Washington Elementary News


Welcome Back to School, Washington Families!
2018-19 News and Notes to Kick-Off A Fantastic Year!

Washington welcomes a new building secretary this year, Ms Jessica Robbins. Ms Robbins comes with many years of experience in administrative work, including several years in the public school system. As a mother of three, she understands the important role school plays in the lives of children. Washington is fortunate to have Ms Robbins, and she is eager to get to know the students and families of Washington.

First Day of School is Tuesday, September 4th

We are so excited to welcome students back to school!

  • For grades 1-5, the first day is a half-day (8:59am-12:09pm)
  • For kindergarten students, it is a drop-in Open House that runs from 9:30-11:30am. This is an opportunity for parents to spend time with their child meeting the teacher, becoming familiar with the classroom and exploring the school.

Save the Date!

Curriculum Night is Tuesday, September 11th

Washington parents/guardians are encouraged to join us for Curriculum Night. This evening is specially designed to give you an opportunity to hear from your child’s teacher about the exciting year of learning that is planned. Specific details will follow.

Getting Ready!

  • Please be sure to log-in to Registration Gateway to review and update information for your students. Even if you have no changes, you are required to login to the portal and confirm the information by the start of school. Login information was sent by the District Office in July. Should you need it again, please contact the Enrollment Office at 586-281-1404.
  • Bus route information will be mailed from the Transportation Department.
  • Suggested supply lists are available at this link

Washington’s Daily Schedule
Arrival Bell: 8:54am
Tardy Bell: 8:59am
Dismissal Bell: 3:57pm
PLC Dismissal Bell: 2:40pm
Half-day Schedule: 8:59am-12:09pm

Student Absence

Please remember to call the school attendance line at 586-281-2150 before 9:30am if your child will be absent. Please include your child’s first and last name, teacher name and reason for absence. The answering system is on 24 hours a day to receive these calls.

Notes/Change of Dismissal

Students leaving for early dismissal, or an alternate dismissal plan from their normal routine should bring in a note to notify the teacher, who will then forward the information to the office. It is very important to include your child’s last name and teacher name on all notes. If a child is riding home with another student in the school, both students need bring in a note with this information. Thank you!

Due to the busy end-of-school day in the office, please call us no later than 3:00pm with any changes to your child’s dismissal schedule.

Food Service Information

Money can be deposited into your child’s lunch account at www.sendmoneytoschool.com. If you need your child’s ID number, please call the office. If you send money to school in an envelope with your child, please include your child’s first and last name, along with their teacher’s name. Checks should be written to RCS Food Services.


Washington adheres to State of Michigan school policy regarding the dispensation of medication. Any medication, whether sold over the counter or dispensed by a pharmacist, must be brought to the office by the parent/guardian. Students may NOT bring medication(s) to school.

A “Request for Administration of Medication” form MUST be completed and signed by the attending physician and parent/guardian. This form is required for over the counter and prescription medicines.

Forms are available online here and in the school office. If your child has asthma, severe allergies or diabetes, a management plan form MUST be filled out and given to the school office. All medication must be in the original container,clearly labeled with the student’s name, dosage, and doctor’s name/phone number. 

We Appreciate Your Help!
We need our volunteers at Washington and are grateful for the time you devote helping our students, staff and our building.

Parent Volunteer Release forms are required for all parents who spend time helping in classrooms and in the building.

Forms need to be filled out each year. Even if you just did one last school year, a new form is required for the 2018-19 school year. Click here to access the release.

We realize it can be a pain to redo the form each year. Please know our motivation is the safety of our students.

Thank you for your help and your time!

School-Aged Child Care (SACC)

The SACC program is offered at Washington Elementary Monday-Friday from 6:00am-9:00am and from 4:00-6:00pm. Registration for SACC MUST take place through the Early Childhood Services. You can download forms here, and return them to Croswell. While registration is available all year, if you plan to use SACC the first week of school, registration must take place no later than August 29th. Please contact Jeanine Beck at 586-752-0314 for more details. Washington’s office and classroom teachers cannot accept SACC registration forms. Thank you!

Students may not be dropped off at school prior to 8:45am. Should your schedule need a drop off time prior to 8:45am, please be sure to register with SACC.


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Weekly Announcements


Dear Washington Families,

Thank you to Mod Pizza for hosting us Monday night, the PTO for organizing the event, the staff who gave some of their evening to make pizzas, and especially to the many families who were able to attend; it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces.

Grants are available to begin a FIRST Robotics Team at the elementary level, including a stipend to the coach. For an outline of the progression of FIRST robotics, please click here. For more information on available grants and opportunities, please click here.

Please read on for other important events:

  • Parent/Teacher conference times are coming home today. Please make sure to send the bottom portion of the note back by Wednesday, October 17th.
  • Box Top collection continues. Please feel free to print this form for easy counting...print as many as you need!
  • The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Washington. Students will have an opportunity to purchase books on October 24th. The book fair will remain open the evening of the 24th and 25th during parent/teacher conferences.

As always, it's a great day to be a Romeo Bulldog...have a fantastic weekend!

With Washington Pride,

Dana Hepner
Principal, Washington Elementary