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Welcome to our web site! - Please scroll down to view the upcoming events and more.

First Bell rings at 8:40, tardy bell at 8:45. Student's may be on campus starting at 8:00 am. Breakfast is served from 8:00 am to 8:35 am.

Regular school day ends at 3:15 pm Monday through Thursday.

FRIDAYS school gets out at 1:25 pm.


PTA/SCC Meeting on Tuesday, December 1st, 3:30 pm in the School Library. Community Members Welcome - Please Come!

Utah Food Bank Mobile Pantry is coming Tuesday, December 8! They will be here from 3:00-4:00 pm in our front parking lot.

El Banco de Comida de Utah estara en nuestra escuela el dia 8 de Diciembre! Vengan entre las 3:00-4:00 pm a nuestro estacionamiento de la escuela.

    Salt Lake City School District’s Extended Learning Program (ELP)
Elementary Magnet Assessment Information for the 2016-2017 School Year

Salt Lake City School District’s Extended Learning Program (ELP) provides specialized educational services for identified gifted and high ability K-6th grade elementary school students. ELP services are available at all district elementary schools with more extensive services provided through ELP Magnet Programs at Emerson,
Hawthorne, and Whittier Schools.

Parent Information Meetings will be held on Wednesday, January 6 and Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm in rooms 112-114 at the Salt Lake City School District offices.

As part of the eligibility process for the 2016-2017 school year, gifted and high ability preschool through 5th grade students may participate in the assessments beginning January 6, 2016 through February 19, 2016.
Registration is open from November 3, 2015-February 11, 2016.

The K-6 Application and Disclosure Statement forms are on the Salt Lake City School District’s ELP website. The website is, extended-learning-program or contact Amy Burris, ELP Dept. Administrative Assistant, at 801-578-8573 for additional info.

Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and their families must reside, and continue to reside, within the Salt Lake City School District to be assessed for or participate in the Extended Learning Program.

Programa de Aprendizaje Extendido del Distrito Escolar Salt Lake City (ELP)
Información de las Evaluaciones Magneto de Primaria para el Año Escolar 2016-2017

El Programa de Aprendizaje Extendido del Distrito Escolar Salt Lake City (ELP) proporciona servicios de educación especializa para estudiantes talentosos y altamente dotados de K-6to grado de primaria. Los servicios ELP, están disponibles en todas las escuelas secundarias intermedias del distrito con servicios más extensivos provistos a través de Programas Magneto ELP en las Escuelas Secundarias Emerson, Hawthorne y Whittier.

Se realizarán sesiones informativas para los padres los días miércoles 6 y 13 de enero del 2016 a las 6:00pm en las aulas 112-114 de las oficinas del Distrito Escolar Salt Lake City.

Como parte del proceso de selección para el año escolar 2016-2017, los estudiantes talentosos y altamente dotados desde preescolar hasta 5to grado pueden participar en la evaluación desde el 6 de enero al 19 de febrero del 2016. Las inscripciones están abiertas desde el 6 de noviembre del 2015 al 11 de febrero del 2016.

La solicitud de admisión para K-6to se encuentra en la página de internet de ELP del Distrito Escolar Salt Lake
City. El sitio de Internet es, extended-learning-program o contacte a Amy Burris, Asistente Administrativa del Departamento ELP, llamando al 801-578-8573 para obtener información adicional.

Los estudiantes y sus familiares deberán vivir y continuar viviendo, dentro de los límites del Distrito Escolar Salt Lake City, para poder ser evaluados o participar en el Programa de Aprendizaje Extendido.

Mrs. Pittam has moved to the district to join the School Leadership Support Team. Mrs. Julie Miller is our interim principal, we are very fortunate to have her with us this year! Please read the message from Mrs. Pittam below.

Click on this link for English.

Click on this link for Spanish.

Newsletter Update


We want your input!

Please help us with our School Improvement Plan by completing the survey at this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2WM7MLH English

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GYY5MXH Espanol



Watch the news story about our wonderful North Pole Adventure by clicking on the link below:

Channel Five North Pole Story

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

North Pole Express Updates

Everyone has loaded the buses and they are headed back to the school! (6:55 PM)






They have arrived at the North Pole and are excited to see Santa!




The students have loaded the trains and they're off!








North Pole Express Pictures

The buses are off and on their way to the North Pole Express! (3:30 PM)


Home of the Top-Performing Washington Stars!

Photo of Washington Elementary SchoolWashington Elementary School has a proud tradition of over 112 years of fostering academic excellence through a child-centered program that develops, enriches, and extends the experience of learning to meet the needs of all children. We take pride in our highly qualified teaching staff and diverse student body, who consistently demonstrate academic growth in meeting state core curriculum standards. Washington Elementary was recognized as the Top Performing Title One Elementary School in the SLC School District for 2011-2012.

We're excited to have you visiting our web site. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us

Congratulations Award Winners

On Tuesday, November 24th, we had our first awards assembly. Students were honored for excellence in reading, writing, math, math fact fluency, science, pe, art, and ELP.

We also honored two students from each class who are great examples of The Washington Way. These students have shown by their actions that they are honest, respectful, caring, committed to learning, and responsible.

Kinder: Jackie S., Zeke D., Gordon M., Madilynn D., Isabella U., Michael M.

First: Ella R., Daniel P., Camila M. Marco P., Amaya A., Kenny B.

Second: Yareli M., Berenice V., Tyler G., Sahori R., Brenda S., Francisco P.

Third: Azriel R., Christiana Os., Tucker B., Jacqueline P., Ahmed B.

Fourth: Emrah O., Tikvah H., Alfonso J., Jennifer H.

Fifth: Vianey J., Ariana G., Mohammed B.

Sixth: Anahi P., Nancy S.L., Marcos S., Mikenna P.

We are proud of all of our award winners!


School Community Council

Tuesday, December 1st @ 3:30

Washington Elementary School Library

-child care provided




Fall Land Trust Report

Each year we are required to complete a report that details how we have used our Land Trust monies during the previous school year. This report includes data on our reading progress, the names of our new School Community Council for 2014-2015, and details from our budget. If you would like to read our report for 2013-2014, click on the links below:

School Community Council Land Trust Report for 2013-2014

Inform Land Trust Consejo Comunitario Escolar para 2013-2014


Please join our School Community Council

What's Happening Update October 6, 2014














Salt Lake City, UT, March 17, 2014– Washington Elementary presents a collective art experience entitled Thrive at Art Access, 230 South 500 West. The opening reception will be March 21st from 6pm-9pm.

This exciting and engaging work will be on display from March 21-April 11.
Thrive is a collective art making experience by first and sixth grade students from
Washington Elementary. They were assisted by several Salt Lake artists and
Washington teachers. All of work in this exhibit is collective. No single set of hands
completed any of the pieces. We worked off of each other’s ideas and vision.






Washington Elementary participates in an Inside Out Project Group action!

On February 20 and 21st Washington Elementary teachers, students and staff installed a large scale participatory art project at their school. The project began in the fall when a local photographer and artist, Cris Baczek came to Washington and photographed parents, teachers and staff- all people who contribute to the success of our school and care deeply about our students. We then submitted our photos to the Inside Out Project, an organization that fulfills the artist JR’s dream of creating a movement where people have an opportunity to stand up for what they care about and reveal these concerns to their community.

Project Theme

Washington Elementary thrives because of the people who support our children every day in a variety of ways. Our students' success hinges on the efforts of their parents, teachers and community members, from waking kids up on time for school and creating rich classroom experiences to making sure everyday essentials are provided--such as hot meals, warm coats and safe places for families to be together. Let this wall of photographs be a daily reminder to have conversations about how we all must engage in helping our children--and ourselves--thrive.

Our local Group Action was made possible with funds from Art Works for Kids, Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, and the Salt Lake Arts Council.

More information can be found here: http://www.insideoutproject.net/en/group-actions/united-states-salt-lake-city-0


Looking Ahead- watch for this important calendar to come home with your child!

Link to end of year calendar








Happy Halloween !

From Our Despicable Office Crew

Office Crew


Got Chocolate?

The PTA has started their fund-raiser. We will be selling chocolate for the next few weeks. All proceeds will be used to provide incredible opportunities for our students this year. Your child should have received an order form from their teacher. Please make sure that your child does not sell to strangers. All orders and the money to go with them are due by November 16th.

Pictures of Chocolates







On October 3rd, our students had the wonderful opportunity to participate in an interactive assembly. Students earned their way to the activity through appropriate behavior and excellence with their work. Click on the link below to see the fun and excitement that filled our building as students celebrated their success with The DRUM BUS!


Drum Bus ASsembly


Office Max Honors Mrs. Patrell-Kim

On October 1st, Office Max surprised Mrs. Patrell-Kim by dropping by with lots of amazing gifts to recognize what a wonderful teacher she is! Her prizes included a new camera, a Kindle, a label-maker and a new chair along with two boxes full of school supplies for her classroom. Thank you Office Max for your generosity!

Mrs. Patrell-Kim is a highly effective teacher who cares deeply about her students and goes the extra mile to make sure that they are learning. Congratulations!!

Here is what two of the children have to say about Mrs. Patrell-Kim:

"Mrs. Kim is funny and she helps me read better."

"Mrs. Kim is special because she teaches me new stuff and she is nice to me."

Linda A


Linda B



Proud To Be A Washington STAR

Based on the CRT testing given last spring, Washington Elementary received a B grade on the state's new grading scale. We are proud of our incredible faculty, staff, students, and parents. Congratulations on a job well done!

________State Grading______________






Shooting For The Stars!!!

Look for this Shooting For The Stars challenge in this month's newsletter. You can open a copy below by clicking on the newsletter link.

Shoot For The Stars





Kindergarten celebrates promotion

Washington K Promotion

Family and friends gathered at Washington Elementary to celebrate the promotion of the future high school class of 2025 to the first grade. Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Austin, Mrs. Bullard, and Ms. Gallinger, put on a wonderful program to cap off a successful school year. The children sang several songs and each Kindergarten child was presented with a promotion certificate. The event included with pictures and refreshments.


Music for All

Mrs. Osipova and our fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students are happy to share their musical selections online with you. See their spring concert here.



PreSchoolers Celebrate

Washington El community celebrates dedicated staff

Preschoolers from Mrs. Grimm's class helped our administrative secretary, Ms. Sevran, kick-off a week of celebration. This week we will be honoring the service of all of our office staff, learning assistants, and playground aides throughout the building. The preschoolers brought down a hand-painted thank you sign and flowers to set the tone for the coming week of thanks and appreciation!

SIP Shared

The School Community Council and faculty have been working on creating our School Improvement Plan for the 2013-2014 school year. To read our plan, click on the link below:


SIP Summary 2013-2014

Final SIP 2013-2014

Cesar Chavez Contest Winners

Four 1st graders from Mrs. Willie's class placed in this year's Cesar Chavez Visual Arts Contest.

1st Place Michelle Phillipi

2nd Place Isabel Rangel

3rd Place Sieni Etelani

Hon. Ment. Beatrice Teigen

Congratulations to all our winners and special thanks to Mrs. Hallet, our fabulous art teacher.

Washington students succeed at District Science Fair

Congratulations to our District Science Fair Winners. Two projects by Washington Elementary students were recognized for their scientific excellence at the science fair on February 20, 2013.

In Microbiology

In Physics and Astronomy

Click here to see the full list of District Science Fair Winners.

Do the math! Jazz Night is fun for all!

Congratulations to the 24 students and their parents who will be attending the Jazz vs. Thunder gameon Feb. 12, 2013. Eighty-nine students from grades 3-6 grades earned entry into a drawing for the Jazz tickets by successfully mastering their multiplication tables with scores of 80% and above on a recent test. A big thanks goes out to Century Link for this wonderful opportunity!


Washington El Day at Harmons City Creek a Big Success

The Washington Elementary PTA was presented with a prize check for $50 for competing with two other schools around the theme, "Eat Smart to get Smart". In addition to the cash prize, our PTA will receive a portion of the store's proceeds from the day of the event. This was truly a team effort with after school students contributing student art for decorations, our very own Kindergarteners singing to entertain patrons, and wonderful PTA parents manning a table at the store on the day of the event. We thank Harmons for the opportunity and celebrate all who made the event a success!


School Community Council meets Monday, April 8, at 4:30 PM

The Washington Elementary School Community Council meets this Monday, April 8, 2013, at 4:30 PM. in the library.

View School Community Council information here.

View recommended web sites from our teachers as requested by the SCC here.

Academy begins on Tuesday, Jan. 15

Parents who have received information indicating that their child would benefit from our after school Academy are asked to respond as soon as possible. Academy will begin for selected students on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Classes will run from 3:20-4:45 every Monday through Thursday.

Recycling pays

Please consider helping our school earn money by bringing your paper recycling to the school and depositing it in the GreenFiber collection container located at the back of the north parking lot. Through our partnership with GreenFiber our school earns $30 per ton for all paper collected. You can bring your junk mail, old yellow page directories, newspapers and any other paper you would otherwise recycle at the curb. Bundles can be bound with twine or placed in paper bags. District-wide results are yielding an average of over 100,000 pound (50 tons) each month generating more than $1,300 that goes directly to the schools

Times of Crisis

Our hearts go out to the children, families, and our fellow educators in Connecticut. Answers are hard to find in times like this, but the district website does have links to some guidelines for parents on how they can talk to their children about crisis situations. Follow the link below.


Scenes from our Holiday Program

Check out pictures from our Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, Holiday Program below. Thank you to our outstanding music teacher, Mrs. Osipova, and all who helped put on a fabulous show.

See the photos

Piano students shine at U of U performance

On Sunday, Dec. 9. 2012, some of our piano students were given the opportunity to participate in a piano recital at the U of U. Just days before, on Dec. 5, 2012, Washington Elementary hosted a piano recital for all piano students. Forty-five students participate in free piano lessons provided by U of U Music School master students every Monday-Thursday after school.

piano students

Local lawyers visit Washington 1st graders

lawyer visits classOur first grade classes were visited by local lawyers from Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, on December 6, 2012.  We learned about voting and elections this past November.  We had to read and vote on our favorite book together.  The two books we voted on were If I Were President and D is for Democracy.  After we turned in our votes, they brought us books that we were able to keep.  Thank you Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, we enjoy our new books! 



Clark Planetarium brings cool science to upper grades

Harley Y. from Ms. Dimond's class captured these great pictures from the Dec. 6, 2012, Clark Planetarium Assembly for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.


Land Trust Plan Shared

The School LAND Trust program brings much needed financial support to Washington Elementary each year. Our School Community Council is responsible for developing a School Improvement Plan and Trust Lands Budget to allocate these discretionary monies. The plan and budget are then shared with our school community.

To view the Final Land Trust Plan for 2011-2012 click here.

Rewards & Awards Assemblies--Nov. 29-Nov.30

See the trailer!

Washington Elementary Radio Disney Assembly by Stevie G.

Radio DisneyWhen Radio Disney came to our school, we had lots of fun! The assembly was to teach us about healthy food and what to put in our bodies to help us be healthy. We learned 4 steps of food to put in our body: 5 fruits or vegetables, 2 hours of screentime (time on things with a screen, like a television or computer), 1 hour of physical activity, and 0 kinds of soda pop, energy drinks, or fruit juice. We also learned that milk, chocolate milk, and water is a very good substitute for soda or any other bad drinks.

We did a lot of exercise too. At first, we stood up and did many different dance moves to help us exercise. Other kids also got to be on the stage and do a small physical challenge. They had to run around cones, do 5 jumping jacks, have a hula hoop go around their waist 5 times, then run back and give their team captain a high five. Everyone did a few jumping jacks too.

We had so much fun at the assembly! It was all free because of the Kohls Cares program. Thanks Kohls![sic]

Our reporter, Stevie G., is a fifth grader in Ms. Dimond's class.


Annual Assessment approaches for the Salt Lake City School District Magnet Extended Learning Program

The Extended Learning Program (ELP) of the Salt Lake City School District offers educational opportunities for students who show high academic abilities in grades kindergarten (K) through eighth. One component of ELP is a K through 6th grade magnet program.  Currently, we are accepting requests to assess students to determine eligibility for possible placement into next school year’s K-6th ELP magnet and International Pathways (IP) (a Spanish bilingual magnet).

Students qualifying for an ELP placement have shown that they need an academic program which allows them to move more quickly, work with more complex concepts, and delve more deeply into academic content. The elementary ELP magnets are housed at Hawthorne, Whittier, and Emerson Elementary.  Students and their families must reside, and continue to reside, within the Salt Lake City School District to be assessed for or participate in the Extended Learning Program.

If you are interested in requesting an ELP assessment for your child entering grades K-6th please call 801-578-8573 as soon as possible. Testing must be requested prior to February 15th, 2013. If you would like more information, go to the website http://www.slcschools.org/depts/exceptional/elp/ or call. 

Se aproxima la Evaluación Anual del Programa Magnet de Aprendizaje Avanzado(ELP) del Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City

El Programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado (ELP) del Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City ofrece oportunidades de aprendizaje a los estudiantes que muestran habilidades de aprendizaje superior desde el Kínder  hasta octavo grado escolar. Uno de los componentes del Programa ELP es un programa magnet desde el Kínder hasta 6° Grado. Actualmente, estamos recibiendo solicitudes para evaluar estudiantes y ser posiblemente colocados dentro del Programa Magnet de Aprendizaje Avanzado del Kínder al sexto grado y el Programa Internacional Pathways (IP) (Vías Internacionales) (un programa magnet bilingüe español).

Los estudiantes que califican para ser colocados/asignados en el programa ELP han demostrado que ellos necesitan un programa académico, el cual les permita avanzar más rápidamente, trabajar con conceptos más complejos y ahondar más profundamente en el contenido académico. El programa magnet de escuela primaria se ubica en las escuelas Primarias Hawthorne, Whittier y Emerson. Los estudiantes y sus familias deben vivir, y continuar viviendo dentro de los límites geográficos del Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City para participar en el programa.

Si usted está interesado en solicitar una evaluación ELP para su hijo que estará entrando del Kínder a 6o. Grado, llame cuanto antes al 801-578-8573. Se necesita pedir la evaluación para el 15 de febrero del 2013. Si quiere recibir más información, por favor visite el siguiente sitio http://www.slcschools.org/depts/exceptional/elp/ o llame el número telefónico anterior.

We Are a Community of Caring--Responsibility

Picture of Character Education TraitsWe are so proud of our entire learning community and look foward to another year of incredible growth and learning. We are excited to introduce the character traits that we will be teaching and living at Washington this year!

Take a look at our first Community of Caring Newsletter by clicking on the link below.

Take a peak at these other great Community of Caring Links to see our caring in action.

Open Enrollment Timeline for 2013-2014 announced

For the coming school year, students interested in enrolling in a Salt Lake City school, who live outside the district or school boundaries, may apply for an Open Enrollment Application during the Early Enrollment period from December 3, 2012 through February 15, 2013. Applications are taken in the Student Services Department of the Salt Lake City School District Administration East Building, 440 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah  84111.

Open Enrollment Information here.

Open Enrollment Timeline here.

Elección de Escuela – Inscripción Abierta Aviso

El Próximo año escolar, los estudiantes que esten interesados en inscribirse en una escuela de Salt Lake City, que vivan fuera de los límites del distrito o de vecindario de la escuela, podrán presentar una solicitud de Traslado de Matriculación durante el período de Inscripción Temprana desde el 3ro. de Diciembre hasta el 15 de Febrero de 2013.   Las solicitudes se entregan en las oficinas del departamento de Student Services del Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City, Edificio de Administración, 440 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Información está aquí.

Sealants prevent cavities and bring smiles

SealantsSealants for Smiles, a non-profit division of Dental Select, visited Washington Elementary on Nov. 19 and 20, 2012, to provide free sealant care for our students.

This year our Gold Medal Schools theme is Dental Health. Below are a few reminders of how to care for new sealants courtesy of Dental Select.

For more information on sealants, check out the web site below.


Radio Disney Assembly on Nov. 9, 2012

When Radio Disney came to our school, we had lots of fun! The assembly was to teach us about healthy food and what to put in our bodies to help us be healthy. We learned 4 steps of food to put in our body: 5 fruits or vegetables, 2 hours of screentime (time on things with a screen, like a television or computer), 1 hour of physical activity, and 0 kinds of soda pop, energy drinks, or fruit juice. We also learned that milk, chocolate milk, and water is a very good substitute for soda or any other bad drinks.

We did a lot of exercise too. At first, we stood up and did many different dance moves to help us exercise. Other kids also got to be on the stage and do a small physical challenge. They had to run around cones, do 5 jumping jacks, have a hula hoop go around their waist 5 times, then run back and give their team captain a high five. Everyone did a few jumping jacks too.

We had so much fun at the assembly! It was all free because of the Kohls Cares program. Thanks Kohls! [sic]

This article was written by Stevie G., a 5th grader in Ms. Dimond's class. The photojournalist for the event was Talavion C.

The HostThe Disney TeamOur Photojournalist

Happy Halloween from the Washington Stars

Students, parents, and staff had a wonderful time celebrating Halloween. The morning started with a Halloween Parade. This year's parade had a Disney magic theme, with many of the staff dressed as famous Disney characters and Disney Halloween music echoing throughout the hallways! Parents and guests were invited to join us for the festivities with lots of photo ops along the parade route. The day ended with class parties. We would like to thank everyone who helped make this memorable day possible.

See more of our Halloween fun here.


The Halloween Obstacle Course

Last week, during P.E., there was a Halloween Obstacle Course. It was set up in the gym. Miss Shawney put up the obstacle course for us to play on. There was a balance beam, some huge noodles to walk through, and scooters to ride on. There were ghosts to throw and a dark tunnel. There was Michael Jackson Halloween Music. It was very, very fun for the whole school. [sic]

Written by Ms. Lindsay's 2nd grade class

Obstacle Course


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