Washington Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700

Home of the Cougars!

End of School Reminders

  • Turn in all school library books
  • Donate gently used uniforms - bins are located in the mail room off of the main lobby.
  • The Washington playground will be open and available all summer for the general public to enjoy!
  • Check the Lost and Found for any missing items!
  • Keep saving Box Tops this summer, we'll be having another collection next school year.
  • Renew your Safeway Club Card with the eScrip program.
  • Encourage new families to like our Washington PTA Facebook page and to sign up to receive this PTA newsletter.

Dr. Knight Reception

Monday June 8, after Field Day starting at 2:50pm on the playground

Dr. Knight is retiring this year. Our students put together a short program, with a reception to follow. So, please join us on the playground on Monday at 2:50pm (right after Field Day activities end) for the program and reception. Or linger after pickup for a slice of cake and a chance to say thank you to Dr. Knight.

Sunscreen Notice

The district policy changed late last year regarding sunscreen at school.  The Tacoma Public School policy now states that if a student can apply the sunscreen themselves, the parent will supply the sunscreen and the student can put it on themselves.  The parent must also send along a note giving permission for the child to apply the sunscreen.

If a student can’t apply it to themselves, then a physician’s order is required and the staff will apply it. 

The parental note or the physician's order will be given to the School Nurse, Therese Nation.

Field day is Monday and right now it looks like it will be in the 80’s.  I suggest students have hats and stay covered up as much as possible.  Thank you.

Therese Nation
School Nurse

Book Fair

Buy One Get One FREE!

Stock up on your summer reading! The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the computer room every day this week during lunch time and Thursday evening during the Celebration of Learning.

Book-Basket-Raffle!Kids, come to the book fair and ask to be entered into the Book-Basket-Raffle! You could win a basket full of books and other fun stuff.  Two baskets will be raffled, one for K-2nd graders and another for 3rd-5th graders. If you bring a grown-up to the book fair, you can ask to be entered a second time, too!  You do not have to purchase anything in ordered to be entered in the raffle.

Book Fair Times:
Monday-Friday June 1-5 11:30-1:15pm
Thursday June 4 5:30-6:30pm
Friday June 5 After School 3:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Computer Room

Proctor Fro Yo Takeover June 12th!

It's the final take-over of the school year! Proctor Fro Yo has teamed up with our PTA to offer 10% of all proceeds on the last day of school! Come join your family and friends for a sweet farewell to the school year on Friday, June 12th. Remember to tell the cashier at Proctor Fro Yo that you're supporting Washington Elementary School!

Field Day Volunteers Needed

Monday, June 8th will be our annual school-wide Field Day! Many volunteers are needed in order to make this event a success. Preparation help is needed in the afternoon on Friday, June 5th as well as on Field Day to oversee the events. If you can donate some time, please complete the bottom of this form and return to school as soon as possible. We appreciate your support in making this a fun and exciting day!

Please contact Mrs. Norling and let her know if you are available to work the following times:

Friday, June 5th from Noon to 3:30pm Preparation Day
Monday June 8th from 8:30am-11:30am
Monday June 8th from 1-3pm

Toni Norling

Garden Signup!

Our kids have been very busy lately, with 2nd-5th grade harvesting our enormous salad plants and eating delicious salads. (Ask your child about it!) We also planted summer crops – pumpkin, squash and bee-friendly flowers, to harvest in fall.

BUT - in order to harvest them, somebody needs to water the veggie beds over summer. Here's where you come in. Please consider signing your family up for a week of summer watering at Washington: it means twice a week for maybe half an hour. The bonus is that you get to pick some peas, arugula or nasturtium for your own eating...and help our beautiful garden grow.

If you're interested, please sign up for a week here (each week is listed as a Monday at 9 a.m., but includes the whole of that week through Sunday) and include your email or phone so I can confirm with you and give you the faucet key.

Washington Summer Watering Summer Signup Sheet


Rosemary Ponnekanti, Washington garden parent

School Uniform Donations

Please consider donating your children's  outgrown Washington Elementary uniforms, to help raise more money for the PTA.  This is a great way for families to save money on school uniforms! Items donated have ranged from school sweatshirts, to polos, pants and skirts. A collection bin will be located in the mail room of the school office. Please donate items that are in clean and reusable condition.

The PTA is tentatively planning to have a Uniform Sale at Washington over the summer. We will send out a Cougar News, post to Facebook, so stay tuned for more info...

Renew your Safeway Club Card to earn $$

If you are already participating, you must renew to keep earning for our school. Go to escrip.com and click "Yes! Renew."

You may be asked to enter your phone number, email or club card number to complete the renewal process.

By signing up for eScrip online, purchases made (any way except credit cards) can mean hundreds of dollars for Washington Elementary School! Go to escrip.com/Safeway and follow instructions to sign up. It's free.

Celebration of Learning!

Don't miss the Celebration of Learning at Washington Elementary School!

Thursday June 4th 5:30 - 6:30

This is an annual event that gives families one last opportunity to visit your child's classroom and see all their hard work and creativity.  This also gives families a chance to say thank you and good bye to their teachers who have worked so hard to make the kids' year a good one. 

- Come join us for ice cream sundaes in cafeteria compliments of the Washington PTA!
- Check out the Scholastic Book Fair. It's a great end of year sale on books your kids love. Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!

Volunteers needed
If you'd like to help out please contact Rachel Wood rachelrex@msn.com or call 253-677-9114.

136 Jars of Peanut Butter!

Washington Elementary donated 136 jars of peanut butter to the Pierce County Food Bank. The total collected by the Pierce County Labor Council and donated was 7,800 jars. The peanut butter will feed homeless families, the summer lunch program, and other individuals with special needs in Pierce County. Last year the total collected was 5,500 jars.

Theater Ticket Orders Due May 14

If you are interested in attending the theater performance on May 15th, please turn in your ticket order form by the end of the day May 14th.

Adventures of a Comic Book Artist
Tickets are $2
Grades 3-5
May 15th at 7pm

The cast would love for you to attend!
Ticket Order Form

Doors will open at 6:40pm and concessions will be available! Please enter through cafeteria doors.

Questions? Email Alison Hoseth awigstromhoseth@hotmail.com

Box Tops Due May 20

Box Tops will be collected on Wednesday, May 20th.  They can be placed in Box Tops collection bags in the classrooms.  There is also a basket in the front office, but any bags or envelopes placed in the basket should have your Teacher's name on them so that we can credit your class!

The class with the most box tops will be rewarded with an ice cream party before the end of the year!

Wanted: Hangers for lost and found rack

The school acquired a new rack to hang all of our Lost and Found clothes but they are in need of hangers. If you have some hangers at home that you don't need, we will gladly accept the donations. Drop them off in the Front Office or put them on the Lost and Found rack just inside the playground's north door.


Washington Elementary School BBQ - May 21

Thursday, May 21st (lunchtime) at Washington Elementary School
Adults $4.55
Students $2.75
Please be sure there is money in your child's lunch account. You may use their account to pay for your lunch also. This will make the line move much quicker. If you are paying with cash please bring exact change. Checks will also be accepted.

Would you like to volunteer at the BBQ? We need adults to stand by the condiment tables and help out. If this is something you'd like to do, please let Pam Leach know by Monday 5/18. Volunteers receive a free lunch!

Kindergarten and 1st grade: 11:00-11:45am
2nd and 5th grade: 11:45-12:30pm
3rd and 5th grade: 12:30-1:10pm

Family Skate Night - May 8th

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 May 8th 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, May 8th
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM


ASB Peanut Butter Drive thru May 11

The ASB is having a peanut butter drive starting now through May 11th. They are accepting all different brands and types of peanut butter for the FISH Food Bank to help with kids lunches over the summer time. Please send in the peanut butter jars with your student. Thank you for your help!

Did you miss the May PTA Meeting?

If you weren't able to make it to the May 5th PTA Meeting you can see what happened by reading the Meeting Minutes!

Spirit Week

The ASB has designated the last week of school as Spirit Week! This means that every day we are having a different theme dress-up day, so here are the details:

Spirit Week Dress Up Schedule:Monday 6/8 - Sports Dress Up Day (also Field Day)

Tuesday 6/9 - Miss Peggy Dress Up Day

Wednesday 6/10 - Dr. Knight Dress Up Day

Thursday 6/11 - Color Dress Up Day
Kindergarten - Red
1st - Orange
2nd - Royal Blue
3rd - Yellow
4th - Green
5th - Purple

Friday 6/12 - Fancy Dress Up Day

Academic Triathlon

Hopefully your family has already collected some great pledges for the Academic Triathlon. Every dollar collected goes right into programs that directly support our students. Please encourage your kiddos to hit up some friends, family and neighbors this weekend. If you are free the morning of the Triathlon (9:00am-11:00am on Friday, May 15th) we'd also love some help counting all that money the students raised. What could be more fun than that.

Contact Gerrit Nyland (gnyland@me.com 253-304-5105) with questions or offers of help

Academic Triathlon starts at about 9am Friday, May 15

Golden Acorn Award Winners - Outstanding Volunteers

On Tuesday, May 5th, the PTA awarded April Alfonso and Shannon Rojecki the Golden Acorn Award.

For many years, Shannon was the face of the PTA, helping out as Treasurer, President, running the book fair and coordinating the lovely Teacher appreciation breakfasts. And, of course, volunteering week after week in her kids classrooms. April Alfonso has been a behind-the-scenes rock, handling taxes, auditing the books, taking on the Treasurer job, being a room parent, and helping out at seemingly every event and field trip. If you bump into Shannon or April, make sure to pass on a big congratulations.

STEM Camp Ideas in Tacoma

I've heard lots of parents asking about STEM (Science-Math-Engineering) related camps this summer as well as After School related activities at Washington. (The PTA is currently working in providing several STEM based after school classes for next year - so stay tuned.

For the Summer Camps, there are two camps that are being offered this summer down at FabLab, which if you haven't heard of it, it is a unique high-tech workshop located down at S. 19th and Market Street near UW Tacoma.

There are two opportunities:

Maker Camp, a STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
Camp Description: Join FabLab for maker camp! We’ll be designing, creating, playing, and discovering for an awesome week of maker fun! Each week will be filled with hands on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities using critical thinking and problem solving skills. You’ll learn how to design for the laser cutter and 3D printer, and build gadgets of your own! We will be taking walking field trips to Tinkertopia and local art museums for fun and inspiration.
Ages: 10-14
Dates: June 15-19 (if this session fills up, they will be offering sessions during the weeks of June 22-26 and July 13-17)
Time: 9:00 am to 3:30pm
Cost: $300 ($225 for the week and $75 lab fee for Arduino Kit and 3D printing and laser supplies)
Skill level is Beginner to Advanced
No experience required.
Location: FabLab Tacoma 1938 Market Street
More info and registration

Bellarmine Prep Lego Robotics and Engineering Camp @ FabLab
Your child will learn how to design, build and program working robots using the Lego Mindstorms NXT robotics kit. Camp activities are hands-on and engaging, children as young as 8 and as old as 14 will learn valuable problem solving methods, engineering concepts and computer skills. At the conclusion of the camp, your child will compete against other robots in a friendly competition.
Ages: 8 to 14
Dates: August 10-14
Time: 9:00-2:00pm
Location: FabLab Tacoma 1938 Market Street
More info and registration

Celebration of Learning - Save the date

Thursday, June 4th in the evening

Save Thursday evening, June 4th for Washington Elementary School's annual end of year
Celebration of Learning! This is a great evening to visit your child's classroom, shop the Book Fair and visit with others in our school community. More details will be announced as we get closer to the date.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

We are looking for a few volunteers to help during lunchtime the week of June 1-5 as well as during the Celebration of Learning the evening of June 4th. No prior experience needed! This is a fun job where you get to work with the kids, helping them find books and ringing up their purchases. If you are interested, please contact Amy Lowin

This end of year book fair is Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

Mason Parent Orientation

For 5th Grade Parents - May 7 at 6:30pm in Mason Gymnasium

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 2015 then this evening event is for you!

Be sure to sign up for their emails and like their Facebook page:

Sign up for Mason Booster Club Emails!

Like the Mason Booster Club Facebook Page

Academic Triathlon

What is the Academic Triathlon?
The Triathlon is a chance to raise funds to support a plethora of PTA program, such as school assemblies, prizes for Cat Tracks, teacher grants, kindergarten aides, library books, fifth grade camps, and much much much much more!

How does the Academic Triathlon work?
On May 15th all Washington students will walk for 20 minutes, read for 20 minutes and solve math problems for 20 minutes.

Sponsors pledge (ie put money in the envelope) one amount for their student's participation in all three activities. So, hit up some relatives, close friends and kindly neighbors for donations. Cash and check are great. You can make donations online at the wahoyt.org home page. Go to the donate link on the bottom left - just make sure to click the "add special instruction to recipient" link when reviewing the donation and write in the student name who asked for the donation.

For more information look for the envelope and flyer that was sent home in your student's recent Friday Folder.
PTA's Biggest Fundraiser of the Year!

Going on a Field Trip? Make sure you're ready

It's Field Trip season!

If you plan on attending one of your child's class field trips or will be volunteering at school for any reason before the end of the school year, please be sure you have an updated Volunteer Registration Form on file at the Front Office. The forms used to be good for 2 years, but the district changed the rules and now they need to be renewed ever year. If you don't know if you have a current form on file, please call the Front Office at (253) 571-5700.

Download Parent or Legal Guardian Volunteer Form

April Cat Track Calendars Due May 5

Please bring in your signed April Cat Track Calendars by May 5! Thank you for participating in this fun school wide reading incentive program!

Volunteer for the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast!

The annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at Washington Elementary is quickly approaching!  Our date and time for the breakfast this year is Friday, May 8th at 7:30am.  We will be holding it in the beautiful new staff room 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 6 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. 

Please let me know how you can help and thank you in advance for your support of our amazing teachers!


Shannon Rojecki

Volunteers Needed for Picture Day

Volunteers needed for picture day.

When: Tuesday, April 28th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (can be split into shifts)
Where: Washington gym

You will receive free spring pictures of your student if you volunteer.

Please call Pam Leach at 571-5700

Golden Acorn Award Nominations!

Turn in Nomination Forms by April 21
Nominate any one of our great Washington volunteers to receive this very special award which is presented every spring by the PTA. The winner will be hailed and announced at the May PTA Meeting. This is a great time to recognize someone who you think has gone above and beyond and really made an impact on our school. Award Winners are listed on the Golden Acorn Award Plaque found on the first floor of the school. Award Winners will also be invited to attended the Washington State PTA Luncheon for all Golden Acorn Award Winners across the state!

This is a great honor, but we need your help. Please take a few minutes to think about someone who deserves this recognition, fill out the form and send it to school with your student or drop it off in the Front Office. You may also email nominations to Cindy Harkness.

Nomination Form

Tacoma Rainiers Game - May 30

The Tacoma School District is "taking over" the Rainiers Game Saturday, May 30th at 5:05PM!

For the first time, the Tacoma School District is taking over the ballpark! Join us for a night starring Washington Elementary School and the Tacoma School District in the stadium's spotlights. The The Tacoma Rainiers will be playing the Round Rock Express. Stick around after the game for the "Kids Run the Bases!"

Group Express Tickets
$11.50 per person
- Reserved Seat Game Ticket
- Ballpark Meal (hot dog, chips and water)

Group Double Play
$17.50 per person
- Reserved Seat Game Ticket
- Ballpark Meal (hot dog, chips and water)
- Limited Edition Tacoma Rainiers Hat

For more information, please contact Erika Anderson at erika_thompson@hotmail.com


Turn in your order forms by May 1st

2015-2016 PTA Positions Available!

Are you interested in being a part of the PTA Board next year? We have the following positions open for the 2015-2016 school year.

Cougar Cards (Scrip)
VP Fundraising

Most of these positions are shared positions so if you don't feel you have a lot of time, rest assured you will usually have backup. Or grab a friend and offer to work on something together. Please contact any one of the three people listed below to learn about how you can help within our PTA! Thanks!

Meredith Neal meredithneal@aim.com
Kristi Gaimster Kristi.Gaimster@davita.com
Toni Norling TNorlin@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Spring Volunteers Needed

We need lots of volunteers this spring to help make our events a success. Email the following people if you have some time to help out with these events:

Evening of the Arts-Karen Sommers
Academic Triathlon-Gerrit Nyland
Book Fair-Amy Lowin
Run Club-Shannon Eyford
Garden-Rosemary Ponnekanti

Junior Daffodil Parade

Please join Washington-Hoyt in walking in the 54th Annual Junior Daffodil Parade in the Proctor District! We have a great time every year representing our school! The theme for 2015 is “Shine Your Light!”

April 18th, 2015 Saturday
- Please arrive at 10:20 a.m. in section D-6. This is in the parking lot between the Mason Middle school Building and the field.

(The parade begins at 10:00 AM, but we are further back in the parade line-up thus the 10:20am gathering time for Washington.)

If you haven't handed in your permission slip to the Front Office, please do so asap. Thanks!
Permission Form

Evening of the Arts

Friday, April 17 from 6-8pm at Washington

See fantastic art from our students (and bid on it!), make an artist card or button, listen to live music, find a goodie at the bake sale, and bid on the silent auction items. Bring the whole family! It's going to be a fun school community event!

Our silent auction will include:
• Disneyland tickets - four (4) 1-day park hopper passes
• Tacoma Rainiers VIP package - includes the President's seats (a set of six Summit Club box seats which have all inclusive items such as beer, wine, soda, water and ballpark snacks), an on-field photo opportunity for the group as well as an autographed jersey and some fun Rainiers swag
• A week of summer camp at Camp Wright (at Annie Wright)
• 3 days of Steve and Kate's Camp (at Charles Wright)
• My Batch Experience from Heritage Distilling - Hands On Makes It Hand Crafted. Now for the first time you can legally be involved in the making of your own private spirits - whiskey, gin or vodka
• Miss Peggy Experience - one lucky student gets to dress up with Miss Peggy and help her one afternoon and the winner's class will have an ice cream party with Miss Peggy!
• Book baskets, Washington Elementary Gear, local business gift certificates and more!

Volunteer to Help!
And we still need some volunteers to help the event run smoothly – you can sign up here: Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet - Evening of the Arts