We had our African American History assembly this week and send many thanks to Madeline Crowder and Julie Dail for the work they did to plan the event. Students have had lessons throughout the month of February about African American individuals who have made great contributions to their communities and to society at large and several classes have visited the Cultural Museum here in town. We have enjoyed looking at the Martin Luther King, Jr. portraits sent to us by first graders at Heritage Elementary School, and we hope everyone has developed a better understanding of the contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to all of us.

Today we hosted Sara Collin’s annual Dr. Seuss parade, and we loved seeing all the costumes and the excited children. They certainly know how to bring Dr. Seuss characters to life, and we appreciate their sharing their creativity with us.

This week classes studies topics such as the revolutionary war; shredding, sorting and sweeping; the Olympics; basic needs of plants; and ways of using math at a speedway. Some read the story “Pancakes for Supper” and talked about elements of the story such as the main idea. Also, alternate assessments have begun and IEP meetings continue. Classes went off campus for bowling, eating out and shopping, and the guys working on the nature trail formed up another whole section to get it ready for concrete.

 PTA met on Thursday and discussed the upcoming “Run, Walk and Roll”, progress on the nature trail, and fund raising opportunities. They want everyone to know that brick sales for the nature trail are in full swing, so we hope many of you will purchase bricks to help with the gathering areas.  Forms to complete can be found on the Washington Center website. Also, forms went home for participation in the “Run, Walk and Roll”, and PTA is asking that you talk with friends, relatives and employers about helping to sponsor the event. Please remember AmazonSmile as well in that Washington Center PTA will receive a donation from them each time you make a purchase. Every little bit helps.   

Next week we will have fire and tornado drills; will host a tour with Leadership Greenville participants, and all staff members will be participating in a discussion of this year’s professional development book, The Energy Bus

Dates to mark on your calendar include: March 21, parent surveys due; March 23, end of third quarter; and March 29, report cards go home. Special Olympics at Furman will be April 18 and our PTAs “Run, Walk and Roll” will be on April 28. Have a great weekend, and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday.