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Today: 11/27/14
All Day: Thanksgiving Break

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?


Important Dates for 2014-2015 School Year

Sep 25 - 30 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nov 26 - 28 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 22 - Jan 02 - Holiday Break

Feb 16 - 20 - February Break
Apr 13 - 17 - Spring Break
May 26 - General Meeting
Jun 05 - Last day of school

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.

Useful Links


Annie Ticket Order Forms Due Dec. 2 !
Tickets pre-order forms for our upcoming Annie production need to be turned in to the purple drama box in the office by Tuesday, December 2nd @ 3pm. Take advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday to check with friends and relatives to see which shows ... Continue
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Published: 11/25/14

Place Your Holiday Scrip Order Now
Please be sure to place all your scrip order by Wednesday, December 10 in order to receive it before the Holiday break. This includes orders at the scrip table as well as orders online. All scrip will need to be picked up at the table on Wednesday... Continue
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Published: 11/25/14

Here’s another Chance to learn about our new safety protocols. Join Barbara in learning about the new philosophy of school safety.  We will be discussing the Run, Hide, and Defend training the staff had.

   Monday, Dec 1 at 3PM in... Continue
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Published: 11/25/14

Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank
“Nothing else matters when you’re hungry” is too true for many families in Santa Clara Country. Help those who may be in need of food today. Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the drop-off, hallway near ... Continue
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Published: 11/25/14

Winter Drive for Downtown Streets Team
Downtown Streets Team works with local homeless people to get them services they may need and to help them become self-reliant again. Student Council is hosting a drive to help this organization with some of their most needed items this winter. So... Continue
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Published: 11/25/14

Walk-A-Thon Results
Here are the results of our walk-a-thon donations to date:

Our Goal - $39,000
Amount Received to date - $28,697

Please note that we are still accepting donations toward our goal.

If you weren't able to spend your limit at the Auction... Continue
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Published: 11/19/14

It’s Time for the Giving Tree!
The Giving Tree is a WO annual service project and an easy way for you to help families in our Washington Open and Santa Clara Unified School District community that need some extra help during the holiday season. Please visit the Giving Tree (loc... Continue
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Published: 11/19/14

Annie Ticket Order Forms!
Ticket Pre-Order forms went home last week. This is your chance to pre-order tickets before the box office opens on January 20, 2015. Take this time to check with friends and relatives to see to which shows they would like to attend.  (Please... Continue
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Published: 11/19/14

The WO Friendship Bench
A Friendship Bench promotes the virtues of friendship and kindness to all. It is intended to help end loneliness and encourage friendships on school playgrounds. The concept originated in 2013, when Pennsylvania second-grader Christian Bucks notic... Continue
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Published: 11/19/14

Friday Night Fun
Everyone who signed up for Friday Night Fun should have received their permission slip at checkout at the Auction. Please return your permission slip directly to the office so that we may account for your child’s pizza preference.  Time... Continue
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Published: 11/19/14

The Book Fair is Coming!!!
The Scholastic Book Fair will be on campus in the library December 8-12 and will open at 8:00AM.  On Monday and Thursday it will close at 3:45PM.  On Tuesday the book fair will be open late until 6:30PM, on Wednesday it will close at 2:3... Continue
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Published: 11/19/14

Principal’s Chat
Want a chance to chat with Barbara?  Come on over to the Staff Lounge at 8:30AM on:

   Tuesday, November 25
   Thursday December 11
   Monday, February 9
   Wednesday, March 18
   Friday, April 10
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Published: 11/19/14

Shopping Weekend at The Wooden Horse in Los Gatos!!!
December 5-7, 2014

The Wooden Horse Toy Store is graciously donating a portion of sales from any customer that mentions Washington Open during check out on the weekend of December 5-7.  Need more reasons to shop? Toys & games for ever... Continue
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Published: 11/19/14

Substitute Teachers Needed:
The Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) needs certificated substitute teachers!

If you have a bachelor’s degree and would like to substitute, all you need is your Emergency Credential through the Santa Clara County Office of Educa... Continue
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Published: 11/19/14

Hour of Code - Computer Science Learning for Students
This year our school is going to participate in Hour of Code. If you are unfamiliar with this, please check out the following page: http://hourofcode.com/us


The plan is for students to spend one hour on computer science learning duri... Continue
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Published: 11/12/14