Washington Open Elementary School


Today: 1/20/17

Support WOPFG

There are a number of ways to support our students!

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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?

Open Enrollment

Interested in enrolling at Washington Open? You need to apply for SCUSD Open Enrollment. 

The Open Enrollment window for the 2017-2018 school year is 9:00 a.m., January 17, 2017, through 4:30 p.m. February 17, 2017.

Parent Information Meetings

RSVP is not required, but is appreciated for planning purposes. ADULTS ONLY. No childcare will be provided.

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 7:00 – 8:30, RSVP
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30, RSVP
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30, RSVP

Tours (strongly encouraged)

  • Tours will begin January 17, 2017 and end on February 17, 2017.
  • Tours leave daily at 8:45 a.m.and last until 10:30 a.m. Please arrive at the office and sign in a few minutes prior to the tour. Please be on time and allow plenty of time to park and arrive at the office.  No appointment needed.

More Open Enrollment FAQ

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!

Useful Links



Do you have siblings that will be joining us next year (either at Kinder or another grade level)?  If so, please DO NOT attempt to use the district’s online registration forms. 

Please contact Judy in the front office to make an appointment to come in and register during the month of January.   Please note that we need to do the registrations of all of our incoming siblings HERE at Washington Open.  Thanks so much!  Smiles!


We will begin to have our daily tours for prospective parents  Tuesday, January 17. Our tours begin at 8:45AM.  Please make every effort to get your students to school on time because our office will be filled with prospective parents.  Thank you for your help!


Lately our message receiving quality has seemed to have not been up to par.  If you would please help us when leaving a message by speaking slowly and clearly it would be very much appreciated.  Thanks for your help!


Parents please remember that you are responsible for your child after school ends.  Once school ends, there is no longer provided supervision.  This means that you should be within arm’s reach of your child at all times.  Additionally, all school agreements and expectations, including the 3 B’s are still in effect.  Please remember to guide your child to being respectful of all adults and other students. 


School Science Fair Chairperson (or co-chair with a friend)

After many years leading up the Science Fair committee, your co-chairs Jen Johnson and Heather Daroczi will be moving on!  We are looking for one or two people to chair the committee.  We have great procedures in place, and a very thorough binder of resources to pass along.  You will spend this year shadowing us and go solo next year.  Commitment is mainly in the spring.  There is one December meeting with other leads and principal.  There is also at least one meeting in January with the science fair committee, consisting of other parents from the classrooms.  Knowledge of Excel is helpful.  Organize registration for school science fair.  Coordinate project demonstrations in classrooms.  Facilitate the school science fair in late March at Buchser, one Tuesday evening.   This volunteer position (or positions!) could be filled during school hours or even before and after the school day!   We are here to help you.  If you love science and want the science fair to continue, please talk to Jen Johnson at jjohnson@scusd.net  or Heather Daroczi at  Hdaroczi@aol.com.

District Science Fair Liaison (or co-chair with a friend)

Stephanie Schulte will be moving on soon too!  For this position, commitment is mainly in the spring after the March school science fair.  Meeting in December with Principal.  Attend January meeting with committee.  Assist the principal with her pizza and practice session.   After school fair, coordinate judging session for 4th and 5th graders interested in attending the District Science Fair.  Coordinate the field trip of maximum 12 students/projects to the district fair on a Wednesday during school hours.  Shadow Stephanie Schulte this year and go solo next year!  She is here to help you, please talk to her if you want to help!  Stephanie Schulte Stephanie@theschultes.org


This job includes posting Wednesday Bulletin news items every week and sometimes updating the home page. The job does not require you to know HTML, any content management systems, nor  how to use School Loop, although those skills would be helpful. This is a great job for anyone who wants to contribute to the community, but is not able to work onsite.


I am looking for a replacement because I'll be moving on to middle school next year. I'd like to have the new webmaster fully trained and ready to take on the job before spring break in April. That way I'll still around to answer any questions you'll have.


If you are interested, send me (Renee) an email at rhmccain at gmail.com.


Look in the Dec. 14 Wed. Envelope for your Pre-Ordered tickets.


If you still need to order tickets, the online sales begin this Friday, Dec. 16 at http://bit.ly/WODramaTicketSales, and will remain open until the Thursday evening before each performance weekend. Seats shown as reserved in red are seats are the seat sold during the pre-sale orders. Ticket price is $9 per person and can be paid by credit card. On campus Box Office will be open before and after school two days per week from Jan 23-Feb 8 and the Box Office will be open at the theater before each performance.  If you have any questions please email WOpenDrama@gmail.com.


“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.

  • Mon, Jan 23

  • Fri, Feb 17

  • Thurs, Mar 9

  • Mon, Apr 24

  • Tues, May 16

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

If any adults want to purchase hot lunch, the cost is $4.00 per meal.  Adult lunches cannot be charged to a student’s card.  If you (adult) would like to set up an account, you may do so by bringing cash or a check to Teresa.  If you want to just “pay as you go,” you can do that as well, but you must have exact change. 


You can pay online for your child’s lunches with your credit card! You can also check your child’s balance any time. You can access the system by going to www.myschoolbucks.com. You will need to create an account in order to use this service.  Also you will need your student’s ID number. Of course you can always come in to the office and put money in your child’s account by writing a check or using cash.