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Principal's Message

August 1, 2017



Greetings New and Returning Washington Families!


I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying your summer! It is with enthusiasm that our 2017-2018 school year begins! We are so excited to welcome back our students and family partners. Washington is a vibrant learning culture because our community works together.


This letter contains a number of important upcoming events I’d like you to know about as you prepare for the 2017-2018 school year. Please note that the first day of school is Monday, August 21st.


Aeries Student/Parent Portal – You should have received a letter in the mail from the SBUSD regarding the Aeries Student/Parent Portal. This online resource will be required for annual registration going forward. This system will allow parents to view their student’s enrollment and attendance information. Our office staff is willing to support any families in this process; please do not hesitate to ask for assistance.


Your prompt attention to completing the annual registration is greatly appreciated. Please complete the registration section only; you do not need to re-enroll. Simply register print and sign the emergency cards, and return them to the office. To get to the aeries student/parent portal please click the following link: www.sbunified.org/registration.


Returning families: please note that if you have not submitted address verification, your student will not be added to a class list. Please submit your verification to the office or via the portal immediately.


K Meet and Greet – Friday, August 18th 1-2 pm

Kindergarten students and families will have the opportunity to meet their new teacher and see their classrooms prior to the new school year. Our PTO and after school providers will be on hand to share information and welcome you. Our Kindergarten teachers are very excited to meet your child!


Class Lists Posted – Friday, August 18th & Saturday, August 19th

We will be posting class lists on Friday, August 18th at 2 pm outside of the school office and in the auditorium from 10-2 on Saturday, August 19th during the PTO sponsored Beautification Day. Please note, rather than using student names, students on the class lists will be identified by their 6-digit Student ID number. Your students’ ID is highlighted on the index card enclosed with this letter.



First Day of School – Monday, August 21st

Our first day of school is Monday, August 21st.   School begins promptly at 8:30 am for all students. The school day ends at 12 pm for Kindergarten, 2:37 pm for 1st-3rd grades and 3:05 pm for 4-6th grades, except for on Wednesdays. Every Wednesday is early dismissal for all students, Kindergarten-6th grade, at 1:30 pm.


** Kindergarten is dismissed at 12:00 pm for the first 15 days of school (Except for Wednesdays, dismissal time is 1:30pm) for Parent/Child-Teacher Conferences and Student Assessments.


Principal’s Welcome – Monday, August 21st at 8:35 am

Please join me in the auditorium at 8:35 am on the first day of school for a Welcome Coffee, hosted by the PTO to celebrate the first day of school!


Back to School Night – Thursday, August 24th


Please join me in the auditorium for a brief presentation at 5:30 pm. Followed by a visit to your child(ren)’s classroom(s) from 6-6:30 pm and 6:30-7:00 pm. Our teachers will provide an overview of their classrooms, instruction, and goals for students. This event is for parents only. We will have interpretation services.


Back to School Picnic – Friday, August 25th


All families are invited to attend our Back to School Picnic on Friday, August 25th from 5-8 pm. This is a free event welcoming all families. So bring a picnic, a blanket, and join us on the lower field for a fun evening of community. There will be music, a 4th grade Bake Sale, and Tamales available for sale. Join us to kickoff the 2017-18 school year!


It is going to be an exciting school year and we are eager to welcome our students! Your children’s teachers have worked diligently over this summer to maximize student learning by developing curriculum and collaborating, reflecting on and refining their pedagogy, and continuing to grow as life-long learners. As a result of our dedicated professional teachers, the Washington School Foundation, and your involvement we are able to offer an educational program with breadth and depth for students of different learning styles and types of intelligence. Together, we help students learn to solve problems well, think critically and creatively, and become academically competent, responsible, and life-long learners. Wildcats, here we go!



With Enthusiasm,





Sierra Loughridge