Spelling Bee Update

Congratulations to Washington’s Spelling Bee winner, Clark Good, and runner-up, Alexander Kuzmenko!

Come cheer them on at the Los Angeles Spelling Bee at 2 p.m. on March 12 at Walter Reed Middle School, 4525 Irvine Ave., North Hollywood.


Green Team Update

Be sure to stop by our bulletin board in the main hall to read all the interesting facts about the environment and being “green.” Also, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Green Team will be making an announcement at the morning assembly about reducing food waste at Washington Elementary. They will also be collecting and weighing food waste and helping students sort their trash during lunch.

And now, this week’s Green Tip, brought to you by Morgan Robertson: Did you know that by lowering your thermostat by just one degree, you can cut your heating bill by 8 percent? So by turning down your thermostat just a degree or two, you are helping the environment and saving money.

Learn more about the Green Team.


Join Our Team: Open PTA Positions for 2017-2018

Washington’s PTA is excited about getting all our wonderful programs ready to go for next year! There are many opportunities for you to help out and get involved in your child’s school life!

Please click here to see which PTA positions need filling for next year. You can also email Angelica Medeiros (, or Janis Byars ( for more information.

We look forward to working with you to make next year another fantastic year at Washington Elementary!


Parent Education Night: Increasing Positive Behavior at Home


Redondo Beach Education Foundation Gala


Adams Middle School – Open PTA Positions 2017/18

Adams Middle School

PTSA Executive Board and Standing Committee Positions

2017 – 2018 School Year

The AMS Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers for the

2017/2018 PTSA Board

The following positions are open for your consideration:


President* – Joelina

Executive Vice President

Secretary – Karen Pattishall

Treasurer – Shar Rogers

Financial Secretary – Liisa Hiatt



Historian – Heidi Powell

1st Vice President, Membership

2nd Vice President, Programs – Allison Levine

3rd Vice President, Ways and Means (Fundraising)

Standing Committees:


Hands on Art




Spirit Coordinator

Description of the responsibilities for each position can be found posted in the main office.   Candidate must be an active PTA member for at least thirty (30) days prior to the March election in order to run and/or vote.  *Consideration for President will only be made for candidates with previous PTA Executive Board experience, serving for at least one (1) year.  If you are interested in running for a position or have any questions, please contact Joanne Wildenhain at 213-321-0201 or  Thank you.


Yearbook – Buy and Contribute


STEM Night: Astro Adventures – Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade

spacewalk“Astro Adventures” Assembly Presented by The California Science Center
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6-8 p.m. at Washington
All Kindergarten and 2nd Students and Their Families are Welcome

Experience all the excitement of being in space without ever leaving school! Learn about the forces, temperatures and pressures that astronauts have to overcome to get to, and survive, in space. Also, step inside and explore a planetarium!

How does a rocket get all the way to space?
Find out how rocket engines work and are powered.

Why does everything float when you are in space?
Discover the effect that gravity has on everything both on Earth and in orbit.

Is it easy to live in space?
Learn about the many hazards that astronauts are prepared to encounter in space.

How big is space?
Get a taste for the size of our universe with the planetarium that is part of this program!



Math Olympiad

We are starting our 2017 Math Olympiad team, which will meet Mondays (and a few Wednesdays) after school in Room 24.

This exciting math competition will be held against other schools in Culver City on Saturday, March 11. The competing team is six students. The practice sessions are open to all interested 4th and 5th grade students.

Questions? Email

Click here to download the permission slip.


Marker Recycling Returns!

Where there are kids, there are markers, and all markers eventually dry up. Unfortunately, they can’t be put in the recycling bin. But now, thanks to Crayola, they CAN be recycled.


Through Crayola’s ColorCycle marker recycling program, Washington Elementary students, staff and families can recycle ANY brand or type of marker, including old dry erase markers and highlighters. All we have to do is collect our old dried up markers, mail them to Crayola, and they will convert them into energy. So gather up all of your dried up old markers and drop them in our Marker Recycling Box, conveniently located in the hallway between the office and the library.


Remember, don’t toss ‘em, recycle ‘em!


Cultural Assembly – Dancing Storytellers: Indian Mythology and Me

In December, Washington students enjoyed the production “Dancing Storytellers: Indian Mythology and Me.” This was an enormously entertaining and sophisticated show that weaved rhythm song, gesture and facial expression into a dynamic exploration of Indian mythology and it’s connection to the world today.

Cultural assemblies like these are made possible by funds raised by PTA. Thank you for your continued support.



Project Unified

Project Unified was a huge success during the holiday season. The Redondo Beach Unified School District helped a record 60 families this year. All the families were extremely appreciative. THANK YOU to the Washington families who donated to this special cause.


[UPDATE] Book Fair 2016

Thanks to our enthusiastic readers and generous families at Washington, we sold almost $13,000 worth of books at our Scholastic Book Fair in December. That’s the most we have ever sold! This means we raised more than $6,000 Scholastic Dollars to buy books for the library and our classrooms. THANK YOU to all the volunteers and shoppers who made this event such a success. We are looking forward to the Spring Book Fair that will feature our friends from LA Liberia and other great books!


Please check your child’s folder this week for fliers. If you can help volunteer, please click here: Sign Up Genius


Green Team


Washington Elementary will be kicking off the New Year a whole lot greener, thanks to its brand new Green Team! A group of 13 enthusiastic 4th and 5th graders, the Green Team will help Washington be as green as it can be. Trash-Free Tuesdays, a food-waste reduction program, marker recycling, a Green News Bulletin Board and plenty more will soon be coming to the Washington community, thanks to the Green Team.

Congratulations, Green Team!

  • Kimberly Bautista
  • Leilani Coyazo
  • Bryce Dix
  • Kylie Fredredrickson
  • Santi Gibbs
  • Isaiah Johnson
  • Janna Ketchum
  • Owen Kolb
  • Shaun Lo
  • Ava Mathew
  • Morgan Robertson
  • Joaquin Stauffer
  • Kathan

Click here for meeting days.


Congratulations to our Reflections Participants!

A big thank you to these Washington students for participating in this year’s PTA Reflections contest, What is Your Story?, and making Reflections a great success!

Jake Bala
Aditya Bhatia
Aashka Bhuptani
Emily Brown
Amy Byars
Ryan Chamides
Keira Cho
Kenneth Cole
Sofia Guevara-Flores
Kanu Gupta
Kavi Gupta
Carly Jacecko
Marissa Mayeda
Richa Mujumdar
Jacob Pratt
Alexia Widdison


Run, Hide, Fight



Calling All Readers: Battle of the Books 2016-17

bob imageLooking for Some Eager Readers to Go a Few Rounds in the…


4th and 5th Graders: (3rd Graders, please scroll down)

The Battle of the Books is an exciting tournament of reading. It’s a national organization, that the RBUSD participates in at a district level. Washington Elementary competitors will be assigned to teams of 4th and 5th graders. On the day of the Battle, teams of students will answer questions about the books on the reading list to win points for their team.

4th/5th Grade Battle of the Books will meet two times a month on Wednesday mornings before school from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m.
We realize this is the same time as Running Club, and will work with your student if they would like to do both.
The 4th and 5th grade School Battle will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 after school.

One team from each school advances to the District Championship Battle. The Championship Battle will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School.

There are 36 books on the book list. You do not need to read all 36 books, but you need to read at least 12 books on the list to compete.

The book list is available in the library, has been passed out in each 4th/5th grade classes, and is available by clicking here. Each student is encouraged to read as many books as possible to be most prepared for the Battle.

Washington students took 2nd place at the District level last year!!

If you wish to participate in the Battle, attached form to your teacher ASAP.

Email:, and/or with questions.

3rd Grade:

Looking for some eager readers to go a few rounds in the 3rd Grade Battle of the Books!

The 3rd Grade Battle of the Books is an exciting tournament of reading. Students read books throughout the year and come together in the spring to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read in a fun, interactive and lively “battle” event.

There are 14 books on the 3rd grade book list. Students do not need to read all 14 books but they do need to read at least seven books on the list to compete in the Battle. Each student is encouraged to read as many books as possible to be most prepared for the Battle. The 3rd grade book list is available in the office, library, and by clicking here.

The Battle will be held after school, the week of March 20th, location and date to be determined.

If you wish to have your child participate in the Battle, please fill out the registration form and return to your child’s teacher by Monday, Nov. 14.

Questions? Please email:


PTA Membership Drive is On! [UPDATED]

Help Washington Reach for the Stars and join the PTA! Half the $10 membership goes back to your classroom. Sign up for a membership for each member of your family. Forms for memberships, Spirit Wear and earthquake kits ($5) are available in the school office, in the PTA Online Store or click here to download the order form. Every class with 100 percent membership by Oct. 28 will celebrate with a frozen treat party!

Every class with 100 percent membership by Oct. 28 will celebrate with a frozen treat party!

*Below shows how many more memberships are needed by class to reach the goal. Congratulations to Ms. Hale’s, Ms. Gonzalez’s and Ms. Turner’s classes for reaching 100 percent membership!

KA-AM Orozco: 7
KA-PM Sabanero: 2
KB-AM Smith: 2
KB-PM Baird:  5
KC-AM Hale: 0
KC-PM Cook: 6
Room 1 Ladd: 4
Room 2 Bader:  8
Room 3 Gonzalez: 0
Room 4 Yoval:  2
Room 5 Laster: 9
Room 6 Frank: 8
Room 7 Martinez: 0
Room 8 Gill: 4
Room 9 Proudfoot: 0
Room 10 Watanabe: 5
Room 11 Sharp: 22
Room 12 Ennis/Rubasky: 12
Room 13 Turner: 0
Room 14 Camacho: 8
Room 15 DeNardo: 5
Room 16 Kiazolu: 11
Room 17 Esser: 18
Room 18 Hwang: 11
Room 19 Jauregui: 6
Room 20 Hall: 12
Room 21 Soto: 2
Room 22 Stilson: 4
Room 23 Asch: 20
Room 24 Stauffer: 23

*UPDATED 10/26


Red Ribbon Week 2016

bg_logoWashington Elementary School is Celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24 – 28

Monday, Oct, 24: “Mustache You to Lead a Healthy Life”

Celebrate the start of Red Ribbon Week by wearing a mustache!

Tuesday, Oct. 25: “Undercover Stars”

Wear a NERD outfit. (N -ice, E -ager, R -eady to Learn, D -etermined)

Wednesday, Oct. 26: “YOLO! (You Only Live Once): Your Choices are the Key to Your Dreams!”

Wear your pajamas to school.

Thursday, Oct. 27: “Head Toward a Healthy Life”

Wear a crazy hat to school.

Friday, Oct. 31: “No Tricks, Treat Yourself Right”

Celebrate the end of Red Ribbon Week by wearing your Halloween costume to school!



Photos: Walk to School Day and the Walking School Bus

Students and volunteers celebrated Walk to School Day and the kick off of
Washington’s Walking School Bus on Oct. 5. Learn more by clicking here.