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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?

Welcome to 2016-17 School Year!


Grades 1-5

  • Wed-Thu-Fri Aug 17, Aug 18 & Aug 19 8:30 - 1:42
  • Regular school day starts from Mon Aug 22


  • Wednesday, August 17th 8:30 - 10:10
  • Thursday, August 18th thru Friday, September 2nd 8:30 - 12:11
  • Kinders start full day on Tuesday, September 6th 

Insurance update

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


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 only parking lot where parents may park is the large lot between Washington Open and Buchser (the one with the solar panels).  Please remember that we share this lot with Buchser. The lots in front of the cafeteria and the primary wing are for STAFF ONLY and parking permits are in use.


When using the Drop-Off Zone in the morning, please pull up to about 3 feet away from the car in front of you before letting your students out of your car.  This will help facilitate the most cars being able to use the area at the same time.


Please remind your students that during lunch, they are not supposed to be in the buildings.  Please remind them that the yard duty’s carry band aids as well. 

Students must not be on campus before 8:17am unless closely supervised at all times by an adult.  There is no supervision at any time in front of rooms 1-4, therefore students must go directly to the large playground area upon arrival at school.  In addition, if your lower grade child is not part of the kid care system, you must closely supervise your child after their 2:30pm release. Thank you for following these guidelines to ensure the safety of all our students.


There is NO PARKING in the upper grade parking lot during school hours (8:00-5:00). Please do not park in this area or use it as a drop off. It is extremely dangerous to have cars drive in and out while students and parents are within such close proximity to the parking lot. Your cooperation is extremely important to ensure safety.

If you are parking on Washington Street or around the corner on Manchester, please remember to walk on the perimeter of the parking lot using the sidewalk.

Doing this helps ensure that teachers and staff, who use the lot, will not accidentally hit walkers.


Thank you for your help in making this area safe for students, parents and teachers and staff.

Thanks for your cooperation, 



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.


Are you picking up your younger child and waiting around for your older child??  If you need care for your child from 2:30 to 3:00 and are willing to work one day a week, Kid Care is for you! 

Kid Care is completely parent run and each family must work one day a week to make this program successful.  The time commitment is from 2:20pm to 3:05pm one day a week.  We are holding a Kid Care meeting and sign up this Friday, 8/26 from 2:35-3:00 at the table in front of room 6. And forms are due by next Wednesday, 8/31. First day of Kid Care starts on Tuesday, 9/6.


Just a few quick reminders to make sure that we are keeping all of our staff happy.

  • Please DON’T bring children into the staff lounge and the copy room at any time.

  • When using the copy machine in the morning, please be considerate of teachers and staff trying to make copies. If you have time you could even ask them if you could make copies for them and deliver them to their classrooms.


Please remember to label all your child’s belongings, clothing, lunchboxes, backpacks, etc.  If they are labeled and are put in the lost and found, they will be returned to your student.  If they are not labeled, you might not get your items back.


Calling all Summer Art Challenge Submissions!

All students are invited to submit one piece of artwork that they created over the summer. This could be a drawing, painting, collage, photograph, sewing project, comic strip, 3D artwork, mixed-media piece, or other artwork. One piece of submitted artwork per student will be included as part of the Summer Art Challenge display, and all artwork will be returned later in the fall.

To participate, simply turn in the artwork along with a submission form (available in the submission box or print from here: http://tinyurl.com/summerartsub).

All Summer Art Challenge submissions are due in the submission box in the office or room 8 no later than 3 p.m. on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. Questions? Check in with art teacher Jen in room 8 or email jjohnson@scusd.net


Dates to turn in Proof of Residency 

Wednesday, August 10, 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Friday, August 12, 9:00AM - Noon

Monday, August 15, 1:00PM - 3:30PM


Parent Work Day 

Thursday, August 11, 1:00PM - 3:30PM


First Day - Wednesday, August 17  
Kinders 8:30AM - 10:10AM        

1st - 5th 8:30AM - 1:42PM


Thursday, August 18 & Friday, August 19  
Kinders 8:30AM - 12:11PM    

1st - 5th 8:30AM - 1:42PM


Kinders will go from 8:30AM - 12:11PM until September 7. They begin full day on September 8, 8:30AM - 2:30PM