Dear Washington School Families,

The 2021-2022 school year is right around the corner! I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer break and have taken time to do the things that you most enjoy with family and friends.  I am so excited to take on this new leadership role as principal with all of the Washington Otter Community.   I am looking forward to working together with you in a partnership to ensure the success of your child.

As we all know, last year was an unprecedented year, especially in the world of education.  Eureka City Schools is excited to be back to in-person learning. The District will be following the most up-to-date Humboldt County Public Health guidelines regarding Covid-19.  Breakfast will no longer be served before school. Students will instead be given a pre-packaged breakfast during their recess break.  Breakfast and lunch are free to all Eureka City School students regardless of income. Please note that school will resume a regular daily schedule (K-3: 8:10 am- 2:12 pm and 4-5: 8:10 am-2:37 pm) with the exception of Mondays for teacher collaboration (K-3:8:10 am to 1:25 pm and 4-5: 8:10 am-2:00 pm) .  

Washington has some staffing changes for the 2021-2022 school year. We welcome Riley Foster and Molly Bongio as our new 1st grade teachers, Katie Breyer and Alicia DaSilveira as our new second grade teachers and Nancy Ingram as an Ed Specialist. Samantha Schrum and Andrew DeHart will be teaching kindergarten, Jen Lemon will be teaching third grade and SeanPaul Berube will be teaching a 4th/5th combination class this year. Holly Van Herpe will be our Reading Interventionist. As always, the Washington  School Community is committed to providing a positive learning environment in which ALL students can learn and thrive. 

August 23rd is the first day of school. PTA will be sponsoring a  Popsicle Posting on August 19th from 2:45-3:30 pm at Washington School. Come drive through our campus with your child to meet their new teacher, enjoy a Popsicle treat, and join PTA!

I hope that you will take every opportunity to become involved in our Washington School Community, through volunteering, joining our PTA, or attending and supporting school events. Please “Like” Washington Elementary School on Facebook to receive updates regarding upcoming events. Research clearly supports that when parents/guardians participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success for the child.  

I am proud to be a part of this school community. It is the people that help to make Washington a GREAT place to be! When school and family work as partners towards the same goal, every child will succeed. As principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to schedule an appointment with me through our school secretary to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas you would like to share to help make this the best year yet!

See you soon,


Teri Silvers
Principal, Washington Elementary School

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Washington Elementary School, rich in family involvement and academic excellence, will prepare and inspire each child to become a self-assured contributor to a global society, instilling a love of learning, by providing an innovative, well-balanced educational experience in a safe and nurturing environment.