Washington Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700

Home of the Cougars!

Sock Hop - Save the date!

We have a date for Washington's annual Sock Hop dance! Save the date for the evening of Friday, April 10, 2015! It's going to be a fun night of dancing, food and fun!

Kindergarten Fall 2015

Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year will begin on March 4, 2015.

To learn more about our school, please join us for a Kindergarten Parent Info Night on Tuesday, March 3rd from 5:30-6:30pm at Washington Elementary School. (Adults only please.)

If Washington Elementary School is your neighborhood school, you may come in to our Front Office and register beginning March 4, 2015. If you are unsure if Washington is your neighborhood school, call us at (253) 571-5700 or look it up here http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/information/departments/transportation/Pages/default.aspx

Kindergarten ages: Children who are five years old on or before August 31, 2015 may enroll for Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.

What to bring to register:
1. Birth certificate or other document to verify age. Acceptable alternatives are: Baptismal certificate, hospital records or insurance records.
2. Proof of immunizations
3. Proof of Address - i.e. utility bill, rental agreement

Hours: Full day Kindergarten sessions are offered at all elementary schools. Kindergarten students will attend school the same hours as all other elementary students (currently 9:00 am to 3:30 pm)

Tacoma Public School Kindergarten Registration Fact Sheet for 2015-2016 School Year

Uniform Sale!

UNIFORM SALE!  Coming February 27th from 3:30-4:30 in the gym space!

-Outfit your growing kids in "new to you" uniform items for very low cost!  
-Donate your outgrown items to the sale!  Bins will be in the front office area from Feb 9th to Feb 27th.
-Money raised goes toward PTA sponsored activities that benefit the entire student body.

If you'd like to volunteer, email Alison Hoseth at awigstromhoseth@hotmail.com.  We'd love your help!  Volunteers will meet at 3:00 February 27th to get the items organized.

So... Go through your uniform items now, donate what you don't need, and restock for a well-outfitted remainder of the school year!

T-shirt and Sweatshirt Sale - Back by popular demand!

T-shirts and sweatshirts with the new Washington Elementary School crest will be for sale February 2nd through February 17th, 2015.

Ordering is simple.
1) Go to www.winningseasons.net
2) Click on Team Sales, then Washington Elementary.
3) Click on items to purchase and indicate size(s)
4) Follow directions to pay with credit card

Price Guide:
Red short-sleeve t-shirt $9
Red long sleeve t-shirt $14
Red hooded sweatshirt $22
Red crew neck sweatshirt $16
Red embroidered full zip sweatshirt $31 for youth and $34 for adult
Red or navy embroidered 1/4 zip sweatshirt $32

* New this year: students will be allowed to wear the t-shirts with our new crest on them Monday through Thursday

If you have any questions, please contact
Audrey Cosgrove (253) 380-6585

Family Skate Night - Feb. 20th

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 20th 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, Feb 20th
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM


February Cougar Card Orders

Due Feb 10th by 3:30PM
February Cougar Card orders are due in the front office by 3:30 on Tuesday, February 10. Please make sure you use the
new order form, as the list of local businesses available has changed. Printed copies of the order forms are available in the Front Office. Payment must be made by check.

New Cougar Card Order Form Feb 2015 - Word Doc

New Cougar Card Order Form Feb 2015 - PDF

February PTA Meeting - Speaker

Please come to Washington Elementary School's February PTA Meeting. We will have 15 minutes of business at the start of the meeting and then we will hear from Sandra Wentworth, the instructional facilitator for the district’s highly capable program. We’ve asked her to give an overview of the program and then talk about how it works at our school.

Date: February 3rd Tuesday
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: Washington cafeteria

Childcare is provided for school-aged children in the gym!
Meeting Agenda
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I. Welcome, Appreciation & Announcements 7:00 pm
Stacey Green & Courtenay Chamberlin

II. PTA Updates 7:05 pm
Secretaries: Alison Hoseth & Kristi Gaimster
Treasurer’s Report: Courtenay Chamberlin
Budget Additions: Love & Logic, Help Counter
Cougar Cards: Karen Dinicola

III. ASB Report 7:10 pm
Ms. Norling, Owen Chamberlin & Una Johnson

IV. Announcements 7:15 pm
UPS Volunteers: Stacey Green
Parenting the Love & Logic Way: Amy Forslund
Uniform Sale: Alison Hoseth
Movie Night: Meredith Neal

V. Dr. Sandra Wentworth 7:20 pm
Instructional Facilitator, Highly Capable Programs
Tacoma Public Schools

VI. Social Secretary 8:00 pm
Please join us after the meeting at Pour at Four, 3814 N 26th

Tumbling Classes Before School

Mrs. Norling will be offering another intramural session starting the week of February 2nd. She will offer tumbling for those students interested. Please take a look at the schedule and permission slip form that was sent home in the Friday Folder or you can pick one up in the Front Office. If you would like your child to participate, please complete the permission slip and return as soon as possible. This session will end March 11th.


Intermediate / Advanced Mondays 8:15-8:55am
1st and 2nd Grade (Beginners) Wednesdays 8:15-8:55am
3rd, 4th and 5th Grade (Beginners) Fridays 8:15am-8:55am

January Cat Tracks Due

This is a reminder to send in your January Cat Track Calendar. Please be sure that all names and signatures are legible. Thanks!

Spring Theater Program Gr 3-5

The theater program for grades 3-5 is coming!

Anticipated dates:
-Practice will begin April 6th (M/W from 3:30-5:30)
-Performance on May 15th

Cost: $50.00 to cover the cost of the directors

The play has not yet been identified.

Stay tuned for the date that the registration form will be available and the deadline for submitting the registration. Due to increasing popularity of the program, a random drawing (lottery) will be held if we receive more than 30 paid registrations.

Love and Logic Parenting Class

A six-week parenting program designed by Love and Logic. Presented by Amy Forslund an Independent Facilitator of the Parenting the Love and Logic Way Curriculum. Hosted by Washington Elementary School.

The parenting with Love and Logic philosophy allows children to grow in maturity as they grow in years. It will teach them to think, to decide, and to live with their decisions. In short, it will teach them responsibility, and that's what Parenting the Love and Logic Way is all about.

Love and Logic Class Flyer
To register, return form along with payment (check made out to: Washington Elementary PTA)
and send to:
Amy Forslund
3115 N. 24th Street
Tacoma, Wa 98406


$35 for PTA Members
$45 for non-PTA Members
Tuesdays Feb 10-March 17 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Washington Library

What do I get?
- 12 hours of instruction
- Class workbooks
- Video presentations
- Supplemental handouts
- Discussion time
- Raffle drawings
- Childcare provide by PTA

When should I keep my child home from school?

Tacoma and the Pierce County Health Department have some great tips on when to keep your child home from school.

Read the entire document "When to Keep a Sick Child Home From School"

Keep your child home if he/she has:
A fever: Temperature over 100.4º F along with behavior changes or other signs and symptoms of illness such as sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, or irritability.
Vomiting: 2 or more times within 24 hours.
Diarrhea: 3 or more watery stools within 24 hours.
An open or oozing sore: Unless it is properly covered with a bandage that will not leak wound drainage while at school.

There are many other infectious diseases that require a child to remain home from school for a period of time such as strep throat, pink eye, chickenpox, mumps and whooping cough (pertussis). Please check with the school first before your child returns to school if he/she has had any of these conditions or any other less common infectious disease.

* NEW * Attendance Phone Number

The attendance phone number is 571-5702.  The old phone number of 571-5737 is assigned to our speech therapist now.  Please be sure that you’re calling the correct number when reporting an absence.

New Volunteer Sign In Process!

We’re testing a new volunteer sign in process. During this testing period, you’ll sign in on the computer in the office.  The program tracks volunteers and volunteer hours plus gives us the ability to set up different types of volunteer groups and events.  I’d appreciate any feedback you have on this program.  Thanks, Pam Leach

The Ram Takeover - January 27

Washington Elementary School is set to "takeover" The Ram Restaurant on Ruston Way, January 27th from 4-9PM. Bring the whole family down for dinner! This is a fun event where you will get to see lots of your school friends, teachers and staff while you dine out! A percentage of the revenue will be donated to our school PTA. Stay tuned for more details!

Good food, good friends and fun!

Family Movie Night December 12

Date: Friday, December 12
Time: 6:00 - 8:15 PM
Location: Washington Gym
Tickets: $1 per person (suggestion donation at the door)
Food: The PTA will have concessions available for purchase: pizza, popcorn, hot chocolate and other tasty treats!
Holiday Shopping?: Make sure to bring your checkbooks to buy Washington-themed bags and water bottles. We will also have gift cards available through our Cougar Cards program from places like Starbucks and Target! Something for everyone on your shopping list! 

Volunteers Needed:  We'd love a few helpers for popping popcorn and other concession stuff and a tech savvy person to help run the AV equipment (training available) so if you know anyone interested in helping, have them email Meredith Neal
Our first family movie night is on the calendar and the movie is The Polar Express!!

Bring your family (all ages welcome), pillows and blankets to sit on the gym floor, or chairs available at the back of the auditorium. Doors open at 6pm, movie starts at 6:30pm, ends at 8:15pm.

Box Tops Collection

Washington Elementary PTA collects Box Tops as one of our many fundraiser. Please bring in any Box Tops you have been collecting to school anytime before December 16th! Thank you!

Please - No dogs on playground


Please do not bring your dogs onto the playground. The custodian is picking up dog poop off of the turf at least three times a week. It is definitely not fun for the teachers to have the kids step in dog doo and bring that back into the classroom... Thank you.

Pam Leach
Office Coordinator
Washington Elementary School

Holiday Card Workshop

Save the date for the upcoming PTA sponsored Holiday Card Workshop at Washington Elementary School!

Date: Monday, December 8
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
What to bring? You! Make some holiday-themed cards or crafts or make your own creation! We have lots of fun supplies!

Volunteers needed: You don't need to be crafty! Call or email Jennifer Drum (253) 691-1021 if you can help out!

Tickets for E-I-E-I OOPS!

Hey y'all! Get your tickets for the Friday, December 5th show of EIEI OOPS!

7:00 PM in the Washington Auditorium

Tickets will be sold from November 21 to December 4th and are $2 each!

We may sell out so get them now!

Tickets may not be made and distributed, instead a will call list will be at the door. We will have concessions. We estimate the show will end about 7:45pm.

Please make checks payable to Washington PTA (we are self-supported, but all funds run through the PTA account). Cash is fine too. Send form (that went home in Nov 21 Friday Folder - or pick up forms in Main Office) and payment with your child to school or place in the PTA box in the main office.


Questions? Email Wendy Brunk

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

We NEED help next week at the Book Fair! Can you donate one hour during your day? Both parents & grandparents can help out! This is a really fun job where you get to work with the kids at the check out stand or helping them find books to purchase. The kids are all very enthused about the Book Fair which makes it really fun!

Volunteer Times: M-F, 11:30am-1:20pm (even if you can only do one hour or one day that would be great!)
Dates: December 1-5

Please call Amy Lowin to volunteer at (253) 905-3625.

Cougar Card - December Holiday Order

'Tish the season - buy gift cards as gifts! Shop and raise money for Washington Elementary! Your order must reach the front office by 3:30pm on Wednesday, December 3 and will be delivered on Friday, December 12. Questions? Contact Karen Dinicola 759-8098 or waptascrip@gmail.com


** Please consider donating a grocery card to a family in need during the holidays. There is a spot on the order form for indicating you would like to purchase one to give. Our school counselor allocates these cards.

If you don't see a vendor you are looking for on our form, check out https://www.shopwithscrip.com/ to see more retailers that you can order Cougar gift cards from.

New Harsh-Weather Policy

Dear Parents:  We now have two ways to enter the building on those harsh-weather mornings when we have inside lineup.  We will continue to have one entry available on the playground side of the building. The gates will open at 8:45 to allow entry.  On the west side of the building a door to the gym will be opened at 8:45.  Students can enter directly into the gym for lineup.  We will have a large red “sandwich board” on display in both areas when we have inside lineup. 
John Knight,  Principal
Washington Elementary School
Tacoma Public Schools

Book Fair Dec 1-5

Washington Elementary's Fall Book Fair will run Monday-Friday, December 1-5.  The book fair will be open each day during lunch (11:30am-1:15pm), Tuesday, during the PTA meeting (6:30-8:30pm) and Friday, right after school (3:30-4:30pm).   

At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, parents and teachers too.  There will be a
Teacher's Wish List so please consider donating to your child's classroom library.

If you are unable to make it to the book fair,  you can purchase on-line.  Our school benefits from these sales as well.   In addition, the catalog has an expanded variety of books and enables you to send friends and family your child's wish list.  Plus,  books are shipped for free to the school!  

To purchase on-line simply link to:   http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/washingtonhoytelemschool2.  On-line purchase dates are 11/26-12/8 and Scholastic will ensure delivery in time for the holidays.   

Make a lunch date with your child and go shopping.   
Attend the PTA meeting and shop...alone.
Shop at home...in your pajamas.

Let's promote and encourage reading!

Volunteers are needed to help out with the upcoming book fair.    Volunteer openings are listed below, running from 11/24 through 12/5.   The more volunteers, the better.  Please let Amy Lowin know if you can help out by contacting her at maudedog1@hotmail.com
Thanks in advance!

Monday or Tuesday, 11/24 or 11/25: Put up interior building advertisements/banners
Tuesday morning, 11/25: Set up
Monday morning, 12/1: Put up exterior advertisements around the school
Monday-Friday afternoons, 12/1-12/5 (11:20-1:30): Sell books
Tuesday, 12/2, evening (6:15-8:45): Sell books (PTA meeting)
Friday, 12/5, after school (3:30-4:30): Sell books
Friday, 12/5, after school (4:30-on): Pack up

Volunteer: Who wants to help with our spring dance?

We have two really fun volunteer positions available! Planning our annual spring Sock Hop and coordinating the Green Schools program! Contact Stacey Green for more info about what these jobs entail!

Before School Unicycles

Mrs. Norling will begin the before school intramural program Wednesday, November 19.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in unicycle riding on the given days listed below. If you would like your child to participate, complete the slip that was sent home in last Friday's Folders as soon as possible. Additional forms may be found in the Main Office. The session will continue through January 16.  Students taking part in the unicycle class are required to bring their own helmet. If you have any questions, contact Toni Norling at (253) 571-5716.

Mondays 8:15-8:55am 2nd and 5th graders only
Wednesdays 8:15-8:55am 3rd, 4th and 5th graders only

Love & Logic at next PTA Meeting

loveandlogicParenting the Love and Logic Way

Presented by Amy Forslund
Tuesday, December 2 at 7pm
Washington Elementary Art & Computer Room

FREE: Please join this special Washington Elementary PTA meeting.
It¹s not necessary to be a PTA member, all Washington Elementary families
and friends are welcome!
Free childcare for school age children will be provided.

Amy, a Washington Elementary parent, has been using Love and Logic with her
family and in elementary and middle classrooms for the last 14 years. She
will introduce the curriculum and offer some tools to add to our parenting
toolboxes ­ just in time for winter break!

Come early or stay lat to shop at the Scholastic Book Sale, 6:30-8:30pm.

Learn more about Parenting with Love and Logic:

Great night at Rollin 253!

Washington kids had great fun at our first Skate Night of the year at Rollin 253!  We skated, danced, played red light/green light, raced, ate and had an all-around super time!  A big thanks to Rollin 253 for sending out Roller Roo to the playground on Friday afternoon!  Can't wait for the next one!

Miss Peggy and Roller Roo!

Washington 4th & 5th Grade Boys getting ready for a race!


School Spirit T-Shirt and Sweatshirts

T-shirts and sweatshirts with the new Washington Elementary School creat will be for sale November 15th through December 1st with delivery prior to Winter Break.

Ordering is simple.

1) Go to
or go to winningseasons.net and click on Team Sales, then Washington Elementary.
2) Click on items to purchase and indicate size(s)
3) Follow directions to pay with credit card

Ordering will close at midnight on Monda, December 1st and late orders cannot be accepted.

* New this year: students will be allowed to wera the t-shirts with our new crest on them Monday through Thursday

If you have any questions, please contact
Audrey Cosgrove (253) 380-6585

Learn Chinese!

Before School Chinese Language Class
Washington PTA sponsored 7-class Chinese language session begins Tuesday, November 25, 2014. This will be a fun and informative class where kids will practice basic Chinese language skills and learn about the rich culture and traditions of China. Students will begin with basic sounds, vocabulary and phrases and learn through games, activities and song. Please join us for this introductory class!

Chinese Language Registration Form
When: 8:00-8:45AM Tuesday & Thursday mornings
Class dates : 11/25, 12/2, 12/4, 12/9, 12/11, 12/16, 12/18
Where: Washington Art Room

Cost: $35 for the 7 class session

Registration:- Registration deadline is November 24, 2014. Hand in the completed form & class fee to your child’s teacher or at the Main Office.
- Class size is limited to 16 students.
- The class is offered to 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. (There is no class offered for Kindergarten and 1st graders at this time - sorry!)
- First class is Tuesday, November 25 at 8:00 AM.

Questions? Contact Megan Boly at (253) 678-5782 or megan@mcboly.org

ASB & the ASB Food Drive

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will have the opportunity to play an active roll in the ASB for the 2014-2015 school year. Information has been provided to the students during the school day but we wanted to pass on a few dates to the parents:

Nov. 10 ASB Interest meeting at lunchtime
Nov 24 ASB application paperwork due
Dec 4 Speeches
Dec 4 Election Day
Dec 8 First ASB Meeting 3:30-4:15pm

Interested students are encouraged to take an active roll in this month's food drive by making signs, bringing in food and making announcements to the different classes. Information will be available to the kids at school as to how to get involved.

ASB Advisors: Toni Norling and Michele Pedee

Family Skate Night Nov 14 Friday!

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

Highly Capable Referral Gr 3-5

If a parent, a peer or a teacher would like to refer a student in grade 3, 4 or 5 to the Highly Capable Program you will need to complete the "HC Referral Form" and turn it in by November 20, 2014. (Students in 2nd grade are all automatically tested.)

TPS Highly Capable Website


Questions about the program can be sent to:

Patrick Johnson, Director of Equity and Academic Excellence at 253.571.1249.

Dr. Sandy Wentworth
, Instructional Facilitator -Highly Capable Programs 253.571.1275

Janice Wright
, Secretary Equity and Highly Capable Programs 253.571.1120

Schoola Clothing Drive

Dear Parents,
Great news! We just kicked off a clothing drive with our fundraising partner, Schoola. What’s Schoola? It’s a great new way to raise funds for our school.  Schoola collects pre-loved women’s and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds back to our school to help fund programs for our kids. That’s $2 out of every $5 earned back to our school!
How you can help:
Donate clean clothing in new or like-new condition no later than Friday, November 14th. Clothing bins will be set up in the area between the Library and the Art Room.
One more way you can help:
Spread the word!
When: Week of Nov 10-14
Where: Drop off bin is in the area between the Library and Art Room
What: Donate clean clothing in new or like-new condition (women's and children's only)
& Shop on Schoola's site finding adorable pre-loved clothing from Washington Elementary or from other school's around the country!

Washington Elementary's Schoola Home Page

Print a Schoola Flyer

Fall Fundraiser!

Dear Washington Elementary School Families:

At our school, the PTA supports an incredible number of programs and activities that benefit our teachers and students. Instead of asking you to assist your child(ren) in selling wrapping paper, cookie dough, candy bars, or other items, we ask that families give directly to the PTA. This means that 100% of your donation goes back into our school, our students, and our teachers. Additionally, your gift is tax deductible.

Our goal this year is to raise $4,000.00 to support our students and teachers. As budgets continue to be cut, we believe that this is a crucial time to provide our students and teachers with the support and curriculum needed in our classrooms. Our students also benefit from PTA funding through assemblies and before and after school programs they need to supplement their classroom education. (A sampling of some of the programs and activities funded by the PTA can be found on our Activities page.)

Please make a donation to the PTA to help us meet our fundraising goal of $50.00 from each Washington family. Making your donation is simple: you can return your cash or check donation in your student’s Friday Folder, to your student’s teacher, or to the PTA box in the main office. If you prefer to donate using a credit card, please complete the form on the bottom of this letter. You can also make a donation on-line at www.wahoyt.org.

- Families who donate $100.00 will receive a reusable Washington Elementary shopping bag.
- Families donating $150.00 or more will receive a reusable Washington Elementary shopping bag and Washington Elementary Klean Kanteen.

While you can donate to the P.T.A. at any time, we are running this fundraising campaign from Monday, November 3rd through Friday, November 21st.

Thank you for your support. Each and every dollar you donate will directly benefit our school, our teachers, and our students.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Audrey Cosgrove
P.T.A. V.P. of Fundraising