April 10, 2014 UPDATE
• TOMORROW: Fri, Apr 11: Jog-a-thon Prize Day and Camping Trip Tickets on sale online
• EVERY Wed: Walk & Roll
• Sat, April 12: LEGOLAND® Model Builder Challenge" at SBMNH from 11 AM to 2 PM
• Mon, April 14: Day of Beauty
• Mon & Tue, April 14 & 15: iPad Disbursement for 3rd-6th Grade
• Wed, Apr 23: 3rd Grade Student Store to Support Horses Opens (one day only)
• Fri, Apr 25: Variety Show
• Sat, May 10: Washington Wildcat End-of-Year Adults-Only Party (More info soon)
• Thu, May 22: Open House from 6:30-7;30 PM
• Fri-Sun, May 30-June 1: Annual Wildcat Camping Trip at Carpinteria State Beach
Dear Washington Families,
We have so much going on this week and next - it is crazy! Tomorrow is our big Jog-a-Thon Prize Day! All the students will attend assemblies where they get to hear the big school total and top runners and fundraisers will be acknowledged. After the assemblies, students will be called in small groups to pick individual prizes if they were earned. If you know your child reached a prize level, please help them by reviewing the prize list and talking about having many choices in case their first few choices have already been picked and are no longer available.
Another big event is the iPad disbursement for our 3rd–6th grade families happening here at school in the computer lab on Monday and Tuesday. Please read through the information packets that were sent home earlier this week very carefully. You need to bring these packets with you to your appointments. All families have been given times for appointments. If you have siblings in this grade span and you happen to have two separate appointments, you can pick one of them to attend and do the paperwork for both students at the same time. We have fit in almost 400 appointments in a two-day span. Please do your best to arrive on time and prepared.
We have had some more new technology at Washington. A brand new VOIP phone system has been installed. Soon all the teachers will have the much-needed improvement of having phones in all the classrooms. However, please be patient as we get the bugs ironed out. At this time, if you call the school number, you will hear a recording with some extension options. You need to wait for the whole message to finish before selecting an option. I know this is a pain if you are impatient like I am, but I tried to shorten the greeting as much as possible.
Washington is proud to announce that two fifth grade students, Maria Rojas and Wendy Vega, are being recognized by the district as Outstanding English Learner Students for their academic accomplishments. Way to go, Wendy and Maria!
Also being recognized at the SBUSD STAR Employee Award Dinner are two Washington employees - office manager, Rosa Cavaletto and 4th grade teacher, Bridget Berg-Gankas. Rosa was nominated for her ability to do everything and anything (with a smile on her face!) for this school. Ms. Berg-Gankas is being recognized for her incredible positive attitude, willingness to continually advocate for her students, and leading the way in our move towards technology integration. Believe me, one of the most difficult parts of my job is narrowing the field when asked to name just a couple of employees for recognition. I have never worked with such a dedicated and talented staff as we have here at Washington.
If you happen to walk to school from the other side of Meigs please be aware that the pedestrian bridge at La Mesa Park will be closed from 4/10 to 4/18. Also, the crossing guard at Meigs will be out on 4/16.
Have an incredible week!
Jog-a-thon Prize Assembly is TOMORROW Friday, April 11!
$77,449.26!!! Not only did we pass our stretch goal of $70,000 but we also surpassed it by over $7,000. Way to go school! The wildcat games are coming to our school and Ledbetter here I come!
Tomorrow is the Prize Assembly. Students that have brought in $100 or more will be selecting a prize based on the category they qualify for. Also, if your child brought in at least $10 or more, he/she will be entered into a raffle for first pick of Level 3 prizes! Student council members will be drawing this name in my office tomorrow morning right when the bell rings.
Please refer to attached handouts about prizes and how this year's committee laid out this year's prize structure. The committee has worked very hard to make this a fun and exciting day and include numerous prizes that appeal to all children. Top runners for each class for both top boy and top girl, will receive medals and certificates for their hard work running at the Jog-a-thon. We will also be awarding the top runner for our school for both the inner and outer tracks.
Please spend some time with your child going over the UPDATED list of prizes (a green flyer is in your Thursday Folders) and asking them to think about both what they may want to pick and also, that depending on their number, some prizes may not be available. Discuss with them the "priceless prizes" like boat captain for the day, lunch with the principal and a friend, etc. There will be a bulletin board up at the assembly with many of these priceless prizes.
Let's all remember that this is a "student" event. A parent will be called in the event that a prize selected is too large to take back to class or in a standard sized car at pick up! We do have a truck available should any large prize (like a ping pong table) need to be delivered.
The students (and parents) of Washington have worked so hard this year to raise this money. Now it's our time to recognize their efforts and praise them for a job well done.
LEGOLAND® California Resort Presents the "Model Builder Challenge"
Saturday, April 12
11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Included with admission
Guests can watch as LEGOLAND® California Resort Master Model Builders Tim Sams and Rob McCarthy compete against one another to build models based on the Resort's new LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network. Guests will also have a chance to win tickets to visit the Resort and experience the new LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park by answering trivia questions at each event.
Fans can vote online for each model being built plus come out to the event to support their favorite model builder and check-out cool models including a miniature version of the new Water Park and a four-foot LEGO model of the Legends of Chima character Laval.
Fans can provide suggestions, ask questions, cheer on their favorite builder, and vote for Tim (#BuilderTim) or Rob (#BuilderRob) on Facebook (www.facebook.com/legolandcalifornia) in an effort to help their favorite builder win the ultimate prize, a magical LEGO orb of CHI.
PARTY BOOK UPDATE
Party Book Webstore: www.WildcatsPartyBook.com
Party Book Photos: www.wildcatspartybook.shutterfly.com
Camping Trip Raffle - Congratulations to Julie and John Peyton.
Kindergarten Pancake Breakfast - Thank You.
Hosted by these fab families, Yturralde, Blue, Lorenz, Villa, Corral, Trifkovic, Kuhns, Ransdell, Croccia.
Day Of Beauty - Monday, April 14 at 4:00 PM
Thanks to the generous support of Pacific Plastic Surgery and Washington mom, Jessica Barker we are offering another special party book day of beauty and introduction into the world of Medical Aesthetics. Everyone will notice but no one will know." What's included: skin evaluation, education on treatment options and one full treatment of Botox (used for glabella, crows feet and forehead). Mini facials for the first five guests to arrive on April 14. Valued up to $600. Wine and appetizers also provided. Only 2 spots left. Tickets cost $200 and go on sale Monday, March 17, 10am at www.WildcatsWebstore.com. Questions: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Wildcats Camping Trip: Friday, May 30 - Sunday, June1
Your ticket price includes group camping spot for two nights, potluck dinner on Friday, catered dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings & s'mores around the campfire. Enjoy organized activities and entertainment. Tickets go on sales Friday April 11 at 10am - ONLY at www.WildcatsWebstore.com. First come, first served so don't wait to guarantee your space (Raffle Ticket?). Hosted by these awesome families: Barker, Chapman, Hoffman, Lazarus, Mahan, Menchaca, Murphy, Richards, Weidmann, and Ziskind. Questions: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you have an idea for a Party Book or would like to Host an event, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd Grade Student Store Supports Horses!
Open only on April 23
Attention parents and students! Third graders in Ms. Dalton's and Mrs. Yarnell's class are raising money for California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR). Students have chosen CCHR as their Service Learning project for this school year. They are hoping you will support this shelter for horses by shopping at their very own "Student Store". This store will be open only one day: Wednesday, April 23, during morning recesses (9:40, 10:00, 10:20 and 10:40) at the picnic tables (in front of the cafeteria). Items to purchase will be healthy snacks, drinks, little toys, books, and doodads. So, bring your change, enjoy a treat, and help out a horse 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 by Tuesday, April 22, or earlier. Thank you again for your support!
To learn more please visit: www.calcoastalhorserescue.com or www.facebook.com/californiacoastalhorserescue. CCHR founded in 2000, cares for those horses that no one else will care for. The mission of this Ojai, CA, nonprofit organization is provide sanctuary and rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses, and to pro-vide them with a second chance for a healthy and productive life.
WALK & ROLL: Ditch the Car and Feel the Difference!
Washington School will be starting "Walk & Roll" every Wednesday.
• April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
• May 7, 14 , 21, 28