Knightly News

November 15, 2018


November Dates

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

Sunday, November 18- Deadline for PTA Spirit Wear Orders

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

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

Tuesday, November 27 - Pack the Gym Night

Friday, November 30 - Last day to turn in Christmas Sharing

PTA Spirit Wear Orders Deadline November 18th

Washington Honors our Veterans

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. Check out this video created for the November Board of Education meeting highlighting writing and message production and starring our K-5 students!

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.

Christmas Sharing Needs Your Help

Washington will be collecting items for Christmas Sharing again this year. Christmas Sharing is a program organized to help families living within CUSD 200 who are facing financial difficulty. Sponsored by CUSD 200, local churches, businesses, and civic organizations, this program reaches to all corners of our community.

The organizers of Christmas Sharing have expressed a special need for:

Non-perishable food

Good, gently used clothing for all ages, and especially for infants and children

Winter coats, boots, hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves for all ages

Dishes, flatware, and cooking utensils

New or gently used toys, games, and books

New underwear and socks for all ages

Through donating food, clothing, and toys; Washington children will be able to make a difference in the lives of families in the Wheaton, Warrenville and Carol Stream area. Please make sure that any donations are either new, or in very good and usable condition.

Donations of non-perishable food and new or lightly used items should be brought to Washington School Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 30th for distribution by local churches. Watch for the Christmas Sharing signs and tables in the front hall of the school. Christmas Sharing is recognized as a 501(c)3 public charity making contributions deductible. Please call Mrs. Glasser, social worker, at Washington if you have any questions. Thank you for your help!

December Dates

December 6 - Science with Mr. Lee in 3rd grade Schmitz

December 7 - Science with Mr. Lee in 3rd grade Banta

December 10 - Science with Mr. Lee in 3rd grade Burkard

December 17 - Winter Concert at 10am and 2pm

December 20 - 1st grade Polar Express activity

December 21- AM Kindergarten holiday party 10:45am

December 21- Mrs. Weisheit's ADK Toy Shop play 1:15pm

December 21- Holiday sing-a-long 2:00pm followed by holiday parties at 2:30pm

December 24 - January 4 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

January 7 - School Resumes

Parent Workshops

Check here for the latest information on Parent Seminars and Workshops.

From our Math Coach/Interventionist, Mrs. Russelle

Did you know that all students in grades 3-5 have a way to practice math skills from home? District 200 is providing an account on a web-based math program called Dreambox for each student in grades 3-5. It is an adaptive program that places your child at the level that he or she need to work at in order to be successful. As your child passes lessons, he or she will progress through the grade level standards. If your child needs more practice at a certain standard, then Dreambox requires them to practice several more times until they are successful. Some teachers use Dreambox for homework. Others use it as a center for differentiated math time. Here are some informational links for parents. Washington’s Math Coach Lea Russelle can also answer any questions you may have about it. The link is on the Washington’s School website under the LLC webpage: Dreambox, The direct website is below and the school code is qpyh/rd66. Your child must know their login information in order for you to create a login as well.

information to set up parent account

WatchDOGS Sign-up

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:

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.

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

Elementary Handbook

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