Back to School 2018!


Green Team 2017-2018

Congratulations to Washington’s 2017-2018 Green Team!
Francesca Arnold, Damian Artiga, Dorian Artiga, Kylie Cho, Nicholas Collins, Leilani Coyazo, Bryce Dix, Julia Eastman, Keely Goold, Isaiah Johnson, Zara Kumar, Lauren Moskowitz, Morgan Robertson, Reese Spalding, Joaquin Stauffer, Sophie Wildenhain
Our new Green Team for the 2017-2018 school year is off and running! With the help of Washington moms Kathleen Jacecko and Christine Wilkas, the Green Team will be taking on several projects, including: campus cleanups, helping fellow students sort their trash at lunch, establishing an “idle-free zone” in front of the school to save fuel and improve air quality, and petitioning local restaurants to adopt eco-friendly practices.
The Green Team will also once again play a key role in Washington’s Earth Day Fair, coming up in April 2018. Stay tuned for much more on that! Working together, this team of sixteen environmentally-conscious 4th and 5h graders will be working hard to raise environmental awareness on campus and ensure that Washington Elementary fulfills its commitments as a California Green Ribbon School.
We hope you will stop by the Green Team bulletin board in the main hall to learn more about environmental topics and green happenings on campus. And if you spot our Green Team members sporting their green bandanas, be sure to say hi!
2017-2018 Green Team Pledge
We, the members of the Washington Elementary Green Team pledge to:
1.     Not litter.
2.     Not waste food or water.
3.     Avoid using disposable straws.
4.     Pick up litter and keep our school clean.
5.     Try to walk, bike, scooter or carpool to school.
6.     Pack a waste-free lunch and snack using only reusable containers.
7.     Use a reusable water bottle – and our hydration stations – whenever possible.
8.     Sort our waste into trash (grey bin), recycling (blue bin) and compost (green bin).
9.     Save energy by turning off lights, electronics and air conditioning when not in use.
10.  Encourage others to do all of the above and more!

Yearbook 2017

  • Yearbook Sales

        $22 early bird sale until January 31 and $25 after that: Click here to order your yearbook.

        Help us fill our yearbook with photos! Click here to upload your own photos for the yearbook
        Enter code FWSKDR in box on right.

Walk to School Day – October 4

Join Us for Walk to School Day – October 4! Flier attached with all information. Walk to School Day Flyer


Reflections 2017-2018

 It is time to get creative  and start thinking about your PTA Reflections submission. 
PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore the arts this month and create an original masterpiece inspired by the 2017-2018 theme, ‘Within Reach’. 
Explorers can choose from any of the six categories; dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. 
 All entries will be due Friday, October 20th. Don’t delay and get started today!

Back to School Night Docent Sign Ups

Docent sign-ups for LiveWell Nutrition and Garden, STEM, Hands on Art, and Classroom Liaisons will happen during classroom visits at Back to School Night (LiveWell Nutrition/Garden flyer, Hands on Art flyer attached). 


LiveWell NutritionGarden Flyer


Back to School Night 2017

Back to School Night
Thursday, September 14
5:30pm – PTA Association Meeting
5:45pm – Principal’s Address
6pm-7pm – Classroom visits
*PTA will be selling spirit wear, emergency kits, and memberships*
 Click here to download your PTA order form.

Running Club 2017

One lap is 0.2 miles so 5 laps is one mile.
The END time is now 8:10am (changed from 8:05am) giving more time for the kids to log some laps! The Felton Gate does not open until 7:45am so if your child wants to be on time for warm up exercises and the first lap, please enter through the main entrance near the library on Running Club days.
We highly encourage parents to participate by running/walking with their kids. Kids love to see the parents out there, it’s a great way to get some exercise and it’s good bonding time with your child! We can also use parent volunteers to cheer on the runners, set up and manage the course, scan laps, help coordinate the end of the year party and more.
You can show up at Running Club and fill out a form on site, but a parent must be present to sign the form. Contact our Running Club Chairs at if you have questions, for more information or to volunteer. 
To track your child(ren)’s laps:
2.    Enter the Runner ID which is the bar code numbers located on your child’s Running Club badge.   
To login using Apple iPad or iPhone:
Download free StrideTrack® app from ITunes App Store. In the input box, enter the student Runner ID.
Please remind your child to return their lap card to the alphabetical pouches (by first name) on the fence after EVERY running club. Do not bring them home or store in backpacks. We’ve had a few gone missing, and we are going to charge $1 for lost cards from this point forward. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
A special thanks to the following people/organizations for their generous support of Washington’s Running Club:
  • Beach Cities Health District for granting us $800 to support our efforts to go electronic and our needs as a whole.
  • David Chun (Isabelle’s Dad) and 7-11 for free Slurpee coupons to be awarded to the top 10 runners for October.
  • Wienerschnitzel – Dylan and McKenzie Jamrog’s Aunt Carol Ecker donated over 200 ice cream coupons to the store at 4607 Artesia Blvd in RB. The winning classroom’s running club members will receive one coupon for that month. Please disregard the expiration date – she will still honor the coupons!


We have 51 runners who have completed 5 miles

We have 29 runners who have completed 10 miles and

We have 9 runners who completed 15 miles and 

We have 2 runners who completed 20 miles and 

We have 1 runner who completed 25 miles and

We have 1 runner who completed a MARATHON in one month. 


We have a total of 93 awards for the month of October. Our running club has totaled 1,139.2 miles in October.

Foot charm awards will be distributed to each runner in their classroom for anyone who ran and completed 5 miles in the month of October. The next charm comes at 25 miles.

The class who ran the most miles = Sra. Soto with 70 miles (11 runners)
  • Reyes, Marissa 12.6
  • Beltran, Maximiliano 9.6
  • Gomez, Ava 9.4
  • Le, Caroline 8.6
  • Behrendt, Thiago 6.4
  • Jamrog, McKenzie 5.8
  • Artiga, Damian 5.6
  • Bartley, Myles 5
  • Esmail, Cianna 3.8
  • Martinez, Grace 2.8
  • Chamides, Ryan 0.4
Top runners for the month of October:
  • Cardenas, Neliah 26.2
  • Ebuen, Ethan 25.8
  • Zarefsky, Keegan 22.8
  • Cortez, Cailey 20.2
  • Abel, Brody 19.8
  • Sapien, Aleah 18.8
  • Chovit, Oriana 18.4
  • Hines, Christopher 17.4

RBEF Investor Drive

RBEF Investor Drive
September 5-19. Please support our amazing RBEF by making a donation here.

Parent Advisory Group

Members of the Parent Advisory Group will have the unique opportunity to serve as community touchstones, encouraging others to share concerns and insights with them to bring to the group. Washington needs a parent representative. Please email us at if you are interested!

Friday at Washington is Spirit Day!

Tomorrow is Friday which means it’s Spirit Wear Day at Washington! Have your kids come dressed in their best Washington gear! And if you haven’t had a chance to purchase anything just yet, below is a link to the order form where you can the latest and greatest with this year’s new Washington Logo! ‎




PTA Membership!!

Friendly PTA reminder to purchase a PTA membership if you haven’t already done so.  Buying a  PTA membership helps provide field trip buses, LiveWell Nutrition and Garden, Hands on Art, Movie Night, STEM Night, Library books, Supplies for Teachers, and so much more! I’m a PTA member, what’s your superpower?!

Forms can be found below and can be turned into the office at any time!




Tears and Cheers/First Day of Kinder

The Kinder parents had both a cheerful and tearful first day of school!


New Kinder Parents!

This is a kinder parent writing their child a time-capsule letter that they will receive at the end of the school year!

Tears & Cheers Program Chair, Julie Frissora and new Principal, Andrea Bittick


Dr. Alpern and our new Assistant Principal, Laura Urquhart




First Day of School/Tears and Cheers!

First day of school is tomorrow! Kinder parents – reminder to attend the tears and cheers event after drop off. Go Explorers!


Teacher Meet and Greet a Success!

The PTA sponsored teacher meet and greet went off without a hitch! Back to school tomorrow!


Teacher Meet and Greet 2017 – August 29, 2pm-3pm

Friendly PTA Reminder that the teacher meet and greet will be Tuesday, August 29 from 2p-3pm. Hope to see you all there! The PTA will also be selling memberships, spirit wear and emergency kits! The order form is below in case you’d like to save time.

PTA Order Form


Kinder Park Day -2017

This past weekend, Washington Elementary and new Principal Andrea Bittick met the latest Kindergarten crew in the PTA sponsored Kinder Park Day! Welcome RUHS class of 2030!


[PHOTOS] 4th/5th Grade Battle of the Books

Congratulations to all our 4th/5th Grade Battle of the Books participants!


PTA Association Meeting and Coffee with the Principal

Tuesday, May 9
8:30 a.m.

At this special Coffee with the Principal meeting, we will take about 5-10 minutes to take care of some PTA business. We need people in attendance so we can approve our 2016 Audit, approve our 2017-2018 PTA Board Members, and approve our new PTA Bylaws.

PTA Positions for 2017 2018 School Year SLATE

This is the time of year PTA starts to prepare for the next school year. Students do better academically when their parents are actively involved in their schools. Parental participation in school decision making is more important than ever.  If you are interested in any of the following open positions and would like more information and/or a job description, please contact the Nominating committee at: or or click here to learn more.


President – Angelica Medeiros

Executive Vice President – Jenna Tsuruta

Secretary – Nicol Kuns

Treasurer – Marissa McPheeters

1st Vice Presidents, Programs – Tiffany Min

2nd Vice President, Ways and Means/Fundraising – OPEN

3rd Vice President, Membership – Karly Spalding

4th Vice President, Health – Margo Trone

5th Vice President, Communications – Parnaz Taheri

6th Vice President, Green Efforts – Kathleen Jacecko

Financial Secretary – Mona Colee

Parliamentarian/HSA/Spotlight Awards – Chris Wilkas

Historian/Auditor Lizette Guevara


Jog-A-Thon Wrap Up

Thank you again for all your support in this year’s Jog-A-Thon. As a school, we raised more than $38,000!




Top 3 Fundraising Classes:

Srta. Gonzalez $2,577.50

Mrs. Hale-$2361.61

Sra. Martinez-2211.50


Top boy  Blake Adden $605.00

Top girl . Estella Hoar $500.00


Top boy Michael Denson $600.00

Top girl Amy Wakisaka $650.00


Top boy-Nico Orquiola $345.00

Top girl-Sienna Finn$345.00


Top boy-Myles Bartley  $187.50

Top girl-Lauren Moskowitz $337.50


Top boy-Dylan Siegal $405.00

Top girl- Angela Alvarado $150.00


Top boy Colin Kuns $152.50

Top girl Amy Byars $205.00

Top Teacher fundraiser – Leslie Cook $217.50



11 laps – Mrs. Frank (Rm 5)  + Srta.Sabanero (KA-PM)

10 laps – Mrs. Cook, Ms. Porras , Ms. Stilson, Mrs. Hale


Girls – 9 laps

Luci Ramirez – rm. 26

Emily O – rm. 35

Boy – 9 laps

Daniel A – rm. 35


Girls -14 laps

Khloe Jauregui – rm KC-PM

Boys – 14 laps

Jax Wright- KA-PM

Aiden Evans – KB-PM

1st GRADE:

Girls – 12 laps

Leah Youngblood – Rm 3

Neliah Cardenas – Rm 1

Boys – 15 laps

Omid – Rm 2

2nd GRADE:

Girls – 13 laps

Alessa Guzman – rm 10

Holly Good – rm 10

Boys – 13 laps

Nicolas Sileo – Rm 13

3rd GRADE:

Girls – 13 laps

Cailey – Rm 14

Kylie Cho – Rm 15

Boys – 14 laps

Jamison Brack – rm 12

Jesse Baligad – rm 12

Keegan Zarefsky – rm 20

4th GRADE:

Girls – 13 laps

Briell Graves – rm 22

Sophie W – rm 22

Taylor Roth – rm 21

Boys – 15 laps

Michael Hines – rm 16

Liam Price – rm 22

Richard Solares – rm 20

Ezequiel Johnson – rm 22

5th GRADE:

Girls – 16 laps

Kimberly Bautista – rm 23

Katie Orre – Stauffer

Boys – 15 laps

Carson Cox – rm 24