Washington Open Elementary School Home


Today: 3/6/15
12:30 PM Chinese New Year Parade 12:30 & 1:00pm

Support WOPFG

There are a number of ways to support our students!

Buy and Refill Scrip Online via




WO Logo Item Store

Benefit SCUSD Computer Fund

There are many other ways to support our school. See the Fundraising section to learn more.


RM, Webmaster

What's Happening at WO?


Chinese New Year Parade 
Friday, March 6 at 12:30 & 1:00PM


calendarImportant Dates for 2014-2015 School Year

March 21 - Community Garage Sale
March 24 - Science Fair
April 13-17 - Spring Break
May 26 - General Meeting
June 5 - 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.

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


Volunteers Needed - 2nd Annual Community Garage Sale
Our Community Rummage sale is quickly approaching.  On March 21st we will hold our annual event.  Volunteers are needed to help on Friday afternoon/evening, March 20th to receive and sort items for the rummage sale (no e-waste at this ti... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/4/15

WOPFG Board Meeting Agenda
See attached PDF for the agenda. Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/4/15

Electronic Waste Collection March 21
See the attached flyer for details. Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/4/15

Please Welcome Nikki Bisen
Nikki is our new Speech Pathologist.  She will be with us on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.  Please join us in welcoming her to our WO Community.  Thanks!

Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/4/15

Rummage Sale and E-Waste Recycling - March 21
Our annual fundraising community rummage sale will be held Saturday, March 21 from 7:30am-1:30pm. 

It's the perfect opportunity to clean out your home of unwanted items that are in good/working condition that you think o... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/4/15

Planning for next year - Dates
Here are some important dates for next school year. 

1st Day of School – August 20, 2015 (Thursday)

Holiday Break - December 21, 2015 – January 4, 2016

February Break – February 15-19, 2016

April Break – Ap... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/4/15

March Technology Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 7pm
The March Technology Committee Meeting will be at 7pm in Room 15. All Classroom Technology Committee reps should attend. This is time for you to complete monthly computer updates, clean projectors, and get information abo... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/4/15

LEGO Robotics Starts March 24
Expose your child to the excitement of STEM classes in WeDo Build and Program and Intermediate Mindstorms Robotics proven to help your child in math, science and literacy. Students who sign up for Mindstorms Robotics will have an opportu... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/4/15

Save the Date: The Italian Experience
NEW Spring Fundraiser on Friday, April 24.  Adults only.  Enjoy an Italian Dinner while watching the First Annual Parent and Staff Talent Show.  Hosted by the Washington Open Parent Faculty Group.  Details to follow soon. Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/3/15

ART NEWS: Student Art Exhibit at the Triton Museum
We invite you to attend a reception at the Family Art Day at the Triton Museum on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Washington Open will be represented by the following students whose art work has been selected to be includ... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 3/3/15

Items Needed
Third grade needs clean lids from frozen juice cans and checkbook boxes. If you have these please drop in library with Anna.

Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 2/25/15

Chinese New Year Parade
Mark your calendars! The third graders will be presenting their annual Chinese New Year parade on Friday, March 6 at 12:30 and 1:00pm. 

Come out and celebrate the Year of the Sheep. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 2/25/15

Foldscopes @ Open!
We have a grant from Prakash Labs in Stanford, and have about 10 Foldscopes. Foldscope, a new approach for mass manufacturing of optical microscopes that are printed-and-folded from a single flat sheet of paper, akin to Origami. You can learn more... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 2/25/15

Science Fair: Pick up your display boards!
We are very happy that so many young scientists signed up for the science fair! Registration is now closed. Your project must include a display, so don’t forget to pick up your free display board in the office. Questions? Contact Jen Johnson... Continue
Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 2/25/15

News from Child Nutrition - Lunch Application and Online Prepay!
Attention Parents!

We have a simple way for you to apply for free and reduced meals for your students, click on the following website address https://onlinemealapps.scusd.net for our online meal application.  Approval is quick as well as p... Continue
Posted by: Kathie Kanavel
Published: 2/23/15