Updates from Washington Elementary-Friday, February 16, 2018
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
Appreciation & Hope
I have been struggling since Wednesday to capture my thoughts and emotions around the devastating shooting in Parkland, Florida. As a principal working in a school and as a father of school-age children, I've felt a wide array of emotions, including devastation, anger, sadness, and hope. Everyone I have spoken with about this tragedy has also expressed their own mix of emotions. One common theme I've heard in speaking with people about this tragedy and others like it are the sincere appreciation and amazement for the courage of first responders, school staff and students. We have heard about heroic stories that deserve our attention, focus and thanks.
As the week comes to an end and another Valentine's Day has passed, please make sure to pause and reflect on those around you that help lift you up in tough times and thank them. As I reflect on this week, I am so appreciative and thankful for the opportunity to work with your children. Their laughter, curiosity and kindness to others is inspiring. Finally, this was an exhausting week for teachers with Valentine's Day parties, the tragedy in Florida and parent/teacher conferences. Their professionalism, caring and ability to get the best from our students is humbling, and I am thankful to be apart of it.
The following message went out to all families on Wednesday evening, and I wanted to share it with you again as it is an excellent resource for when your child is ready to talk about the recent tragedy and violence. The tips shared are provided by the National Association of School Psychologists and can be found HERE.
Please read the parking reminders for drop-off and dismissal below:
NEVER stop on the East side of 68th Street. There is NO stopping or parking on the East side of the road.
Do not park where you see orange traffic cones.
Only use the three (15 minute) parking spots at the corner of 68th Street/Garfield Avenue. Cars should NEVER be parked or stopped on the East side of 68th Street near the front door.
DO NOT turn around in our neighbors' driveways. Be patient and go around the block.
IF you are using the hug and go on 67th Street, do not leave your car. Stay in your car and a staff member will call your child down.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Cold Weather Reminder
Hello Washington Families!
Please check out the upcoming PTA events and make sure to join in the fun....
Girls on the Run- Registration opened February 1. If you are interested in having your daughter participate you can register at https://www.girlsontherunsoutheasternwi.org/. Girl on the Run is open for 3rd-5th graders. Practice will be Tuesday and Thursday after school. For additional questions Chirstie Guertin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Timberwolf Trot- Do you have a company that would like to be promoted? We would love to hear from you as we are looking for any donations to use as incentives or sponsorships towards the Trot. Contact: Laura Geisler (email@example.com) or Denise VanCuyk (Denisevancuyk@gmail.com)
A list of current community flyers, which include a number of activities and opportunities for students and families, can be found here: https://wi02216059.schoolwires.net/domain/210
The 2018-2019 district calendar is available here.
Also, AMF Bowlero has special offers on early release Wednesdays and non-school days. For all the details, click here.