First Place Winner in Optimist Spelling Bee
School would like to give a huge congratulations to sixth grader, Grace
Romanowski, this year's first place winner of the Optimist Club's Spelling
Bee. Grace is pictured second from the left. Grace is joined by the
other Washington School participants (listing from left to right) Aileen Li,
Julio Lopez Montiel, and Ivan Jaramillo. Congratulations to all who
On Monday, June 20th, we had our 1st annual Fun Day at Washington School. The Washington School PTA worked very hard to get this project off the ground. The students enjoyed lots of fun activities and treats! Mr. Zimmerman volunteered for Pie the Principal and Mr. Moyano (and other brave teachers like Mr. Mazol, Ms. Sansone, and Mrs. Gryckiewicz) for the dunk tank! It was such a wonderful event, we can't wait to make it even bigger and better next year
Washington School had their 1st annual Battle of the Homerooms. All of the homerooms in Washington participated and the themes were out of this world AMAZING! The winning homeroom came from Mrs. Peso's 2nd grade class. Her class transformed their classroom into the "2nd Grade Prom". Their class won the Chalice of Champions, which will be rotating trophy! Many other homerooms had amazing themes as well. The competition is on for next year!
On Tuesday, June 22nd, Washington School had it's first Talent Show. We had over 30 acts from grades 3rd-6th grade. Our 1st place winner is 6th grader, Gabriel De Los Santos. Our 2nd place goes to a group of 5th graders (Silvana Torres, Daphne Castillo, Emely Ramirez, Manal Ibnouelkady, and Nicole Ballestero). Our 3rd place winner was another 6th grader named Lillyvette Nales Norat. All winners sang and performed beautifully.The winners are pictured below. Congratulations to the winner and thank you for all the brave and talented students who volunteered for the show!
After reading an article about odd items you can send through the mail, Miss Sansone's class decided to put it to the test. Each student summarized the article and mailed a flip flop letter to Mrs. Tobin's fourth grade class in Florida.
A special thank you to the Kearny post office for their patience with mailing labels and postage!
On May 17th, the winning classrooms in our can drive were able to make a visit to Boystown to check out the can creations made by KHS students and their CanStruction project. Mrs. Borkowski, Mr. Bauer, Ms. Sansone, and Ms. Dunn's class all had a blast! Mrs. Borkowski's class even drew their own renditions of the can creations that they visited. We can't wait to help out again next year!
On May 19th, we had our 1st annual Washington School Career Day! We were lucky to have many great presenters donate their time to Washington School. The presenters we had were: Nick Monte (news producer), Lawrence Mascia (mobile game designer/programmer), Taylor Esposito (comic book letterer/designer), Amanda Bender (occupational therapist), Danny Campos (actor), Steve Dyl (fire chief), Nicole Distano (chiropractor), Theresa Torres (pediatrician), Mayor Santos, John Gikas (Jersey City police office/FBI task force), Bart Coma (Coast Guard), Paul Santos (NYC Department of Health), Josh Humphrey (library director), Joan Hemphill (VP, Electronic Bank Consultant), Alexa Marques (Executive Director of The Teaneak Creek Conservancy), Phyllis Walters (Channel Accountant Executive at Lenovo Computers), and our very own Superintendent of Kearny Public Schools, Patricia Blood! We were so happy to hear all the wonderful and exciting things they do in their jobs. We can't wait for next year!
The fourth grade classes competed in an Easter Egg Math competition. Students worked together by solving math problems to repair the Easter Bunny's broken eggs. Mrs. McCole's class claimed first place with over 120 eggs in their basket! All of the students did a great job!
Washington School Butterfly Garden
On Wednesday, May 25th, the first grade class at Washington School released their butterflies into the new butterfly garden. Over the course of the last several weeks, the students have been learning about the life cycle of the butterfly and it's importance to the environment. The students released the butterflies with the hope that they will return and help with the growth of the garden. The students and faculty wish to say THANK YOU to Washington School PTA for sponsoring this science experience for all of the 1st and 2nd grade students. Thank you too David Mach and Mr. Mazol and your Garden Club for making this beautiful garden for our butterflies. It was a wonderful learning experience for all and the students will have great memories of this event.
On Thursday, May 25th, the first grade class at Washington School released their butterflies into the new butterfly garden. Over the course of the last several weeks, the students have been learning about the life cycle of the butterfly and it's importance to the environment. The students released the butterflies with the hope that they will return and help with the growth of the garden. The students and faculty wish to say THANK YOU to Washington School PTA for sponsoring this science experience for all of the 1st and 2nd grade students. Thank you too David Mach and Mr. Mazol and your Garden Club for making this beautiful garden for our butterflies. It was a wonderful learning experience for all and the students will have great memories of this event.
Washington School decided to pair up and help the KHS CANstruction project by doing a can drive. The students were excited to help with the project! The top 4 classrooms to donate are as follows and their prize is a class visit to see their donated cans being used to make the structures.
1st Place - Mr. Bauer with 162 cans
2nd Place - Mrs. Borkowski with 148 cans
Tie for 3rd Place - Ms. Dunn and Ms. Sansone with 147 cans
On March 2nd, we had so many wonderful readers donate their time to the students at Washington School! Some of our fantastic readers were the KHS Track and REACH students, Nicole Distano (chiropractor), Mr. Dyl, Mr. Borroso, and Mr. Mastandrea (all Kearny firefighters), Mrs. Carey, Mrs. Monaghan, Mrs. Zarcone, Mrs. Ringele, Mrs. Wagner, and Mr. Rusek (all former Washington School teachers), and our very own 4th graders read to our kindergartners. In addition to our wonderful guest readers, we did D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read) announcements all week and had Crazy Hat Day to honor Cat in the Hat. We can't wait for Read Across America Day next year! Read more...
Miss Dunn's class has spent a tremendous amount of time and effort in creating their very own hardcover class book. The class learned a great deal abut the publishing process while they improved their vocabulary and writing skills. Miss Dunn's class is very proud and excited about their beautiful work!
At Washington, we celebrated our very first Ice Cream Social to celebrate students who received Student of the Month! Shop Rite in Kearny were kind enough to donate to the project. We plan to do a celebration every two months to honor those who received certificates. We had a party on February 18th for September and October recipients and on February 25th for November and December recipients. The Washington PTA were also a huge help in getting this project off the ground!
On February 17th, students in Pre-K through 3rd at Washington School were honored with another special visit from Ronald McDonald. During this assembly, Ronald taught us what's on the inside matters. We learned a lot about good character!
On Monday, February 22nd, at Washington School we celebrated 100 days of school by dressing up like we were 100 years old. Here are some of the fabulous outfits some of students and staff were sporting to celebrate the event!
We had our first Zumba fundraiser on February 17th. Mrs. Coleman, a physical education teacher from Garfield school was kind enough to donate her time to the cause. We raised over $400 that will go towards events and activities at Washington School.
Omega Man assembly to honor Respect Week and School Violence Awareness Week in October
Winners from our Annual Pumpkin Contest.
1st Place: Eden Ortiz from Mrs. Hogan’s class
2nd Place: Francesca Velasquez from Mrs. Borkowski’s class
3rd Place: Bryan Guevara from Mrs. Bellenger’s class
Honorable Mentions: Haley Felix in Mrs. Hogan’s class & Illiana Araque in Mrs. Szeluga’s class
Pictured is an assembly we had for Pennies for Patients. Washington School students and staff participated in our first ever Pennies for Patients program in December. The fundraiser supported children with cancer. In three weeks we raised over $2,100. The fundraiser was a huge success as our original goal was $1,200!