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 can take the survey by following this link: www.survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois. 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 https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/support/contact/ Thank you for your participation.
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:
Fun Fair Raffle Baskets are Back!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to read more about Mrs. Neff http://www.cusd200.org/domain/2015
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.