Fort Washington Elementary School

About Us

Fort Washington Patriot Pledge

I am a Positive, Proud, Productive, and Patriotic
member of the Fort Washington COMMUNITY;
I will try my hardest; I will never give up;
My heart believes it; and my actions shall show it!

Our FWES Song – Ode to Fort Washington (Based on a theme from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony)

Hail to you Fort Washington,
the school that offers us the best.
Cheers for you Fort Washington,
we rise above all the rest.
Children learning all together
making the most of everyday.
Thanks to you Fort Washington
for helping us along the way!

Mission Statement

It is the Mission of Fort Washington Elementary School to inspire our students to believe that learning is a life long adventure and that success means doing our best, being our best, and feeling proud in our efforts. * Foster a learning environment that promotes the freedom to wonder, to ask, to explore, and to imagine. * Create an atmosphere where students are accepted for their special talents and individual uniqueness. * Develop a positive learning community that instills character traits of respect, responsibility, fairness, honesty, perseverance, trustworthiness, caring, compassion, and citizenship. * Focus instructional priorities on PA. State Standards, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, cooperation, communication, and technology.

Administrative Staff

Principal:
Mr. Shawn McAleer
smcaleer@udsd.org

Administrative Assistant & Guidance Counselor:
Mrs. Debbie Einhorn
deinhorn@udsd.org

School Psychologist:
Mr. David Glass
dglass@udsd.org

Certified School Nurse:
Mrs. Sue Houseman
shousema@udsd.org

Guidance

Having Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences

Each year parents will have an opportunity to participate in Parent –Teacher Conferences.  These important meetings are a wonderful opportunity to share and learn information that can strengthen your children’s school success. In order for your child to achieve maximum success in school, it is important for the teacher to communicate with parents. Research has proven that the more parents are involved in and informed about their child’s educational process, the higher the level of success in school will be. The short time that you spend in a conference may prove to be the most valuable time you spend at school throughout the entire school year.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) makes the following recommendations for these priceless one-on-one meetings that give families opportunities to get a better understanding of their children.

Before the Conference:

  • Listen – Any time you hear your child talking about something he or she is doing really well in or is having trouble with – either with schoolwork or with classmates – make a note of it.  When it’s time for the conference with the teacher, you’ll have a ready-made list of things to discuss.
  • Write down your Questions – Have you questions ready for topics that you would like to discuss.  Bring notes and papers to the conference.
  • Ask – When it’s time to schedule the conference with the teacher, sit down with your child and ask him or her what you should discuss with the teacher.  One thing that’s guaranteed to get your children to open up is asking them what they think their teacher is going to tell you about them.

During the Conference:

  • Be on time. – Schools tightly schedule parent teacher conferences because there’s only so much time available and dozens of families to see.  Please try to show up at least a few minutes early, so you know you’ll be set to begin when it’s your turn.
  • Hire a babysitter – it’s important to make sure that the time you have with the teacher is as productive as possible.  Having other children in the room is distracting.  Either hire a babysitter or trade off with another parent so that you have quality time with your child’s teacher.
  •  Take notes – Make sure to take notes about what the teacher is telling you about your child. Be sure to address these important areas: strengths, weaknesses, and social skills.
  •  Keep emotions out of it – Bear in mind that this meeting is an opportunity to work together for the benefit of your child. Teachers and parents need to work as a team.

 After the Conference:

  • Talk to your child – Sit down with your child and tell him or her what you and the teacher discussed.  Emphasize the positive things the teacher said.  Remember that it’s important for your child to feel positive about learning, the teacher, and the school.
  •  Follow through – Once you know what you can do at home to help your child succeed in school, make sure to actually do it.  It’s understandable that that finding the time might be difficult, but remember your child needs you.  Also, remember to keep lines of communication open with your child’s teacher.  You are an important member of the team that is instrumental for your child’s success in school.
  •  Remember, the information you gain by attending a parent / teacher conference can be put to excellent use in helping your child succeed in school.  We greatly appreciate your continued support and cooperation.  Working together as a team we can accomplish a great deal for our children.