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What is Red Ribbon Week?

In 1985, a community in Mexico tied red ribbons all over town to pay tribute to a man named Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who was a Drug Enforcement Agent at that time. In memory of his hard work fighting against drugs, the community started this tradition of pledging to be drug-free and living healthy lifestyles.  The Red Ribbon has now become a symbol for the drug free movement.  Over 100,000 schools and organizations nationwide celebrate Red Ribbon Week, making it the most successful drug prevention event ever held.  It is our hope that together, we can make all of our students aware that a healthy lifestyle and drug free future is available to each and every one of them. 


Drug Prevention Begins with Building Character – Making Healthy Choices everyday!

  • - it is important to your child no matter what age!

Be sure to tell them when they do a great job and when you are proud of them.

This promotes having the confidence to make good decisions.

  • Build strong decision-making skills - this will allow your students to think for themselves.

Start by letting them pick their own clothes, shoes, and school supplies. Let them express themselves freely.

  • Positive role modeling - children’s attitudes about drugs are learned from parents.

Do not be afraid to talk to your child about the dangers of drugs.


  • Setting rules - be warm but firm. Let your children know exactly what you expect from them while reminding them that they can make good decisions about drugs.


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Calling all Watch D.O.G.S

Calling all fathers and father-figures - WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student's life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears. Dads, granddads, uncles, step-dads and male guardians. We will have our Watch D.O.G.S Kickoff on Wednesday, October 19 at 6 p.m. 

Click here to sign up!

Visit our WATCH D.O.G.S. Website

Washington's Upcoming Events




Monday, October 24- Friday, October 28: Red Ribbon Week


Friday, October 28: Halloween Parade/Minimum Day K-5


Monday, October 31: No School




Tuesday, November 8: Election Day/ Washington Elementary is a polling place


Friday, November 11: No School/Veteran's Day


Tuesday, February 15: Coffee with the Principal @ 8:30 a.m. 


Tuesday, February 15: PTA Sponsored STEM Night: Astrology Adventures @ 6:30 p.m. 


Friday, November 18: PTA Sponsored Family Movie Night: Finding Dory


Monday, November 21 - Friday, November 25:  No School/ Thanksgiving Vacation




Monday, December 5 - Wednesday, December 14: Grades 1-5 Minimum Day Schedule/Parent-Teacher Conferences

AM/PM Kindergarten are on regular schedule


Monday, December 19- Monday, January 2: No School/ Winter Break




Tuesday, January 3: Washington Elementary School Reopens


Click here for RBUSD's 2016-17 School Year Calendar

Thank You SHAREFEST and Journey of Faith Church!

On Saturday, April 30th at our SHAREFEST Workday 150 volunteers worked together to create a beautiful school entrance, planted flowers in our new butterfly and hummingbird garden, painted a colorful mural on the Kindergarten  wall, painted the Kindergarten shed, painted  our Explorer Logo on the blacktop, and created a Dr. Seuss themed Reading Room. Thank you to Mary Laster for writing the proposal, Lindsay Smith for creating a partnership with Journey of Faith Church, Fred Naile and the RBUSD M &O team for prepping our school for the workday, and most of all  THANK YOU to the countless volunteers from Journey of Faith Church and Washington Elementary who worked 14 hours on Saturday to help make our Explorer dreams come true!!!

Washington takes 2nd Place at RBUSD Battle of the Books Championship

Washington takes 2nd Place at RBUSD Battle of the Books Championship

2016 Jog-A-Thon

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2016 Jog-A-Thon a HUGE Success. We were able to raise  $36,000! A big THANK YOU to Jen Cole, Nicole Kuns, Sydney Arfin, Renee Brennan, Chris Wilkas, Mona Colee, Angelica Medeiros, Jessie Roth, Anne Marie Hines, Tammy Rothchild, Alexandra Sifuentes, Dana Price, Beach City Health District, Washington PTA, and the countless parent volunteers who came out today to cheer on our Washington Explorers!


Way to go, Explorers!

2015 California Honor Roll Award

Our school was chosen by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as a 2015 California Honor Roll recipient! The California Honor Roll is part of a national effort known for its extensive and rigorous analysis of student achievement in public schools. Our school stood above other schools in the state because of our success in getting students to higher levels of achievement and beyond. The 2015 Honor Roll includes public K-8 and high schools that are recognized for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps.


The Honor Roll:

  • Includes a measurement of improvement
  • Is the only award given in collaboration with business leaders
  • Includes graduation and dropout rate data
  • No application process is necessary
  • Establishes a higher bar of performance than any other award
  • Takes into account equity and closing achievement gaps

We did not apply for this award (they found us!) and it is a great honor to have been chosen. We will be featured on the Honor Roll website and a banner has been designed for us to hang proudly at our school. Thanks to the hard work of the students and teachers here at Washington, we are being recognized for our achievement. This is a testament to the relentless focus on results that our school has shown over the years and to the hard work of our entire school community.

From all of us here at Washington, I give heartfelt congratulations. Together, we are improving education for all students by sharing our success. Way to go, Explorers!

Washington Elementary has been recognized as a  Green Ribbon School Silver Level by the State of California
Our work to decrease the environmental impact and teach students health, wellness, environmental awareness helped our school receive this award. This is a great honor for Washington, being one of four public elementary schools in the state to achieve recognition.

A special congratulations to our PTA, Garden docents, and our student leadership “Green Team” for continuing to promote green efforts campus wide. Another HUGE congratulations to our custodial staff and M&O team for making Redondo such a beautiful place to work! Finally, thank  you to our awesome Washington Staff for holding a high bar for wellness among our students and school community.


Here are the Pillars of the Green Ribbon Award:

Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate exemplary achievement in three “pillars.”

·         Pillar I: reduce environmental impact and costs;

·         Pillar II: improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and

·         Pillar III: provide effective environmental education that teaches many disciplines and is especially good at    effectively incorporating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, civic skills, and green career pathways.

Thank you to our entire school community for continuing our efforts to GO GREEN !

Important Changes to Immunization Requirements

Notice to Parents and Guardians about Vaccine Exemptions

RE:  New immunization requirements for 2016


Under a new law known as SB 277, beginning January 1, 2016 exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California.  Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade. 


It is important to understand that transitional kindergarten is considered to be kindergarten for the purposes of immunization requirements.  Therefore, the required vaccinations for a kindergarten student are also required for the transitional kindergarten student. For more information about SB 277, please see the Frequently Asked Questions available at: http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/sb277faq/. For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at www.shotsforschool.org, or contact your local health department or county office of education.


Thank you for helping us to keep our children and community healthy.


Help Raise the Tide at Washington...Donate to RBEF

Congratulations Washington! A 2015 National Recognized Silver School

Congratulations Washington! A 2015 National Recognized Silver School

We are proud to announce that Washington Elementary received the 2015 National Healthy Schools SILVER Award for leading comprehensive health, physical activity, and wellness efforts during the 2014-2015 school year.

To earn the Award Washington improved its nutrition and wellness services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program.

A big thank you to our 2014-15 Wellness Council for the support and dedication to this amazing recognition!

Lego League Robotics

Washington Elementary has started a new Lego League Robotics team for 4th and 5th graders. We want all you master builders and robot experts as well as anyone who wants to be part of a winning team to sign up for the league! Your team will learn the skills needed to build robots and compete with other schools while learning, math, engineering, programming, planning and problem solving using Lego’s Robotic Mindstorms sets. You can find more information about the league and their core values at www.legoexplorers.com

You can pick up an application in the front office. All applications are due by Wednesday, June 17.

Chromebooks at Washington!

Chromebooks at Washington!

At the Redondo Beach Unified School District we believe today's students are true digital natives who are accustomed to instant access to information. RBUSD provides 24/7 access to digital content, learning tools and a computer for each student and teacher participating in our 1:1 student laptop program. We are pleased to offer this program and are grateful for your support of Measure Q, which has allowed us to provide our students with a true 21st century quality education!




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The Redondo Beach Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which in partnership with individuals, community businesses and corporations, seeks to provide the additional funding and resources needed to enhance the educational experience of all RBUSD children. Your donations are fully tax deductible and EVERY dollar goes back to the District to support RBUSD programs.

To make a donation to RBEF, and read more information about how the current crisis impacts the RBUSD, please visit the RBEF website.

Washington Wellness Council

Click here for the NEW Washington Wellness Council webpage!

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Get Your Chromebook Accessories....

...and support RBEF and PTA!


Click here for more information!

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