Washington Open Elementary School

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One of 287 schools honored by the California Department of Education

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

About Santa Clara Unified School District

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

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Posted by: Jeeta Gandhi
Published: 4/3/18




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Hello families who save magazines!  Student Leaders would like a pile of magazines with great photos for an upcoming project. Please consider sharing some of your piles with us.


(ps  okay to leave them in the upper grade spillout in the box marked MAGAZINES)     

 

Sent from Tammy and Ann with Appreciation!

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Posted by: Jeeta Gandhi
Published: 11/29/17




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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, papier mache, weaving, textile art, assemblage, printmaking, bookbinding, and other arts and crafts. (This is not an exhaustive list, and we won't have time for all of these.)

 

We will try some things that we don't have time for in a typical hour of school art, and we may revisit projects that we have done previously in room 8. As in our school art sessions, we will have fun being creative and trying out lots of different things in After-school Art! 

 

This enrollment is for the second session which will meet in room 8 from 1:45 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays: 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, and 1/17.

 

In the event that Jen has to cancel a class due to instructor illness or other emergency, a make up session will be available on 1/24.

 

The $160 class fee includes all materials that we will use.

There is a minimum of 10 artists required and a maximum enrollment of 25. Attending students are expected to want to be there and to have a positive attitude. The After-school Art program is available only to currently enrolled students in grades 3-5 at Washington Open Elementary School.

 

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: 

https://tinyurl.com/2017asa2 

or https://goo.gl/forms/evl3uwunTKvPEitt1

 

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

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Posted by: Jeeta Gandhi
Published: 10/26/17




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Please be sure to sign up for a volunteer spot: www.volunteersignup.org/A8REE

 

In addition, we have sign ups for the Community Potluck as well: www.volunteersignup.org/LAEEY 

 

Finally, raffle tickets for front year book cover and back year book cover will go on sale next week. 

 

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

 

*****Also, don’t forget to check to see if your company has a donation matching program!  Love those donation matches!

Let the countdown begin!!

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Posted by: Jeeta Gandhi
Published: 10/26/17




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The Fall T-Shirt sale runs until Wednesday, 11/3.  Order forms are in today’s envelope.  Samples will be available to check out at the blue tables after school on the following days:  Oct 26, 27, 30 & Nov 1, 2, 3.  Please turn in any order forms to the box in the office.  Thanks!

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Posted by: Jeeta Gandhi
Published: 10/26/17




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~ Free event ~ Wed, October 18th
1:45pm - 2:45pm in the cafeteria

Drop by the costume exchange, bring gently used costumes and accessories for kids and adults... then pick up a few new-to-you pieces for your Halloween costume, auction costume or dress up collection! Save $ and recycle!

New this year -- On 10/18 only, if you need to drop off costumes and accessories early in the day, there will be bins on the stage for collection.

Send questions to Lish Gargiulo - elishagargiulo@gmail.com

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Posted by: Jeeta Gandhi
Published: 10/11/17




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Did you forget to drop off you auction donations last week?

One more drop-off depot: October 20th before and after school, same place as last time.

Still not sure what to donate? Here are some things that are still needed?

**Electronic gift cards ( iTunes, Frys, Best Buy), Amazon gift card, Gas cards, Cash donations, Donations of wine, Hotel gift cards, Offerings of timeshares/vacation homes, service offerings( e.g. Christmas present wrapping, cookies and bread making,…), sporting memorabilia, Tickets to games(baseball, basketball, soccer, etc.)

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Posted by: Jeeta Gandhi
Published: 10/11/17




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The October Technology Committee Meeting will be Wednesday 10/18/2017 at 7pm in Room 15.  This is time for you to complete monthly computer updates, and get information about technology on campus.  All Classroom Technology Committee reps should attend.  Questions? Please contact wocomputer@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Jeeta Gandhi
Published: 10/11/17




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Prep three meals, 3 servings each, while hanging out with WO friends and make dinnertime less stressful. $10 from each reservation is donated back to WOPFG.

RSVP requiredhttp://dreamdinners.com/fundraiser/726499 

Email questions to fundraising@wopfg.org

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Posted by: Jeeta Gandhi
Published: 10/9/17




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Nutrition Services has a new provider for applications and payments for the 2017-2018 school year.

The new place for parents to make payments, monitor their students accounts and apply for free meals is https://www.schoolcafe.com/

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Posted by: Jackie Kawashima, District Admin, Santa Clara Unified School District
Published: 8/8/17




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Announcing 2017 Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program, available to all students and children in the Santa Clara Community (This program is free to all children between the ages of 1 and 18). The program begins June 19, 2017 and runs through August 11, 2017.  

Locations where the free meal programs are taking place: 

School

June open dates

July open dates

Aug. open dates

Breakfast hours

Lunch hours

Callejon

June 19-30

July 10-21

 

  7:50 to 8:20

10:00 to 10:40

Cabrillo

June 19-30

July 10-31

     Aug 1-11

  

11:30 to 12:30

Wilcox

June 19-30

July 5-26

 

  7:35 to 8:05

10:35 to 11:15

Santa Clara

June 19-30

July 5-26

   

  7:15 to 7:50

10:40 to 11:00

Boys and Girls

June 12-30

July 3-28

 

   9:00 AM

12:00 PM

Club at Mayne

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Posted by: Kathie Kanavel, District Admin, Santa Clara Unified School District
Published: 6/23/17




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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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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 5/18/17




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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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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 5/11/17




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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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Posted by: Webmaster RM
Published: 4/20/17