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Today: 5/4/16

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 2015-2016 School Year


Barnes & Noble Book Fair
APRIL 26 & 27


Memorial Day – Monday, May 30

Minimum Day – Friday, June 3

Minimum Day – Thursday, 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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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!


If your student is in grades k-4 in today’s envelope you will find an “Intent to Return” form for next school year.  Please fill it out and return it to the office as soon as possible so that we may continue our forward planning for next year and the number of students we will have. 

If you have a 5th grade student, your form is to indicate which middle school your student will attend.  Again, please return the forms directly to the office as soon as possible, so that we know where to send your student’s records at the end of the year.  This is especially important this year since we have to be out of our school building immediately after the close of school in the summer.    Thank you for your help and cooperation!                      


Now that we are coming into our overnight season, this is just a small reminder that any medications that are on file here in the office at Washington Open will be taken on all field trips with the students.  All medications on field trips will be administered by the teacher on that field trip.  Please note that students should never have medication on their person or in their lunchboxes or backpacks.     


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

  • Wednesday, May 18

Teresa is now offering an extended breakfast service during the morning recess.  Students may only get one breakfast per day, however they can get it at either time that she is serving. 

Here are the available times for breakfast service:

8:00 – 8:25AM  or

10:10 – 10:30


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.



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.‚Äč