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June 9, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tuesday, 6/14: Town Hall Meeting 7-9pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church

Dear Washington parents,

The meeting detailed below is key to having safety improvements approved for Cliff Drive, making it a much safer road for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Almost all our families use Cliff Drive every day; it is in the interest of ALL of us that we have a good showing at this meeting. Please try to make time to attend. Better yet, as Tom asks, speak in support of the improvements.

Thank you for your support,
Simon Dixon


Below is an important announcement for an up-coming Town Hall meeting on June 14th. We finally have convinced the City and Caltrans to take the first step for improvements for Cliff Dr. This can happen as soon as this August. However, it is important that we can show significant support for this plan at an upcoming Town Hall meeting next week. This plan will provide bike lanes, turn lanes, and possibly crosswalks for Cliff Dr.


Unfortunately, we had a very weak showing at the City Council Meeting a few months ago, but we gave a loud message. I am really hoping that we get some parents at this meeting that have something supportive to say.

Thanks for your help.
Tom Ochsner, AIA
Mesa Architect


MESA VILLAGE COMMUNITY MEETING TO FOCUS ON CLIFF DRIVE SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

A Mesa Village Community Meeting on Cliff Drive will be held from 7-9pm on June 14, 2011 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church Community Hall.


The meeting will focus on Cliff Drive safety problems and solutions, and give an update on the transfer of Cliff Drive ownership from the State to the City. Representatives from City and State government, CalTrans and Community Groups will be present and available for questions and answers.


The Mesa Architects will provide an introduction to the issues, and offer proposals for changes. Former Mayor Marty Blum will moderate a public comment, question and answer period.


Many of us agree that in its current condition, Cliff Drive is unsafe for any mode of travel. The high speed limit, wide expanse of pavement, and lack of crosswalks and bike lanes has created a street that pedestrians and bicyclists avoid. Drivers experience frequent traffic accidents, parents do not allow their children to cross it unaccompanied, and seniors cannot cross it to access bus service. Cliff Drive was created as a highway, and as such it divides the Mesa neighborhood and does not serve the community as it should.


Both the City and the State agree that Cliff Drive should be transferred to City ownership so that it can be made more community oriented, but this process will take at least another year. In the meantime, CalTrans has scheduled pavement re-surfacing for Cliff Drive and Las Positas Road in early July. This will require re-striping these roads, and provides an opportunity for incorporating bike lanes, turning lanes and crosswalks at little or no cost to the City.


This Village Meeting will provide a forum for the community to relate their experiences with Cliff Drive, express their opinions about how to improve this important neighborhood street, and determine whether to push for a change in striping now.


Please come to this important meeting, and consider making a public statement in support of safety changes. If you cannot attend, we would be pleased to read a written statement from you.


More details about the Mesa Neighborhood and ideas for its improvement can be found at the Mesa Architects' website, www.MesaVillage.org


MESA ARCHITECTS
a volunteer group working since 2008 on ideas
for improving our streets and open spaces with the goal
of moving our seaside neighborhood "from good to great"
www.MesaVillage.org mesaarchitects@me.com
Jim Bell, Chris Cottrell, Derrik Eichelberger, Brook Eiler
John Kelley, Jeff King, Stuart Magee, Tom Morrison, Tom Ochsner
Laurel Perez, Dennis Thompson, David VanHoy

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

Washington Website - http://washingtonschool.us/home.html.

 

June 2, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
6/3 - 8/24: Summer Break
Wed, Aug 24: Kindergarten Teacher Meet & Greet
Wed, Aug 24: Class Lists Posted at School & on Website in the Afternoon
Thurs, Aug 25: First Day Back to School
Fri, Aug 26: Welcome BBQ

Have a Great Summer, Wildcats!

Message from Simon Dixon, Incoming PTO President
Hello Parents,
Well another year has flown by, and all too soon (for the kids) the summer will have flown by, too...
I'm looking forward to working with you all next year. There are big challenges ahead of us, but with our dedicated board, our energized volunteers and YOU, we'll meet them head-on and match them. With our kids as our focus there's nothing we can't achieve.
I want to thank Lisa Fell for the tireless work she has done for the past two years. If I'm half as good as her I'll be twice as good as I imagine...
I'll see many of you during the summer and all of you in August!
Cheers,
Simon Dixon

2011-12 PTO Board
Simon Dixon    

President
Meredith Brace   

Vice President
Jennifer Griffin
VP Ways & Means
Tentative
VP Communications
Luciana Richard
VP Programming
Michelle Cordero
Treasurer
Kim Clark
Recording Secretary
Amy Sachs
Financial Secretary
Kari Arcuri
Board Member
Lisa Fell
Board Member
Tiffany Haller
Board Member
Dana Halverson (Winner)
Board Member
Felicia Kashevaroff (Erickson)
Board Member
Roy McLaughlin
Board Member
Ginny Miller
Board Member
Meg Miller
Board Member
Nick Svensson
Board Member
Jolie Wah (Cole)
Board Member
Kim Wilson
Board Member

Congratulations to Mrs. Cantu's class for winning the Wildcat Rock & Roll Fridays Challenge!
Thank you everyone who participated in the Wildcat Rock & Roll Fridays program by walking, biking, skating, scootering, bussing, carpooling, or using any other alternative method to get to school every Friday (or even better, every day). The teachers recorded those who participated, and the winner at the end of the year was Mrs. Cantu's class with 70% participation! They celebrated yesterday with a bowling day at Zodo's! Thank you, Victoria Greene and Tom Dolan, for coordinating this program as well as Walk to School Day in the fall and Bike to School Day in May. Great job, everyone, the Earth thanks you!

Thank You Amy Chesluk for Taking on Lost & Found!
A BIG Thank You to Mark Sherman who developed a great system to organize and help us find lost articles at our school. It is a lot of work and the torch has been passed on... Amy hung up all of the sweatshirts/t-shirts yesterday (Wednesday) for the parents and students to view Wednesday and Thursday before and after school. Over night, they were all taken down. They were not ready to be donated yet. We are hoping that maybe a helpful parent collected the clothing and still has everything? If that's the case can you contact Amy Chesluk 805-450-7468 or amy@impulse.net so we can collect the clothing for the parents and students who are looking.
Thank you!!

Summer Enrichment Camps at Washington School
Wildcat Summer Yoga Camp with Mindy
Mindy Thomas will be teaching a summer yoga series on Thursdays. Your children will learn different aspects and styles of yoga in a very fun environment. Dates are: June 9-July 7 - Thursdays only
9:00am - 11:00am the cost will be $100.00 for the series.
($20.00 drop in fee, please notify the day before, as space may be limited.)
Yoga Circle, Yoga movement, Snack, Art
Please note: On Thursday, June 23 from 9:30-10:00, Theresa Singh, co-owner and co-founder of Russa Yog, will give a presentation of: Russa Yog "Yoga with Ropes" and the kids can try this if they choose.
For more information email Mindy at: Mindytsb@aol.com

Summer Camp with Rachel
A new Summer Enrichment Camp is being offered at Washington School for Grades K-4th with fun and talented Wildcat mom Rachel McNamara.
Campers will be engaging in arts & crafts projects (mixed media, clay, paint, collages, beading, etc.), energetic & interactive outdoor activities, field trips (short walk to tour Lazy Acres & the Fire Station), + more..
Two camps will be offered (7/18-7/22 and 7/25-7/29) from 9:00am-12:00pm Fee: $155 per week-10% off for multiple weeks and/or sibling discount
Hurry, as space is limited to 20 campers.
You will find the enrichment sign up forms online or in the office.
For more information contact Rachel McNamara at dohunky1@hotmail.com.

Spanish Enrichment with Lourdes
Lourdes Fleisher will be teaching Spanish language summer camps at Washington School for kids entering 1st - 6th grade. They will learn Spanish by exploring and discovering through visuals, prompts, music, games, art and hands on activities. But most importantly, they will have fun!!! One week sessions are available from June 21st to July 15th. Sign up for one week, all four, or any combination. The time is 9am-1pm with before and after childcare available upon request. The cost is $200 per week (includes tuition, materials, snacks and lunch). 10% discount for siblings. Drop offs okay at $40/day. Please call Lourdes with any questions at 252-1908 or email her at lourdgm@yahoo.com. Sign up forms are in the office.

Beginning Spanish with Mrs. Lusk
Mrs. Lusk will be teaching Beginning Spanish Class from June 27th - July 1st from 9-12 in her room (KC). Students will improve their listening comprehension and conversational Spanish with literature, songs, and games. Mrs. Lusk would love to give your child a foundation and an appreciation of the language for them to build on. Entering first graders through entering fourth graders are welcome. All sign ups due by Fri, May 27. The price is $175 and $140 for siblings. Please fill out an application in the office and return to Mrs. Lusk. Washington earns 10% of all enrichment fees. Questions??? Email her at nlusk@sbsdk12.org

Escrip
Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $ for Washington each time you shop -no extra expense!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn't cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Simply go to www.escrip.com, and register your credit cards - they are very secure. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you're ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the "Family of Merchants"), and go to the merchant of your choice. At that point, it will be just like going directly to their site, except that now a portion of your purchase will go to Washington School - just make sure you pay with the credit card that's registered with eScrip. It's such an easy way to help the school in a way that really adds up!! Contact Felicia Kashevaroff at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org or Jennifer Griffin (new VP of Ways & Means) at cagirljenn@mac.com with any questions. Thank you for your support!

PTO Volunteer Openings for Next Year
You're welcome to do any of these with a Co-Coordinator. You can recruit a friend, or we'll find someone for you.
Alumni Database
Family Fun Night (January)
Grandparents Day (month TBD)
Silent Auction at Eco-Carnival
Solicitations (throughout the year)
Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison
Traffic Attendants (at drop-off and/or pick-up)
Website (Committee)
Yearbook (Committee)
If any of these interest you, please contact Lisa Fell at 895-8453 or lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org or Wendy Fisher (new Volunteer Coordinator) at 705-1547 or wendy@petcentric.net. Thank you!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

This portal has so much to offer and it is free for Santa Barbara School District students. There are educational resources for every subject and, under the "Fun Stuff" tab, a variety of links to kid-friendly & kid-approved sites like National Geographic Kids, PBS Kids, Smithsonian, Exploratorium and more!
The link to FreeRice.com is also under the "Fun Stuff" tab, and Jen encourages everyone to use it. The following information is from their website: "FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme. FreeRice has two goals: 1) to provide education to everyone for free, and 2) to help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

Websites for Kids!
Jen Smith, our wonderful Computer Lab specialist, has put together the following list of helpful websites for Washington students to use when doing research for reports or just for fun. Thanks, Jen!


Language Arts Websites:
www.biguniverse.com
www.readwritethink.org

Math Websites:
www.ixl.com
www.aaamath.com
www.aplusmath.com
http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivitySearch.aspx
http://multiplication.com/
www.mathisfun.com
www.figurethis.org
http://www.mathcats.com/

Science Websites:
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html
www.janetsplanet.com
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html
www.sciencefair-projects.org
www.all-science-fair-projects.com
http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/
www.sciencebuddies.org
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/

Multiple Subject Websites:
www.arcademicskillbuilders.com
www.factmonster.com
www.americaslibrary.gov
www.brainpop.com
www.funbrain.com

Kid-Friendly Search Engines:
www.askkids.com
http://kids.yahoo.com/learn

Environmentally Themed:
http://www.epa.gov/kids/index.htm
www.worldwildlife.org
www.kidsplanet.org
www.defenders.org
www.greengorilla.com

For Fun:
www.robotsandus.org
www.askkids.com
www.kids.yahoo.com
www.nick.com
www.disney.go.com
www.disney.go.com/disneyjunior

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

Washington Website - http://washingtonschool.us/home.html.

 

May 26, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tonight: Ms. Blue’s 6th Gr Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (7-8:30pm)
Mon, May 30: Memorial Day Holiday – no school
Tues, May 31: Final Day for the Wildcat Parking Space Silent Auction
Wed, June 1: 6th Grade Promotion – 9:00-10:00 AM on the blacktop
Thurs, June 2: last day of school, last day for residence verification
June 3-5: Party Book Wildcat Campout

Message from Lisa Fell, outgoing PTO President
I can’t believe two years has passed since I took on this position. I must say I was putting myself completely out of my comfort zone, but now I’m so glad I did it!! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to challenge themselves to learn new things and grow as a person – boy, did I grow! I’ve already thanked many people at the last PTO meeting, but I want to thank everyone at Washington School for being so supportive and working hard along with me and everyone else to make Washington the best school in town!! You guys all ROCK! One of the teachers asked me to help her with a list of the things the PTO does at school to help with her end of year project, and I couldn’t believe how long that list was! I have to share it with you so you can be so proud of what we all do here at Washington:
1. 5th Grade CIMI Camp
2. 6th Grade Outdoor School
3. 6th Grade Promotion
4. Administrative Assistant Day
5. Advertising in Directory
6. After School Enrichment classes
7. Annual Appeal (Wildcat Pride Campaign)
8. Art Specialist
9. Book Fair
10. Bulletin Boards
11. Class Field Trips
12. Classroom Parent Helpers
13. Coffee Sales
14. Coffee with the Principal
15. Computer Lab Specialist
16. Copying for teachers
17. Cultural Assemblies
18. Eco-Carnival
19. End of Year Adult Celebration
20. eScrip
21. Family Fun Nights
22. Front Office Helpers
23. Gardening/Landscaping on campus
24. Gift/Magazine Sale
25. Great Works of Art
26. Hospitality
27. Jog-a-thon
28. Kindergarten After School Program
29. Library Helpers
30. Lost & Found
31. Marquee
32. Movie Days
33. Music Specialists
34. P.E. Specialist
35. Parent Handbook
36. Parking Lot Attendants
37. Party Book Parties
38. Playground Equipment and Sports Clinics
39. PTO Board
40. Room Parents
41. School Directory
42. Science Specialist
43. Science Night
44. Silent Auction at Eco-Carnival
45. Staff Lunches during Conferences
46. Stipends for teachers
47. Supplies for Classrooms
48. Teacher Appreciation Day
49. Teacher Tutors
50. Technology in the classroom
51. Thursday Folder Flyers
52. Walk/Bike to School Days
53. Website
54. Weekly Email Newsletters
55. Welcome BBQ
56. Wildcat Wear
57. Willy the Wildcat!
58. Yearbook
Can you believe this list? I’m sure I’m forgetting things, too. That’s why when I say it takes a village, I mean it! Everyone is helping out in their own way, some less, some more, but look at what we accomplish each year! Yes, you guys ROCK! I’m looking forward to three more years here, and I know it’s just going to get better each year! I’m so excited to be passing the torch to Simon Dixon as the new PTO President! If you know Simon, you’ll agree with me that he’s a natural in this role, and I can’t wait to see the school thrive under his leadership.
Have a wonderful summer, everyone! You know I will!! J
Sincerely, Lisa

PTO Volunteer Openings for Next Year
Fortunately, most of our volunteer leadership positions have been filled for next year. Thank you everyone who signed up for those!! We still have a few more openings, so I thought I’d list some of them in case any of you would be interested, either on your own or with a friend. Many of these will have a committee to help share the tasks.
Alumni Database
Bulletin Boards
Family Fun Night (January)
Grandparents Day (month TBD)
Lost & Found Coordinator
Marquee
Silent Auction
Solicitations
Spanish Speaking Parent Coordinator
Website
Yearbook Co-Coordinator
If any of these interest you, please contact Lisa Fell at 895-8453 or lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org. Thanks!

You’re Own Wildcat Parking Space Out Front!
Silent Auction - closes Tuesday after school – don’t miss it!
Are you tired of looking for a place to park at school? Would you like your very own parking spot located where you choose, with YOUR name on it, reserved for you at all times?! FYI, the church property will not be available for parking next year, so that will mean about 30 less parking spots. Plus, Washington time will soon be "real time" so it will be a bit more of a scramble to get to school 7 minutes earlier. Now that spot’s sounding pretty good! Come visit the office and put in your bid today! A bid sheet is in the office until Tuesday. Bidding has reached $500 as of this morning. It can be raised in $25 increments or as much as you’d like. (If there is a raise that is less than $25, it will not count.) Simply write your name and the new amount that you bid.


***CLOSING PROCEDURE: The auction will close at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31st. Ten minutes before closing, any new bids will be delivered sealed. At 2:00 we’ll open the bids, and the parking spot will go to the highest bidder. If you really want this spot, this is your chance to "go big" to knockout competing bids. Will someone do that? Who knows? How much is it worth to you? You’re welcome to bid as a group with other families and split the parking spot however you’d like. 100% of the donation is given to the PTO, which means 100% of it goes to your children. Any questions, feel free to contact Amy Chesluk at amy@impulse.net or 805-450-7468. Good luck!

Ms. Blue’s 6th Grade Class Play – TONIGHT AT 7:00 SHARP
You are cordially invited to attend Ms. Blue's 5/6 combination GATE class's production of Shakespeare's, A Midsummer Night's Dream. We have been working for months getting ready for this performance. From directing the actors and creating the sets, to designing the costumes and constructing the playbill, the students have been at the forefront of this production the entire time. They have been working diligently to make sure this performance is a great success. Please join us in supporting all of their tireless efforts in coming to see their magnificent production tonight, May 26th in the Washington School auditorium. Curtains open at 7pm! Thank you for your support, Jackie Bluestein

NEW PLAYGROUND SHED - A BIG WILDCAT THANKS!
Have you checked out that brand NEW shed on the K-1 Playground?! It’s AWESOME!! Thank you to the following Wildcat Parents and Alumni for building, painting and roofing the upper playground shed.
Brett Barton, Brett Barton Construction Inc. 805-451-9982, bartoncontruction@cox.net
Mark Lee, Pearl Bay Corporation (Asbestos Abatement Services) 805-966-1480 mark.lee@mail.rainbowintl.com
Augie Trejo (Washington Alum and neighbor), Mendoza Roofing, 680-1029
Mark Sherman, Wildcat Dad Extraordinaire
John Trimble, Man of Amazing Building Talent
Jolie Wah, Architect jwarchitecture@cox.net
We appreciate all the time and effort you have put in to make the Washington playgrounds a fun and safe environment. Thank you.

Congratulations, Math Superbowl Winners!
Congratulations to Washington's Math Superbowl competitors! Six students each from fourth, fifth and sixth grades competed against 29 other local public and private schools in the south-county's 30th annual Math Superbowl on May 12th. Washington won Second Place in the overall competition! Our sixth-grade team won 3rd Place; our fifth-grade team won 3rd Place and our fourth-grade team won 2nd Place. Individual medalists are as follows:
6th Grade:
Christopher Gaffney – 1st Place
Mason Dochterman – 2nd Place
5th Grade:
Stephan Kuklinsky – 4th Place
Minna Wyttenbach – 5th Place
4th Grade:
Spenser Pierce – 3rd Place
Great job, Wildcats! We’re so proud of you!

Soles4Souls – Donate Your Shoes!
Wednesday, June 1st, is the last day to donate your gently used shoes for the benefit of the Japan victims. There is a collection box in the office. Thanks!

Summer Camp at Washington School
A new Summer Enrichment Camp is being offered at Washington School for Grades K-4th with fun and talented Wildcat mom Rachel McNamara.
Campers will be engaging in arts & crafts projects (mixed media, clay, paint, collages, beading, etc.), energetic & interactive outdoor activities, field trips (short walk to tour Lazy Acres & the Fire Station), + more..
Two camps will be offered (7/18-7/22 and 7/25-7/29) from 9:00am-12:00pm Fee: $155 per week-10% off for multiple weeks and/or sibling discount
Hurry, as space is limited to 20 campers.
You will find the enrichment sign up forms online or in the office.
For more information contact Rachel McNamara at dohunky1@hotmail.com.

Summer Spanish Enrichment Opportunities at Washington
Lourdes Fleisher will be teaching Spanish language summer camps at Washington School for kids entering 1st - 6th grade. They will learn Spanish by exploring and discovering through visuals, prompts, music, games, art and hands on activities. But most importantly, they will have fun!!! One week sessions are available from June 21st to July 15th. Sign up for one week, all four, or any combination. The time is 9am-1pm with before and after childcare available upon request. The cost is $200 per week (includes tuition, materials, snacks and lunch). 10% discount for siblings. Drop offs okay at $40/day. Please call Lourdes with any questions at 252-1908 or email her at lourdgm@yahoo.com. Sign up forms are in the office.

Mrs. Lusk will be teaching Beginning Spanish Class from June 27th - July 1st from 9-12 in her room (KC). Students will improve their listening comprehension and conversational Spanish with literature, songs, and games. Mrs. Lusk would love to give your child a foundation and an appreciation of the language for them to build on. Entering first graders through entering fourth graders are welcome. All sign ups due by Fri, May 27. The price is $175 and $140 for siblings. Please fill out an application in the office and return to Mrs. Lusk. Washington earns 10% of all enrichment fees. Questions??? Email her at nlusk@sbsdk12.org

Lost and Found is Overflowing!
Many items will be taken to a local charity at the end of the year. If your child is missing an item of clothing or a lunch box (or other item), please take a moment to look in the Lost & Found.

Note from the Office – Please pay any outstanding balances.
There will be no charges allowed in the cafeteria next week, so please plan accordingly. Plus, if you have an outstanding library book, please bring it in or pay for it asap. Thank you!

Don’t be dropped from enrollment!
Everyone needs to (re)verify their address!

EVERY family needs to bring in current residence verification prior to the end of the school year. If the school does not have this paperwork on file, they will not be able to place your student on a class list for the fall. Being dropped from the enrollment could mean not being able to attend WA next year. Please do this ASAP.
The documents needed are:

1. Most current utility service bill – gas, electric, or water. Phone/cell phone bills will not be accepted.
AND
2. Current property tax payment receipts or Grant Deed with County Recorder Stamp.
OR
3. Rent Payment receipts or lease or rental contract.
OR
4. Affadavit of district residency sworn by the student’s parent/guardian and notarized under penalty of perjury.

Websites for Kids!
Jen Smith, our wonderful Computer Lab specialist, has put together the following list of helpful websites for Washington students to use when doing research for reports or just for fun. Thanks, Jen!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

This portal has so much to offer and it is free for Santa Barbara School District students. There are educational resources for every subject and, under the "Fun Stuff" tab, a variety of links to kid-friendly & kid-approved sites like National Geographic Kids, PBS Kids, Smithsonian, Exploratorium and more!
The link to FreeRice.com is also under the "Fun Stuff" tab, and Jen encourages everyone to use it. The following information is from their website: "FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme. FreeRice has two goals: 1) to provide education to everyone for free, and 2) to help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.


Language Arts Websites:
www.biguniverse.com
www.readwritethink.org

Math Websites:
www.ixl.com
www.aaamath.com
www.aplusmath.com
http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivitySearch.aspx
http://multiplication.com/
www.mathisfun.com
www.figurethis.org
http://www.mathcats.com/

Science Websites:
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html
www.janetsplanet.com
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html
www.sciencefair-projects.org
www.all-science-fair-projects.com
http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/
www.sciencebuddies.org
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/

Multiple Subject Websites:
www.arcademicskillbuilders.com
www.factmonster.com
www.americaslibrary.gov
www.brainpop.com
www.funbrain.com

Kid-Friendly Search Engines:
www.askkids.com
http://kids.yahoo.com/learn

Environmentally Themed:
http://www.epa.gov/kids/index.htm
www.worldwildlife.org
www.kidsplanet.org
www.defenders.org
www.greengorilla.com

For Fun:
www.robotsandus.org
www.askkids.com
www.kids.yahoo.com
www.nick.com
www.disney.go.com
www.disney.go.com/disneyjunior

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

Washington Website - http://washingtonschool.us/home.html.

 

May 19, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tonight, Thurs, May 19: Open House - 6:00-7:00pm(TIME CHANGE!!!)
Tonight, Thurs, May 19: Last PTO Meeting - 7:00-8:30pm

Fri, May 20: School Talent Show – 2 showings – 9:30 AM & 1:00 PM

Fri, May 20: Drop off your quality items at 2:30-4:30 for Swap Meet
Fri, May 20: Outdoor Silent Movie Night with Michael Mortilla
Sat, May 21: Swap Meet at Washington

Tues, May 24: Bike to School Day

Wed, May 25: Final Coffee with the Principal - 8:30am in Auditorium

Thurs, May 26: Ms. Blue’s 6th Grd.Class Play- Midsummer Night’s Dream- 7-8:30pm.

May 26 & 27: Final K-2 Music Classes of the Year - Open for Parents
Through May 31: Wildcat Parking Space Silent Auction
Wed, June 1: 6th Grade Promotion
Thurs, June 2: Last day of school
June 3-5: Party Book Wildcat Camping Trip

Open House - Tonight! 6:00-7:00 PM
(The time has been going back and forth between 5:30 and 6:00, so we have confirmed with the school that it will start at 6:00 tonight. Mr. Barnett will do a teleparent phone call to everyone to make people have the correct starting time. Sorry for the confusion!)
All the classrooms will be open to allow your children to see all the classrooms and meet the teachers for next year.

PTO Meeting - Final Meeting of the Year - Tonight!
Join us tonight (Thursday) at our last PTO Meeting for this school year, 7:00-8:30 PM, right after Open House. This will be a joint meeting of the 2010-2011 Board and 2011-2012 Board. PTO Officers will be chosen at that time, and we will be discussing and voting on the budget for next year. All parents are welcome to attend - childcare and refreshments will be provided.

Wildcat Yearbook 2010-11 - It's back on!! Orders due tomorrow!
Orders for this year's Wildcat Yearbook are due tomorrow, Friday, May 20. The order forms are in the office and on the enrichment page of the Washington website. Yearbooks are $25.00 pre-ordered. If not pre-ordered, there will be a limited amount available for purchasing at $28.00. Thank you!

Click here Order Form or here for Spanish Order Form and they are also available in the office.

Please email any pictures or questions to Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org

Outdoor Silent Movie Night with Michael Mortilla
Tomorrow, Friday, 5/20, 7:00 PM (pizza dinner at 6:00 PM)
Bring your chairs or blankets, sleeping bags and warm jackets for a fun outdoor event sponsored by the PTO on Friday, 5/20. At 7:00 p.m. internationally renowned composer and pianist, Michael Mortilla, will provide unparalleled entertainment, combining his classical improvisational skills with classic silent films. Come join other Washington families for "The Rink" (Charlie Chaplin) and "Sherlock, Jr." (Buster Keaton) and enjoy the unique live concert piano accompaniment. This is sure to be a memorable experience for young and old alike!
Starting at 6:00pm, Giovanni's pizza will be available for $2/slice & water for $1.
Reviews:
"...Mortilla's brilliant piano accompaniment matched the moods on the screen so perfectly...astonishing" The Los Angeles Times
"Michael Mortilla simply sat down at the piano and improvised, certainly the most impressive example of making it up as you go along that anyone in the audience had ever seen." The Santa Barbara Independent
"...Michael Mortilla's musical scores are the perfect counterpart to Chaplin's visuals." The DVD Review
"Michael Mortilla left visitors speechless as his fingers raced." Homestead Magazine

Washington's First Annual Swap Meet & Quality Donation Sale!
Saturday, May 21st, 7:30-1:00 - a few spots left
Washington will be hosting our first annual swap meet. If you have extra things around the house that you don't need anymore, there are two ways for you to participate in the swap meet.

1. 1st, you can buy a spot (9X18) for $20.00 and bring your things to sell on the 21st. At the end of the swap meet, 10% of your sales will go to Washington School, and you keep the rest. There is a sign-up sheet for spaces in the office. They will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. There are a few spots left.
2. 2nd, you can donate quality items (no used clothing please) to be sold in the Washington booth. Drop off will be tomorrow, Friday May 20th, 2:30-4:30 PM.

Food and drinks will also be sold at the swap meet. So grab a square and turn some of those unused or unwanted items into summer cash. If you have any questions or would like to help with the event, please call the school and leave a message for Ms. Blickley or email at: tblickley@sbwashington.org<mailto:tblickley@sbwashington.org>.

Bike to School Day - Tuesday, May 24
Join your fellow Wildcats and hop on your bike this Tuesday for Bike To School Day! We will have treats for all participants at the front and back school entrances and a raffle for a cool prize. Be part of the solution and bike to school! Do it for your health, do it to reduce air pollution, do it to reduce traffic, do it because it's FUN! You can also choose to walk, carpool or come on the bus - that all counts. Also, bring in your gently-used shoes on the same day for the Soles4Souls program - thanks!

Final Coffee with the Principal - Wednesday, May 25
Join us for the last Coffee with the Principal next Wednesday. Enjoy coffee and breakfast goodies while we hear the latest news about the end of this year and beginning of next year at Washington School from Mr. Barnett. Discuss any questions or comments you may have. Hope to see you!

Lost and Found is Overflowing!
Many items will be taken to a local charity at the end of the year. If your child is missing an item of clothing or a lunch box (or other item), please take a moment to look in the Lost & Found.

K-2 Music Classes - See your child's class in lieu of presentations
Next week (Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27) will be our last K-2 music classes for the year! You are welcome to be there for your child's class and see all the FUN and creative music and movement learning your child has been having! Do to logistics issues, there will not be a formal music presentation, so please try to come see the class. Check with your teacher to confirm what day and time their music class is.

SCIENCE NIGHT - Thank you for making it another SUCCESS!
The 2011 Science Night committee members, Betsy Cassriel, Ann Glover, Dave Marchetti, Kevin Richard, Mark Sherman, Cici Stull, Kim Wilson, and Dana Winner, would like to thank Washington's amazing teachers and staff, and the incredible Science Night volunteers who worked together to make this the most exciting and successful Science Night yet! Science Night could not have happened without you!
A huge THANK YOU to our fantastic and talented "Wildcat Parent Scientists": Bill Budke, Dave Marchetti, Erin O'Conner, Jeff Peterson, Chris Posch, John Reed, Stephanie Rivera, Cindy Schneider, Mathew Fisher, David Moorman, and Cindy Satterberg. Another gigantic thank you to our hardworking and dedicated science night volunteers: Lourdes Fleischer, Luciana Richard, Wayne Cassriel, Karin Perissinotto, Simon Dixon, John Trimble, Sande Mia, Tami Sherman, Jesse Ridenour, Cara Chiarappa, John Peyton, Rich Stull, Julie Peyton, Lisa Fell, Ginny Miller, Briana Westmacott, Meg Miller, Laura Seawards, Jeff Seawards, Roy McLaughlin, Carolyn Snyder, Jolie Wah, Julie Reed, Nan Mills, Mindy Thomas, Jim Bell, Jennifer Somerville, Kari Acuri, Daisy Mochitto, Kim Clarke, Rob Cavaness, Manuella Cavaness, Lazzlo Gaspar, Kathryn Nelson, Oscar Zavala, Tom Kelleway, Jan Kelleway, Kris Jones, Victoria Green, Jill Hurd, Pam Rai, Matt McAvene, Felicia Kashevaroff, Linda Meyer, Erica Victor, Joanne Garcia, Wendy Fisher, Hannah Robinson, Ella Higgins, Charlotte Early, Tara Haaland Ford, Carolee Peterson, Jeni Lentini, Kris Jones, Natasha Fleischer, Elizabeth Palme, Isabel Greene, Anna Hepp, Kayla Peacock, Abby Brumett, Emma Hurd, Rhea Kommerell, Brook Clark, Sierra Clark, Kristiana Budke, Morgan Fell, Julian Rivera, Jody Jacobs, Michaela Purcilly, Ryan Satterberg, German Lopez, Edgar Ruano. Big thanks also to the many other generous Washington parents who dropped off delicious baked goodies, and to local businesses for their generous food and service donations: Lazy Acres (beverages), Good Cup (hot cups), SB Ice (free delivery), Woody's (food discount), Nancy Weiss SBSD head of Nutrition Services (free milk), Event Rents (discount table rental), as well as the over 75 additional community volunteers from the SB Police Dept, The SB Museum of Natural History, B.U.N.S., Sensational Pets, Turtle Dreams, Sunnyside Sea Farms, SB Botanic Garden, UCSB Materials Science, Cottage Hospital Pathology, Goleta Valley Beautiful, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, UCSB Marine Science, UCSB Physics Circus, UCSB Society of Physics Students, SB Astronomical Unit, UCSB Geology, UCSB Seismology, SB Maritime Museum, Bishop Garcia Diego Science Dept, Clipper Windpower, F.U.S.E., K-9 Pals, C.A.R.E. 4 PAWS. We apologize if anyone's name has been left off! Please let us know so we can add you to the list! We are very grateful. THANK YOU ALL!!!

End of the Year Party was a Smashing Success!
Thank you to Amy Chesluk, Heidi Ziskind, Mary O'Flynn, Briana Westmacott, and Ginny Miller for making this year's annual End of the Year Party one to remember! It was a blast being shipwrecked together on the beautiful patio at the Bay Roadhouse Bar and Grill. We would also like to thank the people and businesses that donated the goods and services that helped us raise over $2,000 for the PTO! Woo Hoo! Diani Women's Designer Clothing and Shoes, Float Luxury Spa, Destiny at Mira Bella Salon and Spa, Fit Buddha, Valentina at Cheri Bibi, Mia Gordon at Mishay Salon and Spa, Patricia Noel Studio, Steven Gordon at Fueled Sports, The Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club, Kids Corner Shoe Store, Wheel Fun, Coldstone Creamery, The Paradise Cafe, Santa Barbara Winery, The Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Alcazar/Milk and Honey, Shoreline Cafe, The Beach House, The Flip Flop Shop, Kingston Candy Co, The Brewhouse, Beaumontia Spa at The Harbor View Inn, Sambos, Sams to Go, Blenders in the Grass, Mesa Pizza Co, Mexican Fresh, Rose Cafe, and The Breakwater.

Ms. Blue's 6th Grade Class Play - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Come see a performance by Room 19, Ms. Blue's 6th grade class, doing Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream on Thursday, May 26th from 7-8:30 PM.

Note from the Office - Please Pay Any Outstanding Balances.
There will be no charges allowed in the cafeteria next week, so please plan accordingly. Plus, if you have an outstanding library book, please bring it in or pay for it asap. Thank you!

Summer Spanish Enrichment Opportunities at Washington...
Lourdes Fleisher will be teaching Spanish language summer camps at Washington School for kids entering 1st - 6th grade. They will learn Spanish by exploring and discovering through visuals, prompts, music, games, art and hands on activities. But most importantly, they will have fun!!! One week sessions are available from June 21st to July 15th. Sign up for one week, all four, or any combination. The time is 9am-1pm with before and after childcare available upon request. The cost is $200 per week (includes tuition, materials, snacks and lunch). 10% discount for siblings. Drop offs okay at $40/day. Please call Lourdes with any questions at 252-1908 or email her at lourdgm@yahoo.com<mailto:lourdgm@yahoo.com>. Sign up forms are in the office.

Mrs. Lusk will be teaching Beginning Spanish Class from June 27th - July 1st from 9-12 in her room (KC). Students will improve their listening comprehension and conversational Spanish with literature, songs, and games. Mrs. Lusk would love to give your child a foundation and an appreciation of the language for them to build on. Entering first graders through entering fourth graders are welcome. All sign ups due by Fri, May 27. The price is $175 and $140 for siblings. Please fill out an application in the office and return to Mrs. Lusk. Washington earns 10% of all enrichment fees. Questions??? Email her at nlusk@sbsdk12.org<mailto:nlusk@sbsdk12.org>

WILDCAT WEAR – SPRING SALE!!
Thursday May 12th at 2pm -- after school by lunch tables, AND
Science Night at 5:30pm - by lunch tables
$19.99 Hoodie Sweatshirts (Red: S, M, L, XL Black: S, M, L)
$9.99 T-shirts
Boys: Grey: S, L, XL Black: L
Girls: Pink: L Black: S Red: M
Mens: Black: L, XL Grey: M, L, XL, XXL
Ladies: Red: M, L, XL, XXL Black S, XL

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

Soles4Souls – Donate Your Shoes!
Tell your friends, family and neighbors to start compiling those shoes you don’t wear anymore or never wore! We’re asking for donations of NEW OR GENTLY WORN shoes for men, women and children to be placed into the collection box in the Washington School Office. The shoes will be shipped via Soles4Souls headquarters in Las Vegas to help the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. If the shoe no longer fits…put it in the box!

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

Click here for Playground Volunteer Guidelines

Click here for Playground Rules

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

 

May 12, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Thurs, May 12: Michael Katz Storytelling Assembly – 4-6 (1:10-1:55)
Thurs, May 12: SB School Districts 145th Anniversary – 3:00pm
Thurs, May 12: Science Night – 6:00-7:45 PM (dinner 5:30-7:00)
Fri, May 13: Volunteer Appreciation Tea – 9:30am
Fri, May 13: Spirit Day – Island Theme
Sat, May 14: End of Year Parent Bash – Gilligan’s Island

Mon, May 16: Yearbook and Dedication Ads Due
Mon, May 16: Spring Music Presentation – Gr 4-6 during class times
Tues, May 17: Spring Music Presentation – Gr 3 during class time
Thurs, May 19: Family Fuel Class – Intro to Love & Logic
Thurs, May 19: Open House– 5:30-7:00 PM
Thurs, May 19: Last PTO Meeting – at 7:00 PM after Open House
Fri, May 20: School Talent Show – 2 showings – 9:30 AM & 1:00 PM

Fri, May 20: Drop off your quality items at 2:30-4:30 for Swap Meet
Fri, May 20: Outdoor Silent Movie Night with Michael Mortilla
Sat, May 21: Swap Meet at Washington

Thurs, May 26: Ms. Blue’s 6th Grd.Class Play- Midsummer Night’s Dream- 7-8:30pm.
Through May 31: Wildcat Parking Space Silent Auction
Wed, June 1: 6th Grade Promotion
Thurs, June 2: Last day of school
June 3-5: Party Book Wildcat Camping Trip

The Wildcat Yearbook Is Back ON!
Once again our great school stepped up when needed!
Thanks to a group of kids, 6 adults, and 3 hours... we are back on track and will have a 2010-11 yearbook!

Monday 5/16 is the deadline to buy dedication ads and pre-order your yearbook!

Don't miss out on this colorful book full of great Wildcat memories. Our students worked hard througought the year to capture our events and each class will have a dedicated page as well!

Here is more info:
*Deadline for ordering yearbook or dedication ads is Monday, May 16th.
*Dedication Ads can be done various sizes, 3.5x2 inch space (shown on form), 1/4 page, 1/2 page or full size page ads.
*Yearbooks are $25.00 pre-ordered.
*After 5/16, they will be $28 and there will be a limited amount available.

Click here Order Form or here for Spanish Order Form and they are also available in the office.

Please email any pictures or questions to Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org

Dedication Ad sizes by inches and prices:
3.5" wide x 2" high = $12.00
1/4 page = 3.5" wide x 4-3/8" high = $25.00
1/2 page = 7-1/4" wide x 4-3/8" high = $50.00
Full page = 7-1/4" wide x 9-1/8" high = $100.00

Special thanks to Lorraine McNally Zerman for all of her hard work keeping the Yearbook Enrichment class on track and making this yearbook happen!

New PTO Board

Click here for the slate of parent candidate that nominated themselves to serve on the 2011-2012 Washington School Foundation Board of Directors. Two teachers will be assigned to serve on the Board in the fall. Principal Barnett serves as a non-voting member.

Please review the list and approve or veto below. A joint meeting of the 2010-2011 Board and 2011-2012 Board will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 7:00pm until 8:30pm. Foundation Officers will be chosen at that time. All parents are welcome to attend!

SCIENCE NIGHT TONIGHT - Don’t miss it!
Washington's FREE all school family science night is tonight! More than 80 scientific experts from our community will volunteer their time to turn our campus into a hands-on, interactive Science Museum. Plus, Woody's will serve Beef, Chicken or Vegetarian Burgers with green salad for $6.00 per plate. Dessert, or chips plus a drink, will also be sold for $1.00 each. Thank you volunteers for signing up! We can always use more help if you’d still like to offer.
Thanks for helping us make science night so great!!!

WILDCAT WEAR – SPRING SALE!!
Today at 2pm -- After School and Tonight at Science Night at 5:30pm - by lunch tables

SB School Districts’ 145th Anniversary - Today at 3:00
Free admission to one of our community’s treasured museums - the Santa Barbara Historical Museum (across the street from the district office).

Spirit Day – Island Theme Tomorrow!
In honor of our End of Year Bash this Saturday, which is Gilligan’s Island theme, have the kids come to school dressed in their best tropical island wear and show us their hula!

Parent Appreciation Tea – Tomorrow, Friday, May 13th
Come to this year’s Parent Appreciation Tea on May 13th 9:30-10:30 in the auditorium. All volunteers are welcome! The teachers would like to thank you for all your hard work!

CALLING ALL CASTAWAYS – THIS SATURDAY!
You have until Friday after school to turn your forms into the office to go to the End of the Year bash for $40.00 a ticket. After Friday, it's $50.00 at the door. Keep in mind, we will be "stranded" outside on a gorgeous patio with a fireplace and gas heaters, but you might want to bring an extra layer just in case it's cool. As for attire ideas, go all out and try winning a costume prize by dressing as one of the Gilligan's Island character OR you can dress in anything tropical or nautical OR just come as you are! Finally, please check out the AMAZING silent auction and raffle packages we will be offering for the evening. Scroll to the bottom to see the packages. Don't forget to bring your cash or checkbook! Please contact ginnymiller@mac.com with any questions. See you Saturday night!

Spring Music Presentations – Mon, May 16, and Tues, May 17
Our wonderful third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders will all showcase their musical talents on Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 17. The 4-6th graders will perform a variety of music ranging from traditional American and Appalachian songs, Native American and Latin American songs, original compositions, and classics from the standard symphonic repertoire. Please join us for this end-of-the-year musical showcase in the auditorium at Washington School. Performances by grade level according to the following schedule:
Monday, May 16th:
8:30-9:15 4th grade violin (Chin)
9:15-10:00 4th grade violin (Furrer)
10:10-10:55 6th grade
11:25-12:10 5th grade
1:05-1:50 4th grade violin (Sevier)
Tuesday, May 17th – 3rd Grade will be at 11:15am for the whole grade level.

Bike to School Day, Tuesday May 17
Join your fellow Wildcats and hop on your bike this Tuesday. Be part of the community-wide Bike To School Day! We will have treats for all participants at the front and back school entrances and a raffle for a cool prize. Be part of the solution and bike to school!

Attention Potential Campers!
A few families have had to cancel for the Wildcat Camping Trip, June 3rd - 5th at El Capitan Campground. If you are interested in joining the fun, please fill out a registration form in the office or contact tami@elementsmeetings.com! Click here for registration form it is also available in the office.

Family Fuel Class - Introduction to Love and Logic
Thursday, May 19, 8:30-11:00 AM in the auditorium
This class provides a brief snapshot of the win-win solution to discipline, control & limits. You will learn alternatives to warnings, threats & take aways.

Open House – Thurs, May 19th 5:30-7:00 PM
All the classrooms will be open to allow your children to see all the classrooms and meet the teachers for next year.

PTO Meeting – Final Meeting of the Year – Thurs, May 19th
Join us at our last PTO Meeting for this school year next Thursday, May 19th, 7:00-8:30 PM, right after Open House. This will be a joint meeting of the 2010-2011 Board and 2011-2012 Board. PTO Officers will be chosen at that time. All parents are welcome to attend – childcare and refreshments will be provided.

Outdoor Silent Movie Night with Michael Mortilla
Friday, 5/20, 7:00 PM (pizza dinner at 6:00 PM)
Bring your chairs or blankets, sleeping bags and warm jackets for a fun outdoor event sponsored by the PTO on Friday, 5/20. At 7:00 p.m. internationally renowned composer and pianist, Michael Mortilla, will provide unparalleled entertainment, combining his classical improvisational skills with classic silent films. Come join other Washington families for "The Rink" (Charlie Chaplin) and "Sherlock, Jr." (Buster Keaton) and enjoy the unique live concert piano accompaniment. This is sure to be a memorable experience for young and old alike!
If you come early, starting at 6:00., you can purchase Giovanni's pizza for $2 a slice and water for $1.
Reviews:
"...Mortilla's brilliant piano accompaniment matched the moods on the screen so perfectly...astonishing" The Los Angeles Times
"Michael Mortilla simply sat down at the piano and improvised, certainly the most impressive example of making it up as you go along that anyone in the audience had ever seen." The Santa Barbara Independent
"...Michael Mortilla's musical scores are the perfect counterpart to Chaplin's visuals." The DVD Review
"Michael Mortilla left visitors speechless as his fingers raced." Homestead Magazine

1st Annual Swap Meet & Quality Donation Sale!
Saturday, May 21st, 7:30-1:00 – a few spots left Washington will be hosting our first annual swap meet. If you have extra things around the house that you don’t need anymore, there are two ways for you to participate in the swap meet.
First, you can buy a spot (9X18) for $20.00 and bring your things to sell on the 21st. At the end of the swap meet, 10% of your sales will go to Washington School, and you keep the rest. There is a sign-up sheet for spaces in the office. They will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. There are a few spots left.
Second, you can donate quality items (no used clothing please) to be sold in the Washington booth. Drop off will be Friday May 20th, 2:30-4:30, or if you need your items picked up, please call the office or contact Ms. Blickley at tblickley@sbwashington.org . The items will be picked up the week of May 16th.
Food and drinks will also be sold at the swap meet. So grab a square and turn some of those unused or unwanted items into summer cash. If you have any questions or would like to help with the event, please call the school and leave a message for Ms. Blickley or email at: tblickley@sbwashington.org

DADS GET BUSY BUILDING!
The PTO has purchased a pre-fab playground shed to house playground equipment on the upper playground. The pallet of materials has arrived! A BIG thank you to Mark Sherman, Brett Barton, from Brett Barton Construction Inc. (805) 451-9982, bartoncontruction@cox.net and John Trimble for hammering out the project. The shed should be built next week--in time for Open House.

Wildcat Yearbook Cancelled
Unfortunately, due to a lack of volunteer help, the yearbook will need to be cancelled for this year. If you’ve already ordered a yearbook and submitted payment, none of these checks have been deposited yet. We will just tear up your check unless you email Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org with a different request. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you, and we’re already working on a plan to make sure we have a yearbook for next year. Thank you for understanding!

Ms. Blue’s Class Play–A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Come see a performance by Rm 19, Ms. Blue’s 6th grade class, doing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on 5/26 from 7-8:30 PM.

Soles4Souls – Donate Your Shoes!
This will be continuing until the end of the year. There is a collection box in the office. Thanks!

Education Funding Rally – May 24th 4-6 PM
(For parents’ information only - not specifically endorsed by the PTO)
“Local SB parents are spearheading a rally in Santa Barbara on May 24th in front of the downtown post office at 4pm-6pm. The purpose of the rally is to focus attention on the dire funding of education in California.

The rally will take place simultaneously with others in many cities around the state. The hope is to get the attention of the news media, so the more folks that turn out, the better. They'll be photographing and filming the event, and editing a mini documentary covering all the rallies (focusing on the Santa Barbara' rally) to be distributed by the website EducateOurState.org. <http://EducateOurState.org. > ; To learn more, please visit the website in order to make an informed decision.

If you are interested in this event, please:
Be at the rally (bring your kids )
Forward this info to all of your friends who care about the future of education in California.”
If you want to get involved or help, please reply to this email, and we will forward you to the appropriate person.

Silent Auction Items for this Saturday’s End of Year Bash:
Floating around with Family -Valued at over $500.00
1 Year Family Plus membership to the Santa Barbara History Museum and Sea Center
1 month (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec) Full Family Membership to Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club
$50.00 to Kids Corner Shoe Store (located in SB Running but applies to Kid’s Corner only)
Two – 1 hour rentals at Wheel Fun for bikes, surreys, roller blades, boogie boards…
6 Cupcakes from Coldstone Creamery
5 Carousel Tickets

The Ginger Movie Star Basket -Valued at over $400.00
$100.00 Gift Certificate to Diani Women’s Designer Clothing and Shoes
$75 to Float Luxury Spa
Manicure/Pedicure from Destiny at Mira Bella Salon and Spa
5 1-hour Personal Training Sessions by Steve Gordon at Fueled Sports
3 “Hair Feathers” from Valentina at Cheri Bibi

The Millionaire’s Wife -Valued at over $400.00
1 Mini Facial &1 ½ hour massage from Mia Gordon at Mishay Salon & Spa
Hair cut, color and style from Patricia Noel Studio
5 Personal Training Sessions by Steve Gordon at Fueled Sports
Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner

The Mary Ann - Valued at over $300.00
1 Mini Facial & ½ hour massage from Mia Gordon at Mishay Salon & Spa
1 Hair Cut and Color from Patricia Noel Studio
$25.00 to the Paradise Cafe
Bottle of SB Winery White Wine

Gilligan’s Date - Valued at over $200.00
4 Passes for a Sunset Cruise from the Santa Barbara Sailing Center
Shampoo, haircut and blow dry from Patricia Noel Studio
$50.00 to Alcazar or Milk & Honey
Bottle of SB Winery Red Wine plus two complimentary wine tastings

The Santa Barbara 3 hour Tour - Valued at over $200.00
Pureology Travel Beauty Products
$50.00 to Shoreline Cafe
$20.00 to The Beach House
$25.00 to The Flip Flop Shop
4 passes for a Sunset Cruise from the Santa Barbara Sailing Center

Shipwrecked on West Beach - Valued at over $200.00
$40.00 to The Brewhouse
50 minute spa treatment at Beaumontia Spa at The Harbor View Inn
$25.00 Sambos Restaurant
$25.00 to the Flip Flop Shop

Moored on the Mesa - Valued at over $75.00
Lunch for two at Sams To Go
$30.00 to Blenders
1 medium pizza at The Mesa Pizza Co.
$30.00 to Mexican Fresh

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the generous people and businesses that have donated the products and services to make this event extra fun and special!

WILDCAT WEAR – SPRING SALE!!
Thursday May 12th at 2pm -- after school by lunch tables, AND
Science Night at 5:30pm - by lunch tables
$19.99 Hoodie Sweatshirts (Red: S, M, L, XL Black: S, M, L)
$9.99 T-shirts
Boys: Grey: S, L, XL Black: L
Girls: Pink: L Black: S Red: M
Mens: Black: L, XL Grey: M, L, XL, XXL
Ladies: Red: M, L, XL, XXL Black S, XL

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

Parent Appreciation Tea – Friday, May 13th
Come to this year’s Parent Appreciation Tea on May 13th 9:30am-10:3am0 in the auditorium. All volunteers are welcome! The teachers would like to thank you for all your hard work!

You’re Own Wildcat Parking Space Out Front!
Single Item Silent Auction

Are you tired of looking for a parking spot on or near campus? Would you like your very own spot located where you choose, with YOUR name on it, reserved for you at all times?! Come visit the office and put in your bid today! A bid sheet will be in the office between now and May 31st. Bidding starts at $200 and can be raised in $25 increments. (If there is a raise that is less than $25, it will not count.) Simply write your name and the new amount that you bid. The parking spot will go to the highest bidder at the bottom of the sheet on May 31st! You’re welcome to bid as a group with other families and split the parking spot however you’d like. 100% of the donation is given to the PTO, which means 100% of it goes to your children. Any questions, feel free to contact Amy Chesluk at amy@impulse.net<mailto:amy@impulse.net> or 805-450-7468. Good luck!

Soles4Souls – Donate Your Shoes!
Tell your friends, family and neighbors to start compiling those shoes you don’t wear anymore or never wore! We’re asking for donations of NEW OR GENTLY WORN shoes for men, women and children to be placed into the collection box in the Washington School Office. The shoes will be shipped via Soles4Souls headquarters in Las Vegas to help the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. If the shoe no longer fits…put it in the box!

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

Click here for Playground Volunteer Guidelines

Click here for Playground Rules

Make Your Mark on Washington!
The current Washington PTO Executive Board is finishing up their term, and we are looking for some new leadership with fresh ideas and enthusiasm! These volunteer positions play an incredibly important role in the kind of programs that we are able to offer at Washington, and we urge you to consider stepping up and taking on one of these crucial leadership roles. You will, without a doubt, find them interesting and rewarding, and you will make a direct and dramatic impact on your child's education. Please see the job descriptions below and contact the current board member for more information.

Vice President (1-year term)
Works closely with the President in overseeing all PTO activities, including working with the VP’s and committee coordinators in implementing each program. In line to become the PTO President. New position – contact Lisa Fell with questions.

VP of Communications
Oversees all PTO communications – weekly email updates distribution, website maintenance, Thursday folder flyer distribution, community public relations. Works with coordinators of each division. Current VP of Communications - Linda Meyer, linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Programming
Oversees all PTO activities and events that are not fundraisers. Researches and coordinates new programs and/or speakers. Brings ideas to the board for discussion. Current VP of Programming - Cara Chiarappa, cara.chiarappa@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Treasurer
Maintains the PTO Budget. Serves on the committee to develop the annual budget, writes checks, processes credit card receipts, reconciles bank accounts, prepares financial statements, coordinates tax filings. Current Treasurer - Roy McLaughlin, roy.mclaughlin@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

 

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

 

May 5, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Fri, May 6th: Mother’s Day Flower Sale
Sat, May 7: Mesa Spring Fest (for the Mesa Community)
Mon, May 9: School Talent Show Try-Outs (Registration due tomorrow, 5/6)
Mon, May 9: Michael Katz Storytelling Assembly – K-3 (12:40-1:30)
Thurs, May 12: Michael Katz Storytelling Assembly – 4-6 (1:10-1:55)
Thurs, May 12: SB School Districts 145th Anniversary – 3:00pm
Thurs, May 12: Science Night – 6:00-7:45 PM (dinner 5:30-7:00)
Fri, May 13: Volunteer Appreciation Tea – 9:30am
Fri, May 13: Spirit Day – Island Theme
Sat, May 14: End of Year Parent Bash – Gilligan’s Island
Mon, May 16: Spring Music Presentation – Gr 4-6 during class times
Tues, May 17: Spring Music Presentation – Gr 3 during class time
Thurs, May 19: Family Fuel Class – Intro to Love & Logic
Thurs, May 19: Open House
Thurs, May 19: Last PTO Meeting – at 7:00 PM after Open House
Fri, May 20: School Talent Show – 2 showings – 9:30 AM & 1:00 PM
Fri, May 20: Outdoor Silent Movie Night with Michael Mortilla
Sat, May 21: Swap Meet at Washington
Through May 31: Wildcat Parking Space Silent Auction
Wed, June 1: 6th Grade Promotion
Thurs, June 2: Last day of school
June 3-5: Wildcat Camping Trip – Party Book fundraising event

Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and walk/bike/bus/carpool to school tomorrow!

Mother’s Day Flower Sale – Tomorrow, Friday, May 6th
Room 10 will be selling flowers on Friday May 6 during both morning recesses. Each stalk of daisies will include several flowers. They are $1.00 a stalk and come with a cute card. All the proceeds from the sale will go to UTU an organization that provides school supplies to orphans in Africa. This is part of our share and care third grade grant.

IMPORTANT! VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED! SCIENCE NIGHT, Thursday, May 12th
Washington's FREE all school family science night is coming up on Thursday, May 12! At science night, more than 80 scientific experts from our community will volunteer their time to turn our campus into a hands-on, interactive Science Museum. Plus, Woody's will serve Beef, Chicken or Vegetarian Burgers with green salad for $6.00 per plate. Dessert, or chips plus a drink, will also be sold for $1.00 each.
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED:
2 PARKING LOT MONITORS TO WORK FROM 4:45-6:15 - monitor parking lot, help keep reserved spaces open for exhibitors, direct exhibitors to check in area. Be finished at the start of science night!
6-8 MORE PEOPLE NEEDED FOR CLEAN-UP CREW 7:50-8:30 - help us get our classrooms back in shape for school the next morning. Stay for just a half an hour after science night!
4 PEOPLE NEEDED FOR SET-UP 2:30-4:30 - stay after pick up on Thurs. to help get our classrooms ready for our exhibitors. We especially need people who can carry rented tables to the rooms.
UP TO 10 OLDER KIDS ARE NEEDED TO HELP OUR EXHIBITORS DURING SCIENCE NIGHT! High school kids can earn community service hours and have fun at the same time! Help our exhibitors help our younger kids with activities such as making colorful "kelp beads," or "racing the radar!"

Please stop by the office to sign up for a half hour shift on science night, or contact Betsy Cassriel at bcassriel@cox.net to volunteer! For more information about older kids’ community service, please contact Dana Halverson at halversondana@gmail.com

Thanks for helping us make science night great!!!

Buy Your Wildcat Yearbook NOW!
Don't miss out on this colorful book full of great Wildcat memories. Our students worked hard througought the year to capture our events and each class will have a dedicated page as well. Here is more info:

Click here for  English Order Form  Spanish Order Form They are also available in the office.
*Deadline for ordering yearbook or dedication ads is May 13th.
*Dedication ads start at $12.00 - make a dedication to someone special.
*Yearbooks are $25.00 pre-ordered.
*After 5/13, they will be $28 and there will be a limited amount available.

Wildcat Yearbook - WE NEED PHOTOS by Monday!!!
The Yearbook staff is trying to finish up this year's Washington Yearbook. Each class will have a page BUT we still need 8-12 digital photos for the following classes: Summerset, Mortensen, Frausto, Angelopoulos, Van Wickle, Steele, McBurnie, Dalton, Blickley, Yarnell, Furrer, Chin, Cantu, Corner, Gankas and Bluestein.
Again, the pictures should try to have a least 3+ students in each shot. Ideally, the group of candid shots should have as many student faces as possible from the class. Please email the photos to Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org by this Monday, May 9th at the latest. Please include the teacher’s name in the email. Thank you

Talent Show Forms Due Friday, May 6th
If your child wants to try out for the talent show, they must register by this Friday, May 6th. The try outs will be Monday, May 9th, but they won’t be able to participate in that unless they have completed their registration form by Friday, May 6th. If you need a form, we have them here in the office.

Join Us For Storytelling with Michael Katz! May 9th & 12th
Every year Michael Katz comes to Washington School to do a story telling residency with the 3rd graders. He will have two assemblies where he’ll tell us some of his wonderful stories. If you haven’t seen him yet, now’s your chance. You won’t regret it. Monday, May 9th will be for grades K-3 at 12:40-1:30, and Thursday, May 12th will be for grades 4-6 at 1:10-1:55.

WILDCAT WEAR – SPRING SALE!!
Thursday May 12th at 2pm -- after school by lunch tables, AND
Science Night at 5:30pm - by lunch tables
$19.99 Hoodie Sweatshirts (Red: S, M, L, XL Black: S, M, L)
$9.99 T-shirts
Boys: Grey: S, L, XL Black: L
Girls: Pink: L Black: S Red: M
Mens: Black: L, XL Grey: M, L, XL, XXL
Ladies: Red: M, L, XL, XXL Black S, XL

Parent Appreciation Tea – Friday, May 13th
Come to this year’s Parent Appreciation Tea on May 13th 9:30am-10:3am0 in the auditorium. All volunteers are welcome! The teachers would like to thank you for all your hard work!

1st Annual Swap Meet & Quality Donation Sale!
On Saturday, May 21st, 7:30-1:00, Washington will be hosting our first annual swap meet. If you have extra things around the house that you don’t need anymore, there are two ways for you to participate in the swap meet.
First, you can buy a spot (9X18) for $20.00 and bring your things to sell on the 21st. At the end of the swap meet, 10% of your sales will go to Washington School, and you keep the rest. There is a sign-up sheet for spaces in the office. They will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Second, you can donate quality items to be sold in the Washington booth. The items will be picked up the week of May 16th. There will be more information on this process in next week’s Thursday folder.
Food and drinks will also be sold at the swap meet. So grab a square and turn some of those unused or unwanted items into summer cash. If you have any questions, please call the school and leave a message for Ms. Blickley or email at: tblickley@sbwashington.org

Washington Students Ace the Math Olympiads
Mr. Nitikman’s fifth-grade GATE class earned a "highest achievement" plaque in this year's Math Olympiads (different from Math Superbowl) for their superior performance in this worldwide competition. In addition to the plaque, a trophy was awarded for the top scorer, Jackson McLaughlin! Students also won silver pins and certificates. For the full article, go to http://www.noozhawk.com/article/043011_washington_elementary_fifth-gradersace_math_olympiads/. For full details of the Math Olympiads, see www.moems.org. Go Wildcats!


SB School District's 145th Anniversary - May 12th
A celebration of the Santa Barbara School Districts’ 145th anniversary begins at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum (across the street from the district office). There will be a series of outstanding student performances, beginning with the drumline from Santa Barbara High, the second oldest high school in the state, several rare photos from our districts’ past, four very special Excellence in Education Awards, refreshments, and free admission to one of our community’s treasured museums. The event flier is posted online: www.sbsdk12.org/schools/history/145_anniversary_invitation.pdf Enlarge your screen and look for legendary dancer Martha Graham in the photo on the lower left. You can locate a very young J.R. Richards in the photo on the lower right (right side of the photo/fourth row from the bottom). We hope you will be able to join us.


End of the Year Parent Bash! – Next Saturday, May 14th
One more week to sign up for the party of the year! Calling all castaways! Let's get shipwrecked - Gilligan's Island style! It's time for Washington's Annual End of the Year Parent Bash! Please come for great fun, food, libations, an awesome raffle, DJ, and costume prizes! The SS Minnow sets sail Saturday May 14th at 6:30. The Desert Isle is The Bay Roadhouse Bar and Grill at 202 State Street. Come dressed as your favorite Gilligan's Island castaway or in tropical island attire. Tickets are $40.00 per person ($50.00 at the door). Tickets include food and entertainment (no host bar). Proceeds go the Washington PTO. Look for the sign-up flyer on the website or in the office. For any questions, please contact ginnymiller@mac.com

Spring Music Presentations – May 16th and 17th
This year’s Spring Music Presentations will occur at different times. The K-2 Kindermusik program will have its presentations during the last week of classes in their respective class time periods – more details will follow. The 3rd graders will present on Tuesday, May 17th, during its class time, and the 4th-6th graders will present on Monday, May 16th, during their class times. The specific times will be up on the website soon.

Last Chance in the Cafeteria
Just a reminder that as of May 6, students can longer charge a lunch in the cafeteria. They will need to have cash or money in their account. The District is closing the books, so we can no longer carry any negative balances. Please remember that any positive balance your child may have will carry over in to next year.

2011 Mesa Spring Fest – This Saturday, May 7th
The Mesa Business Assoc. and Art on the Mesa is spearheading this year’s Mesa Spring Fest, to be held at the southwest corner of the Mesa Business Center at the crossroads of Cliff and Meigs. There will be lots of activities - music, games, arts, crafts, food, giveaways and performances from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
*** Art is Vital Gallery will be set up again at the Mesa Fest for making Mother's Day cards! Come make a card for your moms/mother figures/partners for Mother's Day!

Family Fuel Class - Introduction to Love and Logic
Thursday AM, May 19, 8:30-11:00 AM in the auditorium
This class provides a brief snapshot of the win-win solution to discipline, control & limits. You will learn alternatives to warnings, threats & take aways.

Outdoor Silent Movie Night! - Friday, May 20th
Save the date for a fun Family Night - May 20th. As part of our Cultural Assemblies Program, we’re having an Outdoor Silent Movie Night with internationally known pianist Michael Mortilla! Michael combines his classical improvisational skills with classic silent films. This unique program provides a one-of-a-kind experience that will live in memories forever. Bring the kids in their pj’s with blankets and pillows. Pizza will be available for purchase, and we’ll break out the popcorn machine! Family fun at its very best!
"Michael Mortilla simply sat down at the piano and improvised, certainly the most impressive example of making it up as you go along that anyone in the audience had ever seen." -The Santa Barbara Independent

You’re Own Wildcat Parking Space Out Front!
Single Item Silent Auction

Are you tired of looking for a parking spot on or near campus? Would you like your very own spot located where you choose, with YOUR name on it, reserved for you at all times?! Come visit the office and put in your bid today! A bid sheet will be in the office between now and May 31st. Bidding starts at $200 and can be raised in $25 increments. (If there is a raise that is less than $25, it will not count.) Simply write your name and the new amount that you bid. The parking spot will go to the highest bidder at the bottom of the sheet on May 31st! You’re welcome to bid as a group with other families and split the parking spot however you’d like. 100% of the donation is given to the PTO, which means 100% of it goes to your children. Any questions, feel free to contact Amy Chesluk at amy@impulse.net<mailto:amy@impulse.net> or 805-450-7468. Good luck!

Soles4Souls – Donate Your Shoes!
Tell your friends, family and neighbors to start compiling those shoes you don’t wear anymore or never wore! We’re asking for donations of NEW OR GENTLY WORN shoes for men, women and children to be placed into the collection box in the Washington School Office. The shoes will be shipped via Soles4Souls headquarters in Las Vegas to help the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. If the shoe no longer fits…put it in the box!

Wildcat Camping Trip - One Spot Left!
Friday June 3rd - Sunday June 5th
El Capitan Campground
$100/adult and $30/child
Ticket price includes group site for two nights, dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, shared kayaks on Saturday, s'mores and entertainment around the campfire both nights. And more!

Click here for registration form it is also available in the office.
Questions? tami@elementsmeetings.com 963-1492

2011 Mesa Spring Fest – Saturday, May 7th
The Mesa Business Association along with Art on the Mesa is spearheading this year’s Mesa Spring Fest, to be held at the southwest corner of the Mesa Business Center at the crossroads of Cliff and Meigs. There will be lots of activities - music, games, arts, crafts, food, giveaways and performances from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Would anyone here at Washington be interested in sponsoring a kids’ activity? The activity does not need to be complicated – just something simple and fun. If so, please reply to this email. Thanks!


Wildcat Wear
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are now open **FRIDAY afternoons** after school in the auditorium. Also, next Friday Feb 25 at 11:30am, look for our table in front of school after the minimum day.
New Sizes: BOYS grey T's in XL, BOYS & GIRLS red sweatshirts in XL
Stay warm this month, get your sweatshirts next week! We have the new red and last years black with surfboards Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information or if you are interested in helping out with Wildcat Wear next year, please contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

Click here for Playground Volunteer Guidelines

Click here for Playground Rules

Make Your Mark on Washington!
The current Washington PTO Executive Board is finishing up their term, and we are looking for some new leadership with fresh ideas and enthusiasm! These volunteer positions play an incredibly important role in the kind of programs that we are able to offer at Washington, and we urge you to consider stepping up and taking on one of these crucial leadership roles. You will, without a doubt, find them interesting and rewarding, and you will make a direct and dramatic impact on your child's education. Please see the job descriptions below and contact the current board member for more information.

PTO President (1-year term)
Oversees all PTO activities, working closely with the Vice President and the Treasurer. Leads the PTO meetings. Liaison between the PTO Board and the principal, teachers, staff and families. Represents the PTO in communications. Current PTO President - Lisa Fell, lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Vice President (1-year term)
Works closely with the President in overseeing all PTO activities, including working with the VP’s and committee coordinators in implementing each program. In line to become the PTO President. New position – contact Lisa Fell with questions.

VP of Ways & Means
Oversees all PTO fundraising events. Liaison between PTO Board and each Fundraiser’s Coordinator. Considers new fundraising ideas and brings to the Board for discussion. Current VP of Ways & Means - Felicia Kashevaroff, felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Communications
Oversees all PTO communications – weekly email updates distribution, website maintenance, Thursday folder flyer distribution, community public relations. Works with coordinators of each division. Current VP of Communications - Linda Meyer, linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Programming
Oversees all PTO activities and events that are not fundraisers. Researches and coordinates new programs and/or speakers. Brings ideas to the board for discussion. Current VP of Programming - Cara Chiarappa, cara.chiarappa@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Treasurer
Maintains the PTO Budget. Serves on the committee to develop the annual budget, writes checks, processes credit card receipts, reconciles bank accounts, prepares financial statements, coordinates tax filings. Current Treasurer - Roy McLaughlin, roy.mclaughlin@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Recording Secretary
Takes minutes at the PTO meetings and records them into a document for Board Approval. Current Recording Secretary - Kim Clark, kim.clark@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

 

April 22, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Fri, Apr 22: Wildcat Walk & Roll Friday
Fri, Apr 22: Rock ’n Roll Ice Cream Party – 1:00pm
Wed, Apr 27: Coffee with the Principal – 8:30am Lunch Tables
Thurs, Apr 28: Art is Vital Gallery Reception (6th Graders’ Art)
Thurs, Apr 28: “Green Homes” Presentation POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR
Friday, Apr 29: Basketball Mini Clinic
Apr 14-29: Caribbean Coffee Sales Fundraiser for Next Year’s CIMI Trip
Apr 21- May 31: Wildcat Parking Space Silent Auction
Sat, May 7: Mesa Spring Fest (for the Mesa Community)
Mon, May 9: School Talent Show Try-Outs
Thurs, May 12: Science Night
Sat, May 14: End of Year Parent Bash
Thurs, May 19: Last PTO Meeting of the Year
Fri, May 20: School Talent Show – During School
Fri, May 20: Outdoor Silent Movie Night with Michael Mortilla
June 3-5: Wildcat Camping Trip – Party Book Fundraising Event

Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and walk/bike/bus/carpool to school tomorrow!

Let’s Rock 'n Roll With Some Ice Cream Tomorrow!
It's time to celebrate our Jog-a-thon success with the Rock 'n Roll Ice Cream Party! The entire school will gather on the lower playground from 1:10 to 2:10. Local band False Puppet will play live, and Willy the Wildcat will make an appearance! Parents are welcome to join the fun!
NEWSFLASH: When you’re dropping off and picking up the kids from school, look up and see Mr. Barnett on the roof by the auditorium! He’ll come down to join us for the ice cream party. See you tomorrow!

Wildcat Camping Trip - Registration Open until Tuesday!
Friday June 3rd - Sunday June 5th
El Capitan Campground
$100/adult and $30/child
Ticket price includes group site for two nights, dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, shared kayaks on Saturday, s'mores and entertainment around the campfire both nights. And more!
Due to an anticipated sell-out, a lottery will be held for all tickets for this event. Registration will close on Tuesday April 26th at 5:00pm, and the lottery will be held on Wednesday April 27th at 8:30am at school.

Click here for registration form it is also available in the office.
Questions? tami@elementsmeetings.com 963-1492

Washington Art at the Art is Vital Gallery – through May 13 Reception Thurs, April 28, 5-8 PM
Don't miss the reception on April 28th for our 6th grade promoting class's awe inspiring art piece – “Spiral Jetty” (on display now through May 13)!
There will be fabulous food, art and fun for everyone! The Art is Vital Gallery is located within Elizabeth Gordon Gallery at 15 W. Gutierrez St. The reception is hosted by Washington parent Heidi Ferguson, who owns both galleries. All families are welcome - we hope you will join us!

Wildcat Basketball Mini Clinic - Friday, April 29
Calling all Wildcat Basketball Fans! The Playground Committee has arranged for coaching staff and players from the Westmont Basketball Team to hold a mini basketball skills clinic on Friday, April 29 at Washington School. The clinic will be held on the playground blacktop and is open to all students at lunch recess. Parents can come and help out at the clinic, too. Students, BYOB! (BRING YOUR OWN BASKETBALL)! For more info: contact Martee Andresen at wildcatplay@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Caribbean Coffee/Tea Sales End Next Week!
Have you ordered your coffee yet? Please support next year’s 5th graders in their fundraiser to go to CIMI camp next year! Buy your coffee/tea/hot chocolate from a 4th grader or in the office today! People love this coffee! Plus, it’s supporting a local Santa Barbara company as well as your own 4th grade Wildcats! These make great gifts for teachers and friends. The sale will end next Friday, April 29th, so don’t delay. Thank you!

Host a Project at the 2011 Mesa Spring Fest! - Sat, May 7th
The Mesa Business Association along with Art on the Mesa is spearheading this year’s Mesa Spring Fest, to be held at the southwest corner of the Mesa Business Center at the crossroads of Cliff and Meigs. There will be lots of activities - music, games, arts, crafts, food, giveaways and performances from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Would anyone here at Washington be interested in sponsoring a kids’ activity? The activity does not need to be complicated – just something simple and fun. If so, please reply to this email. Thanks!
*** Art is Vital Gallery will be set up again at the Mesa Fest for making Mother's Day cards! Come make a card for your moms/mother figures/partners for Mother's Day!

SCIENCE NIGHT! – Thursday, May 12th
Save the date for one of Washington School's most exciting nights of the year! Washington's FREE all school family science night is coming up on Thursday, May 12! At science night, more than 80 experts from our community will volunteer their time to turn our campus into a hands-on, interactive Science Museum. Your children will be able to see and touch exotic animals, peer through a giant telescope and an infrared camera, and perform hands-on experiments with experts from UCSB's physics, Geology, Marine Science and Materials Science groups, as well as many other expert scientific groups from our community. Don't miss out! WE ALSO NEED AT LEAST FORTY WASHINGTON PARENT VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN! Please stop by the office to sign up for a half hour shift on science night, or contact Betsy Cassriel at bcassriel@cox.net to volunteer! Thank you for helping to make science night a success!

End of the Year Parent Bash! – Saturday, May 14th
Calling all castaways! Let's get shipwrecked - Gilligan's Island style! It's time for Washington's Annual End of the Year Parent Bash! Please come for great fun, food, libations, an awesome raffle, DJ, and costume prizes! The SS Minnow sets sail Saturday May 14th at 6:30. The Desert Isle is The Bay Roadhouse Bar and Grill at 202 State Street. Come dressed as your favorite Gilligan's Island castaway or in tropical island attire. Tickets are $40.00 per person ($50.00 at the door). Tickets include food and entertainment (no host bar). Proceeds go the Washington PTO. Look for the sign-up flyer in your Thursday folder, on the website or in the office. For any questions, please contact ginnymiller@mac.com

Outdoor Silent Movie Night! - Friday, May 20th
Save the date for a fun Family Night - May 20th. As part of our Cultural Assemblies Program, we’re having an Outdoor Silent Movie Night with internationally known pianist Michael Mortilla! Michael combines his classical improvisational skills with classic silent films. This unique program provides a one-of-a-kind experience that will live in memories forever. Bring the kids in their pj’s with blankets and pillows. Pizza will be available for purchase, and we’ll break out the popcorn machine! Family fun at its very best!
"Michael Mortilla simply sat down at the piano and improvised, certainly the most impressive example of making it up as you go along that anyone in the audience had ever seen." -The Santa Barbara Independent

You’re Own Wildcat Parking Space Out Front!  Single Item Silent Auction
Are you tired of looking for a parking spot on or near campus? Would you like your very own spot located where you choose, with YOUR name on it, reserved for you at all times?! Come visit the office and put in your bid today! A bid sheet will be in the office between now and May 31st. Bidding starts at $200 and can be raised in $25 increments. (If there is a raise that is less than $25, it will not count.) Simply write your name and the new amount that you bid. The parking spot will go to the highest bidder at the bottom of the sheet on May 31st! You’re welcome to bid as a group with other families and split the parking spot however you’d like. 100% of the donation is given to the PTO, which means 100% of it goes to your children. Any questions, feel free to contact Amy Chesluk at amy@impulse.net or 805-450-7468. The auction begins tomorrow! Good luck!

Soles4Souls – Donate Your Shoes!
Tell your friends, family and neighbors to start compiling those shoes you don’t wear anymore or never wore! We’re asking for donations of NEW OR GENTLY WORN shoes for men, women and children to be placed into the collection box in the Washington School Office. The shoes will be shipped via Soles4Souls headquarters in Las Vegas to help the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. If the shoe no longer fits…put it in the box!

Last Call for Help Putting Together the Kit for a New Shed!!
We will obtain lots of helpers, but we need someone to supervise.
The PTO is planning on purchasing a wooden prefabricated storage shed kit that will fill our needs for the upper playground’s equipment. If you are handy with building wooden structures and can volunteer your time, PLEASE contact Adrienne at wildcattoys@washingtonschoolfoundation.org We will work with your schedule to coordinate a time to complete this soon. Thanks so much!

2011 Mesa Spring Fest – Saturday, May 7th
The Mesa Business Association along with Art on the Mesa is spearheading this year’s Mesa Spring Fest, to be held at the southwest corner of the Mesa Business Center at the crossroads of Cliff and Meigs. There will be lots of activities - music, games, arts, crafts, food, giveaways and performances from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Would anyone here at Washington be interested in sponsoring a kids’ activity? The activity does not need to be complicated – just something simple and fun. If so, please reply to this email. Thanks!


Wildcat Wear
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are now open **FRIDAY afternoons** after school in the auditorium. Also, next Friday Feb 25 at 11:30am, look for our table in front of school after the minimum day.
New Sizes: BOYS grey T's in XL, BOYS & GIRLS red sweatshirts in XL
Stay warm this month, get your sweatshirts next week! We have the new red and last years black with surfboards Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information or if you are interested in helping out with Wildcat Wear next year, please contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

Click here for Playground Volunteer Guidelines

Click here for Playground Rules

Make Your Mark on Washington!
The current Washington PTO Executive Board is finishing up their term, and we are looking for some new leadership with fresh ideas and enthusiasm! These volunteer positions play an incredibly important role in the kind of programs that we are able to offer at Washington, and we urge you to consider stepping up and taking on one of these crucial leadership roles. You will, without a doubt, find them interesting and rewarding, and you will make a direct and dramatic impact on your child's education. Please see the job descriptions below and contact the current board member for more information.

April 14, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Thurs, Apr 21: Family Fuel Class – Bullying - 8:30am Auditorium
Fri, Apr 22: Rock ’n Roll Ice Cream Party – 1:00pm
Wed, Apr 27: Coffee with the Principal – 8:30am Lunch Tables
Apr 14-29: Caribbean Coffee Sales Fundraiser for Next Year’s CIMI Trip
Thurs, May 12: Science Night – Save the Date!
Sat, May 14: Annual End of Year Adult Celebration
Thurs, May 19: last PTO Meeting of the Year
Fri, May 20: Outdoor Silent Movie Night with Michael Mortilla
June 3-5: Wildcat Camping Trip – Party Book Fundraising Event

PTO Board Nomination Form DUE TOMORROW!
Join the PTO Board and be involved in deciding what goes on at Washington! Everyone is welcome to apply – especially lower grades! People interested in serving on the Board for the 2011-2012 school year need to fill out the Board Nomination Form (available in the office or on the website) and place it in the folder in the office PTO drawer by tomorrow, Friday, April 15, 2011. If more than 19 parents apply for board positions, there will be a run-off election in late April.

Family Fuel Love & Logic Class – Bullying: Faces & Solutions
Thurs, April 21, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Practical strategies for bullies, victims, bystanders, parents & teachers.
Why kids bully, how victims can respond to emotional, social & physical bullying.

Click here for more information and sign up sheet

Jog-a-thoners - Let's Have a Rock 'n Roll Ice Cream Party!
Thanks to all your hard work, Wildcats, we surpassed our goal and raised $56,000! (This number is contingent upon everyone collecting all of their outstanding pledges, so please make sure to do that.) Thank you to everyone who worked hard to gather all those pledges and help make this event so exciting and community-building, especially all the kids and teachers who ran their hearts out! We will be celebrating with a Rock 'n Roll Ice Cream Party on Friday April 22nd at 1:00 PM, and be on the look-out for someone on the roof! Local high school band and 2010 Battle of the Bands winners False Puppet will be playing live, so don’t miss this fun day!
An especially huge thank you to those on the Jog-a-thon Committee for all your hard work – Erica Victor, Alexia Stormo, Cindy Stoutenborough, Jolie Wah, Julie Reed, Cecilia Stull, Mary Dochterman, Kim Baron, Siobahn Thames, Stacy Trimble, John Trimble, Mary Ann Spradley, and Cathy Neushul. Special thanks to Tami Sherman, Tricia Guilfoyle, Kathryn Nelson! Great job, everyone!

We Need Help Putting Together Our New Shed!!
Our playground equipment desperately needs a new home, and the PTO is planning on purchasing a wooden prefabricated storage shed kit that we believe will fill our needs for the upper playground. However, we need your help to put it together. If you are handy with building wooden structures and can volunteer your time, PLEASE contact Adrienne at wildcattoys@washingtonschoolfoundation.org We will coordinate a time to complete this soon. Thanks so much! Your help is very much appreciated!

Caribbean Coffee/Tea Sales Start Now!
Please support next year’s 5th graders in their fundraiser to go to CIMI camp next year! Buy your coffee/tea/hot chocolate from a 4th grader or in the office today! This is the same coffee that was sold in the Fall, and the reviews were fantastic – people love it! Plus, it’s supporting a local Santa Barbara company as well as your own 4th grade Wildcats! These make great gifts for teachers and friends. The sale will end soon, so please don’t delay. Thank you!

Outdoor Silent Movie Night!
Save the date for Family Night, Friday, May 20th. As part of our Cultural Assemblies Program, we’re having an Outdoor Silent Movie Night with internationally known pianist Michael Mortilla! Michael combines his classical improvisational skills with classic silent films. This unique program provides a one-of-a-kind experience that will live in memories forever. Bring the kids in their pj’s with blankets and pillows. Family fun at its very best!
Pizza will be available for purchase, and we’ll break out the popcorn machine!
"Michael Mortilla simply sat down at the piano and improvised, certainly the most impressive example of making it up as you go along that anyone in the audience had ever seen." -The Santa Barbara Independent

Wildcat Camping Trip - Save The Date!
Friday June 3rd - Sunday June 5th
El Capitan Campground
$100/adult and $30/child
Due to an anticipated sell-out, a lottery will be held for all tickets for this event. Registration will open on Thursday April 21st and will close on Tuesday, April 26th. The lottery will be held on Wednesday April 27th. Watch next week's email and red folder for more details about how to sign up! Questions? tami@elementsmeetings.com

Mother/Son April Fool’s Day Fiesta: Another Successful Party Book Event!
This night was a huge hit! Fun decorations, great food, an amazing magician, silly photo booth, and lots of great dancing - both the moms and the sons had a blast. A GIANT thank you to the event hostesses: Ginny Miller, Cara Chiarappa, Rita Bright, Martee Andresen, Linn Zukor, Mindy Thomas, Sarah Jaimes, Erika Dixon, Meg Miller and Betsy Cassriel!

2011 Mesa Spring Fest – Saturday, May 7th
The Mesa Business Association along with Art on the Mesa is spearheading this year’s Mesa Spring Fest, to be held at the southwest corner of the Mesa Business Center at the crossroads of Cliff and Meigs. There will be lots of activities - music, games, arts, crafts, food, giveaways and performances from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Would anyone here at Washington be interested in sponsoring a kids’ activity? The activity does not need to be complicated – just something simple and fun. If so, please reply to this email. Thanks!


Wildcat Wear
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are now open **FRIDAY afternoons** after school in the auditorium. Also, next Friday Feb 25 at 11:30am, look for our table in front of school after the minimum day.
New Sizes: BOYS grey T's in XL, BOYS & GIRLS red sweatshirts in XL
Stay warm this month, get your sweatshirts next week! We have the new red and last years black with surfboards Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information or if you are interested in helping out with Wildcat Wear next year, please contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

Click here for Playground Volunteer Guidelines

Click here for Playground Rules

Make Your Mark on Washington!
The current Washington PTO Executive Board is finishing up their term, and we are looking for some new leadership with fresh ideas and enthusiasm! These volunteer positions play an incredibly important role in the kind of programs that we are able to offer at Washington, and we urge you to consider stepping up and taking on one of these crucial leadership roles. You will, without a doubt, find them interesting and rewarding, and you will make a direct and dramatic impact on your child's education. Please see the job descriptions below and contact the current board member for more information.

PTO President (1-year term)
Oversees all PTO activities, working closely with the Vice President and the Treasurer. Leads the PTO meetings. Liaison between the PTO Board and the principal, teachers, staff and families. Represents the PTO in communications. Current PTO President - Lisa Fell, lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Vice President (1-year term)
Works closely with the President in overseeing all PTO activities, including working with the VP’s and committee coordinators in implementing each program. In line to become the PTO President. New position – contact Lisa Fell with questions.

VP of Ways & Means
Oversees all PTO fundraising events. Liaison between PTO Board and each Fundraiser’s Coordinator. Considers new fundraising ideas and brings to the Board for discussion. Current VP of Ways & Means - Felicia Kashevaroff, felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Communications
Oversees all PTO communications – weekly email updates distribution, website maintenance, Thursday folder flyer distribution, community public relations. Works with coordinators of each division. Current VP of Communications - Linda Meyer, linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Programming
Oversees all PTO activities and events that are not fundraisers. Researches and coordinates new programs and/or speakers. Brings ideas to the board for discussion. Current VP of Programming - Cara Chiarappa, cara.chiarappa@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Treasurer
Maintains the PTO Budget. Serves on the committee to develop the annual budget, writes checks, processes credit card receipts, reconciles bank accounts, prepares financial statements, coordinates tax filings. Current Treasurer - Roy McLaughlin, roy.mclaughlin@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Recording Secretary
Takes minutes at the PTO meetings and records them into a document for Board Approval. Current Recording Secretary - Kim Clark, kim.clark@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

 

 

March 24, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
March 25 - No Bullies/ Make New Friends Week - Raffle Tomorrow
Mar 28 - Apr 1 - Spring Break

Monday, Apr 4 - Enrichment Classes Begin! Sign Up Now!
Tues, Apr 5 - Jog-a-thon pledge money due (3:00 PM)
Thurs, Apr 7 - Jog-a-thon Awards Ceremony- (K-3 12:45, 4-6 1:30)
Fri, Apr 8 - Party Book - Mother/Son April Fool's Day Fiesta
Sat, May 14 - Annual End of Year Adult Celebration

Next week is Spring Break - Have a Great One! See you back at school Monday, April 4th!

JOG-A-THON - Deadline for prizes, 100% participation and reaching our goal is around the corner!
If everyone collects and turns in all the donations for the pledges they received, we will reach our goal! Please make sure to collect everything by Tuesday, April 5th (3:00 PM), which is when we get back from Spring Break, so that we can celebrate!
Remember...
$45,000 gets us an all school Rock n' Roll ice cream party!
$47,000 gets Principal Barnett up on the roof!
Top money earners and top pledge earners will win fabulous prizes!
$250 or more from any student will also get a great prize!
Pizza lunch for the classrooms with 100% participation (at least $10 in pledges per student) - deadline Tuesday, April 5th
Tues, April 5th (3:00 PM) - last day to turn in money from per-lap pledges as well as straight donations to be eligible for prizes
Thurs, April 7th - Awards Ceremony (K-3 at 12:45, 4-6 at 1:30)

No Bullies/Make New Friends Week - Raffle Tomorrow!
This week has been No Bullies/Make New Friends Week! Teachers are doing lessons appropriate to their grade level. The student council made a fun video with skits to explain what it's about, and they are giving out "Good Guy" tickets for a raffle tomorrow! They'd like everyone to eat with someone new so as to make a new friend. Please encourage your children to participate!

GREAT WORKS OF ART in the EUCALYPTUS GROVE This Week!
Our students are building a Spiral Jetty in the Eucalyptus grove. It is a school-wide Great Works of Art project focusing on Robert Smithson and his famous Earth Work, a very large scale earth art sculpture, called "Spiral Jetty". We encourage everyone to visit the sight tomorrow since it will be completed today after school. Possibly, it will still be intact after Spring Break, and we can enjoy it until the end the year. However, a big storm would likely wash it away.
In conjunction with this project, there will be a 6th grade Art is Vital Gallery exhibit April 15-May 13, with a reception scheduled for May 5th. More information to follow.

After School Enrichment: Sign Ups Are Happening Now!
Classes Start Monday April 4th
Again, we are happy to provide some great new classes as well as our old favorites!
Update - The Tuesday Hip Hop for K-2 and Google Sketch are now Full
All other classes still have spots available.

Click here for English Spring 2011 Brochure and English Sign Up Sheet.

Click here for Spanish Spring 2011 Brochure and Spanish Sign Up Sheet.  
All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. If a class fills up, you will be notified as soon as possible and your check will be returned. If there is not enough registration to hold the class, you will be notified the first week of classes and your check will be returned. Please complete registration form, attach cash, separate check or money order for each class, made payable to Washington School Foundation, Inc., and return to the enrichment box located in the school office. Registration runs through next week. Kindergarten enrichment classes also start Monday, April 4th.
If you have questions about enrichment classes please email Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org
Please allow a day for response this week and please note that no one will be available during Spring Break to answer questions so all questions and concerns e-mailed will be answered Monday, when school resumes. Thank You.

Calling All Washington School Parents in the BUILDING TRADES!
Our playground equipment desperately needs a new home, and the PTO is planning on purchasing a wooden prefabricated storage shed kit that we believe will fill our needs for the upper playground. However, we need your help to build and finish it. If you are in the building trades (carpenters, painters etc.) and can volunteer your time, PLEASE contact Adrienne at wildcattoys@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

We will coordinate a weekend to complete this once we have our list of volunteers. Thanks so much! Your help is appreciated.

Party Book - Mother/Son April Fool's Day Fiesta! Friday, April 8th
Hey Wildcat boys! Kidnap your mom, grandma, or aunt for a wild and crazy night! Get ready for a kooky couples costume contest! Kids DJ, funny photo booth, silly spaghetti and meatball dinner, terrifying treats, open mic comedy, and a mystifying magic show!!
$40.00 for each Mother/Son pair, $10.00 for each additional son. To assist with planning for this great event, please sign up tomorrow, before Spring Break!
At the Washington Wildcat Funhouse (AKA the Auditorium).
Hosted by Ginny Miller, Cara Chiarappa, Rita Bright, Martee Andresen, Linn Zukor, Mindy Thomas, Sarah Jaimes, Erika Dixon, Meg Miller, and Betsy Casriel.

Party Book - St. Patrick's Day Bash - Thank You!
If you weren't at the St. Patrick's Day Bash, you should be GREEN with envy!
The food was terrific, the company was wonderful, and a fabulous time was had by all. Thank you to the hosts - Paul Martyniuk, Sara Ellsworth, Kunin Winery, and the Oschner, Hepp, Brummett, and McTague families - for raising funds for Washington while having a great time!

Flip Flop Shops Fundraiser Thanks
Despite the rainy day on Monday, we were still able to raise over $300 for PTO programs. Thank you to the seven Washington families who braved the weather and came out to support the effort. Because of the inclement weather, we hope to be repeating this fundraiser in May. Thank you Haller family, the owners, for your support!

Willy the Wildcat
Last week we forgot to mention something about our new awesome mascot! We'd like to give huge thanks to Washington dad Matthew McAvene, 3rd grader Ben's dad, for volunteering six months of his time and his professional expertise to make Willy for us to have forever. Thank you, Matt! We love Willy!!

3rd Grade Student Store to benefit DAWG & SB Wildlife Center
Thank you everyone! Thank you to all the students and parents who supported our fundraiser! We raised over $1,000 which will be divided between the two shelters, DAWG (Dog Adoption & Welfare Group and SB Wildlife Center. The students received a Service Learning Care and Share grant from S.B. County Schools, and you added to their gift for shelter and care of these dogs and wildlife by shopping at their "Student Store". Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sincerely, Suzanne Dalton & Laurie Yarnell

PTO Board Nomination Form
We are approaching the end of our 2010-2011 PTO year. The fiscal year ends on June 30, and the PTO will vote its new board into place during our May 19th PTO meeting, the next and final meeting of the year. People interested in serving on the Board for the 2011-2012 school year should fill out the Board Nomination Form

and place it in the folder in the office PTO drawer by Friday, April 15, 2011.

Click Here for Nomination Form

If you're interested in filling a bigger role next year, please feel free to email  or talk to Lisa Fell lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org. or any current officer about these positions. The Board will elect its officers during its May meeting. If more than 19 parents apply for board positions, there will be a run-off election in late April.

Superintendent Search Online Survey - Due Tomorrow!
If you haven't heard yet, our current SB School Districts Superintendent, Brian Sarvis, is retiring at the end of this school year. The districts have initiated a search for a new superintendent. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting school boards with the consideration of candidates for superintendent, has been retained to counsel the districts through this important process. Administrators, faculty/staff, community, parent, and students are invited to participate in this process by completing an online survey by March 25, 2011.Here are the links to the districts’ web page that will take you to the Superintendentsearch survey page. English: www.sbsdk12.org/superintendent/search

Spanish: www.sbsdk12.org/spanish/superintendent/search
Thank you in advance for your assistance with this most important task.

Wildcat Wear
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are now open **FRIDAY afternoons** after school in the auditorium. Also, next Friday Feb 25 at 11:30am, look for our table in front of school after the minimum day.
New Sizes: BOYS grey T's in XL, BOYS & GIRLS red sweatshirts in XL
Stay warm this month, get your sweatshirts next week! We have the new red and last years black with surfboards Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information or if you are interested in helping out with Wildcat Wear next year, please contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

Click here for Playground Volunteer Guidelines

Click here for Playground Rules

Make Your Mark on Washington!
The current Washington PTO Executive Board is finishing up their term, and we are looking for some new leadership with fresh ideas and enthusiasm! These volunteer positions play an incredibly important role in the kind of programs that we are able to offer at Washington, and we urge you to consider stepping up and taking on one of these crucial leadership roles. You will, without a doubt, find them interesting and rewarding, and you will make a direct and dramatic impact on your child's education. Please see the job descriptions below and contact the current board member for more information.

PTO President (1-year term)
Oversees all PTO activities, working closely with the Vice President and the Treasurer. Leads the PTO meetings. Liaison between the PTO Board and the principal, teachers, staff and families. Represents the PTO in communications. Current PTO President - Lisa Fell, lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Vice President (1-year term)
Works closely with the President in overseeing all PTO activities, including working with the VP’s and committee coordinators in implementing each program. In line to become the PTO President. New position – contact Lisa Fell with questions.

VP of Ways & Means
Oversees all PTO fundraising events. Liaison between PTO Board and each Fundraiser’s Coordinator. Considers new fundraising ideas and brings to the Board for discussion. Current VP of Ways & Means - Felicia Kashevaroff, felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Communications
Oversees all PTO communications – weekly email updates distribution, website maintenance, Thursday folder flyer distribution, community public relations. Works with coordinators of each division. Current VP of Communications - Linda Meyer, linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Programming
Oversees all PTO activities and events that are not fundraisers. Researches and coordinates new programs and/or speakers. Brings ideas to the board for discussion. Current VP of Programming - Cara Chiarappa, cara.chiarappa@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Treasurer
Maintains the PTO Budget. Serves on the committee to develop the annual budget, writes checks, processes credit card receipts, reconciles bank accounts, prepares financial statements, coordinates tax filings. Current Treasurer - Roy McLaughlin, roy.mclaughlin@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Recording Secretary
Takes minutes at the PTO meetings and records them into a document for Board Approval. Current Recording Secretary - Kim Clark, kim.clark@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

March 17, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Sat, Mar 19 - Party Book - St. Patrick's Day Bash
Mon, Mar 21 - Flip Flop Shops Fundraiser - all day
Tues, Mar 22 - 3rd Grade Student Store
Wed, Mar 23 - Family Fuel Love & Logic Class - Limits & Boundaries
March 21-25 - No Bullies/ Make New Friends Week
Mar 28 - Apr 1 - Spring Break
Tues, Apr 5 - Jog-a-thon pledge money due
Thurs, Apr 7 - Jog-a-thon Awards Ceremony
Fri, Apr 8 - Party Book - Mother/Son April Fool's Day Fiesta
Sat, May 14 - Annual End of Year Adult Celebration

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! Are you wearing green?

ANOTHER AWESOME JOG-A-THON!
The Rock n' Run Jog-a-thon was a blast! Thanks to beautiful weather, great planning and the enthusiasm of our students, teachers, staff and parents, the event went without a hitch! Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this a super fun run in the sun! So far, we are up to about $43,000 in combined one-time and per-lap pledges! Thank you everyone for your support!
Please keep the momentum going and collect those pledges - we still have a ways to go to reach our goal of $45,000 or $47,000!
Remember....
-Top money earners and top pledge earners will win fabulous prizes!
-$250 or more from any student will also get a great prize!
-Pizza lunch for the classrooms with 100% participation (at least $10 in pledges per student)!
-If we reach our goal of $45,000, there will be an all school Rock n' Roll ice cream party!
-We are close to our goal of $45,000, but let's make sure to get to $47,000 and get Principal Barnett up on the roof!
-Tuesday April 5th - Last day to turn in per-lap money and pledges to be eligible for prizes
-Thursday April 7th - Awards ceremony - (K-3 12:45, 4-6 1:30)
Stay tuned...we will soon be reporting the top grade and class pledge progress!

After School Enrichment...Spring has Sprung... Classes Will Begin Right After Spring Break on Monday April 4th
Again, we are happy to provide some great new classes as well as our old favorites!

Click here for English Spring 2011 Brochure and English Sign Up Sheet.

Click here for Spanish Spring 2011 Brochure and Spanish Sign Up Sheet.  
Enrichment Class sign ups begin tomorrow Friday, March 18, 2011.
All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. If a class fills up, you will be notified as soon as possible and your check will be returned. If there is not enough registration to hold the class, you will be notified the first week of classes and your check will be returned. Please complete registration form, attach cash, separate check or money order for each class, made payable to Washington School Foundation, Inc., and return to the enrichment box located in the school office. Registration runs through next week. Kindergarten enrichment classes also start Monday, April 4th.
If you have questions about enrichment classes please email Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org
Please allow a day for response this week and please note that no one will be available during Spring Break to answer questions so all questions and concerns e-mailed will be answered Monday, when school resumes. Thank You.

Willy the Wildcat!
Did you get a chance to see our newest Wildcat? Willy the Wildcat, our new mascot, made his debut at the Jog-a-thon, stretching, jogging, cheering, and romping around with everyone. He was all high-fives and hugs! He will make appearances from time to time, and he loves photo opps, so don't be shy the next time he comes around. Thank you to last year's 6th grade class for donating the funds for Willy! If anyone loves being a mascot and would like to take a turn, please reply to this email. I hear it's really fun! Thanks!

Party Book - St. Patrick's Day Bash!
This Saturday, March 19th, 5:30PM
Join us at the "Relax and Sea Lounge" - Whether you are Irish or Irish-at-Heart, come enjoy appetizers, beverages and the amazing sunset views from Paul Martyniuk's deck! Get Your Irish On and be wary of the Leprechauns!
$25 per person (limited to 40 people / adults only please)
The sign up form is on the website and coming home in Thursday folders.
Hosted by Kunin Winery, Ochsner Family, Hepp Family, Brummett Family, McTague Family, Paul Martyniuk and Sara Ellsworth.

Flip Flop Shops - Fundraiser Day!
Monday, March 21st - All Day
Come check out one of our Washington Families (The Haller's) shops and outfit your whole family in new flip flops, just in time for Spring Break! The entire day of sales will be dedicated to raising money for Washington School with 20% of totals for the day donated back to our school. With over 2,000 pairs of flip flops and Sidewalk Surfers on hand, not to mention all the hot new styles of the season, you are sure to find some fantastic flip flops and a staff dedicated to helping you find the right pair for your feet. The store is located in the Paseo Nuevo Mall just next to the movie theatres at 6 W. De La Guerra. So, mark your calendars...your feet and Washington School will thank you!

3rd Grade Student Store to benefit DAWG & SB Wildlife Center
Tues, March 22nd - morning recesses at the lunch tables
Attention parents and students! The third graders in Ms. Dalton's and Mrs. Yarnell's class are raising money for DAWG and the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. DAWG (Dog Adoption & Welfare Group: www.sbdawg.org) and SB Wildlife Center (www.sbwch.org) are non-profit organizations working on behalf of the dogs of S.B. County Shelter and local wildlife. Students have received a Service Learning Care and Share grant from S.B. County Schools and are hoping you will add to their gift for shelter and care of these dogs and wildlife by shopping at their very own "Student Store". This store will be open only one day: Tues., Mar. 22, during morning recesses (9:45 and 10:10) at the picnic tables (in front of the cafeteria). Items to purchase will be healthy snacks, canvas bags, little toys, books, and doodads. So, bring your change, enjoy a treat, and help out an animal in need. Thank you!
***If you would like to donate baked goods, fruit, or other items to sell, please drop them off at room 9 Tues., Mar. 22, or earlier.

Family Fuel Love & Logic Class - Limits and Boundaries
Wed, March 23 at 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
How to set limits in a win-win way, keep the limits solid despite arguing & whining, and enforce the limits when kids disobey. How to model healthy boundaries.

No Bullies/Make New Friends Week - March 21-25

Next week is No Bullies/Make New Friends Week! The student council is making a fun video with skits to explain what it's about, and they will be giving out "Good Guy" tickets for a raffle at the end of the week. On Friday, they'd like everyone to eat with someone new so as to make a new friend. Teachers will do lessons appropriate to their grade level. Please encourage your children to participate!

PTO Board Nomination Form

We are approaching the end of our 2010-2011 PTO year. The fiscal year ends on June 30, and the PTO will vote its new board into place during our May 19th PTO meeting, the next and final meeting of the year. People interested in serving on the Board for the 2011-2012 school year should fill out the Board Nomination Form (available in the office or on the website) and place it in the folder in the office PTO drawer by Friday, April 15, 2011. If you're interested in filling a bigger role next year, please feel free to speak with Lisa Fell or any current officer about these positions. The Board will elect its officers during its May meeting. If more than 19 parents apply for board positions, there will be a run-off election in late April.

Party Book - Mother/Son April Fool's Day Fiesta!

Friday, April 8th
Hey Wildcat boys! Kidnap your mom, grandma, or aunt for a wild and crazy night! Get ready for a kooky couples costume contest! Kids DJ, funny photo booth, silly spaghetti and meatball dinner, terrifying treats, open mic comedy, and a mystifying magic show!!
$40.00 for each Mother/Son pair, $10.00 for each additional son.
At the Washington Wildcat Funhouse (AKA the Auditorium).
Hosted by Ginny Miller, Cara Chiarappa, Rita Bright, Martee Andresen, Linn Zukor, Mindy Thomas, Sarah Jaimes, Erika Dixon, Meg Miller, and Betsy Casriel.

Missing a drum!
Our K-2 Music Program is missing its big African drum! Please let us know if you have any info regarding the whereabouts of this special drum. Thank you!

Missing a jacket???
After the jog-a-thon a Women's small black Lucy sweat jacket was left behind. Please reply to this email if it is yours and arrangements will be made to get it back to you. ;)

Superintendent Search Online Survey
If you haven't heard yet, our current SB School Districts Superintendent, Brian Sarvis, is retiring at the end of this school year. The districts have initiated a search for a new superintendent. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting school boards with the consideration of candidates for superintendent, has been retained to counsel the districts through this important process. Administrators, faculty/staff, community, parent, and students are invited to participate in this process by completing an online survey by March 25, 2011.Here are the links to the districts’ web page that will take you to the Superintendentsearch survey page. English: www.sbsdk12.org/superintendent/search

Spanish: www.sbsdk12.org/spanish/superintendent/search
Thank you in advance for your assistance with this most important task.

Wildcat Wear
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are now open **FRIDAY afternoons** after school in the auditorium. Also, next Friday Feb 25 at 11:30am, look for our table in front of school after the minimum day.
New Sizes: BOYS grey T's in XL, BOYS & GIRLS red sweatshirts in XL
Stay warm this month, get your sweatshirts next week! We have the new red and last years black with surfboards Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information or if you are interested in helping out with Wildcat Wear next year, please contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.

PTO Executive Board Positions for Next Year!
Now is the time to start thinking about which PTO volunteer position you’d like to sign up for next year! See the bottom of this email for the list of Executive Board positions – most if not all of them will be available. Other volunteer opportunities will be posted at a later date. If you have questions, please contact Lisa at 895-8453 or   lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org. Thank you!

Click her for both English and Spanish Self Nomination Volunteer sign up forms.

Make Your Mark on Washington!
The current Washington PTO Executive Board is finishing up their term, and we are looking for some new leadership with fresh ideas and enthusiasm! These volunteer positions play an incredibly important role in the kind of programs that we are able to offer at Washington, and we urge you to consider stepping up and taking on one of these crucial leadership roles. You will, without a doubt, find them interesting and rewarding, and you will make a direct and dramatic impact on your child's education. Please see the job descriptions below and contact the current board member for more information.

PTO President (1-year term)
Oversees all PTO activities, working closely with the Vice President and the Treasurer. Leads the PTO meetings. Liaison between the PTO Board and the principal, teachers, staff and families. Represents the PTO in communications. Current PTO President - Lisa Fell, lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Vice President (1-year term)
Works closely with the President in overseeing all PTO activities, including working with the VP’s and committee coordinators in implementing each program. In line to become the PTO President. New position – contact Lisa Fell with questions.

VP of Ways & Means
Oversees all PTO fundraising events. Liaison between PTO Board and each Fundraiser’s Coordinator. Considers new fundraising ideas and brings to the Board for discussion. Current VP of Ways & Means - Felicia Kashevaroff, felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Communications
Oversees all PTO communications – weekly email updates distribution, website maintenance, Thursday folder flyer distribution, community public relations. Works with coordinators of each division. Current VP of Communications - Linda Meyer, linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Programming
Oversees all PTO activities and events that are not fundraisers. Researches and coordinates new programs and/or speakers. Brings ideas to the board for discussion. Current VP of Programming - Cara Chiarappa, cara.chiarappa@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Treasurer
Maintains the PTO Budget. Serves on the committee to develop the annual budget, writes checks, processes credit card receipts, reconciles bank accounts, prepares financial statements, coordinates tax filings. Current Treasurer - Roy McLaughlin, roy.mclaughlin@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Recording Secretary
Takes minutes at the PTO meetings and records them into a document for Board Approval. Current Recording Secretary - Kim Clark, kim.clark@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

 

March 10, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tonight, Mar 10 – PTO Meeting & Combo Class Info Discussion
Fri, Mar 11 – Jog-a-thon!
Fri, Mar 11 - Minimum Day (dismissal times 11:25am K-3, 11:40am 4-6)
Sat, Mar 19 – Party Book event – St. Patrick’s Day Bash
Mon, Mar 21 – Flip Flop Shops Fundraiser
Wed, Mar 23 – Family Fuel Love & Logic Class – Limits & Boundaries
Thurs, Mar 31 – New Student Transfer Requests Due
Mar 28 – Apr 1 – Spring Break
Sat, May 14 – Annual End of Year Adult Celebration

Tonight - PTO Meeting & Combo Class Info Night
Thursday, March 10th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Due to state budget cuts, combo classes have become a reality at Washington School each year and a possibility in any grade. Everyone is invited to come learn more about combo classes on Thursday, March 10th, at 6:30 PM, where Mr. Barnett will offer a question and answer period. The PTO meeting will follow at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served, and childcare will be available.

2011 ROCK N' RUN JOG-A-THON - TOMORROW!

Please come cheer on our Wildcat joggers tomorrow from 8:30am to 11:30am! The day will be filled with sunshine, fun music, encouraging words, and happy faces - plus a fun surprise! Our Wildcats will be a sea of black and green, running around the tracks and sporting their new shirts with the fun "Rock n' Run" logo! This has always been a fun event that involves the entire school! Pledge sheets along with the one-time donations will be due on that day. Click here for running schedule and click here for class track positions. You will have until April 5th to collect and turn in the per-lap donations. We’re looking for 100% participation again – please reach out to your community of friends and family and help us reach our goal of $45,000!! If we reach this goal, we'll have an all school rock 'n roll ice cream party. Additional pledge sheets and more information are available in the office and on the website. Students who turn in pledge sheets any day from now through March 10th will be in the running for the coin grab. Money (not including per lap pledges) must be turned in with pledge sheets!!

Need a new pledge sheet? Get one in office or download a form here!
THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS!
Chaucer’s Book Store, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Little Toot Harbor Tours, Play It Again Sports, Zodo’s Bowling, Sea Landing, Instrumental Music, Jensen's Guitars, Mike’s Drum Shop, Bicycle Bob’s, and Marketplace Costco. Our t-shirt sponsors include K-Swiss, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, Beach Ball Books, Giovanni's Pizza, Steven Hansen Landscaping, Surf Happens, and Mission Linen Supply.

As always, there are amazing prizes available for the top money earners and pledge gatherers, including two bicycles, a Nintendo DSi, two gift certificates from K-Swiss, surf board, skateboard ramp, week of surf lessons from Surf Happens, electric guitar and amp, acoustic guitar, skateboard, karaoke machine, Riptick, boogie board, skim board, golf clubs, Legoland and Golf 'n Stuff tickets, and much more! The top money earners and top pledge earners will be the first to pick from this amazing collection of prizes. However, all children with $250 or more in total donations will be able to pick a prize! And don't forget...classes with 100 percent participation get a pizza party! The top runners get a Blenders gift card - what a great way to cool off after a run!

Tomorrow, Friday, March 11th:

* For those students who have not yet turned in a pledge sheet, please turn in the white (top) copy along with money collected so far. This helps the committee gauge our overall pledge progress! Keep the yellow copy or a copy to help you collect remaining pledge money after the jog-a-thon.

Tuesday April 5th:

* Last day to turn in any remaining one-time pledge and per-lap pledge money to be eligible for prizes. Money must be turned in to the box in the office by 3:00 pm to be eligible. NO EXCEPTIONS! This is also the deadline for 100% participation.

Thursday April 7th:

* Awards Assembly! (K-3 at 12:45, 4-6 at 1:30)

DON'T FORGET....
- All students who bring in $250 or more will get a prize!
- Classrooms with 100% participation (at least one $10 pledge or enough pledges to add up to $10 per student) will earn a pizza lunch.
- If we surpass our goal and reach $47,000, Principal Barnett will hold office hours on the roof!!

This event is a blast!!! Come out to the school field tomorrow and cheer on your Wildcats! Hope to see you all there!

Giovanni's Pizza Fundraiser tomorrow, the day of the Jogathon!
Tomorrow, Friday, March 11th, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Drop by our local Giovanni's Pizza, at the corner of Cliff and Meigs on the Mesa, on the day of the Jog-a-Thon, and 10% of all sales will go to Washington.
Thank you!

PTO Meeting & Combo Class Info Night
Tonight! Thursday, March 10th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Due to state budget cuts, combo classes have become a reality at Washington School each year and a possibility in any grade. Next year we will have one, two or three combo classes, but we don't know at this time who or where they will be. Everyone is invited to come learn more about combo classes on Thursday, March 10th, at 6:30 PM, where Mr. Barnett will offer a question and answer period. The PTO meeting will follow at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served, and childcare will be available.

Check out Mrs. Van Wickle on the website!
Read about 1-2 Combo Class Teacher Mrs. Van Wickle on the website right now! From time to time, Washington parent Erica Victor interviews staff members and posts it on the website. Just click on the "Staff" tab. Thank you, Erica!

Movie Days
Last week's Movie Days was a great success! 461 children attended, and the 4th grade families raised $4,292 towards next year's CIMI camp. The money raised from this fundraiser will be used to provide partial scholarships for some families and also lower the overall cost of CIMI camp for all the 4th grade families.

A huge thank you to the following 4th grade parents that gave up their afternoon(s) to help at Movie Days:
Theresa Beard, Victoria Greene, Seta Khachigian, Leah Hellman, Natasha Campbell, Katie Jacobs, Jen Brummett, Stacy Trimble, Juliana Bramlage, Francesca Schlosser, Jill Peterson, Laura Pomerantz, Ann Glover, Chris Roderick, Amy Sachs, Betsy Cassriel, Vicky Allbrett, Jay Winner, Berena Espinoza, Barbara Coulson, Gina Perry and Melissa Dew.
And much appreciation to 6th graders, Kamryn Bauersfeld, Emily Rosen-Hay, Aivy Nguyen, Julia Danalevich, Nalanda Lamb and Veronica Perez for their daily help at Movie Days. We'd especially like to thank Theresa Beard, Barbara Coulson and Gina Perry for volunteering to coordinate these camp fundraisers! You're hard work is very much appreciated!

Party Book: St. Patrick's Day Bash!
Saturday, March 19th, 5:30PM
Join us at the "Relax and Sea Lounge" - Whether you are Irish or Irish-at-Heart, come enjoy appetizers, beverages and the amazing sunset views from Paul Martyniuk's deck! Get Your Irish On and be wary of the Leprechauns!
$25 per person (limited to 40 people / adults only please)
The sign up form is on the website and coming home in Thursday folders.
Hosted by Kunin Winery, Ochsner Family, Hepp Family, Brummett Family, McTague Family, Paul Martyniuk and Sara Ellsworth.

Flip Flop Shops - Fundraiser Day!
Monday, March 21st - All Day
Come check out one of our Washington Families (The Haller's) shops and outfit your whole family in new flip flops, just in time for Spring Break! The entire day of sales will be dedicated to raising money for Washington School with 20% of totals for the day donated back to our school. With over 2,000 pairs of flip flops and Sidewalk Surfers on hand, not to mention all the hot new styles of the season, you are sure to find some fantastic flip flops and a staff dedicated to helping you find the right pair for your feet. The store is located in the Paseo Nuevo Mall just next to the movie theatres at 6 W. De La Guerra. So, mark your calendars...your feet and Washington School will thank you!

Family Fuel Love & Logic Class - Limits and Boundaries
Wed, March 23 at 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
How to set limits in a win-win way, keep the limits solid despite arguing & whining, and enforce the limits when kids disobey. How to model healthy boundaries.

Wildcat Wear
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are now open **FRIDAY afternoons** after school in the auditorium. Also, next Friday Feb 25 at 11:30am, look for our table in front of school after the minimum day.
New Sizes: BOYS grey T's in XL, BOYS & GIRLS red sweatshirts in XL
Stay warm this month, get your sweatshirts next week! We have the new red and last years black with surfboards Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.

PTO Executive Board Positions for Next Year!
Now is the time to start thinking about which PTO volunteer position you’d like to sign up for next year! See the bottom of this email for the list of Executive Board positions – most if not all of them will be available. Other volunteer opportunities will be posted at a later date. If you have questions, please contact Lisa at 895-8453 or   lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org. Thank you!

Make Your Mark on Washington!
The current Washington PTO Executive Board is finishing up their term, and we are looking for some new leadership with fresh ideas and enthusiasm! These volunteer positions play an incredibly important role in the kind of programs that we are able to offer at Washington, and we urge you to consider stepping up and taking on one of these crucial leadership roles. You will, without a doubt, find them interesting and rewarding, and you will make a direct and dramatic impact on your child's education. Please see the job descriptions below and contact the current board member for more information.

PTO President (1-year term)
Oversees all PTO activities, working closely with the Vice President and the Treasurer. Leads the PTO meetings. Liaison between the PTO Board and the principal, teachers, staff and families. Represents the PTO in communications. Current PTO President - Lisa Fell, lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Vice President (1-year term)
Works closely with the President in overseeing all PTO activities, including working with the VP’s and committee coordinators in implementing each program. In line to become the PTO President. New position – contact Lisa Fell with questions.

VP of Ways & Means
Oversees all PTO fundraising events. Liaison between PTO Board and each Fundraiser’s Coordinator. Considers new fundraising ideas and brings to the Board for discussion. Current VP of Ways & Means - Felicia Kashevaroff, felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Communications
Oversees all PTO communications – weekly email updates distribution, website maintenance, Thursday folder flyer distribution, community public relations. Works with coordinators of each division. Current VP of Communications - Linda Meyer, linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Programming
Oversees all PTO activities and events that are not fundraisers. Researches and coordinates new programs and/or speakers. Brings ideas to the board for discussion. Current VP of Programming - Cara Chiarappa, cara.chiarappa@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Treasurer
Maintains the PTO Budget. Serves on the committee to develop the annual budget, writes checks, processes credit card receipts, reconciles bank accounts, prepares financial statements, coordinates tax filings. Current Treasurer - Roy McLaughlin, roy.mclaughlin@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Recording Secretary
Takes minutes at the PTO meetings and records them into a document for Board Approval. Current Recording Secretary - Kim Clark, kim.clark@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

March 3, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Fri, Mar 4 – Wildcat Rock & Roll Friday
Thurs, Mar 10 – PTO Meeting & Combo Class Info Discussion
Fri, Mar 11 – Jog-a-thon!
Fri, Mar 11 - Minimum Day (dismissal times 11:25am K-3, 11:40am 4-6)
Sat, Mar 19 – Party Book event – St. Patrick’s Day Bash
Mon, Mar 21 – Flip Flop Shops Fundraiser
Wed, Mar 23 – Family Fuel Love & Logic Class – Limits & Boundaries
Thurs, Mar 31 – New Student Transfer Requests Due
Mar 28 – Apr 1 – Spring Break
Sat, May 14 – Annual End of Year Adult Celebration

Tomorrow - Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!

JOG-A-THON NEXT FRIDAY!
In just ONE week (Friday March 11th) our wildcats will be hitting the track to help our school!! Pledge sheets along with the one-time donations will be due on that day, so that leaves just one week to help your Wildcat gather enough pledges to qualify for one of the incredible prizes. You will have until April 5th to collect and turn in the per-lap donations. We’re looking for 100% participation again – please reach out to your community of friends and family and help us reach our goal of $45,000!! If we reach this goal, we'll have an all school rock 'n roll ice cream party. Additional pledge sheets and more information are available in the office and on the website. Students who turn in pledge sheets any day from now through March 10th will be in the running for the coin grab. Money (not including per lap pledges) must be turned in with pledge sheets!!

Need a new pledge sheet? Get one in office or download a form here!
DON’T FORGET….
- All students who bring in $250 or more will get a prize!
- Classrooms with 100% participation (at least one $10 pledge or enough pledges to add up to $10 per student) will earn a pizza lunch.
- If we surpass our goal and reach $47,000, Principal Barnett will hold office hours on the roof!!
THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS!
Chaucer’s Book Store, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Little Toot Harbor Tours, Play It Again Sports, Zodo’s Bowling, Sea Landing, Instrumental Music, Jensen's Guitars, Mike’s Drum Shop, Bicycle Bob’s, and Marketplace Costco. Our t-shirt sponsors include K-Swiss, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, Beach Ball Books, Giovanni's Pizza, Steven Hansen Landscaping, Surf Happens, and Mission Linen Supply.

Giovanni’s Pizza Fundraiser the Day of the Jogathon!
Friday, March 11th, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Drop by our local Giovanni's Pizza, at the corner of Cliff and Meigs, on the day of the Jog-a-Thon, and 10% of all sales will go to Washington. Thank you!

Lunch for the Teachers and Staff this week – 1 more day!
Thank you to those who have brought in lunch items! The variety of food and kind notes are so appreciated! If you haven’t had a chance to bring anything in yet, there is still one more day tomorrow.
Questions – contact Brigitte Wright at 568-3633 or threesuns@cox.net<mailto:threesuns@cox.net>.
Please remember to come pick up your serving dishes. Thank you again!

PTO Meeting & Combo Class Info Night
Thursday, March 10th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Due to state budget cuts, combo classes have become a reality at Washington School each year and a possibility in any grade. Everyone is invited to come learn more about combo classes on Thursday, March 10th, at 6:30 PM, where Mr. Barnett will offer a question and answer period. The PTO meeting will follow at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served, and childcare will be available.

Party Book: St. Patrick's Day Bash!
Saturday, March 19th, 5:30PM
Join us at the "Relax and Sea Lounge" - Whether you are Irish or Irish-at-Heart, come enjoy appetizers, beverages and the amazing sunset views from Paul Martyniuk's deck! Get Your Irish On and be wary of the Leprechauns!
$25 per person (limited to 40 people / adults only please)
The sign up form is on the website and coming home in Thursday folders.
Hosted by Kunin Winery, Ochsner Family, Hepp Family, Brummett Family, McTague Family, Paul Martyniuk and Sara Ellsworth.

Flip Flop Shops - Fundraiser Day!
Monday, March 21st - All Day
Come check out one of our Washington Families (The Haller's) shops and outfit your whole family in new flip flops, just in time for Spring Break! The entire day of sales will be dedicated to raising money for Washington School with 20% of totals for the day donated back to our school. With over 2,000 pairs of flip flops and Sidewalk Surfers on hand, not to mention all the hot new styles of the season, you are sure to find some fantastic flip flops and a staff dedicated to helping you find the right pair for your feet. The store is located in the Paseo Nuevo Mall just next to the movie theatres at 6 W. De La Guerra. So, mark your calendars...your feet and Washington School will thank you!

Family Fuel Love & Logic Class - Limits and Boundaries
Wed, March 23 at 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
How to set limits in a win-win way, keep the limits solid despite arguing & whining, and enforce the limits when kids disobey. How to model healthy boundaries.

Wildcat Wear
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are now open **FRIDAY afternoons** after school in the auditorium. Also, next Friday Feb 25 at 11:30am, look for our table in front of school after the minimum day.
New Sizes: BOYS grey T's in XL, BOYS & GIRLS red sweatshirts in XL
Stay warm this month, get your sweatshirts next week! We have the new red and last years black with surfboards Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.

 

PTO Executive Board Positions for Next Year!
Now is the time to start thinking about which PTO volunteer position you’d like to sign up for next year! See the bottom of this email for the list of Executive Board positions – most if not all of them will be available. Other volunteer opportunities will be posted at a later date. If you have questions, please contact Lisa at 895-8453 or   lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org. Thank you!

Make Your Mark on Washington!
The current Washington PTO Executive Board is finishing up their term, and we are looking for some new leadership with fresh ideas and enthusiasm! These volunteer positions play an incredibly important role in the kind of programs that we are able to offer at Washington, and we urge you to consider stepping up and taking on one of these crucial leadership roles. You will, without a doubt, find them interesting and rewarding, and you will make a direct and dramatic impact on your child's education. Please see the job descriptions below and contact the current board member for more information.

PTO President (1-year term)
Oversees all PTO activities, working closely with the Vice President and the Treasurer. Leads the PTO meetings. Liaison between the PTO Board and the principal, teachers, staff and families. Represents the PTO in communications. Current PTO President - Lisa Fell, lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Vice President (1-year term)
Works closely with the President in overseeing all PTO activities, including working with the VP’s and committee coordinators in implementing each program. In line to become the PTO President. New position – contact Lisa Fell with questions.

VP of Ways & Means
Oversees all PTO fundraising events. Liaison between PTO Board and each Fundraiser’s Coordinator. Considers new fundraising ideas and brings to the Board for discussion. Current VP of Ways & Means - Felicia Kashevaroff, felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Communications
Oversees all PTO communications – weekly email updates distribution, website maintenance, Thursday folder flyer distribution, community public relations. Works with coordinators of each division. Current VP of Communications - Linda Meyer, linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Programming
Oversees all PTO activities and events that are not fundraisers. Researches and coordinates new programs and/or speakers. Brings ideas to the board for discussion. Current VP of Programming - Cara Chiarappa, cara.chiarappa@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Treasurer
Maintains the PTO Budget. Serves on the committee to develop the annual budget, writes checks, processes credit card receipts, reconciles bank accounts, prepares financial statements, coordinates tax filings. Current Treasurer - Roy McLaughlin, roy.mclaughlin@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Recording Secretary
Takes minutes at the PTO meetings and records them into a document for Board Approval. Current Recording Secretary - Kim Clark, kim.clark@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Rem

February 24, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Today, Thurs, Feb 24 – Football Mini Clinic
Fri, Feb 25 – Minimum Day - dismissal times 11:25am K-3rd, 11:40am 4-6th
Feb 28-Mar 4 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – min. days for all students K-6
Feb 28-Mar 4 – Movie Days – 11:25am – 2:40pm, Mon-Fri
Thurs, Mar 10 – PTO Meeting & Combo Class Info Discussion
Fri, Mar 11 – Jog-a-thon (and Minimum Day)
Mon, Mar 21 – Flip Flop Shops Fundraiser
Thurs, Mar 31 – New Student Transfer Requests Due
Mar 28 – Apr 1 – Spring Break
Sat, May 14 – Annual End of Year Adult Celebration

PTO Executive Board Positions for Next Year!
Now is the time to start thinking about which PTO volunteer position you’d like to sign up for next year! See the bottom of this email for the list of Executive Board positions – most if not all of them will be available. Other volunteer opportunities will be posted at a later date. If you have questions, please contact Lisa at 895-8453 or     lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org. Thank you!

Jog-a-thon Pledge Earners Rock On!
Pledge sheets are coming in, and the coin grab is going strong. Congratulations to our first four coin grab winners: Eric and Andrew Mazlumyan, Wayne Vaughan, and Aidan Thomas! Students who turn in pledge sheets any day from now through March 10th will be in the running for the coin grab. Money (not including per lap pledges) must be turned in with pledges. But that doesn't mean you have to stop gathering pledges - your child can get a new pledge sheet from the office or download a form here!
We have many awesome prizes – including surf boards, a week of surf lessons from Surf Happens, a Nintendo DSi, an electric guitar and more - awaiting students who bring in the most money and number of pledges. Keep working hard and collecting those pledges. There are only two weeks to go.
Our prizes come from some wonderful sponsors including Paddle Sports of Santa Barbara, Beach House, Skate One Skateboard Shop, Mountain Air Sports, Art Essentials, Jedlicka’s, Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course, Landshark Tours, Pacific Travel, Metro Comics, and Chicken Little.
Help the Wildcats reach their goal of $45,000!
We did it last year…we can do it again!

Football Mini Clinic Today - Thursday, February 24
Kick-off is at lunch recess for the Wildcats! Santa Barbara High School Football Team is coming to Washington School today, March 24. Thanks to a connect through 4th grade teacher Barry Nitikman, coaching staff and players from the squad are running a mini football clinic at lunch recess for all grade levels. Word is that they are bringing the “tackle dummies!” For more info: contact Martee Andresen at wildcatplay@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Parent/Teacher Conference Week – Feb. 28 – Mar. 4
PLEASE BRING IN LUNCH ITEMS FOR OUR TEACHERS/STAFF!
Help us thank our teachers and staff by bringing in lunch items during conference week. This is a wonderful Washington School tradition that they really appreciate. You can bring your dish to the staff lounge by 10:00 am on your grade's day so that we have time to arrange the dishes into an attractive buffet. Cards and/or pictures from your children are a nice touch! Examples of items to bring - chips & dip, salads, veggies, fruit, finger foods, sandwiches, cold cuts/cheese & crackers, baked goods, & desserts.
Mon, Feb 28: 5th & 6th GRADE
Tues, Mar 1: 3rd & 4th GRADE
Wed, Mar 2: 2nd GRADE
Thur, Mar 3: 1ST GRADE
Fri, Mar 4: KINDERGARTEN
If your assigned day doesn't work, feel free to bring something in on another day! Questions? Contact Brigitte Wright at 568-3633 or threesuns@cox.net
NOTE TO KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES: Because we do not provide lunch items for the teachers and staff during Kindergarten conferences, this is your opportunity to support your child's teacher as well as their future teachers. :) The staff truly appreciates all of the support. Thank you!

Movie Days! - After School Care During Conference Week
The 4th Grade classes are hosting After School Movies in the auditorium during Parent-Teacher Conference Week as a fundraiser for their trip to CIMI (Channel Islands Marine Institute). Adult supervision is provided while your child plays outside, eats lunch, then watches a movie in the auditorium. We hope your child will join us for one or all of the movies during this week!
Where: Washington School Auditorium and Playground
Time: 11:40 am until 2:40 pm
Dates: February 28-March 4
Cost: $12 per child per day or $48 for the week
Details: Please send your child with a sack lunch or make arrangements to get one from the cafeteria. Snack and water will be provided during the movies.
Mon 2/28 - Despicable Me (PG)
Tues 3/1 - Bedtime Stories (PG)
Wed 3/2 - Beverly Hills Chihuahua 1 (PG)
Thur 3/3 - Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (G)
Fri 3/4 - Megamind (PG)

Please sign up by Friday, Feb. 25th. Sign up forms are here:

English   Spanish  or available in the office. Thanks!

PTO Meeting & Combo Class Info - Thurs, March 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Due to state budget cuts, combo classes have become a reality at Washington School each year and a possibility in any grade. Everyone is invited to come learn more about combo classes on Thursday, March 10th, at 6:30 PM, where Mr. Barnett will offer a question and answer period. The PTO meeting will follow at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served, and childcare will be available.

Flip Flop Shops - Fundraiser Day - Mon, March 21 - All Day!
Come check out one of our Washington Families (The Haller's) shops and outfit your whole family in new flip flops, just in time for Spring Break! The entire day of sales will be dedicated to raising money for Washington School with 20% of totals for the day donated back to our school. With over 2,000 pairs of flip flops and Sidewalk Surfers on hand, not to mention all the hot new styles of the season, you are sure to find some fantastic flip flops and a staff dedicated to helping you find the right pair for your feet. The store is located in the Paseo Nuevo Mall just next to the movie theatres at 6 W. De La Guerra. So, mark your calendars...your feet and Washington School will thank you!

Wildcat Wear
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are now open **FRIDAY afternoons** after school in the auditorium. Also, next Friday Feb 25 at 11:30am, look for our table in front of school after the minimum day.
New Sizes: BOYS grey T's in XL, BOYS & GIRLS red sweatshirts in XL
Stay warm this month, get your sweatshirts next week! We have the new red and last years black with surfboards Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.

Make Your Mark on Washington!
The current Washington PTO Executive Board is finishing up their term, and we are looking for some new leadership with fresh ideas and enthusiasm! These volunteer positions play an incredibly important role in the kind of programs that we are able to offer at Washington, and we urge you to consider stepping up and taking on one of these crucial leadership roles. You will, without a doubt, find them interesting and rewarding, and you will make a direct and dramatic impact on your child's education. Please see the job descriptions below and contact the current board member for more information.

PTO President (1-year term)
Oversees all PTO activities, working closely with the Vice President and the Treasurer. Leads the PTO meetings. Liaison between the PTO Board and the principal, teachers, staff and families. Represents the PTO in communications. Current PTO President - Lisa Fell, lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Vice President (1-year term)
Works closely with the President in overseeing all PTO activities, including working with the VP’s and committee coordinators in implementing each program. In line to become the PTO President. New position – contact Lisa Fell with questions.

VP of Ways & Means
Oversees all PTO fundraising events. Liaison between PTO Board and each Fundraiser’s Coordinator. Considers new fundraising ideas and brings to the Board for discussion. Current VP of Ways & Means - Felicia Kashevaroff, felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Communications
Oversees all PTO communications – weekly email updates distribution, website maintenance, Thursday folder flyer distribution, community public relations. Works with coordinators of each division. Current VP of Communications - Linda Meyer, linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

VP of Programming
Oversees all PTO activities and events that are not fundraisers. Researches and coordinates new programs and/or speakers. Brings ideas to the board for discussion. Current VP of Programming - Cara Chiarappa, cara.chiarappa@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Treasurer
Maintains the PTO Budget. Serves on the committee to develop the annual budget, writes checks, processes credit card receipts, reconciles bank accounts, prepares financial statements, coordinates tax filings. Current Treasurer - Roy McLaughlin, roy.mclaughlin@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Recording Secretary
Takes minutes at the PTO meetings and records them into a document for Board Approval. Current Recording Secretary - Kim Clark, kim.clark@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

 

Family Fuel Love & Logic Class March 23
Discipline Your Kids Without Losing their Love
Turn every mistake into a learning opportunity. Empathy - The secret to discipline and staying in relationship. Consequences instead of punishments

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

 

February 17, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tonight, Thurs, Feb 17 – “Family Values” Presentation – 6:00pm
Fri, Feb 18 – Basketball Mini Clinic
Mon, Feb 21 – Washington’s Birthday Observed – No School
Wed, Feb 23 – Family Fuel Love & Logic Class – 8:30-11:00am
Wed, Feb 23 – 4th grade Parent Info Night for CIMI Camp –6:30pm– Audit.
Thurs, Feb 24 – Football Mini Clinic
Fri, Feb 25 – Minimum Day - dismissal times 11:25am K-3, 11:40am 4-6
Feb 28-Mar 4 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – min. days for ALL students
Feb 28-Mar 4 – Movie Days – 11:25am – 2:40pm, Mon-Fri
Fri, Mar 11 – Jog-a-thon (and Minimum Day)
Sat, May 14 – Annual End of Year Adult Celebration

JOG-A-THON – DON’T MISS THE POPULAR COIN GRAB!
The Jog-a-thon daily "Coin Grab" starts this Tuesday, February 22! Have your child bring their COMPLETED pledge sheet to the office. The student with the highest dollar value in pledges* will be announced as the coin grab winner. The lucky student will get to reach into the official Jog-a-thon coin jar and keep all of the coins they can grab with one hand! But that doesn't mean you have to stop gathering pledges - your child can get a new pledge sheet from the office or download a form here! Help your Wildcat to gather those pledges and join in this fun Jog-a-thon tradition.

* Per lap pledges will be estimated at 20 laps for grades K-3 and 15 laps for grades 4-6. Completed sheets will remain with the Jog-a thon committee and will be counted toward your child's overall pledge total. Students will retain the yellow copy for gathering pledges after the event.

“Family Values” Presentation - Tonight – 6:00-7:30pm
Join Kristi Miller, Certified Parenting Educator and Family Consultant and founder of Solutions in Parenting, for a lively presentation, titled, "The Family Values System: Designing Your Family's Navigation System from the Inside Out." In three simple steps, parents can learn how to design a Family Values System to create clear parenting boundaries, establish effective discipline techniques, and nurture children into self-directed, responsible and respectful people. Childcare will be provided, and light refreshments will be served. Peabody heard her speak and gave her great reviews!


THE PLAYGROUND “PLAY BY PLAY”

Basketball Mini Clinic tomorrow - Friday, February 18
Calling all Wildcat Basketball Fans! The Playground Committee has arranged for coaching staff and players from the SBCC Basketball Team to hold a mini basketball skills clinic on Friday, February 18 at Washington School. The clinic will be held on both playgrounds and open to all students at lunch recess. Parents can come and help out at the clinic too. Cancelled if it rains.
Football Mini Clinic Thursday, February 24
Kick-off is at lunch recess for the Wildcats! Santa Barbara High School Football Team is coming to Washington School on Thursday, March 24. Thanks to a connect through Barry Nitikman, coaching staff and players will be running a mini football clinic at lunch recess for all grade levels. Parents – come and cheer! For more info contact Martee Andresen at wildcatplay@washingtonschoolfoundation.org<mailto:wildcatplay@washingtonschoolfoundation.org>.

Wildcat Wear
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are now open **FRIDAY afternoons** after school in the auditorium. Also, next Friday Feb 25 at 11:30am, look for our table in front of school after the minimum day.
New Sizes: BOYS grey T's in XL, BOYS & GIRLS red sweatshirts in XL
Stay warm this month, get your sweatshirts next week! We have the new red and last years black with surfboards Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.

Family Fuel Love & Logic Classes – Feb. 23 and March 23
Thurs, Feb 23 at 8:30am – 11:00am
Discipline Your Kids Without Losing their Love
Turn every mistake into a learning opportunity. Empathy - The secret to discipline and staying in relationship. Consequences instead of punishments

4th Grade Parent Info Night for CIMI Camp
There will be a parent CIMI info night next Wed, Feb. 23, at 6:30pm in the auditorium for all 4th grade parents. Each year, our Washington 5th grade class goes to the wildly popular Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI). The current 4th grade class will be going in October 2011, so it’s time to prepare now. To find out more about CIMI, visit - www.guideddiscoveries.org<http://www.guideddiscoveries.org/>.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF!
The Washington playground is off limits every morning until 8:00, when staff will then be out there to supervise. All students must stay in the cafeteria until that time. Even if you want to bring your son/daughter out there and watch while he/she plays, that is not allowed because it will cause other children to go out there as well, and they will not be supervised.
So for safety’s sake, PLEASE COOPERATE. Thank you!

Father/Daughter Valentine's Day Dance!
A giant heart-shaped thank you to our fabulous Valentine's Dance hosts - the Kronen, Hosking, Chiarappa, Gira, Brodie, Erickson, Meyer, Ford and Ziskand families!! Even with a last minute venue change, it was a magical evening for many little princesses and their favorite dates.
We raised over $1,400 for Washington School!!
Thanks again for all of your support for our school!

Parent/Teacher Conference Week – Feb. 28 – Mar. 4
PLEASE BRING IN LUNCH ITEMS FOR OUR TEACHERS/STAFF!
Help us thank our teachers and staff by bringing in lunch items during conference week. This is a wonderful Washington School tradition that they really appreciate. You can bring your dish to the staff lounge by 10:00 am on your grade's day so that we have time to arrange the dishes into an attractive buffet. Cards and/or pictures from your children are a nice touch! Examples of items to bring - chips & dip, salads, veggies, fruit, finger foods, sandwiches, cold cuts/cheese & crackers, baked goods, & desserts.
Mon, Feb 28: 5th & 6th GRADE
Tues, Mar 1: 3rd & 4th GRADE
Wed, Mar 2: 2nd GRADE
Thur, Mar 3: 1ST GRADE
Fri, Mar 4: KINDERGARTEN
If your assigned day doesn't work, feel free to bring something in on another day! Questions? Contact Brigitte Wright at 568-3633 or threesuns@cox.net
NOTE TO KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES: Because we do not provide lunch items for the teachers and staff during Kindergarten conferences, this is your opportunity to support your child's teacher as well as their future teachers. :) The staff truly appreciates all of the support. Thank you!

Movie Days! - After School Care During Conference Week
The 4th Grade classes are hosting After School Movies in the auditorium during Parent-Teacher Conference Week as a fundraiser for their trip to CIMI (Channel Islands Marine Institute). Adult supervision is provided while your child plays outside, eats lunch, then watches a movie in the auditorium. We hope your child will join us for one or all of the movies during this week!
Where: Washington School Auditorium and Playground
Time: 11:40 am until 2:40 pm
Dates: February 28-March 4
Cost: $12 per child per day or $48 for the week
Details: Please send your child with a sack lunch or make arrangements to get one from the cafeteria. Snack and water will be provided during the movies.
Mon 2/28 - Despicable Me (PG)
Tues 3/1 - Bedtime Stories (PG)
Wed 3/2 - Beverly Hills Chihuahua 1 (PG)
Thur 3/3 - Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (G)
Fri 3/4 - Megamind (PG)

Please sign up by Friday, Feb. 25th. Sign up forms are here:

English   Spanish  or available in the office. Thanks!

Baby Rats – Free to Good Homes!
Mr. N. had classroom rats which had babies. Would anyone like a pet rat? They are very smart and make great pets! If you’re interested, please reply to this email. Thanks!

Friday - Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

February 3, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events

Tomorrow, Fri, Feb 4: Wildcat Walk and Roll Friday
Tomorrow, Fri, Feb 4: K-2nd Grade Sing & Performance – 8:30am– Auditorium.

Feb. 2-4: 5th Grade CIMI (Channel Islands Marine Institute) Camp
Mon, Feb 7: Kingston’s Candy Co. Fundraiser
Wed, Feb 9: Jogathon kick-off assembly
Thurs, Feb 10: BMX show! Totally Awesome!! 12:45pm on the blacktop
Fri, Feb 11: Lincoln’s Birthday observed - No school
Mon, Feb 21: Washington’s Birthday observed – No school

Fri, Feb 25 – Minimum Day-Dismissal Times 11:25am K-3rd, 11:40am 4-6th
Feb 28-Mar 4 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Days
Feb 28-Mar 4 – Movie Days
Sat, May 14 – Annual End of Year Adult Celebration

K-2nd Grade Sing/Music/Movement Performance
Tomorrow, Fri, Feb 4th - 8:30 AM - Auditorium
Kathy Hayden and Patty Teel, our K-2nd grade Music Specialists, invite you to the K-1st-2nd grade LOVE and PEACE Sing and Performance by our budding musicians, dancers and singers! Bring friends and family to enjoy this delightful musical sing!

Friday - Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!

Shop at Kingston's Candy Company and Support Washington!
Check out the best new candy store in Santa Barbara! Come into Kingston's Candy Co. on Monday, February 7th to shop for all of your Valentine goodies and they will donate 20% of the proceeds to Washington! Plus, anyone who matches their donation will get a free Kingston’s shirt! Recently opened by Washington parents Donald and Sarah Jaimes, Kingston's Candy Co. offers a huge variety of candies from the latest wacky creations to your nostalgic favorites, and gift wrapping is free! The store is located at 3415 State St. and is open from 11am - 6pm. Thank you, Kingston’s!


Father/Daughter Valentine's Day Dance!
Friday, February 11th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Dance the night away with your favorite date! DJ, Dancing, Delicious Food and Photos! At the Washington Dance Club (aka The Cafeteria)
$40 for each Dad/Daughter pair, $10 for each additional Daughter
Hosted by Scott Hosking, Chris Chiarappa, Mike Meyer, Tom Kronen, Andy Erickson, Jon Ford, Jon Ziskind, Dan Gira and Alex Brodie


“Family Values” Presentation - Thurs, Feb 17 – 6:00-7:30 PM

Join Kristi Miller, Certified Parenting Educator and Family Consultant and founder of Solutions in Parenting, for a lively presentation, titled, "The Family Values System: Designing Your Family's Navigation System from the Inside Out." In three simple steps, parents can learn how to design a Family Values System to create clear parenting boundaries, establish effective discipline techniques, and nurture children into self-directed, responsible and respectful people. Childcare will be provided, and light refreshments will be served.

Annual End of Year Adult Celebration – Sat, May 14!
Please save Saturday the 14th of May for our Annual Parent End of the Year Party! More details later, but plan on joining us for this awesome party celebrating our wonderful year at Washington!

After School Enrichment
The Enrichment Committee will be meeting soon to create the Spring Schedule. If you would like to teach a new enrichment class or know of a class you would like to see here at Washington (ex. Cooking, Guitar, Singing) Please email Linda Meyer.
Our goal is to provide a variety of classes that will truly enrich our children's afternoons! Thank You.

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) Portal
Website: http://www.sbceoportal.org
Username: Washington
Password: wildcats

Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

January 27, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events

Tonight,Thurs, Jan 27: 6th Grade Family Drum Night– Audit. 6:30-8:00p.m.
Tomorrow, Fri, Jan 28: Wildcat Walk and Roll Friday
Mon, Jan 31: Kindergarten (M,W,Th) After School Enrichment classes begin
Wed, Feb 2: ELAC (English Learners Advisory Committee) Meeting
Thurs, Feb 3: Battle of the Books Meeting – 12:15
Fri, Feb 4: K-2nd Grade Sing and Performance – 8:30 AM – Auditorium
Feb. 2-4: 5th Grade CIMI (Channel Islands Marine Institute) Camp
Mon, Feb 7: Kingston’s Candy Co. Fundraiser
Wed, Feb 9: Jogathon kick-off assembly
Thurs, Feb 10: BMX show!
Fri, Feb 11: Lincoln’s Birthday observed - No school
Mon, Feb 21: Washington’s Birthday observed – No school

Tomorrow - Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!

6th Grade Family Drumming Night Tonight! 6:30-8:00 p.m.
To conclude the 6th grade African drumming residency with Cameron Tummel, the 6th graders will perform at and host a Family Drumming Night. All families of 6th graders are invited to join in for a night of family drumming fun, sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Bowl. This event is immediately following the Outdoor School Info Night starting at 6:00. Childcare and all instruments will be provided.

Shop at Kingston's Candy Company and Support Washington!
Check out the best new candy store in Santa Barbara! Come into Kingston's Candy Co. on Monday, February 7th to shop for all of your Valentine goodies and they will donate 20% of the proceeds to Washington! Plus, anyone who matches their donation will get a free Kingston’s shirt! Recently opened by Washington parents Donald and Sarah Jaimes, Kingston's Candy Co. offers a huge variety of candies from the latest wacky creations to your nostalgic favorites, and gift wrapping is free! The store is located at 3415 State St. and is open from 11am - 6pm. Thank you, Kingston’s!

Thank You, 7-11!
The Hospitality committee would like to thank Washington’s Podratz family, who owns 7-11 on the Mesa, for their generosity. 7-11 donates the delicious coffee for all the "Principal Coffees" and PTO meetings. In addition, they donated coffee and hot chocolate for the outdoor movie night. Thank you!

After School Enrichment
The Enrichment Committee will be meeting soon to create the Spring Schedule. If you would like to teach a new enrichment class or know of a class you would like to see here at Washington (ex. Cooking, Guitar, Singing) Please email Linda Meyer.
Our goal is to provide a variety of classes that will truly enrich our children's afternoons! Thank You.

K-2nd Grade Sing/Music/Movement Performance!
Fri, Feb 4th - 8:30 AM - Auditorium
Kathy Hayden and Patty Teel, our K-2nd grade Music Specialists, invite you to the K-1st-2nd grade LOVE and PEACE Sing and Performance by our budding musicians, dancers and singers! Bring friends and family to enjoy this delightful musical sing!

Pianist Still Needed for the K-2nd Performance!
Kathy Hayden, our K-2 Music Specialist, is still looking for someone to play the piano to accompany and fill gaps during the show on Feb 4th at 8:30 AM. If you or someone you know might be interested, please email Lisa Fell. Thanks!

Battle of the Books - 4th-6th Grade – Next mtg Feb. 3
Attention Parents of Battle of the Books Participants!
Battle of the Books meetings will be held every other Thursday at 12:15 in a tbd room until the final group of 5 is selected. Once the final 5 are chosen, meetings will be every week. A sign will be posted outside the library as a means of reminding students. Please see the white board on the library for location of the meeting. The book list is available in the library. If you have any questions please ask Mrs. Szumski or Ms. McBurnie. Happy reading!

Attention: Online Shoppers!
Earn $$ for Washington each time you shop!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

THE PLAYGROUND “PLAY BY PLAY”
Dear Playground Committee: My child loves to play Wall Ball (also known as Hand Ball)! Could you let me know the rules so that I can review them with my child? Different grade levels seem to have different rules – I am confused. Thanks. --Wondering Wildcat

Dear Wondering Wildcat, we are happy to clarify for everyone, read on! --The Playground Committee

Wildcat Wall Ball Rules
Only two players in a game.
Server hits ball, causing the ball to bounce one time before hitting the wall.
Other player hits the rebound ball. That ball may bounce only one time between the player and the wall and when returned, must bounce one time before hitting the wall. Server must have a decent serve so the opponent has an opportunity to hit the ball.
The ball must bounce within boundary lines. Lines are IN.
First player in line is the judge. The judge must make fair calls on all players.
Play continues until a player is out. Winner serves to next player in line.
Before play starts at recess, the child who gets the ball can determine which shots are allowed (i.e., Slammers, Babies, Cross-countries, Spins, Scoops, etc…). However, the basic rules of play must be followed. If a player “wins the whole line” they can change the shots that are allowed.
Waiting children must line up along (and behind) the side-line to not interfere with play.
The hitter is OUT if:
--A player hits the ball and it does not reach the wall
--Ball lands out of bounds (outside the lines).
--Ball bounces twice on the blacktop before the opponent hits it.
--Ball is caught or held. (1-second rule for “Scoops”)
--Ball hits the wall first then bounces. (No Bullets)
--Ball hits the body of either of the two players when attempting their turn.
The ball is a “REDO” when:
--Ball hits the ground and wall at the same time (called a Pop-up or Butt-crack)
--Ball contacts children waiting in line.
--A player blocks his opponent.
--The judge didn’t see a shot and players are contesting.

Have Fun! Play Safe
The playgrounds have never been more fun for our Wildcats! Please consider how much of your time you can contribute to assist our Yard Duty and to engage students in safe and fun play. The commitment can be as much or little as you wish – one lunch hour can make a HUGE difference. Invite your family and community members (non-related volunteers will need a background check).

Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you (morning or lunch recess). It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201. Any questions or a copy of the playground rules and equipment guidelines, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

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January 20, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events

Fri, Jan 21: Rock & Roll Spirit Day (and Walk and Roll Day!)

Fri, Jan 21: Washington vs Harding 6th Grade Soccer Game 12:30pm @Harding School
Wed, Jan 26: Coffee with the Principal
Thurs, Jan 27: 6th Grade Family Drumming Night - Auditorium, 6:30p.m.

Mon, Jan 31: Kindergarten After School Enrichment Classes Begin
Fri, Feb 4: K-2nd Grade Sing and Performance – 8:30am- Auditorium

Thurs, Feb 3: Battle of the Books Meeting – 12:15pm

Feb. 2-4: 5th Grade CIMI (Channel Islands Marine Institute) Camp
Fri, Feb 4: K-2nd Grade Sing and Performance – 8:30 AM – Auditorium

Tomorrow - Rock and Roll Spirit Day!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School and Let's Rock and Roll! Dress up in your favorite rock look of any era. Think 50's Rock A Billy, 60's tie-dye, 70s Glam, 80's punk, 90's grunge, big hair and more. Elvis, anyone?! Be prepared to rock out on the playground to some cool music. We want to see lots of Rockin Wildcats!

Tomorrow - Don't Miss the Spirited Soccer Re-Match Featuring your Washington Wildcats against the Harding Hawks! 12:30pm @ Harding Elementary
Last year we lost but the game was close and this year we are ready! Come to Harding for a 12:30pm kickoff to cheer your Wildcats on!!!

ATTENTION: All Online Shoppers – Earn $$$ for Washington With Every On-line Purchase!
Did you know that you can earn up to 10% of your online purchases for Washington School simply by shopping through the eScrip Online Mall? It doesn’t cost anything extra, and you can shop at most of the places you already go to, including Amazon, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Borders, eBay, Home Depot and so many more (over 700)! Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/>, and register your credit cards. (Washington's ID is 136559079.) Then each time you’re ready to shop, just start at the eScrip online mall (which is under the “Family of Merchants”), and go to the merchant of your choice. Email Felicia Kashevaroff with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

After School Enrichment Classes
Even though some classes started this week, some have yet to start AND it is NOT too late to sign up for classes that still have spaces. Brochures and sign-up forms are available in the office or here:

2011 Winter Enrichment Brochure

English Sign Up Sheet

2011 Winter Enrichment Spanish Brochure

Spanish Sign Up Sheet

PLEASE do not contact any enrichment teachers directly to try and get into a class that is full.
All class registration is done through the Enrichment committee so we can keep track of your children for their safety. It is also something the Enrichment teachers have no control over class enrollment and did not sign up for responding to requests from parents. You have the option to start on Tuesday Jan. 18.

Please complete registration form, attach cash, separate check or money order for each class, made payable to WSF (Washington School Foundation), and return to the enrichment box located in the school office.
CLASSES STILL AVAILABLE:
Monday- Art classes; Drama for TV & Theater; Hoop Dance;Tennis; Yearbook
Tuesday-Keyboard Club
Wednesday- Kinder Soccer,Chess, Karate, Mystery Science
Thursday-Hip Hop 3-6, Frisbee, Watercolor Painting, Garden Club (1-2)

(Due to Tuesday's Hip Hop sell-out, we are now offering Thursday's Hip Hop class to 3rd graders.)
SOLD OUT:
Tuesday-Hip Hop, Soccer
Wednesday-Street Hockey and Yoga
Thursday-Kinder Garden Club

If you have questions about enrichment classes please email Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org or call Martee at 637-4674. Please allow a day for a response. Thank You!

K-2nd Grade Sing/Music/Movement Performance!
Fri, Feb 4th - 8:30 AM - Auditorium
Kathy Hayden and Patty Teel, our K-2nd grade Music Specialists, invite you to the K-1st-2nd grade LOVE and PEACE Sing and Performance by our budding musicians, dancers and singers! Bring friends and family to enjoy this delightful musical sing!

Pianist Still Needed for the K-2nd Performance!
Kathy Hayden, our K-2 Music Specialist, is looking for someone to play the piano to accompany and fill gaps during the show on Feb 4th at 8:30 AM. If you’d like to volunteer or know of someone who might be interested, please email Lisa Fell. Thanks!

Congratulations to the winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. essay and poetry contest!
The local Anti-Defamation League annually organizes an essay and poetry contest for youth. The contest winners were acknowledged at a January 17, 2011, celebration at the Arlington Theatre. Congratulations to Washington Wildcat Emmi Wyttenbach, one of the prize winners!

Attention Wildcat Party Book Fans!
We’re ready for some new event ideas for the next few months. If you are interested in hosting a Party Book event or have a fun idea, please email Tami Sherman or 963-1492.

6th Grade Family Drumming Night - Jan. 27- 6:30-8:00 p.m.
To conclude the 6th grade African drumming residency with Cameron Tummel, the 6th graders will perform at and host a Family Drumming Night. All families of 6th graders are invited to join in for a night of family drumming fun, sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Bowl. This event is immediately following the Outdoor School Info Night starting at 6:00. Childcare and all instruments will be provided.

Battle of the Books - 4th-6th Grade – Next mtg Feb. 3
Attention Parents of Battle of the Books Participants!
Battle of the Books meetings will be held every other Thursday at 12:15 in a tbd room until the final group of 5 is selected. Once the final 5 are chosen, meetings will be every week. A sign will be posted outside the library as a means of reminding students. Please see the white board on the library for location of the meeting. The book list is available in the library. If you have any questions please ask Mrs. Szumski or Ms. McBurnie. Happy reading!

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January 13, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events

Tonight, Jan 13: PTO Meeting (6:30: Topic Discussion, 7:00: Board Mtg)
Fri, Jan 14: Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays
Fri, Jan 14: Spelling Bee – grades 4-6 – 1:30
Mon, Jan 17: No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
Tues, Jan 18: After School Enrichment classes begin
Fri, Jan 21: Rock & Roll Spirit Day (and Walk and Roll Day!)
Mon, Jan 31: Kindergarten After School Enrichment Classes Begin
Fri, Feb 4: K-2nd Grade Sing and Performance – 8:30am- Auditorium

Tomorrow - Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!

No School Monday, Jan 17th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
Enjoy your long weekend, and don’t forget to talk about the significance of Dr. King’s famous speech about racial equality – “I Have a Dream!”

PTO Meeting Tonight,Jan. 13th – 6:30 - 8:30pm – Aud.
Join us for tonight’s PTO discussion and board meeting. At 6:30-7:00 there will be a discussion about today’s education system and the pressures children face to succeed. The Board Meeting will start at 7:00, and all parents are welcome to attend. As always, free (PTO-sponsored) childcare will be provided in room KA next to the office. Light refreshments will be served. Plus door prizes!

After School Enrichment Classes – Starts Next Week

Most classes start next week please check the schedule to see when individual classes start. It’s not too late to sign up for most classes.
Please complete registration form, attach cash, separate check or money order for each class, made payable to WSF (Washington School Foundation), and return to the enrichment box located in the school office.
HIP HOP - TUESDAY CLASS- SOLD OUT

(Due to this sell-out, we are now offering Thursday's Hip Hop class to 3rd graders.)
THURSDAY KINDER GARDEN CLUB- SOLD OUT
TUESDAY SOCCER -SOLD OUT
THURSDAY YOGA- SOLD OUT
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2011 Winter Enrichment Brochure

English Sign Up Sheet

2011 Winter Enrichment Spanish Brochure

Spanish Sign Up Sheet

Brochures and sign-up forms are also in the office.All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. If a class fills up, you will be notified as soon as possible and your check will be returned. If there is not enough registration to hold the class, you will be notified the first week of classes and your check will be returned.

PLEASE do not contact any enrichment teachers directly to try and get into a class that is full.
All class registration is done through the Enrichment committee so we can keep track of your children for their safety. It is also something the Enrichment teachers have no control over class enrollment and did not sign up for responding to requests from parents. You have the option to start on Tuesday Jan. 18. If you have questions about enrichment classes please email Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org or call Martee at 637-4674. Please allow a day for a response. Thank You!

Prizes Needed!!! Volunteers Needed!!!
The Jog-a-thon committee needs lots of prizes to motivate the kids, but we're short on help with solicitation. This is a valuable skill to learn if you don’t already have it – we can train you! Please help us with this wonderful event by contacting Felicia.  Thank you!

Rock and Roll Spirit Day, Friday, January 21st
Let's Rock and Roll next Friday! Dress up in your favorite rock look of any era. Think 50's Rock A Billy, 60's tie-dye, 70s Glam, 80's punk, 90's grunge, big hair and more. Elvis, anyone?! Be prepared to rock out on the playground to some cool music. We want to see lots of Rockin Wildcats!

K-2nd Singing/Music/Dance Performance! Fri, Feb 4th-8:30am
You're Invited to the K-1st-2nd grade LOVE and PEACE Sing and Performance by our budding musicians, dancers and singers! Friday, February 4th, at 8:30am in the auditorium. Bring friends and family to enjoy this delightful musical sing!

Pianist Needed for the K-2nd Performance!
Kathy Hayden, our K-2 Music Specialist, is looking for someone to play the piano to accompany and fill gaps during the show on Feb 4th at 8:30 AM. If you’d like to volunteer or know of someone who might be interested, please reply to this email. Thanks!

Battle of the Books – 4th-6th Grade
Attention all 4-6 grade students! Now is your chance to join The Battle of the Books. We will meet once a week on Thursdays at 12:15 in the library to discuss books on the book list. It is a fun time to read and discuss books by well-known authors. At the end of the year the students will get to experience a special literary event at the Santa Barbara County Education Office with about 200 other students from Santa Barbara County. The book list is available in the library. If you have any questions please ask Mrs. Szumski or Ms. McBurnie.

Attention Wildcat Party Book Fans!
We’re ready for some new event ideas for the next few months. If you are interested in hosting a Party Book event or have a fun idea, please contact Tami Sherman   or 963-1492.

Watch for our Washington students in The Wiz!
If you attend The Wiz at the Lobero on January 15-16, note the performances of Kayla Peacok (4th grade - Clack, Chelsea), Caroline Sjerven (4th grade - Caption Vice) and Wilson Sherman (5th grade - Messenger).

Go Wildcats!

Celtic Spring Performance, Friday at 12:45 and 1:40
Celtic Spring will present an assembly this Friday. This local family has reached international fame, including being a finalist on America’s Got Talent, through their Irish fiddling and dancing. The group consists of 2 parents and their 6 kids. Parents are welcome to attend the performances. You can see more of them at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJlsAguqE8o&feature=related.

JOG-A-THON T-SHIRT SPONSORS WANTED!
Do you know a business that would like to support the Wildcats and have their logo on the most-worn t-shirt on the Mesa? The Jog-a-Thon Committee has a few spots left on the back of this year's t-shirt. The theme this year is "Rock & Run" and the shirts are going to be amazing! Approximately 800 shirts are printed, and every child at Washington gets a free t-shirt: made possible by the sponsors whose logos are on the back of the shirts. If you are interested, please contact Tami Sherman or 963-1492 or Maryann Spradley or 682-5370. Run, Wildcats, Run!

e-Scrip - 10% Goes Back to Schools!!!
Now through January 25th, eScrip is running a special promotion. When you use your Vons card on thousands of participating items, 10% goes back to Washington School. Look for the yellow school bus logo on price tags throughout the store. Once an item is purchase, if you're already registered with eScrip, the funds are automatically credited to Washington. If you're not registered, go to eScrip.com and follow the easy instructions. Washington School's ID number is 136559079. Don't forget to ask friends and family members to register their cards too! For more information, contact Felicia Kashevaroff.

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January 6, 2011 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tomorrow, Fri, Jan 7: Cultural Assembly – Celtic Spring – 12:45 and 1:40
Wed, Jan 12: Geography Bee – grades 4-6 – 1:30 *Note date change from email
Thurs, Jan 13: PTO Meeting (6:30: Topic Discussion, 7:00: Board Meeting)
Fri, Jan 14: Spelling Bee – grades 4-6 – 1:30 *Note date change from email
Mon, Jan 17: No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
Tues, Jan 18: After School Enrichment classes begin (grades 1-6, Tuesday Kindergarten classes)
Mon, Jan 31: Kindergarten After School Enrichment classes begin (Except Tuesday classes)

Happy New Year!
Welcome back.

PTO Meeting – Thurs, Jan. 13th – 6:30-8:30pm – Auditorium
Join us at next week’s PTO discussion and board meeting. At 6:30-7:00 there will be a discussion about the topics from the two documentaries, “Race to Nowhere” and “Waiting for Superman.” (See below for details.) The Board Meeting will start at 7:00, and parents are encouraged to be present. As always, free (PTO-sponsored) childcare will be provided in room KA next to the office - check in with Cristina. Light refreshments will be served. Plus door prizes!

After School Enrichment Classes Begin Tuesday, January 18

We have some great new classes as well as our old favorites!
Enrichment Class sign ups begin tomorrow Friday, January 7, 2011.
All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. If a class fills up, you will be notified as soon as possible and your check will be returned. If there is not enough registration to hold the class, you will be notified the first week of classes and your check will be returned. Please complete registration form, attach cash, separate check or money order for each class, made payable to Washington School Foundation, Inc., and return to the enrichment box located in the school office.
Click her for updated:

2011 Winter Enrichment Brochure

English Sign Up Sheet

2011 Winter Enrichment Spanish Brochure

Spanish Sign Up Sheet

Registration runs through next week. Kindergarten enrichment classes start Monday, Jan. 31, with the exception of the Tuesday classes that are combined with upper grades. You have the option to start on Tuesday Jan. 18. If you have questions about enrichment classes please email Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org
Please allow a day for a response. Thank You.

Celtic Spring Performance, Friday at 12:45 and 1:40
Celtic Spring will present an assembly this Friday. This local family has reached international fame, including being a finalist on America’s Got Talent, through their Irish fiddling and dancing. The group consists of 2 parents and their 6 kids. Parents are welcome to attend the performances. You can see more of them at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJlsAguqE8o&feature=related.

JOG-A-THON T-SHIRT SPONSORS WANTED!
Do you know a business that would like to support the Wildcats and have their logo on the most-worn t-shirt on the Mesa? The Jog-a-Thon Committee has a few spots left on the back of this year's t-shirt. The theme this year is "Rock & Run" and the shirts are going to be amazing! Approximately 800 shirts are printed, and every child at Washington gets a free t-shirt: made possible by the sponsors whose logos are on the back of the shirts. If you are interested, please contact Tami Sherman or 963-1492 or Maryann Spradley or 682-5370. Run, Wildcats, Run!

e-Scrip - 10% Goes Back to Schools!!!
Now through January 25th, eScrip is running a special promotion. When you use your Vons card on thousands of participating items, 10% goes back to Washington School. Look for the yellow school bus logo on price tags throughout the store. Once an item is purchase, if you're already registered with eScrip, the funds are automatically credited to Washington. If you're not registered, go to eScrip.com and follow the easy instructions. Washington School's ID number is 136559079. Don't forget to ask friends and family members to register their cards too! For more information, contact Felicia Kashevaroff.

Free Events!
“Race To Nowhere” will be screened on Sun, Jan. 9
Sold out, but reply to this email if you’d like tickets
If you have tickets you will not use, please reply to this email!
The documentary “Race To Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” will be showing on Sunday, January 9, 3pm, in the Arlington Theatre. This event is free and sponsored by the Orfalea Foundations, but unfortunately, due to popular demand, they are sold out at this point. Following the film there will be a panel discussion, including Dr. Madeline Levine (a psychologist on student stress and best-selling author), a university admissions director, and a mother and daughter pair. To learn more about the film and watch the trailer visit: www.racetonowhere.com

“Raising Kids in Our 24/7 Connected Culture”
Tues, Jan. 11, 7:00pm, at Battistone Hall, Marymount School
Presented by Jim Steyer, National Children’s Policy Expert and Media Entrepreneur and CEO and Founder of Common Sense Media. “Our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development.”
Adults only. Reservations to messenger@marymountsb.org<mailto:messenger@marymountsb.org> appreciated, drop-ins welcome. Marymount of Santa Barbara is located at 2130 Mission Ridge Rd.

The Battle of the Books

Attention all 4-6 grade students! Now is your chance to join The Battle of the Books. We will meet once a week on Thursdays at 12:15 in the library to discuss books on the book list. It is a fun time to read and discuss books by well-known authors. At the end of the year the students will get to experience a special literary event at the Santa Barbara County Education Office with about 200 other students from Santa Barbara County. The book list is available in the library. If you have any questions please ask
Mrs. Szumski or Ms. McBurnie

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December 16, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events

Dec 20-31: Winter Break – no school Upcoming Dates and Events

Happy Holidays, Everyone!
Have a joyful winter break. School resumes on Monday, Jan 3rd.

School Directories Are In!
Be on the lookout today or tomorrow in your child’s Thursday folder or backpack for your copy of the Washington School Foundation Student Directory. Many thanks to Shelley Foy and Ron Stevens for putting it all together, and also to Mike Meyer and Boone Graphics for printing the books. If you have any corrections for next year, please notify the school office.

iPad Raffle for 6th Grade Science Camp
Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets for the 2 iPads that were raffled off last week. Mr. Barnett pulled the tickets, and the lucky winners were the Andrade Family (Antonio - 6th grade, and Mia - 2nd grade) and the Stevens Family (Lily – 2nd grade). Congratulations and thank you for supporting Science Camp!

Magazine/Gift Sale Drawing
The drawing for the Fall Magazine/Gift Sale prizes was also held last week (pulled again by Mr. Barnett), and here are the winners. Thank you, Juliana Bramlage and Tammy Kronen, for all your work on this, and thank you everyone who participated in the gift sale! If you have any questions about your order, please call Tammy at 259-8902.
Wii Game Console - Maya Pannizzon (sssh – Christmas gift)
iPod Shuffle – Christopher Kayda
Scooter – Abby Brummett
Bag of Sports Balls – Carson Martin
Bag of Sports Balls – Spencer Jaimes
Bag of Sports Balls – Aiden Comrie
Bag of Sports Balls – Christopher Kayda
Bag of Sports Balls – Antonio Montalvo
Table Soccer Game – Andre Loren
Table Air Hockey Game – Abby Brummett
Table Shuffleboard Game – Kai Mills
Blenders Gift Certificate – Michelle Lara
Blenders Gift Certificate – Kayla Kent
Yogurtland Gift Certificate – Aliah Eichelberger
Beach House Gift Certificate – Emily Peterson
2 Movie Passes – Javier Flores
2 Movie Passes – Anthony Diaz
Jumbo Earphones – Nathaniel Denson
Water Bottle – Claire Kronen
USB Hub with Light – Julian Barthel

Mesa Community Donation Appeal Letter
Everyone who lives within the three Mesa Schools’ boundary lines should have received their letter by now. We already have donations coming in – let’s hope we receive more than we spent on the mailing! Thank you to Washington Alumn Gregg Leach from Village Properties Realty for supplying all the addresses. If anyone has questions, please contact Lisa Fell at 895-8453 or lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Anymore Holiday Shopping? Please do it through e-Scrip!
You can shop at many of your favorite online brand name stores and give a percentage back to Washington at no extra cost to you – simply start from the e-Scrip mall on the website, which will lead you to all the other stores. Go to www.escrip.com<http://www.escrip.com/> Washington’s group ID number is 136559079. Thank you!

Free event: “Race To Nowhere” will be screened on Jan. 9
The documentary “Race To Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” will be showing on Sunday, January 9, 3pm, in the Arlington Theatre. This event is free and sponsored by the Orfalea Foundations, but seating is limited. Following the film there will be a panel discussion, including Dr. Madeline Levine (a psychologist on student stress and best-selling author), a university admissions director, and a mother and daughter pair. Seating is limited. Required pre-registration is available online at http://rtnarlingtontheatre.eventbrite.com<http://rtnarlingtontheatre.eventbrite.com/>.
To learn more about the film and watch the trailer visit: www.racetonowhere.com<http://www.racetonowhere.com/>.

Washington Dad will be Santa at the Natural History Museum’s Winter FUNderland!
JT Moorman’s dad (David) is going to be Santa Claus at Winter FUNderland on Saturday, December 18 from 10 AM – 4 PM at the SB Museum of Natural History. The winter festival is loaded with lots of fun activities and filled with many opportunities to learn more about science, nature and culture. There will be reindeer, Chumash storytelling, crafts, and more. For more info, go to http://www.sbnature.org/about/516.html. Stop by and sit on Santa’s lap! No charge for pictures…just remember to bring your camera.

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December 2, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events

Fri, Dec 3: Donuts with Dads before school at the Book Fair

Sat, Dec 4: CELEBRATE LIGHTS! on the Mesa 2010 – info below

Wed, Dec 8: UCSB-Sponsored Talk – 6:00 PM - Auditorium

Wed, Dec 8: Fall Magazine/Gift Sale Prize Drawing

Thurs, Dec 9: 6th Grade iPad Raffle Drawing

Fri, Dec 10: 4th grade Marketplace during morning recess

now-Dec 11: Student Council Penny and Canned Food Drive

Wed, Dec 15: Coffee with Principal – 8:20 AM - Auditorium

Dec 20-31: Winter Break – no school

Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays - Tomorrow

Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!


DONUTS WITH DADS - Tomorrow, Fri. Dec. 3, 7:45–8:45 am

Last year was such a hit, we're doing it again! Please join us at the Book Fair on Friday, Dec. 3 before school (we'll open about 7:45) for Donuts with Dads. Of course, any dad-like person will do: uncle, grandpa, big brother, really cool dude! Shop with your kids and enjoy a donut on the house. "Dads" are welcome to stay to shop after school starts. Thanks for your support of reading and the Book Fair!

*** Don’t forget, every student gets $5 to spend on books. If your son/daughter hasn’t taken advantage of this yet, tomorrow is the last day. There is a list at the check-out counter. Contact Jim Buckley for details jbuckley@earthlink.net

6th Grade iPad Raffle! Ends next week on Thurs, Dec. 9th

Two (2) iPads by Apple will be raffled off on December 9th - just in time for the holidays! Twice the opportunities to win! Find a 6th grader or go to the office and get your name in the running. Tickets are $10.00 each - proceeds go toward 6th Grade Science Camp. Thank you!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS MesaNeighbors!
As you know, this Saturday, December 4, we will for the first time light up our Mesa Business Center with a whole day fun event (starts at 11am). We hope that you will encourage your constituencies to come and join our neighbors and visitors. please plan on lingering at our shops, perhaps dining.

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Questions? Alice 845-6870 (OK until midnight daily)

Penny and Canned Food Drive – on now until Dec. 11

The student council is having a penny and canned food drive to benefit the Unity Shoppe. It ends on December 11. Classrooms are collecting the loot, and the council members will collect it and put it in the auditorium to be picked up by the Unity Shoppe. Thanks, everyone!

Sponsored Talk on Dec 8th – 6:00 PM in the Auditorium -

Helping your child develop virtues that lead to happiness and success!

Please RSVP in the office any time until Wednesday, December 8th.

Join us on Wednesday, December 8th, at 6:00PM, to hear this talk on the important subject of positive identity. Helping your child achieve optimal functioning is every parent’s dream and a focus of Positive Psychology.  Drs. Collie Conoley (Director of the UCSB Positive Psychology Center) and Jane Close Conoley (Dean of the Gevirtz School of Education) present a practical approach to develop a happy child through helping your child develop a positive identity.  Research has identified virtues that help children and adults become happy people.  Happy children have better social relationships, learn more easily, avoid teenage drug abuse and problem drinking, as well as have stronger immune systems. Purposefully choosing the virtues that your family endorses supports your child’s health and character development.

Magazine/Gift Sale – Prize Drawing on Dec. 8!

Thank you to those who participated in our magazine/gift sale! Items that were ordered on time will be delivered before school gets out. If you missed your chance, you can still order online - go to www.gafundraising.com. The online store id is 1232396. For every two items your child sold, he/she has been entered in the drawing for exciting prizes – a Wii game console, scooter, ipod shuffle, balls, gift cards to Blenders, Yogurtland, PacSun and the Beach House, movie  passes and more!! The drawing will be on Wednesday, December 8th, the day the items get delivered. Questions, contact Juliana Bramlage at 453-4345 or ejkayda@cox.net.

4th grade Marketplace - Fri, Dec 10, during morning recess

Next Friday, December 10th, the 4th graders will be holding a marketplace during the morning recesses.  They will be selling homemade crafts and baked goodies.  This is to culminate a study on small businesses.  The profits they earn will benefit Heifer International. 

Magoo’s Shoes

Every year, 3rd grade teacher Mrs. (Tia) Blickley coordinates a program that provides new shoes and socks for students at Washington school with the help of donations from the school community, staff and outside donations. Last year they were able to buy shoes for 65 students.  They are planning on going to Sears on December 14th to buy the shoes with the children. Any donations (payable to Washington School Foundation) can either be given to Mrs. Blickley or sent to her mother-in-law Madeline Blickley at 1200 San Antonio Creek Rd. If you have any questions or wish to join them at Sears to help the children get fitted on December 14, please come see Mrs. Blickley, or you can email or call Madeline at mad@blickley.com or 964-7033. Any money received later than that is applied to next year’s shoes. Thank you!

Have you signed up or renewed your e-Scrip yet? It’s so easy!

Before you do your holiday shopping, please help Washington take advantage of the e-Scrip and grocery store community rewards programs!  Renew your memberships or register your cards today.  Last year we made over $4,000 from these programs!  It only takes a moment of your time and doesn’t cost a penny. These programs have to be renewed each year, but once a year is not much effort for the returns they make! Go to www.escrip.com in order to register your Von’s card, Visa and Mastercard, Macy’s card and more!  Washington’s group ID number is 136559079. To register your Ralph’s card, go to www.ralphs.com, scroll down to the bottom of the page, under Services, click on “Community Contributions,” Scroll down to Participant and click on “Enroll.”  Our NPO number is 82608.

NEWSFLASH!! You can shop at many of your favorite online brand name stores and give a percentage back to Washington at no extra cost to you – simply start from the e-Scrip mall on the website, which will lead you to all the other stores.

Thank you very much!!

Wildcat Wear Fridays! Open for Sale on THURSDAYS now!

Show your school spirit and get credit for wearing your Wildcat Wear on Fridays!

New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are open every **THURSDAY** morning at 8am in the auditorium.  Start thinking about holiday gifts for friends and relatives, a Washington School totebag makes a great gift for teachers and grandparents!

Order forms are available in a binder in the office, or here!

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750.

Performances at our Secondary Schools

  • Goleta Valley Junior High School: Got Broadway? Saturday, December 4 at 7pm and Sunday, December 5 at 2pm
  • San Marcos High School Sheltered Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew, December 9, 10, and 11 at 7pm, and December 12 at 2pm, in room I-10.
  • Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir: Holiday Festival of Voices 2010 on Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11
  • Various district schools will be performing in the Holiday Parade on State Street, Friday, December 3, at 6:30pm
  • La Cumbre Junior High School: Aladdin Junior, 7pm, Tuesday December 14, 2010

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November 24, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Wed-Fri, Nov 24-26: Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

Nov. 29-Dec. 11: Student Council Penny and Canned Food Drive
Tues-Fri, Nov 30- Dec 3: Book Fair before and after school in Auditorium
Wed, Dec 1: Book Fair Family Night – 5:00-7:30pm - Auditorium
Thurs, Dec 2: Free Family Fuel Class – 8:30-11:00am - Auditorium

Wed, Dec 8: Fall Magazine/Gift Sale Prize Drawing

Thurs, Dec 9: 6th Grade iPad Raffle Drawing

Wed, Dec 15: Coffee with Principal – 8:20 AM - Auditorium

Dec 20-31: Winter Break – no school

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

BOOK FAIR BEGINS! More Volunteers Needed Each Day!

Time to read, everyone! The annual Washington School Book Fair starts Tuesday, Nov. 30. The store will be open for students before and after school Nov. 30 through Dec. 3; parents are welcome to stay after drop off or come early at pickup to do their shopping. Don't forget about Family Night: Weds. Dec. 1 from 5 to 7:30. Buy books, help the school, and eat pizza...what could be more fun? And don't forget to ask your kids about their author visits. Every kid at Washington will not only get a free book, courtesy of the PTO, but will have a talk with a real author! Please support the Book Fair. Any volunteers or questions to jbuckley@earthlink.net

DONUTS WITH DADS Fri. Dec. 3, 7:45–8:45 am

Last year was such a hit, we're doing it again! Please join us at the Book Fair on Friday, Dec. 3 before school (we'll open about 7:45) for Donuts with Dads. Of course, any dad-like person will do: uncle, grandpa, big brother, really cool dude! Shop with your kids and enjoy a donut on the house. "Dads" are welcome to stay to shop after school starts. Thanks for your support of reading and the Book Fair!

Free Family Fuel Love & Logic Parenting Class at Washington

Thurs, Dec 2, 8:30 - 11:00 AM - Strategies for Successful Tweens

Learn practical, easy to learn strategies to teach tweens respect, responsibility, and good decision-making as well as skills for home issues like chores, and school issues like homework & bullying.

6th Grade Raffle on now! Nov 22nd – Dec. 9th

Two (2) iPads by Apple will be raffled off on December 9th - just in time for the holidays! Twice the opportunities to win! Find a 6th grader or go to the office and get your name in the running. Tickets are $10.00 each - proceeds go toward 6th Grade Science Camp. Thank you!

Penny and Canned Food Drive – Nov. 29 - Dec. 11

The student council will be having a penny and canned food drive to benefit the Unity Shoppe. It will start on November 29 and end on December 11. Classrooms will collect the loot and the council members will collect it and put it in the auditorium to be picked up by the Unity Shoppe. Thanks, everyone!

Magazine/Gift Sale – Prize Drawing on Dec. 8!

Thank you to those who participated in our magazine/gift sale! Items that were ordered on time will be delivered before school gets out. If you missed your chance, you can still order online - go to www.gafundraising.com. The online store id is 1232396. For every two items your child sold, he/she has been entered in the drawing for exciting prizes – a Wii game console, scooter, ipod shuffle, balls, gift cards to Blenders, Yogurtland, PacSun and the Beach House, movie  passes and more!! The drawing will be on Wednesday, December 8th, the day the items get delivered. Questions, contact Juliana Bramlage at 453-4345 or ejkayda@cox.net.

Movie Days were a hit!

Thank you, Mary Dochterman and Susie Scribner, for all your work coordinating the successful Movie Days during Conference Week, and thank you, participants, for contributing to the 6th grade science camp!

Thank You Jr. Chef Party Hosts!

A huge thank you to the hosts of the Jr. Chefs with Mr. Nitikman Party - the Yamasakis, Ericksons, Guilfoyles and Buckleys. A good time was had by all!

The kids were professional chefs for the day.  Jambalaya, Cajun chicken strips, handmade meatballs and wontons were all on the menu along with giant kebabs.  Delicious bread pudding and ice cream sundaes topped off a perfect night, with the kids helping in every aspect - prepping, cooking and serving.  And of course, eating!  A special thank you to Mr. N for his expertise and guidance!

Have you signed up or renewed your e-Scrip yet? It’s so easy!

Before you do your holiday shopping, please help Washington take advantage of the e-Scrip and grocery store community rewards programs!  Renew your memberships or register your cards today.  Last year we made over $4,000 from these programs!  It only takes a moment of your time and doesn’t cost a penny. These programs have to be renewed each year, but once a year is not much effort for the returns they make! Go to www.escrip.com in order to register your Von’s card, Visa and Mastercard, Macy’s card and more!  Washington’s group ID number is 136559079. To register your Ralph’s card, go to www.ralphs.com, scroll down to the bottom of the page, under Services, click on “Community Contributions,” Scroll down to Participant and click on “Enroll.”  Our NPO number is 82608.

NEWSFLASH!! You can shop at many of your favorite online brand name stores and give a percentage back to Washington at no extra cost to you – simply start from the e-Scrip mall on the website, which will lead you to all the other stores.

Thank you very much!!

Wildcat Wear Fridays! Open for Sale on THURSDAYS now!

Show your school spirit and get credit for wearing your Wildcat Wear on Fridays!

New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are open every **THURSDAY** morning at 8am in the auditorium.  Start thinking about holiday gifts for friends and relatives, a Washington School totebag makes a great gift for teachers and grandparents!

Order forms are available in a binder in the office, or here!

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750.

 

Performances at our Secondary Schools

  • Goleta Valley Junior High School: Got Broadway? Saturday, December 4 at 7pm and Sunday, December 5 at 2pm
  • San Marcos High School Sheltered Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew, December 9, 10, and 11 at 7pm, and December 12 at 2pm, in room I-10.
  • Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir: Holiday Festival of Voices 2010 on Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11
  • Various district schools will be performing in the Holiday Parade on State Street, Friday, December 3, at 6:30pm
  • La Cumbre Junior High School: Aladdin Junior, 7pm, Tuesday December 14, 2010

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November 18, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Fri, Nov 19: Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays
Sat, Nov 20: Party Book – Jr. Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman
Wed-Fri, Nov 24-26: Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
Tues-Fri, Nov 30- Dec 3: Book Fair before and after school in Auditorium
Wed, Dec 1: Book Fair Family Night – 5:00-7:30pm - Auditorium
Thurs, Dec 2: Free Family Fuel Class – 8:30-11:00am - Auditorium
Wed, Dec 15: Coffee with Principal – 8:20am - Auditorium
Dec 20-31: Winter Break – No School

Tomorrow - Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!

Thank You for Providing Lunch for the Teachers and Staff!
We’ve had a great variety of delicious food for the teachers and staff this week – thanks so much, everyone! In their rush to get ready for their conferences, the teachers really appreciate being able to grab a delicious lunch provided with love by our awesome grateful families to keep them going all afternoon. They love the notes, too! If you haven’t had a chance to bring anything in yet, there is still one more day tomorrow. This is Kindergarten’s day, and I’m sure they’d love the help.
Questions? Contact Brigitte Wright at 568-3633 or threesuns@cox.net.
Please remember to come pick up your serving dishes. Thank you again!

6th Grade Raffle starts this Monday! Nov 22nd – Dec. 9th

Two (2) iPads by Apple will be raffled off on December 9th - just in time for the holidays! Twice the opportunities to win! Find a 6th grader or go to the office and get your name in the running. Tickets are $10.00 each - proceeds go toward 6th Grade Science Camp. Thank you!

BOOK FAIR!
Mark your calendars now for the annual Washington School Book Fair and Author Week! Once again, every class will have a visit from an author, and every kid will get a free book (worth up to $5), thanks to the PTO and you generous parents! All other funds raised will go to buy books for classrooms and libraries.
Book Fair: before and after school, Nov. 30 through Dec. 3
Family Night: Weds, Dec. 1, 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Party Book this Saturday – Last Chance!
Junior Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman - 2 spots left
Saturday November 20th, 2:30pm – 7:30pm
4th – 6th Graders: Come learn tips from a PRO! Washington’s own “Mr. N” will impart to his Jr. Chefs the skills he learned working in top restaurants in France. Junior Chefs join him in the kitchen at 2:30pm for a cooking lesson extraordinaire, after which the junior chefs will themselves prepare all of the cuisine ; Parents (and siblings) are invited to dinner at 6:00pm. At the home of the Yamasaki Family.$75 per Student. Hosted by the Yamisaki, Buckley, Erickson and Guilfoyle Families. Questions about Party Book? Contact Tami Sherman Click here for Party Book registration form

Fax your sign-up to 456-2922 or bring it to the school office!

Free Family Fuel Love & Logic Parenting Class at Washington
Thurs, Dec 2, 8:30 - 11:00 AM - Strategies for Successful Tweens
Learn practical, easy to learn strategies to teach tweens respect, responsibility, and good decision-making as well as skills for home issues like chores, and school issues like homework & bullying.

Family Movie Night Was Fun Last Week!
Thank you everyone for helping us celebrate reaching $120,000 in the Wildcat Pride Campaign!!
Thank you to the Kronen Family for providing the awesome movie set-up! Contact Tammy Kronen if you’re interested in hosting a “Dinner and a Movie” – her new business for throwing fun parties the easy way – it’s all done for you!
Thank you also to the Podratz Family, who owns 7-11, for donating all the free coffee and hot chocolate, and to the Dew Family, from Lazy Acres, for donating all the free granola bars and fruit leathers!

Wildcat Wear Fridays! Open for Sale on THURSDAYS Now!

Show your school spirit and get credit for wearing your Wildcat Wear on Fridays!
New hours for the Wildcat Store--we are open every **THURSDAY** morning at 8am in the auditorium. Start thinking about holiday gifts for friends and relatives, a Washington School totebag makes a great gift for teachers and grandparents!
Order forms are available in a binder in the office, or here!

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750.

Help! After School Enrichment Program Still Needs a Volunteer!
Join the team! Currently, we do not have a lead coordinator of the after school enrichment program. We do already have someone who takes care of all the accounting as well as someone who works with the instructors. We need someone who can be the contact person if there are questions and can be present at school from time to time as needed when the sessions begin. There is a great selection of classes scheduled to be offered for the Winter Session, including two brand new classes, but no further additional classes can be offered at this time until we find someone else to help with the logistics. If you have questions about this position, please reply to this email, and we will contact you.
Thank you!!

Lice at Washington
Like many other schools, we have had some cases of children with lice recently. Please remember that lice are not discriminatory. They are found at the poorest schools and at the most affluent schools and summer camps. They also do not discriminate with regard to the cleanliness of one’s hair. So, it’s always a good idea to regularly check your child’s hair for live lice or their eggs (nits) to reduce the chances of spreading lice to other family members or students. Lice will continue to be around schools as they always have, but we can reduce the number of families that have to deal with them by doing a few simple things:

Do regularly check your kids’ heads to reduce spreading lice within your family and at school.
Do keep sweaters/jackets that aren’t being worn inside children’s backpacks and zipped up. Remember that the backpacks are all side by side, and lice can crawl from one sweater to another if they’re touching each other.
Don’t leave sweaters/jeckets on the backs of the chairs in the classrooms when they aren’t wearing them. Many of the grades do switching, so if a child with lice leaves their sweatshirt on their chair and another child comes and sits in their chair, we’re making it easier for the lice to climb aboard another head.
Don’t share brushes, hats, hair accessories, clothes or towels at home and at school.
If you do find lice or nits, do wash their hair with some sort of lice shampoo, remove the knits/eggs with a comb and/or your finger nails, and wash or bag up whatever needs it at home or in the car, like sheets, clothes they wore, towels, etc.
Do recheck their hair for repeat infestations or missed nits that grow, hatch and lay new nits.
Here is a link with lots of info about head lice: www.sbparent.com/Parent_Tips/index.html?category=56&subcategory=472 . Also, we can’t vouch for them personally, but here is an example of a lice removal service that we know someone was happy with after they ended up with a number of reinfestations: http://hairwhisperers.com /

Thank you, everyone, for doing your part in keeping this issue at bay!


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November 10, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
TONIGHT, Wed, Nov 10: Family Movie Night – Toy Story 3
Thurs, Nov 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday – no school

Fri, Nov 12: Minimum Day - Minimum Day - dismissal times 11:25am K-3rd, 11:40am 4th-6th

Mon, Nov 15: last day to turn in Fall Magazine/Gift Sale orders

Tues, Nov 16: GATE and Advanced Learning Information Night for the Elementary District

Nov 15-19: Parent/Teacher Conference Week - Minimum Days
Nov 15-19: Movie Days: After school care during P/T Conference Week
Sat, Nov 20: Party Book – Jr. Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman
Nov 24-26: Thanksgiving Holiday – no school
Nov 30- Dec 3: Book Fair before and after school in Auditorium
Wed, Dec 3: Book Fair Family Night – 5:00-7:30 PM - Auditorium

Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays Challenge!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!
Join fellow Wildcats as we Walk & Roll on Fridays and take the Walk & Roll Challenge. We invite everyone to get out of the family car and get to school by biking, walking, scootering, skating, carpooling or riding the bus every Friday. The Walk & Roll Challenge is a year-long competition between classes. The classes with the most alternative commuters will win prizes throughout the year with a grand prize trip to Zodo's Bowling for the winning class! Fridays are Wildcat Wear Days, so the kids will also get credit for wearing their Wildcat Wear!
Walk & Roll - It's good for you and good for the environment!

Fall Magazine/Gift Sale – Order Forms Due Monday!
This weekend is your last chance to place your orders! Renew magazines and purchase holiday gift items, jewelry, wrapping paper and chocolates. We’re only half way towards our fundraising goal for the year, so we appreciate this support. If you were not able to contribute to the Wildcat Pride Campaign as much as you would have liked, then this is a great opportunity to offer more support. To order online, go to www.gafundraising.com. The online store id is 1232396. If you have questions, contact Juliana Bramlage at 453-4345 or ejkayda@cox.net. ***Any unused packets can be returned for reuse. Items ordered on time will be delivered before school gets out.
NEW THIS YEAR! We are offering a great new incentive program instead of the prizes that come from the company. For every two items your child sells, he/she will be entered in the drawing for exciting prizes at the end of the sale – a Wii game console, scooter, ipod shuffle, balls, gift cards to Blenders, Yogurtland, PacSun and the Beach House, movie passes and more!!

TONIGHT! Family Movie Night - Toy Story 3 – 6:00 PM
Dress warm!! Free for All Families! Pizza for sale at 5:30 PM
Thank you everyone for helping us reach $120,000 in the Wildcat Pride Campaign!! As a celebration, the PTO is hosting a free Family Movie Night for all Washington families! Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day and no school, so it’s perfect for a night out! It will be dark and cold, so bring flashlights and blankets. Since we need power, we’ll be on the blacktop, so bring your beach chairs. If you have taller chairs, please sit in the back. Please allow room for the kids to put down blankets in the front. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided. We’ll also sell pizza starting at 5:30. Thank you, donors, for your generous donations!

Conference Week – November 15th – 19th
Teachers/Staff Lunch Items Needed
Please help us thank our teachers and staff by bringing in lunch items during conference week. This is a wonderful Washington School tradition that they really appreciate. You can bring your dish to the staff lounge by 10:00 am on your grade's day so that we have time to arrange the dishes into an attractive buffet. Cards and/or pictures from your children are a nice touch! Examples of items to bring - chips & dip, salads, veggies, fruit, finger foods, sandwiches, cold cuts/cheese & crackers, baked goods, & desserts.
Thank you!
Mon, Nov 15: 5th & 6th GRADE
Tues, Nov 16: 3rd & 4th GRADE
Wed, Nov 17: 2nd GRADE
Thur, Nov 18: 1ST GRADE
Fri, Nov 19: KINDERGARTEN
If your assigned day doesn't work, feel free to bring something in on another day! Questions? Contact Brigitte Wright at 568-3633 or threesuns@cox.net.
NOTE TO KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES: We understand that you do not have conferences during this week. However, we do not provide lunch items for the teachers and staff during the times when your conferences occur, so this gives you the opportunity to help as well. Thank you!

Movie Days! After School Care During Conference Week – Movie Days!
Price Change - noted below

The 6th Grade classes are hosting After School Movies in the auditorium during Parent-Teacher Conference Week as a fundraiser for their trip to Science Camp.  Adult supervision is provided while your child plays outside, eats lunch then watches a movie in the auditorium. We hope your child will join us for one or all of the movies during this week!

Where: Washington School Cafeteria and Playground

Time: 11:25 am until 2:40 pm 

Dates: November 15th - 19th

Cost: $12/child or $48/whole week

$8/sibling same day or $32/whole week

$4/other siblings or $16/whole week

Details: Please send your child with a sack lunch or make arrangements to get one from the cafeteria. Snack and water will be provided during the movies.
Space is limited, so sign-up early and reserve a spot.
Click here for list of movies playing daily and a sign up form.  Click here for Spanish version.


BOOK FAIR!
Mark your calendars now for the annual Washington School Book Fair and Author Week! Once again, every class will have a visit from an author, and every kid will get a free book (worth up to $5), thanks to the PTO and you generous parents! All other funds raised will go to buy books for classrooms and libraries.
Book Fair: before and after school, Nov. 30 through Dec. 3
Family Night: Weds, Dec. 3, 5 pm to 7:30 pm

After School Enrichment Program Needs a Volunteer!

Join the team! Currently, we do not have a lead coordinator of the after school enrichment program. We do already have someone who takes care of all the accounting as well as someone who works with the instructors. We need someone who can be the contact person if there are questions and can be present at school from time to time as needed when the sessions begin. There is a great selection of classes scheduled to be offered for the Winter Session, including two brand new classes, but no further additional classes can be offered at this time until we find someone else to help with the logistics. If you have questions about this position, please reply to this email, and we will contact you.
Thank you!!

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) & Advanced Learning Information
Night for Elementary Schools

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 / 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
Welcome and Introductions - Dr. J. Brian Sarvis, Superintendent
Overview of GATE and Advanced Learning - Robin Sawaske, Associate Superintendent
Research on GATE and Advanced Learning - Dr. Davis Hayden, Director of Research and Evaluation
GATE Identification & Placement - Harriet Whaley, Elementary GATE Identification Coordinator
Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Development & Parent Support - Teresa Koontz, Elementary GATE Program Coordinator. Questions and Answers afterwards. Click here for more information

Shepherd Farms’ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Sponsored by Washington School – boxes available Thursday
Farm Fresh Food Direct to You – You now have the option to sign up to have Shepherd Farms deliver a weekly box of produce to the school for you to pick up. This will also allow for on-location farming/gardening education classes for our students. They are bringing the boxes on Thursday even though it’s a holiday.

Click here for Shepherd Farms’ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership Form

Free Family Fuel Love & Logic Parenting Class at Washington

Thursday, Dec 2, 8:30 - 11:00 AM - Strategies for Successful Tweens
Learn practical, easy to learn strategies to teach tweens respect, responsibility, and good decision-making as well as skills for home issues like chores, and school issues like homework & bullying.

America Recycles Day - 2010

Santa Barbara is celebrating American Recycles Day, a nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the U.S. Because electronic waste is the fastest growing part of the U.S. waste stream, the city invites residents and businesses (including Goleta and Montecito) to bring all unwanted, unusable electronics to an upcoming free recycling event:
Dates: Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13, 2010
Time: 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Location: Sears parking lot, corner of La Cumbre and Calle Real
Questions: 564-5631 or visit www.sbrecycles.org
What will be accepted: Most small- and medium-size electronic appliances with a plug (e.g., televisions, DVD players); cables, cords; video tapes, zip drives.
What will NOT be accepted: Large appliances (e.g., refrigerators), batteries, fluorescent bulbs, toner cartridges.

Party Book! Party Book! Party Book!
Click here for registration form. Fax your sign-up to 456-2922 or bring it to the school office! 

Junior Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman: JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT
Saturday November 20th, 2:30pm - 7:30pm
Fourth-Sixth Graders: Come learn tips from a PRO! Washington's own "Mr. N"
will impart to his Jr. Chefs the skills he learned working in top
restaurants in France. Junior Chefs join him in the kitchen at 2:30pm for a
cooking lesson extraordinaire, after which the junior chefs will themselves
prepare all of the cuisine ; Parents (and siblings) are invited to dinner at
6:00pm. At the home of the Yamasaki Family.
$75 per Student
Limited to 12 participants (first come, first serve!)
Hosted by the Yamisaki, Buckley, Erickson and Guilfoyle Families
Questions about Party Book? Contact Tami Sherman tami@elementsmeetings.com


Wildcat Wear Fridays!
Show your school spirit and pride in Washington School by wearing Wildcat Wear on Fridays!
We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.
How to purchase wildcat wear:
• Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
• Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)
• Take a look at all our great products here:

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form


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November 4, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events

Fri, Nov 5: Fall Magazine/Gift Sale starts!

Fri, Nov 5: Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays

Sat/Sun, Nov 6/7: Daylight savings time – Turn your clock back one hour!

Tues, Nov 9: PTO Meeting – new date - 7:00-8:30 PM - Auditorium
Wed, Nov 10: Family Movie Night – Toy Story 3
Thurs, Nov 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday – no school

Fri, Nov 12: Minimum Day - Minimum Day - dismissal times 11:25am K-3rd, 11:40am 4th-6th

Mon, Nov 15: last day to turn in Fall Magazine/Gift Sale orders

Tues, Nov 16: GATE and Advanced Learning Information Night for the Elementary District

Nov 15-19: Parent/Teacher Conference Week - Minimum Days
Nov 15-19: Movie Days: After school care during P/T Conference Week
Sat, Nov 20: Party Book – Jr. Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman

Fall Magazine/Gift Sale – Starts Tomorrow! Nov. 5th – 15th

New Incentive Program!

Your packet is coming home in the Thursday folders today! This fundraiser is intended to be a convenience - not an obligation - to families who want to renew magazines and purchase holiday gift items, jewelry, wrapping paper and chocolates. However, we’re only half way towards our fundraising goal for the year, so we still appreciate this support. If you were not able to contribute to the Wildcat Pride Campaign as much as you would have liked, then this is a great opportunity to offer more support. The Great American Opportunities Company will offer a variety of magazines, recycled paper products, and a gift catalog of items made by groups of women throughout the world. A portion of the profits from the Helping Hands catalog are sent back to the women. To order online, go to www.gafundraising.com. The online store id is 1232396. If you have questions, contact Juliana Bramlage at 453-4345 or ejkayda@cox.net ***Any unused packets can be returned for reuse.


PTO Meeting –New Date! Tues, Nov. 9th –7:00pm Auditorium
Due to a location conflict with another event, the PTO meeting has been changed to Tuesday, November 9th.

Wildcat Soccer Mini Clinic - Tuesday, November 9, Midday

Calling all Wildcat Soccer Fans!  The Playground Committee has arranged for the coaching staff and players from the UCSB Gauchos Soccer Team to hold a mini soccer skills clinic on November 9 at Washington School.  The clinic will be held on the playground grass area and is open to all students at lunch recess.  Parents can come and help out at the clinic too.  Let’s welcome the Gauchos and show them we’ve got game!  For more info: contact Martee Andresen at wildcatplay@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

LOST!

A very special olive green hat is missing. Woven, lined in green fabric, has a small band with buckle. It was expensive, but more important, it has great sentimental value. If found, please turn in to Room 3, Ms Frausto or call 805-898-1053. Thank you so much!

Family Movie Night! - Toy Story 3 – Nov. 10

As a celebration for reaching $120,000 in the Wildcat Pride Campaign, the PTO is hosting a free Family Movie Night! The next day is Veteran’s Day and no school, so it’s perfect for a night out! The time changes the weekend before, so it will get darker sooner, which works for showing the movie outside. If it rains, we’ll move into the auditorium. Bring your beach chairs! Snacks and beverages will be provided. Thank you, donors, for your generous donations!

GATE and Advanced Learning Information Night for the Elementary District on November 16
This year, Washington School will be the site of the elementary district’s GATE and Advanced Learning Information Night. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm and end at 8:00pm Attendees will hear an overview of GATE and Advanced Learning, research on the subjects, information on GATE identification and placement, as well as curriculum instruction, professional development, and parent support. There will be time for questions and answers.
Click here for more information

Conference Week – November 15th – 19th
Teachers/Staff Lunch Items Needed
Please help us thank our teachers and staff by bringing in lunch items during conference week. This is a wonderful Washington School tradition that they really appreciate. You can bring your dish to the staff lounge by 10:00 am on your grade's day so that we have time to arrange the dishes into an attractive buffet. Cards and/or pictures from your children are a nice touch! Examples of items to bring - chips & dip, salads, veggies, fruit, finger foods, sandwiches, cold cuts/cheese & crackers, baked goods, & desserts.
Thank you!
Mon, Nov 15: 5th & 6th GRADE
Tues, Nov 16: 3rd & 4th GRADE
Wed, Nov 17: 2nd GRADE
Thur, Nov 18: 1ST GRADE
Fri, Nov 19: KINDERGARTEN
If your assigned day doesn't work, feel free to bring something in on another day! Questions? Contact Brigitte Wright at 568-3633 or threesuns@cox.net.
NOTE TO KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES: We understand that you do not have conferences during this week. However, we do not provide lunch items for the teachers and staff during the times when your conferences occur, so this gives you the opportunity to help as well. Thank you!

After School Care During Conference Week – Movie Days!
Price Change - noted below

The 6th Grade classes are hosting After School Movies in the auditorium during Parent-Teacher Conference Week as a fundraiser for their trip to Science Camp.  Adult supervision is provided while your child plays outside, eats lunch then watches a movie in the auditorium. We hope your child will join us for one or all of the movies during this week!

Where: Washington School Cafeteria and Playground

Time: 11:25 am until 2:40 pm 

Dates: November 15th - 19th

Cost: $12/child or $48/whole week

$8/sibling same day or $32/whole week

$4/other siblings or $16/whole week

Details: Please send your child with a sack lunch or make arrangements to get one from the cafeteria. Snack and water will be provided during the movies.
Space is limited, so sign-up early and reserve a spot.
Click here for list of movies playing daily and a sign up form.  Click here for Spanish version.

Fall Magazine/Gift Sale – starts next week! Nov. 5th – 15th
Look for your packet coming home in the Thursday folders next week! This fundraiser is intended to be a convenience - not an obligation - to families who want to renew magazines and purchase holiday gift items, jewelry, wrapping paper and chocolates. If you like catalog shopping and the convenience of getting it done at your kitchen table, then this fundraiser is perfect for you! Again this year, our main catalog will be the Great American Opportunities Company. They offer a variety of magazines, recycled paper products, and a gift catalog of items made by groups of women throughout the world. A portion of the profits from the Helping Hands catalog are sent back to the women. Contact Juliana Bramlage at 453-4345 or ejkayda@cox.net.
NEW THIS YEAR: We are offering a new incentive program! For every two items your child sells, he/she will be entered in a drawing for exciting prizes at the end of the sale. Prize details will be posted later.

STAR Test Superstars!

The following Washington students won an award from the School District for scoring 600 last year on their STAR tests in either or both language arts and math. Way to go, Wildcats!!
Second Grade: Bryan Shott
Third Grade: Diego Perez
Fourth Grade: Kathryn Spradley and Layla Stoutenborough
Fifth Grade: Mason Dochterman

Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays Challenge!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!
Join fellow Wildcats as we Walk & Roll on Fridays and take the Walk & Roll Challenge. We invite everyone to get out of the family car and get to school by biking, walking, scootering, skating, carpooling or riding the bus every Friday. The Walk & Roll Challenge is a year-long competition between classes. The classes with the most alternative commuters will win prizes throughout the year with a grand prize trip to Zodo's Bowling for the winning class! Fridays are Wildcat Wear Days, so the kids will also get credit for wearing their Wildcat Wear!
Walk & Roll - It's good for you and good for the environment!

Party Book! Party Book! Party Book!
Click here for registration form. Fax your sign-up to 456-2922 or bring it to the school office! 

Thank you Halloween Hosts!

A huge thank you to the hosts of the Family Halloween Spooktacular: The Erickson, Richard, Stull, Dixon and Palme families put on an amazing event! Thank you Ericksons for providing your awesome home! The setting was beautiful, the band was rocking, the food was fabulous, and the costumes were incredible! Click on this link for photos of this great event:

http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=111037933212%3A2053741550&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee

Junior Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman: JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT
Saturday November 20th, 2:30pm - 7:30pm
Fourth-Sixth Graders: Come learn tips from a PRO! Washington's own "Mr. N"
will impart to his Jr. Chefs the skills he learned working in top
restaurants in France. Junior Chefs join him in the kitchen at 2:30pm for a
cooking lesson extraordinaire, after which the junior chefs will themselves
prepare all of the cuisine ; Parents (and siblings) are invited to dinner at
6:00pm. At the home of the Yamasaki Family.
$75 per Student
Limited to 12 participants (first come, first serve!)
Hosted by the Yamisaki, Buckley, Erickson and Guilfoyle Families
Questions about Party Book? Contact Tami Sherman tami@elementsmeetings.com


Shepherd Farms’ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Sponsored by Washington School – boxes available TODAY!
Farm Fresh Food Direct to You – You now have the option to sign up to have Shepherd Farms deliver a weekly box of produce to the school for you to pick up. This will also allow for on-location farming/gardening education classes for our students. They are bringing extra boxes today so you can check them out and decide whether this will work for you. Click here for Shepherd Farms’ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership Form

Free Family Fuel Parenting Classes at Washington
Thursday AM, Nov 4, 8:30 - 11:00 AM
This class provides a brief snapshot of the win-win solution to discipline, control & limits. You will learn alternatives to warnings, threats & take aways. Practical tools you can use right away with your kids.
Thursday AM, Dec 2, 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Practical, easy to learn strategies to teach tweens respect, responsibility, and good decision making. Skills for home issues like chores, and school issues like homework & bullying

 

LIGHTHOUSE ROAD 8-UNIT RESIDENTIAL PROJECT ON THE ADJACENT CHURCH PROPERTY

The church property on Lighthouse Rd. next to Washington has been sold and will be developed into eight single-family homes. Next Monday, November 8th, this development project will be considered by the City of Santa Barbara’s Single Family Design Review Board. The project already received approval for the subdivision last year from the Planning Commission. See the link below for the approval and the related conditions that the project development is subject to. The Single Family Design Review Board will be looking at the site grading, tract improvements, and design of at least 2 of the 8 residences. We want to ensure that the future development will be consistent with the conditions placed on the project, many of which were included to ensure that the residences will be compatible with the uses and activities at adjacent Washington School over the long-term. Our main concern has been to ensure that future development is designed to minimize future resident’s exposure to noise associated with the school to avoid future nuisance complaints from new neighbors and to facilitate both uses (school and residential) being good and happy neighbors in the very long-term.

http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Documents/Advisory_Groups/Planning_Commission/Archive/2009_Archives/06_Resolutions/2009-07-23_029-09%20230%20Lighthouse%20Road%2007.23.09.pdf.

You can download from the school website the 2-page letter that we submitted last week to the review board (not realizing that the item had been postponed from the October 25th meeting for two weeks). The project is currently scheduled to be considered on November 8th. Once the owners begin construction, there will no longer be any parking available on the adjacent church property – in addition, this parking will not become available again in the future.

MEIGS ROAD 5-UNIT RESIDENTIAL PROJECT / RELOCATED SCHOOL PARKING LOT

There is also a link for the 2009 approval and conditions that apply to the other adjacent development project, the Meigs Road Land Swap that would result in 5 new residences generally in Washington School’s parking area (but having access off of Meigs Road, not Lighthouse Road). As part of this land swap with the District, the developer will construct a new longer, skinnier school parking lot running down into the existing eucalyptus grove. That project was in lieu of a previously proposed larger project that would have been located much closer to school classrooms. The PTO and the District both appealed the approval of the original larger project, and the Land Swap is the result of an agreement reached between the project applicant and the District, which ultimately was approved by the City Council in 2009.

http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Documents/Advisory_Groups/Planning_Commission/Archive/2009_Archives/06_Resolutions/2009-03-05_007-09%20%20210%20and%20216%20Meigs%20Road%20and%20290%20Lighthouse%20Road%2003.05.09.pdf

If you have any questions, contact Natasha at sbcampbells@cox.net.

 

Wildcat Wear Fridays!
Show your school spirit and pride in Washington School by wearing Wildcat Wear on Fridays!
We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.
How to purchase wildcat wear:
• Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
• Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)
• Take a look at all our great products here:

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

 

October 28, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Today, Oct 28: Grant Writing Meeting – 4:00pm- Auditorium or Science Room

Sat, Oct 30: Party Book – Family Halloween Party

Wed, Nov 3: ELAC (English Learners Advisory Committee) Meeting–6:00pm
Nov 5-15: Fall Magazine/Gift Sale

Tues, Nov 9: PTO Meeting – new date!
Wed, Nov 10: Family Movie Night – Toy Story 3
Thurs, Nov 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday – no school

Fri, Nov 12: Minimum Day - 11:25am dismissal time for the entire school

Nov 15-19: Parent/Teacher Conference Week - Minimum Days
Nov 15-19: Movie Days: After school care during P/T Conference Week
Sat, Nov 20: Party Book – Jr. Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman

Grant Writing Meeting – Please join us TODAY, Thurs, 10/28, 4:00pm
There is a grant writing meeting today as we follow up on exciting discussions from our previous meeting. We are trying to have more people present in an effort to be as successful as possible, so please come check it out if you’re curious – no one is obligated to follow up with anything if time does not allow at the present. Please consider joining the meeting and offering your two cents.

PTO Meeting –New Date! Tues, Nov. 9th –7:00pm Auditorium
Due to a location conflict with another event, the PTO meeting has been changed to Tuesday, November 9th.

Family Movie Night! - Toy Story 3 – Nov. 10

As a celebration for reaching $120,000 in the Wildcat Pride Campaign, the PTO is hosting a free Family Movie Night! The next day is Veteran’s Day and no school, so it’s perfect for a night out! The time changes the weekend before, so it will get darker sooner, which works for showing the movie outside. If it rains, we’ll move into the auditorium. Bring your beach chairs! Snacks and beverages will be provided. Thank you, donors, for your generous donations!

Conference Week – November 15th – 19th
Teachers/Staff Lunch Items Needed
Please help us thank our teachers and staff by bringing in lunch items during conference week. This is a wonderful Washington School tradition that they really appreciate. You can bring your dish to the staff lounge by 10:00 am on your grade's day so that we have time to arrange the dishes into an attractive buffet. Cards and/or pictures from your children are a nice touch! Examples of items to bring - chips & dip, salads, veggies, fruit, finger foods, sandwiches, cold cuts/cheese & crackers, baked goods, & desserts.
Thank you!
Mon, Nov 15: 5th & 6th GRADE
Tues, Nov 16: 3rd & 4th GRADE
Wed, Nov 17: 2nd GRADE
Thur, Nov 18: 1ST GRADE
Fri, Nov 19: KINDERGARTEN
If your assigned day doesn't work, feel free to bring something in on another day! Questions? Contact Brigitte Wright at 568-3633 or threesuns@cox.net.
NOTE TO KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES: We understand that you do not have conferences during this week. However, we do not provide lunch items for the teachers and staff during the times when your conferences occur, so this gives you the opportunity to help as well. Thank you!

After School Care During Conference Week – Movie Days!
There has been a change in the movie line up, due to the late release of Despicable Me, Monday's movie is now Ratatouille. The 6th Grade classes are hosting After School Movies in the auditorium during Parent-Teacher Conference Week as a fundraiser for their trip to Science Camp. Adult supervision is provided while your child plays outside, eats lunch then watches a movie in the auditorium. We hope your child will join us for one or all of the movies during this week!
Where: Washington School Cafeteria and Playground
Time: 11:40 am until 2:40 pm
Dates: November 15th - 19th
Cost: $12 per child per day or $48 for the week
Details: Please send your child with a sack lunch or make arrangements to get one from the cafeteria. Snack and water will be provided during the movies.
Space is limited, so sign-up early and reserve a spot.
Click here for list of movies playing daily and a sign up form.  Click here for Spanish version.

Fall Magazine/Gift Sale – starts next week! Nov. 5th – 15th
Look for your packet coming home in the Thursday folders next week! This fundraiser is intended to be a convenience - not an obligation - to families who want to renew magazines and purchase holiday gift items, jewelry, wrapping paper and chocolates. If you like catalog shopping and the convenience of getting it done at your kitchen table, then this fundraiser is perfect for you! Again this year, our main catalog will be the Great American Opportunities Company. They offer a variety of magazines, recycled paper products, and a gift catalog of items made by groups of women throughout the world. A portion of the profits from the Helping Hands catalog are sent back to the women. Contact Juliana Bramlage at 453-4345 or ejkayda@cox.net.
NEW THIS YEAR: We are offering a new incentive program! For every two items your child sells, he/she will be entered in a drawing for exciting prizes at the end of the sale. Prize details will be posted later.

STAR Test Superstars!

The following Washington students won an award from the School District for scoring 600 last year on their STAR tests in either or both language arts and math. Way to go, Wildcats!!
Second Grade: Bryan Shott
Third Grade: Diego Perez
Fourth Grade: Kathryn Spradley and Layla Stoutenborough
Fifth Grade: Mason Dochterman

Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays Challenge!
Wear your Wildcat Wear and Walk/Bike/Bus/Carpool to School!
Join fellow Wildcats as we Walk & Roll on Fridays and take the Walk & Roll Challenge. We invite everyone to get out of the family car and get to school by biking, walking, scootering, skating, carpooling or riding the bus every Friday. The Walk & Roll Challenge is a year-long competition between classes. The classes with the most alternative commuters will win prizes throughout the year with a grand prize trip to Zodo's Bowling for the winning class! Fridays are Wildcat Wear Days, so the kids will also get credit for wearing their Wildcat Wear!
Walk & Roll - It's good for you and good for the environment!

Party Book! Party Book! Party Book!
Click here for registration form. Fax your sign-up to 456-2922 or bring it to the school office!

Junior Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman: JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT
Saturday November 20th, 2:30pm - 7:30pm
Fourth-Sixth Graders: Come learn tips from a PRO! Washington's own "Mr. N"
will impart to his Jr. Chefs the skills he learned working in top
restaurants in France. Junior Chefs join him in the kitchen at 2:30pm for a
cooking lesson extraordinaire, after which the junior chefs will themselves
prepare all of the cuisine ; Parents (and siblings) are invited to dinner at
6:00pm. At the home of the Yamasaki Family.
$75 per Student
Limited to 12 participants (first come, first serve!)
Hosted by the Yamisaki, Buckley, Erickson and Guilfoyle Families
Questions about Party Book? Contact Tami Sherman tami@elementsmeetings.com


GATE Testing
If you are interested in having your child test for the GATE program (2nd – 5th grade), please look for the form coming home in your Thursday folder.

Shepherd Farms’ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Sponsored by Washington School – boxes available TODAY!
Farm Fresh Food Direct to You – You now have the option to sign up to have Shepherd Farms deliver a weekly box of produce to the school for you to pick up. This will also allow for on-location farming/gardening education classes for our students. They are bringing extra boxes today so you can check them out and decide whether this will work for you. Click here for Shepherd Farms’ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership Form

Free Family Fuel Parenting Classes at Washington
Thursday AM, Nov 4, 8:30 - 11:00 AM
This class provides a brief snapshot of the win-win solution to discipline, control & limits. You will learn alternatives to warnings, threats & take aways. Practical tools you can use right away with your kids.
Thursday AM, Dec 2, 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Practical, easy to learn strategies to teach tweens respect, responsibility, and good decision making. Skills for home issues like chores, and school issues like homework & bullying.

Vote Next Week! Tues, Nov 2nd
Election Day is next week on Tuesday. There are a couple items on the ballot that may interest parents about education:
Election of two members of the Santa Barbara School District Board of Education.
Measures Q and R, which would create bonds for the purpose of modernizing, renovating, installing, updating, replacing, and repairing facilities, infrastructures, and grounds at the elementary and secondary schools in the Santa Barbara School District.

October 21, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tomorrow - Fri, Oct 22: Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays Challenge Begins!
Wed, Oct 27: Coffee with the Principal

Wed, Oct 27: Grant Writing Meeting – 9:00am in the Auditorium
Thurs, Oct 28: Grant Writing Meeting – 4:00pm- Auditorium or Science Room

Sat, Oct 30: Party Book – Family Halloween Party
Nov 5-15: Fall Magazine/Gift Sale
Wed, Nov 10: Outdoor Movie Night – thank you for Wildcat Pride donations
Thurs, Nov 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday – no school
Nov 15-19: Movie Days: After school care during P/T Conference Week
Thurs, Nov 18: PTO Meeting
Sat, Nov 20: Party Book – Jr. Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman

Wildcat Walk & Roll Fridays Challenge Starts Tomorrow!
Join fellow Wildcats as we Walk & Roll on Fridays and take the Walk & Roll Challenge. We invite everyone to get out of the family car and get to school by biking, walking, scootering, skating, carpooling or riding the bus every Friday. The Walk & Roll Challenge is a year-long competition between classes. The classes with the most alternative commuters will win prizes throughout the year with a grand prize trip to Zodo's Bowling for the winning class!
Friday, October 8th, was the celebration of National Walk to School Day, and it was a great success, so let’s keep the momentum going for the rest of the year! Thank you, Victoria Greene, Tom Dolan, Louise Rosen and Karin Perissinotto, for coordinating this awesome event as well as the continuing Walk & Roll Fridays all year!! Walk & Roll - It's good for you and good for the environment!

Wildcat Wear Fridays!
Show your school spirit and pride in Washington School by wearing Wildcat Wear on Fridays!
We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.
How to purchase wildcat wear:
• Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
• Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)
• Take a look at all our great products here:

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form


Grant Writing Meetings – Please Join Us Next Week!
Wed, Oct. 27, at 9:00 AM and Thurs, Oct. 28, at 4:00 PM
There will be two grant writing meetings next week as we follow up on discussions from our first meeting. We are trying to have more people present in an effort to be as successful as possible, so please come check it out if you’re curious – no one is obligated to follow up with anything if time does not allow at the present. The first meeting will be at 9:00 AM, right after the Coffee with the Principal next Wednesday, October 27th. The next one will be Thursday, October 28th, at 4:00 PM. We are offering two times in an effort to accommodate everyone’s schedules. Please consider joining us and offering your two cents.


Family Movie Night! - Toy Story 3 – Nov. 10
As a celebration for reaching $120,000 in the Wildcat Pride Campaign, the PTO will host a free Family Movie Night in November! The date will be Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the evening. The next day is Veteran’s Day and no school, so it’s perfect for a night out! The time will have already changed forward, so it will get darker sooner, which will be perfect for showing the movie outside as long as the weather dries out and warms up, which is quite possible in Santa Barbara! Otherwise, we’ll squeeze into the auditorium! More details will come later.

After School Care During Conference Week – Movie Days!
The 6th Grade classes are hosting After School Movies in the auditorium during Parent-Teacher Conference Week as a fundraiser for their trip to Science Camp. Adult supervision is provided while your child plays outside, eats lunch then watches a movie in the auditorium. We hope your child will join us for one or all of the movies during this week!
Where: Washington School Cafeteria and Playground
Time: 11:40 am until 2:40 pm
Dates: November 15th - 19th
Cost: $12 per child per day or $48 for the week
Details: Please send your child with a sack lunch or make arrangements to get one from the cafeteria. Snack and water will be provided during the movies. Space is limited, so sign-up early and reserve a spot.
Click here for list of movies playing daily and a sign up form.  Click here for Spanish version.

Playground Equipment Donation!
A big Wildcat thank you to Suzanne and Dennis Shanelec D.D.S. for their generous $500 donation to purchase playground equipment. Practicing for 38 years in Santa Barbara, Dr. Shanelec and his staff specialize in periodontal and microsurgery dentistry at his downtown Santa Barbara office on State Street. We’ll definitely USE IT RIGHT!

Party Book! Party Book! Party Book!
Click here for registration form. Fax your sign-up to 456-2922 or bring it to the school office!
Family Halloween Party: SOLD OUT


Junior Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman: JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT
Saturday November 20th, 2:30pm - 7:30pm
Fourth-Sixth Graders: Come learn tips from a PRO! Washington's own "Mr. N"
will impart to his Jr. Chefs the skills he learned working in top
restaurants in France. Junior Chefs join him in the kitchen at 2:30pm for a
cooking lesson extraordinaire, after which the junior chefs will themselves
prepare all of the cuisine ; Parents (and siblings) are invited to dinner at
6:00pm. At the home of the Yamasaki Family.
$75 per Student
Limited to 12 participants (first come, first serve!)
Hosted by the Yamisaki, Buckley, Erickson and Guilfoyle Families

THANK YOU! Mom's Night Out at Blush Restaurant and Lounge
Washington Moms didn't let the rain get in the way of a great time on
Thursday! Great conversation, fabulous appetizers and a beautiful setting
made for a wonderful Mom's Night Out. A giant thank you to our hostesses
Jennifer Somerville, Elizabeth Palme, Danna McGrew, Leora Gaspar, Heidi
Ziskind, Kelly Lazarus, Tara Haaland-Ford and Amanda Rees. Click here for pictures from the event:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=163170537506%3A195539323&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee
Questions about Party Book? Contact Tami Sherman tami@elementsmeetings.com

ELAC/PTO Committee

We are starting a new committee made up of members of PTO and ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee). We will discuss ideas to facilitate partnership projects and improve communication. Please join us! If you are interested in finding out more about this committee, please contact Lisa Fell at 895-8453 or lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Axxess Books Still Available!
Due to popular demand, we have obtained more Axxess books for sale in the office. Axxess is the Community Savings Guide that features over 300 local merchants, 100 2-for-1 offers, and un- beatable savings on dining out, golf, wine tasting, your home, your health, your car, & your kids. Axxess is simple & smart. Show your card, save your money! Only $30! Contact Felicia Kashevaroff at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org if you have questions.


Weekly Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

October 14, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tonight, Oct 14: SBSD Board Candidate Debate – 7:00 – Faulkner Gallery
Tues, Oct 19: Party Book – Mom’s Night Out at Blush Restaurant & Lounge!
Wed, Oct 27: Coffee with the Principal
Sat, Oct 30: Party Book – Family Halloween Party
Nov 5-15: Fall Magazine/Gift Sale
Wed, Nov 10: Outdoor Movie Night – thank you for Wildcat Pride donations
Thurs, Nov 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday – no school
Nov 15-19: Movie Days: After school care during P/T Conference Week
Thurs, Nov 18: PTO Meeting
Sat, Nov 20: Party Book – Jr. Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman

Tonight -SBSD Board Candidate Debate - Thurs, Oct 14
Parents for Excellence in Public Schools (PEPS) is hosting a Santa Barbara School Board Candidate Debate. Thursday, October 14, 7:00pm at the Faulkner Gallery (downtown library).
Debate Schedule:
7:00p - Debate Begins
7:55p - Open Mic Questions
8:15p - Event Concludes / Candidate Meet & Greet
The five members of the Santa Barbara School Board oversee the Santa Barbara Elementary District and all of our Secondary Schools. They control our curriculum, school budgets, union contracts, the school calendar, and the construction and closing of schools. Members serve 4-year terms. Four candidates are vying for two seats in the November 2nd election.
To submit a question to be used in the Debate, go to info@peps-online.org.
For more information about PEPS go to www.peps-online.org.

IMPORTANT!
Please do not park in the four marked parking spaces at the front of the school at any time, including after school. These spaces are reserved. Thank you!

Great New Party Book Events Coming Up!
Log onto our website http://washingtonschool.us/home.html. for the sign-up form for these events. Fax your sign-up to 456-2922 or bring it to the school office! Click here for registration form
Mom's Night Out at Blush Restaurant and Lounge
Tuesday October 19th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
$20 per person
Ladies, you deserve a night out! Join us at one of Santa Barbara’s best hot spots (owned by Washington family the Somervilles) for an evening of girl-talk! Moms will enjoy a private party on the gorgeous Blush patio with heavy appetizers, special-priced drinks and 10% of drink sales go to Washington PTO (no host bar.) Hosted by Jennifer Somerville, Elizabeth Palme, Danna McGrew, Leora Gaspar, Heidi Ziskind, Kelly Lazarus, Tara Haaland-Ford and Amanda Rees.

Family Halloween Party!
Saturday, October 30th, 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Snakes, Bats and Witches Galore
Let's see what this Halloween has in store...
Bring your family to the 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular!
Show off your Costumes, Games, Goodies, Frightfully delicious Chili & Hot Dogs!
Kid beverages provided - B.Y.O. "Spirits"
When the sun goes down and the moon comes up, stay for a not-too-scary outdoor Halloween Movie with popcorn!
At the Home of the Ericksons, on Medcliff Rd.
$10 Per Person (kids or adults)
(limited to 20 families)

Hosted by the Richard, Erickson, Stull, Palme and Dixon families
Junior Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman


Saturday November 20th, 2:30pm – 7:30pm
Fourth—Sixth Graders: Come learn tips from a PRO! Washington’s own “Mr. N” will impart to his Jr. Chefs the skills he learned working in top restaurants in France. Junior Chefs join him in the kitchen at 2:30pm for a cooking lesson extraordinaire, after which the junior chefs will themselves prepare all of the cuisine ; Parents (and siblings) are invited to dinner at 6:00pm. At the home of the Yamasaki Family.
$75 per Student
Limited to 12 participants (first come, first serve!)
Hosted by the Yamisaki, Buckley, Erickson and Guilfoyle Families
Questions about Party Book?
Contact Tami Sherman at tami@elementsmeetings.com

After School Care During Conference Week – Movie Days!
The 6th Grade classes are hosting After School Movies in the auditorium during Parent-Teacher Conference Week as a fundraiser for their trip to Science Camp. Adult supervision is provided while your child plays outside, eats lunch then watches a movie in the auditorium. We hope your child will join us for one or all of the movies during this week!
Where: Washington School Cafeteria and Playground
Time: 11:40 am until 2:40 pm
Dates: November 15th - 19th
Cost: $12 per child per day or $48 for the week
Details: Please send your child with a sack lunch or make arrangements to get one from the cafeteria. Snack and water will be provided during the movies.
Space is limited, so sign-up early and reserve a spot.
Look in your Thursday folder next week for registration form and more information on what movies will be playing on which days.

ELAC/PTO Committee
We are starting a new committee made up of members of PTO and ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee). We will discuss ideas to facilitate partnership projects and improve communication. Please join us! If you are interested in finding out more about this committee, please contact Lisa Fell at 895-8453 or lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Axxess Books Still Available!
Due to popular demand, we have obtained more Axxess books for sale in the office. Axxess is the Community Savings Guide that features over 300 local merchants, 100 2-for-1 offers, and un- beatable savings on dining out, golf, wine tasting, your home, your health, your car, & your kids. Axxess is simple & smart. Show your card, save your money! Only $30! Contact Felicia Kashevaroff at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org if you have questions.

Family Ballet Performance –Washington Fundraiser – Oct. 20
Kathleen Rogers, a Washington parent, invites you to a Family Ballet performance at the Lobero on Wednesday, Oct. 20th. Pre-concert wine and yogurt tasting is to be held at Live Culture in Paseo Nuevo from 5:30-6:30. The Ballet Performance begins at 7pm at the Lobero and will end at 8pm. VIP reception following the performance at Lobero courtyard. The tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children. $5 of every adult ticket will be donated back to Washington PTO for Arts Education Programs. Come enjoy an evening of Contemporary Dance in support of Arts Education. To purchase tickets go to www.Lobero.com or call Lobero Box office at 963-0761 and mention Art Alliance for priority seating.

Last Paradise: An Eco-Adventure Film -Oct 20, 7pm-Arlington

A poignant look at how much our world has changed in 40 years, with the hope to rekindle a love of the wild. The Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability presents Last Paradise, a film by Clive Neeson. Last Paradise is a cheerful showcase of early pioneering adventures in extreme sports that doubles as a look at the changing relationship between humans and Planet Earth. An Eco-Adventure Film 45 years in the making with stunning original footage from Bali, Mexico, Portugal, New Zealand, Utah, and Australia. Explore a world that no longer exists, meeting along the way surf legends, extreme sports pioneers, and scientists on the leading edge of alternative energy. See vintage shots of young innovators as they discover and evolve the sports of surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, hang gliding, bungee jumping, kite surfing, and more. Clive Neeson, extreme sports pioneer, film-maker, and physicist will be available for Q&A following the film.
Wed, Oct 20, 7-9:30 pm, Arlington Theater.
$10 general/$20 Center for Sustainability Supporter.
Tickets available at the door, Arlington Theater ticket office (805) 963-4408, or on-line at TicketMaster.com
For more information, call (805) 965-0581, ext. 2177, or msbushman@sbcc.edu.

Wildcat Wear - Fridays are Wildcat Wear Days!

Show your school spirit and pride in Washington School by wearing Wildcat Wear on Fridays!
We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.
How to purchase wildcat wear:
• Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
• Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)
• Take a look at all our great products here:

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form


Weekly Email Updates
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October 7, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Fri, Oct, 8: Walk & Roll Fridays Kick-Off Event! – Walk and Bike to School
Tues, Oct 19: Party Book – Mom’s Night Out at Blush Restaurant & Lounge!
Sat, Oct 30: Party Book – Family Halloween Party!

November: Fall Magazine/Gift Sale
Sat, Nov 20: Party Book – Jr. Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman!
November: Outdoor Movie Night – thank you for Wildcat Pride donations!

Wildcat Pride - $120,000 - THANK YOU!!!
We’ve reached a new high! Wow, everyone, this really shows how much you care about our children getting a proper education! Thank you! I’d like to thank Felicia Kashevaroff, VP of Ways and Means, for all her help with coordinating this campaign, Sande Mia (Financial Secretary) and Roy McLaughlin (Treasurer) for processing the donations, Cindy Stoutenborough (Washington mom) for her awesome Wildcat Pride design on the letterhead and school poster, and Mike Meyer (Washington dad) with Boone Graphics for all his help with our printing needs (for this as well as the Parent Handbook, School Directory, and many other projects).
Exciting News - After all the extra efforts to reach 100% in the classrooms, we’ve decided to award ice cream parties to all the classes that have reached 80% or more! We will still honor an ice cream party for any other class that reaches 80% throughout the school year.
More Exciting News – As a celebration for reaching $120,000, the PTO will host a free Outdoor Family Movie Night in November!
We love our Washington families! Go Wildcats!!

The Eco-Carnival Was a Blast!
Thank you to everyone who came to last weekend's Eco-Carnival! What an amazing community event – beautiful weather, happy kids, great entertainment, yummy food, fun earth-friendly exhibitors, and all those awesome games, including the new dunk tank! (Did everyone see Mr. Barnett get dunked?) There was a definite community feel in the air. Extra special thanks to our amazing coordinators, Cara Chiarappa and Luciana Richard - you made it all run so smoothly!
There are many people to thank for their hard work to make the day so special: Felicia Kashevaroff (Silent Auction), Barbara Mosley (music entertainment), Tom and Cory Bream (BBQ), Berena and Arturo Espinosa (Mexican food), Linda Meyer (photos), Tom Dolan & Barney Valeska (Bike Tune-ups), Walter Danalevich (CD’s), Pam Rai (Wildcat Wear), Mary O’Flynn, Chris Blair, Betsy and Wayne Cassriel, Seta, Dolores (and her son), Gaylene Colburn, Gabriella Frederick, the members of the Eco-Carnival Committee, the high school helpers, all the room parents for their help coordinating each booth, all the booth helpers in each class, and all the parents who helped out in some other way that did not get listed here. There’s just so much (too much to list) that goes into making that day so successful! And a special thank you to our Dunk Tankees - Simon Dixon (also best dressed), Coach Vargas, Ryan Zukor, Tom Kronen, Dan Gira, Ms. Bluestein, Ms. Steele, Mr. Greenberg, and Mr. Barnett! You were a hit (no pun intended)!
Great job, everyone! What a day!

Celebrate International Walk to School Day tomorrow, October 8, and Kick-Off Washington Walk & Roll Fridays!
On Friday, October 8, we will celebrate Walk to School Day and kick off our year-long Washington Walk & Roll Fridays. Students that walk, bike, carpool-commute or scooter to school on Friday, Oct. 8 can stop at either school entrance for a small prize. Join us this Friday and every Friday as Washington Walks & Rolls! Watch for more news on a special Washington Walk & Roll Challenge!

Lost and Found Growing at Washington
After the Eco Carnival, there were lots of items left behind. Please check the ever growing Lost and Found in the hallway entrance to the auditorium. Just look for the hanging clothes and storage boxes. Here is the current procedure:
Articles will be donated after 1 month. We will donate on Mondays.
1. Clothing will be hung on clothing rack during the week that they are found.
2. On the following Monday clothing will be transferred from the rack to the 1ST WEEK TOTE BOX.
3. On the following Monday clothing will be transferred from 1ST WEEK to 2ND WEEK TOTE BOX.
4. On the following Monday clothing will be transferred from 2ND WEEK to 3RD WEEK (LAST WEEK)
5. On the following Monday clothing in the 3RD WEEK /LAST WEEK TOTE BOX will be donated.
Thank you again, Mark Sherman, for continuing to coordinate this effort!

Great New Party Book Events Coming Up!
Log onto our website http://washingtonschool.us/home.html. for the sign-up form for these events. Fax your sign-up to 456-2922 or bring it to the school office! Click here for registration form
Mom's Night Out at Blush Restaurant and Lounge
Tuesday October 19th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
$20 per person
Ladies, you deserve a night out! Join us at one of Santa Barbara’s best hot spots (owned by Washington family the Somervilles) for an evening of girl-talk! Moms will enjoy a private party on the gorgeous Blush patio with heavy appetizers, special-priced drinks and 10% of drink sales go to Washington PTO (no host bar.) Hosted by Jennifer Somerville, Elizabeth Palme, Danna McGrew, Leora Gaspar, Heidi Ziskind, Kelly Lazarus, Tara Haaland-Ford and Amanda Rees.

Family Halloween Party!
Saturday, October 30th, 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Snakes, Bats and Witches Galore
Let's see what this Halloween has in store...
Bring your family to the 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular!
Show off your Costumes, Games, Goodies, Frightfully delicious Chili & Hot Dogs!
Kid beverages provided - B.Y.O. "Spirits"
When the sun goes down and the moon comes up, stay for a not-too-scary outdoor Halloween Movie with popcorn!
At the Home of the Ericksons, on Medcliff Rd.
$10 Per Person (kids or adults)
(limited to 20 families)

Hosted by the Richard, Erickson, Stull, Palme and Dixon families
Junior Chef Party with Mr. Nitikman


Saturday November 20th, 2:30pm – 7:30pm
Fourth—Sixth Graders: Come learn tips from a PRO! Washington’s own “Mr. N” will impart to his Jr. Chefs the skills he learned working in top restaurants in France. Junior Chefs join him in the kitchen at 2:30pm for a cooking lesson extraordinaire, after which the junior chefs will themselves prepare all of the cuisine ; Parents (and siblings) are invited to dinner at 6:00pm. At the home of the Yamasaki Family.
$75 per Student
Limited to 12 participants (first come, first serve!)
Hosted by the Yamisaki, Buckley, Erickson and Guilfoyle Families
Questions about Party Book?
Contact Tami Sherman at tami@elementsmeetings.com

ELC/PTO Committee
We are starting a new committee made up of members of PTO and ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee). We will discuss ideas to facilitate partnership projects and improve communication. Please join us! If you are interested in finding out more about this committee, please contact Lisa Fell at 895-8453 or lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.

Axxess Books!

Last Week for Axxess Books
Axxess Books are available for sale until this Friday, Oct. 8th in the office and after school on Friday. Axxess is the Community Savings Guide that features over 300 local merchants, 100 2-for-1 offers, and un- beatable savings on dining out, golf, wine tasting, your home, your health, your car, & your kids. Axxess is simple & smart. Show your card, save your money! Only $30! Contact Felicia Kashevaroff at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org if you have questions.

"Waiting for Superman" – Screening Tonight! Not to miss!
The Holden Foundation has arranged to show the film "Waiting for Superman" in a special advanced screening tonight (10/7, Paseo Nuevo, 7:30 p.m., $8).
The film is a limited-release Sundance Film Festival winner highlighting the current state and concerns about the public education system.

SBSD Board Candidate Debate - Thurs, Oct 14

Parents for Excellence in Public Schools (PEPS) is hosting a Santa Barbara School Board Candidate Debate. Thursday, October 14, 7:00pm at the Faulkner Gallery (downtown library).
Debate Schedule:
7:00p - Debate Begins
7:55p - Open Mic Questions
8:15p - Event Concludes / Candidate Meet & Greet
The five members of the Santa Barbara School Board oversee the Santa Barbara Elementary District and all of our Secondary Schools. They control our curriculum, school budgets, union contracts, the school calendar, and the construction and closing of schools. Members serve 4-year terms. Four candidates are vying for two seats in the November 2nd election.
To submit a question to be used in the Debate, go to info@peps-online.org.
For more information about PEPS go to www.peps-online.org.

Art Event – Washington School Fundraiser – Sun,10-10-10, 11-2pm
Don't miss this awesome collection of Local Art & Artisans-Jewelry-Gifts-Winemaking & Music- Be a part of it! Limited time engagement SUNDAY10-10-10, 11-2pm. Brunch & drink specials available @ Alcazar restaurant. Silent Auction Gift baskets @ Salon Jia Rae to benefit Washington School. Come join us for a fun filled morning with gypsy jazz trio OTTO SPICOLLI. Hope to see you there!!

Wildcat Wear - Fridays are Wildcat Wear Days!

Show your school spirit and pride in Washington School by wearing Wildcat Wear on Fridays!
We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.
How to purchase wildcat wear:
• Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
• Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)
• Take a look at all our great products here:

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form


Weekly Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

September 30, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tomorrow, Oct 1: Deadline Extension - Wildcat Pride Campaign
Tomorrow, Oct 1: No soccer practices on the lawn – Eco-Carnival set-up
Sat, Oct 2: Eco-Carnival 1-4pm
Mon, Oct 4: First Full Day of Kindergarten (1:40 release)
Mon, Oct 4: Kindergarten Enrichment Classes Begin
Wed, Oct 6: Grant Writing Meeting (open to anyone) – 4:15 pm - lunch tables
Fri, Oct, 8: Walk & Roll Fridays Kick-Off Event! – Walk and Bike to School
November: Fall Magazine/Gift Sale


Wildcat Pride - $110,000 – WOW!!!
The donations keep trickling in, and we love it – thank you!! Reaching our financial goal is wonderful, but it’s important to know that the Wildcat Pride Campaign is about more than just money. It's about taking ownership and showing pride in your school. We really want to emphasize 100% participation, or at least increased participation over last year, which was 50%. So far we are at 60%, but we know we can do better!
It’s not too late to earn your free ice cream party!
The deadline has been extended to tomorrow! We’ll happily provide an ice cream party to any class that reaches 100% participation of at least $10 each. Several classes are close!
Thank you again, Wildcat Donors!

ECO-CARNIVAL Saturday!!
Looks like we will have great weather for the NEW DUNK TANK!! A BIG Thank You to Simon Dixon, Mike Meyer, Tammy and Tom Kronen and Mr. Barnett for stepping up to the plate! We could still use a few more volunteers. Your kids will LOVE IT!! Contact Mary O'Flynn at moflynn@cox.net if you would like to get dunked.
- Don't forget to bring you baked goods for the CAKE WALK.
- Ride your bikes (or walk) to the event and stop off at the Bike Tent to get a free tune-up and the chance to "pedal to blend" a smoothie! Washington dads Tom Dolan and Barney Valeska will offer free services!
- We have 12 great Green Walk Exhibitors – see below for details.
- Awesome Silent Auction! – see below for details.
- PLEASE!!!! Sign up to help in your class booth! Even a half hour shift would help. The carnival is for everyone there to help out and build our community!!
- We also still need:
1)100' Long Garden Hose to fill the tank.
2) 1 or 2 Easy-Up Tents for shade.
Please email Cara Chiarappa at caravp@cox.net ASAP. Thank you!

IMPORTANT - No Soccer Practices Friday!
Tomorrow after school we are marking and lining the field and blacktop for the Eco-Carnival, so no soccer practices will be allowed. Thank you for understanding.

K Enrichment Classes Begin Monday, Oct. 4th
Please contact Enrichment@WashingonSchoolFoundation.org for requests. Schedules and registration forms are available in the school office or here–Fall 2010 Enrichment Schedule

Celebrate International Walk to School Day on Friday, October 8 and Kick-Off Washington Walk & Roll Fridays!
On Friday, October 8, we will celebrate Walk to School Day and kick off our year-long Washington Walk & Roll Fridays. Students that walk, bike, carpool-commute or scooter to school on Friday, Oct. 8 can stop at either school entrance for a small prize. Also, students can start collecting stickers that show you Walk & Roll on Fridays. Students who collect at least 15 stickers will be eligible to win prizes on Bike to School Day in May! Walking or biking to school isn’t just fun, it provides exercise, helps children wake up and be ready to learn and is good for the environment. Healthy habits are good habits! Also, we encourage you and your family to Walk & Roll to the Eco-Carnival on Saturday, October 2. Stop by the Bike Tune-Up Area and get a sticker for your Washington Walk & Roll Friday collection!
Kindermusik classes begin next week!
We’re excited to have Kathy and Patty start next week with the K-2nd grade Kindermusik music program! It’s sure to be lots of fun! They will be spending the month of October working with the kids on a Halloween presentation that they will give the week before Halloween! More details will follow.

BOOM BOX Needed!
We are looking for a boom box that we’d like to avoid purchasing if anyone has one they’d like to donate for the Kindermusik program. Please respond to this email if you have one – thank you!

More Grant Writers and Researchers Wanted!
No experience necessary!
Open Meeting – Wednesday, Oct. 6, 4:15 at the lunch tables
Would you be interested in joining a committee that has the potential to have a huge impact on the future of Washington School? Then please consider helping with writing grants to different organizations. You can put as much or as little time into this as you’d like, either doing research and finding appropriate grants to apply for or helping with the writing. It’s an easy way to volunteer from home or office! We have experienced grant writers who will be involved in the process. Thank you!!

SBSD Board Candidate Forums – Be Informed to Vote!
Thurs, Sept 30 – 7:00 PM at La Cumbre Junior High School Auditorium
The Santa Barbara League of Women Voters in co-sponsorship with the La Cumbre Junior High School PTA, will hold a candidate forum for candidates for the office of Santa Barbara School Districts Board on Thursday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the La Cumbre Junior High School Auditorium.
Thurs, Oct 14 – 7:00 PM at the Downtown Library Faulkner Gallery
Presented by Parents for Excellence in Public Schools.
7:00 PM – debate starts
7:45 PM – open mike questions
8:00 PM – candidate meet & greet
RSVP to info@peps-online.org. Visit www.peps-online.org for more info.

Axxess Books are Here!
Axxess Books are now available through next Friday, Oct. 8th in the office as well as at the Eco-Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 2nd. Axxess is the Community Savings Guide that features over 300 local merchants, 100 2-for-1 offers, and un-beatable savings on dining out, golf, wine tasting, your home, your health, your car, & your kids. Axxess is simple & smart. Show your card, save your money! Only $30! Learn more at www.sbaxxess.com or contact felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.com for more information.

Party Book!!
Thank You Ping Pong Hosts!
A huge thank you to the Roaches, Brummets, Svenssons and Nelsons for hosting a fabulous Party Book event last weekend. The competition was fierce, the food was amazing, and we raised over $1,400 for Washington! Stay tuned for more Party Book Fun to come!
Attention Campers: Guarantee Your Spot Now for Spring!
There will be a Spring Camping Trip Spot available at the Eco-Carnival Silent Auction this weekend – don’t miss your chance to bid on a premium tent (or RV) location, registration for a family of four and limited edition Wildcat Camping T-shirts for the family!

Eco-Carnival’s 12 great Green Walk Exhibitors:
1) Clipper Wind - John Reed, parent at our school will be presenting/showing how wind energy and solar energy are good things to know about and support. He will have a wind turbine model and information about wind.
2) Worms and Wiggles - Planting table from parents(Jen Brummet, Aira Harries and Julie ? ) at our school
3) OCEAN FUTURES - They have the FAMOUS Bag Monster attend the carnival again. Their message involves the need to reduce our consumption of single use items such as plastic bags. They will also bring a solar oven and talk about sustainable sources of energy.
4) Where’s Your Bag and the Community Environmental Council (CEC).
For Where’s Your Bag, She will be giving away 100 reusable grocery bags to people who get a correct answer to her single use bag ‘quiz.’ For the Community Environmental Council,
Shewill give away reusable lunch totes to folks who share their environmental success stories OR take their “Get Energized” pledge.
5)NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary - The Channel Islands have been called the "Galapagos of North America" and are home to many rare, endangered, and endemic species. Visit the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and National Park Green Walk booth to learn more about the protection of the islands and ways you can get involved including responsiblly watching wildlife, island hikes, marine protected ares, and more.
6) SB Botanical Gardens - Meet the Pollinators We will focus on growing gardens for bees and hummingbirds!
7) Surf Happens - Surf Happens is Santa Barbara's premier surf school providing year round, programs from private and group lessons, Birthday and Special Event Parties, After School Programs, surf camps, advanced coaching, and custom events. We specialize in fun and bringing the stoke of the sport to all ages. For the Washington Eco Carnival 2010 we will be combining fun activities that simulate surfing on land, while also bringing our nonprofit environmental awareness efforts and education directly to attendees. While enjoying riding on the Indo Boards, and the No H2O trainer, we will also have our documentary "The Plastic Experiment" playing in the background along with pamphlets outlining our efforts and how to get involved. I am personally honored to be a part of the awareness efforts at Washington Elementary, my Alma Mater, and look forward to this event each year.
8) Art from Scrap/Water Resource Center
AFS Greens Schools: Stop by the AFS Green Schools table to learn about our local watersheds, creeks, and ocean, while experimenting with our hands-on watershed model to see how non-point pollution can harm our water and find out tons of ways that you can help protect it!
9) Ty Warner Sea Center ( Sustainable Fishing)
The focus of our booth is Sustainable Seafood, and understanding that our seafood choices make an impact.
10) Sunnyside Sea Farms - Kelp Plants are valuable!
11) Shepherd Farms - Why organic farming is important!
Our daily eating habits affect the environment. By becoming a member of Shepherd Farms' CSA you will receive a weekly harvest share, and you will be contributing to a farm that values local ecology and the environment. Shepherd Farms offers field trips to local school groups so that "student farmers" can experience ecological farming practices.
12) Heifer International - We are a local group of volunteers for Heifer International, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty in the world- (heifer.org). Heifer works with many schools around the US to educate children about issues related to hunger/ poverty and offers them fun and viable ways in which they can be part of the solution to end both.
Bike Coalition -AT THE BIKE TENT

Silent Auction at the Eco Carnival
Come and shop for a great cause while your kids enjoy all of the fun that the Eco-Carnival has to offer! Be sure to swing by and check it out. There may be surprise last minute additions! Bid on one or more of these terrific items:
Guaranteed spot in the ever popular Spring Wildcat Camping Trip
Includes a premium tent (or RV) location, registration for a family of four, and limited edition Wildcat Camping T-shirts.
Movie Under the Stars by Tastebuds Catering
Watch your family's favorite movie on a giant screen under the stars. This item will include set up/take down of the screen and projector, plus movie theater snacks. What a great idea for a birthday party!
Date Night - Plan a well deserved date night with your honey, includes dinner for 2 at Aldos and theater tickets to the Lobero.
Shopping Day - Treat someone special to Lunch or Dinner at Pascucci and $100 gift certificate to Territory Ahead.
Sailing trip and gourmet lunch for 4 - Whale Watching for 2 on the Condor: Hors d’oeuvres and Wine Tasting at the Simpson House
Lunch or Dinner for 2 at Blush
Nostalgic Candy Basket by Kingston Candy
3 more $100 Gift Certificates to Territory Ahead
Family Portrait Shoot by Ricky Mia Photography
1 Month Fitness Camp with local trainer
3 month membership to the Santa Barbara YMCA
Family Fuel Parenting Class

Dental Exam, X-Rays and Cleaning by Dr. Trevor Denny
High quality framed Edward Hoper Print
2 Framed George Caitlin Sketches


Wildcat Wear - Fridays are Wildcat Wear Days!

Show your school spirit and pride in Washington School by wearing Wildcat Wear on Fridays!
We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.
How to purchase wildcat wear:
• Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
• Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)
• Take a look at all our great products here:

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

 

September 23, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events
Tomorrow,Sept 24: Last Day - Wildcat Pride Campaign!
Tomorrow, Sept 24: Party Book - Ping Pong Bring It On! Sold Out!
Sat, Sept 25: Wildcat Science Beach Cleanup
Wed, Sept 29: Coffee with the Principal – 8:20am
Sat, Oct 2: Eco-Carnival 1-4pm
Mon, Oct 4: First Full Day of Kindergarten (1:40 release)

WILDCAT PRIDE - Time to Get That Donation (or Pledge) In!
Tomorrow’s the Last Day of the Wildcat Pride Campaign!
If you’ve already made your donation, we graciously thank you!
75% have not made a donation yet! Yikes!
Every child benefits - we’d like to see every family give something. If you would like to give more than you can afford to right now, consider a monthly donation or a pledge for a later date. Every little bit helps!
Contact us if you have questions – we will make it easy for you.
PLEASE DO YOUR PART… THANK YOU!

Want to help Washington School AND promote your business at the same time? Here’s how…
Wildcat Pride Campaign Donations

School Directory Ads
Eco-Carnival Booth Sponsorships
Jog-a-thon Prizes and Sponsorships
In-Kind Donations
To participate in any of these great programs, please contact Felicia Kashevaroff at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org or 962-2459.

Grant Writers and Researchers Wanted!
No experience necessary!
Would you be interested in joining a committee that has the potential to have a huge impact on the future of Washington School? Then please consider helping with writing grants to different organizations. You can put as much or as little time into this as you’d like, either doing research and finding appropriate grants to apply for or helping with the writing. It’s an easy way to volunteer from home or office! We have experienced grant writers who will be involved in the process. If you have questions or would like to come to our first meeting, please email felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org. Thank you!!

ECO-CARNIVAL REMINDERS:

The carnival is less than 2 weeks away!!! Your room parents are working hard to coordinate your class's booths. Please help out in any way you can. The time slots are just an hour - your kids would love to see you at their booth!! Or even split the hour with another parent. We really need everyone's help with this big and super fun day!!! Thanks!
Don' forget to bring in your baked goods for the cake walk - to the office on Friday the 1st or to the event on Saturday the 2nd.
Last day to donate used CDs and DVDs is next Wednesday the 29th.
Look out for the newest booth at the carnival!!! The DUNK TANK! Let us know if there are any dads out there who are willing to be dunked! Come on - if Mr. Barnett can do it, you can too!! The kids will LOVE it!!!
Does anyone have a 100ft hose we can borrow for the dunk tank? If so, please email Cara Chiarappa.
We have 12 Great Green Walk Exhibitors – Details Next Week: Clipper Wind, Worms and Wiggles, OCEAN FUTURES, Where’s Your Bag and the Community Environmental Council (CEC), NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, SB Botanical Gardens, Surf Happens, Art from Scrap/Water Resource Center, Ty Warner Sea Center ( Sustainable Fishing), Natural History Museum, Sunnyside Sea Farms, Shepherd Farms - (presenting organic food).


Silent Auction at the Eco-Carnival

We've had a great response for the silent auction, and there will be a number of terrific items up for bid, including the following:

  • A guaranteed spot at the ever popular Spring Wildcat Camping trip. This trip always sells out fast! You'll be bidding on a premium tent (or RV) location, registration for a family of four, and limited edition Wildcat Camping T-shirts.
  • Movie under the stars! Watch your family's favorite movie on a giant screen under the stars. This item will include set-up/take-down of the screen and projector, plus movie theater snacks. What a great idea for a birthday party!
  • Fabulous baskets, Beautiful artwork, Gift certificates to terrific local shops and restaurants
    and much, much more.

The silent auction tables will be located on the blacktop near Wildcat Wear. Check next week's Thursday folder and email for a complete catalog of items for sale.

Coffee with the Principal – Next Wed, 8:20am, At the Lunch Tables
Join us for the first Coffee with the Principal of the year! Hear about the latest happenings at Washington and get your questions answered. Refreshments provided! Please note that the day has changed – now it will be the last Wednesday of each month.

Wildcat Science Beach Cleanup with our Science Specialist, Jesse Ridenour!
This Saturday, September 25th, 2-4pm @ Bates Beach in Carpinteria
Grab your kids and come help keep the beaches clean! Meet in the upper parking lot. The group will be heading north up the beach. Bring H20 & snacks/lunch. Look for a small sign & bags near the stairs if you show up after 2:30pm. Please call Jesse with any questions at 805.258.8559. Thank you!

Axxess Books are Coming!
Axxess Books will be available for sale starting next Monday, Sept. 27th - Friday, Oct. 8th in the office as well as at the Eco-Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 2nd. Axxess is the Community Savings Guide that features over 300 local merchants, 100 2-for-1 offers, and un-beatable savings on dining out, golf, wine tasting, your home, your health, your car, & your kids. Axxess is simple & smart. Show your card, save your money! Only $30! Learn more at www.sbaxxess.com

Party Book!!
Ping Pong Bring It On! Friday, September 24th - Sold Out!
Spring Camping Trip Tickets in the Eco-Carnival Silent Auction!
Last year, the Spring Camping Trip sold out in one day. This year there will most likely be a lottery to determine which families get to participate. Get your spot for this year’s trip guaranteed early! We will be auctioning off one family spot during the Eco-Carnival Silent Auction. Don’t miss your chance!
A Hint Of Things To Come…
We have lots of great parties coming up this Fall. Stay tuned for details about Junior Chefs with Mr. Nitikman, Santa Barbara Ballet, Family Halloween Party and More! Are you interested in helping to host a party?

Email Tami Sherman to brainstorm!

Enrichment Classes
There are still openings in some classes, including Self-Defense/Karate. Please contact Enrichment@WashingonSchoolFoundation.org for requests.

Schedules and registration forms are available in the school office and here.

Fall 2010 Enrichment Schedule

Enrichment Sign Up Form

Fall 2010 Spanish Enrichment Schedule

Spanish Enrichment Sign Up

All classes are filled on a first come basis. Anyone that has already enrolled and paid for a class should have received a confirmation by email. If you haven’t received your confirmation at this time, please contact Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org. The confirmation will list detailed information to review. Please make sure that your child’s phone contact and pickup instructions are correct.


Kitchen still needed for Mr. Nitikman’s after school class
Does anyone have a kitchen that Mr. Nitikman can use for his after school cooking class with up to 10 kids? It does not need to be big – they can squeeze. If so, please reply to this email. Thank you!

e-Scrip for Washington – Have You Signed Up or Renewed yet!
Please help Washington School take advantage of the e-Scrip and grocery store community rewards programs! Renew your memberships or register your cards today. Last year we made over $4,000 from these programs! It only takes a moment of your time and doesn’t cost a penny. These programs have to be renewed each year, but once a year is not much effort for the returns they make!
Go to www.escrip.com in order to register your Von’s card, Visa and Mastercard, Macy’s card and more! Washington’s group ID number is 136559079.
To register your Ralph’s card, go to www.ralphs.com, scroll down to the bottom of the page, under Services, click on “Community Contributions,” Scroll down to Participant and click on “Enroll.” Our NPO number is 82608.
Thank you very much!!

Wildcat Wear - Fridays are Wildcat Wear Days!

Show your school spirit and pride in Washington School by wearing Wildcat Wear on Fridays!
We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.
How to purchase wildcat wear:
• Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
• Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)
• Take a look at all our great products here:

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

September 16, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events

Sept 24: Last Day - Wildcat Pride Campaign
Sept 9-22: Caribbean Coffee/Tea Sales – 5th grade camp fundraiser
Fri, Sept 24: Party Book event - Ping Pong Bring It On! 6:00 PM
Wed, Sept 29: Coffee with the Principal – 8:20 AM
Sat, Oct 2: Eco-Carnival 1-4 PM
Mon, Oct 4: First Full Day of Kindergarten (1:40 release)

WILDCAT PRIDE - Time to Get That Donation (or Pledge) In!
Our Wildcat Pride Campaign is entering its final week next week, and as of this morning, we are at $36,325 with 68 families participating. Thank you again to those who have donated so far! We're 1/3 of the way there financially, and 1/8 of the way toward 100% participation. Our goal is $100,000 and 500 families participating – we can get there!
If your letter is just sitting and waiting for a free moment of your time to make the donation (hard to come by these days!), then now is the time to dig it out and turn it in. However, if this is a hard time for you right now and you’re trying to decide whether or not you can participate this year, please remember that you can make a pledge for any amount that you will donate at a later date, or you can break your payments up into up to ten monthly payments. We want to make it as easy as possible for every family to participate at whatever level they are able.
Can you imagine what we could do if everyone did their part? So please show your pride and do your part! Check out all the children’s faces on the Wildcat Pride posters at school – any look familiar? Add your name to the group of donors – let’s fill it up! If you have questions, you can email Felicia at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.
And don’t forget that many employers have a donation-matching program! Thank you!!

Tomorrow is Wildcat Day - Every Friday Wear Your Wildcat Wear!
We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.
How to purchase wildcat wear:
• Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
• Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)
• Take a look at all our great products here:

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form


It's a Matter of Safety
The Washington playgrounds are thriving! Thanks to last year’s PTO funds that purchased playground equipment including balls, jump ropes, carts, hula hoops and more; the playgrounds have never been more fun for our Wildcats! Thanks for your support in raising the funds to make those purchases possible. However, now the playground needs a little bit of your time for supervision. We need volunteers from all-grade levels to come and play with the kids.
Over 100 to 1! (Students to Yard Duty Supervision Ratio)
This ratio of students to Yard Duty is not safe for our kids! Please consider how much of your time you can contribute to assist our Yard Duty and to engage students in safe and fun play. The commitment can be as much or little as you wish – one lunch hour can make a HUGE difference. Invite your family and community members (non-related volunteers will need a background check).
Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you. It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201
Any questions, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator, at wildcatplay@washingtonschoolfoundation.org .
Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

Caribbean Coffee/Tea Sales – Order Form in Office!
Please support the 5th graders in their fundraiser to go to CIMI camp! Buy your coffee/tea/hot chocolate from a 5th grader today! This is the same coffee that was sold last year, and the reviews were fantastic – people love it! Plus, it’s supporting a local Santa Barbara company as well as your own 5th grade Wildcats! These make great gifts for teachers and friends. Thank you! There is now an order form in the office.


Silent Auction at the Eco-Carnival – Volunteer Needed
There will be a small silent auction at the Eco-Carnival again this year. (More detailed info coming soon about the fun Eco-Carnival!) If you are interested in helping with the silent auction, please email Felicia at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org. Thank you!

ECO-CARNIVAL!
The date for this year's Eco-Carnival is Saturday, October 2nd, 1-4pm. Get ready for some fantastic family fun!! NEW THIS YEAR!!!! We will have a new booth this year - a DUNK TANK!! Adults will be in the dunk tank and students will be throwing at the tank. We are thinking of dunking teachers, dads, maybe even Mr. Barnett!!! Let us know if you are interested in getting in the tank!! Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny day! As always we will need your help with the Cake Walk. Please bring your baked goods to the office on Friday the 1st or to the booth on Saturday. We will also be having a used CD/DVD sale at the carnival. Donate your old CDs and DVDs to the office by Wed, Sept 29th and we will sell them at the carnival.

Thanks for helping to support Washington School!!!
For additional inforamation email Cara Chiarappa or Luciana Richards


Want to Help Washington School AND Promote Your Business at the Same Time?

Here’s how…
Wildcat Pride Campaign
Washington School’s Annual giving campaign is our most important and successful fundraiser of the year. All businesses which contribute will go up on our “Wall of Pride” and receive a listing on our website.
School Directory
The Washington School Foundation publishes a directory every year that is distributed to all families at the school. Advertise your business in the directory, and have Washington families be reminded of your support for the school time and time again! Ads run from $100 for a business card size to $500 for the back cover, and there are lots of choices in between. Electronic files are preferred, but we can scan your business card as well.
Carnival Sponsorships
Sponsor a booth at the Eco Carnival and have the name of your business posted on the booth and at the Carnival entrance. Sponsorships cost $100 and are available on a first come, first serve basis. The Carnival will also include a silent auction. If you would like to sponsor a booth or donate an item, don’t delay. The Carnival is only 2 weeks away!
Jog-a-thon Prizes and Sponsorships
The Jog-a-thon needs lots of prizes! We especially need kid-friendly items such as MP3 players, skateboards, bikes, sporting event tickets, games, and toys. Or, if your business would like just to make a cash donation to support this healthy, kid-centered event, that’s great too! We will list you as a Jog-a-thon sponsor on our donor wall during and after the event and give you a special thank you on our website.
In-Kind Donations
It takes more than money to make a school run smoothly. Does your business offer a product or service that can help our school? What about carpentry, landscaping, computer repair, printing, cleaning, etc.? In kind donations are a wonderful way to showcase your business to our community and help our students. Like other donations, your business will be displayed on our donor board as well as on our website.
To participate in any of these great programs, please contact Felicia Kashevaroff at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.orgor 962-2459.

Enrichment Classes

After school enrichment classes started last week and are going great! Classes that are starting next week, Acting for TV, Playground Activities, Ultimate Frisbee, Sumobot Robots and Cartooning are still accepting new students. There are still limited openings in other classes, please contact Enrichment@WashingonSchoolFoundation.org for requests. Schedules and registration forms are available in the school office and here.

Fall 2010 Enrichment Schedule

Enrichment Sign Up Form

Fall 2010 Spanish Enrichment Schedule

Spanish Enrichment Sign Up

All classes are filled on a first come basis. Anyone that has already enrolled and paid for a class should have received a confirmation by email. If you haven’t received your confirmation at this time, please contact Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org. The confirmation will list detailed information to review. Please make sure that your child’s phone contact and pickup instructions are correct.

Kitchen Needed for Mr. Nitikman’s After School Class
Does anyone have a kitchen that Mr. Nitikman can use for his after school cooking class with up to 10 kids? If so, please reply to this email. Thank you!

Physical Education is a Priority at Washington’s After-School Enrichment Program
This fall we offered after-school programs for our Washington students to promote physical activity. There are three classes that might be canceled due to the lack of enrollment. Coach Vargas and Tricia Guilfoyle would once more like to offer these classes. For the importance of physical activity for our children, they are now offering the class at $50.00 for the session. Scholarships are available on a limited basis. There are many lessons learned on the playground. It is a great opportunity for children to engage in social interactions with other schoolmates - this type of interaction is limited during school hours. This is a great alternative to TV and computer games as companions at home. We want to offer the classes at a more affordable price to encourage the promotion of physical activities for all.
PLAYGROUND GAMES
Starting Wednesday, September 22nd - 2:45-3:45 PM Grades 3-6
Do you remember being a kid and after school gathering at a local field or street and playing games with all the kids on the block? Give your child a chance to play all the simple great outdoor games. Sink the Battleship, Dr. and Spy, Rocks, Take Over, Relay Games, Steal the Bacon, Crab Soccer, Spaghetti & Meatballs and many more.
ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Starting Thursday, September 23rd - 2:45 – 3:45 PM Grades: 3 – 6
Learn the fantastic game of Ultimate Frisbee! This sport utilizes the elements of soccer, basketball and football combined. We will do drills to practice throwing and catching a Frisbee, learn the rules of the game and have amazing fun playing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. See you on the field!
There is still time to enroll in ANY class. Schedule &registration forms are available in the school office and here:

Fall 2010 Enrichment Schedule

Enrichment Sign Up Form

Fall 2010 Spanish Enrichment Schedule

Spanish Enrichment Sign Up


Party Book!!
Ping Pong Bring It On! Friday September 24th 6:00 PM
Don't miss the first Party Book event of the year! Join other Wildcat Table Tennis Aficionados for a night of heart-stopping, action-packed, nail-biting competition! Heavy appetizers and cocktails included.

Click here for more information.
The Arena: The Roaches Pad
The Cost: $25 per person (adults only please)
The Hosts: Nelsons, Roaches, Brummetts and Svenssons
Sign Up in the Office, or Via Fax! Click here for registration form and fax your credit card information in or drop a check in the office!
BIG NEWS! Possible Fall Camping Trip!
Simon Dixon is assembling a team of hosts to put on a Fall Camping Trip.
Many of you know that the best way to camp is with the Wildcats... And the best way to guarantee your spot for a trip that may sell out is to join the host committee! Please contact Simon if you are interested.
Tentative dates are October 15&16 @ Rancho Oso. (It'll still be warm over the mountain!)

For more information please email Simon Dixon

Bond Measures Q and R

Measure Q2010
Resolution No. 2009/10-59 Resolution of the Board of Education of the Santa Barbara Secondary/High School District Ordering a School Bond Election, Establishing Specifications of the Election Order, and Requesting Consolidation with Other Elections (revised July 12, 2010)

Measure R2010
Resolution No. 2009/10-58 Resolution of the Board of Education of the Santa Barbara Elementary District Ordering a School Bond Election, Establishing Specifications of the Election Order, and Requesting Consolidation with Other Elections (revised July 12, 2010)

e-Scrip for Washington – So Easy to Help!
Please help Washington School take advantage of the e-Scrip and grocery store community rewards programs! Renew your memberships or register your cards today. Last year we made over $4,000 from these programs! It only takes a moment of your time and doesn’t cost a penny. These programs have to be renewed each year, but once a year is not much effort for the returns they make!
Go to www.escrip.com in order to register your Von’s card, Visa and Mastercard, Macy’s card and more! Washington’s group ID number is 136559079.
To register your Ralph’s card, go to www.ralphs.com, scroll down to the bottom of the page, under Services, click on “Community Contributions,” Scroll down to Participant and click on “Enroll.” Our NPO number is 82608.
Thank you very much!!

2nd Grade Brownie Troop at Washington

Are you interested in putting in the time and effort to establish a Brownie Troop at Washington? If so, please contact Krista Kieding at kristakieding@gmail.com. Space is limited. First come, first served basis. Respond by Friday, Sept 17.

Weekly Email Updates
Send an email to linda.meyer@washingtonschoolfoundation.org to request to be added to the list. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails, please reply with "Remove from list" as your subject.

 

September 9, 2010 UPDATE

Upcoming Dates and Events

Sept 2-24: Wildcat Pride Annual Support Campaign

Wed, Sept 8: Comité Asesor Del Aprendizaje Del Ingles (ELAC)- 6:30 PM
Thurs, Sept 9: PTO Meeting - 7:00 PM

Sept 9-22: Caribbean Coffee/Tea Sales – 5th grade camp fundraiser

Fri, Sept 10: Room Parent Meeting - 8:20 AM

Mon, Sept 13: After School Enrichment Classes begin

Wed, Sept 29: Coffee with the Principal – 8:20 AM

Sat, Oct 2: Eco-Carnival

Mon, Oct 4: First Full Day of Kindergarten (1:40 release)

PTO Meeting Tonight! - Thurs, Sept 9 - 7:00 PM in the auditorium
Our first PTO meeting of the year is tonight from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Everyone is always invited – come find out about what’s going on at Washington. This is also a great venue to voice your opinion. Our PTO meetings are usually a combination of general interest topics and Board meetings. Childcare will be provided in room KA next to the office - check in with Cristina. Light refreshments served. On the agenda tonight - we will hear about a farm-to-home possible fundraising program involving ordering produce to be delivered directly from an organic farm.

Updated After School Enrichment Forms

Fall 2010 Enrichment Schedule

Tomorrow is Wildcat Day - Every Friday Wear Your Wildcat Wear!
We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com.
How to purchase wildcat wear:
• Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
• Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)
• Take a look at all our great products here:

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form


Show Your Wildcat Pride!
The Wildcat Pride Campaign is already off to an amazing start. As of today, we’ve accumulated $13,295 toward our $100,000 goal! The PTO thanks those parents who have already turned in their pledges! Remember, we’re working toward an even greater goal of 100% participation. This money benefits every student and every donation helps, large or small.
Again this year, we’re going to help motivate our Wildcats even more by offering an awesome ice cream party to each classroom that reaches 100% participation! This means that every family in the class donates at least $10 or more. We can do it!
If you didn’t receive the Wildcat Pride letter in last week’s Thursday folder, you can download a copy here soon. Extra donation envelopes are available in the office. To ensure that your child’s class receives credit for your donation, please note their teacher’s name on the envelope. If you have questions, you can email Felicia at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org.
And don’t forget that many employers have a donation-matching program! Thank you!!

Room Parent Meeting
If you signed up to be a room parent this year (thank you!), there will be an important meeting for you tomorrow, Friday, September 10, at 8:20 AM in the auditorium. You will get a brief orientation to being a room parent, some helpful hints, and learn about some important ways that you will help the PTO. If you are not able to attend, please send another parent from your room as an alternate. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Somerville at 729-0385 or somerville.jennifer@gmail.com.

Enrichment Classes Begin this Monday, September 13
Classes will begin Monday, September 13, 2010. There are still open classes. If you are interested in having your child join a class, please get your enrollment form submitted to the office.

Fall 2010 Enrichment Schedule

Enrichment Sign Up Form

Fall 2010 Spanish Enrichment Schedule

Spanish Enrichment Sign Up

All classes are filled on a first come basis. Anyone that has already enrolled and paid for a class should have received a confirmation by email. If you haven’t received your confirmation at this time, please contact Enrichment@WashingtonSchoolFoundation.org. The confirmation will list detailed information to review. Please make sure that your child’s phone contact and pickup instructions are correct.

It's a Matter of Safety
The Washington playgrounds are thriving! Thanks to last year’s PTO funds that purchased playground equipment including balls, jump ropes, carts, hula hoops and more; the playgrounds have never been more fun for our Wildcats! Thanks for your support in raising the funds to make those purchases possible. However, now the playground needs a little bit of your time for supervision. We need volunteers from all-grade levels to come and play with the kids.
Over 100 to 1! (Students to Yard Duty Supervision Ratio)
This ratio of students to Yard Duty is not safe for our kids! Please consider how much of your time you can contribute to assist our Yard Duty and to engage students in safe and fun play. The commitment can be as much or little as you wish – one lunch hour can make a HUGE difference. Invite your family and community members (non-related volunteers will need a background check).
Playground Volunteer Sign-ups are Easy and Online!
We are using an online service, called VolunteerSpot, to streamline the sign-up process. Please click the link below to enter your email address. Click the link and volunteer for the day and shift that's best for you. It will even send you an email reminder. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/40234563417528201
Any questions, please contact Andi Sutter, Playground Volunteer Coordinator, at wildcatplay@washingtonschoolfoundation.org .
Thanks for giving generously of your time so our kids can have fun and be safe!

Caribbean Coffee/Tea Sales Start Now!
Please support the 5th graders in their fundraiser to go to CIMI camp! Buy your coffee/tea/hot chocolate from a 5th grader today! This is the same coffee that was sold last year, and the revues were fantastic – people love it! Plus, it’s supporting a local Santa Barbara company as well as your own 5th grade Wildcats! These make great gifts for teachers and friends. Thank you!

First Party Book Event of the Year!!
Ping Pong Bring It On! Friday September 24th 6:00 PM
Don't miss the first Party Book event of the year! Join other Wildcat Table Tennis Aficionados for a night of heart-stopping, action-packed, nail-biting competition! Heavy appetizers and cocktails included.

Click here for more information.
The Arena: The Roaches Pad
The Cost: $25 per person (adults only please)
The Hosts: Nelsons, Roaches, Brummetts and Svenssons
Sign Up in the Office, or Via Fax! Click here for registration form and fax your credit card information in or drop a check in the office!

Silent Auction at the Eco-Carnival – Volunteer Needed
There will be a small silent auction at the Eco-Carnival again this year. (More detailed info coming soon about the fun Eco-Carnival!) If you are interested in helping with the silent auction, please email Felicia at felicia.kashevaroff@washingtonschoolfoundation.org. Thank you!

Lost and Found Procedure at Washington
After the Welcome BBQ last Friday, there were lots of items left behind. That means it’s time to start our Lost and Found procedure so that we don’t end up with a monster pile into which no one will be brave enough to venture! The Lost and Found is in the hallway entrance to the auditorium. Just look for the hanging clothes and storage boxes. Here is the current procedure:
Articles will be donated after 1 month. We will donate on Mondays.
1. Clothing will be hung on clothing rack during the week that they are found.
2. On the following Monday clothing will be transferred from the rack to the 1ST WEEK TOTE BOX.
3. On the following Monday clothing will be transferred from 1ST WEEK to 2ND WEEK TOTE BOX.
4. On the following Monday clothing will be transferred from 2ND WEEK to 3RD WEEK (LAST WEEK)
5. On the following Monday clothing in the 3RD WEEK /LAST WEEK TOTE BOX will be donated.
Thank you, Mark Sherman, for continuing to coordinate this effort!

Application for Free and Reduced Lunch –Everyone Apply, Please!

This application will be kept confidential, and if you have any questions about it, there is someone available to help you fill it out. Please inquire at the office.
If you haven’t filled out and turned in the application for free and reduced lunch, please do so ASAP, regardless of whether or not you think you would qualify. This application helps determine whether our school could qualify for Title 1 funding, which would mean over $100,000! We are very close to qualifying! If you did not receive this form in the Thursday folder, then it was mailed to you in the summer. If you need another one, there are more in the front office. If you’re concerned about writing your social security number, just leave that blank, and if they end up needing it from you later, you can give it then. Thank you!
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Upcoming Dates and Events

Wed, Sept 8: Comité Asesor Del Aprendizaje Del Ingles (ELAC)- 6:30 PM
Thurs, Sept 9: PTO Meeting - 7:00 PM

Fri, Sept 10: Room Parent Meeting - 8:20 AM

Mon, Sept 13: After School Enrichment Classes begin

Mon, Oct 4: First full day of Kindergarten (1:40 release)

 

Tomorrow night -WASHINGTON SCHOOL - Aviso de reunión regular:

Comité Asesor Del Aprendizaje Del Ingles (ELAC)

ORDEN DEL DIA - September 8th, 2010: 6:30 p.m. - 290 Lighthouse Road, Santa Barbara Ca 93109

Click here for more details.

August 26, 2010 UPDATE

Welcome Back Everyone and Welcome New Families!

Upcoming Dates and Events

Fri, Aug 27: Welcome BBQ for all families – 5:30 PM, at the school

Tues, August 31: Early Release Tuesday begins (1:40 release for all grades)

Thurs, Sept 2: Back to School Night - parents only

Mon, Sept 6: No School - Labor Day Holiday
Thurs, Sept 9: PTO Meeting - 7:00 PM

Fri, Sept 10: Room Parent Meeting - 8:20 AM

Mon, Sept 13: After School Enrichment Classes begin

Mon, Oct 4: First full day of Kindergarten (1:40 release)

Everyone, Come to the Welcome BBQ!

On Friday, August 27th, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, at the school, there will be a Welcome Barbecue for all Washington families. Woody’s burgers and chicken sandwiches will be available for a nominal fee. You may bring your own picnic dinner if you prefer. Please bring blankets and beach chairs for sitting. This is a great opportunity for you to reconnect with all your friends at Washington!

Back to School Night - Next Thursday, Sept. 2 - 6:00pm!
This is a great night for all parents to come and meet your children’s teachers. This night is for Parents only so please arrange for child care so you can attend. There will be a brief parent assembly in the auditorium at approx. 6:45pm.

Wildcat Wear - Fridays are Wildcat Wear Days!

Show your school spirit and pride in Washington School by wearing Wildcat Wear on Fridays! We have new T-shirt designs this year for both kids and adults, and a new red zip sweatshirt for kids.
For more information contact Pam Rai at 835-1750 or pam.bertoli@gmail.com. How to purchase wildcat wear:
Wildcat Store open every Friday morning at 8am in Auditorium
At Welcome BBQ this Friday evening Aug 27 @ 5:30pm
Leave check and fill out order form in Wildcat Wear binder in office, and products will be delivered to your childs classsroom. Checks made out to W.S.F. (Washington School Foundation)

Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form


Found : Women’s Reef flip flops black size 6
Accidently taken home from Ledbetter Beach Cove at 5:30 Sunday, August 22. (After the end of summer Mesa beach gathering). This pair is exactly like ours- now we have 2! Please call 448-1201 to claim!

Have a Seat?
We are desperately looking for chairs for the art room? If any one works for a business with any extra chairs or knows where we can find some for our budding artists please email Lisa Fell at lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org

Thurs, Sept 9: PTO Meeting - 7:00pm - Get Involved!
If you haven’t already, we encourage you to join the Washington community and get involved in the PTO right away in order to feel more like a part of Washington and to help our students. Almost everyone volunteers in some way. There will be sign-ups at the school events or you can reply to this email for more information. Thank you!

We Need a Music Teacher
If you know someone or are yourself a music teacher that would be interested in teaching our kids music this school year, please email Lisa Fell at lisa.fell@washingtonschoolfoundation.org The music teacher that was lined up for this year just took another job that could pay her benefits so we need to get a great replacement ASAP. Thank you!

Important Info Requested by the Office
The office will need an updated Emergency Card and the application for free and Reduced Lunches from all families, regardless of whether or not you would qualify. This application helps determine whether our school could qualify for Title 1 funding, which would mean about $80,000 for our school! These two forms will come home with your student on the first day of school.

SBSD eNews: Monday, Aug. 23: Measure Q2010 Fact Sheet

On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, voters in the Santa Barbara Secondary School District will be asked to pass, with the approval of fifty-five percent of the electorate, a $75,000,000 general obligation bond for the sole purpose of modernizing, renovating, installing, updating, replacing, and repairing facilities, infrastructures, and grounds at Goleta Valley Junior High, La Colina Junior High, La Cumbre Junior High, Open Alternative Middle, Santa Barbara Charter Middle, Santa Barbara Junior High, Dos Pueblos High, La Cuesta Continuation High, San Marcos High, and Santa Barbara High schools.
Since the state budget provides the district with only limited general maintenance funds, the school districts’ board of education decided to put a bond on the November ballot because a bond is the only way to fund facilities improvements at the level of investment required to repair and upgrade aging facilities.
Based on the estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of the bond statement, it is anticipated that this bond will not increase the current tax rate. This will happen because the Measure Q bond will phase in as our school district’s existing bond is set to expire. The tax rate currently in place is $12.48 per $100,000 assessed valuation. These estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property in the school district, not on the property’s market value.
To read more, go to the Measure Q2010 Fact Sheet (pdf) on the districts' website.

August 2010 UPDATE

Welcome Back Everyone and Welcome New Families!

Upcoming Dates and Events
Fri, Aug 20: Kindergarten Teacher Meet & Greet - 12:00-1:00, at school

Fri, Aug 20: Class lists posted – afternoon, at the school

Mon, Aug 23: First Day of School – 8:15 AM

Mon, Aug 23: Parents Welcome Assembly – 8:15 AM, in the auditorium

Fri, Aug 27: Welcome BBQ for all families – 5:30 PM, at the school

Tues, August 31: Early Release Tuesday begins (1:40 release for all grades)

Thurs, Sept 2: Back to School Night - parents only
Thurs, Sept 9: PTO Meeting - 7:00 PM

Fri, Sept 10: Room Parent Meeting - 8:20 AM

Mon, Sept 13: After School Enrichment Classes begin

Mon, Oct 4: First full day of Kindergarten (2:00 release)

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Wildcat Wear Line Fall 2010

Wildcat Wear SIze Chart

Wildcat Wear Order Form

First Day of School – Mon, Aug 23 - 8:15 AM

We hope you all had a great summer and are ready for the first day of school - Monday, August 23rd. Classes start at 8:15 am, but come early to get some extra playtime and catch up with friends. There will be a Welcome Assembly for parents in the auditorium, with brief remarks from the Principal and the PTO plus some refreshments from approximately 8:20 - 9:00 am. See you Monday!

Class Lists Posted Friday, Aug 20th

Class lists will be posted at 4:00pm on the Friday before school starts at the front of the school. You can also view the listing on-line. Please click here to email Linda Meyer for the password.

Kindergarten Teacher Meet & Greet – Fri, Aug 20th

There will be a Kindergarten Welcome event on Friday, August 20th, from 12:00 to 1:00, at the school. You can come with your student (and siblings if you’d like) to see the classroom and meet your teacher. That is when you will find out who your teacher is. The principal, Mr. Barnett, and the PTO President, Lisa Fell, will be there, meeting everyone and answering questions. There will also be a Kindergarten Social at a nearby park after school starts. This will be a great opportunity for all the Kindergarten families to come and get to know each other. The date and other details will be posted soon.

Everyone, Come to the Welcome BBQ!

On Friday, August 27th, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, at the school, there will be a Welcome Barbecue for all Washington families. Woody’s burgers and chicken sandwiches will be available for a nominal fee. You may bring your own picnic dinner if you prefer. Please bring blankets and beach chairs for sitting. This is a great opportunity for you to reconnect with all your friends at Washington!


New Playground Markings

Thanks to Ron Stevens and his crew of talented artists for making our K/1 playground and quad area more colorful for our littlest Wildcats! On Thursday, they sketched and painted the upper playground to include new alphabet book worms in the Kindergarten quad, a balloon hopscotch, a kaleidoscope of color for tether ball, bug tag, and a rocket ship basketball half court. Click here to view photo 1  2   3   4   5

Thanks to the volunteers (Andi Sutter, John & Julie Peyton, Chris Henry, Betsy Cassriel, Camille Umoff, Katie Kerman, Emily, Chloe & Jill Stevens, and Adrienne Larbig) who got a little dirty and had some fun making Washington a better place for our kids. Still planned for the upper playground are four square and a supply shed. Feeling artistic? We'll be looking for more volunteers to help with painting the lower playground soon, so stay tuned for updates!

Get Involved!

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to join the Washington community and get involved in the PTO right away in order to feel more like a part of Washington and to help our students. Almost everyone volunteers in some way. There will be sign-ups at the school events or you can reply to this email for more information. Thank you!

Important Info Requested by the Office

The office will need an updated emergency card and the application for free and reduced lunches from all families, regardless of whether or not you would qualify. This application helps determine whether our school could qualify for Title 1 funding, which would mean about $80,000! These two forms will come home with your student on the first day of school.

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