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In your May 18 Wednesday envelope there was a bright green auto insurance cover sheet that is marked for the school year 2017-2018. 

 

In order to drive for next year on ANY field trip we need EACH driver to turn in a filled out bright green drivers cover sheet marked for the 2017-2018 school year.  Attached to that we need a copy of your car insurance policy's declaration page showing your coverage limits as well as the expiration date.  And we need a drivers record update (under online services) printout from the DMV website (or an H6 driving record from the DMV if this is the first time you are turning in your driving information)  All drivers will get processed through the District Office this summer.

 

The only drivers whose records will be processed during the 17-18 school year will be families who are new to Washington Open.  

 

Please make every effort to do this as we did have some people who waited this past year and were not approved in time to drive on our end of year overnights!

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Published: 5/18/17




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We all scream for Ice Cream! 

Last community dining fundraiser is at Mission City Creamery on WEDNESDAY, May 24, after school until 4pm. Don't miss our "guest scoopers" and enjoy a treat with friends!

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Published: 5/18/17




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We are in need of someone to coordinate the volunteer “Kid Care” program that some of our families use.  In order to keep this program running we need someone to step forward to head it next year.  If you are interested, please stop by either this Friday, May 19, or next Friday, May 26, and see Kathleen Allas.  Thanks!

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Published: 5/18/17




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Last week to check out with classes is May 22-26

ALL LIBRARY BOOKS DUE NO LATER than JUNE 2nd

Look under beds, on book shelves, in cars, at grandma's house, or in the neighbor’s yard - Just look! If you have no luck please pay for your student's lost book so a new book can replaced it. If you have any questions stop by the library M- W- F before school or Tues/Thurs after school. I can also be reached by email at  awelsh [at] scusd.net.

Thank you for participating in a fantastic year of reading with your student.

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Published: 5/18/17




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This year Washington Open will have our traditional last Wednesday morning Big Show of Talented Performers. All interested students are encouraged to try out. Students may only be in one act; either as a solo performer, or as part of a group.  Some classes may do Class Acts which are a bonus and do Not count.  

Here are the dates you need to remember

  • First day to try out is May 15th, Second chance to try out is May 18th.  Choose ONE.   Tryouts are held in the Library.

  • There will be a Run Thru of the first Act on Wednesday, May 24 @ 2:00 and a run thru of the second Act on Thursday, May 25 @ 3:15.  Run Thrus  are held in the Cafeteria.  

  • Dress Rehearsal for the whole show will begin at 2:10 on May 31st. 

  • The Show will be on Wednesday, June 7th. 

  • Like last year, there will be a special Concert Performance for all players of musical instruments held at 11:00 in the Cafeteria on Thursday, June 8th which is also a School Wide Field Day. 

  • Musician Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd during recess.  All participants will need to bring a permission to participate form to with them on their tryout day.  Forms will be available on May 22nd.

Finally, we proudly announce this year's emcees from our 5th grade:

  • Justin Nguyen
  • Maryam Siddiqee
  • Kennedy Rose Stiver 

Questions: Ask Tammy or Chris.  There will be a flyer with FAQs available soon.

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Published: 5/17/17




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Child Nutrition is having a pancake breakfast available here at school.  They will begin serving at 8:00AM.  This is open to students and adults.  Students will use their cafeteria accounts to pay for their breakfast, but Adults need to pay cash.  The price for adults is $2.50.  Hope to see you there!

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Published: 5/11/17




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Tuesday, May 30 (the day after Memorial Day) from 7:00 – 9:00PM is the Annual General Meeting/Grade Level Breakouts!

Get your babysitters lined up now so that you can attend!

Highlights of the evening are:

  • Announcement of next year’s Auction Theme

  • Announcement of next year’s Drama Production

  • Announcement of next year’s WOPFG Board

  • Presentation of next year’s WOPFG Budget

  • Grade Level Breakouts to meet with your student’s next teacher and fellow classroom parents

  • Opportunity to sign up for your preferred classroom work day and classroom jobs for next year

  • PICK UP YOUR SUMMER PACKET

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Published: 5/11/17




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Yearbooks are coming

Please find in your May 10 Wed envelope a hard copy order for the yearbooks.  The price is $20 per book payable to WOPFG.  Please turn in your forms with payment directly to the office, not to your classrooms.  Thanks!

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Published: 5/11/17




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Washington Open End-of-Year Movie Night

Hosted by the Washington Open Parent Faculty Group (WOPFG)

  • Friday 6/2/17

  • 7:30 PM The evening begins for socializing, children play and picnicking

  • Families please bring your own eats, plates, utensils and cups to dine picnic style. “Bring Your Own, Take it Home”

  • 8:45 PM The movie “Moana” will begin. Moana is rated PG by the MPAA for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements. Violence: Characters face perilous situations on the sea: They are occasionally knocked overboard, shipwrecked and abandoned, as well as face turbulent weather.

  • The WOPFG will provide drinks (lemonade, 100% fruit juices, large water containers and cups) for the picnic and popcorn for the movie.

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Published: 5/11/17




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The following is the agreement for any pesticide, herbicide application at Washington Open by the Santa Clara Unified Schools Grounds Department.

The Santa Clara Unified Schools Grounds Department will not use or apply any type of pesticide or herbicide at Washington Open Elementary School during the school year.   Applications are permitted during the summer break months from when five days after all students and personnel leave school up to ten days prior to the start of the next school year.

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Published: 5/11/17




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Published: 5/4/17




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Come out to see our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Instrumental students in their year end performance!

Assembly during school:  Monday, May 22, 2017, 9:10AM

Evening concert: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:00PM.

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Published: 4/26/17




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We have been informed by ShopWithScrip that due to an issue on their end, any previously purchased Safeway Gift Card will no longer be able to be reloaded. You will need to purchase a new gift card from them if you want to continue to reload a Safeway Card. 

We are also in the process of selling off our inventory for the end of the year. Please stop by the scrip table before or after school on Wednesdays. Do you plan on attending the Barnes and Noble Chorus Night Fundraiser? We have $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Cards in stock!

Are you interested in helping to support the WO Scrip program? Contact wendyguttman at mac.com if you want to learn more about how you can help.

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Published: 4/26/17




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SCUSD invites to you to their 3rd Annual English Learner & Migrant Parent Conference

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8:30am – 1:30pm.

Santa Clara High School Theater, 3000 Benton St., Santa Clara, CA 95051. 

 

The following workshops will be offered:

  • 21st Century Education for English Learners
  • High Tech Industry Panel
  • Immigration Issues Panel
  • Learning Disability Simulation
  • How to Cope With Stress in Raising Children
  • Tips & Resources for Cyber Safety. 
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Published: 4/26/17




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WOPFG Officers Nominated for 2017-18 School Year

 

The following is the slate of WOPFG Officers nominated for approval at the upcoming May 30 General Meeting.

President:                                Anne Kepner

Vice President:                        Gary Calfee

Treasurer:                                Ron Friedline

Recording Secretary:               Leigh Odum

Corresponding Secretary:       Saundra Fischer

Ways and Means:                    Lish Gargiulo

Membership:                            Kristin Jantzen 

Parliamentarian:                       Lisa Nishimoto-Kunze 

Thanks to all who volunteered to serve on the WOPFG Board next year!

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Published: 4/26/17




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This year, our school-wide art show is inspired by California artist Wayne Thiebaud. All grade levels created projects depicting sweets like those found in Thiebaud's artwork: popsicles, cupcakes, ice cream cones, cakes, lollipops, donuts, candies, and more! Students expressed themselves through a variety of techniques and media, including drawing, watercolor, mixed-media, painting, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. The hallway and library is full of colorful and delicious creative works, so be sure to come by and enjoy our fourth annual art show: So Sweet! So Creative!

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Published: 4/26/17




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Westwood Extended Day
7:00am-6:00pm
See the flyer, calendar, and rates attached below.

 

For more information please call
Chet Zeedik @ 408-423-3916
or email czeedik@scusd.net

 

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Published: 4/20/17




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Important – Auction Follow Up

As tax day is approaching, we recognize some may need a new copy of the Auction receipt.  Should you need one, please email Lizzy Barron Silva.  Please note, we will be unable to process receipts after April 6.  Please submit all requests before then.  

As a second reminder, we would like to encourage all who have an outstanding dinner or outing to please be sure to arrange or set that date soon.  Most dinners/outings expire at the end of the school year.  If you are having a problem with setting dates, please feel free to reach out to the Auction Committee.

Finally, many companies do match your donation. (Attached you will find a list of companies that match.) 

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Published: 3/29/17




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In your March 22 Wednesday envelope you will find an intent to return form.  Please fill it out and return it immediately to the office.  This is very important for our planning for the 2017-2018 school year.  Thanks for your help!

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Published: 3/23/17




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Staff Appreciation Week is coming soon! Show your appreciation and support the school by purchasing scrip. Get your scrip orders in by this Friday, Mar 24 for pick up next Wednesday. Order online at shopwithscrip.com or pick up and return a order form to the office by Friday afternoon.

The scrip table is open Wednesdays before and after school in the office. We currently have the following items in stock, Amazon $25, Starbucks $25, Target $25, Whole Foods $25, iTunes $15, Lucky $100, Safeway $100, Barnes and Noble $25. Plus many other items can be ordered online or on the order form.

We are also in search of parents interested in being trained to support the scrip program by selling before and after school. If interested contact the scrip coordinator Wendy Guttman or stop by the scrip table for more information.

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Published: 3/23/17




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Please join us for the 21st Annual Washington Open Science Fair! More than 160 projects will be presented by students in K-5th grade, including a brand new category: Rube Goldberg Machines. Come support our young scientists, participate in the scavenger hunt, and appreciate the results of their hard work and creativity. You’ll probably learn something new in the process! 

This year the fair will be held at the Buchser Auxiliary Gymnasium, the same location as last year. Follow the orange signs from the Washington Open parking lot to find the way there. Students presenting projects can sign in to set up beginning at 5:45 p.m. and the fair will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Presenters should plan to stay to the end to receive their certificates of participation. Please note that all projects must be removed by the participating students at the end of the fair. 

All students presenting projects must have pre-registered for the fair to receive their table assignments. Table assignments for participating students will be posted in the school breezeway on Monday March 27. Questions? Please contact one of the Science Fair Co-Chairs: Jen Johnson or Heather Daroczi.

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Published: 3/23/17




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The Spring t-shirt sale will be Wed., March 29 - Wed., April 5!

Look for the order form in next week's Wednesday Bulletin. Samples will be available to try on before and after school during that time.  

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Published: 3/23/17




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Just a reminder to our new parents that the next New Parent Academy is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 21 from 7:00 - 8:30 in room 15 - The topic is writing.  Please plan to be here!

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Published: 3/17/17




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Help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during our penny drive. Our school goal is raise around $1,800.00 to help fight blood cancer. Small collection boxes are going home today in your child's Wednesday envelope. Each classroom will have a larger donation box that your child can dump their pennies into. Our drive starts Monday, March 20 and will run until April 7. Any donation amount is accepted, including checks made out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

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Published: 3/17/17




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Time for spring cleaning! Let's clean up, clear out & FUNdraise!

Save the dates --

4/17 - 4/19 Used book collection - drop off at the crates near the stage in the cafeteria.

4/20 USED BOOK SALE - all day!

4/21 Rummage sale donation drop-off 2:30pm - 6pm at cafeteria

4/22 RUMMAGE SALE & E-Waste Recycling Event 7:30am - 1pm

Check your Wednesday envelope for all the details!

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Published: 3/17/17




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Washington Open, in cooperation with The Santa Clara Police Department, will be conducting our annual "Run, Hide, Defend" drill this coming Monday morning, March 13.  

 

Please be on time to school that day so students can get settled into their classrooms and reminded of what to do before the drill begins.  

 

I'd like to also remind everyone that it is "Spring Forward" weekend with the time change making us lose an hour on Sunday morning (March 12).  This makes it more important to be aware of the time in order to get to school promptly at 8:30am for this important event.

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Published: 3/9/17




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Lost and Found will be donated on Wednesday 3/15 at the end of the day.  Please check and see if anything you have lost has been found and is in the box.

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Published: 3/9/17




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Have you thought about getting involved through the WOPFG Board?  The Nominating Committee is taking nominations through the end of March for upcoming positions:  

  • Membership
  • Vice President

These offices are currently open for nominations for the 2017-18 school year.  If you are interested in these positions, or in participating on the WOPFG Board in the future, please contact your classroom WOPFG Board Representative or the WOPFG Parliamentarian, Gary Calfee (thecalfees at yahoo.com), for more information.

Participating on the Board is a great way to connect with our very active and engaged community!

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Published: 3/9/17




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Tacolicious is a new restaurant in Santana Row (near The Yard House and Crate & Barrel) offering a variety of delicious food & drinks. They are generously donating a portion of proceeds from EVERY Monday in March on EVERY sale to WOPFG. Make plans with friends & enjoy a great meal (and drinks)!

Tacolicious 300 Santana Row, San Jose

Monday Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m

http://www.santanarow.com/dine/tacolicious/ 

*no need to bring a flyer*

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Published: 3/2/17




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The year is quickly coming to end and we would like to encourage all who have an outstanding dinner or outing to please be sure to arrange or set that date soon.  Most dinners/outings expire at the end of the school year.  If you are having a problem with setting dates, please feel free to reach out to the Auction Committee.

As a reminder, many companies do match your donation. (Attached you will find a list of companies that match.) If you are in need of a receipt for either donation matching or tax filing, please email Lizzy at ebarronsilva at gmail.com.  Please do give her at least 48 business hours to respond.  

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Published: 3/2/17




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Please come check out the lost and found situation.  We are overflowing!  The lost and found from Drama is in the hallway, but will be incorporated into regular lost and found at the end of this week.

If there is anyone who would like to volunteer to take home our lost and found before the April break to wash it and donate it to a charity, we’d greatly appreciate it!

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Published: 3/2/17




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Attached is a PDF of "Creating a Gender Inclusive Campus" that was presented last night at our Parent Ed Night.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara

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Published: 3/2/17




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We are interested in gathering any educational, behavioral, social or personal data that you feel should be considered in the placement of your child. Please use the form provided below to provide that input for us. However, please understand that we are unable to honor parent requests for placement with a specific teacher.

 

Please return to the school office or mail by March 10, 2017 for consideration.

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Published: 3/2/17




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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 on Monday, February 27.  Chorus begins the Tuesday after break!

 

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Published: 2/21/17




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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.

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Published: 2/16/17




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

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Published: 2/16/17




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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.

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Published: 2/16/17




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

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Published: 2/16/17




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“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

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Published: 2/7/17




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Ever wonder what it is like to have a learning disability and/or ADHD? Come participate in this learning disability simulation and through several experiential sessions you will have a better understanding of the daily challenges students have in school and at home. This hands-on workshop will help give you the insight needed to improve your advocacy skills and support your child/student.

(RSVP, limited seating, details in flyer)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

6:30pm to 9:00pm

Adult Education Campus, Room L3

1840 Benton Street, Santa Clara

 

LD Simulation Event Flyer

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Published: 2/7/17




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It's play season, and that means lots of flower bouquets will be given to our actors and actresses! Art teacher Jen wanted to let everybody know that you can donate your floral tissue to the art program. Floral tissue paper is special because it has a waxed coating that makes it really useful for papier mache, collage, and other art projects. Simply smooth out the tissue paper from your bouquet (some wrinkles and tears are perfectly fine) and then fold it up. A collection box will be in the office and in room 8. Thanks for upcycling in the name of art!

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Published: 2/7/17




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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.

 

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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 

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Tickets will be sold on campus on the following days and times:

  • Wednesday 1/25 morning (8:30-9:15) and afternoon (1:40-2:10 PM)

  • Monday 1/30 both AM and PM

  • Wednesday 2/1 both AM and AM

  • Wednesday 2/8 both AM and PM 

Cash or checks accepted. Tickets are $ 9.00 each.

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Published: 1/25/17




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Come support Washington Open!

Community Dining NEXT WEDNESDAY, January 18, 2017 between 4-9PM at La Paloma Mexican Restaurant. Must present flyer (in Wed. envelope and attached) for donation. Dine-In or Takeout. See you there!

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Do you have siblings that will be joining us next year (either at Kinder or another grade level)?  If so, please DO NOT attempt to use the district’s online registration forms. 

Please contact Judy in the front office to make an appointment to come in and register during the month of January.   Please note that we need to do the registrations of all of our incoming siblings HERE at Washington Open.  Thanks so much!  Smiles!

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We will begin to have our daily tours for prospective parents  Tuesday, January 17. Our tours begin at 8:45AM.  Please make every effort to get your students to school on time because our office will be filled with prospective parents.  Thank you for your help!

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Lately our message receiving quality has seemed to have not been up to par.  If you would please help us when leaving a message by speaking slowly and clearly it would be very much appreciated.  Thanks for your help!

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Published: 1/17/17




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Parents please remember that you are responsible for your child after school ends.  Once school ends, there is no longer provided supervision.  This means that you should be within arm’s reach of your child at all times.  Additionally, all school agreements and expectations, including the 3 B’s are still in effect.  Please remember to guide your child to being respectful of all adults and other students. 

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School Science Fair Chairperson (or co-chair with a friend)

After many years leading up the Science Fair committee, your co-chairs Jen Johnson and Heather Daroczi will be moving on!  We are looking for one or two people to chair the committee.  We have great procedures in place, and a very thorough binder of resources to pass along.  You will spend this year shadowing us and go solo next year.  Commitment is mainly in the spring.  There is one December meeting with other leads and principal.  There is also at least one meeting in January with the science fair committee, consisting of other parents from the classrooms.  Knowledge of Excel is helpful.  Organize registration for school science fair.  Coordinate project demonstrations in classrooms.  Facilitate the school science fair in late March at Buchser, one Tuesday evening.   This volunteer position (or positions!) could be filled during school hours or even before and after the school day!   We are here to help you.  If you love science and want the science fair to continue, please talk to Jen Johnson at jjohnson@scusd.net  or Heather Daroczi at  Hdaroczi@aol.com.

District Science Fair Liaison (or co-chair with a friend)

Stephanie Schulte will be moving on soon too!  For this position, commitment is mainly in the spring after the March school science fair.  Meeting in December with Principal.  Attend January meeting with committee.  Assist the principal with her pizza and practice session.   After school fair, coordinate judging session for 4th and 5th graders interested in attending the District Science Fair.  Coordinate the field trip of maximum 12 students/projects to the district fair on a Wednesday during school hours.  Shadow Stephanie Schulte this year and go solo next year!  She is here to help you, please talk to her if you want to help!  Stephanie Schulte Stephanie@theschultes.org

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Published: 1/17/17




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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.

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Look in the Dec. 14 Wed. Envelope for your Pre-Ordered tickets.

 

If you still need to order tickets, the online sales begin this Friday, Dec. 16 at http://bit.ly/WODramaTicketSales, and will remain open until the Thursday evening before each performance weekend. Seats shown as reserved in red are seats are the seat sold during the pre-sale orders. Ticket price is $9 per person and can be paid by credit card. On campus Box Office will be open before and after school two days per week from Jan 23-Feb 8 and the Box Office will be open at the theater before each performance.  If you have any questions please email WOpenDrama@gmail.com.

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As the holidays approach think about purchasing Scrip for you friends, loved ones, teachers, coaches...

Not only will they get a great gift card to use at their favorite store, restaurant or entertainment venue, you will also be giving back to the school we all love. Every scrip purchase gives money back to the school!

We will be placing Scrip orders on the following Friday evenings for pick up the following Wednesdays. You can place orders at the scrip table before and after school on Wednesday, or online at Shopwithscrip.com using Presto Pay purchase or buy dropping a check off at school before the Friday order deadline.

Last Order before Break

Dec 16, pick up Dec 21

If you have any questions contact Wendy Guttman at wendyguttman@mac.com.

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Published: 12/15/16




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Please return your permission slip to the office if your child is attending Friday Night Fun. Friday Night Fun is December 9th from 3:00-7:30pm. This was a Buy It Now item at the Auction! Please talk to Cindy, in Room 5, if you have any questions.

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Published: 12/8/16




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Parents please remember that you are responsible for your child after school ends.  Once school ends, there is no longer provided supervision.  This means that you should be within arm’s reach of your child at all times.  Additionally, all school agreements and expectations, including the 3 B’s are still in effect.  Please remember to guide your child to being respectful of all adults and other students. 

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Active Ingredient:  Glyphosate

Area to be treated:  Fence lines, Weed Beds, Paved Surfaces

When:  12/8 or 12/9

Persons should avoid the treatment area while application is occurring and avoid contact with treated surfaces until the spray solution has dried.  Specific questions can be directed to:  Peter Auth – IPM Coordinator 408-210-2269  pauth@scusd.net

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All students who are participating in drama need to be supervised by a responsible adult at all times after school before and between their scheduled rehearsals.

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Some of you will receive AIR forms in your envelopes today.  Please fill them out and return them to the office as soon as possible.  Thanks for your cooperation.

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To everyone who supported WOPFG during the shopping week with Leigh's Favorite Books and Bookasaurus (as well as Metro City on Wednesday)! The support of our community is really what makes fundraising FUN!

A big shout out to Barbara and Mary for reading and wrapping on Wednesday night. We appreciate your time and energy!

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The Scholastic book fair is here!  Sponsored by our fabulous 4th grade families. There is something there for everyone.
Come and shop for the Holidays right here in our own Washington Open library.
The book fair will be open from 8:15 until 3:30 Monday  through Thursday and until 1:00pm on Friday. We look forward to seeing to seeing you there.
Happy holiday and happy shopping!!!

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Published: 11/30/16




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Shopping and Fundraising this Week

with Leigh's Favorite Books & Bookasaurus ~ through December 4!

Shop anytime during the week and mention "Washington Open" when you checkout for a portion of the sale to be donated to WOPFG. Leigh's Favorite Books & Bookasaurus offers toys, games, books and unique gifts for ALL ages!

Shopping week includes a community event tonight  WEDNESDAY, November 30th!!

Bookasaurus is also hosting WO Community Evening on Wednesday, November 30th ~ 

STORY TIME with Barbara at 7pm  +  free gift wrapping by WO celebrities 6pm-8pm!

Looking for a fun dinner place close by? Stop by Metro City Restaurant. SAVE your receipt to turn in at Bookasaurus or school and Metro will donate a portion of the sales too!

Leigh's Favorite Books, Bookasaurus & Metro City Restaurant are all in downtown Sunnyvale on South Murphy Avenue.

Email fundraising@WOPFG.org with any questions.

See you there!

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The Giving Tree is a WO annual service project and an easy way for you to help families in our Washington Open and Santa Clara Unified School District community that need some extra help during the holiday season. Please visit the Giving Tree (located in the office hallway leading into the main office) and select a gift tag for a gift or gift card you would like to give. (If you select SCRIP, please purchase it at the Scrip table or use online Scrip no later than December 9.) Thank you in advance for all your generosity! Please return all Giving Tree gifts/gift cards by December 13, so they can be delivered to the families prior to the holiday break. Thank you! (For Giving Tree questions, contact Beth Calfee, thecalfees@yahoo.com or Ana Fong, anam.fong@gmail.com )

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The Giving Tree is a WO annual service project and an easy way for you to help families in our Washington Open and Santa Clara Unified School District community that need some extra help during the holiday season. Look for more information coming home soon with a list of items and gift cards needed to support these families. Scrip cards often needed include: Gas, Groceries, movie tickets, Target, & Payless Shoes. All of these can be ordered at the scrip table

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Published: 11/30/16




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No Late orders accepted

Important information is in your child’s Wednesday Envelope today.  In addition, pre-order forms are included for both adult and children’s casts.

 

Completed forms are due in the purple Drama Box in the office by 3PM on Friday, November 18 at the latest. No late forms will be accepted. 

 

For questions, please contact Flo Fuller or Lisa Sherby.

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Published: 11/17/16




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Come sing with Barb in room 8 before school on Fridays at 8:10. Students of all ages, grownups and young siblings are welcome to join the fun. Come when you can and leave when you need to. We end when the whistle blows. It's a great way to begin your day!

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Published: 11/17/16




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Being homeless is a community issue where we need to come together and help one another, make a difference. 
Its cold, winter is coming. Will you Stand Up for HOMELESS Youth (age 12-24 years old)?

We are in need of:
- Male adult black crew socks
- Male adult boxers size M, L, Xl, 2XL
- Female adult bikini underwear, size M and L (please no white).
- Female adult socks, ankle cut (white is OK)

Standup For Kids is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization and your donation is tax deductible. Tax ID: 33-0414855. Standup For Kids  is run entirely by volunteers, our common goal - to relieve the suffering and feeling of abandonment that homeless and street kids face on a daily basis. 

If you can help, please look out for the box in the office (until Thanksgiving).

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Published: 11/17/16




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The Auction Committee is looking for someone to lead the Community Potluck. The main duty would be to secure the gift cards from Lizzy Barron and purchase items for that day using those gift cards (keeping receipts, etc). Ideally, several could volunteer so that 'x' person can make a Safeway run, while 'y' person can make a Sprouts run. If you are willing to help the community in the ever-important-task of providing food, please contact Lizzy at ebarronsilva@gmail.com 

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Published: 11/2/16




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If you are coming to the auction, please sign up to work a shift at some point during the evening.

We are a little over 1 week away from our largest fundraiser.  Please be sure to sign up for your volunteer slot: http://tinyurl.com/gl3u2wj.  In addition, we have sign ups for the Community Potluck as well: http://tinyurl.com/hyma83u

 

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Published: 11/2/16




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Finally, raffle tickets are on sale now for: 

  • Tivo (and year long subscription)
  • Front year book cover and back year book cover
  • Apple watch

Tickets for any of the raffles are $5 for one of $20 for 5. We will be selling in the morning, before school, and after school each day.

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Published: 11/2/16




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Silva Martial Arts is offering a Kid's Fun Night on November 12th (Auction Night!) 5pm - 11pm with dodgeball, games, movies, pizza and snacks!  Located right down the street from WO and the S.E.S. Hall PLUS part of the proceeds go back to WOPFG!!

 

$5 Flat rate + $10 per hour -- Pick up & drop off anytime. RSVP required so reserve your space today!

Email hurst@silvamartialarts.com

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We are so appreciative of the time the committee gives.  Thank you for helping the school.

  • Ben Hekster
  • Galit Solomon 
  • Hang Har 
  • Leena Chandra
  • Jeannette Weederman
  • Igor Katkova
  • Neelambari Paradkar

 Meetings will be 8:40am- 9:40am Thursdays

  • Nov. 8
  • Jan 12
  • Feb. 9
  • Apr. 6
  • May 18
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We are so appreciative of the time the committee gives.  Thank you for helping the school.

  • Jeanette Weedermann
  • Khanh Pham
  • Lisa Kunze
  • Christina Gorokhovsky
  • Karla Nubling

 Meetings will be 3:10pm - 4:10pm Tuesdays 

  • Nov. 14
  • Dec. 13
  • Jan. 10
  • Feb. 14
  • Mar. 14
  • Apr. 4
  • May 9
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Published: 11/2/16




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New item this year -- tie-dyed sweatshirts!

 

The Fall T-Shirt sale runs until Wednesday, Nov. 9

Order forms were sent home in Oct. 26 Wed envelopes.  Please turn them in to the box in the office.  Thanks!

 

T-Shirt Order Form

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Published: 11/1/16




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Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential. The program is for students from kindergarten through college. Our school can have teams in the K-2nd grade division and the 3rd-5th grade division. A team consists of 7 members. Visit http://www.odysseyofthemind.com for information about this year's problems. Please contact Daya Sánchez (mireya_sanchez@mac.com) by November 3rd if you have a team interested in participating.

 

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Published: 10/27/16




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The 2016 Auction Committee would like to thank the community for their generous donations during and before Drop Off Week. We noticed that donations of gift cards have increased.  We’d like to encourage the community to consider giving the following in the next two weeks in order to help guarantee that our Silent & Live Auctions are successful and to ensure we meet our $95k goal. 

-- Beauty amenities

-- Board games

-- Camping Gear

-- Cash donations

-- Donations of wine

-- Gift cards to chain restaurants

-- Hotel gift cards

-- Movie tickets

-- Offerings of timeshares/vacation homes

-- Service offerings ( e.g.  Christmas present wrapping, cookie and or bread making)

-- Sporting equipment

-- Tickets to games (baseball, basketball) 

We plan to have a table available during the Walk-a-thon to collect donations.  Also, you can drop off donations in the office or reach out to any of the Auction members to retrieve donations.  Remember, it’s for the kids and the success of the Auction depends on the community.  Thanks Again!

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Published: 10/20/16




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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
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In this week’s envelope you received a purple packet.  Please ignore the last page in the staple packet (it was copied in error).  Thanks!

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  1. Due to the anticipated rainy day October 14, we have re-scheduled the Walk-a-thon/Dance-a-thon for next week – Friday, October 21, 2016
  2. It’s time again to put on your walking, running, and/or dancing shoes.  On Friday, October 21, 2016 from 9:00 -11:30 Washington Open will host its annual Walk-a-thon/Dance-a-thon.  Sponsor sheets have been included in the students’ Wednesday envelopes and we ask you to work with your child(ren) to share their enthusiasm for Washington Open with prospective donors.  Donors can either donate a set amount or they can sponsor a student per lap.  This is the only fundraising event during the year that we involve our students and we look forward to everyone participating. 
  3. The Washington Open Parent Faculty Group (WOPFG) will be providing an event t-shirt to each student at no cost.  Thank you WOPFG!
  4. The goal is to raise $40,000, or approximately $125 per student, during this year’s Walk-a-thon/Dance-a-thon.  The funds raised help pay for a variety of academic enrichment programs and various services that support WO students throughout the year.  Together, we will walk, run, and dance to raise financial support and enrich our children’s experience at Washington Open this year.
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Published: 10/14/16




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5th Grade Haunted House

We are in need of supplies for our annual Haunted House.   

These are some ideas:

  • Spirit store items that would be spooky
  • Plastic yard decorations
  • Cobwebs – lots needed
  • Orange and/or purple light strings
  • Spiders
  • Heads/skulls
  • Skeletons

NO CLOWNS
Our contact person is Christina Smiley. Please make sure all your items are labeled so that they may be returned to you as soon as possible.  Thanks!

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Published: 10/14/16




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You might be wondering about those black objects that are on the doors of the adult restrooms.  They are to hold the door in an open position as they automatically lock when closed.  In order to allow ease of entry, we have placed the door blocks on so that it is not necessary to get a key to open the door each time it is used.  Please remember to replace the door block after exiting the restrooms so others can have easy access as well.

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Published: 10/13/16




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Monday, October 31, 2016

Just a few reminders for students and adults alike:

  • This year, considering the issues surrounding clowns and schools, we are requesting no clown costumes for students or adults
  • No Masks – Students may parade with a mask and then remove them for the carnival.  Adults may NEVER wear a mask.  We must be able to identify you.
  • No weapons
  • Comfortable costumes
  • Appropriate child or adult costumes (if you’re not sure about the appropriateness, check with your teacher)
  • Working parents, please sign in at your child's classroom, all other visitors, please sign in at the office.
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Just a quick reminder that the playground outside of room 6 is only to be used by those students who are participating in Kid Care this year on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2:30 – 3:00. If you are here supervising your own student, please use other areas.  Thank you!

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Published: 10/12/16




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Wednesday, October 19, 7pm

The October Technology Committee Meeting will be October 19 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 about technology on campus.  Questions? Please contact wocomputer@gmail.com.

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Published: 10/6/16




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Ballots were attached to the October 6 Wednesday Bulletin.

Please fill them out and return them to the office ASAP.  Thanks!

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Hi Everyone – We wanted to remind everyone that the staff lots are off limits to student drop offs and pick ups every day.  You may drop off or pick up at the curb at the north end of campus or you may park in the large lot between Buchser and Washington Open. 

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Published: 9/29/16




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Attention New Families: If you did not receive a refrigerator magnet with our school phone numbers on it, back in May, we have received new inventory.  Please stop by the office and pick one up.

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Published: 9/29/16




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This week’s highlight is Drop Off Depot!!

Drop Off Depot Week for our upcoming auction is October 3-7. Hoping this will help families plan and support. We’re grateful and appreciative of all efforts made by our families!  The following are some FAQ regarding DOD:

WHAT IS DROP OFF DEPOT? A week in which families can drop off individual donations that can be used for either Silent (or Live, depending on the donation, but mainly Silent). These donations are not associated with donations connected to classroom projects.  They get dropped off on the morning before school or after school the entire week.

WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF ITEMS DONATED DURING LAST YEAR’S DOD? Last year we had gift cards, printers, spa items, surf lessons, vacation homes, cooking lessons - basically anything that you think we can use to create a package. Be creative! This is a great time to donate a tin and offer to bake cookies once a month for x amount of months, etc

WHY IS DOD SO EARLY???!! Um, it's actually not. DOD ends on Oct 7. On Oct 8, the auction committee will gather to "package" items together. After that, we will have less than 2 weeks to ask the community for other items and accept straggling donations. From Oct 24-28, we're writing up the booklet and trying to ensure all packages are solid. Then, until Nov 1, we're getting the Auction book approved and making edits. The current hope & plan is that we'll have the book out to everyone byNov 2 - a week before Auction (don't hold me to this - all this REALLY depends on the community's support during DOD week). It's actually a VERY tight schedule..so, as you consider when to give your donation, please take into account all the background work that is happening. We'll accept all donations, at any time, but in order to REALLY get more bang for your buck on your donations - the earlier we get them (Drop off Depot week) the better for everyone.

IF I HAVE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I ASK? Your Auction rep! Or anyone from the Auction Committee. We're all happy & willing to help! (Lizzy Barron, Lauren Sopjes, Kristine Beebe, Lisa, Sherby, Mabel  Iriberri, Gaby Silveira)

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Published: 9/29/16




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Conference Week Begins – Early out at 1:42pm every day until next Wednesday, September 28

As we are about to begin the annual conference week and we are asking everyone to help us out.

  • Remember that from this Wednesday, September 21, all the way to next Wednesday, September 28, are early release days at 1:42pm. Please be sure to pick your students up on time.

  • Please clear the campus as soon as possible after you pick up your student so as to create a quiet, calm atmosphere for those who are having conferences. You will appreciate this whe

  • Please be respectful of everyone's time. Conferences are usually scheduled quite tightly and that means that when your time is up, someone else is waiting to begin.

Thank you so much for your help and cooperation!

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Published: 9/22/16




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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. 

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Published: 9/22/16




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Mark your calendar for our next Community Dining event on Wednesday, October 26 at The Habit Burger Grill in Santa Clara from 4-9pm. Please present event flyer when ordering (will be sent home in Wed. envelope closer to event). Enjoy dinner out while supporting Washington Open!

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Published: 9/14/16




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Beginning Friday, Sept. 23, I’m inviting everyone—grownups, students and siblings—to join me in room 8 to sing before the school day begins. I will open the room at 8:10 and we can sing until the whistle blows. Come in and out according to your needs, no commitments, no cost. Just try the singing way to start your day! Sing with Barb in room 8.

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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.

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Published: 9/12/16




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The WOPFG Drama Program Presents The Little Mermaid

The Washington Open Parent Faculty Group Drama Program is open to all students in grades

Kindergarten - 5th as well as all Parents & Staff.

Mandatory Parent Information Meeting - September 20 at 7:00pm

One parent from each participating family must attend this meeting.

If you have an unavoidable conflict, you must contact the producers BEFORE this meeting.

There will only be one make-up meeting this year.

Please see attached flyer for more info.

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Are you the parent of a child who is multi-lingual?  Maybe your family speaks Spanish, Korean, Russian, French or any other language. Washington Open has a committee for parents like you and is looking for members. ELAC (English Language Acquisition Committee) meets 4 times per year and discusses testing, resources, budgets, and growth of students who are learning English. We are looking for 4-5 parents to help with this committee for the next 2 years and will be holding elections shortly. Please consider being a part of this important group at our school. If you have questions or would like to run for this committee, please return this form with some information about yourself to put on the ballot. 

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School Site Council is a wonderful opportunity for you to get involved with the school.  We need three people who will be on School Site Council.  The commitment is for two years.  We have two parents who are returning for their second year.  There are eight meetings per a year.  The meetings are the second Tuesday of the month, 3:10-4:10pm.  We at Washington Open need you!  

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Instrumental Music Update

Friday, September 16 is the district office cut-off date to join band/orchestra.  Please be sure you’ve turned your form in to the office.  Thanks!

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Update on Adult TB Testing for all Volunteers

We have been notified that adult volunteers at schools may opt to have a TB assessment (done by your health care provider) done in lieu of having a PPD or Quantiferon test.  The assessment, just like the test is valid for 4 years.  Many of you are coming up for renewal in the next 3 months.  If you’d like to have an assessment done, please stop by the front office to pick up a packet to take to your health care provider.  Depending on the outcome of your assessment (determined by your health care provider), you may still need to have a test done.

***** We have sent home in the Wednesday 9/21 envelope, a TB assessment form to all volunteers who are out of compliance – please place your attention to this matter right away.*****

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Literacy and pop culture collide in Santa Clara City Libraries first ever Comic Book Convention!

Join Star Wars Stormtroopers, Disney Princesses, Harry Potter fanatics, R2-D2’s, SuperWHOlocks, Pokemon trainers and everything under the sun on September 24 at Central Park Library. Join artists from Avatar: Legend of Korra, Pixar, and Star Wars as they share secrets about their work and projects they work on. Free crafts for all ages, art programs, LEGO build contests, Gunpla raffle and creation, and a free comic book for kids 18 and younger. This event is for all ages, join us in costume and enter our costume contest! For more information and free tickets visit sclibrary.org/comic-con.

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When: Wednesday,  Sep 14 at  2:00 - 3:00 PM

Where: Rm 19

This training is specifically tailored for the needs of class coordinators, though others are welcome to attend. We will go over google groups, google docs and general tips on how to use google resources with your classrooms. If you have particular questions or topics in mind, please email wocomputer@gmail.com with your request. Thank you!  Thanks!  - Kalpana.

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September Technology Committee Meeting: Wednesday, September 21, 7pm
The September Technology Committee Meeting will be 9/21/2016 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 about technology on campus.  Questions? Please contact wocomputer@gmail.com.

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Classroom computer lab parents should attend one of the following training sessions.  We will cover computer lab rules, basic troubleshooting, and ways you can support your teacher.  There are two sessions.  The first will be Tuesday, September 20 8:30 a.m. to approximately 9:30 in the computer lab.  The other option is Wednesday evening, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. (at the same time as the Technology Committee meeting).

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In order to be in compliance with the Healthy Child Act of 2000, we are notifying our community that the District will be doing an herbicide application (Round-Up, glyphosate) on September 6, 7or 8 here at Washington Open.

 

Update 9/2: A concerned WO parent contacted the District office and was told by the facilities person that they spray in the morning early enough that it can dissipate before the kids come to school.  Also, they generally only get the perimeter of the school and anywhere else that they can't get with a mower or trimmer. They do their best to use it minimally and not saturate the soil as well. 

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Published: 9/2/16




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If you haven’t yet had a chance to print out page 2 and sign in all the appropriate places, then turn the signed page in to your classroom coordinator please do so as soon as possible.  If you need to, you may access the online copy from the main page of the Washington Open Website.  Then please print, sign and turn in page 2 to your classroom coordinator.  Thanks!

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Published: 9/1/16




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If you haven’t seen your name appear on the separate lists of people who can come and pick up your fingerprint packets that have been sent out, it could be because we are still waiting on your TB test/assessment.  We can’t fingerprint anyone unless they are in compliance with the TB test/assessment mandate.  Please turn your in your test/assessment to the office as soon as possible so we may finish creating your packet for you. 

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Please note that for the next 8 weeks (Sept. 2 thru Oct. 21) the office will close at 3:10PM on Fridays to allow staff to attend trainings.  Please be sure to pick up your students on time especially on these days.  Thanks!

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Just a few quick reminders to make sure that we are keeping all of our staff happy.

  • Please DON’T bring children into the staff lounge and the copy room at any time.

  • When using the copy machine in the morning, please be considerate of teachers and staff trying to make copies. If you have time you could even ask them if you could make copies for them and deliver them to their classrooms.

Please remember to label all your child’s belongings, clothing, lunchboxes, backpacks, etc.  If they are labeled and are put in the lost and found, they will be returned to your student.  If they are not labeled, you might not get your items back

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Published: 9/1/16




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The only parking lot where parents may park is the large lot between Washington Open and Buchser (the one with the solar panels).  Please remember that we share this lot with Buchser. The lots in front of the cafeteria and the primary wing are for STAFF ONLY and parking permits are in use.

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Published: 8/26/16




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When using the Drop-Off Zone in the morning, please pull up to about 3 feet away from the car in front of you before letting your students out of your car.  This will help facilitate the most cars being able to use the area at the same time.

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Published: 8/26/16




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Please remind your students that during lunch, they are not supposed to be in the buildings.  Please remind them that the yard duty’s carry band aids as well. 

Students must not be on campus before 8:17am unless closely supervised at all times by an adult.  There is no supervision at any time in front of rooms 1-4, therefore students must go directly to the large playground area upon arrival at school.  In addition, if your lower grade child is not part of the kid care system, you must closely supervise your child after their 2:30pm release. Thank you for following these guidelines to ensure the safety of all our students.

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Published: 8/26/16




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There is NO PARKING in the upper grade parking lot during school hours (8:00-5:00). Please do not park in this area or use it as a drop off. It is extremely dangerous to have cars drive in and out while students and parents are within such close proximity to the parking lot. Your cooperation is extremely important to ensure safety.

If you are parking on Washington Street or around the corner on Manchester, please remember to walk on the perimeter of the parking lot using the sidewalk.

Doing this helps ensure that teachers and staff, who use the lot, will not accidentally hit walkers.

NEVER CROSS THROUGH THE PARKING LOT AREA…ALWAYS USE THE SIDEWALK!

Thank you for your help in making this area safe for students, parents and teachers and staff.

Thanks for your cooperation, 

Barbara

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Published: 8/26/16




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Are you picking up your younger child and waiting around for your older child??  If you need care for your child from 2:30 to 3:00 and are willing to work one day a week, Kid Care is for you!   Kid Care is completely parent run and each family must work one day a week to make this program successful.  The time commitment is from 2:20pm to 3:05pm one day a week.  Sign up forms are due today.  If you have forms to turn in, Kathleen Allas will be at the friendship bench after school today to receive them.  First day of Kid Care starts on Tuesday, 9/6.

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Published: 8/26/16




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Just a few quick reminders to make sure that we are keeping all of our staff happy.

  • Please DON’T bring children into the staff lounge and the copy room at any time.

  • When using the copy machine in the morning, please be considerate of teachers and staff trying to make copies. If you have time you could even ask them if you could make copies for them and deliver them to their classrooms.

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 8/26/16




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Please remember to label all your child’s belongings, clothing, lunchboxes, backpacks, etc.  If they are labeled and are put in the lost and found, they will be returned to your student.  If they are not labeled, you might not get your items back.

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Published: 8/26/16




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Calling all Summer Art Challenge Submissions!

All students are invited to submit one piece of artwork that they created over the summer. This could be a drawing, painting, collage, photograph, sewing project, comic strip, 3D artwork, mixed-media piece, or other artwork. One piece of submitted artwork per student will be included as part of the Summer Art Challenge display, and all artwork will be returned later in the fall.

To participate, simply turn in the artwork along with a submission form (available in the submission box or print from here: http://tinyurl.com/summerartsub).

All Summer Art Challenge submissions are due in the submission box in the office or room 8 no later than 3 p.m. on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. Questions? Check in with art teacher Jen in room 8 or email jjohnson@scusd.net

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 8/26/16




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Available to all students and children in the Santa Clara Community. (This program is free to all students between the ages of 1 and 18.) The program begins June 20, 2016 and runs through July 21, 2016.

 

The free meal programs are taking place at Wilcox High School, Santa Clara High School and Cabrillo Middle School.

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Published: 6/16/16




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Dates to turn in Proof of Residency 

Wednesday, August 10, 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Friday, August 12, 9:00AM - Noon

Monday, August 15, 1:00PM - 3:30PM

 

Parent Work Day 

Thursday, August 11, 1:00PM - 3:30PM

 

First Day - Wednesday, August 17  
Kinders 8:30AM - 10:10AM        

1st - 5th 8:30AM - 1:42PM

 

Thursday, August 18 & Friday, August 19  
Kinders 8:30AM - 12:11PM    

1st - 5th 8:30AM - 1:42PM

 

Kinders will go from 8:30AM - 12:11PM until September 7. They begin full day on September 8, 8:30AM - 2:30PM

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Published: 6/9/16




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Dear Community – We cannot thank you enough for all the help and support you gave us this year.  You went above and beyond helping us pack up and move things.  During the last week of school we could never have had such wonderful days if you were not here to support us. 

 

And now I have to ask you to look for an email in August asking once again for your help in putting our school back to the welcoming home that it is.  At this moment we are not sure of the date, but we will need all hands on deck to help us move in and unpack. 

 

Again – thank you for an amazing year!  I look forward to 2016-2017!  Enjoy your summer!

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Published: 6/9/16




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Yearbooks have arrived.  Please remember that if your student has a negative cafeteria balance or owes money for a library book, his/her yearbook will be held until those items are taken care of.   

 

If you pre-ordered and do not receive a book Wednesday (assuming you don’t owe library or cafeteria fees), please contact Peta Roberts.

 

Thursday morning and afternoon any extra books will be on sale for those who did not pre order.  They will be at the blue tables outside until they run out of books.

 

Thank you!

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Published: 6/9/16




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Washington Open is looking for one more person to Co-lead the Technology Committee and help handle on-campus Technology Support on a part-time basis.  There would be a small stipend associated with this position. 

If any of you are interested, please let us know.   You can email wocomputer@gmail.com, or speak to Ann, or Barbara directly. 

 

What we primarily need is someone who can do the following:

  •  Be on campus and available for troubleshooting issues as they come up two mornings per week
  • Assist with the once-monthly evening Technology Committee meetings
  • Help with trainings such as the Computer Lab Parent training
  • Assist with managing the school’s computing assets
  • Be trained and available to help administer SBAC assessments in the spring

You definitely do not have to already be a technology "guru," but should be able to think through a problem logically, research possible solutions (hello, Google!), and try out those solutions.

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Published: 6/9/16




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Please remember that on Friday, when you leave, you will need to take all your students items (clothing, backpacks, report cards, projects, books, etc).  We will NOT be able to store or keep ANYTHING.  If you leave it – it will be gone!

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Published: 6/9/16




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Yearbooks will be arriving this week.  Please remember that if you have a negative cafeteria balance or you owe money for a library book, your student’s yearbook will be held until those items are taken care of.  Thank you!

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 6/7/16




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As we approach the end of the year and more and more parents are on campus for different events, please remember that we share the large parking lot with the Buchser Staff.  Please remember to be kind when you have interactions with others. 

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Published: 6/7/16




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Please check your child's envelope to see if your student has a negative balance in the cafeteria.  All cafeteria negatives must be cleared before the end of the year.  Please be sure to bring your accounts current as soon as possible.  Thank you for your help with this.

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Published: 6/7/16




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The Buchser Promotion ceremony will be on Thursday, June 9 from 11:00AM – 12:00Noon.  Please note that there will be a large number of people trying to park for this event.  The ceremony should be concluded in plenty of time to clear out the parking lots for our 1:42 dismissal time.

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Published: 6/7/16




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Please check – all items in the bin will be donated on the last day of school.  Thanks!

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Published: 6/7/16




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If your child still has a book out return or pay fee by Friday May 27.

Yearbooks will be held until all fees or books are returned

Questions- Please ask the Librarians

awelsh@scusd.net

khutflesz@scusd.net

Thank you!

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 5/25/16




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Our wonderful Kid Care Organizer Dawn Flores is leaving this position at the end of this year.  She has lots of binders and info to pass on to the next Organizer.  We need someone, or someone and a partner to take over for her if you want to keep this program running. 

Kid care is a group of parents who have kids in both upper and lower grades and they take turns watching all the lower grade students until the upper grades are released.  Each parent must volunteer at least once per week.

NOTE – This is a parent organized and driven program.  It is not offered by the school.  If no one steps up, we will not have this program next year.

Please contact Dawn Flores by phone 408-857-5913. Or email dmhflores at yahoo.com to let her know you are interested in taking over. 

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Published: 5/25/16




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Please mark your calendars to attend the Annual General Meeting. It will be held in the cafeteria at 7:00PM on Tuesday, May 31. The General Meeting will be followed directly by classroom breakout sessions where you will go to your student’s next year’s classroom to go over important information pertaining to next year.

PLEASE NOTE – you will also be picking up your Summer Packet at this meeting.  They will NOT be mailed home. This is where your will get all your forms that need to be filled out and returned during the residency time prior to school opening in Fall.  Thanks and we will see you there!

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 5/18/16




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Here is our teaching staff for the 2016-2017 school year.

Kinder – Ann, Cindy

1st – Mychele, Janine

1st/2nd – Marlisa, Erika, Christina

3rd – Davina/Jen, Chris, Javon

4th  - Andrea, Tammy

5th – Londa, Jennifer

When we began planning for this Fall's incoming classes, we noticed there are a high number of first graders, while the second grade numbers are low. In order to meet the district’s expectation for student-classroom ratios, we have chosen to create three, first/second grade classes. Each of the second grade classes will have 4 to 5 first graders, joining approximately 15 second graders. Our second grade teachers are excited to work as a team to support learning for our students.

We are planning on incorporating weekly joint center times and small group skill level lessons taught by all three teachers so that standards and curriculum needs can be met as a team.

The unity of our three classes will help all our students feel a part of our joint class family.  The second grade teachers are looking forward to actively collaborating with each other and the parents to meet the needs of all incoming students.

More information will be coming at the class meetings on May 31.

Class lists will be available online on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:00pm.  A password will be sent home next week to access the online class lists.

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 5/18/16




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Please note that last week a flyer/order form was sent home in the Wednesday  Envelope for yearbooks.  Here are the particulars:

  • Price is $20 per book

  • Checks made to WOPFG

  • All Orders are to be turned in to the office – not your student’s classroom

  • Deadline is Friday, June 3

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 5/18/16




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The participation forms to sign up for this year's show are now available from teachers and the office.

 

Here is the schedule:

  • Tryout # 1 is Tuesday, May 24 @ 3:05 in the Library.

  • Tryout #2 Is Thursday, May 26 @ 3:05 in the cafeteria.

  • Dress Rehearsal is Wednesday, June 1 from 2:45 until about 5:45pm.

  • The Show will be held the morning of Wednesday, June 8.

YOU MUST FILL OUT A Permission Form to Participate BEFORE you come to TRYOUT.   PRE-REGISTRATION will end on Monday, May 23 at 3:15.  Piano tryouts will be made by appointment, just pre-register please. 

 Thanks!   Tammy

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Published: 5/16/16




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Music for next year 

  • All 3rd Graders in the 2016-2017 school year will be participating in a 30-minute per week, in classroom music class.  This will include xylophones and music theory in the first half of the year and recorders in the second half of the year.

  • For our 4th and 5th graders in the 2016-2017 school year , a blue sheet was sent home that needs to be returned to the office right away with info about your student’s participation in instrumental music next year.  If your 4th or 5th grader chooses to participate in instrumental music next year, he/she will have a choice of either band or orchestra.  Please turn your form in the office as soon as possible.

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 5/16/16




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Save the Date – Mission City Creamery

Our next Mission City Creamery fundraiser is on Wednesday, June 1 from right after school until 4:00 PM.  As usual we will have “guest scoopers”.  Shhh!  It’s Mary’s birthday that day, so come celebrate and eat ice cream with her!

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 5/16/16




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Washington Open Extended Day is now enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year.  We offer a before and after school enrichment program where daily activities are provided both indoor and outdoors.  A healthy breakfast and afternoon snack are provided.  Please speak with Chet in Room 21or call (408) 423-3916 if you are interested.

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Published: 5/16/16




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Driving on field trips for next year

This summer our district office will be processing all our drivers for the next school year (2016-17).  Attached below you will find a special Insurance cover sheet labeled for next school year. 

 

Please attach your proof of insurance and either your H6 driving record (if this is the first time you will be driving – this requires a visit to the DMV) or your drivers update (off the computer) if you are renewing. 

 

All driving info for next year (2016-17 school year) is due to the office by 3PM on Friday, May 27.  No late forms can be processed.

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Published: 5/4/16




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This year, kids in 4th and 5th grade have had the opportunity to participate in a technology oriented community service team during Wednesday afternoons. They call themselves the ‘Circuit Squad’ and they meet (usually) in Room 19. They have spent their time learning about the different technology we have on campus and then introducing lower grades to some of the tech! They have done presentations on ‘Tech PE - how to keep your hands fit when you work on the computers’, they have run Hour of Code on Programming with Scratch for Kinder and First Grade classes, and they help take care of the tablets on campus. It's been a delight working with all the kids in Fourth and Fifth and we look forward to supporting this great team again next year. Questions or love to wocomputer@gmail.com.

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Published: 5/4/16




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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!

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Published: 4/6/16




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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!

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Published: 4/6/16




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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!

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Published: 4/6/16




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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!                      

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Published: 3/30/16




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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.     

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Published: 3/30/16




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Need A Summer Camp Program?

Are you seeking a fun, educational and affordable summer camp program?  Look no further.  Kidventure Camp begins Tuesday, June 14.  This year’s calendar is full of excitement with activities, field trips and special visitors!  Services are available from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Breakfast and snack are provided.  Please speak with Chet in Room 21 or call (408) 423-3916 if you are interested.  This program will take place at Westwood School and is for students who have completed kinder thru 5th grade.

 

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Published: 3/23/16




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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

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Published: 3/8/16




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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

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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 1/6/16




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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.

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Published: 1/6/16