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Today: 10/24/16

Support WOPFG

There are a number of ways to support our students!

Buy and Refill Scrip Online via




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?

Welcome to 2016-17 School Year!


Insurance update

Please update your auto-insurance if your insurance renews in Aug-Sep-Oct


SCUSD Parent - Student Handbook

2016-17 STUDENT PARENT HANDBOOK   (alternate languages)

All families are required to review the student-parent handbook

Brochures, forms & other parent resources

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!

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The 2016 Auction Committee would like to thank the community for their generous donations during and before Drop Off Week. We noticed that donations of gift cards have increased.  We’d like to encourage the community to consider giving the following in the next two weeks in order to help guarantee that our Silent & Live Auctions are successful and to ensure we meet our $95k goal. 

-- Beauty amenities

-- Board games

-- Camping Gear

-- Cash donations

-- Donations of wine

-- Gift cards to chain restaurants

-- Hotel gift cards

-- Movie tickets

-- Offerings of timeshares/vacation homes

-- Service offerings ( e.g.  Christmas present wrapping, cookie and or bread making)

-- Sporting equipment

-- Tickets to games (baseball, basketball) 

We plan to have a table available during the Walk-a-thon to collect donations.  Also, you can drop off donations in the office or reach out to any of the Auction members to retrieve donations.  Remember, it’s for the kids and the success of the Auction depends on the community.  Thanks Again!

Here's the new online evaluation to help collect feedback about how things are going out at patrol. Parents and students can also go online and fill this out. If you are a witness to something wonderful or something concerning out at the drop-off zone, send me some information through this survey! People who are not official patrollers can skip some of the questions that don't apply to them.
Thanks everyone!
Jennifer Jenkins
Safety Patrol Coordinator

In this week’s envelope you received a purple packet.  Please ignore the last page in the staple packet (it was copied in error).  Thanks!


5th Grade Haunted House

We are in need of supplies for our annual Haunted House.   

These are some ideas:

  • Spirit store items that would be spooky
  • Plastic yard decorations
  • Cobwebs – lots needed
  • Orange and/or purple light strings
  • Spiders
  • Heads/skulls
  • Skeletons

Our contact person is Christina Smiley. Please make sure all your items are labeled so that they may be returned to you as soon as possible.  Thanks!


You might be wondering about those black objects that are on the doors of the adult restrooms.  They are to hold the door in an open position as they automatically lock when closed.  In order to allow ease of entry, we have placed the door blocks on so that it is not necessary to get a key to open the door each time it is used.  Please remember to replace the door block after exiting the restrooms so others can have easy access as well.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Just a few reminders for students and adults alike:

  • This year, considering the issues surrounding clowns and schools, we are requesting no clown costumes for students or adults
  • No Masks – Students may parade with a mask and then remove them for the carnival.  Adults may NEVER wear a mask.  We must be able to identify you.
  • No weapons
  • Comfortable costumes
  • Appropriate child or adult costumes (if you’re not sure about the appropriateness, check with your teacher)
  • Working parents, please sign in at your child's classroom, all other visitors, please sign in at the office.

Just a quick reminder that the playground outside of room 6 is only to be used by those students who are participating in Kid Care this year on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2:30 – 3:00. If you are here supervising your own student, please use other areas.  Thank you!


“Wanna Chat with Barbara?”

Here are the dates that Barbara will be available to chat with parents regarding whatever you’d like to talk about.  These sessions will be held at 8:30AM in the staff lounge.

  • Fri, Oct 28 – Date Change

  • Thurs, Nov 17

  • Tues, Dec 13

  • Mon, Jan 23

  • Fri, Feb 17

  • Thurs, Mar 9

  • Mon, Apr 24

  • Tues, May 16


Mark your calendar for our next Community Dining event on Wednesday, October 26 at The Habit Burger Grill in Santa Clara from 4-9pm. Please present event flyer when ordering (will be sent home in Wed. envelope closer to event). Enjoy dinner out while supporting Washington Open!


Beginning Friday, Sept. 23, I’m inviting everyone—grownups, students and siblings—to join me in room 8 to sing before the school day begins. I will open the room at 8:10 and we can sing until the whistle blows. Come in and out according to your needs, no commitments, no cost. Just try the singing way to start your day! Sing with Barb in room 8.