Knightly News

January 23, 2015

Welcome to 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.

PTA Pancake Breakfast

WHEN: Saturday, January 31st 8:30am-11:30am

WHERE: Washington House of Pancakes....aka - the gym

WHAT: Delicious pancakes & sausage cooked before your eyes by our staff and parents

WHY: Build community and support our PTA

Click here for more info about the Pancake Breakfast Washington PTA Pancake Breakfast

Valentine's Day Information

On Friday, February 13th all classrooms will have their annual Valentine’s Day celebrations. These classroom celebrations will begin at 2:30 PM. To assure the safety of all students, please do not send candy or any food items to be shared with the distribution of Valentine cards. Students will still be allowed to distribute Valentine cards. Each classroom will have pre-approved treats during their classroom parties. Thanks for your understanding and for helping us to maintain a safe environment for all students!

Scenes from Google Family Night

Google Family Night

Washington held it's first Google Family Night on Thursday, January 22nd. Thirty-four Washington families along with Board of Education member, Rosemary Swanson, came to the event. Families rotated among four activity stations. Parents and children took a survey together in Google Forms. Children demonstrated for their parents how they have used Google in class to learn and collaborate. LLC Director JJ Babb showed parents how students in grades 2-5 have been using Google Classroom during LLC lessons. District technology specialist Eric Slaughter talked to parents about safety and security in the Google environment.

Thank you to all who attended and a special thanks to Washington staff Jamie Alley, JJ Babb, Lauren Hrunek, Melissa Koenig, Krista Lipnisky, and Angela Sheppard for planning and attending the event.


January 26 Yearbook Sales Begin (Until February 27)

January 31 Pancake Breakfast 8:30am-11:30am


February 3 Bicycle Safety Presentations by Cadence Health for 1st and 5th grade

February 10 PTA Meeting 7pm

February 13 Valentine Parties 2:30pm (10:45 for Kindergarten AM)

February 16 NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

February 23 Fourth grade field trip Freedom Bound play at College of DuPage

February 26 Yearbook advanced sales end

February 26 Kindergarten Round-up 6:30pm registration and 7:00pm presentation

February 27 NO SCHOOL - Countywide teacher institute

February 28 Fun Fair 11am-3pm

5 Essentials Survey

You are invited to participate in a survey administered by the State of Illinois about our school. The survey is an opportunity to provide feedback about how our school is meeting your expectations and your child’s needs. Your responses will aid us in meeting the needs of all students that attend our school.

You can take the survey by following this link: The survey is open through March 13th. If you have questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials customer support at 1-866-440-1874 or submit a form on our website at Thank you for your participation.

PARCC Testing

ISAT has been replaced by the Partnership of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. There are two testing windows for PARCC - March and May. In March, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will take two math tests and three reading tests. Please do your best to plan appointments and vacations around these dates.

3rd grade March 16-20

4th grade March 23-26

5th grade March 9-13

Congratulations PTA Reflections Advancers!

Congratulations to Washington’s Reflections Advancers. These students will be honored at a districtwide ceremony on Monday, January 26th at Hubble Middle School. Click here to read more WWPTA Results for Reflections Entries from Washington. Washington's advancers are:

  • Agnes Bartolomey from Mr. Strayve’s Class for Visual Arts
  • Olivia Busano from Mr. Strayve’s Class for Dance Choreography
  • Madelyn Colton from Mr. Strayve’s Class for Film Production
  • Reagan Crosthwaite from Mrs. Russelle’s Class for Musical Composition
  • Brooke Groezinger from Mrs. Russelle’s Class for Musical Composition (2 entries)
  • Nathan Groezinger from Mrs. Lanza’s Class for Literature
  • Jonah Noyes from Mr. Strayve’s Class for Film Production
  • Corey Ostensen from Mrs. Russelle Class for Visual Arts
  • Sydney Schilling from Mrs. Kovarik’s Class for Visual Arts
  • Evelyn Winchell from Mr. Cerny’s Class for Literature
  • Fun Fair Raffle Baskets are Back!

    Raffle Baskets are back with six exciting themed options to be awarded at Fun Fair on Saturday, February 28. The PTA needs your help to create these fabulous prizes. Click here for more information Washington PTA Raffle Baskets

    Thank You from the PTA!

    Thank you for your membership in the 2014-2015 Washington PTA! We truly appreciate the 192 members who make up our membership.

    Click here for more information: Thank You Washington PTA Members

    Bilingual Parent Liaison

    We are happy to announce that Washington is working with a new Spanish-speaking parent liaison, Mrs. Clara Neff. Mrs. Neff as office hours at Washington on Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon, but can also be reached at (630) 682-2222 ext. 3188 or

    Click here to read more about Mrs. Neff

    Donations Welcome!

    Washington School would happily take any board games or G-rated DVDs that your family has outgrown. We will use them for indoor recess days. Please do not send games with missing pieces. Also, please understand that any donations will become property of Washington School and will eventually be donated to another organization or discarded if the item becomes unusable in the future. Please turn in any donations to the main office by January 30th. Thank you for your help!

    Help Needed for Recess Clubs

    Over winter break, the parents who coordinated Mileage Club moved away. We would love to be able to continue Mileage Club this spring. The commitment would be two days a week over the lunch hour beginning after spring break. This activity has been very, very popular at Washington, and we would very much appreciate your help in keeping it going. If you would consider coordinating Mileage Club and would like more information, please contact Barb Kading at

    In addition, we would still welcome more help with Chess Club. They are meeting over the lunch hour on Fridays. Additional parent helpers would help us to increase the frequency Chess Club is able to meet. If you are interested in helping with Chess Club, please contact the chairperson, Mary Ruhter at

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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:

    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.

    Emergency School Closings

    Going to Target??

    Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and to help Washington! Sign up is easy at the link below: