Washington Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700

Home of the Cougars!

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

*Special* Cougar Card Order

Special offer!

Thinking ahead about stocking stuffers? Gifts for colleagues and teachers? Consider placing a special Cougar Card order by Tuesday, November 4 for special small denomination gift cards. These limited edition cards are available just in time for the holidays, but they will only be available while supplies last at the national scrip center. The special order form is available here.

We are not accepting orders for cards from local businesses during this special order, but you can order anything on the national scrip website https://www.shopwithscrip.com/ at this time. The next regular Cougar Card order forms will be due on Monday, November 10. These special orders will be delivered along with the previously scheduled Cougar Card delivery on November 21.



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

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.