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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?


February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm - in Washington Open’s Cafeteria


Tours will begin January 14th and end on February 10th


Please review FAQ for important information including key dates (link)



  Important Dates for 2015-2016 School Year


February Break – February 15-19

Minimum Day – March 4

Staff Development Days – March 10-11

Minimum Day – April 8

Spring Break – April 11-15

Memorial Day – May 30

Minimum Day – June 3

Minimum Day – June 9

Last Day of School & Minimum Day – 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.

Be Open!

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Join us for The Italian Experience on Friday, February 26.

Given its popularity and success last year, the Parent Board will present an evening you don’t want to miss.  It’s the 2nd annual Italian Experience on February 26th from 6:00 - 9:30p.m.  Our own Chef Dane will once again prepare an out-of-this-world Italian dinner and your servers for the evening will be your Parent Board Officers and Class Representatives.  While you enjoy your meal, you will be entertained by adult members of our Washington Open community in our Adult Talent Show.  It’s a show you don’t want to miss.
This is WOPFG’s main spring fundraiser.  Like last year, the cost of a seat is $125. We have 13 tables with 8 seats each.  You can enjoy dinner and the show with a group of friends by buying a whole table for $1000.  Tickets will go on sale the week of February 1.  We expect to sell out this year – so get your tickets early!  

Next week the board will be selling donation drawing tickets for $25 each.  If you are the lucky winner, you will win 2 seats to the dinner. The donation drawing tickets will be on sale next Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Friday, Jan. 29 at the same tables where play tickets are being sold both before and after school.



Please see the attached form to sign your 2nd thru 5th grade student up for Chorus.  Maureen will again be teaching our students how to become better singers.  Chorus sign-ups are due no later than Friday, February 12 – IN THE OFFICE.  Chorus will begin on Monday Feb. 22.  Thanks!


WOPFG board will be seeking to fill the following officer positions for the 2016-17 school year

  • President 
  • Treasurer
  • Parliamentarian
  • Recording Secretary
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • Ways and Means Chairperson

Please check our website for job description of each.

Also contact Anna Welsh for any specific questions.

Thank you for considering these officer roles and supporting The Parent/Faculty Organization.



Want to send a friend a special message? Then make sure to buy your Valentine gram.

When: Monday, February 8 through Friday, February 12

Time: During lunch from 12:20 - 1:00 pm

Where: In Room 15

How much: All items are $.25  

Valentine grams will be distributed Friday afternoon (Feb. 14) to classrooms. 



Adult help is needed for selling Valentine grams. If you are able to help with Valentine grams during lunch, please email Londa Williamson. Any help is appreciated.



3rd Grade – Chinese New Year

Mark your calendars! The third graders will be presenting their annual Chinese New Year parade on Tuesday, February 23 at 12:30pm and 1:15pm. Come out and celebrate the Year of the Monkey. 

Gong Xi Fa Cai!


It is time to start thinking about the 20th annual Washington Open Science Fair!  Our fair will be on the evening of March 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Buchser Auxiliary Gym. All students in grades K-5 are invited to participate, and all school families are invited to attend. 

At Washington Open, Science Fair students share science projects made at home under their parents’ supervision.  There is no competitive element unless a student wants to try out for the district Science Fair.  Students in grades 5 are eligible to try out for the district fair with an individual project that they have completed.  Unfortunately, this year the fourth grade field trip to Gold Country conflicts with the district fair, so students in fourth grade are not eligible to try out. Every student who brings a project to the Washington Open Science Fair will receive a certificate of participation. The fair is a great opportunity for students to practice the scientific process, improve communication skills, and expand their scientific knowledge. 

All students who would like to participate in the Science Fair must register to reserve a spot at the fair. To complete registration, students need to have an idea about what kind of science project they would like to complete. Students are encouraged to complete a project that they are interested in, however that might look for their level, and it’s great to have the students do the project as independently as possible. Please note that animals and messy projects are not permitted at the Buchser gym.  Additional information is available in the Science Fair Guidelines attachment. 

Registration is available only through the online form.  We will have an active link up at the WO homepage soon, but if you’d like to get a head start, you can register here: http://tinyurl.com/2016wosciencefair 

Please submit only one registration per student.  If you need a computer to register, there is one available in the office or you could ask your teacher if you could use one of the classroom computers. Standing poster boards for projects are required and will be available for students who have completed their online registrations. Boards can be picked up in the office starting on Wednesday, February 10.  One board per registered student, please. We will be taking registrations until February 26, so you have plenty of time to get those thinking caps on and do some science!   

Have questions or want to see sample projects? Come to one of our Science Fair Info Session in Room 8 on Wednesday 2/10 from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Students and parents are invited. If you need further information about anything related to the Science Fair, please contact one of the Science Fair Committee Co-Chairs: Jen Johnson or Heather Daroczi.



It’s time to start thinking about the Science Fair! Please note that due to a scheduling conflict with Buchser, we have changed the date. The new date for the Science Fair is TUESDAY, MARCH 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

As in previous years, all students will be invited to participate by presenting a science project at the fair. Online registration will open soon, so stay tuned for more details regarding that process. In the meantime, the science fair committee could use a few more volunteers. If you’d like to help with the science fair committee (even if you can’t make the first meeting) please contact Jen Johnson or Heather Daroczi.  


California Young Reader Medal  (CYRM) time is under way at W.Open


K-3rd grade read the 5 primary nominees.

4-5th grade read the 3 picture books for older reader nominees

Each student will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite story.

The CYRM winners are announced April 1st.

The students enjoy this tradition each year.



We are looking for someone who can run the ceramics program. This would include running the kiln, training parents, and enjoying clay!  Training is available.  Please contact Rosario Ballew at contacts listed in the Wednesday bulletin.


Washington Open will be getting some work done this summer and we are very excited about it.  All of the classrooms, spill outs, and office will be getting new carpet, new ceiling tiles, air conditioning, and wireless will be updated. Portables will have their wireless updated and I am waiting to hear what else will be done to the portables. To do this each classroom must undertake the task of packing.  Knowing this is a huge undertaking we are starting the process now.  Talk to your classroom teacher and see how you can help.  Aileen will be in charge of all our spillouts and other spaces.  I know she would really appreciate your helpJ


All parents on campus need to sign in and should either have a volunteer badge on or a visitor badge. You can help the classrooms out by keeping an eye on all students coming and going from class.  Keeping tabs on the doors, so when a student knocks they are let in. Please ask your teacher how you can support her and the classroom.

If you have any questions come and ask Barbara.


Relationships in life sustain us as social-emotional beings. Positive acknowledgement of others maintains healthy relationships. Expressing positive behavior specific acknowledgement is a behavior skill empowering our relationships at work, school, and home. Enjoy practicing various techniques in giving authentic acknowledgements to your student by mixing it up when giving acknowledgements:

  • Ask questions such as, “How did you know to respect your sister by whispering while she was sleeping?” or “What made you think to put your school clothes out at night before bedtime?”

  • Use humor such as, “Okay…. where is your friend hiding…?  I know you did not write this outstanding paper with so much detail by yourself. I’ll bet she is under the bed [look under bed]!”

  • Indirect delivery: Knowing the student is in hearing range, comment about her to another person, “Susan has worked responsibly on her project, and her effort is evident. She painted with carefully selected colors, edited her writing with the dictionary nearby, and researched the facts.”

  • Praise-Prompt-Leave: “You are already on number 9. That is timely progress… [leave]” or “I noticed you wrote two complete sentences before stopping. What do you plan to write next?” Assist as needed. Then say, “I look forward to reading your paper when completed,” and leave.

  • Remember the 3 Bs when acknowledging your student!
    Dr. Lori (contributions by Chris Glover)



Meet outside the cafeteria at the blue tables at 8:30AM – In case of inclement weather she will be in the staff room.

  • Monday, March 21
  • Tuesday, April 5
  • Wednesday, May 18