May 23, 2013 UPDATE
• TOMORROW: Buy your Party Book SB Salt Cave Tickets between 8:00-8:30 AM in front of school
• Mon, May 27: No School - Memorial Day
• Thu, May 30: Principal Update on "What is CCCS?" at 5:45 PM in Auditorium
and Open House from 6:15-7:15
• Fri, May 31: Wildcats Wear Design Contest Deadline
• Fri, May 31: NEW DATE! Principal Update on "What is CCCS?" at 8:30 AM in the Library
• Fri, May 31-Sun, Jun 2: Wildcats Camping Trip (Wait List Now Open)
• Thu, Jun 6: Last day of school
Address Verification Required!
EVERY student needs to provide address
verification EVERY year. Students WILL NOT be placed on a class list until the address verification process is completed.
Delay of address verification may cost you
your spot at Washington.
Blank Verification of Student Address forms can be found online on the district website [English / Spanish] and in our school office. Please remember to fill out the form and provide already copied required documents. You must provide a document from each of the two columns on the form.
Please note that falsified verification documents
could result in your child losing their seat at
In case you didn’t hear the triumphant chanting echoing through the halls a week ago, the big news is that the phenomenal Math Superbowl Team from Washington secured 1st place in the competition. Thirty-three schools from the county competed, and once again, Washington came away champs. Way to go Math Superbowl students, parent coaches, and teachers!
Speaking of math, parents looking for a way for their students to practice and increase their math skills this summer should check out the XtraMath website at www.xtramath.org . Several teachers have been using this program to provide students with opportunities to extend their math time at home. This free website also has a parent component where parents and students can track progress and enhance mathematical skills.
In other curriculum news, be sure to attend one of the informational meetings about the new Common Core State Standards. I will be presenting in the auditorium before Open House on Thursday, May 30 at 5:45 PM and again in the library at 8:30 AM on Friday, May 31. Translation will be provided at the Friday morning meeting.
As you know, I have been focusing on increasing our attendance rate and lowering our tardies. This year, we have only 33 students out of 635 who qualify for the 100% attendance award. I am hoping that number will double or triple for next year. I realize that this year there were some days added on to the end of the school year due to the budget allowing for it and many families made travel plans. We also don’t want sick students in class. However for next year, remember when planning vacations and family events - school attendance does matter. Study after study show a direct correlation between attendance rates (including punctuality) and academic achievement, attitude about school, involvement in school activities, graduation rates, and college acceptance.
We are still on the search for risers to use in our 6th grade promotion. If you know of any we can borrow, please talk to me or one of the 6th grade teachers ASAP.
As the weather warms up, please help us keep an eye on the dress code (mainly for our upper grade students). Students should not have any undergarments showing (bra straps especially). Skirts and shorts should be no shorter than the pointer finger when arms are hung by the side of the body (with shoulders relaxed). Flip flops are not allowed. Clothes and hats should be free of obscenities, alcohol or cigarette ads, and inappropriate messages.
Let’s enjoy these final two weeks!
2013-2014 PTO Board
At the last PTO meeting last week, our 2013-2014 Washington School PTO Board was voted in. Principal Anne Hubbard will serve as a non-voting member and in the Fall two teachers will be assigned to serve on the Board.
1) President: Simon Dixon
2) VP: Cara Chiarappa
3) VP Ways and Means:________________
4) VP Communications: Easter Moorman
5) Treasurer: Mike O’Flynn
6) Financial Secretary: John Reed
7) Recording Secretary: Tara Haaland-Ford
Members at Large
8) Brian Campbell
9) Wendy Fisher
11) Julie Hazard
12) Cari Menchaca
13) Meg Miller
14) John Peyton
16) Nick Svennson
17) Nicole Young
18) Teacher Representative: ________________
19) Teacher Representative:________________
SCIENCE NIGHT THANK YOU!
Dear Science Night Volunteers,
From all accounts I have received so far, the event was enjoyed by all. It could not have happened without all of you. I know one student who had a really hard time picking his favorite exhibit because they were all so good and then said something like, "Science Night is the best school event of the year." From the exhibitor solicitors, to the student council welcome team, to the food prep team, to the clean up crew, and everything in between, I felt surrounded by top notch people from the moment I signed up right through to the end of the night, which made it all good overall. Send me your feedback on how to improve for next time and congratulations and thank you so much.
John Reed, Science Night Chairperson
P.S. Photos will be available online soon. Watch out for that announcement.
Open House & CCCS Update on May 30
Mark your calendars for our Open House Principal Update on "What is CCCS?" on Thursday, May 30. At 5:45 PM, Ms. Hubbard will give an update on CCCS in the Auditorium. Open House is from 6:15 to 7:15 PM. Open House night is where the classrooms are open so that parents and guardians can come with their child(ren) to see their classroom, teacher, and what they have accomplished during the school year. And, if you want to get a sneak peek of what the next grade level will be like, you are welcome to visit those classrooms and meet the teachers for your child's next school year.
Wildcat Wear Student Design Contest Deadline is May 31
Get out your markers, colored pencils, drafting tools, or computer graphics program! We are inviting students to submit designs for next year's WCW t-shirts.
1. Keep the design simple
2. Use no more than 3 colors
3. Turn in your entry to the front office by Friday, May 31
4. A panel of judges will decide on the winning design
5. You will be notified of the contest winner by June 6
If you have any questions, contact WCW Chair Barbara Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Party Book Update - WildcatsPartyBook.com
Party Book Webstore: www.WildcatsPartyBook.com
Party Book Photos: www.wildcatspartybook.shutterfly.com
Party Book Raffle - Win a private party at Santa Barbara's Salt Cave!
One lucky winner will bring up to 18 guests for a two hour party. Experience Santa Barbara's unique underground Salt Cave. Choose from two Himalayan Salt Caves for your Happy Hour Party, Family Fun Movie night, Birthday Party or for your own personal therapeutic session. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Book any date that is available. Raffle tickets are $20. each at www.WildcatsPartyBook.com The winner will be drawn on Monday June 3rd. Read more at
saltcavessb.com Questions: email@example.com
If you have an idea for a Party Book or would like to Host an event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Summer Enrichment Classes at Washington
Art and Music with Ms. A
This summer Ms. Angelopoulos will be teaching a small class of 10-15 students, using creative art and song! We'll start with the color wheel, explore abstract art techniques and use her all time favorite medium, water colors! Each student will take home an art portfolio with their projects at the end of the week. This class is for incoming 1st graders through incoming 4th graders. Forms are available in the office from Rosa, or from Ms. A. in Room 4. If you are interested or have questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATES: Monday, June 17-Friday, June 21
TIMES: 9:00 AM-Noon
LOCATTION: Room 4
COST: $150, siblings are $125 (10% goes to Washington)
DEADLINE: Please sign up by Monday, June 3
Beginning Spanish Class with Ms. Lusk
Give your child the gift of experiencing and learning a second language in a fun and enriching environment. This summer Ms. Lusk (Washington 1st grade teacher and parent of two Wildcats) will be teaching a 5-day Spanish class in Room KC, and students entering 1st through 6th grade are welcome. The classes will be 3 hours each day focusing on improving our listening, comprehension, and conversational Spanish through literature, songs, and games. Please get applications from Mrs. Lusk in room KC or in the office and if you have questions contact Ms. Lusk at email@example.com.
DATES: Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28
TIME: 9:00 AM-Noon
LOCATION: Room KC
COST: $175 for first child; $150 for siblings (10% of fees goes to Washington)
DEADLINE: Please sign up by Monday, June 3