Being a parent-participation school, parents bring a lot to Washington Open. The Parent Board helps coordinate the numerous parent volunteer activities and helps raise funds to support unique programs at our school. The Washington Open Parent Faculty Group is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Each position filled by a parent keeps our school strong and running smoothly! Whatever your strengths and talents are, there is probably a need that matches perfectly. Think about what you do well, or what you really enjoy doing, and don't hesitate to volunteer. This generous giving of time and talent by the parents is a major factor in what makes our school, and our children, successful!
Executive Board Meetings
The Executive Board of the Washington Open Parent Faculty Group meets once monthly on the second Tuesday. The time alternates between evening and afternoon in order to afford an opportunity for all interested parents to attend. The time, location, and agenda of the meeting are posted in advance. All the business of the Parent Faculty Group is conducted at these meetings. Every Washington Open parent is welcome to attend the Board Meetings. You may also present an item for the agenda by calling the Board President.
A Wednesday Folder goes home with your child each week. The folder contains the Weekly Bulletin, letters from the teacher, general school flyers, announcements, letters from the Principal, the newsletter, hot lunch envelopes, monthly cafeteria menus, etc. In addition, some teachers include your child's class work, homework, art, etc., for your review. Make sure that you receive the folder each Wednesday. Read the contents carefully, initial the front of the folder, and return the folder to school with your child on Thursday. Return any papers that require your signature or authorization, orders, hot lunch envelopes, etc., in the Folder.
The Information In the Weekly Bulletin is important to the smooth functioning of the school. It is published on Wednesday each week that school is in session. It includes important notices about meeting dates, times, and topics; classroom notices regarding field trips, items needed in the classroom, etc.; notices about fundraisers; registration information; and a variety of important notices. The Bulletin is distributed to every family in the Wednesday Folder and electronically via SchoolLoop. You may place a notice in the Bulletin by contacting the Weekly Bulletin Editor for deadline and notice guidelines.
The newsletter is distributed in the Wednesday envelopes. It includes class columns that tell the school community, the District Superintendent and the School Board about the activities in each class; columns, letters or articles from the community at large; and a report from the Executive Board President and other Board members as necessary. Deadlines for the Newsletter are published several weeks in advance in the Wednesday Bulletin.
The information shared during class meetings is vital. Your attendance is expected. Class meetings may be called at any time by the teacher. The frequency of class meetings is at their discretion. Time, location and agenda are determined by the teacher - your input is always appreciated and needed. If attending a particular class meeting is impossible, ask a friend to take notes and review them promptly.
Washington Open Classroom Directory
The Washington Open Classroom Directory is published as soon as possible after the start of school in the fall. It contains listings of: teachers and their home addresses and phone numbers; Executive Board and committee members; class coordinators; and an alphabetical listing of every family in the Open community wlth home addresses and telephone numbers, including names of children enrolled at Washington Open. In addition, the Directory has a listing of possible substitutes for each classroom, a 'phone tree' for the entire community for last minute emergency communications, and a listing of parents' work days.
Classroom Bulletin Boards
Each classroom has a bulletin board or wall for posting class work schedules, field trip schedules, sign-up sheets for activities, etc. Check it for new information when you are in the classroom.
There are four general meetings held each year in the evenings in the multipurpose room at the school. The date, time and agenda of each meeting are published well in advance of the meeting. These meetings provide education and information to the parents. All formal business of the Washington Open Parent Faculty Group that requires a vote of the general membership is conducted at the general meetings. Your attendance ensures that your voice is heard in the community.
Conferences/ Progress Reports
There are three designated grading/progress reporting times designated throughout the school year. Progress reports and conferences with the teacher vary depending on the grade and the teacher. Your teacher will inform you what the practices are in his/her classroom. Remember you can approach your teacher at any time with concerns about your child's progress.
Community Bulletin Boards
Community bulletin boards have important reminders and notices posted as well as information about upcoming school and community events. The minutes of the monthly Executive Board meetings are always posted here. These boards are located in the central hallway of our school.
School District Board Meetings
The Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Education holds their meetings at the District offices. Time, dates, and locations of the meetings may be obtained through the District office. District Board meeting agendas are posted at school sites throughout the District.