February 27, 2014 UPDATE
• TOMORROW, Fri, Mar 7: Jog-a-thon "Making Waves...Making a Difference" and Minimum Day
• NOW: Camping Trip Raffle for one Family Spot
• Mon-Fri, Mar 10-15: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunches and Movie Days during Conference Week
• Wed, Mar 19: PTO Meeting at 7 PM
• Fri, Mar 21: Minimum day (K-6 out at Noon)
• Mon-Fri, Mar 24-28: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
• Fri, Apr 4: Wildcats at the Wildcat from 6:00-9:30 PM
• Sun, Apr 6: Kindergarten Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 AM
• Wed, Apr 9: Variety Show Applications Due
• Thu, Apr 10: Variety Show Tryouts
• Fri, Apr 11: Camping Trip Raffle Tickets go on sale online
• 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 Camping Trip at Carpinteria State Beach
NEXT WEEK: MARCH 10-14
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunches
and Movie Days
during Conference Week
Dear Washington Families,
The long awaited Jog-a-Thon is tomorrow! Come out and support our runners. The time, effort, sweat, and late nights that go into getting this incredible event organized is simply overwhelming. Be sure to thank the committee members for their wonderful dedication when you see them.
This Friday, March 7th is a minimum day. On our school website calendar, Friday, March 21st was mistakenly listed as a minimum day. However, it is a full day of school.
Next week is parent teacher conference week for our 1st through 6th grades. K students will follow their regular schedule. 1st through 6th grades will get out at 12:00. If you signed up for movie days, the students will check straight into the auditorium at noon. Unfortunately, we have had several recent outbreaks of lice again. If your child is attending movie days, remind them not to share pillows or blankets.
This last weekend, in an effort to save many gorgeous sweaters, jackets, shirts, and sweatshirts from a weekend of rain, I took the lost and found items home. I washed and scoured them for names. Unfortunately, out of about 75 items, only 6 had names in them. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE . . . take a minute to take out a Sharpee and put your child’s name in any type of outerwear they may bring to school. This will really help us get items back to the right students. I will be putting these items out on a table or cart in the hallway outside of the auditorium. Please come by and look for any missing items. ON FRIDAY, MARCH, 14TH, THE REMAINING ITEMS WILL BE DONATED TO A LOCAL CHARITY.
We have had some great team accomplishments recently. Last weekend, our Odyssey of the Mind team consisting of Washington students Winslow Barnwood, Lewis Dawson, Ben Gordnier, and Joaquin Greenberg, and three other team members from Monroe won first place in the LA regional tournament. They are now eligible to go on to the state tournament in April.
The weekend before, several of our 6th grade students competed in the MathCounts competition. They were the only 6th grade team competing against 7th and 8th graders and finished 8th out of 15! This team consisted of Ryan Hathaway, Tali Ratcliffe, Kylan O’Connor, and Jackson Weidman. Kylan did exceptionally well in the individual portion also.
I am saddened to announce that our music teacher, Mr. Throop, will be out for at least the rest of this year. This leaves us without an instrumental music teacher for now. The district is trying to find a qualified replacement, but for now, all students are having choral music with a wonderful sub, Mr. Damron. If you would like to keep your instrument at home to practice, you are welcome to do so.
PTO President's Message
Ok school, it's gut-check time. Tomorrow your kids are running in Jogathon to raise money for their school. Except right now we only have forms in from 20% of the school and we are currently at $16,000 of our $60,000 budget. I hope you all take time to ruminate on those numbers because when you come to school next year and there are no curriculum specialists in the classrooms to help the teachers, I sense unhappiness will abound. At our house, we asked grandparents, godparents and an uncle and we got donations - you can do that too - or at least ask!
Soon I will be convening a budget committee to create the PTO budget for next year, and be forewarned, if the numbers stay like this, programs will be slashed. Curriculum Specialists, cultural assemblies, field trips, teacher support, PE, computer support: all are at risk.
Please take a moment to decide what kind of school you want your kid(s) to attend next year - and if you'd like it to continue being the one with the highest test scores and the richest educational experience, then please get some ink flowing onto those Jogathon forms!
Your Jogathon team has worked their tails off to make this happen - now you and your kids just need to work a little bit more to make it a success.
Let's make it so!
JOG-A-THON IS TOMORROW
"Making Waves, Making a Difference!"
Can you believe it? TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY! (Run Schedule Attached)
• Please remember to put sunscreen on your children before school.
• Please make sure they have a hearty and healthy breakfast.
• Please make sure your child comes in comfortable running/athletic shoes
• Please make sure your classroom teachers have plenty of help for this event...there are things that need to be completed today, Thursday!
We are super excited to have Sean English be our DJ for the day. He is donating his time and is one terrific announcer...thank you Linda Rosso (Director of Development) for arranging and making this happen for our students. Please make sure to thank him (and Linda) at the event! www.seanenglishlive.com
BONUS! Additional T-shirts & Water Bottles for sale at Jog-a-thon!
Have you see the incredible Jog-a-thon T-shirts this year and thought, wow...I'd love one of those for myself? Well, you are in luck! We will have a table next to the DJ Station where we will be selling additional Jog-a-thon T-shirts (we have plenty of adult sizes too) along with our cool new water bottles. Everything is $5 and goes directly to Jog-a-thon fundraising efforts this year!
WATER BOTTLE UPDATE
Each child will be receiving an Eco Friendly, Biodegradable, BPA Free water bottle to keep! Thank you to Heidi Ziskind of HDZ Design for creating our 60th Anniversary logo for our new bottle. We had a slight issue with the screen printing not sticking to these "eco-friendly" bottles and the company that made them has agreed to send us a brand new batch free of charge. So don't worry if you notice this first batch peeling over time. Another bottle is on it's way. It is always recommended that you never put water bottles in the dishwasher. Especially with eco friendly bottles since some dishwashers heat can actually melt them. Warm soapy water is just perfect.
DON'T FORGET...Pledges, Pledges, Pledges!
Over 75% of our school has not turned in pledge sheets yet!!! Yes, you do have until March 14th to turn in these sheets to qualify for a prize however, don't delay! Our committee is working around the clock to make sure we reach our goal and better yet, reach our stretch goal of $70,000. We are only at just over $16,000 and we have a loooong way to go. Remember, your child's school is depending on you to help with solicitation of these pledges. We need 100% participation.
Tiffany Haller, Joni Fogg, Sarah Jaimes, Susie Power
IMPORTANT WEEK: March 10-March 14
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week and Movie Days During Conference Week
TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON WEEK
Next week we will be showing our appreciation for our Fantastic Washington school staff by providing lunch for them during Conference Week.
A sign up sheet has gone out through Parent Square so please be sure to sign up for a lunch item through the email that was sent to you. Each grade level has a specific day and theme. You may bring items corresponding with your grade level, but any item any day is appreciated!
• Monday, K-1st Grade: Garden Party Theme (salads)
• Tuesday, 2nd Grade: Fiesta
• Wednesday, 3rd Grade: Aloha Theme
• Thursday, 4th Grade: Italian
• Friday, 5th and 6th Grade: Picnic (sandwiches and salads)
If they have questions or if you would like to sign up for something or give ideas on what's needed, please Tammy Kronen at 805-259-8902 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
MOVIE DAYS: AFTER SCHOOL CARE DURING CONFERENCE WEEK
The 4th graders are hosting after school movies in the auditorium during Conference Week as a fundraiser for their CIMI Camp next year. Adult supervision is provided while relaxing with a movie and a snack. We hope your child can join us for a day or all week.
Where: Washington School Auditorium
Time: Noon–3:05 PM
Cost: $12/child or $48/whole week
$8/sibling same day or $32/whole week
$4/other siblings or $16/whole week
Other: Snack and water will be served. Please bring a sack lunch or make arrangements to get one from the cafeteria.
(PG rating- mild thematic elements, mild language, mild rude humor and/or mild action)
• Monday: Freebirds (PG)
• Tuesday: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2(PG)
• Wednesday: Khumba (PG)
• Thursday: Despicable Me 2 (PG)
• Friday: Smurfs 2 (PG)
Register: To register your child(ren), please fill out the attached form and return the bottom portion with a check (payable to WSF or Washington School Foundation) in the Thursday folder or in the office by Friday, March 7.
ATTENTION: 4th Grade Parents—Help Needed!!
Next school year our children will have the opportunity to go to Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) for a 3 day camp. In three weeks, the current 4th grade classes will be hosting the Movie Days fundraiser during Washington School’s Conference Week. The money raised 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.
WE NEED LOTS OF PARENT HELP TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER
Please consider coming out to help us during one or more of the movie days. Tasks involved include signing the students in & out; general supervising during lunch, playground time, and the movie; serving a snack; and cleaning up afterward. Each day we need 8 volunteers to help keep our students safe and to allow for the process to run smoothly. Even if you only have a few hours to spare, we can use your help!
Conference Week is March 10-14, and Movie Days begin at Noon and ends at 3:05 PM each day. An added perk: If you volunteer, your child(ren) get to attend free of charge on the day you volunteer!
Please let me know which day(s) you can help!
PARTY BOOK UPDATE
Party Book Webstore: www.WildcatsPartyBook.com
Party Book Photos: www.wildcatspartybook.shutterfly.com
Camping Trip Raffle - NOW
The annual Wildcats Family Camping Trip is a sell out every year. Avoid the waiting list by purchasing a raffle ticket for this year's weekend trip: Friday May 30 - Sunday June 1 at Carpinteria State Beach. (NOTE: Camping trip tickets will go on sale online on Friday April 11th at 10 AM and will be first-come, first-serve.) Raffle tickets are $20 each. Winner will be selected on Monday, April 7. email@example.com
Wildcats at the Wildcat - Friday, April 4 from 6:00-9:30 PM
Drinks, Lite appetizers, DJ and Dancing. Hosted by Brady Charrette, Kristie Chapman, Eryn Hecker, Mia Gordon, Natalie Grubb-Campbell, Nicole Young and Holly Parker. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindergarten Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, April 6 from 9:00 AM
Attention Washington Kindergarten families: Join us for a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 6. Socialize with other families both in and outside your classroom including Anne Hubbard, Jennifer Summerset and Elizabeth Mortensen. Tickets cost $20 and include breakfast, balloons, temporary tattoos and entertainment for the whole family. Hosted by these fab families, Yturralde, Blue, Lorenz, Villa, Corral, Trifkovic, Kuhns, Ransdell, Croccia.
Visit the www.WildcatsWebstore.com to purchase tickets. Questions: email@example.com or 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.
Crystal Apple Award
Want to sing a Washington employee’s praises? You can nominate a school employee (your child’s teacher, Rosa, Lourdes, German, Juvenal, Ms. Szumski, Ms. Quigley, an instructional assistant, a curriculum specialist, etc.) for the prestigious Venoco Crystal Apple Award. This award comes with positive recognition for going above and beyond and a $500 prize. You can find more information and the nomination form at:
Nominations are due March 7th. The form asks for a home address and phone number of the nominee, but you can use the school address and phone number:
290 Lighthouse Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 and (805) 965-6653.
GOLF CLINIC & ART/ESSAY CONTEST
Often when parents think about children playing sports, the traditional sports of soccer, football, baseball, and softball come to mind. However, we happen to live in a climate where people can enjoy the sport of golf all year round! The First Tee program is a local program dedicated to promoting the sport of golf and teaching core values (honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment) to local students. They are offering two wonderful opportunities to Washington students:
1) A free 90-minute golf clinic on March 12th from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Golf Club (3500 McCaw Avenue). All the equipment is provided! You must register online at www.sbyouthgolf.com if you are interested.
2) A First Tee Art and Essay contest for 1st through 6th graders! Look for more information in Thursday folders or Parent Square.
GOLF CLINIC SIGN UP:
ART / ESSAY CONTEST RULES AND INFORMATION:
WANTED: Your Pictures for the 2014 Yearbook
Please send us your pictures! We need great photographs to make a great yearbook. The more students included in the photos the better. We love group shots! Please send the pictures to email@example.com