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11.20.2020 Washington Community E-Blast

Hello Washington Families! 

Happy Friday and Thanksgiving Break!!! We made it to the first break this school year :). We hope everyone uses this time to relax and spend time with family. When we return from break, we will be getting ready to welcome our Kindergarten students to campus. As we enter a holiday focused on gratitude, this is something we are very thankful for. 


I also want to share how grateful we are for our Washing community, our teachers and staff, and our students. The past nine months has been filled with obstacles and I am proud to be a part of a community that has really come together to support our students and families during this time. We have a very hard working PTA and they have been amazing throughout this time as well by supporting our staff and families in various ways. 


We could not do this without YOU! Thank you for being our partners. 


With gratitude, 


Andrea Bittick

Principal

Washington Elementary


Title 1 Parent Meeting: Lunch and Learn

Our first Title 1 Lunch and Learn for the school year will be held on December 2nd at 12:30.  During this meeting, our new Literacy Specialist, Vivian Steiger, will share information and suggestions on how to increase academic discussions and language development in our children.  Parents interested in attending should complete this google form to sign up for the event.    


Parents as Teachers Chat #2

RBUSD is excited to bring you the second in a series of “Parents as Teachers” chats to assist families with supporting the social-emotional needs of their children in the home. These chats are being created to address the specific social-emotional supports requested by families in the recent RBUSD Fall 2020 Family Distance Learning Survey. Our goal is to provide families with quick tips that are practical to implement in the household. This week’s chat  “Supporting Oral Language Development” is from Dr. Maribel Galan, Coordinator of  Instructional Services. Please click here to watch the second “Parents as Teachers” chat.

PE updates:

Click here to watch a Thanksgiving video message from Coach Sramek!  He has developed a fun challenge for our families to complete over the Thanksgiving break. Click here for a list of physical fitness activities to try with your family over the break! We also encourage our students and families to revisit PE lessons from Coach Sramek’s google classroom each week. Click here for this week’s planner. 

Literacy Tips for Parents and Families

As the adults who influence the reading choices of our children, it’s important for us to help them learn to think critically about all sides of a story.  We often share the story of Native Americans from long ago, however we encourage our families to dive deeper into literature that provides our readers with a window into both history of Native Americans and their modern day experiences.  Click here for a list of children’s books that share the modern day stories of indigenous people.  The First Nations Development Institute has developed this book list which we hope that families can take a look at as well to diversify their reading experiences.  In raising readers who think critically about perspective, we hope you help your child consider: Who writes the story? Who benefits from the story? Who is missing from the story?

PTA Updates

Online science assembly is TODAY!   

The PTA is sponsoring an awesome, virtual science assembly for all students Kinder - 5th on Friday Nov. 20th!  This is an interactive, hands on assembly for the kids so they will need an Experiment Kit which is available for pick up (for free!) from the front of the school. 

Last Day for Experiment Kit Pick Up

Friday Nov. 20 8:00am-12:00pm


Virtual Science Assembly Friday Nov. 20

Assembly for Kinder - 2nd Grade begins at 1:00pm

Assembly for 3rd - 5th Grade begins at 2:00pm

If these times conflict with your child(ren)'s schedule, they can attend the session for younger/older kids. The content will be approximately the same and the Experiments Kits are all the same. A recording of the assembly will also be available afterwards - look for the link in future PTA newsletters! 

See attached iSprowt flyer for Zoom link and PRINT OUT the directions page as there is some preparation to do before the assembly starts!


Upcoming Events and Dates: Stay tuned for more information!

Thanksgiving Break 11/23-11/27

Parent Teacher Conferences 11/30-12/9/Early Dismissal @ 12:30 

Kindergarten return to campus: 12/14

Winter Break begins 12/19


Links/Social Media

Washington Website: https://washington.rbusd.org/

Exploring Education Podcast: https://anchor.fm/exploringeducation/episodes

Washington Instagram: @WashingtonExplorers

Washington Twitter: @WaExplorers


BCHD COVID Testing Resources: https://www.bchd.org/covidtesting 

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