Greetings Washington Families
I hope this message finds you all safe and healthy! It is April’s Fool Day today, but it’s hard to think about joking around during these difficult times. This pandemic has forced everyone out of their comfort zones and is forcing us to adapt to a new normal. I want you to know that your family’s health is at the forefront of everything that we are doing and I cannot emphasize that enough. That being said, I will be sending home updates weekly, on Wednesday’s via our various sites that include ClassDojo, Facebook and our District webpage.
Over the past couple of weeks our District has been busy working on preparing a Remote Learning Environment for our teachers to share learning activities for our students. We are preparing to release those activities through Learning Hubs on Monday, April 6th. We will be communicating with everyone on how to access our Washington Hub once it is live. It is important that moving forward all Parents and Students are using Classdojo or Google Classroom to communicate with Washington Teachers. Our teachers will be reaching out via ClassDojo to check in with your family starting the week of April 6th. More details will be released to you soon in terms of how to access our learning hub. I ask that you limit your questions for teachers at this time because they are busy planning and preparing their learning hubs. All activities will be released to you and your children via the learning hub. Guidelines have been prepared for them and I want to reassure you, the intent is not to overwhelm you with “busy” work. The intent is to move our students forward with purposeful engagement and activities that keep them interactive with instructional objectives based on State Standards. We are following the State of Illinois recommended guidelines for daily minutes. These guidelines suggest that remote learning activities should encompass between 30 – 120 minutes daily, depending upon your child’s grade-level. Our teachers will provide recommended minutes for each activity. Remote learning activities will be scheduled for every day that we are scheduled to be in school. We understand that you may have multiple students and some of you are also trying to work from home. Please be patient as we navigate together through these difficult times. I would love to post pictures and videos of Washington Students engaged in e-learning activities. Please feel free to email me or our teachers pictures and or video of Washington students!
This is just a reminder that pre-packaged meals are available Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m at Bicentennial Elementary, John Deere and Wilson Middle School. You may pick-up more than one day’s supply while you are there. You may also get meals for everyone 18 years of age and younger. Everyone in the district is eligible for this at this time. There will be no meals handed-out on the 10th and 13th of April due to the holiday.
As far as student materials, if your child has left at school something that is considered essential; glasses, medicine, 5th grade ChromeBook. Please email me and you can make an appointment to pick those up. I will be setting appointments as needed for Friday, April 3rd, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. We are not cleaning out desks at this point, and we are not supplying any additional materials from school.
Yours In Education,
Message from Dr. Prybil
Welcome to Washington Elementary School!
It is a great honor to serve as the principal of Washington Elementary School. I want to thank you for entrusting your children to our care each and every day. I commit all my energy and passion to ensuring that your students' educational experiences are marked by respect, kindness, and a focus on educational achievement.
At Washington School, we take great pride in focusing on our students' academic growth. We have an incredibly talented and dedicated staff that is committed to our students' success. Everyday, we incorporate best instructional practices to engage and challenge our students to maximize their learning experiences. Our students have access to current technologies in their classrooms that includes, Learn Pads, and Chromebooks. We offer our students opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. For example we have after school programs like Tech-Stars, that offers our students access to learn about coding, programming, robotics, and 3D printing. We will continue to strive for excellence in all our pursuits in order to carry out our mission at Washington Elementary.
Please feel free to contact me any time about questions you may have regarding our school. We value your input and your role as a parent/guardian – it is clearly a shared mission to guarantee a quality education for our students.
Yours in Education,
- Dr. Brian D. Prybil