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Washington's Upcoming Events
Thursday, July 1st : 2016-17 Kindergarten Class Placement letters are mailed home
Saturday, August 13: Kindergarten Park Play Date @ Franklin Park 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 17: Washington's Front Office Reopens at 7:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 25: Kindergarten Parent Orientation @ WA Cafeteria 6:00 p.m. (adults only)
Tuesday, August 30: Back to School Meet Your Teacher Event 2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 31: First Day of School K-5/Minimum Day Grades 1-5 (1:35 p.m. dismissal)
Monday, September 5: No School/Labor Day
Thursday, September 15: Back to School Night 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 3 : No School/ Local Holiday
Wednesday, October 12: No School/ Local Holiday
Friday, October 28: Halloween Parade/Minimum Day K-5
Monday, October 31: No School/Teacher Professional Development Day
Friday, November 11: No School/Veteran's Day
Monday, November 21 - Friday, November 25: No School/ Thanksgiving Vacation
Monday, December 5 - Wednesday, December 14: Grades 1-5 Minimum Day Schedule/Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, December 19- Monday, January 2: No School/ Winter Break
Tuesday, January 3: Washington Elementary School Reopens
Thank You SHAREFEST and Journey of Faith Church!
On Saturday, April 30th at our SHAREFEST Workday 150 volunteers worked together to create a beautiful school entrance, planted flowers in our new butterfly and hummingbird garden, painted a colorful mural on the Kindergarten wall, painted the Kindergarten shed, painted our Explorer Logo on the blacktop, and created a Dr. Seuss themed Reading Room. Thank you to Mary Laster for writing the proposal, Lindsay Smith for creating a partnership with Journey of Faith Church, Fred Naile and the RBUSD M &O team for prepping our school for the workday, and most of all THANK YOU to the countless volunteers from Journey of Faith Church and Washington Elementary who worked 14 hours on Saturday to help make our Explorer dreams come true!!!
Washington takes 2nd Place at RBUSD Battle of the Books Championship
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2016 Jog-A-Thon a HUGE Success. We were able to raise $36,000! A big THANK YOU to Jen Cole, Nicole Kuns, Sydney Arfin, Renee Brennan, Chris Wilkas, Mona Colee, Angelica Medeiros, Jessie Roth, Anne Marie Hines, Tammy Rothchild, Alexandra Sifuentes, Dana Price, Beach City Health District, Washington PTA, and the countless parent volunteers who came out today to cheer on our Washington Explorers!
Way to go, Explorers!
2015 California Honor Roll Award
Our school was chosen by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as a 2015 California Honor Roll recipient! The California Honor Roll is part of a national effort known for its extensive and rigorous analysis of student achievement in public schools. Our school stood above other schools in the state because of our success in getting students to higher levels of achievement and beyond. The 2015 Honor Roll includes public K-8 and high schools that are recognized for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps.
The Honor Roll:
We did not apply for this award (they found us!) and it is a great honor to have been chosen. We will be featured on the Honor Roll website and a banner has been designed for us to hang proudly at our school. Thanks to the hard work of the students and teachers here at Washington, we are being recognized for our achievement. This is a testament to the relentless focus on results that our school has shown over the years and to the hard work of our entire school community.
From all of us here at Washington, I give heartfelt congratulations. Together, we are improving education for all students by sharing our success. Way to go, Explorers!
Washington Elementary has been recognized as a Green Ribbon School Silver Level by the State of California
Our work to decrease the environmental impact and teach students health, wellness, environmental awareness helped our school receive this award. This is a great honor for Washington, being one of four public elementary schools in the state to achieve recognition.
A special congratulations to our PTA, Garden docents, and our student leadership “Green Team” for continuing to promote green efforts campus wide. Another HUGE congratulations to our custodial staff and M&O team for making Redondo such a beautiful place to work! Finally, thank you to our awesome Washington Staff for holding a high bar for wellness among our students and school community.
Here are the Pillars of the Green Ribbon Award:
Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate exemplary achievement in three “pillars.”
· Pillar I: reduce environmental impact and costs;
· Pillar II: improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
· Pillar III: provide effective environmental education that teaches many disciplines and is especially good at effectively incorporating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, civic skills, and green career pathways.
Thank you to our entire school community for continuing our efforts to GO GREEN !
Important Changes to Immunization Requirements
Notice to Parents and Guardians about Vaccine Exemptions
RE: New immunization requirements for 2016
Under a new law known as SB 277, beginning January 1, 2016 exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California. Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade.
It is important to understand that transitional kindergarten is considered to be kindergarten for the purposes of immunization requirements. Therefore, the required vaccinations for a kindergarten student are also required for the transitional kindergarten student. For more information about SB 277, please see the Frequently Asked Questions available at: http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/sb277faq/. For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at www.shotsforschool.org, or contact your local health department or county office of education.
Thank you for helping us to keep our children and community healthy.
Help Raise the Tide at Washington...Donate to RBEF
Calling all fathers and father-figures to volunteer for our WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) Program.
WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student's life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears. Dads, granddads, uncles, step-dads and male guardians.
If you are interested in learning more about WATCH D.O.G.S. click here.
We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our WATCH D.O.G.S. Sign-ups.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/ZNLQeG
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Congratulations Washington! A 2015 National Recognized Silver School
We are proud to announce that Washington Elementary received the 2015 National Healthy Schools SILVER Award for leading comprehensive health, physical activity, and wellness efforts during the 2014-2015 school year.
To earn the Award Washington improved its nutrition and wellness services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program.
A big thank you to our 2014-15 Wellness Council for the support and dedication to this amazing recognition!
Lego League Robotics
Washington Elementary has started a new Lego League Robotics team for 4th and 5th graders. We want all you master builders and robot experts as well as anyone who wants to be part of a winning team to sign up for the league! Your team will learn the skills needed to build robots and compete with other schools while learning, math, engineering, programming, planning and problem solving using Lego’s Robotic Mindstorms sets. You can find more information about the league and their core values at www.legoexplorers.com
You can pick up an application in the front office. All applications are due by Wednesday, June 17.
Chromebooks at Washington!
At the Redondo Beach Unified School District we believe today's students are true digital natives who are accustomed to instant access to information. RBUSD provides 24/7 access to digital content, learning tools and a computer for each student and teacher participating in our 1:1 student laptop program. We are pleased to offer this program and are grateful for your support of Measure Q, which has allowed us to provide our students with a true 21st century quality education!
REPORT AN ABSENCE ONLINE
You can now SAVE TIME and REPORT AN ABSENCE ONLINE!
The Redondo Beach Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which in partnership with individuals, community businesses and corporations, seeks to provide the additional funding and resources needed to enhance the educational experience of all RBUSD children. Your donations are fully tax deductible and EVERY dollar goes back to the District to support RBUSD programs.
To make a donation to RBEF, and read more information about how the current crisis impacts the RBUSD, please visit the RBEF website.
Washington Wellness Council
Click here for the NEW Washington Wellness Council webpage!
Get Your Chromebook Accessories....
...and support RBEF and PTA!
Click here for more information!