Washington-Hoyt Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700

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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!

We love our volunteers!


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

Spring Auction!

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 4pm to 7pm
Where: The Swiss (all ages are welcome)

It’s that time again – time to make a donation for the annual auction class baskets! This year, each grade has been assigned a theme. In this attached list are some ideas for each theme to help get your creative juices flowing. You also have the option of donating using Cougar Cards (see your most recent order form). After donations are collected, baskets will be assembled by volunteers. Please contact Audrey Cosgrove (253-380-6585 or audreycoslew@gmail.com) if you can assist in assembling baskets, if you have other items to donate (a vacation home, goods or services, a basket, etc.) or if you have any questions.

* We are also looking for baskets, buckets and other "vessels" for our class baskets. Contact Audrey if you have one you'd like to donate.

We would love to have your help in making this our best auction yet! Do you have items to donate? A vacation home to auction off? Wish to make a donation for our popular Wall of Wine? Your donation is tax deductible. Please contact Audrey Cosgrove if you would like to donate or want more information (253) 380-6585 or audreycoslew@gmail.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

Picture Day!

February 21, 2014 is our spring picture day where both Class and Individual pictures will be taken.

If you would like to purchase photos, please fill out the order forms that will be sent home with your student. Please contact the front office if you need more or you can also go to the mylifetouch.com website and place your order there. Questions? Call 1-800-562-5195.

Seahawks Blue Wednesday!


Skate Night January 31

Join us for another PTA sponsored Skate Night at Rollin' 253 - this is a great time to mix and mingle with our fantastic Washington-Hoyt school family! The kids have a blast skating, playing organized games, doing the Hokey Pokey with Roller Roo (the mascot) and just hanging out with their friends. It's great mid-winter exercise and the kids enjoy themselves while they are learning to skate or honing their skills.   We have the entire skating rink reserved for just our school making it a safe environment for our kiddos.

Be sure to show your team spirit and wear your Super Bowl Friday colors!!

DATE: January 31, 2013 - FRIDAY NIGHT
TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM
WHERE: Rollin' 253 2101 W. Mildred Street, Tacoma
WHAT: Washington-Hoyt has Rollin' 253 reserved for our school only for our Skate Night
COST: $4 for skate admission, $2 for skate rental. You can bring your own skates at no charge.
(Those who are not skating do not have to pay admission.)

Grab a friend or two and we'll see you there! 

Super Bowl Friday

Friday, January 31, 2012
This Friday's dress up is "Super Bowl Friday" Show your team spirit!

Before-school Intramural - Unicycle/Tumbling

The week of January 27th, Mrs. Norling will begin her before-school tumbling and unicycle classes. Students must have a signed permission slip to participate. Permission slips were sent home with your student last week. Contact Mrs. Norling at (253) 571-5718 if you have any questions. This session will continue through the first week of March.

Mondays 8-8:55am (Starts Feb 3) Unicycles - Low Intermediate/Advanced Participating students must be able to ride or must have taken part in the first session held this school year.
Tuesdays 8-8:55am (Starts Jan 28) Beginning Tumbling 3-5th grades
Thursdays 8-8:55am (Starts Jan 30) Intermediate - Advanced Tumbling 1-5th grade
Fridays 8-8:55am (Starts Jan 31) Beginning Tumbling 1st-2nd grades

Please check with Mrs. Norling if you should participate in the Intermediate and Advanced classes.

Europa Bistro Takeover

Tuesday, January 28 from 5:00-8:00 PM
We have another fabulous Europa Bistro Takeover coming up! Please join your fellow Washington-Hoyt friends and family at the Europa Bistro this coming Tuesday starting at 5pm. 20% of sales will go to our school and most importantly we all get to hang out in our neighborhood and support a local business and Washington-Hoyt family. They offer fresh pasta, steak, seafood, pizza, desserts and more all made from scratch in house! You may also order food for take out. Europa Bistro 2515 North Proctor Street or call (253) 761-5660.

Music Program for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades

Wednesday, Jan 29 at 6:30pm in Hunt Cafeteria
Our music program led by Mr. Lemmer is called "Songs of the 50's". The three grades will be singing a total of nine songs from the birth of rock and roll! They have been preparing very hard for their performance. Students need to arrive at 6:15pm. 3rd and 4th grades meet in the Music Room and 5th graders meet in Mrs. Norling's PE office. The program will begin at 6:30pm. See you there!

Re-opening Events Committee Needed!

We are looking for a few people interested in planning activities for the
kids, neighbors, business owners, and graduates of all ages when our school
moves back to Proctor and into our new, remodeled space.

If you are interested in helping plan an event or activity, please contact
Courtenay Chamberlin at 253.380.0681 or

Winter French Classes Begin Feb 6

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Our PTA sponsored sessions of before-school French will begin Thursday, February 6th and end Thursday, March 6th. The fee for the class is $30. All sessions will be on Thursday 8-8:45am (before school).

This will be a fun and informative class for all age levels. There will be lots of games, activities and French treats! However participation is a vital part of learning. If there are continuous disruptions from a student there will be disciplinary actions and the parent will be contacted.

Please print out the Enrollment Form and send it with your check made out to the Washington- Hoyt PTA. The enrollment deadline is Wednesday, February 5th.

If you have any questions please contact Yvonne Beardemphl at (253) 241-6914 or via email at yvonnebeardemphl@gmail.com

Fencing Update for Hunt

Camp Hunt fencing update: Many of you have probably noticed the new fencing going up at Hunt. This School District project better secures the play fields on the school grounds. The project is slated to be completed the first week of January. Thank you to the School District for listening to our needs and finding the funding to get the project completed.

Thursday is Holiday Dress Day

Thursday, December 19th is a free Holiday / Winter Dress Day!

Shoebox Giving Project (3rd & 5th Grades only)

Students in the 3rd and 5th Grade participating in the Shoebox Giving Project should return their 'shoeboxes' to school by Dec 12th. The donated items will be collected and taken to the Tacoma Rescue Mission and handed out to children during the holiday. Thank you for your participation!

'Tis the season to buy Cougar Cards as gifts!

Orders Due December 9

Cougar Cards make great stocking stuffer! Please also consider donating a grocery card to a family in need for the holiday this year. The cards will be allotted by the school counselor. There is a line at the bottom of the order form for purchasing a card as a donation. Happy Holidays everyone! Cards will be delivered on Friday the 13th.

December Cougar Cards Order Form

Our PTA raises $5,000 each year from business contributions because our families and teachers purchase Cougar Cards. If everyone at Washington-Hoyt participates we can raise even more! Consider giving it a try!

Holiday Craft Workshop

DECEMBER 11, 2013 AT 3:30-5:30PM in CAFETERIA - FREE
Please join us for our annual holiday card workshop.  This is a fun time for you and the kids to make cute holiday cards for friends and families. We usually have a few other crafts up our sleeve as well!  Materials are provided. Just bring your imagination and create some holiday art. * Students must be accompanied by a parent or other designated adult.

MATERIALS NEEDED: We have lots of materials from previous years but if you have any other holiday themed crafting materials you'd like to donate, then bring them along or leave them in the Front Office.  We could also use some baby food jars if you have any!

If you have any questions or if you can help out with this event, please contact Jennifer Drum (253) 691-1021.

December PTA Meeting

Please join us for the last PTA Meeting of 2014.  We keep it to one hour and end at 8pm sharp. We have childcare provided for school-aged students, the kids have lots of fun playing games and having fun! (The babysitters are usually former Washington-Hoyt students - who are naturally awesome!!)

Important Dates

Dec 4-6 Conferences and early release at 12:15pm
Dec 6 Skate Night 6-8 pm
Dec 9 PTA Meeting 7-8pm
Dec 9 Cougar Card Orders Due 3:30pm
Dec 11 Holiday Card Workshop at 3:30pm
Dec 18 December Cat Track Calendars Due
Dec 18 Box Tops Due for December collection
Dec 19 Winter Holiday Sing-along (during school hours)
Dec 20 Winter Break Begins (no school Friday!)
January 2 School Resumes
PTA Events Calendar

Skate Night

Our next Skate Night is coming up this Friday December 6th from 6:00-8:00pm.  This is another fun fundraiser for the school PTA and a great time to mix and mingle with your Washington-Hoyt school family! We have the entire skating rink reserved for just our school!  We'll be doing the hokey pokey, Roller Roo the mascot will make an appearance, we'll have a few door prizes to give away and much more! Wear your Santa hat or reindeer antlers and we'll celebrate the season together!
DATE: December 6, 2013 - FRIDAY NIGHT
TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM
WHERE: Rollin' 253 2101 W. Mildred Street, Tacoma
WHAT: Washington-Hoyt has Rollin' 253 reserved for our school only for our Skate Night
COST: $4 for skate admission, $2 for skate rental. You can bring your own skates at no charge.
(Those who are not skating do not have to pay admission.)

Grab a friend or two and we'll see you there! 

Parent Teacher Conferences

School will be released early at 12:15pm this week on Wednesday 12/4, Thursday 12/5 and Friday 12/6 for Conferences. If you are unsure of your conference time, please contact your student's teacher directly. (Be sure to stop by the Lost and Found in the front of the school while you are there!)

Twin Day!

This Friday November 22, is the first ASB Dress Up Day and the theme is Twin Day - so find a friend or two and come up with some matching outfits!