Calling All Readers: Battle of the Books 2016-17

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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

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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.

Join the Garden Club!


Join the Garden Club!

We will meet monthly on the second Friday of the month from

2:40 – 4 p.m. in the garden (off Felton between Adams and Washington)

You can join anytime of the year and it’s free!

This program is sponsored by the Washington PTA

Any questions contact: Amanda @ 310-706-7423 or


Download the Garden Club Flyer to Sign Up


Blast Off!

It’s been a busy couple weeks at Washington! Thank you to everyone – parents, teachers, staff and students – who made our kick-off events and the start of school a great success!
Kinder Orientation









Meet and Greet









First Day of School



BooHoo WooHoo

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Running Club 2016-17

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Click here to download the Running Club Sign Up Sheet 2016-2017



Back to School 2016!

We hope everyone had a great summer and is excited to return to Washington! Please check back here often for all sorts of Washington PTA news, including fundraisers, programs, ways to volunteer and other opportunities to be a part of our Explorers Community!

Mark you calendarsf8858efd502c4cd2bf02618fa5def31b_1x1 for these upcoming events:

Wednesday, Aug. 17: Washington’s Front Office Reopens at 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 25: Kindergarten Parent Orientation at the Washington Cafeteria, 6 p.m. (adults only)

Tuesday, Aug. 30: Back to School Meet Your Teacher Event, 2 – 3 p.m.


Wednesday, Aug. 31: First Day of School

KAM: 8 -11:20 a.m.

KPM: 11:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Grades 1-5/Minimum Day: 8:20 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.



Washington Transformed Via Sharefest

A huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers and Journey of Faith for working so hard on Saturday to make our campus beautiful!

Kindergarten Yard Mural

Playground Logo

Reading Room







Staff Appreciation Week April 25-29

Washington Elementary will be celebrating Staff Appreciation the week of April 25. Our theme is

Washington Staff are Super Heroes!

Washington families have been extremely supportive of PTA fundraising efforts this year, and as a result, the PTA is providing a bunch of really awesome gifts to all the teachers and staff, including breakfast and lunch!

Here are some little things you can do that your teacher will appreciate in big ways!

Monday: Visit the PTA bulletin board to see our super hero teachers in action.
Tuesday: Bring your teacher her favorite flower.
Wednesday: Write a Thank You card to let your teacher know you appreciate her.
Thursday: Share your awesome smile with your teacher.
Friday: Wear your teacher’s favorite color.




Way to Go Washington’s Battle of the Books Team

Congrats to Washington’s Battle of the Books team for coming in 2nd at the District competition on March 20. Go Explorers!



Staff Appreciation Week Super Notes

SuperStaffThere is still time to have your Washington student show the school’s super staff how much they care! Have them color the note and write a message to anyone on Washington’s staff. They can do as many as they like and they’re not just for teachers! Tell that special super staffer why they’re super!

Download the note by clicking here!


Washington Volunteer Policy Update

On February 11, Washington School Site Council reviewed the School Safety Goals and determined in order to ensure the safety of all students and staff during the school day the following guidelines needed to be followed when volunteering at Washington Elementary School. The new policy will help the administration know who is on campus during an emergency and decrease the number of interruptions during the school day. Parents on the School Site Council also noted it will help ensure teachers arrive on time for their  scheduled Garden,  STEM, or Hands-on Art lesson. At Washington, we highly value our parent volunteers, and strongly encourage parents to involve themselves in the activities at school. All volunteers must sign a volunteer form in the office and have a recent manteaux TB Test on file in the school office. In order to assist in your child’s room, please contact your child’s teacher and explain your availability to see how you can be of help.

  • Volunteers must have communicated with the classroom teacher before their arrival at school. Teachers will let the office know who their volunteers are for the day.
  • When you arrive to volunteer you will be asked which teacher/room you will be visiting. If your name is not on the volunteer list the classroom will be called to confirm the teacher is expecting you.
  • Volunteers must check in at the office and wear a visitor’s sticker. When leaving volunteers must sign out in the front office. Please do not leave the campus before signing out.
  • Volunteers are to refrain from having side conversations with other parent volunteers while children are present.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to set their cell phones or other similar devices to vibrate or off while in the classroom. If you have to take or make a phone call please step outside the school building.
  • Volunteers are to remain confidential in terms of viewing of student learning, special needs observed, etc.
  • Always use the faculty/staff restrooms located in the front office and teacher’s  lounge.  Never use the student restrooms.
  • Volunteers may not bring younger siblings to work at school, this includes kindergarten siblings.
  • Children are to respect all volunteers; however, the teacher is responsible for student discipline.
  • Under all circumstances, volunteers are to follow the directions of the teacher.
  • Teachers are always to be offered first priority to use the machines.

School Site Council Parent Reps: Tracy Adams, Byung Cho, Monico Robles, Lisa Stanley, and Katie Joynt


PTA Board: Hard at Work

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Working hard… and having fun! The Washington PTA Board.


Redondo Beach Summer Camp Expo

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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.


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



PTA Positions for 2016 – 2017 School Year

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:

(Want to learn more? Current PTA Board members share their stories here.)


President – Angelica Medeiros

Executive Vice President – Jenna Tsuruta

Secretary – Nicol Kuns

Treasurer – Marissa McPheeters

1st Vice Presidents, Programs/Special Events – Lavanya Soni

2nd Vice President, Ways and Means/Fundraising – Allison Kolb

3rd Vice President, Membership – Tiffany Minn

4th Vice President, Health – Christine Wilkas

5th Vice President, Communications – Denise Nix

Financial Secretary – Mona Colee

Parliamentarian – Janis Byars

Historian – Kathleen Jacecko


Report To: (P) VP of Programs, (F) VP of Fundraising, (Administrative) PTA President, (H) Beach Cities/ VP Health

Back to School Night/Open House (P)-OPEN (Nikki Vasquez?) Battle of the Books 3rd Grade (P)- OPEN Battle of the Books 4th Grade (P) – OPEN
Book Fair (P)- Tess Holland Box Tops (F)– Vanessa Johnson? Fundraising Chair- Margo Trone
Community Outreach (Admin-F) – Renee Hartman Cultural Assembly (P) – Erika Youngblood Dining for Dollars (F) – Susan Jamrog
E-scrip (F)- OPEN Earth Day (P) – Gena Dix/Katie Joynt Father/Daughter Dance (P) – Sunghye Cho
Family Fun Night (P) – Nikki Vasquez Fifth Grade Events (P) –Marianne Carlton-Felix Galleria Rewards (F) – OPEN
Garden Club (H) – Amanda Vrchan Green Program (P) – Gena Dix Hands on Art (P) – Becky Atkinson
Hands on Art Supply (P) –Tess Holland STEM (P) –Gena Dix, and Ryan and Nicol Kuns Jog-a-Thon (F) –Jennifer Cole/Christine Wilkas
Live Well Garden Lead Docent (H) – OPEN Live Well Nutrition Lead Docent (H) – Jessica Alidio Membership Committee (P) – Allison Kolb
Mother/Son Event (P) – Robyn Willey-Pratt Movie Night (P) – Laura Ruiz Parent Education Night (P) – Jenna Tsuruta
Parent Event Night (P) –Marissa McPheeters Ralph’s (F) – Joanne Wildenhain RBEF Liaison (Admin-P)– Rachel Lipson
Recycling Program (P) – Amy Huh Reflections Program (P) – Lizette Guevara Room Parent Liaison (Admin-P) – Sydney Arfin
Running Club (P) –Tammy Rothschild/ Kim Matthew Spelling Bee (P) – Allison Kolb Spirit Wear (P) – Jessica Roth and Susan Jamrog
Talent Show (P) – Nicol Kuns Teacher Appreciation Week (P) – OPEN Volunteer Coordinator (Admin-P)–Michelle Abel
Walking School Bus (H) – Lisa Toone Website (Admin) – Denise Nix Yearbook (P) – Charisse Eickhoff
Yearbook Committee (P) – OPEN Fall/Winter Catalog Fundraiser (F)- Kathy Soccol Scooter’s Jungle Night (F)- OPEN
Ice Skating Night (F)- OPEN Fall/Winter Auditor (Admin)- OPEN Spring/Summer Auditor (Admin)- OPEN
SkyZone Night (F)- OPEN Stem-tastic Nights (P)- OPEN Read Across America Week (P)- OPEN
Red Ribbon Week Chair (H)- OPEN Yellow Ribbon Week Chair (H)- OPEN In Meeting Hospitality (P)- OPEN
Community Coffee/Principal (P) – OPEN Out of Meeting Hospitality (P)- OPEN Legislative Chair to Council- Margo Trone



Project Unified

projectunifiedEvery year, our Washington community has the opportunity to take part in Project Unified –  a Redondo Beach Unified School District program that supports families in need in our district. Your donations will help provide basic necessities as well as gifts for these children during the holiday season.

Washington has “adopted” five RBUSD families this year. There is a “holiday giving tree” in the front office with snowflake gift tags on it. Stop by the tree and pick up a snowflake and help give a child in our community a great holiday season!

Please return these items UNWRAPPED with the snowflake by THURSDAY DEC. 10.