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Today: 5/25/15
All Day: No School - Memorial Day

Support WOPFG

There are a number of ways to support our students!

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WO Logo Item Store

Benefit SCUSD Computer Fund

There are many other ways to support our school. See the Fundraising section to learn more.


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What's Happening at WO?


* * Important Annual Meetings * *

Tuesday, May 26

6:00pm - New Parents Meeting

7:00pm - General Meeting for All Parents


calendarImportant Dates for 2015-2016 School Year

Residency Verification –

   Wednesday, August 12, 3:00PM – 7:00PM

   Thursday, August 13, 10:00AM – 1:30PM

   Monday, August 17, 3:00PM – 7:00PM

Parent Work Day – Friday, August 14 12:30PM – 3:30PM

1st Day of School – Thursday, August 20

Community Welcome BBQ – Friday, August 28, 5:00PM

Parents Ed Training for ALL with Principal Barbara – August 31-September 4

Parent Ed Training for NEW parents with Principal Barbara – September 8-11

Thanksgiving Break – November 25-29

Holiday Break – December 21, 2015 – January 4, 2016

February Break – February 15-19, 2016

Spring Break – April 11-15, 2016

Last Day of School – Friday, June 10, 2016

SCUSD Parent - Student Handbook


All families are required to review the 2014-15 SCUSD handbook. 

FieldTripBus.gifCar Seat Update

Child Safety Seats - California Law (Effective 01/01/2012):

- Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. 

- Children under the age of 8 who are 4' 9" or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.

- Children who are 8 years and over shall be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt. 

- Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California's Mandatory Seat Belt law.

- Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

- Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.


testing.jpgCalifornia Adopts the Common Core Standards

California has adopted new Common Core Standards for the education of your children. All parents should know about the changes the new Standards will bring to the instruction, curriculum, and testing of public school students. Here is a brief introduction to the new Standards we hope will be helpful in understanding those changes. 

Read more about the Common Core Standards.


Stop by the SCRIP Table and Help Raise Money for Our School!

Did you know that you can help raise money for Washington Open Parent Faculty Group (WOPFG) by shopping SCRIP gift cards? Just purchase SCRIP for the items you buy everyday (gas, groceries...) and you'll help raise money for our school. The SCRIP table carries a large inventory of items in stock. There are also many more SCRIP cards available via ShopWithScrip.com. Once you set up your ShopWithScrip account with Presto Pay, you can shop online and even on campus without bringing your checkbook. The SCRIP table is open on Wednesday before and after school for purchasing "scrip-to-go" items from our on-hand inventory.

Parent Education Information

The Santa Clara Unified District web site offers useful information about parent education opportunities. Visit the SCUSD's Parent Education web page for parenting classes and training opportunities.  Our own Board President, Anna Welsh, who is also SCUSD's Parent Education Web Coordinator, updates the page monthly.

Our Mission

Washington Open is a parent-participation school that nurtures the whole child, offering a collaborative community that allows for a rich variety of hands-on, real-world learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.  We balance academic, social, physical, and emotional needs, while encouraging creativity, curiosity, and a life-long love of learning.  Washington Open students aim for their personal best.

Be Open!

Useful Links


SCRIP – Final Orders due!
Need Graduation or Teacher Gifts?  SCRIP

We will be placing our last 2 scrip orders Friday, May 22nd and Friday, May 29th for delivery May 27th and June 3rd.  Stock up for your summer shopping and make some money for Washington Open a... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 5/20/15

Reminder: General Meeting May 26
New Families 6:00pm

ALL Families 7:00pm 

See the attached agenda.

Attached with the Wednesday bulletin you will find the 2015-16 proposed budget for and proposed changes to the Standing Rules of Order.  We will be voting to ado... Continue
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Published: 5/20/15

“Collaborations” – Second Annual Washington Open Art Show!
Don’t miss our second annual school-wide art exhibition! This year’s theme is “Collaborations.” Collaborative art is created through some sort of teamwork or group effort, and it often stretches artists and allows them to e... Continue
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Published: 5/20/15

English Tea: Celebrating Bilingual Students
Just a quick reminder for families of students who recently became designated as fluent in English. We will be holding our annual "English Tea" to celebrate your child's success on Thursday, May 28 at 3 p.m. in the library. Informati... Continue
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Published: 5/20/15

Talent Show Schedule
Tuesday, May 19 – Order of Show Posted

Wednesday, May 20 – 2:00pm Run Through in the Cafeteria. Okay to leave after you perform.

Wednesday, May 27 – 3:30pm Dress Rehearsal. You should plan to stay the whole time.

Wedne... Continue
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Published: 5/19/15

Welcome Javon Hoang
Please join us in welcoming Javon Hoang as our new 4th grade teacher for next year. Javon comes to us with 11 years of teaching experience, most recently at Hughes Elementary.  Continue
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Published: 5/13/15

Save the Date for BBQ & Movie Night
Let's Celebrate! End of the Year Barbecue and Movie Night!

Friday, May 29, 2015

7:00 PM until the movie ends (we will start the movie at dusk, which is  ~8:30 PM on May 29)

Families: bring a potluck item to share (see potluck-by-... Continue
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Published: 5/13/15

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and this week - May 11-17th is designated as Food Allergy Awareness Week. We wanted to take this opportunity to provide a few links to the FARE website as well as others that have useful informat... Continue
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Published: 5/13/15

Proposed WOPFG officer slate for 2015-16 school year
President (2nd yr) - Lorrie McPheeters

Vice President (1st year) - Gerald Buten

Treasurer (2nd year) - Shannon Lane

Recording Secretary (2nd year) - Maria Olson

Corresponding Secretary (2nd year) - Jill Bernhardt

Parliamentarian (2n... Continue
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Published: 4/29/15

All WO Library Books Due by Friday, May 29
Reminders, notices and fees, that relate, will be coming home to let parents know what book(s) is missing or lost.

If you have questions please contact:

Anna Welsh or Krissy Hutflesz Continue
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Published: 4/29/15

Need A Summer Camp Program? (Details attached)
Are you seeking a fun, educational and affordable summer camp program? Look no further. Santa Clara Unified School District’s Kidventure Camp begins Tuesday, June 9. This year’s calendar is full of excitement with activi... Continue
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Published: 4/8/15

Staffing for 2015-2016
Here is our teaching staff that has been approved for the next school year. 

Kinder:  Ann and Cindy

First: Mychele and Janine

Second: Christina, Erika and TBD

Third: Tammy, Davina/Jen, and Chris

Fourth: Andrea and TBD

F... Continue
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Published: 3/22/15

Planning for next year - Dates
Here are some important dates for next school year. 

1st Day of School – August 20, 2015 (Thursday)

Holiday Break - December 21, 2015 – January 4, 2016

February Break – February 15-19, 2016

April Break – Ap... Continue
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Published: 3/4/15

Whooping Cough Information
See the attached PDF for information on whooping cough. Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 1/28/15

Field Trip IQ Test

How will you do? 
"You are just a rider on the field trip.  Can you just let the field trip coordinator know the morning of the trip that you will not be attending?"
NO!  You need to let the field trip coordina... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 1/28/15