Washington Open Elementary School



Today: 4/19/18

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CA distinguished SchoolWashington Open Elementary School Named 2018 California Distinguished School

“Washington Open demonstrates what students can do and schools can become when the whole community is engaged in the education of our children,” says Santa Clara Unified Superintendent Dr. Stan Rose. “Principal Barbara Berman and the entire Washington Open community, including all staff members and especially the students, are to be congratulated for their commitment to the teaching and learning that occurs at Washington Open. Well done!”


Pennies for Patient Drive (due April 13th)

Kids should be able to feel free throughout their childhood. However, children with leukemia (blood cancer) or lymphoma (lymphatic cancer) aren’t as fortunate. Donate now towards research for these cancers through the Washington Open fundraiser of Pennies for Patients. Help us reach our $1,500 goal. Help us fulfill the saying, “Kids will be kids.”
Drive runs from March 26 - April 13th! 

Talent Show Info (Wednesday, June 6th.)

  • Everyone is welcome to participate. You may be a solo act or in a group. 
  • You can perform Only Once, except for a Classroom Act led by your teacher. 
  • Be prepared for not getting your first choice in music; we will only allow each song to be used once. We will select the best tried out performance in the case of more than one group using the same song. 

Here is the schedule for this year:

First chance to Tryout #1 Monday, May 14th

Second chance to Tryout #2 Thursday, May 17th

Tryouts are held in the Library and begin at 3:10pm. We start with the youngest performers first.
You may leave after you show your act.

We will then create and post a list with two halves. The first half will do a run-thru on Tuesday, May 22. The second half will do a run-thru on Thursday, May 24. 

Run Thrus are held in the cafeteria. They begin at 3:10. We encourage you to stay til the end, but this is not mandatory.

The DRESS REHEARSAL for the Show is held on Wednesday,  May 30th. It will begin at 2:00 and finish around 5pm You should be there the whole time. 

The show will be held during the morning of Wednesday, June 6th.




  • 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.



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.

Be Open!



One of 287 schools honored by the California Department of Education


SANTA CLARA, CA —  State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced Santa Clara Unified School District’s Washington Open Elementary School as one of 287 elementary schools being honored under the California Distinguished Schools Program. This program returns after a three-year break and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”

“Washington Open demonstrates what students can do and schools can become when the whole community is engaged in the education of our children,” says Santa Clara Unified Superintendent Dr. Stan Rose. “Principal Barbara Berman and the entire Washington Open community, including all staff members and especially the students, are to be congratulated for their commitment to the teaching and learning that occurs at Washington Open. Well done!”

The 2018 California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

Schools that applied were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress. Schools were also eligible to apply for a California Exemplary Program Award in Arts Education, and/or Physical Activity and Nutrition Education, which will be announced at a later time. Washington Open Elementary School has additionally applied for the California Exemplary Program Award in Arts Education. These award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention. 

The California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremony is on May 3, 2018, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. The event includes photos with the State Superintendent, a reception, and dinner with student entertainment and speakers. The 2018 Distinguished Elementary Schools will be honored along with the Exemplary Program Award recipients (which will be announced at a later date), National Title I Distinguished Schools, 2018 Green Ribbon Schools, 2018 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the National Blue Ribbon Honorees from 2017. 

A local event will be held at Washington Open Elementary School in May 2018, date and time to be determined and communicated out.

Visit the California Department of Education’s California Distinguished Schools Awardees 2018 webpage for a full list of recognized schools in California. 




About Santa Clara Unified School District

Santa Clara Unified School District serves over 15,400 TK-12 students, in addition to students in Preschool through Adult School. Neighborhoods in the Cities of Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Cupertino comprise the District's 56 square-mile area. Santa Clara Unified prides itself on having teachers, classified employees, and administrators who are dedicated, experienced professionals who care about each student's well-being and academic preparation.


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