwide ceremony on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Hubble Middle School.

Congratulations to:

Musical Composition – Reagan Crosthwaite (2-Russelle)

Musical Composition – Brooke Groezinger with two entries (2-Russelle)

Visual Arts - Corey Ostensen (2-Russelle)

Visual Arts - Sydney Schilling (3-Kovarik)

Literature – Nathan Groezinger (4-Lanza)

Literature- Evelyn Winchell (4-Cerny)

Dance Choreography – Olivia Busano (5-Strayve)

Film Production – Madelyn Colton (5-Strayve)

Film Production - Jonah Noyes (5-Strayve)

Visual Arts - Agnes Bartolomey (5-Strayve)

Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE)

In March 2015, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. This testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2015-2016 classes:

3rd, 4th & 5th grade PACE Mathematics

3rd, 4th & 5th grade PACE Reading

6th grade Fast Paced Mathematics

6th grade Fast Paced Language Arts

Please Note – Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test for 2015-2016

Students may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent.

The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing January 15, 2015.

Parents who register their students by the January 15, 2015 deadline will

be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website under

Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 with any questions.

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