Washington Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700

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WAM - Washington Art Movement!

After School Art Program begins November 5 and 6!

WAM is taught once a week, on Wednesdays or Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 in the Art Room. (125)
It's open to artists of all ages, with curriculum that is designed to be modified to all experience levels!

Fall Session - $80 (Choose either the Wednesday session or the Thursday session)

Wednesday Class Dates - Nov. 5, 12 - Dec. 3, 10, 17

Thursday Class Dates - Nov. 6, 13 - Dec. 4, 11, 18

Make checks out to: Washington Elementary PTA

For more information and registration info, go to the WAM Website

If you have questions regarding WAM, email Paul Blanchard at tacoma@harbornet.com. Or call him at (253) 759-9669.


Beginning November 7th the lost and found items will be in the covered play area every Friday after school. On the last school day of each month anything that is left over will be donated to charity.

During the school day you can go take a look at the Lost and Found which is located in the cafeteria.

Pam Leach
Office Coordinator
Washington Elementary School

PTA Meeting - Nov 4

Come to our next PTA Meeting- Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00 PM in the Washington school cafeteria!

Childcare will be provided for school-aged children in the gym.

Theater Registration - CLASS IS FULL


Due to delayed access to the school building this fall, theater scheduling has changed and the K-2 theater workshops will be in the fall. The workshops for grades 3-5 will be in the spring. Theater for grades K-2 will begin on October 27th and rehearsals will run on M/W from 3:30-5:00 for 6 weeks. Look for registration forms on Monday, October 20th in your child’s backpack OR access the form on the PTA website on Monday night.

Registration is first-come, first-served and a $50 registration fee is required for registration. We do fill up and therefore it is important that you return your form as soon as possible. Registration forms will be accepted in the main office only. The directors will check for forms several times throughout the day. For any questions, please contact the directors (teachers Erin O’Morlen or Melissa Beatty).

Video - Grand Opening

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The Tacoma Public Schools created a video during our Grand Opening Celebration - Listen to the alumni and staff talk about our historic school's reinvention.

Miss Peggy's Safety Notes


Miss Peggy loves our kiddos and nothing is more important to her than making sure the kids and parents get across the street safely.   Here are a few safety reminders for both pedestrians and drivers:
• DO park in the library in the morning and cross with Miss Peggy!
• Do not stop and drop your child off in the middle of the street. Cross at the corners.
• Speed limit is 20 MPH, please slow down.
• Do not park or stop in the Bus Zone on 26th Street
• Please do not block the corners of the street
• Always yield to pedestrians crossing the street and in the round-about.

Green Schools Programs

Parents and teachers at our school have created a variety of programs to help our kids take care of their environment. Volunteers and students have had a lot of fun running these programs!  Take a look at the programs you can look forward participating in this year or volunteer to help with:

HOLIDAY CARD MAKING PARTY - Students and families create cards and gifts from recycled materials in a December workshop. Contact: Jennifer Drum, 752-9197

LUNCH ROOM RECYCLING - Help coordinate the student teams that run the Lunch Room Recycling Program in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade lunches. Contact: Felicity Devlin 761-8066

ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD LITTER PICK-UP - Help coordinate the spring litter pick-up. In past years this fun event has included snacks, games and a plant sale. Contact: Felicity Devlin 761-8066

SCHOOL GARDEN - Help each class plant and harvest their own raised garden bed. No gardening experience needed. Contact: Rosemary Ponnekanti 722-6860

Cat Tracks Begins!

Hello Washington Hoyt students, families and teachers!

Cat Tracks will be starting up again this month! In case you don’t remember or are new to the school, Cat Tracks is a great program that encourages reading and celebrates the practice of reading at home. Every month each child will get a calendar to keep track of the reading that happens at home. If the student reads at least 20 minutes a day for 20 days out of the month, they will receive a Cat Tracks prize! Remember that every calendar needs to have the students name and parent / guardians legible signature verifying the reading that happened for a prize to be awarded. If you have any questions please contact me.

I can’t wait to start Cat Tracks so I can celebrate the reading successes with each of your students!

Kirsten Devlin

P.S. Students awarded prizes most months of the school year will be eligible for the “whole shebang” come June. Stay tuned for more details….. (Usually a book and prize given at the end of the school year! The kids love it!!)

Volunteers needed on Picture Day

Two –three volunteers needed to help out on picture day, Monday, Oct. 13th from 9am to 3pm.   Lifetouch offers free picture packets to the volunteers.  Please call Pam Leach at 253-571-5700 if you would like to volunteer. Thanks!
Pam Leach
Office Coordinator
Washington Elementary School

Family Skate Night Nov 14!

Join your Washington Elementary School for Family Skate Night at Rollin' 253. Skaters pay $5 which for entry and skate rental. (Non-skaters do not have to pay an entry fee!) Our school will have the facility all to ourselves for this private rental. Also, look for Roller Roo to be on Washington's playground after school on Friday the 14th handing out stickers promoting the fun evening. Hope to see everyone there doing the Hokey Pokey!

What: Washington Elementary Family Skate Night - we have the roller rink to ourselves!
Where: Rollin' 253 at 2101 Mildred Street West, Fircrest, Wa (253) 292-2324
Date: Friday, Nov. 14
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM

Rollin 253 Logo Final

Calling all kids that want to play chess!

The Washington Elementary Chess Club will meet at the Wheelock Library from 3:45-5:00pm on Tuesdays starting October 7, 2014. Through the end of October we will meet at Wheelock, after that we will at a new location inside the school. The Chess team will meet in the cafeteria after school and walk over to the Wheelock Library together.

We plan to meet nearly every Tuesday there is school and it is mandatory that your child attend two local chess tournaments with the team. Chess is limited to about 40 students. Please complete the permission slip that was sent home in the Friday Folders and bring it to your first Chess Club session. You cannot participate without the signed permission slip.

Chess Club Rules:
- Practice at home. Listen to the instructors and participate during Chess Club
- Behave and follow all school rules during Chess Club
- Practice good chess etiquette

Advisor Info:
Eugene Brown, Chess Club Advisor
Email: washingtonchessteam@gmail.com
Our team motto is "Do Your Best" Win, lose or learn we look forward to a great year of learning about chess and about life.

Please make sure your student has filled out the required Permission Slip before attending. Thank you!

On Sale - Washington gear!

The PTA will be selling these Friday evening at school at both the Back to School Night and the Open House event October 10th.

The reusable shopping totes are $10 each. The 12 oz Klean Kanteen is priced at $17 and the 18oz is priced at $20. There will be samples in the office this week.  

PTA Meeting - October 7

Oct 7 at 7:00PM in the Mason Middle School Cafeteria
Tell us what you¹d like to do for fundraisers, before and after school activities, and family events this year!

Free child care will be provided. Students will be in the gymnasium (across the hallway) and required to remove their shoes.

Where: Mason Cafeteria 3901 N. 28th St., Tacoma
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM

Special Note from the Social Secretary: Please join us for post-meeting beverages at The Red Hot.

Back to School Night - Students and families

October 10th 4:30-6:00 PM
Washington Elementary School would like to invite all students, parents and guardians to the classrooms from 4:30-6:00pm on Friday October 10th. This is a great time visit with your child's teacher, view their classroom and tour parts of the building before it is opened for the Community Open House event held by the school district starting at 6pm.  Please contact the Front Office with any questions.

Community Open House & Tours

October 10th 6:00-8:00 PM Friday
The Tacoma Public School District is holding a grand reopening celebration event at Washington Elementary to showcase our beautiful new school to the community.  This community open house will begin in the cafeteria at 6:00pm.  The event will include building tours, guest speakers, student performances, presentations and refreshments.  Not all classrooms will be open during this event, only a few classroom will be open for showcase. Please contact the Front Office with any questions.

October 11th 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Guided tours will be available to the public through the newly remodeled school. Invite your neighbors and friends to see their investment in our school and our students.

Picture Day Oct 13

October 13
Picture Day at Washington Elementary School will be held October 13 during the school day. Lifetouch forms will be sent home with your student, or parents can also purchase picture packages online at mylifetouch.com

Washington Elementary School
Picture Day: Monday, October 13
Picture Day ID: LS224255Q0
Important Picture Day Information


• Parents can create their own package from the expanded online selection.
• Quickly order and pay for portraits online.
• Pay by credit card.
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Walk to School Day - October 8

October 8 at 8:30AM
Join us for National Walk to School Day on Wednesday morning! Meet Miss Peggy in Safeway's secondary parking lot at 8:30 AM and everyone will walk over to Washington together!

Counselor's Corner October 2014

Fall is in the air and our new school is ready for it! We are so glad to be back in our own beautiful building! We’re looking forward to this being the best year yet!

I’ve started teaching social skills in the kindergarten and first grade classes. The six classes lasting thirty minutes will teach students skills for learning and having empathy.

If your kindergartener brought home a Stop sign to share with you, let me explain. I am using the “Staying Out of Trouble” program in an effort to teach our younger students an easier way to control their impulses. They are taught that if they think about doing something that might get them in trouble, they should stop what they are doing, and think about the consequences of the possible action. If the behavior will hurt them or someone else, they shouldn’t do the action. Next they should look for something they could or should be doing. For example, if mom and dad said to clean the room, they’d better clean the room instead of playing with their toys. Then students can give themselves a pat on the back for doing the right thing. The Stop signs are to remind them to use these skills. While this format will not stop every problem, my hope is that students will learn to stop and think before they impulsively choose a behavior they may regret. I’ve encouraged students to take the signs home and share them with you.

I am also using the Second Step curriculum with the kindergarteners that teaches how to pay attention, focus, and follow directions. We will also discuss feelings and how to look for clues in the behaviors of others, to help define how their peers are feeling about something. Other topics include using self-talk, being assertive when needed, and instructions on how to show concern for those around them.

The lessons for first graders will focus on empathy and emotion management. After a discussion on how to identify feelings through facial features and other behavioral clues, first graders will continue with learning how to show concern for others and how to manage their own strong feelings. We will also focus on how to calm down when anger takes over and I will present some healthy ways to handle worry and stress as well.

In the next few weeks I will build on this program by teaching second graders about emotion management and solving problems. Lessons include reviewing how to handle strong feelings, anger management, calming down techniques and we will discuss the various way to solve problems and conflicts with others. I will also teach steps for handling name calling and other bullying incidents that students may experience. Learning how and when to turn to an adult is an important part of everyday problem solving for students as well as learning how to play fairly.

I am trying to get as much information into these little ones as quickly as I can so having you reinforce at home what they’ve learned at school will certainly make my job easier. I’m guessing I’m actually reinforcing what you’ve already taught them. Either way, it’s good to be on the same page. Since my hours have increase by one day this year, I plan to be more pro-active by teaching in the classrooms. Luncheon friendship groups will start soon and others are to follow. Third through fifth grades will also have classes in social skills later and I will keep you informed about these as I have time to teach them.

I will continue to advise you as to what is happening with the Guidance program in the monthly Counselor’s Corner in this newsletter or in notes home throughout the school year. I will be at Washington all day Tuesday and Wednesday, and 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. Wishing you a colorful, peaceful fall!

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!