Washington Open Elementary School


Today: 4/27/17
12:00 AM Spring Book Fair

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Benefit SCUSD Computer Fund

There are many other ways to support our school. See the Fundraising section to learn more.


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What's Happening at WO?

LCAP Feedback - Tell Us How We're Doing!

The Santa Clara Unified School District is seeking input on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  Please take this survey to give feed back on the 2016-17 actions and guide our planning for the 2017-18 school year.  The survey will be open from February 15, 2017-March 15, 2017.  

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is now closed. The Open Enrollment window for the 2017-2018 school year was 9:00 a.m., January 17, 2017, through 4:30 p.m. February 17, 2017. Thank you to all the families that attended our tours. 

Open Enrollment FAQ

SCUSD Parent - Student Handbook

2016-17 STUDENT PARENT HANDBOOK   (alternate languages)

All families are required to review the student-parent handbook

Brochures, forms & other parent resources

FieldTripBus.gifCar Seat Update

Child Safety Seats - California Law (Effective 01/01/2012):

- Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. 

- Children under the age of 8 who are 4' 9" or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.

- Children who are 8 years and over shall be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt. 

- Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California's Mandatory Seat Belt law.

- Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

- Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.


testing.jpgCalifornia Adopts the Common Core Standards

California has adopted new Common Core Standards for the education of your children. All parents should know about the changes the new Standards will bring to the instruction, curriculum, and testing of public school students. Here is a brief introduction to the new Standards we hope will be helpful in understanding those changes. 

Read more about the Common Core Standards.


Stop by the SCRIP Table and Help Raise Money for Our School!

Did you know that you can help raise money for Washington Open Parent Faculty Group (WOPFG) by shopping SCRIP gift cards? Just purchase SCRIP for the items you buy everyday (gas, groceries...) and you'll help raise money for our school. The SCRIP table carries a large inventory of items in stock. There are also many more SCRIP cards available via ShopWithScrip.com. Once you set up your ShopWithScrip account with Presto Pay, you can shop online and even on campus without bringing your checkbook. The SCRIP table is open on Wednesday before and after school for purchasing "scrip-to-go" items from our on-hand inventory.

Parent Education Information

The Santa Clara Unified District web site offers useful information about parent education opportunities. Visit the SCUSD's Parent Education web page for parenting classes and training opportunities.  Our own Board President, Anna Welsh, who is also SCUSD's Parent Education Web Coordinator, updates the page monthly.

Our Mission

Washington Open is a parent-participation school that nurtures the whole child, offering a collaborative community that allows for a rich variety of hands-on, real-world learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.  We balance academic, social, physical, and emotional needs, while encouraging creativity, curiosity, and a life-long love of learning.  Washington Open students aim for their personal best.

Be Open!

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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.


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.

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


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.


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. 

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!


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!


Westwood Extended Day
See the flyer, calendar, and rates attached below.


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



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.


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!


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.  


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


“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

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

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


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