Read Across America Week: March 1-4

It’s time to celebrate all things reading!cat

Monday, February 29
○ Silly Socks Day (For Jog-A-Thon & Leap Year!)
Tuesday, March 1
○ Family Read @ 2:10 to 2:40 p.m.
○ Dress like a book character
Wednesday, March 2
○ Sing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss at Morning Assembly
○ In Class Mystery Reader
○ Super Stripes Day (Wear all the striped clothing you can!!)
Thursday, March 3
○ Dr. Seuss Photo Booth Day
○ Crazy Hat Day
Friday, March 4
○ “What Pet Should I Get?” Share My Pet Day
○ Bring your favorite stuffed animal or a photograph of your pet to school.
○ Read My Shirt! Shirt with Words Day
Throughout the week activities:
Library Receipt Raffle: 
Students visit a public library and check out books between Saturday, Feb.27 and Saturday, March 5.  Put the book checkout receipt with student name and room number in the red Library Receipt Raffle box in the the front office by March 7.  On March 8, we will draw raffle winner(s).
Washington Book Worm:
How long will our bookworm be? How many books can Washington students read from March 1 to 15? Students get a bookworm body part from their teachers for every book read during the first two weeks of March.  Each student writes his/her name and the title of the book on it and returns to the teacher. Watch our bookworm grow in the hallway!

Father-Daughter Dance: Moonlight Masquerade


Download a registration form here.

Tickets are also available in the PTA Store and will be on sale before school and during the Friday Morning Assemblies on Feb. 24 and March 4.


Mother-Son Dance: A Knight to Remember 2016


Download Ye Registration Form here, fine madams and good sirs!

Tickets will also be on sale at Castle Washington before and after school on Friday, Feb. 26!





The 2016 Washington PTA Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser is Here!!!

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
100% of the Money Raised for the Jog-A-Thon Benefits Washington Students!

This is our major fundraiser, so we need our Parents & Friends of Washington to please get involved and support our students!

It’s as simple as going to:

Our goal is to raise at least $25,000!

No time to ask for pledges? You can donate $50 (or more ) instead!  

If every Washington student collects $50 worth of pledges we will easily meet our goal.  

If you want to give you child that extra boost, please purchase a $5 Encouragement Poster!  It will be hung on the fence to give your child that extra bit of encouragement!  And, all the money earned goes back to Washington students.  We sold more than $1,000 worth of posters last year!  Everyone loved them!  

Jog-A-Thon FAQ

What is the Washington Jog-A-Thon? This is Washington’s largest fundraiser where families, friends and neighbors pledge money to support the students as they jog or walk in the Jog-A-Thon. 100% of the money raised goes directly to programs for Washington’s students. (Back to School events, buses and entry costs for field trips, Hands on Art, STEM Science Classes, Kindergarten Park Playdate, cultural art assemblies, Red and Yellow Ribbon Weeks, Reflections, ParentWise Series, Yearbook, Family Nights, Movie Night and more!. )

When does it take place and in what format? The Jog-A-Thon takes place during your child’s regular school day. Washington students run (or jog, walk, skip, etc.) laps around the school running track during a 20-minute time period. All students will participate as part of their regular physical fitness program, unless there is a medical or personal reason why the student should not participate.

How do we raise money? Before the day of the Jog-A-Thon, each student obtains donations in support of his/her Jog-A-Thon efforts. Sponsors may sign up to pledge a flat dollar amount. Our goal is to raise at least $25,000.  ALL of the money raised will go back directly to PTA-sponsored enrichment programs that supplement the students’ school experiences!

Can I get involved? ABSOLUTELY! Jog-a-thon Sign Up Genius will be in your inbox soon!!  There are many opportunities to help out before, during and after the event! Look for information about volunteer sign-ups coming in our weekly eBlasts and in weekly teacher packets.  We will need at least four volunteers per class.

Donate Prizes!!  If you, or the company you work for, would like to donate items as prizes for our Jog-A-Thon, please contact the Washington PTA/Renee Hartman  at  We can use gift cards, electronics, games, toys and tickets for activities/events… really anything our students and teachers  would like!

Company Matching Funds!  Many companies in the area will match your contribution.  We are more than happy to help facilitate any of this, if needed.  Please reach out to or

Corporate Sponsorships:  If you or your company would like to make a financial contribution to the 2016 Washington Jog-a-thon, and would like your name and logo on a banner during the event, please contact:  We have corporate sponsorship levels, starting at $300. Remember, more than 1,000 people come to the event.

What do I do next?

  • Please collect donations ONLINE or  on your PLEDGE FORM (included in this packet).  Ask family, relatives, friends, co-workers, employers, etc. for support. DON’T FORGET TO SIGN AND TURN IN YOUR PLEDGE FORM by Wednesday, Feb. 24,  because it also serves as permission for your child to participate.
  • No time to ask for pledges? You can donate $50 (or more) instead!
  • Buy an ENCOURAGEMENT POSTER for your student, to be displayed on the jogging track during the event. Please return the order form and payment no later than Friday, FEB 19.


After the Jog-A-Thon, students will have the opportunity to earn prizes as a way for the PTA to say “thank you” for their hard work in doing their best to help their school and for collecting their pledges on time.  Students can earn one opportunity drawing ticket by returning their SIGNED Pledge Forms to the school by Wednesday, FEB. 24 and one ticket for every $10 in pledges/donations that they collect and turn in by WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24.

Prizes will also be drawn for:

1)  Most laps run per grade

2)  Class with the most pledges per grade

3)  Person with the greatest amount of donations per grade level  (1st, 2nd, 3rd place)

4)  Opportunity Drawing (all students who turn in permission slips are eligible)

Participation Prizes:  All Students will receive a Participation Award (a small charm)

$50 or more and you will  receive a cool light-up Mohawk*

If the school reaches its goal of $25,000, every child will receive an after school* dance party.             

Washington PTA’s tax ID #:  95-3735628

Thank you in advance for your generous support!!



Parent Notification: California Disclosure of Student Records


Parent Notification: California Disclosure of Student Records

Legal Case Impacts Student Privacy

The RBUSD is notifying parents/guardians of a current court case, Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association v. California Department of Education, that involves the release of student data.

 The RBUSD is not involved with, or a party to, this lawsuit; however, all students in the State of California are impacted.

Request for Documents

As part of this lawsuit, and in order to prove their claims, the Plaintiffs have requested that the California Department of Education (CDE) disclose, subject to a Protective Order discussed below, information that it stores on databases and network drives that contain protected personal information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended, a California school at any time since January 1, 2008. Examples of information that is stored on CDE’s databases and network drives includes name, social security number, home address, demographics, course information, statewide assessment results, teacher demographics, program information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, special education assessment plans, special education assessments/evaluations, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), records pertaining to health, mental health and medical information, student statewide identifiers (SSID), attendance statistics, information on suspensions and expulsions, and results on state tests.

Students’ Entitlement to Confidentiality

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b) and 34 C.F.R. §99.31(a)(9)(ii), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400, et seq., are federal laws that protect the privacy of student records. These laws permit the disclosure of these records to comply with a Court order.

Consent and Opportunity to Object

If you do not object to the disclosure of the information described above, you do not have to do anything.

If you object to the disclosure of your or your child’s protected personal information and records, you must notify the Court by April 1, 2016, in one of two ways:

  • First, you can click on the attachment below and print out and complete the “Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records Case No. 2:11-CV-03471” form at the CDE’s website, and mail your objection to the Court at the address below.
  • Second, you may write a confidential letter to the Judge, including the name of the student on whose behalf you are writing, your name and relationship to the student, the student’s date of birth, county, school district, and school, and, if you wish, the basis of your objection.  If you write a letter, on the first page of your letter, write in large or underlined letters: “TO BE FILED UNDER SEAL” and “OBJECTION TO DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT INFORMATION AND RECORDS, CASE NO. 2:11-CV-03471.

Mail your letter or objection form to:

The Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller c/o Clerk of the Court
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
501 I Street, Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814


DO NOT CALL THE COURT. THE COURT WILL NOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS ABOUT THIS MATTER. YOUR OBJECTIONS MUST BE SENT TO THE COURT IN WRITING. Failure either to submit an Objection Form or letter to the Court by April 1, 2016 will be deemed a waiver of your right to object to the disclosure of your or your child’s protected personal information and records as described above. All objections will be maintained by the Court under seal, which means they will not be available to the public.


Menchie’s Week-Long Fundraiser



Yearbooks on Sale

Order yours online by April 1!



The Yearbook Staff is in need of pictures of our Washington families. There are two ways families can send their pictures:

Pictures needed of:

Hands on Science
Hands on Art
Ice Skating
Friday Morning Assemblies
Restaurant Night
5th Grade Band
Skechers Walk
Garden Lesson
5th Graders
Math Night
Watch Dogs
Leadership Group
Spelling Bee
Battle of the Books



Garden Club

Garden Club flyer