Washington Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700

Home of the Cougars!

PTA Meeting April 7th

Mr. Schau – the new principal next year – will be attending the April 7 PTA meeting. We have a couple of agenda items to cover, so we’ll plan on 15-20 minutes of business and then the rest of the meeting will be social / Q&A with him.

One of the business items is to present the open positions for next year. They are:
Membership
Treasurer/Co-Treasurer
Cougar Cards (scrip): Treasurer and Chair/Co-Chair 
Co-president
Vice President Fundraising
(Audrey will do either of these last too – we just need to fill one of them! Do we list all the positions and see who is interested, or just these? If you list these, I’ll just give Audrey a heads up that we are looking for interest and appreciate her willingness to do either.)
 
Anyone interested can contact a member of the nominating committee:
Meredith Neal - 
meredithneal@aim.com
Kristi Gaimster - 
Kristi.Gaimster@davita.com
Toni Norling - 
TNORLIN@Tacoma.K12.Wa.US

We will also present a preliminary budget and nominate an audit committee – not sure those need to be mentioned in any communications.

And, lastly, we will also be presenting edits to the Standing Rules.

Europa Bistro Takeover

Washington Elementary Takeover at Europa Bistro

Monday, April 13th
11 AM – 2 PM (lunch)
4 PM – 10 PM (dinner)

Washington Elementary School and Europa Bistro’s Takeover event will be held on Monday, April 13th. Please stop in for lunch or for dinner that day, or get some take-out to go and head home, while supporting Washington Elementary.

Europa Bistro is an enchanting Italian Ristorante, perfect for gathering with friends or family. The menu offers a fine selection of Italian cuisine using fresh seafood from the Pacific Northwest and fresh pasta made in their very own kitchen. They offer a variety of steaks, poultry, and fish along with many delightful pasta dishes, fresh salads and appetizers.

We hope to see you there. Buon Appetito!
Europa Bistro Flyer
2515 North Proctor

Evening of the Arts

Evening of the Arts is coming up on Friday, April 17th. You’ll be able to see fantastic art, make an artist card or button, listen to live music, find a goodie at the bake sale and bid on silent auction items. Please mark your calendars! And we still need some volunteers to help the event run smoothly – you can sign up here: Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet - Evening of the Arts

Garden at Washington

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Spring is here and so is the Washington garden!

Students from grades 2-5 have been planting salad gardens (greens, peas, nasturtiums) in the new planter boxes over the last two weeks; first grades will be planting soon. Look for your class' name flag and watch for those seedlings to germinate! We will harvest the salads and eat them in June, when we'll also plant summer crops for eating in fall. However, the garden area is still looking very new and bare. If anyone has a great low-budget idea for brightening things up with art or something else, please let garden parent Rosemary Ponnekanti know, and we can talk about it with Dr. Knight. Contact her at rose_ponnekanti@yahoo.com.

Sock Hop - Volunteers Needed!

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It's time to dust off those old dancing shoes and join us at the Sock Hop!

Friday, April 10th 6:00pm-8:30pm
Washington gymnasium/cafeteria
Tickets $5 (watch for order forms in your Friday folder)

Bring the whole family for some good old fashion fun! We will have pizza and root beer floats, dancing, games and prizes, a photo booth, and much, much more! All included in the price of your ticket. You won't want to miss our teachers hula hoop contest!

We are looking for volunteers to help make our sock hop a success! If you are interested in helping please contact Jennifer Ruggles at
jennruggles@gmail.com or 253-961-9643

Turn in Ticket Order Forms by Monday, April 6th!
SOCK HOP TICKET ORDER FORM

ASB Human Society "Wish List" Drive

ASB Humane Society “Wish List” Drive

Our Washington ASB has chosen the Pierce County Humane Society as the charity of choice this year. We will be collecting items off of their “Wish List” starting March 16th – April 10th. If our school can collect 800 items we will earn a free dress day in the middle of the week. Please send donations with your student or drop them off at school. Thank you for your support!

Needed items: Scratch and stretch boxes, used fleece or synthetic blankets, pet food (especially dry and canned kitten food), towels, clay cat litter, large “Kong” toys, used or new collars and leashes, black wire pet cages (31’x21.75”x23.75”), and automatic pet food and water dispensers (gravity-fed, not electronic).

Lottery for After School Classes

Update March 16, 2015
The lottery for Before and After School Clubs has taken place. The students that were selected have been notified via the emails that were provided on their permission slips. Please check your inboxes.
Thank you,
Stacey Green
sgreen@nventure.com
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March 13, 2014
We have had an incredible amount of interest from you for our before and after School programs that will begin in the next few weeks. That being said the only way to equally fill these classes is through a lottery system. There will be 25 students per class. All permission slips need to be in the Front Office by the end of school Friday March 13th. I will be drawing names from all of the permission slips returned and notifying you via email this weekend. Thank you everyone for your interest in these classes and your understanding.

This applies to the following classes:
Outdoor Skills
German Language Class
Math & Puzzle Club
Irish Dance

Thank you,
Stacey Green
sgreen@nventure.com

Come Garden with the Kids!

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Garden Boxes are available if anyone is interested in doing some garden things with the students. If you are interested in helping out with the garden, please email Rosemary Ponnekanti at rose_ponnekanti@yahoo.com

K-2 Music Program - April 29

Mark your calendar all Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade parents for Mr. Lemmer's "Go Fish" Music Program starring your kids! The program will begin at 6:30pm on April 29, 2015. More info will be sent home as we get closer to the date!

Fun Movie Night!

Thank you to Meredith and all of the volunteers who made Movie Night happen. All the families had a great time watching the movie and enjoying the great food in good company with our school friends!
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March Cougar Card Orders

Due March 10th by 3:30PM
You can turn in your March Cougar Card order anytime between now and March 10th at 3:30pm. 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.

New Cougar Card Order Form 2015 - Word Doc

New Cougar Card Order Form 2015 - PDF

Payment must be made by check only, made out to: Washington PTA.

Outdoor Skills Class

The PTA is offering an Outdoor Skills class after schools on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm starting on March 23!

Learn how to set up a tent, identify animals and trees, name the clouds in the sky, manage dangerous weather, and much more! This course will focus on teaching important skills and tips for enjoying the outdoors safely.

What: Outdoor Skills Class
Where: Washington Art Room
When: March 23 to May 4 on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm

Class is limited to 25 students. If we have more students sign-up than spaces, we will have a lottery and pick names and notify you via email.

SPECIAL NOTE:
Update March 16, 2015
The lottery for Before and After School Clubs has taken place. The students that were selected have been notified via the emails that were provided on their permission slips. Please check your inboxes.
Thank you,
Stacey Green
sgreen@nventure.com

Learn How to Irish Dance!

Irish Dancing is an energetic, active and exciting style of dance that uses traditional Irish tunes and rhythms. This is the perfect activity for your child if they like to move to music and dance with friends. No dance experience is required! Anyone, any age is welcome to join this dance club!

Email or call me for more information.

When: Wednesdays - March 25 to April 29
Time: After school 3:30-4:30pm
Where: Washington Gym
Cost: Free!

Class is limited to 25 students. If we have more students sign-up than spaces, we will have a lottery and pick names and notify you via email.

Club Leader and UPS Student
Natalie Smith
505-231-0848
nlouisesmith@pugetsound.edu

SPECIAL NOTE:
Update March 16, 2015
The lottery for Before and After School Clubs has taken place. The students that were selected have been notified via the emails that were provided on their permission slips. Please check your inboxes.
Thank you,
Stacey Green
sgreen@nventure.com

March PTA Meeting Minutes

If you missed the March 3rd PTA Meeting but still want to know what was discussed, read the Meeting Minutes online.

Math and Puzzle Club After School!

Raise your hand if you LOVE puzzles and math! Come join our club! In this club you will get hands on experience working with several types of puzzles: 3D-puzzles, Legos, Word puzzles, Jigsaw puzzles, etc. All while understanding the math principles behind them!

When: After school, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30
Start Date: March 25th
End Date: April 29th
Where: 3rd Floor Common Area

Class is limited to 25 students. If we have more students sign-up than spaces, we will have a lottery and pick names and notify you via email.

Download flyer

SPECIAL NOTE:
Update March 16, 2015
The lottery for Before and After School Clubs has taken place. The students that were selected have been notified via the emails that were provided on their permission slips. Please check your inboxes.
Thank you,
Stacey Green
sgreen@nventure.com

Learn German Before School

Come Learn German with Gayane & Aiyana!
Intro to German class for all ages!

We are seniors at University of Puget Sound, studying German. We love the language and culture and want to pass it on to the next generation!

When: Thursday Mornings, 8—8:50 am
March 19 - April 30

Where: Art Room

Class is limited to 25 students. If we have more students sign-up than spaces, we will have a lottery and pick names and notify you via email.


Download flyer

Any Questions? Feel free to contact us: awainhirschberg@pugetsound.edu or gkanneian@pugetsound.edu

SPECIAL NOTE:
Update March 16, 2015
The lottery for Before and After School Clubs has taken place. The students that were selected have been notified via the emails that were provided on their permission slips. Please check your inboxes.
Thank you,
Stacey Green
sgreen@nventure.com

Junior Daffodil Parade

Please join Washington-Hoyt in walking in the 54th Annual Junior Daffodil Parade in the Proctor District! We have a great time every year representing our school! The theme for 2015 is “Shine Your Light!”

April 18th, 2015 10:00 A.M.

More info will be sent home as we get closer to the parade date.

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.

Family Skate Night - May 8th

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 May 8th handing out stickers promoting the fun evening. Hope to see everyone there doing the Hokey Pokey!
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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, May 8th
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM

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The Lego Movie - Washington Movie Night!

Join us for the Washington Elementary Family Movie Night!

Friday, March 6, 2015
6:00-8:15 pm
Washington Gym/Cafeteria
Tickets $1 per person (suggested donation)


Concessions - pizza, popcorn, juice 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.

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

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!
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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.

Tumbling

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!

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

Cost:

$35 for PTA Members
$45 for non-PTA Members
When:
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!
http://www.boxtops4education.com/