Washington Elementary Weekly News


June 10th, 2020

Dear Washington Families,

Welcome to the close of the 2019-20 school year. This has certainly been a year that we will never forget. As challenging as these last few months have been for everyone, there continues to be so much to celebrate for us as a school community. Thank you all for your support, flexibility, and collaboration as we worked together remotely to provide learning experiences for your children under these unique circumstances. 

Historically our last week of school has been one of celebration, closure, and supporting students with their transition to summer and the school year ahead. We have all missed the energy and excitement in the building without students here and we long to see them back in the building soon!

Initial planning for the opening of the 2020-21 school year has already begun and will be the major focus on our work throughout the summer months.  Please be assured that we will utilize all of our resources to develop a plan for the delivery of instruction in a manner that is both safe and educationally best for children. An important part of this planning is hearing from you. Dr Robinson will continue to communicate with families and ask for input; your lens is very important to us and the results of the surveys will help inform and guide our summer work. 

As summer begins, it is my hope that all of our students have a happy and healthy summer filled with play, fresh air, sunshine, connection with family and friends, and some learning, too.  This summer, more than ever before, it will be important for students to devote some time each week to their basic skills and reading regularly. Here are some Recommended Summer Learning Resources to support your child’s summer learning. 

Report Cards: Due to the closure of in-person schooling in March, there are no grades for the third trimester report cards.  End of year report cards have, however, been generated to indicate your child’s grade placement for next year. These report cards will be mailed to you next week. Be assured that all students will be moving to the next grade level unless you have already had a specific conversation with your child’s teacher and I about your child remaining in the same grade.

Student Belongings: We still have some student belongings in the building. Washington closes for the summer this Friday, June 12th. If you would like to pick up your student’s things, we can put them in the lobby for pickup between 7am-2pm for the remainder of this week. Please email me at dana.hepner@romeok12.org if you plan to come for pick-up so we can make sure the items are placed in the lobby.

Summer Food Pantry: Samaritan House Food Pantry has a summer food program for families who may be in need this summer.  If your family is in need of food over the summer months, please contact Samaritan House at (586) 336-9956

Have a healthy, safe and enjoyable summer!

Dana Hepner, Principal

June 5th, 2020


Dear Washington Families,

This week marked the final full week of school, with June 10th of next week being the final day of school for the 2019-20 school year. By Monday, June 8th teachers will each be posting a special assignment for their students as well as holding a final Hangout to bring closure to this most unusual year. Details can be found on Google Classroom pages. 

The staff at Washington is grateful to our families for the grace and support they have shown as we have all learned and adjusted to the world of remote learning. Please take a few moments to complete this district survey regarding remote learning.

If you are still in need of picking up student belongings, please email me at dana.hepner@romeok12.org and we can make arrangements. The building will close for the summer on Friday, June 12th. 

Report cards for the final trimester will be mailed home the week of June 15th. Please note that grades are not being given due to the cancellation of face-to-face learning. Report cards will indicate placement for the 2020-21 school year and be a record of your child finishing the school year.

We hope you are enjoying the warm weather and what appears to be the state of Michigan beginning to resume some of our activities. Please continue to stay healthy and safe,

Dana Hepner, Principal


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