Washington Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700

Home of the Cougars!

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.

Our teachers and staff will not be able to move into the building until right before school starts. Some may want a helping hand. Please send your name, phone number, and availability to the office coordinator Pam Leach,
PLEACH@tacoma.k12.wa.us, if you are willing to help.

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

Enroll at Washington-Hoyt

Washington-Hoyt is open for Enrollment for grades 1-5 (neighborhood residents) until June 18th and then again from Aug 18-21. Visit us at our temporary location at 6501 S. 10th Street, Tacoma, Wa or call (253) 571-5700 with questions.

Note to existing families: We assume everyone is coming back to Washington-Hoyt for next year, please let the school know if you are planning not to return to Washington-Hoyt in September 2014. Thank you!

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!

No end of year 'Celebration of Learning'

Everyone is really excited to move into our new facility next year - but that does means a lot of work for the teachers and staff at Washington-Hoyt. Given everything we have on our calendar to get ready for the move, the school has decided to not host our annual Celebration of Learning that typically takes place at the end of May.

On another note, if you are interested in being a part of the Re-Opening Events Committee, please contact Courtenay Chamberlin (253) 380-0681. We can use as many ideas and helpers as we can find to make this a great celebration and transition!

Kindergarten Open House

Washington-Hoyt will be hosting a Kindergarten Open House on Monday, March 3rd from 6:00-7:00 PM. This Open House is for parents with children who will be entering Kindergarten in the September 2014.

Come meet our Kindergarten teachers and learn more about our great school!

What: Kindergarten Open House
Where: Washington-Hoyt at Hunt Middle School - our temporary location 6501 S. 10th Street, Tacoma,
When: Monday, March 3rd 6:00-7:00 PM
Who: Parents of children entering Kindergarten Sept 2014

K-2 Spring Theater is coming!

Plans are being made for after school spring theater at Washington-Hoyt. More information will be sent home soon, but this is what we have so far:

- Rehearsal Dates: April 8-May 16 (6 weeks)
Tues and Thurs rehearsals from 3:30-5:00

- Performance on Friday, May 16

- The play has not yet been selected.

- Registration forms will be going home mid-March and will also be available on the PTA website (once released). Registration is first-come, first-served and includes a $50.00 registration fee.

Wa-Hoyt Sock Hop!

"Be There or Be Square!"
School Sock Hop, Dinner & Dance
Friday, March 14th at 6pm
Our annual Wash-Hoyt dance celebrating the styles and music of the "Sock Hop" age takes place this Friday!  A local DJ brings all the necessities for a fun family night!   Each year we have a door prize, a night of GREAT MUSIC by a lively DJ and lots of dancing. Get ready to hand jive baby!!!

Cost $5/person
Where The Hunt cafeteria
Do I have to dress up? Lots of people have fun dressing in jeans, a leather jacket or putting on that poodle skirt with a pony tail, but no, you don't have to dress up. Don't let that stop you from coming. ;)
Can siblings attend? Yes, definitely, this is a family event.
Will there be food? Pizza & pop
Do you need help with this event? Yes, we could use some parents helping to serve food at the beginning and also help with general clean-up afterwards.  Call Laurie Hunger (253) 948-7202 for more information or to volunteer your help!

Ticker Order Forms went home in last Friday's Folders! Please return by Tuesday, March 11th.

Bing for Tacoma Schools

Join the Bing Rewards Program and help Tacoma schools earn credits towards Surface tablets. It's easy to sign up, let's see how many we can earn for the kids! http://www.bing.com/explore/bingfortacoma

Great night at the Evening of the Arts!

What a lovely evening! A big thank you to Sara Sledge for orchestrating this terrific event!


Box Tops

Box Tops for Education is an easy way to raise money or our school. Send your clipped box tops with your child or drop box tops in the collection box in the front office at Washington. Please contact Jennifer Drum (253) 752-9197 with questions.

Evening of the Arts!

Don't miss the 4th Annual Evening of the Arts on Friday February 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 pm!

As always, there will be a student project from each class up for auction and small art pieces for sale. We'll have a bake sale, free coffee, an opportunity to make a free button with your family and live music! It is the event of the year, some say.

We need some student musicians to play for us again this year. If you have a student who would like to play for a few minutes, contact Sara Sledge.
If you can donate baked goods or help at the event, use the sign-up sheet here http://www.helpersignup.com/viewsheet.php?type=2&sheet=65c6cdea5779ebb3e37501915012c893

Or contact Sara at saralaurence@hotmail.com

See you there!

Can we raise $50 from each Cougar Family?

Donate to Support Students and Teachers!

Help PTA Raise $5,000

Washington-Hoyt Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provides much needed support to our teachers and our students.

Your gift allows the PTA to provide classroom grants, Kindergarten reading aides, 5th grade camp, Accelerated Reader (AR), student field trip and uniform support, a website and e-newsletters, and events like Back to School Night and the Celebration of Learning.

- 100% of your donation directly supports our teachers and students.
- Your gift is tax deductible.

The money raised by the PTA this year will support next year’s activities. Since our school will be back in Proctor in a brand new space, we believe it
is a critical time to provide our students and our teachers with extra support!

Help us raise an average of $50 from each Cougar family this fall. Here's how:
- Look for donation information in your Friday Folder
- Donate online by using the PayPal DONATE button in the left hand column