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Welcome Letter from Mr. Del Collo



Fort Washington Elementary School:

A Community of Learners and Leaders who are
Positive!   -   Proud!
Productive!   -   Patriotic!   &   Bully Free!


NO PLACE FOR HATE - Resolution of Respect – YEAR 3:

We pledge from this day forward to do our best to combat prejudice and to stop those who violate someone’s civil rights.

We will seek to understand those who are different.  We believe that one person can make a difference and that no person should stand by when it comes to opposing hate.

We will speak out against prejudice and discrimination.

We will reach out to those who are victims of hate.  We know that we must all promote harmony, equality and respect.



Dear FWES Community and Family,


On behalf of the FWES Family & Community, it is truly my pleasure to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to you as we begin the 2011-2012  school year at Fort Washington Elementary School.  September is the time of year to reconnect with old friends and welcome new friends. We at FWES are very pleased to welcome everyone to the 2011-2012 school year!  To those students and parents who are new to FWES we extend an especially warm welcome and best wishes for an exciting and productive year in your new school. We hope that you will quickly feel at home and become involved in the activities of our school through the PTA and your child’s classroom program.  


THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR:

As I begin my 12 year as principal of FWES, I will continue to work diligently with parents and faculty to foster an atmosphere that promotes a learning community characterized by child centered instruction and decisions, academic excellence, trust, respect, community involvement, excellent communications, and recognition of both student and staff achievement. I am committed to working in collaboration with you to continue to develop and implement this shared vision. Working together as a team we will move forward in our mission this new school year to create a nurturing, disciplined, and challenging environment in which all students can learn at optimum levels and become responsible members of society.  We have so much to be proud of as a staff, family, and community.


We have many reasons to be proud of our success at FWES.  We received the following recognition:

# 1 – FWES was designated as #5 of 1,661 Elementary Schools in the Commonwealth, TOP 10 Elementary Schools in the Commonwealth, & a Five Star School Award Winner by Schooldigger.com.  I knew we were good!  I just didn’t realize that we were this good!  What a proud accomplishment for our student staff and parents!

# 2 -  2009 PSSA  Results:  FWES was the only school in the district that had 100% of its third grade students and 100% of its fourth grade students score advanced and proficient in math.

Our PSSA scores continue to be outstanding.

# 3 - 2010 Distinguished Title 1 School $5,000.00 Title 1 Academic Achievement Award:  We are also extremely proud that the PA Department of Education has awarded FWES a Title 1 Academic Achievement Award for $5,000.00 based on our PSSA results. Also, FWES has been honored as a 2010 Distinguished Title 1 School!  

# 4 - The 2009 National Distinguished Principal Award:  This award is presented by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and is regarded as the highest honor principals can receive from their peers.  I had the honor of representing Upper Dublin and Pennsylvania at the Pa. Elementary & Secondary  Principals Conference at Penn State and the 26th National Distinguished Principals Award Program in Washington D.C.

# 5 -  2009 Teacher as Hero Award:  Mrs. Debbie Einhorn, FWES Administrative Assistant and Guidance Counselor, has been awarded the 2009 Teacher as Hero Award from the National Liberty Museum. 

# 6 - 2010  Educator 500 Award: Mrs. Kathy Gibson, FWES second grade teacher has been awarded the 2010 Educator 500 Award from West Chester University for her 37 years of dedication to the children, staff, and parents of FWES.

# 7 – FWES Librarian – Kim Berezovske was honored as a candidate for the Montgomery County Librarian of the Year Award.

# 8 - Published:  From 'Getting'  to 'Got it': Teachers as Leaders:  FWES has been published in the PSBA Bulletin,  February 2010. A bi-monthly magazine of the PA School Boards Association.  The article is about the professional learning community that we foster at FWES. Mrs. Kathy Gibson is highlighted for her efforts with this outstanding initiative.

# 9  – FWES publicly designated No Place for Hate School. .Beifield Foundation Grant:  No Place for Hate: The Beifield Foundation has awarded a grant to FWES - A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE:  Becoming an Ally:  Interrupting Name-Calling and Bullying training for students, staff, and parents. Many thanks to Mrs. Einhorn for bringing No Place For Hate to FWES!

# 10 -  #1 in Montgomery County (3rd Consecutive Year) for supporting Jump Rope for Heart. The FWES community raised $37,234.48 for Jump Rope For Heart.  This was the highest in all Montgomery County – for the third consecutive year. Over the last eight years, the FWES community and family have contributed over $100,000.00 to JRFH!





The Anti-Defamation League, in partnership with many organizations, created No Place for Hate.  The program empowers schools and communities to challenge intolerance, bullying, and indifference through action and education. We will begin year two of No Place for Hate which fosters a culture of collaboration and cooperation in schools. It empowers schools and communities to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry. Students are asked to sign a Resolution of Respect, which schools display so that everyone is aware of the commitment to diversity. This year we will have training for students, staff, and parents thanks to the Beifield Foundation Grant:  No Place for Hate: The Beifield Foundation has awarded a grant to FWES - A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE:  Becoming an Ally:  Interrupting Name-Calling and Bullying.



The FISH Philosophy is based on the organizational philosophy at Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market. FISH For Schools is a research based approach in helping schools better manage their school culture by shaping every day the attitudes of their students, the choices they make from moment to moment, and by the way they choose to treat each other. Go Fish For Success will be a great  platform to foster, encourage, & highlight our SIX PATRIOT SCHOOL RULES. The four key concepts that make up the FISH PHILOSOPHY:

1 – Be There – for each other by staying focused on what we are doing and how we are

doing it.

2 – Choose Your Attitude – good and bad things happen every day, we can always choose

 our attitudes.

3 – Make Their Day – a kind gesture can make their day when we do things, big and small, to

 make others feel good.

4 – Play – we all know that learning is more fun when we throw ourselves into and when

 everyone has fun it adds to the excitement of learning. 



FWES uses a four day rotation schedule that enhances collaboration between teachers and other school staff, reduce the number of times children are pulled out of class during the instructional day,  provide time for RTII ( see below), and provide for a more consistent participation by each class in the four specials offered. These specials are art, music, physical education, and library/technology. The schedule is formatted into –  A (Awesome) Day, B (Beautiful) Day, C (Caring) Day, and D (Dynamic) Day.  If school is missed due to holidays or snow days, when your child returns to school, the schedule will resume with the letter day that was missed. For example, if Friday is B Day, then Monday will be a C Day, if Monday is a holiday, Tuesday will become a C Day. A sign is posted in the office letting the students know what day it is. We also include the schedule in our weekly By George that is available through Listserve.  Communications from your child’s teacher will also facilitate accuracy with the schedule. 


Recess Before Lunch – Play First & Then Eat:

 We are excited to report that we have switched lunch recess so that it occurs before the children have lunch instead of after lunch. There is much research that supports this switch including – health, academic, and social considerations.  A power point program, informational tri fold, and a letter to parents will be presented during the school year.  Meetings will be held with staff members, support staff, custodians, food service employees, students, and parents to provide a smooth and hopefully seamless transition to this mode. Our physical education teacher, Mr. Green  will spend the first few weeks (or longer) on Recess 101 which will teach and reinforce rules for recess games, the importance of good sportsmanship, peer mediation, and introduce new activities/games that children can play at recess. Much more information will be presented on this topic in the next month. For now parents who have their children bringing lunch to school are asked to BOLDLY display your child’s name, grade, and section (A-B-C-D) on their lunch boxes and lunch bags.  This is extremely important to help facilitate a smooth transition for this change in procedure.  Also, it is being recommended that all parents include sanitary hand wipes in their child’s book pack or lunch containers so that they can be used before children eat their lunches.


Our Student Day:


  • 8:30AM - children can enter the building
  • 8:50AM – Announcements begin
  • 8:55AM – First special begins




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