February eNewsletter

News from Mrs. Black

Dear Families,

It’s the month of LOVE! Recently I went to some training where the speaker, Dr. Knight said, “ Joy and pain come from conversations.”  Every        comment or conversation we have with someone can bring happiness or sadness. This philosophy  makes our words very powerful. I seems fitting that in this month of LOVE, that we all should work on having conversations that bring someone joy.

Timely Taters has begun! Help your child get to school EVERY DAY and on time. WE want to celebrate those classrooms that have students attending school every day. “We can’t teach them if they aren’t here.” It really doesn’t matter if it’s       excused or unexcused absence. Either way the  student isn’t learning because they are gone. We    cannot replicate the learning by sending homework with the student to complete. The class that gets their Potato Head filled 5 times will get a TATER party. Help your child get some Taters!

Enjoy your tax returns. February is when many families begin getting their tax returns. Recently I heard of a family taking their tax return and    paying their rent for the year. I thought what a great idea not to have to worry about that bill. The family then gets to use their monthly income on other necessities. This family found that it  reduced that monthly stress of bills.

Please join us for STEM and Reading night in    February. We will be sending more information out as it gets closer

Jennifer Black

Washington Bulldog Booster Club Upcoming Events


Monday, January 29th to February 9th– Candy Gram Sales


Tuesday, February 6th@3:30pm– Bulldog Booster Club Meeting: Parents are invited to attend!


Friday, February 9th @ 3:15pm– Candy Gram are due (Parent volunteers are needed to help fill     orders.)


Wednesday, February 14th– Candy Grams will be delivered


Library Corner

January was an exciting month in the library!  With research projects beginning, Breakout EDU experiences, and many other classes coming into the library, there was always something happening in the library. The library was also able to host the Geary County Historical Museum and Chuck Otte for  Kansas Day. They spoke about  the        agriculture of Kansas, and what life was like was like for the early settlers to Kansas. Bring on February!


No school February 12-Professional


We are feeling the love this month as we are getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the 100th day of school! It will be a very busy month! We will be learning how to be a good friend and sharing. This month we will also be learning about safety and community helpers. We will also be learning about how the seasons will start to change into spring and how the insects will start to come out. In math, we will continue working on simple        addition and using number bonds. Please continue to read with your child every night and keep practicing those sight words!

The Kinder Squad

In First grade we love to learn!!! In math we will be continuing to work and test on place value and comparing wit 2 digit numbers. We will soon be starting Module 5 which will introduce shapes. In writing we will continue with informational text focusing on adding details and          reasoning. For Black History Month we will be studying the Underground    Railroad, Freedom Quilts and Harriet Tubman. We will be learning about Dental Health and Presidents. We will also be doing some activities for Valentine’s Day. As always, be practicing those sights words and math facts. READ, READ,READ!!! If you miss a night of reading, bring your child to school a little bit early, so that they can visit Mrs. Striggow in the reading room.

Mrs. Hout, Ms. Beemer, Miss Simpkins and Mrs. Sigel

The second Grade team will be rolling into February with a Community Helpers Project. The students will be tasked to research, record and then      complete a Living Library interview. We have also moved into Module 5, Addition and Subtraction within 1000 with words problems. I will be an    awesome month!


The 2nd Grade Team

Third graders are working on area in math. We are     reinforcing this during our MTSS time playing            different games with area. In writing, we are working on a research project that ties in to our social studies       curriculum also. We are researching different countries and learning about their flag, money, customs, and      geography. We are also going to use some virtual reality glasses to look at places in the countries we are         researching to help us see what those countries look like in real life.

Happy February!

In math we will be finishing multiplication and division and moving into fractions. For reading, make sure your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and bringing back their form signed. The focus this quarter is summarizing. On their R&R, they need to have two or three good sentences about what they read. In social studies, we will continue learning about the regions in the United States. We will be starting persuasive pieces in writing. In science, we will continue to learn about magnets, magnetic fields, and magnetic force. We will also be doing some robotics lessons with the STEM coach. There will be no school on the 12th, and we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on the 14th.

Thank you,

Miss Hansen and Miss Heigert

5th Graders are back in full swing. We welcomed Mrs.   Hetzen back from her maternity leave. We are continuing to work on Fractions in math. We did fractions the entire month of January and will keep working on them throughout February. If you notice your student is having trouble with math, Zearn is a great program that aligns with the math that we are currently working on at school. In social     studies, the studies, the students have been working on the American Government. Ask them what they have learned. Your student is currently working on sequencing in writing and with complete a “How To” paper. As always, please keep an eye out for read and responds every night.


The 2nd and 3rd grade program will be   Thursday, February 15th. The program will start at 6:00pm and last approximately 30 minutes. 2nd and 3rd grade students will arrive to their classrooms at 5:30pm and are to wear something nice.

Mrs. Betley


In the Gym with Mr. Schwarz

Welcome to a new year and great times in physical    education class. In the next few weeks students will be working on activities to help develop fitness. These   activities don’t just include running but many different way of movement. Students will also be working on math skills that will be helpful in the classroom. Please as  always exercise with your children for a healthy 2018.

Physical Education Rocks

Mr. Shwarz


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