Cougar Card - December Holiday Order
Sun, Nov 23 2014 07:46
'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 firstname.lastname@example.orgDECEMBER COUGAR CARD ORDER FORM
** 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.
Tickets for E-I-E-I OOPS!
Sat, Nov 22 2014 02:06
Hey y'all! Get your tickets for the Friday, December 6th 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
New Harsh-Weather Policy
Thu, Nov 20 2014 01:58
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
Family Movie Night December 12
Thu, Nov 20 2014 01:07
Washington Elementary Family Movie Night
Friday, December 12, 2014
Washington Elementary Gym/Cafeteria
Concessions - Pizza, popcorn, hot chocolate and other tasty treats for sale!
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 8:10pm.
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.
Volunteer: Who wants to help with our spring dance?
Mon, Nov 17 2014 05:43
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
Mon, Nov 17 2014 05:14
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
Thu, Nov 13 2014 04:21
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 FormWhen:
8:00-8:45AM Tuesday & Thursday morningsClass dates :
11/25, 12/2, 12/4, 12/9, 12/11, 12/16, 12/18Where:
Washington Art Room
$35 for the 7 class sessionRegistration:
- 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 email@example.com
ASB & the ASB Food Drive
Wed, Nov 12 2014 05:28
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
ASB FOOD DRIVE
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!
Wed, Nov 12 2014 11:03
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) 292-2324Date:
Friday, Nov. 14Time:
Highly Capable Referral Gr 3-5
Thu, Nov 6 2014 10:48
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 WebsiteHIGHLY CAPABLE INFORMATION PACKET
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
Wed, Oct 29 2014 02:20
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!
Week of Nov 10-14Where:
Drop off bin is in the area between the Library and Art RoomWhat:
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 PagePrint a Schoola Flyer
Wed, Oct 29 2014 01:42
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
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.
P.T.A. V.P. of Fundraising
*Special* Cougar Card Order
Mon, Oct 27 2014 02:40
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.DOWNLOAD SPECIAL ORDER FORM
WAM - FALL SESSION IS FULL!
Wed, Oct 22 2014 10:54
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. Or call him at (253) 759-9669.
NEW LOST AND FOUND PROCEDURE
Wed, Oct 22 2014 10:50
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.
Washington Elementary School
PTA Meeting - Nov 4
Tue, Oct 21 2014 11:57
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
Tue, Oct 21 2014 10:57
AS OF OCT 21 - THE THEATER 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).
Miss Peggy's Safety Notes
Fri, Oct 17 2014 07:48
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
Sun, Oct 12 2014 12:44
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,
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
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
SCHOOL GARDEN - Help each class plant and harvest their own raised garden bed. No gardening experience needed. Contact: Rosemary Ponnekanti
Cat Tracks Begins!
Thu, Oct 9 2014 10:24
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!
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
Thu, Oct 9 2014 08:40
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!
Washington Elementary School
Calling all kids that want to play chess!
Tue, Oct 7 2014 08:42
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 etiquetteAdvisor Info:
Eugene Brown, Chess Club Advisor
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!
PTA Meeting - October 7
Tue, Oct 7 2014 02:29
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
Tue, Oct 7 2014 02:29
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
Tue, Oct 7 2014 02:27
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.
Walk to School Day - October 8
Mon, Oct 6 2014 02:54
October 8 at 8:30AM
Join us for National Walk to School Day on Wednesday morning! Meet Miss Peggy in Safeway's secondary parking lot at 8:30 AM and everyone will walk over to Washington together!
Counselor's Corner October 2014
Thu, Oct 2 2014 08:57
Fall is in the air and our new school is ready for it! We are so glad to be back in our own beautiful building! We’re looking forward to this being the best year yet!
I’ve started teaching social skills in the kindergarten and first grade classes. The six classes lasting thirty minutes will teach students skills for learning and having empathy.
If your kindergartener brought home a Stop sign to share with you, let me explain. I am using the “Staying Out of Trouble” program in an effort to teach our younger students an easier way to control their impulses. They are taught that if they think about doing something that might get them in trouble, they should stop what they are doing, and think about the consequences of the possible action. If the behavior will hurt them or someone else, they shouldn’t do the action. Next they should look for something they could or should be doing. For example, if mom and dad said to clean the room, they’d better clean the room instead of playing with their toys. Then students can give themselves a pat on the back for doing the right thing. The Stop signs are to remind them to use these skills. While this format will not stop every problem, my hope is that students will learn to stop and think before they impulsively choose a behavior they may regret. I’ve encouraged students to take the signs home and share them with you.
I am also using the Second Step curriculum with the kindergarteners that teaches how to pay attention, focus, and follow directions. We will also discuss feelings and how to look for clues in the behaviors of others, to help define how their peers are feeling about something. Other topics include using self-talk, being assertive when needed, and instructions on how to show concern for those around them.
The lessons for first graders will focus on empathy and emotion management. After a discussion on how to identify feelings through facial features and other behavioral clues, first graders will continue with learning how to show concern for others and how to manage their own strong feelings. We will also focus on how to calm down when anger takes over and I will present some healthy ways to handle worry and stress as well.
In the next few weeks I will build on this program by teaching second graders about emotion management and solving problems. Lessons include reviewing how to handle strong feelings, anger management, calming down techniques and we will discuss the various way to solve problems and conflicts with others. I will also teach steps for handling name calling and other bullying incidents that students may experience. Learning how and when to turn to an adult is an important part of everyday problem solving for students as well as learning how to play fairly.
I am trying to get as much information into these little ones as quickly as I can so having you reinforce at home what they’ve learned at school will certainly make my job easier. I’m guessing I’m actually reinforcing what you’ve already taught them. Either way, it’s good to be on the same page. Since my hours have increase by one day this year, I plan to be more pro-active by teaching in the classrooms. Luncheon friendship groups will start soon and others are to follow. Third through fifth grades will also have classes in social skills later and I will keep you informed about these as I have time to teach them.
I will continue to advise you as to what is happening with the Guidance program in the monthly Counselor’s Corner in this newsletter or in notes home throughout the school year. I will be at Washington all day Tuesday and Wednesday, and every other Thursday. If you have any questions or wish to see me about your child, please call me at school (571-5739) or drop by my office in the morning before classes begin. I look forward to meeting you and working with you, your child, Dr. Knight, and your child’s teacher, in providing a safe and positive atmosphere within which your child can learn and grow. Wishing you a colorful, peaceful fall!
Please submit your All School Directory Info by Oct 3rd!
Mon, Sep 15 2014 01:32
Are you interested in connecting with other Washington Hoyt families in your child’s class? Do you want to be included in class communications from teachers and other parents? Would you like to help your child make social connections outside of school with other students? If you answered yes, then please submit your 2014-2015 All School Email and Phone Directory information!
A form recently went home in your child’s Friday folder. Even better (to avoid typos) you can submit your information by filling out the form
and emailing it directly to Kristi Gaimster at email@example.com
. The directory is sponsored by the PTA and is only distributed to WA Hoyt students, teachers and staff. Feel free to email Kristi
with any questions.
- Deadline is Friday, October 3rd.
- Drop the completed form in the PTA Box of the Front Office or send it to school with your student and have them give it to their teacher
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