Washington - Caldwell Parent Update
Week of December 4, 2023
Message from our Principal
Hello Bulldog Families,
In our last parent update, we shared our Save Our School message regarding the upcoming operational referendum for the April 2, 2024 election. Over the past several weeks, the Strategic Planning Committee has been working on messaging and communicating the urgent needs of the school district. We will be providing frequent updates over the next several months prior to the election.
It is critical that our school community understands that we are facing a significant deficit over the next two years that will impact our ability to remain a working school district. We will be scheduling upcoming referendum information sessions for the school community, as well as communicating through various platforms. Please be on the lookout for dates and times for these sessions.
The Performance Services facilities contract was recently approved by the School Board and shared with Performance Services. The next steps in the facility work will be to start the bidding process for subcontractors. We encourage our school community to provide any names of vendors or contractors to add to the list of vendors for the bidding process. We value your input.
As athletic director I am happy to share that the boy's basketball season is underway. We recently had away games at Brighton and Kansasville. Our coach and school parent, Adam Shreck, has put together a highly competitive team. The main goal of athletics at Washington-Caldwell is to help develop character, teamwork and sportsmanship. Our boys basketball season will extend into January, so please check our school calendar for dates and times of games.We would love to see you at the games!
I have reserved office hours each week to meet with parents to discuss school improvement ideas, concerns or to simply meet with you to increase parent engagement throughout the year. Office hours are on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. You may also contact me via email at email@example.com, or by phone at 262-662-3466, Ext. 166.
Calendar of Events
Monday, December 4
- Bring Food Drive items - Holiday Fun Day - Candy Cane Day - Wear Red and White!
- PTO Penguin Patch Shop Set Up 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
- Boys Basketball Away Game vs North Cape (A & B Team) 4:30 pm
- PTO Penguin Patch Shop 8:45 am - 3:30 pm
- Math Team Practice 3:40 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, December 6
- Bring Food Drive items - Holiday Fun Day - Dress Like a Holiday Tree with Tinsel and Sparkle!
- PTO Penguin Patch Shop 8:45 am - 3:00 pm
- Boys Basketball Away Game (A Team) vs Drought 4:30 pm
- PTO Penguin Patch Shop & Wrap Up 8:30 am
- Boys Basketball Practice 3:40 pm - 530 pm
- Bring Food Drive items - Holiday Fun Day - Crazy Hair Day - A Holiday Theme is Even Better!
- Get ready for a great weekend!
PENGUIN PATCH COMING THIS WEEK
PTO is holding the annual Penguin Patch shopping experience December 5-7. This is the perfect opportunity for your child to buy some inexpensive gifts (most are around $5 or less) for their family members. Check the student backpack for some more information. PTO will be available to help students shop and gifts will come home wrapped and ready to go under the tree.
PTO is still looking for volunteers to help too - go to this link!
Giving Tree - HELP is needed!
We need your help! For many years, Washington-Caldwell School District has supported our own community through an Annual Giving Tree for area children and families. We are continuing this tradition this year. Sign up to help through Sign Up Genius.
3. Drop off the item at school or send to school with your student. Donations should be to school by Friday, December 15.
4. School elves will get the gifts to families before the holiday!
Read these Guidelines for important Bus Conduct.
Winter Festival of Music - December 19
PS Uniforms & More in Waterford is hosting an online store for us and it will be available all school year. Check out the link and items available. Order online and items will be delivered to school about 2 weeks after you order!
Cold and Flu Season - Guidelines
Holiday Basket Raffle - Themed baskets are designed by each classroom with donations from families. Baskets will be raffled off at the school holiday concert. Here are the Basket themes by grade. Return your donations to your student's homeroom as soon as possible! The deadline is December 13.
4K - Family Game Night
5K - Games and Toys
1st grade - Arts and Crafts
2nd grade - Beach/Summer
3rd grade - Just Because
4th grade - Wisconsin
5th grade - Christmas Wonderland
6th grade - Warm and Cozy
7th grade - Movie Night
8th grade - Gift Cards
Mrs. Stephens -Sensory Fun
YMCA Job Opportunity
Y-Base is looking for instructors for Before and After School Care at Washington-Caldwell. The morning shift would start at 7:30 am until the start of the school day at 8:30am. The afternoon shift begins at 3:40 pm. Please use this link to learn more about this job opportunity: YBASE Part-Time Instructor - Washington Caldwell.
Lunch funds can be deposited online through E-Funds or money can be sent to school. PowerSchool will send out messages when lunch balances get below $6.00. Parents can also look at their student's lunch balance in PowerSchool. Please deposit money in accounts as needed.
Lunch prices are $3.25 for a full daily lunch, which includes a milk. If students want a milk only or an extra milk, it is $0.40. Extra Entrees are $2.50. Free/Reduced Lunch Forms are available too.
Spectator and Audience Expectations for All Events
Flyers of Interest
Upcoming Parent Resource Meetings at the Burlington Wellness Center
December 6 - Parents United will have presentations in the coming weeks. Parents United is a coalition of 26 school districts. The mission of Parents United is to present timely and relevant information in a neutral forum for parents and professionals who work with children. The lectures and presentations offered each school year provide links, knowledge, and networking to the community for the ultimate benefit of our students. Presentations are either in person or offered online through Zoom.
Your AAH Student and Family Assistance Program is proud to present a free 4-part webinar series
Things We Wish Grown Ups Knew, highlights current trends of school-aged children that impact both their academic and home-life. Please see attached flyer with descriptions for each webinar, and a flyer specifically for December’s webinar as well.
Please Note: All presentations will be on Tuesdays, offered at both 12:00pm –12:30pm and 6:30pm –7:00pm. Families can register for single presentations OR the entire series! These webinars will not be recorded, to preserve confidentiality of attendees.
Coming in December:
My Phone is My Life. It’s Driving Me Crazy!
Co-Presented by Evoanna Vargas, MSW, LCSW
& She’Leah Fisher, MS, NCC, LPC
This presentation will focus on fostering strong family relationships through communication, consistency, and compromise in a digital world. Click on either of the above times OR email EAP.LiveWellBeWell@aah.org to register.
As always, to access our free, confidential SFAP services all parents &/or legal guardians can call us at 800.236.3231.
Advocate Aurora SFAP offers free, confidential assistance for your schools’ students and family members. While SFAP services are not a replacement for outpatient therapy and cannot prescribe medicine, we can provide brief, solution-focused counseling services and other services to assist the wellbeing of students and families.
Student and Family Support from Advocate/Aurora
(These opportunities are not affiliated with Washington-Caldwell School District.)
Racine County Land & Water Conservation Contest
Use the link below to enter the Land & Water Conservation Contest
Youth Classes from Waterford Rec Department
Youth classes are available through Waterford Rec Department. Use this link to find out more about Youth Soccer and Flag-Football. https://waterfordwi.myrec.com/info/activities/
Town of Norway Rec Department
Use the link below to learn about the classes and programs available through Town of Norway Recreation Department.
Connect with Washington-Caldwell
Ms. Kelli Vogt, Assistant Principal -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Sue Krystowiak, Main Office Secretary -- email@example.com
Ms. Karen Kaldor, Main Office Secretary -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Dousman Transport Bus Company 262-910-1310