Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington Charter School  
45-768 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert , CA  92260
Allan Lehmann, Principal 

WCS Chatter
Special Edition
December 18, 2014

As this issue of the Chatter arrives winter vacation is upon us. I hope that all of our families have a restful and enjoyable break. It’s a great opportunity for family time and for your child to cuddle up with a good book. I would like to thank each of you for your continued support of Washington Charter School. Your support and words of praise are appreciated by the staff. Our last day of school is a minimum day on December 19th. School dismisses at 12:30 pm. Classes will resume on Monday,  January 5, 2015. 

At the December meeting of the WCS Governing Board we discussed school and student safety. It has come to the board’s attention that parents are bringing animals in close proximity to the exit and entrance points of the school. They are asking for parents to refrain from doing this in the future. We have had some families’ express that their child is scared when he/she sees a dog even when the dog is on a leash. We want for all of our children to come to school excited and ready to learn. For some this is being impacted when they see a dog. Some of our children who express anxiety had an encounter with a dog that resulted in being bit. On behalf of the board thank you for your understanding.

The second item is about the families who park on Portola Avenue and cross the street in undesignated areas. This endangers your children and you. It is reported to me on a regular basis that parents disregard the crosswalks and instead cross mid-street. We have asked the Sheriff’s department to patrol this area more frequently. For the safety of your child if this pertains to you, please use the crosswalk. We would rather a child be late to school and safe than to have his/her safety compromised by crossing the street in an unsafe manner.

Our two modular structures are now installed and ready for occupancy. On January 5th Mrs. Grantham officially welcomes her first-graders and their parents. In portable P-2 you will find the new permanent home for our reading lab and Miss Carmen who works with groups of students throughout the school day. 

On the evening of Wednesday, December 17, Ashton Bassirian represented WCS at the district Spelling Bee.  Ashton was awesome and the competition was spirited………..Ashton placed 4th out of 21. Well done, Ashton!

The WCSPCF held a food drive for Coachella Valley families-in-need during the holiday season. We set a goal to collect 

850 food  items in a week. The students exceeded that goal and for their accomplishment I promised them an extra recess. This is something we should all be proud of. 

Congratulations to the following Super Students

Bianca Rivkin, Emma Harvie, Amailee Crisp, Brady Clemmer, Chase Toutant, Katie Compton, Louis Murdica, Johnny Bojorquez, Kerrigan Burns, Maci Hoyt, Namita Khanchustambham, Genevieve Wilson, Janely Arzapalo

Upcoming Events

Monday,  January 5
School Resumes

Wednesday,  January 7
Super Student Assembly  (Grades 1-3)     8:20 a.m.

Monday,  January 19
No School

Wednesday,  January 21  
Super Student Assembly (Grades 4&5)     8:20 a.m.

Wednesday,  January 28  
Super Student Assembly (Grades 1-3)      8:20 a.m.

Saturday,  January 31
After School Soccer Class Competes in a Tournament