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Washington's 10 Things You Need to Know

Washington's 10 Things You Need to Know


Mr. Matt Peerenboom: PRINCIPAL

811 N. Pine St.

Janesville, WI 53548

Office 743-7200
   Attendance: 743-7230 - Fax: 743-7210

School Mascot: The Patriot


The Washington School community is committed to unlocking every student’s unique potential and instilling hope for a bright future.



Printable PDF of Washington's 10 Things to Know

10 Things You Need to Know Section
A. Daily Schedule 1
B. Student Drop-off / Pick-up Procedures 2
C. District Calendar  3
D. Staff Directory 4
E. Absences / Homework Information 5
F. Community Connections & Family Resource Centers 6
G. Emergency Drills/Evacuation Location 7
H. Lost & Found 8
I. Student Illness/Injury/Dismissals 9
J. Visitors / Volunteers (including lunch and classroom visits) 10




Playground Supervision Begins 8:00 am
Students Enter the building 8:15 am
Instruction Begins; Students are in class 8:20 am
School is Dismissed 3:08 pm
Outside Supervision ends 3:23 pm


Our school now qualifies for free breakfast for all students under the Community Eligibility Provision. This means that all students will be able to participate in our breakfast at no cost.  We will be taking part in the "Breakfast After the Bell" program. This insures that every student is offered a breakfast after the school day begins. This will also replace the daily snack and milk break, so you no longer need to supply a snack or send money for snack milk.

The daily lunch menu is published in the Janesville Gazette, and sent home with each student.

The instructional day for children in grades K-5 is from 8:15 – 3:08 with a 35-minute LUNCH/recess and a 16-minute recess in the daily schedule.

Grade Lunch Lunch Recess
Kindergarten   11:35 - 11:55 11:55 - 12:10
Grade 1 11:05 - 11:25 11:25 - 11:40
Grade 2 11:45 - 12:05 12:05 - 12:20 
Grade 3 12:05 - 12:25 12:25 - 12:40
Grade 4  11:15 - 11:35  11:35 - 11:50
Grade 5 12:15 - 12:35 12:35 - 12:50



Parent Information for Dropping-off / Picking-up Children at School:


Playground supervision will begin at 8:00 am.  Students should not arrive at school before then.

 We do ask all drivers to observe the following guidelines.


  • Do teach your children to cross the street only at the crosswalks.
  • Do drive carefully when approaching a crosswalk. If the crosswalk has safety patrols, they cannot go into the street to direct traffic.
  • Do not drive into the parking lot to drop students off. 
  • Do not park in the crosswalk at any time.
  • Do not double park or pick up a child in the passing lane of the driveway
  • Do remember to Stop - Drop / Pick-Up - Go 

Dropping Off Children

  • Do drop off all children in a car at one spot rather than two or three different ones
  • Do keep the flow of traffic moving by pulling up as far as you can to drop off students

All Janesville residents are required by law to follow these and other Janesville City Ordinances:

  • 6.04.110 Pets are prohibited on leash or not
  • 10.32.030 Obedience to crossing guards - violation with penalty
  • 10.36.010 Prohibited acts: It is unlawful to block hinder or retard any street traffic, whether it is vehicular or otherwise including by receiving or discharging passengers from a vehicle in a lane designated for the movement of traffic.
  • 10.40.025 No parking, stopping or standing contrary to official traffic or parking sign or marker - No Exceptions.
  • 10.40.140 Vehicle left with motor running is prohibited.


If a student is to be excused before the end of the school day for doctor or dentist appointments or other reason, a note from the parent must be written to the child’s teacher. A yellow “passport” will be issued and is to be signed by the doctor/dentist and returned when the child returns to school. Students will not be allowed to leave the school grounds without written permission by a parent.


If a parent is to be detained from picking a child up at dismissal time, the office should be notified so the child is not left standing outside the doors or at the curb. (The office is open from 7:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.) Late pickups should be rare. If late pick ups become frequent, Washington staff will work with the family to address the issue.


Please DO NOT drive into the school staff parking lot to pick up or drop off children at any time! Driving on the school playground is also prohibited. Automobiles back out of parking stalls at various times throughout the day and drivers are not able to see children who might be in the parking lot. For safety purposes, please drop off children on the school side of the street when driving a car in an area not marked by yellow on the curb. Please use the STOP, DROP, AND GO zone on Pine Street in front of Washington School. Move as quickly as you can so that you help reduce congestion as much as possible.



2019-2020 School Year Calendar

Event Date Day of the Week
Labor Day - No School September 2 Monday  
Student First Day of School  September 3 Tuesday
Parent/Teacher Conferences (After school)  October 23 Wednesday, 4:00 - 8:00 PM 
Parent/Teacher Conferences October 24 Thursday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Teacher Non-Work Day - No school October 25 Friday
Middle/High Only - End of Quarter October 31 Thursday
Middle/High Only - No School For MS/HS Teacher Work Day  November 1 Friday
Elementary Only - End of 1st Trimester November 21 Thursday
Elementary Only - No School For Elem. - Teacher Work Day     November 22 Friday
Thanksgiving Break - No School November 28-29 Thursday/Friday
Winter Break - No School December 23  Monday
School Resumes January 2, 2020 Thursday   
Middle/High Only - End of Semester January 16 Thursday
Middle/High Only - No School for MS/HS Teacher Work Day  January 17 Friday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School January 20 Monday
Elementary Only - End of 2nd Trimester February 20  Thursday
Elementary Only - No School For Elem. - Teacher Work Day   February 21 Friday
Parent/Teacher Conferences (After school)  March 4 Wednesday, 4:00 - 8:00 PM  
Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School  March 5      Thursday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
No School - Teacher Non-Work Day March 6  Friday 
Spring Break Begins - No School March 23 Monday
School Resumes March 30 Monday
Middle/High Only - End of Quarter April 2 Thursday
Middle/High Only - No School For MS/HS -Teacher Work Day  April 3 Friday
Good Friday - No School  April 10 Friday 
Teacher Work Day - Snow Reserve Day - No School Unless Needed  May 22 Friday 
Memorial Day - No School May 25 Monday
Last Day of school (Students and Staff) June 5 Friday
Snow Reserve Day: Two inclement weather days for students are built into the district calendar. If school is closed for inclement weather more than two days in the school year, the third and beyond inclement weather days will be made up on the closest Snow Reserve Day after the inclement weather day that is not already being used for make-up time. If one or more of these days are not needed to be used to make-up time they will be days off for students.



Staff Directory     

Area of the Building Name Direct Phone Number
Office   Area Code (608)
  Principal: Mr. Matt Peerenboom 743-7205
  Secretary: Mrs. Kelly Steinke 743-7206
  Mrs. Sarah Oswald 743-7291
  Mrs. Polly Barry 743-7255
  Mrs. Stacy Glowacki 743-7267
  Ms. Sarah Jones 743-7260
1st Grade    
  Mrs. Christine Murphy (UL) 743-7261
  Mrs. Sarah Halon 743-7264
2nd Grade    
  Ms. Maggie Gray 743-7268
  Mrs. Anne Binkley (UL) 743-7267
3rd Grade    
  Mrs. Erin Boston 743-7271
  Mrs. Amanda Niemeier 743-7266
  Ms. Valerie Griffith 743-7223
4th Grade    
  Ms. Judy Brown 743-7279
  Mrs. Jen Fierias (UL) 743-7275
5th Grade    
  Ms. Leslie Fielhauer 743-7277
  Mrs. Kim Hayward 743-7281
Innovation Specialist    
  Mrs. Brittany Miller 743-7236
Special Education    
  Mrs. Beth Gray / Speech 743-7242
  Ms. Paige Freeman 743-7280
  Mrs. Carrie Kneser  743-7276
  Ms. Hannah Wastak 743-7245
Title 1    
  Mrs. Michelle Frank 743-7271
  Ms. Jackie Rufer 743-7263
  Mrs. Gee Gee Jannene 743-7243
  Mrs. Kim Schram 743-7244
Physical Education     
  Mrs. Sherry Hintz 743-7248
  Mrs. Erin Martin 743-7225
Social Worker    
  Mrs. Tarah Thompson 743-7115
  Ms. Amber Buxton 743-6412
  Mrs. Heidi Bakke 743-7229
  Mrs. Kim Bailey 743-7200
  Ms. Cheri Dahl 743-7200
  Ms. Victoria Cook 743-7200
  Mrs. Theresa Spicer 743-7200
  Mrs. Kahla Vobian 743-7200
  Mrs. Katie Hamilton 743-7200
  Mrs. Amie Stuckey 743-7200
  Mrs. Becky de Lorimier 743-7200
  Mrs. Jessica Severance 743-7200
  Mrs. Hailey Burtness 743-7200
  Mr. Bryce Neumueller 743-7200
  Ms. Bianca Hamilton 743-7200
  Ms. Vanessa Krull 743-7200
Family Resource Center    
  Mrs. Kelly Smith 743-7285
  Mrs. Carolyn Steinke 743-7208
  Mrs. Angela Wright 743-7208
  Mr. Carlos Fuller 743-7208
Head custodian Mrs. Christine McDonnell 743-7209
  Ms. Shawn McGuire 743-7209
  Ms. Erin Thomas 743-7209


 Absences / Homework Information   


State Statute 118.15 ( requires that all children of school age be in school during all days and hours that school is in session.  Students who must be out of school due to reasons of health or family emergency must return to school with a statement from parents, guardians, or physician to the attendance office.  Parents or guardians are expected to call the attendance office if their child is going to be out of school.  Students who skip a class or a school day or who exceed the 10 day/80 hours of parentally excused days are subject to disciplinary action.  Every time a student reaches the equivalent of 5 unexcused absences (40 hours), a referral to the school resource officer will be made and a truancy ticket (fine) will be issued.  Attendance records transfer with the student to any School District of Janesville middle school.

When a student is absent, it is important that the parent call as early as possible (office opens at 7:30 A.M.) (743-7200 or 743-7230) to report the absence. If a parent forgets to call, the school attendance clerk will make a telephone call to follow-up on the absence.

  • The Board of Education policy states that parents must contact the school office when their child is absent. 
  • Please give the following information: student’s name, homeroom teacher’s name, reason for absence and if you are requesting homework be gathered.
  • Homework requested is not guaranteed to be ready until 3:15pm
  • In addition, parents may provide a written excuse for each absence when the child returns to school.
  • After 10 unexcused absences, a student is considered Habitually Truant and a parent / guardian will be required to meet with the school principal and/or social worker to discuss the situation.



Community Connections &  Family Resource Center 



  • To assist Washington School through the cooperation and participation of parents and students.
  • To keep the school informed regarding concerns of parents and to keep the home informed regarding concerns of the school.
  • To provide activities which bring home and school together.
  • To encourage more parent participation by planning all of our projects/activities so that the most people can be involved.
  • To sponsor several programs which expose the children to the ARTS.

Meetings: Announcements of all meetings will be made in advance and are on the PTA calendar.
Fund Raisers: We are allowed one major fund raiser per year but can involve ourselves with several small fundraisers. Over 85% of our money comes from the one big fundraiser plus the children's school pictures. The rest comes from dues and other projects. In the past, money raised has been spent on programs and support of student projects.

Officers: President-Bambi Hatlevig

Vice President- Kendra Miller

Secretary- Stephanie Davis

Treasurer- TBD

Family Resource Center: Coordinator: Kelly Smith

The Family Resource Center encourages parent-school partnerships and helps strengthen parent-child interactions. Family Resource Centers promote choice, responsibility and independence.

The Family Resource Center is a special place within the school where all parents can stop by, relax, browse, meet other parents, and check out family games, videos, toys, books, community information, and parenting information. Students may also check out items during the school day. We have something for every family to enjoy!

Family Resource Center Guidelines:

  • Help find a safe place at home to store and play with checked-out materials
  • Depending on the child's age, play/work with him or her so they know how to use these items.
  • Due Date: All materials may be kept for 1 week
  • Please return materials promptly to the FRC
  • Check-out Limit: 1 game &/or 3 books per child
  • If books or pieces of a game or toy are lost or broken. please list what is missing on a piece or paper and put it inside the bag or box.

Throughout the district, parenting workshops and family nights are offered. Watch your school newsletter for these events.



Emergency Drills/Evacuation Location

Fire drills are held at least once a month. We are able to evacuate the building in less than 2 minutes during these drills. Disaster drills (tornado) are held in the spring and classes are assigned a safe place in the basement of the school. “Lockdown” drills are also scheduled twice during the year.




PLEASE, PLEASE mark your children’s clothing, boots, lunch boxes, etc., with tape or a marker. If they lose any article, please have them check the LOST AND FOUND lockers near the office. The amount of unclaimed lost clothing during the year is tremendous, and we are unable to return many of these articles because of no name. If glasses are lost, please check in the office.


Medications at School / Student Illness/Injury/Emergency Care


All medication prescribed by a physician that is to be given at school, requires a permission form giving instructions,    dosage, etc., signed by both physician and parent. This form is kept in the office along with the medication.  Any over  the counter medication a student may need also needs a medication form filled out by the parent. This form and            medication will also be kept in the health office.                                                                                                             


If a child becomes ill during the school day, the parent will be contacted. If the parent cannot be reached, the emergency contact number will be called about picking up the
child. If no one can be reached by phone, the child will remain at school until dismissal time. It is important that you notify the school of any phone number changes.

A. If your child has a minor accident, the following action will be taken:

  • First Aid will be administered according to school approved procedures
  • Your child will be returned to class if he/she is all right

B. If your child is unable to return to class because of illness or minor injury, the following steps will be taken:

  • You will be contacted, and when arrangements have been made with you your child be be allowed to leave the school premises.
  • If you are not available, the emergency contact number recorded on the student information card will be called. 
  • Once contacted, you or the emergency contact will have the responsibility for providing transportation for your child to leave school in a timely manner.
  • If we are unable to reach you or the emergency contact, your child will be kept at school and continued attempts will be made to reach you or the emergency contact.

C. If your child is in need of immediate medical attention, the following steps will be taken:

  • First aid will be rendered immediately according to District approved procedures.
  • Transportation to a medical facility will by arranged for your child
  • You will be called. If you cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be called.
  • When necessary, if you or your designated emergency contact cannot be reached, your child will be taken to a local emergency room.

D. If your child receives a head injury during the school day, the following steps will be taken:

  • First aid will be rendered immediately according to District approved procedures.
  • A letter will be sent home with your child to inform you of the head bump/ injury and a call home will be placed to inform you of the head bump/injury.
  • If your child is unable to return to class because of the head bump/injury or if school personnel feel that the head bump/ injury is serious, you will be contacted.

E. Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device is available when the need arises.  An AED is a device that delivers an electric shock to the heart. For a person who has just experienced a sudden cardiac arrest, the electrical shock from an AED may help save the person's life. Persons on the Emergency Response Team in each school have received CPR and AED training through the American Red cross. These responders will bring the AED to emergency calls in the building.

We need your cooperation in putting this plan in effect for each child. Please insure that the emergency contact information on your child's Student Information Card and emergency contact information on Infinite Campus is accurate. Failure to provide the school with emergency contact information or with any other necessary up-to-date information will give the school district authority to provide emergency care as needed according to school approved procedures.



Visitors / Volunteers (including lunch and classroom visits)


The experience of watching your child interact with others in a learning environment is something we encourage. We also know that when parents visit the classroom they give a child a feeling of cooperation between parents and teachers.  Parents are requested to contact the building principal in advance to seek approval to schedule a classroom visit.  All visitors must sign in with the school office and wear a visible visitor's Badge during their stay.

For safety reasons, visitors who are participating in classroom activities or chaperones on field trips, etc. must complete a volunteer form for approval. Approval is good for the current school year, with a background check each following year.  Approved visitors must stop into the office to sign in and receive a visitor's badge.   

The final decision to accept or deny a visitor to the school, a classroom or on a field trip rests with the designated building or district administrator. 

Parents wishing to have lunch with their children must sign in with the school office and wear a visible visitor's badge during their stay, proceed directly to the lunch area, and sign out in the office after the lunch period.

Student visitors are allowed only with prior district approval, and teacher and principal permission.

For additional information on visiting or volunteering at your child's school, please refer to Board Policy 1230 and Administrative Regulation 1230.1 - Volunteers in Schools; Board Policy 1240 and Administrative Regulation 1241.1 - Visitors to Schools; and Board Policy 1241 and Administrative Regulation 1241.1 Registered Sex Offenders. The school District of Janesville recognizes its responsibility for the health and safety of all students and will take appropriate precautionary measures in situations where the DIstrict has been notified that a registered sex offender wishes to visit a school building or persons on school premises. 

For a volunteer/visitor form please visit our Community Page 

Field Trip Chaperone Guidelines

Thank you so much for volunteering to chaperone for Washington Elementary School field trip. Please read and follow the guidelines below to help ensure a safe and successful experience.

  • If you find out that you cannot be a chaperone, please contact the teacher immediately so other arrangements can be made.
  • Stay alert to the whereabouts / activities of your group.  "Count heads" FREQUENTLY.
  • Avoid being distracted by conversations with other adults.
  • Remember that you are setting an example for the children, so please be respectful to the visited area and enforce school rules.
  • Follow the directions of the teacher in charge.
  • NO drinking, smoking, bringing weapons or using profane language during the field trip. 
  • Verbally correct students in a calm manner who are not following the rules (Please walk,. Please do not talk during the performance, etc.) If the behavior continues, advise the classroom teacher of the problem.
  • Follow the bus rules.
  • Wear appropriate attire. Be sure all slogans on clothing and hats are suitable for the elementary school environment.  (NO adds for liquor, smoking materials or inappropriate language.)
  • Smoking at a school activity is prohibited by law.
  • For safety reasons and due to liability concerns, no siblings or other children will be allowed to accompany a chaperone.
  • Supervise public bathrooms very carefully.
  • Because this is a school sponsored trip, all students must stay with their assigned group and chaperone.
  • If possible please bring a cell phone with you for emergencies. Please provide that number to your child's teacher prior to the trip.


Please see the District Handbooks for more information