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Washington School: April Issue 2017

Letter from Mrs. Daly

Dear Washington Families,

It’s hard to believe Spring is here. It’s also hard to believe that we have begun our

last semester of the school year. Where has the year gone? April and May are always very

busy months. Please review the calendar in the newsletter for all of the upcoming events.

Dogs at School: With the nice weather returning, many families are walking to school,

which is great. However, we ask that you leave the dog at home. Even the most gentle and friendly dog can become overwhelmed with 600 excited students around. Also, we have many students and adults who are allergic to dogs or terrified of dogs. We love dogs, but ask you to please not bring them to school, as it is district policy not to have them on school grounds. The sidewalks in the front and sides of the building are occupied with children before and after school, so I ask that we all respect these rules regarding dogs. Thank you!

Student Appearance: As the weather is getting nicer and will continue to get warmer,

please make sure your students come to school dressed and groomed in a manner suitable and conducive to the good health and safety of the student and not disruptive to the educational process. In general, students are expected to be fully clothed from the shoulders to at least approximately mid-thigh. Shoulders must be covered with clothing; spaghetti straps, halter-tops, and bare midriffs are NOT appropriate school attire. Shorts should not be shorter than mid-thigh length. Hats may NOT be worn during the school day. Wearing distracting items is not allowed. Please refer to the district handbook if you have any questions.

The week of April 10th, students in 3-5th grade will be taking the PARCC assessments. Please review the PARCC schedule in the button below so you schedule all doctor's appointments around the testing window. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or myself.

Thursday, April 20th is the Kindergarten orientation. Please make sure you read the detailed information below regarding that evening.

Wishing all of you a Happy Spring!


Mrs. Daly

Washington Principal

Kindergarten Registration Continues

Kindergarten registration continues. If you have a child, or know of a child living in the Washington area who will be five before September 1st they are eligible for kindergarten in the 2017 -18 school year. Please come in and register ASAP so we can include you and your child in the kindergarten orientation in on April 20th.

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Washington Calendar of Events

Click here to view upcoming and planned events

The best place to start your child’s District 64 education….is right here in District 64.

Jefferson School is still accepting registration for 3 and 4 year olds for the 2017-18 school year. The District 64 preschool program welcomes children of all abilities, as the classrooms are designed to educate children with a variety of abilities, interests, and needs within a play based preschool environment. The teachers are highly qualified and certified through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in early childhood, special education and teaching English Language Learners. In addition to the preschool teachers, the classrooms are supported by a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and social worker. Therefore, a low student to teacher ratio (1:5) is maintained with class sizes as low as 15 students.

The curriculum, Creative Curriculum, is a research-based and developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development (IELDS) and Common Core Standards. The program focuses on the four domain areas of development: cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional so students are well prepared for kindergarten in District 64. For additional information about the program visit the Jefferson website. If you would like a tour of the program contact the Jefferson principal, Lisa Halverson, at 847-318-4249.

Click here to complete the preschool application for the 2017-18 school year.

On the District website go to Step 1 to complete the pre-enrollment form. After your residency documents are reviewed for accuracy and completeness you will be notified if your child has a spot or will be on the waitlist.

Young Author Winners

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Young Authors Contest. All students who entered should be very proud of their work and commitment. The following have been selected as the winning stories for Washington School and will continue on to the district level competition.

Young Authors Winners



Unicorn Babies

By Fiona

1st Grade

Basil and Bailey’s Big Adventure

By Jake Thurman

2nd Grade

On My First Day of Kindergarten

By Cecilia Purcell

3rd Grade


By Luke


Hope and Love

By Reese

5th Grade

The Haunted Beach House

By Devyn

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Art News


The following WASHINGTON students have their artwork on display at the Educational Service Center, 164 S. Prospect, in Park Ridge. Examples of drawings, paintngs, and collage will be up until middle of May. Please stop in to see their work! You can also see the work on the Art Room page on Washington’s web site.

Aidan K KRam Anagelina E KMam

Megi S 2-136 Grace C 2-132

Emma B 2-136 Lexi H 2-135

Nika B 2-135 Nathan L 2-131

Eva E 2-132 Bo B 2-133

Maddie K 2-136 Lika S 2-131

Lily T 3-230 Victoria Y 3-229

Michael N 3-227 Reagan G 3-229

Annabelle N 3-230 Teagan H 3-231

Sophia L 1-122 Hannah S 1-122

Maddox T 1-122 Avery H 1-127

Kaitlyn H 1-122

District Mission Statement

Inspire all students to discover their strengths, embrace learning, achieve personal excellence, and demonstrate care. Students thrive in a rich, rigorous, and innovative curriculum delivered by highly qualified teachers. Each student learns and grows in a safe, nurturing environment. In collaboration with student, parents, teachers and the community, District 64 provides opportunities for each learner to investigate, be successful, be resilient, and become inspired and empowered as they contribute to our global society.
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Pledge Cards - Healthy Living Month

The students are encouraged to fill out the pledge cards at home and bring back to school the following Monday. We will be having raffles weekly.
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