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Today: 5/24/16
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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?

  Important Dates for 2015-2016 School Year


Proof of auto insurance, cover sheet, and
driving records for 2016-17
(returning families)

DUE Friday, May 27, 3:00PM


Memorial Day No School – Monday, May 30

Minimum Day (1:42)  – Friday, June 3

Minimum Day (1:42) – Thursday, June 9

Last Day of School & Minimum Day (12:37) – June 10

See 2015-2016 WO School Schedule for more dates.

SCUSD Parent - Student Handbook


All families are required to review the 2015-16 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.

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Please mark your calendars to attend the Annual General Meeting. It will be held in the cafeteria at 7:00PM on Tuesday, May 31. The General Meeting will be followed directly by classroom breakout sessions where you will go to your student’s next year’s classroom to go over important information pertaining to next year.

PLEASE NOTE – you will also be picking up your Summer Packet at this meeting.  They will NOT be mailed home. This is where your will get all your forms that need to be filled out and returned during the residency time prior to school opening in Fall.  Thanks and we will see you there!


Here is our teaching staff for the 2016-2017 school year.

Kinder – Ann, Cindy

1st – Mychele, Janine

1st/2nd – Marlisa, Erika, Christina

3rd – Davina/Jen, Chris, Javon

4th  - Andrea, Tammy

5th – Londa, Jennifer

When we began planning for this Fall's incoming classes, we noticed there are a high number of first graders, while the second grade numbers are low. In order to meet the district’s expectation for student-classroom ratios, we have chosen to create three, first/second grade classes. Each of the second grade classes will have 4 to 5 first graders, joining approximately 15 second graders. Our second grade teachers are excited to work as a team to support learning for our students.

We are planning on incorporating weekly joint center times and small group skill level lessons taught by all three teachers so that standards and curriculum needs can be met as a team.

The unity of our three classes will help all our students feel a part of our joint class family.  The second grade teachers are looking forward to actively collaborating with each other and the parents to meet the needs of all incoming students.

More information will be coming at the class meetings on May 31.

Class lists will be available online on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:00pm.  A password will be sent home next week to access the online class lists.


Please note that last week a flyer/order form was sent home in the Wednesday  Envelope for yearbooks.  Here are the particulars:

  • Price is $20 per book

  • Checks made to WOPFG

  • All Orders are to be turned in to the office – not your student’s classroom

  • Deadline is Friday, June 3


The participation forms to sign up for this year's show are now available from teachers and the office.


Here is the schedule:

  • Tryout # 1 is Tuesday, May 24 @ 3:05 in the Library.

  • Tryout #2 Is Thursday, May 26 @ 3:05 in the cafeteria.

  • Dress Rehearsal is Wednesday, June 1 from 2:45 until about 5:45pm.

  • The Show will be held the morning of Wednesday, June 8.

YOU MUST FILL OUT A Permission Form to Participate BEFORE you come to TRYOUT.   PRE-REGISTRATION will end on Monday, May 23 at 3:15.  Piano tryouts will be made by appointment, just pre-register please. 

 Thanks!   Tammy


Mark your calendar for individual spring portraits.  Our wonderful photographers, Bud and Josh will be here on Tuesday, May 24 from 8:30 – 10:10.  Be on the lookout for photo envelopes to come home.


Thank you!


Music for next year 

  • All 3rd Graders in the 2016-2017 school year will be participating in a 30-minute per week, in classroom music class.  This will include xylophones and music theory in the first half of the year and recorders in the second half of the year.

  • For our 4th and 5th graders in the 2016-2017 school year , a blue sheet was sent home that needs to be returned to the office right away with info about your student’s participation in instrumental music next year.  If your 4th or 5th grader chooses to participate in instrumental music next year, he/she will have a choice of either band or orchestra.  Please turn your form in the office as soon as possible.


Save the Date – Mission City Creamery

Our next Mission City Creamery fundraiser is on Wednesday, June 1 from right after school until 4:00 PM.  As usual we will have “guest scoopers”.  Shhh!  It’s Mary’s birthday that day, so come celebrate and eat ice cream with her!


Washington Open Extended Day is now enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year.  We offer a before and after school enrichment program where daily activities are provided both indoor and outdoors.  A healthy breakfast and afternoon snack are provided.  Please speak with Chet in Room 21or call (408) 423-3916 if you are interested.


All SCUSD borrowed band and orchestra instruments are due after the band concert on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 PM or the morning of Tuesday, May 24 at 8:30 AM.


Driving on field trips for next year

This summer our district office will be processing all our drivers for the next school year (2016-17).  Attached below you will find a special Insurance cover sheet labeled for next school year. 


Please attach your proof of insurance and either your H6 driving record (if this is the first time you will be driving – this requires a visit to the DMV) or your drivers update (off the computer) if you are renewing. 


All driving info for next year (2016-17 school year) is due to the office by 3PM on Friday, May 27.  No late forms can be processed.


This year, kids in 4th and 5th grade have had the opportunity to participate in a technology oriented community service team during Wednesday afternoons. They call themselves the ‘Circuit Squad’ and they meet (usually) in Room 19. They have spent their time learning about the different technology we have on campus and then introducing lower grades to some of the tech! They have done presentations on ‘Tech PE - how to keep your hands fit when you work on the computers’, they have run Hour of Code on Programming with Scratch for Kinder and First Grade classes, and they help take care of the tablets on campus. It's been a delight working with all the kids in Fourth and Fifth and we look forward to supporting this great team again next year. Questions or love to wocomputer@gmail.com.


Please find attached below, the parent input letter for placement for the 2016-2017  school year.  Please remember that we will not honor requests for specific teachers.  Thank you!


Proposed WOPFG 2016-17 board of officers

President- Anne Kepner

Parliamentarian- Gary Calfee

V. P- Gerald Buten (2nd term)

Recording Secretary- Leigh Odum

Corresponding Secretary- Lisa Kunze

Ways and Means - Elisha Garguillo

Treasurer - Ron Freidline

Membership- Ji Seon Kim (2nd term)

Thank you to all the parents that have stepped up to lead in our coming school year!


Parents please have your students keep their Pokemon cards (or any other trading type cards) at home.  We have been having a huge problem with students “loosing” or “stealing” cards from one another.  Please help us out by letting your student know that these items are to be kept at home.  Thanks so much!