Washington Open Elementary School



Today: 3/19/18

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See links below and go to the Fundraising page to learn more.




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What's Happening at WO?

Washington Open Wins $900 Art Grant

Many thanks to the Luna Park Arts Foundation, which has awarded art teacher Jen a $900 grant to enhance the eco-friendly aspects of our art curriculum! The funds will pay for a RAFT membership and supplies and tools to support a variety of projects and activities, including paper making and artworks from upcycled materials. In the spring, we will be inspired by artists such as Louise Nevelson, Tressa Prisbrey, and Simon Rodia as we create sculpture and assemblage.

For more information about the Luna Park Arts Foundation, visit www.lunaparkarts.org , where you can also view a slideshow of the projects created in 2015-2016 using a prior grant to support printmaking activities in the art room.

WOPFG Italian Experience and Adult Talent Show ~ 6pm Friday, March 9th ~

American Legion Hall on Homestead Road, Santa Clara

Book your babysitter for an adults-only night of great food and amazing entertainment by the WO community! 

--- Ticket Sales ---

Purchase $10 raffle tickets February 12-16th for a chance at two tickets to the show! Winner will be notified 2/16/18.

Regular ticket sales $125 per ticket start February 26th until sold out (we sell out every year!) Ticket sales will be at the blue tables or in the office hallway on cold/wet days, before and after school. Get your friends together and purchase a table (8 seats) ~ don't forget to take advantage if your company matches contributions.

See you there!

Questions or interest in being part of the talent show? email fundraising@wopfg.org

CHORUS: Attention 3rd – 5th Graders

Once again, it is time for Chorus.  Our own wonderful Maureen Driggs will once again lead our afterschool chorus.  Chorus is open to students in 3rd – 5thgrade.  Look in today’s Wednesday Envelope for a green sign up form and return it to the office right away if your student wants to participate.


After School Art – Registation now open!

  • After-school Art is taught by art teacher Jen to allow our young artists additional time to explore and experiment with a variety of media, creative experiences, and artistic techniques. After-school Art could include: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, sewing, papier mache, weaving, textile art, assemblage, printmaking, bookbinding, and other arts and crafts. (This is not an exhaustive list, and we won't have time for all of these.) We will try some things that we don't have time for in a typical hour of school art, and we may revisit projects that we have done previously in room 8. As in our school art sessions, we will have fun being creative and trying out lots of different things in After-school Art!

Science Fair is coming! Registration is now open!


It's time to start thinking about the Science Fair! At Washington Open, the science fair is an optional enrichment where students complete a science fair project at home with parental supervision. All students K-5 are encouraged to complete a project, and everybody is invited to attend the fair! Our Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Buchser Auxiliary Gym. 

**Science Fair Registration closes Wed., February 28th at 3 p.m.**
See the orange handout in your Wednesday Envelope today for more details.



  • Boosters are for BIG kids - 8 years is not enough to discard boosters, it is a possible minimum age. Boosters are needed till the child can be safely secured without one. Read here!
  • Cafeteria accounts have all been switched over to the new system which can be accessed at schoolcafe.com.  Once you set up your account, you will be able to see your student's balance and make online payments.  The old system is no longer accessible.
  • Very Important Reminder – Parking
    Please note that the parking lot outside the cafeteria as well as the parking lot beside rooms 1 & 5 are Staff Parking Lots.  There are signs marking them as such at their entrances.  There is no parent parking in them until after 4:00PM.  This also means there is no drop off or pick up in either lot as well.  Drop off and Pick up are to be done in the “Drop Off Zone” which is located in the large parking lot between our school and Buchser Middle School.  Additionally, the large lot is where parents are allowed to park while they are here at school. 
    Thank you for respecting the staff lots – even when they seem empty, staff are all assigned someone may have had a quick offsite visit to do and needs their spot available as soon as they get back – this includes right after school when they might dash out for a few minutes and then return.



Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them, and drop them off in the box in the office.


Last school year, we earned $357.20 for our school from Box Tops! This school year, our goal is to earn $400.00!


For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com. Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers.




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.


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.



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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