Washington Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700

Home of the Cougars!

April Cat Track Calendars Due

Please bring in your signed April Cat Track Calendars by the end of this week! Thank you for participating in this fun school wide reading incentive program!

Volunteer for the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast!

The annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at Washington Elementary is quickly approaching!  Our date and time for the breakfast this year is Friday, May 8th at 7:30am.  We will be holding it in the beautiful new staff room 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 6 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. 

Please let me know how you can help and thank you in advance for your support of our amazing teachers!


Shannon Rojecki

Volunteers Needed for Picture Day

Volunteers needed for picture day.

When: Tuesday, April 28th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (can be split into shifts)
Where: Washington gym

You will receive free spring pictures of your student if you volunteer.

Please call Pam Leach at 571-5700

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!

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


Golden Acorn Award Nominations!

Turn in Nomination Forms by April 21
Nominate any one of our great Washington volunteers to receive this very special award which is presented every spring by the PTA. The winner will be hailed and announced at the May PTA Meeting. This is a great time to recognize someone who you think has gone above and beyond and really made an impact on our school. Award Winners are listed on the Golden Acorn Award Plaque found on the first floor of the school. Award Winners will also be invited to attended the Washington State PTA Luncheon for all Golden Acorn Award Winners across the state!

This is a great honor, but we need your help. Please take a few minutes to think about someone who deserves this recognition, fill out the form and send it to school with your student or drop it off in the Front Office. You may also email nominations to Cindy Harkness.

Nomination Form

Tacoma Rainiers Game - May 30

The Tacoma School District is "taking over" the Rainiers Game Saturday, May 30th at 5:05PM!

For the first time, the Tacoma School District is taking over the ballpark! Join us for a night starring Washington Elementary School and the Tacoma School District in the stadium's spotlights. The The Tacoma Rainiers will be playing the Round Rock Express. Stick around after the game for the "Kids Run the Bases!"

Group Express Tickets
$11.50 per person
- Reserved Seat Game Ticket
- Ballpark Meal (hot dog, chips and water)

Group Double Play
$17.50 per person
- Reserved Seat Game Ticket
- Ballpark Meal (hot dog, chips and water)
- Limited Edition Tacoma Rainiers Hat

For more information, please contact Erika Anderson at erika_thompson@hotmail.com


Turn in your order forms by May 1st

2015-2016 PTA Positions Available!

Are you interested in being a part of the PTA Board next year? We have the following positions open for the 2015-2016 school year.

Cougar Cards (Scrip)
VP Fundraising

Most of these positions are shared positions so if you don't feel you have a lot of time, rest assured you will usually have backup. Or grab a friend and offer to work on something together. Please contact any one of the three people listed below to learn about how you can help within our PTA! Thanks!

Meredith Neal meredithneal@aim.com
Kristi Gaimster Kristi.Gaimster@davita.com
Toni Norling TNorlin@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Spring Volunteers Needed

We need lots of volunteers this spring to help make our events a success. Email the following people if you have some time to help out with these events:

Evening of the Arts-Karen Sommers
Academic Triathlon-Gerrit Nyland
Book Fair-Amy Lowin
Run Club-Shannon Eyford
Garden-Rosemary Ponnekanti

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 Saturday
- Please arrive at 10:20 a.m. in section D-6. This is in the parking lot between the Mason Middle school Building and the field.

(The parade begins at 10:00 AM, but we are further back in the parade line-up thus the 10:20am gathering time for Washington.)

If you haven't handed in your permission slip to the Front Office, please do so asap. Thanks!
Permission Form

Evening of the Arts

Friday, April 17 from 6-8pm at Washington

See fantastic art from our students (and bid on it!), make an artist card or button, listen to live music, find a goodie at the bake sale, and bid on the silent auction items. Bring the whole family! It's going to be a fun school community event!

Our silent auction will include:
• Disneyland tickets - four (4) 1-day park hopper passes
• Tacoma Rainiers VIP package - includes the President's seats (a set of six Summit Club box seats which have all inclusive items such as beer, wine, soda, water and ballpark snacks), an on-field photo opportunity for the group as well as an autographed jersey and some fun Rainiers swag
• A week of summer camp at Camp Wright (at Annie Wright)
• 3 days of Steve and Kate's Camp (at Charles Wright)
• My Batch Experience from Heritage Distilling - Hands On Makes It Hand Crafted. Now for the first time you can legally be involved in the making of your own private spirits - whiskey, gin or vodka
• Miss Peggy Experience - one lucky student gets to dress up with Miss Peggy and help her one afternoon and the winner's class will have an ice cream party with Miss Peggy!
• Book baskets, Washington Elementary Gear, local business gift certificates and more!

Volunteer to Help!
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

Picture Day - Class & Individuals

Another picture day is coming up on April 28, 2015. Both Class pictures and Individual pictures will be taken
Fill out the paper forms that were sent home with your student or you can place order online.

Class Pictures
Picture ID: LS224255G0

Individual Pictures
Picture ID: LS224365Q0

Take part in the Run Club!

The Washington before school Running and Walking Club begins April 27th. This is a fun morning activity to get the kids out and on the move for 15 minutes before school.

Begins April 27
When: Monday - Wednesday - Friday
Time: 8:30-8:45 AM

Volunteers Needed:
We need parent volunteers for the Washington RUN CLUB! Our student runners will track their distances from 8:30-8:45 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Parent volunteers can choose one morning or all three to help facilitate this program! Please contact Shannon Eyford at drshannon@live.com if you'd be interested in helping.

Smile Survey - Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd Graders

Attention parents of Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd graders:

Washington Elementary has been randomly selected to participate in the Smile Survey.

This is a statewide assessment of the oral health of Washington State’s elementary school students that is conducted by the Washington State Department of Health in cooperation with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Dental Service. All Kindergarten, second and third grade students will receive a free dental screening. The screening only take about one minute per student. No x-rays will be taken and no treatment will be provided. The results of this survey will be looked at to make sure our state’s preventative oral health programs are effective. A team will visit Washington on Wednesday, May 6th, so I will be sending home permission slips for the dental screening. If you do not want your child to participate in the survey, please fill out the form and return it to school. All information will be kept confidential, so no names will be used in the survey.

If anyone is willing to volunteer to bring the classes to the dental team, that would be great. Since I am only here on Tuesdays, I will be unavailable to assist them. I just need one volunteer, so if interested, leave me a voicemail at 253-571-5718.

Thank you.
Therese Nation, RN, BSN – School Nurse

Climate Survey

Take the Tacoma Public School Climate Survey

The survey covers topics of safety, communication, diversity, student learning and student-led conferences. All surveys are 29 questions and measure the same concepts.

Sock Hop - Volunteers Needed!

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!
Come dressed as you are or wear your poodle skirts and bowling shirts! It's going to be a great night of dancing, food and fun!

It's not too late to buy your Sock Hop Tickets. Send in your order form today or you can purchase tickets at the door!

Volunteers Needed:
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

Participate in our Cougar Card Fundraiser!

Donate money to our PTA with no added expense to you!

Cougar Cards are gift cards. You buy the cards, get the full value and the businesses donate a percentage to our PTA! Some of our local businesses have generously high percentages such as Europa Bistro, Gibson's Yogurt, The Ram Restaurant, Rosewood Cafe, The Spar, Round Table, Treos, Chalet Bowl, El Toro! Take a look at the complete list of businesses on the order form.

- Order forms and checks are due by April 14. Cards will be delivered on April 24. Payments are accepted by check only. Please make checks out to: Washington PTA.
- Please drop them off at the Front Office or send them to school with your kids to give to their teachers.
Thank you for supporting this Washington PTA Fundraiser! Questions? Call Karen Dinicola at 759-8098 or Email

Highly Capable Mtg - Transition to Middle School

Are you interested in learning more about the transition from Highly Capable elementary school to middle school classes? Be sure to attend the Highly Capable Department's Community Forum on Monday at Baker Middle School!

When: April 13, 2015  - 6:00-7:00pm 
Location: Baker Middle School - Library
What: Transition - 5th Grade to Middle School
Who should attend: Parents and community members
To provide parents of currently identified Highly Capable Students information regarding the transition from 5th grade to Middle School with Highly Capable Services.
More info: http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/information/departments/challengehighlycapable/Pages/default.aspx

Thank you Mr. Schau!

Thank you to Mr Schau for coming to our PTA Meeting this week! It was great meeting you and while we will miss Dr. Knight, it looks like our school will be in great hands!

Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Washington Elementary Yearbooks for the 2014-2015 School Year are on sale now. Order must be completed by April 13, 2015.
Order online: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob
Use the Yearbook ID Code: 12454615

or you can print out an order form and hand it in at the Front Office.
Yearbook Order Form

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:
Cougar Cards (scrip): Treasurer and Chair/Co-Chair 
Vice President Fundraising
Anyone interested can contact a member of the nominating committee:
Meredith Neal - 
Kristi Gaimster - 
Toni Norling - 

We will also present a preliminary budget and nominate an audit committee.

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

Garden at Washington

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.

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
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

Come Garden with the Kids!

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!