Washington Charter School
45-768 Portola Avenue Palm Desert , CA 92260
Allan Lehmann, Principal
October 1, 2013
Last week we held Fall Picture Day. Our kids looked great. I saw lots of ties, cool hats, pretty shoes and fashionable outfits. I think the children enjoyed spending a day out of school uniform. We have been in school for a month, and it is amazing the growth the kids are making. The combined effort of parents, students and staff has made a difference in the opening of the school year. We appreciate your support and feedback.
In our main parking lot we have five visitor parking spots. A number of parents are concerned that some cars are parked in these spots for the better part of the school day. The intent of visitor parking is that it be used as short term parking (one hour or less). This provides a parent who needs to be on campus for a short period of time the opportunity to get a parking spot. For those parents who volunteer for more than one hour or who chaperone on a field trip, we kindly request that you park at Hope Lutheran or the Center for Spiritual Living. This week we will replace the visitor signs with short term parking signs.
The first classroom party of the year will be on Halloween. With our renewed focus on nutrition, teachers will share permissible items for the party. We want a balance of healthy, salty, and sweet items. All items that are brought in must be store-bought. Please send the item in its original packaging. We also have a number of students with severe nut allergies so please keep this in mind when purchasing the treats.
We shifted some of the areas where our classes line up so traffic flows better as the school day begins. We welcome you on campus as you bring your son/daughter to school. Once the warning bell rings at 8:12, please give your child a big kiss and say your goodbyes. Now that we are into the routine of school, your children will be able to carry their backpacks and lunches to the classroom. When there are a number of parents at the line when the teacher comes to get the class, that can impede the class as it tries to get to the classroom. Thank you for saying goodbye at 8:12. It will allow you and us to start our day smoothly.
A number of students are picked up at or near the Lantana gate. If a child is crossing the street it should be done under the direct supervision of a parent. Please do not motion your child to cross the street unsupervised. Our personnel are stationed at the gate for reunification at the gate. Take time to park your car and walk to the gate to pick up your son/daughter. Also proceed with caution when driving on Lantana. It can be hectic at the end of the day. If we all take a deep breath and allocate a few extra minutes, dismissal at the Lantana gate will be great.
We are so appreciative of the thousands of hours that our parents and community members volunteer each year. What a difference you make in the classroom, library, office and playground. Our volunteers donate their time and care deeply about the kids. I and others on staff have witnessed some parents yelling at parent volunteers in particular our WDD’s, (Watch Dog Dads). This is disappointing and is not what we want to model for our children.
We are changing the time for our 3rd grade Super Student Assembly to 8:20 a.m. Our third graders will join our first and second graders at that time. Good news: The pins have arrived. We hope the license plate frames will not too far behind.
Congratulations to our Super Students
Cameron Sacks, Tillie Rector, Taima Dzafic, Holly Trubee, Alani Rodriguez, Reese Jahries, Marissa Alcala, Jackie Jones, Ximena Gonzalez, Kathryn Berenbaum, Joshua Rivera, Andrew Cecena, Abygail Bowen, Kamal Hallum, Sidya Hidayat, Samantha Resendiz, Emma Lieberman, Gustavo Gonzalez, Bryce Agostini, Cody Reyes, Simon Frary, Aiden Parra, Sydney Young, Brady Goodall, Cameron Hewitt, Esmeralda Padilla, Angelina Gonzalez, Brian Both, Bianca Rivkin, Jacob Kallmann, Reese Post, Chloe Flaum, Sofia Darawal, Kerrigan Burns, Taylor Chaplin, Kate Lewis, Sophia Hernandez, Jordyn Sapiro, Savy Lopez, Cole Reber, Jordan Way, Santana Mosher, Cole Busher, Stella Ridenour, Joel Dodson, Jennifer Jimenez, Maggy Jahries, Samantha Belous, Chloe Sontz, Dylan Muela, Tallulah Rector, Anna Braun, Kyle Ott, Kena Rizvanbegovic, Rory Christiansen, Beck Peterson, Fiona Hoang, Emma Brown, Martin Leon, Jeremy Kallmann, MaKenna Jones, Ian Feldman, Makenna Valpy, Alex Martinez
October 3 Fire Drill 2:15 p.m.
October 9 Super Student 8:20 a.m. (1st-3rd) 12:00 p.m. 4th and 5th
October 10 McTeacher Night 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McDonald’s
October 15 Mini Muster 3rd Grade 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
October 16 Super Student 8:20 a.m. (1st-3rd) 12:00 p.m. 4th and 5th
October 17 Drop/Cover/Hold /Evacuate Drill 10:00 a.m.
October 17 Governing Board Meeting 3:30 p.m.
October 23 Super Student 8:20 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
October 24-30 Red Ribbon Week
October 31 Halloween
November 1 Fall Harvest Festival 3:05 p.m.-5:00 p.m.