Washington Open Elementary School


Today: 2/19/17

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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?


Open Enrollment

Interested in enrolling at Washington Open? You need to apply for SCUSD Open Enrollment. 

The Open Enrollment window for the 2017-2018 school year is 9:00 a.m., January 17, 2017, through 4:30 p.m. February 17, 2017.

Parent Information Meetings

RSVP is not required, but is appreciated for planning purposes. ADULTS ONLY. No childcare will be provided.

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 7:00 – 8:30, RSVP
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30, RSVP
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30, RSVP

Tours (strongly encouraged)

  • Tours will begin January 17, 2017 and end on February 17, 2017.
  • Tours leave daily at 8:45 a.m.and last until 10:30 a.m. Please arrive at the office and sign in a few minutes prior to the tour. Please be on time and allow plenty of time to park and arrive at the office.  No appointment needed.

More Open Enrollment FAQ

SCUSD Parent - Student Handbook

2016-17 STUDENT PARENT HANDBOOK   (alternate languages)

All families are required to review the student-parent handbook

Brochures, forms & other parent resources

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



The Italian Experience

A fabulous Italian Dinner and an amazing Talent Show


Friday, March 10, 2017

6:00 – 9:30


958 Homestead Road, Santa Clara

(American Legion Hall, Post 419)


Get together with friends and purchase a table to ensure you can sit together.  Tables seat 8 people and each ticket is $125.  Ticket includes dinner, wine, dessert and a talent show by our incredibly talented parents and staff.  There are limited seats and they will go quickly.  This is an event for adults only and is an annual event you don’t want to miss.

Ticket sales open on February 15, 2017. 

All proceeds from the event support WOPFG.


Group Photos will happen on Thursday, March 2.  Photo Envelopes will come home on Wednesday, March 1.


Washington Open Extended Day is still enrolling for the current school year. Services are available both before and after school. Enrich your child’s education in a unique social setting where daily activities are presented in a variety of formats. Breakfast and afternoon snack are provided. Please speak with Chet in Room #21 or call (408) 423-3916 if you are interested.


See the attached flyer regarding the Extended Day Kidventure Camp summer program.


See the attached registration form for Chorus.  If your student will be participating, please fill out the form and attach your donation and bring it directly to the office by this Friday, February 17.  Chorus begins the Tuesday after break!



“Wanna Chat with Barbara?”

Here are the dates that Barbara will be available to chat with parents regarding whatever you’d like to talk about.  These sessions will be held at 8:30AM in the staff lounge.

  • Fri, Feb 17

  • Thurs, Mar 9

  • Mon, Apr 24

  • Tues, May 16


It's time to start thinking about the Science Fair! At Washington Open, the science fair is an optional enrichment that allows students to 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 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Buchser Auxiliary Gym. To present a project at the science fair, all students must register to reserve their spot by using the online registration form available here: http:/tinyurl.com/wosciencefair2017

Science Fair Registration will be open through February 28th at 3 p.m.


We are excited to announce that the District STEAM Expo (formerly the District Science Fair) has introduced a new option for 4th and 5th grade students only: Rube Goldberg Machines! More info about RGM projects at the fair can be found here: https://sites.google.com/scusd.net/worubegoldberg/home


Want more information about the Science Fair? Want to see some sample projects or ask questions of the organizers? Come to one of our Info Sessions! We will have sample projects and committee members on hand in ROOM 8 on Wednesday February 8, before school from 8 to 8:25 a.m. and after school from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m.



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, paper mache, 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!


The After-school Art program is available only to currently enrolled students in grades 3-5 at Washington Open Elementary School. The 2017 session of After-school Art will meet 9 times, with each class taking place from 1:45 to 3 p.m. on these Wednesdays: 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26, and 5/3/17. In the event that Jen has to cancel a session due to instructor illness or other emergency, a make up session will be available on 5/17/17.


The $180 class fee includes all materials that we will use.


There is a minimum of 10 artists required and a maximum enrollment of 20. 

Attending students are expected to want to be there and to have a positive attitude.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If students sign up after enrollment is full, they will be put on a wait list. You will be contacted by email to confirm your registration.


To register for After-school Art with Jen, go to: http://tinyurl.com/afterschoolart2017

Questions about After-school Art with Jen, please email: jen@mamasmagicstudio.com 


This job includes posting Wednesday Bulletin news items every week and sometimes updating the home page. The job does not require you to know HTML, any content management systems, nor  how to use School Loop, although those skills would be helpful. This is a great job for anyone who wants to contribute to the community, but is not able to work onsite.


I am looking for a replacement because I'll be moving on to middle school next year. I'd like to have the new webmaster fully trained and ready to take on the job before spring break in April. That way I'll still around to answer any questions you'll have.


If you are interested, send me (Renee) an email at rhmccain at gmail.com.

Here's the new online evaluation to help collect feedback about how things are going out at patrol. Parents and students can also go online and fill this out. If you are a witness to something wonderful or something concerning out at the drop-off zone, send me some information through this survey! People who are not official patrollers can skip some of the questions that don't apply to them.
Thanks everyone!
Jennifer Jenkins
Safety Patrol Coordinator

If any adults want to purchase hot lunch, the cost is $4.00 per meal.  Adult lunches cannot be charged to a student’s card.  If you (adult) would like to set up an account, you may do so by bringing cash or a check to Teresa.  If you want to just “pay as you go,” you can do that as well, but you must have exact change. 


You can pay online for your child’s lunches with your credit card! You can also check your child’s balance any time. You can access the system by going to www.myschoolbucks.com. You will need to create an account in order to use this service.  Also you will need your student’s ID number. Of course you can always come in to the office and put money in your child’s account by writing a check or using cash.