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Fort Washington Elementary News Article

Principal's Message for September 26, 2022

Hello Pates,

              Safety is important to us at the Fort.  We held our first fire drill of the school year this week.   This helps us practice and learn what to do in the event of a fire on campus.  The Catapult EMS system was used to conduct our fire drill which streamlines communications with staff, district administration, and first responders.  We will conduct a fire drill once a month, at various times of the day, which will allow us to experience evacuation from multiple locations such as music, library, recess times, in addition to your child’s classroom.  Throughout the school year, we will also conduct earthquake, shelter-in-place, and lockdown drills.  Our scheduled drills will be published on our weekly Town Crier.  To learn more about our Catapult EMS system, please join us at our 1st Quarter SART and IDAC meeting on Thursday, October 13th at 5:30pm.

We are also learning to be safe on the digital platform through our Digital Citizenship lessons in TK – 6th grade.  Through our partnership with our parent community and FWPA, our students in grades 2-6 have one-to-one laptops at school.   Students in Kindergarten and grade 1 have a small set of laptops in each classroom for small group lessons.  We know that parent and guardians play a critical role in helping to ensure our students lead safer digital lives.  To help keep you informed about this topic, there are a few flyers with helpful family tips posted on our school website and on Peach Jar.  Thank you for your partnership in our efforts to educate and keep our students safe.

Lastly, our parking lot and loading zones can get very congested, especially during the end of the school day.  Please utilize parking spaces if you are planning to leave your vehicle to pick-up your child from your child’s classroom.  The loading zones are for vehicles to pull forward to drop-off or pick-up students from the curb of the sidewalk.  We do not want our students to run into the second lane to get into a vehicle.  We are encouraging our students to use the crosswalk near the brick wall when needing to walk into the parking lot.  It will need to be a team effort to keep our students safe from the start to the end of the school day.  Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hashimoto

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