Washington Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700

Home of the Cougars!

Please submit your All School Directory Info by Oct 3rd!

Are you interested in connecting with other Washington Hoyt families in your child’s class?  Do you want to be included in class communications from teachers and other parents?  Would you like to help your child make social connections outside of school with other students?  If you answered yes, then please submit your 2014-2015 All School Email and Phone Directory information! 

A form recently went home in your child’s Friday folder.  Even better (to avoid typos) you can submit your information by filling out the form and emailing it directly to Kristi Gaimster at kristi.gaimster@davita.com.  The directory is sponsored by the PTA and is only distributed to WA Hoyt students, teachers and staff.  Feel free to email Kristi with any questions. 

- Deadline is Friday, October 3rd.
- Drop the completed form in the PTA Box of the Front Office or send it to school with your student and have them give it to their teacher


Cougar Cards (aka Scrip) Order Forms Available Now!

You can download the new 2014-2015 Cougar Card Order form today! Orders are due September 16. This is an easy and convenient fundraiser for our school - you don't have to purchase anything extra - the stores do it for you! You just purchase the Cougar Card "gift cards" for the stores you frequent and a percentage goes to the Washington PTA!

Download Cougar Card Order Form

Will your child be absent?

Please remember to call the school attendance and let them know if your child will be absent from school. The phone number for the front office is (253) 571-5700.

Free Dress Fridays

It is a Washington Elementary School tradition that every Friday is a free dress day! Uniform Policy

Counselor's Corner

Welcome back to school. I hope you had a fun and safe summer. My name is Mary McGlone, and I am the counselor at Washington. As a school guidance counselor, I am available to help you and your child have a successful academic year.

As I plan Guidance for the 2014-15 school year I like to make sure parents are aware of what I do. I meet with all of the students at Washington, even those who are models of good behavior. A major portion of my job is proactive and preventative. I go into classrooms and teach students a variety of techniques for handling bullying, conflict, stress, friendship concerns, and other student issues so students are prepared to handle problems before they arise. I also have friendship groups where I include students who can model good behavior and offer appropriate solutions to problems because experience has taught me that students will learn quickly when they see their peers engaged in appropriate social interactions. I love to interact with students and their parents. My goal is to support you as we both provide opportunities for successful growth and maturity for your child.

At the start of every school year, after meeting with the principal, teachers, students, and many of you, I will develop a comprehensive guidance program that will deal with the behavioral, social and emotional issues that often impact academic success. As part of this program, I will teach classroom lessons, offer individual consultation, and lead a couple of small groups for students who have particular needs and whose parents want them to have additional assistance. Around conference time I may meet with you and your child’s teacher to develop a plan to foster and support your child’s academic success. I am also available to conference with you throughout the year, about your child and/or to offer referral and resource assistance to other programs and services within our community. My job is to support you, your child and your child’s teacher so that your son/daughter will have a positive academic experience.

Finally, I will continue to advise you as to what is happening with the Guidance program in the monthly Counselor’s Corner in the school newspaper or in notes home throughout the school year. The great news is that my hours at Washington have increased this year and I will be here every Tuesday and Wednesday and usually every other Thursday. If you have any questions or wish to see me about your child, please call me at school (571-5739) or drop by my office in the morning before classes begin. I look forward to meeting you and working with you, your child, Dr. Knight, and your child’s teacher, in providing a safe and positive atmosphere within which your child can learn and grow.

Mary McGlone
Tacoma Public Schools - Counselor
(253) 571-5739

Mason Music Night Sept 23

A great journey begins here. Mason Middle School offers music classes which are open to fifth grade students from DeLong, Jefferson, Lowell, Sherman, and Washington-Hoyt, our beginning band has no prerequisites other than a desire to play an instrument.

Classes meet two days per week, and the schedule depends on the choice of instrument. The elementary band gives two concerts per year. Consistent rehearsal attendance and home practice are key elements in successfully learning to play any instrument, which is something to consider when deciding to join!

There is no fee to sign up, but students and parents must assume responsibility for providing an instrument, lesson book, and cleaning supplies (available for rental or purchase at local music stores.)

Register in person at our Music Night event on Tuesday, Sept. 23, anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. Local music stores will be in Mason’s cafeteria for you to rent instruments, purchase supplies and accessories.

Can’t make it to music night? Not to worry! Pre-registration for elementary band and orchestra is now available! Classes begin the week of September 29.

Mr. Ronning is the Band teacher at Mason.

Mr. Banet is the Orchestra teacher at Mason.

PTA Members receive Great Wolf Discount

The WSPTA is pleased to inform you that the Great Wolf Lodge is giving all Washington State PTA members 10% off the best available rates, valid through December 30, 2014! Amenities include: 84-degree indoor waterpark, daily WolfWalk and story time, spacious Northwoods family suites, fantastic specialty-themed restaurants and more! For more information or reservations, visit greatwolf.com or call 866-925-WOLF (9653). Use corporate code: WSPTA984A. When you check-in, you will need to show your PTA ID card.

To sign up for the Washington Elementary School PTA, fill out our Membership Form and return it to school - either by sending it in an envelope addressed to the PTA and have your child give it to their teacher or you can drop it off in the PTA Box in the Front Office.

First Day!

We're looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow for the first day of school!

Please meet on the playground and line up with your class.
First bell - and ribbon cutting - will be at 8:55 am.

We welcome adults to escort their students to class. Adults will be asked to leave the building when the announcements end. Please join us at that time for coffee and donuts on the playground.

See you tomorrow!

- Washington PTA

Champions Update

Following please find information from the Regional Champions Manager regarding their services at Washington:

Dear Washington Hoyt Elementary Champions Families,
Unfortunately, due to the new building construction at Washington Hoyt Elementary our state licensing visit has been delayed. This final inspection is required by the Washington State Department of Early Learning before we can open the Champions program.  Dr. Knight and his staff have done everything possible to assist us in our efforts to get licensed and we have appreciated their support.
In order for the licensing visit to take place, the building must first have a Certificate of Occupancy, which we now have.  Then the Fire Marshal conducts a walk-through of the school building.  And lastly, the licensing agent from Department of Early Learning will walk through and provide final approval.  We are hopeful to complete this process tomorrow, however given the challenges of the holiday weekend we may not be able to get our program licensed in time to open at the school.  
We are currently working with a private transportation company to offer bussing for the Washington Hoyt students, at our expense, to attend the Champions program at the Downing Elementary Champions location to offer care until our license is approved.  Details surrounding transportation to and from the Downing location should it be needed, will be finalized by Tuesday, afternoon September 2th.
We understand that this delayed start to the Champions program is an inconvenience.  However, we are optimistic that our licensing process will be complete soon.
Thank you for your support and patience through this transition period.  Please feel free to contact me if you should have any questions or concerns.


Rob Martin
Regional Manager

*NEW* Washington Elementary School Logo

Introducing Washington Elementary’s new school seal. This is the first step in rebranding the newly refurbished school to be more focused on the person for whom it was named: George Washington. The new seal features Washington’s Coat of Arms, as well as the year the school was founded. Kudos to Sara Sledge for her design and help in art directing this project. Plus, thanks to Courtenay Chamberlin, Stacey Green, Dr. Knight, and Christie Barrie for participating in the process over the summer. Other rebranding efforts this Fall will include a new team name and logo, a Washington-related name for the new cafeteria. Plus, a new newsletter courtesy of Megan Boly.

Back to School 2014-2015

Letters will be sent home tomorrow (Friday, August 22) with classroom assignments for each student.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - Wednesday, September 3
We look forward to seeing everyone at Washington Elementary on the first day of school! Please meet on the playground and line up with your class.

We hope to welcome all parents to escort their children to their new classroom. Dr. Knight will start the morning with the Pledge of Allegiance and announcements. Parents will be asked to leave the building when the announcements end. Please join us at that time for coffee and donuts.

School supplies will not be collected until after the school year has started. Your student's teacher will provide instructions on when to deliver supplies to the classroom.

The school phones will be turned off this Friday (August 22) and switched to the new building. Staff will not have access to their new phones until August 27.

We have been told construction will continue for at least eight weeks into the school year.  

Construction will take place every day after school beginning at 3:45. Therefore, the building must be vacated by students and staff at that time.

We will follow tradition and parents will meet on the playground. Teachers will escort their students to the playground.

We know there are many unknowns and even what we know may change over the upcoming weeks. Your patience during this process is appreciated! If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know directly.

Stacey Green & Courtenay Chamberlin
PTA Co-Presidents

Placement Letters

Student placement letters will be sent out around the last week in August. This is later than usual because of the move.

Talent Show!

Want to be in the Washington-Hoyt end of year talent show? Come show us what you've got! We will be screening talent show acts in the lunchroom on the following dates and times:

Forms are due May 30th, Friday. No late forms accepted.

Tuesday, June 3rd 8:00-8:55am
Wednesday June 4th 8:00-8:55am and 3:40-5:00pm

The Talent Show will be held on June 13th at 9:30am.

Return the bottom portion of the Talent Show form that went home with your student on May 21st. Forms are due into the office by Friday, May 30th. Please do not give it to your classroom teacher, but turn it into the office. Late forms will NOT be accepted!

You can pick up extra forms in the Front Office or download one here.

Lost and Found Clean Up!

Lost and found clothing will be spread out in the commons May 28-30. Please come by and claim what's yours! After May 30th everything will be donated to charity.

Field Day 2014

Monday, June 9 will be our annual school-wide field day! Many volunteers are needed in order to make this event a success. Preparation help is also needed in the morning on Friday, June 6th as well as on Field Day to oversee the events. If you can donate some time, please complete the form that was sent home with your student and return to school as soon as possible. We appreciate your support in making this a fun and exciting day!

If you didn't receive the form, contact Mrs. Norling and let her know your availability.

Volunteers Needed:

Preparation Day Friday June 6th Help Needed 9:00 am to 11:30am

Field Day June 9th Monday
AM Help from 8:30-11:30am
PM Help from 1:00-3:30pm
All Day Help 8:30-3:30pm

* Those volunteering to help on Field Day will be assigned a station to work at. Please check -in on the day of the event in our front office!

ASB Humane Society "Wish List" Drive

Our Washington-Hoyt ASB has chosen the Pierce County Humane Society as they charity this year. We will be collecting items off of their “Wish List” starting May 1st-22nd. Please send donations with your student or drop them off at school. Thank you for your support!

Needed items:
- Wet and dry pet food kitten/puppy through adult
- Scratch and stretch boxes for cats
- Fleece or synthetic blankets, towels
- Clay cat litter
- Wood stove pellets

Book Fair is Coming!

May 27-30
Lunch Hours 11:30-1:15pm
After School Hours 3:30-4:15pm

The Washington-Hoyt Buy One - Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair is coming May 27-30! Washington-Hoyt Elementary does not make money during this book fair. We offer it simply to encourage reading.

And, before you toss your old books during spring cleaning, please consider donating your gently used books to our book drive. There are children in our community who do not have books of their own. During the week of our book fair, our school will be collecting book sot donate to our local homeless shelter(s). Let's share the joy of reading!

See the Book Fair Flyer!

School Lunch BBQ May 22

Families are invited to join us at Washington-Hoyt for a School Lunch BBQ on May 22nd!

We'll start serving at 11:00 AM and end serving at about 12:45 PM.

Adults lunch: $4.55
Kids lunch: $2.75

We are able to accept CASH and CHECKs. If you have cash, please try to have exact change if possible. Thanks!

Welcome to the Jungle Tickets

Welcome to the Jungle is coming to Washington-Hoyt Elementary! The performers grades K-2 will bring this show to us on Friday, May 16th at 7:00 PM. The cast would love for you to attend!

For tickets fill out the order form and return it with CASH or CHECK (payable to Wash-Hoyt PTA) by Thursday, May 15th. Tickets will be TICKETLESS and under your last name.

Doors will open at 6:40pm and concessions will be available! Please enter through the theater/gym/cafeteria doors and park in the upper parking lot.

Download Ticket Order Form

Questions? Email Alison Hoseth

Golden Acorn Award Nominations 2013-2014

Nominations Due May 9

We all know that our school wouldn’t survive without the hours and hours of hard work by our many volunteers and dedicated educators. Now you have a chance to let those extra special ones know you’ve noticed all they’ve done.

If you know of a volunteer and/or an educator who has consistently gone the extra mile for our school and community, be sure to nominate them for the Golden Acorn Award. This extraordinary award only comes along once a year, and the nomination form is your opportunity to shine a light on a deserving person. The benefit of presenting a Golden Acorn Award is two-fold. First, it recognizes an individual who has given outstanding service to children. Secondly, it supports financial grants for students pursuing post-secondary education. Donations are made in each recipient’s name to the fund, which in turn contributes to the future of youth by awarding grants to students who are freshmen entering post-secondary education. The Golden Acorn Award Committee will make the final selection. We would like you to participate in the selection of our award recipient(s) through your recommendation.

Be sure to fill out the nomination form found in your child’s Friday folder, and turn it in to the office by Friday, May 9.

We will be presenting the award at the June PTA meeting. Questions? Contact Cindy Harkness @ 571-5744 or email Heather Urschel


Mason Parent Orientations

May 8 at 6:30pm
Mason Middle School will be holding a Parent Orientation for those parents of incoming 6th Graders! If your child will begin school at Mason in the Fall of 2014 then this evening event is for you!

The Mason Booster Club Student Store will also be open that night from 6-8PM. Stop by and pick up/order a Mason school sweatshirt. The Student Store is located just outside the gym and cafeteria entrances.

Sign up for Mason Booster Club Emails!

Like the Mason Booster Club Facebook Page

Rainiers Game for Washington-Hoyt!


Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM
Join Washington-Hoyt Elementary students, staff, family and friends for an afternoon at the ballpark. The Tacoma Rainiers will be taking on the El Paso Chuhuahuas.

Download the Ticket Order Form

Order Forms are Due May 12

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Hello Everyone!

The annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at Washington Hoyt is quickly approaching!  Our date and time for the breakfast this year is
Friday, May 9th at 7:30am.  We will be holding it in the Library and are in need of lots of help to make our breakfast as lovely as it has been in years past.  Here is what is needed:

Five Table Hosts:  A table host is responsible for decorating a table for 8 complete with linens, dishes, silverware, a centerpiece and a small favor for each teacher who sits at the table.  In the past, seeing the creativity, love and time that is put into each table has been the teacher's absolute favorite part!  We've had so many fun themes over the years!

We also need food:
Egg Dishes
Baked Goods

These items can be delivered to me the evening before or to the school before 7:30am the morning of the breakfast.  I know we are all wearing down on all the driving to Hunt but this is always such a special morning for the teachers and I'm hoping we still have the level of support we need to make this a lovely event for them.  

Thank you in advance for your support of our amazing WaHoyt teachers!


Shannon Rojecki
Text or Call 253-686-6974

Spring Auction at The Swiss - Today from 4-7!

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 4pm to 7pmWhere: The Swiss (all ages are welcome)
Washington-Hoyt PTA is holding our 2nd Annual Spring Auction on Sunday, April 27th from 4:00-7:00 PM at The Swiss.

Come spend some time with our fantastic Washington-Hoyt community - bring some friends along too! This is a fundraising opportunity for the PTA supporting great student-focused activities like Academic Enrichment, Cat Tracks, 5th Grade Camp, In Touch With Art, Teacher Grants, AR (Accelerated Reader), Clothes Closet, Back to School Night, and much more!

All ages are welcome! Have dinner, a beer, socialize with friends and perhaps bid on a few of our great auction items!

Auction includes: Sounders Tickets, Disneyland Park Hopper Passes, Wall of Wine, Classroom Gift Baskets and much much more!
Please contact Audrey Cosgrove if you would like to donate or want more information (253) 380-6585 or audreycoslew@gmail.com

See you Sunday!

Relay for Life Car Wash

Team Betty’s Bunch/WA Hoyt
Come and get Mom’s car washed before Mothers Day!

WHERE: Cooper’s Collision
(across the street from WA Hoyt on Adams St.)
WHEN: Saturday May 3rd 9:00 AM– 3:00 PM

ALL proceeds will benefit Relay For Life. Thank you for supporting the Washington-Hoyt Betty's Bunch Relay For Life Team!

Washington-Hoyt Yearbooks

Time to Order Your Washington-Hoyt Yearbook! $12 Each
Our volunteer Yearbook team has done it again! You can order your 2013-2014 Yearbook by sending in your Order Form by May 16, 2014.

A special note to 5th Grade Parents
If you would like to include a short note to your 5th grader to be published in teh yearbook, please e-mail it to Scott Warfield at: scottw@warfieldcreative.com Well wishes should be kept to one or two sentences. Thank you!

Yearbook Order Form

French Class Starts May 8

Sign up today for Spring French Classes with Yvonne Beardemphl! Classes take place Thursday mornings from 8-8:45am May 8 to June 12. Enrollment Form and payment are due May 5th!

French Class Enrollment Form

Help at the Auction

Our Washington-Hoyt PTA auction is this coming Sunday.  We need a little help with:
2:30-4:00 - 4 largish vehicles for transport of auction baskets from Audrey Cosgrove's house (in Proctor) to the Swiss.
2:45-4:00 -  4 additional folks for setup at the Swiss
6:00-6:30 - 3 spotters during the live auction
7:00-7:30 - 8 folks to do tear down.
7:00-8:00 - 2 folks to transfer any leftover auction items to my house.    

Hopefully you're planning to come to the auction anyway.  I mean, it is in a bar (although all ages till 9:00pm), for heavens sake - someplace I think all of us feel right at home.  So if you can come a bit early, or stay a bit late, it would be a big help.  I think we are planning for more folks than we need, but it is good to have the help there.  And, if there is nothing to do, sip some beer and enjoy the good company.

Let me know if you can help out some.

(253) 304-5105

Highly Capable Update for JAWS and Sail

Come see what amazing things are happening in the TPS Highly Capable Program! You're invited to a Highly Capable Program update for JAWS and SAIL families on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6pm at the Jason Lee Middle School Auditorium.

You might have read the front page article about gifted education in the April 8 edition of The News Tribune. The Tacoma School District is transitioning away from the pull-out programs that currently serve highly capable elementary students. By the 2015-2016 school year the plan is to have every elementary school serve their highly capable students through a program that blends elements of the GATE, JAWS, and SAIL programs.

According to District Administration, in mid to late May highly capable program testing results for 2nd graders will go out, and elementary schools in the district will share their decisions as to whether or not they will transition to the new model a year ahead of the district-wide transition and begin to offer this new program in fall of 2014.

Two Years of Proposed Calendars for TPS

From the Tacoma Public School Facebook Page:
After surveying parents and staff, we came up with proposed calendars for the next two school years. What do you think? There's still time to comment before the School Board votes on April 10th.


Junior Daffodil Parade "Ready! Set! Grow"

Please join Washington-Hoyt in walking in the 53rd Annual Junior Daffodil Parade! We have a great time every year representing our school! This year's parade theme is Ready! Set Grow! Hope to see you there!

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: Meet at 9:40 AM
Where: Section A-7

We will be meeting in section A-7 this year. This will be in front of Mason Middle School on North 28th Street. We will be meeting near the beginning of the parade route at 9:40AM.

Please no pets.

Parents: March with us, or sit back watch the parade and meet your children in the Library Parking Lot when we are done marching.

Please return the Jr. Daffodil Participation Form to school by 4/11/2014.

Jump Rope Sale!

The ASB is selling jump ropes for $10.00
Mrs. Norling will size it and engrave your name on it
Get yours today!

Volunteer Appreciation Days


Public School Volunteer Week begins April 21st.

We love our volunteers at Washington-Hoyt! We'd like to invite all of our volunteers to stop by some time during the day on either April 24 or 25 for a treat in the conference room. This volunteer appreciation reception will be going on all day (8:30-4:00). Please stop by!

Cougar Card Orders Due April 14

Cougar Cards are a great way to fundraise for the Wa-Hoyt PTA! In addition, if you would like to purchase a Cougar Card in this next order and donate it to the Spring Auction coming up that would double the fun!

Do you shop at Fred Meyer? Target? Safeway? Met Market? Make your usual visits to the grocery store, gas station, coffee shop, and many more retailers using Cougar Cards. The businesses donate a percentage of each card to PTA. How? PTA purchases gift cards from popular retailers and grocery stores at a discounted amount. The donation amount for each business is listed as a percentage on the order form. WA-Hoyt families and staff buy the cards from the PTA at the face value. The difference in price is kept by the PTA. Families spend the full value of the cards at the retailers. Buy extras to give as gifts!

You haven’t spent an extra dime and you’ve made money to help our school!

Cougar Cards order forms will come home with your child in “Friday Folders” about once each month. Please return the completed order form on the following Monday to your child’s teacher, with a check made out to “WA-Hoyt PTA”. The Cougar Cards will be delivered to your child on Friday. It is very important to specify who is allowed to pick up your Cougar Cards order. Because the gift cards are the equivalent of cash, we will only release the cards to the student or other person you indicate on the order form. If you have a very young child, the teacher will make sure the cards come home in his/her Friday folder. All order form due dates are Mondays.

Thanks so much for supporting Washington-Hoyt Elementary! PTA-supported activities funded by Cougar Cards include: school assemblies, library, teacher grants, kindergarten aide, 5th grade camp, reading rewards, Accelerated Reader, after school events, and more!


Questions? Contact: Karen Dinicola 759-8098 or karend@harbornet.com

Washington-Hoyt families please join us at Lowell!

Patrice Sulkosky, Principal of Mason is speaking at our PTA meeting.

Tuesday, March 11 @ 6:30 in the Lowell Library. She'll probably be on from 6:35- about 7.

It's a great way for parents to be able to get information and ask questions about Mason Middle School!