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          2010 - 2011


       5600 Little Falls Parkway
      Bethesda, Maryland 20816
     Phone Number 301-652-7878
      Fax Number 301-652-7255
  What Makes a School Episcopal? ...................................................................................... 25
  Washington Episcopal School Philosophy .......................................................................... 26
  Washington Episcopal School Mission and Diversity Statements ....................................... 27
  Washington Episcopal School A to Z .................................................................................. 28
PROCEDURES ....................................................................................................................... 39
    School Schedule, Friday Afternoon T-K Option, Attendance, Arrival, Dismissal, Parking,
    Emergency Closing, Delayed Opening & Early Closing, Building Security, Lunch, Hot Lunch
HEALTH ................................................................................................................................ 45
 Nutrition, Health Forms & Immunizations, Medication & Illness at School
Regular School Day ................................................................................................................. 47
   Chapel, Assemblies & Programs, Library, Technology, Foreign Language, Field Trips,
   Community Service & Outreach, Summer at WES, Athletics
After-School Activities ........................................................................................................... 51
    Band, Clubs and Activities, Extended Day, Math Labs, Sports/WESQwest, Study Hall
SCHOOL SERVICES ............................................................................................................. 53
STUDENT LIFE ..................................................................................................................... 55
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices ....................................................................................... 55
Personal Computers ................................................................................................................. 56
Dangerous Objects................................................................................................................... 56
Behavior and Discipline .......................................................................................................... 56
Birthday Parties and Social Activities ..................................................................................... 57
Honor Code ............................................................................................................................. 57
Homework .............................................................................................................................. 58
Dress Code .............................................................................................................................. 60
PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS ........................................................................................ 64
Parent Participation ................................................................................................................ 64
School – Home Communication ............................................................................................. 65
Board of Trustees .................................................................................................................... 68
Board of Trustees Committees ................................................................................................ 69
Parents Association ................................................................................................................. 70
FINANCIAL AFFAIRS .......................................................................................................... 72
Tuition and Fees ...................................................................................................................... 72
Financial Aid ........................................................................................................................... 72
The Development and Alumni Affairs Office .......................................................................... 73
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR TECHNOLOGY ............................................................. 76

2010-2011 Annual Giving Volunteer Committee .................................................................... 79
2010-2011 Benefit Auction Co-Chairs ................................................................................... 80
Parents Association Volunteers ............................................................................................... 80
WES Alumni Association ........................................................................................................ 81
Board of Trustees ................................................................................................................... 82
Board of Advisors.................................................................................................................... 84
Faculty and Staff .................................................................................................................... 85
Students and Parents Directory ................................................................................................ 91
Name Cross Reference List ................................................................................................... 137
Class Lists ............................................................................................................................ 140
Business Yellow Pages .......................................................................................................... 147
SCHOOL TRADITION................................................................................... inside back cover
PHONE CONTACTS FOR PARENTS ......................................................................back cover

            (From the National Association of Episcopal Schools)

An Episcopal school is a Christian community whose mission integrates
spiritual formation into all aspects of the educational experience. Episcopal
schools are most distinctive when they are true to this mission and when they
do so in the graceful and inclusive manner which is the hallmark of the
Anglican approach to education over the centuries.
All Christian communities, even the most ecumenical and diverse of Episcopal
schools, are upheld by the basic principles of the Baptismal Covenant. As
expressed in The Book of Common Prayer, this Covenant maintains that
individuals and institutions are called by God to adopt certain fundamental
disciplines and dispositions in order to embrace fully their basic identities. As
embodiments of the Christian faith, Episcopal schools are created to be
communities that honor, celebrate and worship God as the center of life. They
are created to be models of God’s love and grace. They are created to serve
God in Christ in all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability or
religion. They are created to “strive for justice and peace among all people and
[to] respect the dignity of every human being.” These principles are the basis
on which identity and vocation are to be defined in Episcopal schools.
Episcopal schools have been established, however, not solely as communities
for Christians, like a parish church, but as ecumenical and diverse ministries of
educational and human formation for people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Episcopal schools are populated by a rich variety of human beings, from
increasingly diverse religious, cultural and economic backgrounds. In fact, the
intentional pluralism of most Episcopal schools is a hallmark of their missions.
It is also a distinguishing characteristic of these schools that they seek to
integrate religious and spiritual formation into the overall curriculum and life
of each school community. Episcopal schools are clear, yet graceful, about
how they articulate and express their basic identities, especially in their
religious curricula and traditions. They invite all who attend and work in them
– Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians, Christians and non-Christians, people
of no faith tradition – both to seek clarity about their own beliefs and religions
and to honor those traditions more fully and faithfully in their own lives.
Above all, Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate
and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of
a loving, empowering God.
By weaving these principles into the very fabric of the school’s overall life,
Episcopal schools ensure that their missions are built on the sure foundation of
a Christian love that guides and challenges all who attend our schools to build
lives of genuine meaning, purpose and service in the world they will inherit.

Within an educational institution that supports the principles of the Episcopal
Church while maintaining independent academic integrity, we propose to offer
the best education possible -- predicated on the tenets of traditional theory but
continually modified in the light of recent research -- to a heterogeneous
student body.
We suspect that our students will face challenges we only dream of in a world we
barely glimpse. So that they may stride confidently into this world and delight in
it as well as contribute to it, we want them to learn more than facts and processes.
We want them to stretch the boundaries of their awareness, strengthen their self-
esteem, develop their gifts and talents and bolster their weaknesses. We want
them to appreciate their own resources and respect those of others, to enjoy the
company of friends but also to savor the balm of solitude.
To further these goals, we intend to nurture the physical, emotional, social and
spiritual development of the children as well as their intellectual growth. We
endorse the structure and organization of traditional schools that provide a
thorough grounding in the basic academic subjects but would augment them with
strong programs in physical education and the arts.
We want our students to be active learners -- to engage in a lively exchange with
their instructors as they pursue the concepts that comprise the curriculum -- and to
shoulder an increasing share of the responsibility for their learning.
We expect our teachers -- gleaning from their years of experience and
professional training -- to assess each child's current needs and then, animated by
their own style, to employ those techniques most likely to touch and inspire their
Finally, we seek to further a faith in God and His immutable goodness, a
goodness that transcends and ennobles human life. We believe that each of us is
a Child of God with gifts to offer to the others and that the school community is
enriched by the presence of children and adults from all races and many creeds.
Together we strive to create an atmosphere of love and acceptance supported by
our Judaic-Christian heritage; one that warms our entire school community; and
one that does not expect human frailty, but allows for it and is little daunted by
it. And within this nurturing environment, we strive to enable all students to
discover those unique qualities on which to build a confident self-image and
character which will help them go forth joyfully as contributors in the world.

                  MISSION STATEMENT

Washington Episcopal School believes that learning should be joyful, because
   academic excellence and happy children belong together. An independent,
   co-educational school for students from Nursery through Grade 8, WES is
    committed to helping every child develop his or her fullest potential. Our
 skilled, caring, and attentive teachers, nurture the abilities and talents of each
student. Our broad and enriched curriculum builds knowledge and strengthens
 moral awareness, self-reliance, and leadership. Our supportive community –
 true to Episcopal tradition – welcomes and celebrates a diversity of faiths and
   cultures. WES students stride confidently into the world, delight in it, and
                                  contribute to it.

                 DIVERSITY STATEMENT

 Washington Episcopal School is a diverse community, where the uniqueness
  of each member of the school is celebrated. The WES goal is to educate the
whole child in order to prepare each graduate to become a citizen of the world.
At WES, a diverse student body and broad based academic excellence go hand
  in hand. Classrooms present students with the opportunity to freely share a
 range of ideas and experiences to enrich academic, social and moral learning.
     Contributions from everyone in the WES community without regard to
  ethnicity, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation or
socio-economic status are encouraged and welcomed. As an Episcopal school,
 WES is dedicated to the Church’s mission of social justice and tolerance and
       strives to challenge prejudice, intolerance, racism, and oppression.

                       A Guide to WES Terms,
                     Annual Events, and Traditions
The following is a helpful alphabetical glossary of terms, annual events, and
other aspects of life at WES. Each entry is presented by its most commonly
used name, with additional names given as needed. This information may be
subject to change. Bold type indicates that the item or program has a separate
entry in this publication, in its appropriate alphabetical location.

Admission Open Houses
Five times a year WES holds open house events for parents of prospective
students to visit and learn about WES. The Open House session includes a
presentation of the WES program, a brief discussion of admission procedures,
and a tour of the facilities. Dates for the Open Houses are on the WES web
site, All WES parents are encouraged to invite those
interested in the school to attend one of the Open Houses.

After-School Activities (for Grades 1 - 8)
Held from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, these activities include
clubs, instrumental music practices, math lab, and study hall. Sign-up for clubs
is by term, while study hall, math lab, and music practices are ongoing
throughout the year. Some PE classes, team practices, and band practices are
also held after school.

Alumni Panel Discussions
WES alumni visit the Middle School to discuss these topics of interest:
“Attending a Boarding School” and “The Transition to High School."

Annual Giving
Annual Giving is a yearly appeal WES makes to parents, grandparents, alumni
and their families, faculty, and friends for contributions, primarily by cash,
credit cards, and appreciated securities. Since tuition does not cover the total
cost of educating our students, these funds are used immediately to supplement
tuition income. Annual Giving helps maintain excellence at WES by
supporting new and ongoing programs in the classroom, financial aid, library
and computer resources, athletics, alumni events, and other initiatives. Annual
Giving is the largest source of income to the annual operating budget after
tuition and fees and raised over $350,000 in 2009-10. WES has celebrated
100% parent participation the last three years, and 100% faculty participation
for the last eight years.

Annual Giving 20% Club
The 20% Club is a special Annual Giving recognition for donors who give
20% more than the previous year. Since expenses go up every year, the 20%
gift increase has special value as it helps cover these increased costs and
enables WES to add even more program enrichments.

Antietam Fifth-Grade Trip
To culminate their study of the Civil War, fifth-grade students visit the Civil
War battlefield of Antietam followed by an overnight stay at St. James School
in Hagerstown, Maryland. The following day they visit Harpers Ferry, West
Virginia. Antietam is the first in the series of Study Trips enjoyed by WES
students in Grades 5-8.

Art Show & Treasure Hunt
Usually held in conjunction with the Founders Day Picnic, the annual Art
Show displays the spectacular artwork students have created during the school
year. The entire WES community is invited to view the pieces exhibited in the
school’s hallways and display cases and to take part in the Art Treasure Hunt.

A school tradition since 1988, the annual Benefit Auction is the major fund
raising event for WES tuition assistance. Net proceeds from the Auction
support the WES financial aid program, giving talented students the
opportunity to attend our school who may not otherwise have the chance. Over
the past twenty years, the Auction has raised $2 million to support the school’s
mission to offer financial aid to families. Net proceeds also support the WES
environmental sustainability (green) initiative. See p. 72 for more information.

Awards Assembly
At the end of each school year, students are publicly recognized in school
assemblies for achievement in a variety of endeavors both in and out of the
classroom. Eighth-graders in particular are singled out for special recognition.
There are two assemblies: one for Kindergarten – Grade 4 and a second for
Grades 5-8.

Back-to-School Night
This parents-only event, held on two dates in September, one for Nursery -
Grade 3 and one for Grades 4-8, gives parents an overview of the program for
the year, including the schedule for their child’s classes. Parents will hear from
teachers regarding plans, procedures, and goals for the year. The evening
includes visits to a selected number of special subject classes. All parents are
asked to attend.

Blue and Gold Spirit Teams
Every WES student is assigned to “lifelong” membership in one of the two
All-School Spirit Teams, blue or gold, as indicated by the “(Bl)” or “(Gd)”
next to each name in the class list section of the WES Handbook. The teams
have a friendly rivalry on Spirit Days and compete against each other annually
on Field Day.

Book Fair
This event benefits the WES Library. Families may choose from a wide
selection of new books and have the opportunity to donate selected books to
the Library and classrooms. Parent volunteers set up and take down the event,
assist children in selecting books, and serve as cashiers.

Board of Trustees
Washington Episcopal School is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization,
incorporated in the District of Columbia and accredited by the State of
Maryland. Like all non-profit organizations and the vast majority of
independent schools, WES is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is
responsible for setting broad policies, overseeing school finances, hiring the
Head of School, and planning for the school’s future. The members of the
WES Board of Trustees, with the exception of the Head of School, are unpaid
volunteers. Most trustees are current parents.
Board of Trustees Founders Award
Presented by the Board of Trustees, the Founders Award is conferred
periodically on individuals who have given exceptional and long-standing
service to the school and who embody the spirit of the founding trustees.
Caroline Furnace Seventh-Grade Trip
This annual three-day outdoor education trip in the fall to Caroline Furnace
Camp in the Shenandoah Valley combines a community service component
with hiking, canoeing, stargazing, cooperative learning, and team building
Chesapeake Bay Eighth-Grade Trip
Each fall the eighth grade travels to one of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
study centers on the Bay for three days to learn about this important natural
resource and to work on team building.
Christmas Programs
There are three separate Christmas Programs:
     N-T-K perform a Christmas program, complete with the traditional
         Christmas pageant, usually held the final school day before Christmas
     Grades 1-4 participate in a traditional Christmas program at the
         annual all-school Christmas Chapel held during the day. Students in
         Grade 4 are readers for the event and Grade 3 students participate in
         the traditional Christmas pageant.
        Band and choral students in Grades 4-8 perform Christmas music in
         an evening concert for the WES community. Digital Arts students
         from the Middle School assist with the technical aspects of the
Class Assemblies
Individual classes from Kindergarten to Grade 5 plan and present a play or
other special presentation for their parents and students in Nursery - Grade 6.
Occasionally all students in a grade may join together to produce a single
assembly. These assemblies occur on Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
Class Constitution
Each class in K-Grade 6 draws up a constitution during the first days of school
and refers to it for guidance throughout the year. A copy of the constitution is
given to parents of that class and posted prominently in the classroom.
Community Service and Outreach
WES students, faculty, and families participate in many outreach activities,
which include participating in the Adopt-a-Road program, working at
Rosemount Center, providing support to Samaritan Ministries of Greater
Washington through the donation of Thanksgiving baskets and winter
clothing, and our annual Community Service Day. Middle School students
are required to perform 10 hours of community service each year prior to
graduation. Additional information about outreach opportunities is available
on the website and through the NeWES.
Community Service Day
In order to give back to the community, the school family comes together one
day each spring to perform a variety of outreach activities. This year it will be
held on Friday, April 15.
The Dragon’s Den
WES operates a school store called The Dragon’s Den that sells school
supplies, sportswear required for PE, and other items. Located next to the
Main Office, parent volunteers staff the store from 7:45 – 8:15 each morning.
―The EDGE‖ (formerly Hemlock Overlook) — Sixth-Grade Team-
Building Trip
This one-day experience provides students with a chance to build group skills
through a series of activities and challenges designed to improve cooperation,
communication, and problem solving in a fun, noncompetitive setting. It is
held at the Mason Center for Team and Organizational Learning.
Episcopal Schools Day
Held at Washington National Cathedral, this annual service brings together
students from many area Episcopal schools to worship and celebrate their
common religious heritage. Students in Grades 2, 4, and 6 attend this unique
event. Dress uniform is required.

Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
Each year, parent volunteers plan, set up, and decorate for a luncheon for the
faculty held during a school day. The volunteers also arrange for small gifts
for the faculty. Grade 1 parents arrange for the food. Faculty members eat in
two shifts to ensure class coverage at all times.
Fathers Committee
The Fathers Committee plans activities for families such as the Ski Outing
and helps with school events including the Golf Outing, Book Fair, Auction,
and Founders Day Picnic.
Field Day
WES students participate in Field Day near the end of the school year.
Students dress in their Blue and Gold Spirit Team colors for this event.
Parent volunteers help set up and serve lunch for participants. Check the
website and NeWES for additional information about this event.

Foreign Language Night
Students in Grades 1, 3, and 5 sing, dance, and perform dialogues in French
and Spanish in an evening performance, followed by a potluck dinner
featuring cuisine from around the world.
Founders Day Picnic
Held at the end of the school year, this traditional event brings current and
former WES families, alumni, faculty, past faculty, and WES friends together to
enjoy games, activities, and food.
Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) Program
Sixth and eighth-grade students attend three or four sessions with a teacher
consultant from the Freedom from Chemical Dependency Educational Service
of Newton, Massachusetts, to learn about the destructive effects of chemical
dependency caused by alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs. The program
includes a shorter component (one session) for students in fifth and seventh
grades. All parents are urged to attend a special FCD evening meeting.
French Contest
As part of the French curriculum, students studying French in Grades 5, 6, 7,
and 8 participate in the National French Contest sponsored by the American
Association of Teachers of French. Awards are presented to students based on
national rankings.
French Exchange – Eighth-Grade Trip
Eighth-grade French students participate in an annual educational and cultural
exchange program with students from a school in Paris, France. In the early
spring, the French students arrive to stay with WES Middle School families.
Later in the spring, WES eighth-grade students travel to Paris, where they stay
at the homes of the French students.

The trip allows students to bring together many concepts from French, art,
history, geography, English, and speech classes they have taken over the years.
Highlights include the sites and museums of Paris, Versailles, the American
Cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy, the Bayeux tapestry, and Mont Saint
Michel. Students are required to write journals in both English and French and
to sketch many of the places they visit. Students not taking a language in
eighth grade participate in either the French or Spanish exchange at the
discretion of the school. (See Spanish Exchange – Eighth-Grade Trip.)
Geography Bee
Each year students in Grades 4-8 compete for the title of best geographer at
WES by participating in the National Geography Bee sponsored by National
Geographic. The winner and runner up in Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-8 go on to
represent WES at the MAESA Fair. The school’s top scorer has a chance to
compete at the Maryland State Geographic Bee.
Gift Wrap Sale
Each fall, the Parents Association holds a gift wrap fundraiser. Friends and
family members are asked to purchase items, which return 50% of all sales
income to WES. Gift wrap may also be ordered online throughout the year.
Golf Outing
Once a year, the Fathers Committee sponsors a day of golfing. All WES
families, alumni, past parents, and faculty are invited to join – beginners to
pros. Lessons are available. Further information is distributed on the website
and in the NeWES.

Graduates and Parents Reception
The evening before graduation, WES honors eighth-graders and their parents
with a reception at the school.
Graduation at WES begins with a procession of faculty and graduates and
concludes with the new graduates standing with their families. During the
ceremony, each graduate is recognized, the WES banner is passed to the rising
eighth-grade, and the class history is read. Afterwards, families are invited to
join the graduates and faculty for a reception in the library, organized by the
Grade 7 parents.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Recognizing the important role grandparents and other close, non-parental,
adult relatives and friends play in the lives of our students, WES invites them
to school for a special half-day. Held the Tuesday (the last school day) before
Thanksgiving, the day begins with a social gathering including refreshments,
continues with classroom visits, and culminates with the Thanksgiving Chapel
service featuring participation by members from many classes. Students are
dismissed at noon.

This event marks the end of the basketball season with school-wide basketball
activities culminating in the faculty vs. eighth-grade basketball game.

Hot Lunch
An optional hot lunch program is offered with food provided by Garrison
Catering. Families may choose from a two-, three-, four-, or five-day program,
depending on the student’s grade level. Parent volunteers help staff the
program and menus are published monthly in the NeWES and posted on our
website. Children may choose the hot entrée and/or selections from the salad
and sandwich bar.

Italy – Seventh-Grade Trip
In the spring of seventh grade, students embark on a 10-day journey to Italy
where they have the chance to integrate several years’ study and make their
own curriculum connections between past and present, art and history,
geography and culture, literature and religion. Highlights of the trip include
the Coliseum, the Pantheon, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Paestum,
Pompeii, Assisi, Orvieto, and Tarquinia. Students keep a journal/scrapbook
and sketchbook while on the trip. Parents are invited to join the trip as
chaperones at their own expense.
Latin Contest
Students in Grades 7 and 8 participate in the National Latin Examination.
Awards are presented to students based on national standings.
MAESA Early Childhood Educators Conference
The Mid-Atlantic Episcopal Schools Association (MAESA) annually sponsors
an Educators Conference for early childhood teachers on a Friday in October.
Our Nursery, Transition, and Kindergarten classes are closed this day so that
all Early Childhood classroom teachers may attend.
The Mid-Atlantic Episcopal Schools Association (MAESA) annually sponsors
a student fair at a member school. Student representatives from WES, selected
through in-school competitions, compete for awards in spelling, geography,
art, technology, and science.
Math Field Day
One of several school-wide math events held during the year, Math Field Day
is held in January, with participation by students in Kindergarten through
Grade 6. The students travel to seven different stations to solve math problems
related to a specific theme such as measurement, geometry, or problem
solving. Grade 7 students run the stations and Grade 8 students work with the

Math Meets
Open to all students in Grades 5-8, these occasional after-school team
competitions are sponsored by the Independent Schools Mathematics
Association of Washington (ISMAW).
Metric Day
One of several school-wide math events held during the year, Metric Day falls
in October. Eighth-grade students help the teachers in Kindergarten - Grade 5
with fun math activities involving the metric system. This event rotates
biennially with Pi Day.
Middle School Ski Trip
Middle School students may choose to participate in an extra-curricular ski
weekend at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in February. Students and
chaperones stay in chalets. Registration and cost information are distributed in
the fall/early winter.

Morning Grade Level Meetings
These fall meetings for each grade level provide helpful information about
common patterns of development at each grade level and ways parents can
be most supportive. Nursery and Transition morning meetings are held at
9:15 a.m.; Kindergarten through Grade 8 are held at 8:15 a.m.
New Family Mentors
Volunteer mentors are assigned each spring to guide new families and
encourage their participation in activities, including the Founders Day Picnic
in the spring.
New Parent Receptions
Each spring and fall, social gatherings are arranged to help introduce new
parents to the WES community.
May Day Program (N-T-K)
One of the highlights of the Early Childhood Program at WES is the annual
May Day performance featuring songs and dances the Nursery, Transition, and
Kindergarten students have learned throughout the year.
The NeWES is the primary communication from WES administration to
parents on school announcements, a 10-day calendar of events and field trips,
and programs at the school. The NeWES is updated weekly on Thursday
afternoon and distributed by e-mail to all parents. It may also be accessed on
the WES website under the “On Campus” tab or through the Parent Portal.
Open Gym
The gym is open to students before school 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.:
       Grades 5-8         Tuesday and Thursday
       Grades 1-4         Wednesdays

Orientation Day
Held the day before the first full day of school, students visit WES for an
introduction to their teachers, class, and classmates. The Handbook is
distributed, and parents have a chance to meet with representatives from the
music, PE, foreign language, and after-school activities departments, the
School Nurse, and volunteers from the Parents Association, Board of Trustees,
Annual Giving, and Auction. The school store and the used uniforms shop are
also open.

Parent Portals
This is a unique password-protected web page for each WES family where
parents can access information on their child’s classes and activities, school
and athletic calendars, announcements, the online directory, and other WES
web pages.

Parents Association (PA)
Parents and guardians of WES students work together as the Washington
Episcopal School Parents Association. The purpose of the PA is to promote,
support, and enhance the total school program. Many activities are funded
through the Parents Association dues and income-producing events such as the
sale of school pictures, used uniforms, and gift wrap.

With these funds, the association is able to sponsor the Skating Party, Faculty
Appreciation Luncheon, and Founders Day Picnic. All parents are welcome
and encouraged to attend regularly scheduled meetings. Please check the
school calendar for meeting dates.
Parents Association Ski Outing
The Fathers Committee arranges a one-day ski outing at a local ski area for
students of all grades and their families.
Parents Book Club
Open forums are held each term for parents to discuss interesting and timely
books related to parenting school-aged children.
Parents Council of Washington
A parent volunteer from our community attends these council meetings and
publicizes information on speakers and activities available to the community
through the website and NeWES. The Parents Council publishes the book
Parent to Parent which is given to students in the eighth grade.
Parents Diversity Initiative
This group of parents sponsors events or lends support to existing WES
activities that promote inclusiveness and celebration of the multiplicity of
backgrounds in the WES community and beyond. Activities have included
presenting guest speakers, co-hosting Foreign Language Night, and assisting
in the WES Admission Open Houses.

Parents Visiting Days
Scheduled in the fall, Parents Visiting Days allow parents to visit their
children’s classrooms and see the students in action at the beginning of the
school day. Parents also have the opportunity to visit classrooms in different
grades to learn more about the academic and extracurricular programs offered
in those grades.
Parents Workshops
Informational sessions facilitated by the Learning Specialist and School
Counselor are held on a variety of topics relevant to parents of school-aged
This group of parent volunteers can be contacted through the School Nurse or
the School Counselor to help with dinners, food, babysitting, transportation
needs, etc. during family emergencies. Requests are kept confidential.
Pi Day
One of several school-wide math events held during the year, Pi (π ) Day is
scheduled for March. Eighth-grade students teach lessons involving circles and
π to K- Grade 5 classes. This event rotates biennially with Metric Day.
Room Parents and Assistant Room Parents
The Room Parent and Assistant Room Parent serve as coordinators for Parents
Association meetings, class activities (especially parties and field trips), class
communications, and as liaisons for parent participation in other volunteer
activities. They can pass on concerns to the appropriate WES staff member
for explanation and/or resolution.
Science Fair
Held in February, the Science Fair showcases the top 30 science projects of
students in Grades 4-6. A panel of judges with science backgrounds selects six
winners to represent WES at the annual MAESA Fair.
Skating Party
Each winter, the WES Parents Association sponsors a skating party for WES
students of all grades and their families at the Cabin John Ice Rink, complete
with free skate rentals and lots of fun for all.
Spanish Contest
As part of the Spanish curriculum, students studying Spanish in Grades 6, 7,
and 8 participate in the National Spanish Contest, sponsored by the American
Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Awards are presented to
students based on national rankings.
Spanish Exchange – Eighth-Grade Trip
Eighth-grade Spanish students participate in an educational and cultural
exchange program with middle school students from Granada College in
Granada, Spain. In the early spring, students from Granada College arrive to
stay with WES Middle School families.
Later in the spring, WES eighth-grade students travel to Granada, where they
stay at the homes of the Spanish students.
The trip allows students to draw from Spanish, art, history, geography,
English, and speech classes they have taken over the years. Highlights include
visits to the Alhambra, the Albaicín and Sacramonte neighborhoods, the
historical center of Granada, and other nearby sites. Students are required to
write a journal in both English and Spanish and to sketch many of the places
they visit. Students not taking a language in eighth grade participate in either
the French or the Spanish exchange at the discretion of the school. (See
French Exchange - Eighth-Grade Trip.)
Spelling Bee
Students in Grades 4-8 compete for the school title of best speller. The winner
and runner up in Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-8 go on to represent WES at the

Spring Band/Choral Concerts
Each spring students in Grades 4-8 present band and choral concerts. All
members of the WES family are invited to attend. Digital Arts students from
the Middle School assist with the technical aspects of the performance.
Spring Musical
This longtime WES tradition highlights the talents of the sixth-grade class in
performing a popular Broadway musical complete with costumes, stage
effects, sets, props, and lighting. Parents of sixth-graders volunteer for a
variety of tasks. Fifth-grade classmates provide choral backup to the two
evening performances.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
Students in Kindergarten - Grade 8 participate in Holy Eucharist services at St.
Dunstan’s for All Saints’ Day and Easter. Older students accompany younger
ones as they all walk the Capital Crescent Trail to St. Dunstan’s.
St. George’s Society
This society honors WES’ founding faculty and those who have worked at
WES for at least 15 years.
Step-up Day
Held the final day of school, students in each class “step up” and visit the
classrooms of their next grades.
Summer at WES
Summer at WES, the WES summer camp program, offers a variety of exciting,
fun, and enriching activities for children ages 4-14, including swimming,
theatre, art, dance, cooking, magic, languages, science, sports, field trips, and
much more! Small group sizes create an intimate and attentive camp
environment allowing our experienced staff to ensure that each child has the
opportunity to learn and explore, while building lasting friendships and

lifelong memories. Older students and alumni often participate as counselors
and counselors-in-training.
Used Uniforms
The Parents Association maintains a stock of used uniforms for sale at a highly
reduced rate. Donated items can be dropped off in the Main Office. To purchase
used uniforms, visit the Used Uniform Room on the second floor.
Utah/Desert Southwest – Sixth-Grade Trip
Sixth-grade students travel each spring to Utah for six days with excursions to
both Nevada and Arizona for a hands-on experience in the areas of geology,
Native American studies, wildlife, and natural history. There are many
opportunities for team building on this trip. Highlights include visits to Zion
National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Colorado River, the Grand
Canyon, and the Navajo Academy. Students complete a special science
workbook created by the faculty and keep a reflective journal while on the trip.
Valentines for Grandparents and Special Friends
Using the grandparent/special friend information gathered from the Parent
Portals and Student Information Sheets, parent volunteers coordinate mailing
valentines, along with the student’s class photo, to each student’s
grandparent/special friend. Students write a personalized note in the cards.
The WES website,, is your guide for comprehensive
information about WES. Keep updated on the school’s latest happenings,
using the Thursday NeWES, calendars, media picture gallery, curriculum,
athletics, your child’s information through the Parent Portal, and much more.



School Schedule
The time schedule of classes during the school year is as follows:

Nursery (3s) .................................................................... 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Nursery + afternoons ...................................................... 9:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.b
 Nursery students have the option to stay two, three, four, or five afternoons .
Transition (4s ................................................................... 9:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.b
Nursery-Transition early arrival. .........................................................8:10 a.m.
    Children may arrive at 8:10 a.m. if riding with older siblings
    or carpool mates, or by special arrangement.
Grades K-6...................................................................... 8:10 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.ab
Grades 7-8 ..................................................................... 8:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.ab
Nursery-8 dismissal on Fridays ........................................................ 2:30 p.m.
Nursery-Kindergarten optional dismissal on Friday ........................ 12:00 p.m.
Extended Day ................................................................... Daily until 6:00 p.m.

Times indicated above are the starting times for classes. Students should
arrive at school before these times in order to get to the classroom and be
ready for the start of the program without unnecessary rushing.
    Parents of students in Grades 5-8, please review the PE schedule on p. 50.
    Friday dismissal is 2:30 p.m.

Friday Afternoon N-T-K Program Option
Students in Nursery, Transition, and Kindergarten may stay for a full day
(until 2:30 p.m.) on Fridays or be dismissed at 12:00 noon. Those children
who stay until 2:30 have a program of non-academic, creative activities. This
schedule decision is made for each term and should remain consistent.

Several noon dismissals for all students are scheduled during the year. Please
refer to the calendar in this Handbook or on the web site for those dates.


Contact the School - Please call the Main Office by 8:00 a.m. or e-mail the
teacher if your child is going to be absent or late and send a note to the teacher
upon return.
Illness - Children who are sick are seldom good learners and may pass their
germs onto their classmates. We request that you keep your child home if he
or she has a fever over 100ºF, has been vomiting, has diarrhea, or has some
other significant malaise. See p. 46 for additional information and an update
on the H1N1 virus.
Excused Absences - Some absences are unavoidable and are considered
excused. These would include those for illness, religious holidays, funerals,
graduations, etc. Please avoid unnecessary absences. A successful school
experience depends on regular attendance.
Unexcused Absences - Leaving early or returning late from vacations or long
weekends sends a questionable message and breaks up academic momentum.
Such absences are considered unexcused. Teachers cannot be expected to
prepare assignments in advance for use during an unexcused absence.
If a student is not in school due to illness or an unexcused absence, he or
she may not participate in any after-school activity such as sports teams,
performances, etc.
Timeliness - Starting the day on time helps children do their best every day,
whereas tardiness puts them behind from the outset. In Kindergarten through
Grade 6 roll is taken at 8:10 a.m., and students arriving after that will be
considered tardy. For Middle School, roll is taken at 8:00 a.m., and students
arriving after that will be considered tardy. Middle School students who are
excessively tardy may be required to attend a morning detention at 7:15 a.m.
Missed Work - Students are responsible for work missed during absences. For
brief absences, have your child call a classmate for assignments. For longer
absences or to get assignments and any handouts, please call by 10:00 a.m. to
arrange to pick up assignments after 3:30 p.m., or to have them sent home with
another student. Middle School students may check the WES website for
Appointments - To avoid disrupting your child’s school experience, please try
to schedule medical and dental appointments outside of school time whenever
Drop-Off and Dismissal
For the safety of all of our children, please follow these simple safety rules
regarding driving during morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal:

    1.   All students are to be dropped off at the front of the school, not in the
         north parking lot by the gym.

    2.   Please, no cell phone use or open cups of beverage while driving on
         school grounds.
    3.   Drive slowly and watch for children.
    4.   Wait until your car is at the curb to let out or pick up your child.
    5.   Please do not park and walk in to pick up your child.
    6.   If your child walks home, let us know by calling the Main Office.
Drop-Off (Arrival)
Please enter via the Little Falls Parkway entrance and bear to the right through
the parking lot. When you reach the sidewalk, please pull up as far forward as
possible. Students should exit only from the right side of the car onto the
Nursery and Transition students:
 Should be walked to their classrooms between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
 May be dropped off with older siblings or carpool mates before 8:10 at the
    front door. A student patrol will be assigned to stay with them and then
    escort them to their classrooms at 8:10 a.m.
 Students who arrive after 9:00 a.m. must check in at the Main Office.
K-Grade 6 students:
 Arrive at school between 7:50 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. each day.
 Students wait outside until 8:00 a.m. under the covered colonnade.
 Students who arrive after 8:10 a.m. must check in at the Main Office.
Note: Student patrols will be on duty beginning at 7:50 a.m. to open car doors
and help maintain an orderly arrival. They have been entrusted with a serious
safety responsibility. We ask that parents and children respect their authority.
At 8:10 a.m. patrols will be excused to go to class.
Middle School students:
 Arrive at school between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. each day.
 Proceed directly to the Middle School.
 Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. must check in at the Main Office.
Dismissal – Front Door
 Standard daily dismissal times are given under the heading “School
    Schedule” on p. 39 of this Handbook.
 A second dismissal is held at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for
    students who participate in after-school activities described on p. 51.
 Please enter the dismissal line of cars from the Little Falls Parkway
    entrance. When you get to the sidewalk in front of the school, please pull
    up as far forward as possible. This allows the maximum number of cars
    to pull up and speeds up the line.
 Students should enter only from the right side of the car from the
 All students are to be picked up in the dismissal line except those riding
    bicycles, taking the bus, walking home, or eighth-graders with permission.
    Parental permission is required for students who go home on their own.
   Please do not park your car and walk to the door as this creates
    unnecessary confusion for teachers working on safe, orderly dismissal.
    We also encourage you to carpool to shorten the car line.
   Be sure to display your dismissal card in your front window. The name/s
    of the student/s on the card will be relayed by walkie-talkie as you
    approach and your passengers will come to your car at the sidewalk.
    Please wait in your car for the children.
   As with morning drop-off, safety patrols help with dismissal, open doors,
    and assist younger students.
   The main dismissal procedure takes about fifteen minutes after the first
    few days of the school year. There is no need to arrive early but please
    come before 3:45 p.m. or 4:45 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, and before
    2:45 p.m. on regular dismissal Fridays.
   Nursery noon dismissal will take place at the front door Monday-Friday.

Any adult who comes to pick up a child to walk them home, or who is unable
to wait in the carpool line because of special circumstances, must have a card
with the child’s name on it. They are to wait at the right front door of the
lobby for the child to be dismissed to them.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please send in a note to the Main Office or the
classroom teacher for out-of-the-ordinary departure plans. As the school
is responsible for your child during school hours, we must have written
permission from you before we can release your child to another parent.
Students may not wait alone outside or leave campus without permission.
If they are to walk home or to a bus, please contact Nurse Cox, ext. 227.
Students not enrolled in Extended Day but who are not picked up at the
3:25 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. dismissal may be sent to Extended Day and the
daily fee will be charged.
Dismissal – Express
 If you normally pick up three or more children you may use the Express
    Dismissal line at the back of the building. Please check with the School
    Nurse to sign up for this and get more details.
Dismissal – Eighth Grade
 Eighth-graders who have permission may be picked up at the north side of
    the gym. To receive permission, please send a note to the Middle School
    Director. This option is not available if you are also picking up younger
 Visitor parking is on the north side of the gym and on the west side of the
   building (by the Capital Crescent Trail).
 The spaces behind the gym (on the east side) with white lines are also for
   WES parking.

Emergency Closing
In the event of snow or other inclement weather, WES may decide to close or
to delay opening. We do not follow the decision of any public school system.
If we decide to close, the information will be:
 Put on the school answering machine ext. 411 by 6:30 a.m.
 Posted on the WES website at
 Announced on WNBC 4 – NBC, WTTG 5 – FOX, WJLA 7 – ABC, and
     WUSA 9 – CBS television stations and posted on the websites of WMAL
     and WTOP radio stations
Note – In the event of an unexpected school closing, the class phone tree
should be used in conjunction with e-mail.
Delayed Opening and Early Closing
If the opening of school is delayed until 9:00 a.m., this means that classes
begin at 9:00 a.m. and students should arrive between 8:45 a.m. and 8:55 a.m.
Early closing for deteriorating weather might occur in a rare situation. The
information will be put on the website and radio stations, and an e-mail will be
sent out. When bad weather begins, it is often wise to wait for roads to be
treated rather than pick up early. All students will be cared for until their
parents arrive.
Building Security
The safety and well being of our students is always a paramount concern. We
have instituted several procedures to help ensure that our building is as secure
as possible.
 During school hours, all visitors are directed to the Main Office where
    they sign in and are issued a visitor name tag to wear while they are in the
    building on regular school days.
 The front door will be locked at 5:00 p.m. when the Main Office closes.
    Please use the doorbell to gain access to Extended Day after 5:00 p.m.
 Although the front door remains unlocked during school hours, other
    entrances to the building are locked, and the entire building is monitored
    by a security system. The front door is monitored from the Main Office.
 Our faculty and staff follow the guidelines regarding crime prevention and
    security measures provided by the Montgomery County Police
 As a security and safety measure, students are not permitted to ride in the
    elevator without an adult.
We ask the cooperation of our parents to help us maintain a secure
 Staff members may not recognize you, so they may err on the side of
    caution by asking you to identify yourself.
 Keep all exterior doors closed; please do not prop them open. Exit only
    from the Main Lobby after hours. Using other doors will trip the alarm.

   Lunch times for Grades 1-8 are staggered to begin between 11:10 a.m. and
    12:00 p.m. each day.
   Lunchtime for N-T-K is generally 12:00 noon-12:45 p.m. each day.
   If you have not enrolled in the hot lunch program, send a lunch with your
    child each day except Pizza Day (see below).

   Because there is no refrigeration in most classroom areas, please avoid
    foods that might spoil easily. Please do not send foods that need to be
    heated because children do not have access to microwaves.
   We encourage our students to finish their lunches.
   Let us know if your child has any food allergies.
   Tuition includes the following lunch items:
     A pizza lunch for all students on the first Wednesday of each month,
        including Nursery students who stay all day on Wednesday.
     Field Day lunch in May.
     Ice cream each Thursday from November through May for students
        in Grades 1-8.
       Low fat (1%) milk. Please do not send soft drinks or fruit drinks that
        stain if spilled.
Hot Lunch
An optional hot lunch program is offered by the school with food provided by
Garrison Catering. Families must sign up in advance for the program and fees
are included with the regular tuition bills in July or July/December. Families
may choose:
         N                 2, 3, 4, and 5 day
         T&K               3, 4, and 5 day
         Grade 1 - 8       3 and 5 day
Parent volunteers help staff the daily program. Menus are published monthly
in the Thursday NeWES and posted on our website. Children may choose the
hot entrée and/or selections from the salad and sandwich bar.
   Parents may change their child’s hot lunch program once the school year
    begins by contacting the business office during September. In December,
    parents will again have a chance to change their child’s hot lunch
    selection effective January 1. They may either drop out of the program
    or commit to it through the end of the school year. There is no reimburse-
    ment for missed lunches due to absences.
   Students in the hot lunch program will get a boxed lunch for field trips.
    We are happy to serve hot lunch to a child who has forgotten his lunch
    and we will bill the parents. We do not allow daily drop-ins to this
   Food Allergies: Our hot lunch provider makes every effort to provide food
    that is safe for all of our children, including those with significant
    allergies. However, they cannot guarantee that products packaged in large
    bags e.g. taco chips, potato chips, and cookies have not been
    manufactured in factories that also produce peanut products. We realize
    this might be a problem for those with severe allergies but want to assure
    you we are doing our best. Please feel free to provide your child a
    substitute for those side dish items and refer to the monthly menu for
    dates these items are served. Should you have questions regarding hot
    lunch please contact our hot lunch coordinator Mrs. Ruthann Arnsberger
    at ext. 206. If you have questions regarding your child’s food allergies
    please contact our school nurse Debbie Cox.


Please make sure your child has had breakfast before coming to school.
Studies show that students who have had a good breakfast do better in class.
Health Forms and Immunizations
 The school health form (record of immunizations) must be completed by a
   physician and put on file before the first day of school. These forms may
   be accessed through our website: WES tab/ Health
   Resources, or from the School Nurse. A Montgomery County health
   officer will review these forms on-site. We are required to prevent any
   student who does not have a form on file from attending class.
 A new form need not be completed each year, but we do need written
   confirmation from a physician of inoculations given each year.
 All students entering Kindergarten must show proof of two shots of MMR
   vaccine and one shot of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. All these shots
   are to be administered on or after the child’s first birthday.
Medication and Illness at School
 All medication will be dispensed by the School Nurse. If possible, a
   parent should bring it to the Nurse. This includes all over-the-counter
   drugs and throat remedies, such as sprays and cough drops.
 If your child needs to receive medicine at school on a regular basis,
   please obtain a Medication Order Form from the School Nurse or, complete it, including the signature of your pediatrician,
   and return it to school.
       - Write a note to the teacher requesting that the child go to the
           Main Office at a specific time for medication.
       - Medication must be in the original container. When replenishing
           a supply, bring the medicine in person. Do not send it in an
           unmarked container.
Significant injury at school:
 The Main Office will notify you or your emergency contact as soon as
    possible. Please make sure the person listed as the emergency contact
    knows he or she may be called by the school.

   If the injury is serious, the school will use its discretion and may call for
    emergency personnel to take the child to the hospital. A faculty member
    will accompany the child in the ambulance if the parent is not available.

Minor scrapes, bumps, and aches:
 Will be treated with first aid in the Main Office, usually with cleaning, the
   application of band-aids or ice, and a dose of TLC.
 Acetaminophen, e.g. Tylenol, may be dispensed with a physician’s written
Orthopedic Injuries
 Please send a note explaining any orthopedic injury suffered by a student
    outside of school.
 Students who arrive at school with evidence of such an injury (for
    example, wrapped wrist or ankle, cast, or using crutches), with or without
    a note, will be evaluated by the School Nurse.
 In most cases, the School Nurse will follow up with the family of students
    who arrive without a note to clarify any restrictions for PE and/or recess.
Communicable illness or disease:
 Please notify the school as soon as possible if your child has been exposed
   to or contracted diseases such as influenza, strep, viral hepatitis,
   pneumonia, or infectious tuberculosis.
 The School Nurse will give you further information.
 Follow your doctor’s advice for return to school if your child has been
   exposed to strep.
 Head lice are a common problem in schools. Lice must be treated
   immediately with special shampoo and thorough laundering of clothing,
   hats, household items, linens, and fabric car cushions. A child must be
   free of all lice and nits (lice eggs) before returning to school.
    If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever of 100° or higher, plus cough
    or sore throat – and possibly body aches, chills, headache, fatigue, and
    vomiting or diarrhea), contact his/her pediatrician immediately to have
    your child tested for Influenza A and B. Do not bring your child to
    school. Anyone with flu-like symptoms must be kept home and remain
    home until at least 24 hours after he/she is free of fever (100° F or 37.8°
    C), or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
   We require that anyone with flu-like symptoms as described above report
    to the School Nurse upon his/her return to make sure he or she is free
    from symptoms before returning to class.
Vision, hearing, and speech/language screening are scheduled during the
school year for students.
 vision only – Grade 1
 vision, hearing, and speech/language – Kindergarten, Grade 3, Grade 8,
    and all new students
If there are concerns after the screening, further diagnosis will be
recommended and parents may be referred to other professionals.

Resources regarding health issues may be found on the WES website, www.w- About WES tab/ Health Resources and Forms.

                           SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Our weekly age-appropriate Chapel services are a central part of the life of the
school. Information concerning the schedule and location for these weekly
services is included below. Conducted by the school Chaplain, the chapels
follow the traditional Episcopal morning prayer service, including hymns,
songs, prayers, and a chapel talk from the Chaplain or a teacher, student, or
outside speaker. Beginning in Grade 1, students participate as assistants
leading the group in prayer, reading scripture, or filling other roles. Students
are asked to wear dress uniform when it is their turn to assist.
Parents are always welcome at Chapel services. While weekly Chapel is held
at different days and times depending upon the grade, Chapel time is
considered worship time. Parents and students are asked not to bring food or
drink into Chapel. As in most traditional places of worship, the use of
photography should be reserved until after the service is over.
Weekly Chapel Schedule
N-T-K          Friday, 9:15 a.m.              Meeting Room
Grades 1-3     Tuesday, 8:20 a.m.             Meeting Room
Grades 4-6     Wednesday, 8:20 a.m.           Meeting Room
Grades 7-8     Monday, 9:50 a.m.              Meeting Room
In addition to weekly Chapel services, there are several other special worship
opportunities for the WES community. Twice during the year (All-Saints’
Day and Easter), students in Kindergarten - Grade 8 walk to St. Dunstan’s
Episcopal Church on Massachusetts Avenue to celebrate with a Holy Eucharist
service. To celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr.’s
Birthday, Ash Wednesday, and the close of school, all-school Chapels, in
which the entire student body worships together, are held in the school
gymnasium. Parents are welcome to attend these Chapel services as well.
Assemblies and Programs
We have an assembly on most Fridays at 11:30 a.m., just prior to the noon
dismissal on the “early Fridays” and followed by lunch on regular Fridays.
For the assemblies, either one or both classes per grade in Kindergarten -
Grade 5 plan and present a play or other special presentation for their parents
and students in Nursery - Grade 6.
In addition to the weekly programs, there are Christmas programs, the Spring
Musical (a major Grade 6 production), Middle School plays, Early Childhood
presentations, and music programs. Two cultural arts programs are
traditionally scheduled each year. Watch for news of these events. Parents are
always welcome at these performances.

Our Library is a major resource at the core of our school program. Students
use it to advance their enjoyment of literature, to support their growing skill in
reading, and to develop research skills. Each class has a regular library period
and, beginning in Kindergarten, students may check out books and take them
home. Please help make sure they are returned on time. There is a charge for
replacement if books are not returned. The Library is open with supervision
until 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) for students in Grades 4-8.
Technology - Equipment
Currently the school maintains over 200 networked computers for educational
use. Computer equipment, including peripherals such as printers, scanners,
audio equipment, a laptop cart, and multimedia projectors are located in two
full-sized computer labs, several smaller labs, every classroom and resource
room, the Library, and other program-related spaces throughout the building.
Students use this equipment to run an ever-increasing array of academic and
support software programs. Tablet PCs with wireless connections are used in
all classrooms by teachers and three SMART™ Boards are used in the Middle
Technology - Internet
All WES computers are connected to the Internet via the school’s T-1 line.
Access to the Internet enables students to utilize its vast resources to further
our educational goals and objectives. Internet use is carefully monitored and a
sophisticated fire wall is used to block access to inappropriate, extraneous, or
unnecessary websites.
Students in Grade 3 and below use the Internet through their classroom
accounts. Students in Grades 4-8 who return a WES Acceptable Use Policy for
Technology form, signed by both student and parent, have their own accounts.
See pg. 76.
Technology - Extracurricular
After-school technology activities include a weekly Computer Club and The
Dragonbots, a robotics club. The Dragonbots participate in the First Lego
League Maryland State challenge and tournament, where they are judged on
completion of missions, teamwork, technical expertise, and the research
Foreign Language
All WES students (Transition - Grade 8) are offered a choice of studying
French or Spanish. Beginning in Grade 6, students take either foreign language
or “Academic Studies Class” at the recommendation of the faculty. Changes
to the foreign language option (Spanish to French or French to Spanish) may
only be made entering Grades 1, 4 and 6. Latin is offered in Grades 6-8.

Occasionally students will use foreign language period to re-enforce language
arts skills.

Field Trips
Each class takes field trips during the school year. Parents are encouraged to
accompany their children on at least one outing each year, especially in the
younger grades and on the Italy trip in Grade 7. We appreciate this assistance
and, more importantly, it means a great deal to your child. As parents of older
children recognize, these are the years when you and your child can most
enjoy this shared experience. Please note, however, that siblings are not
allowed to accompany parents chaperoning a field trip.
Prior to each trip, we ask you to reinforce the educational purpose of the trip
through family discussion. Children are excited about their excursions and we
do not want to lose the learning benefit in the midst of that excitement.
Transportation may be by chartered bus, school bus (driven by WES faculty or
staff), parent automobiles, or some combination of the above.
Students in the hot lunch program will get a boxed lunch for field trips.
Under Maryland’s Child Passenger Safety Law, every child under 8 years of
age must ride in a booster seat or other appropriate child safety seat, unless the
child is 4 feet, 9 inches or taller, or weighs more than 65 pounds. There should
be a car seat/booster seat and a separate seat belt for every child. Students
who need a car seat should bring it to school on field trip days.
Overnight trips are planned beginning in Grade 5 with the trip to the Antietam
Civil War site. Grade 6 goes to Utah and the Desert Southwest, Grade 7
spends 10 days in Italy (parents invited!) and Grade 8 has exchanges with
schools in Paris, France and Granada, Spain. All trips are linked to the
Community Service and Outreach
One goal of the school, as found in the WES Statement of Philosophy on page
26, is to encourage students to recognize and serve the needs of others. To this
end, a number of service opportunities are available within the everyday life of
the school. The Safety Patrols, fifth-grade reading partners, and Middle
School students’ supervision of younger students are examples of in-school
volunteer opportunities. In addition, students are engaged in energy
conservation and environmental activities.
To encourage students to care for those in the wider community, outreach
activities are scheduled throughout the year that include:
 Thanksgiving food baskets to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
 Hat and mitten tree collection at Christmas for needy families
 The clean up of Little Falls Parkway in the “Adopt a Road” program
 Exchange visits with senior citizen groups
 Volunteering at Rosemount Center, a non-profit, bilingual Episcopal
     daycare center in Washington, DC.

   The Heifer Project – a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to
    relieving global hunger and poverty.

Community Service Day is an annual tradition at WES. In order to give back
to the community, the school family comes together one day each spring to
perform a variety of outreach activities.
Middle School students have a community service requirement of 10 hours per
academic year.
Please watch for notices of volunteer opportunities in the Thursday NeWES
and help us nurture in our students a sense of caring for and understanding of
other people.
Summer at WES
Summer at WES, the WES summer camp program, offers a variety of exciting,
fun, and enriching activities for children ages 4-14 including swimming,
theatre, art, dance, cooking, magic, languages, science, sports, field trips, and
much more! Small group sizes create an intimate and attentive environment
allowing our experienced staff to ensure that each child has the opportunity to
learn and explore while building lasting friendships and lifelong memories.
Older students and alumni are often counselors and counselors-in-training.
WES believes that physical development is as important as social and
academic development. In that spirit, WES offers a broad and deep program
in athletics. On the field, our WES Dragons perform with confidence,
determination, and school spirit.
Grades 1-4
● WES offers an after-school sports club (3:30-4:30 p.m., designated days).
For students in Grades 5/6 and 7/8, there are two athletic options:
1. Team sports – Both grades 5/6 and 7/8 have boys and girls teams in the
    following sports:
         a. Soccer (fall)
         b. Basketball (winter)
         c. Lacrosse (spring)
   In addition, there are two co-ed teams:
         a. Cross Country (fall)
         b. Track and Field (spring)
    For grades 5/6, these teams meet four times a week, from 2:30 –
    3:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, and 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday
    and Thursday.
    For grades 7/8, these teams meet four times a week, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    on Monday and Wednesday and 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and
    Thursday. See chart below.
2.   WESQwest - Students may also choose the physical education alternative
     to team sports, WESQwest. This program is intended to engage and
     motivate students in Grades 5-8 to become and remain physically active
     through a varied program of modern lifestyle fitness and sport activities.

    For grades 5/6, WESQwest meets three times a week, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
      on Monday and Wednesday and 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
    For grades 7/8, WESQwest meets three times a week, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
     on Tuesday and Thursday and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

                  Monday           Tuesday       Wednesday         Thursday
Grades 5-6      WESQwest                         WESQwest
2:30 – 3:30     Team Sports                      Team Sports
Grades 5-6                       WESQwest
                                                                 Team Sports
3:30 – 4:30                      Team Sports
Grades 7-8                       WESQwest                        WESQwest
2:30 – 3:30                      Team Sports                     Team Sports
Grades 7-8                                       WESQwest
                Team Sports
3:30 – 4:30                                      Team Sports

3.   Open Gym: The gym is open to students before school from 7:30 a.m. to
     8:00 a.m. on this schedule:
         Grades 5-8         Tuesday and Thursday
         Grades 1-4         Wednesdays

                      AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
A variety of after-school activities are offered throughout the year from
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., ranging from clubs for students in Grades 1-4 to study
halls (Grades 2-8), help sessions, musical rehearsals, and sports practices
(Grades 5-8). Most are covered by tuition.
   Grade 4:
   Band class meets three times a week: twice during the regular school
   day and once after school. Attendance at after-school band on Thursday
   (3:30 - 4:30 p.m.) is mandatory for all students.
     Grades 5 and 6:
     Band class meets three times a week: twice during the regular school day
     and once after school. Attendance at after-school band on Wednesday
     (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) is mandatory for all students new to WES. Grade 6
     students will meet during the school day with the Grades 7 and 8 Concert
     Band class but after-school band rehearsal will continue to be on
     Wednesday with Grade 5 students.
    Grades 7 and 8
    Concert Band class meets three times a week: twice during the regular
    school day and once after school. After-school Concert Band for students
    in Grades 7 and 8 meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Clubs and Activities
Students in Grades 1-4 have a range of activities to choose from. A list of
offerings is sent to parents with a Registration Form three times a year, prior to
the beginning of each term. Watch the Thursday NeWES for later
announcements and respond promptly if interested, as registration for these
activities is on a first-come-first-served basis. Every effort is made to ensure
that every child who wishes to can participate in the activities. Those taking a
class for the first time are given priority if a class is oversubscribed. Computer
Club and Chess Club are open to students in Grades 1-6.

Middle School Activities
Middle School students may choose from the following clubs on Thursday
afternoon: French, Spanish, film, ceramics, and sewing. School Scribble, the
WES newspaper, meets on Tuesday afternoons.

Extended Day
The school offers an Extended Day program after school everyday (except for
the day before Christmas break and the last day of school) for an additional
fee. The Extended Day program begins at 3:30 p.m. (for Nursery -Grade 1) or
4:30 p.m. (Grades 2-8) and runs until 6:00 p.m. each day. Students may work
on their homework or participate in supervised free play. The Extended Day
room, the computer lab, the gym, and the playground are all available for
Extended Day students to use.
Families who wish to enroll their children in Extended Day may do so on the
enrollment contract or by request. Fees for the full year are added to the
tuition bill. The three-day option requires a selection of specific days
throughout the year.
If space is available, drop-ins are welcome in Extended Day. To enroll your
child for a short-term stay, call the Extended Day office at 301-652-7878 ext.
234, or e-mail to have your child added to the drop-in list.
The charge for daily drop-ins is $25 (Mon-Thurs), $30 regular dismissal
Fridays and $40 early dismissal days. Drop-ins are billed monthly via e-mail.
   All Extended Day students are to be picked up and leave the building
    no later than 6:00 p.m. If you anticipate arriving after 6:00 p.m., please
    call the Extended Day cell phone at 301-642-8600. Since we must pay
    two staff members to remain after 6:00 p.m. when parents arrive late for
    pick-up, there is a charge of $2 for each minute after 6:00 p.m.

Math Labs
Additional support in math is available to students in Grades 4-8 after school
on the following designated days: Monday – Grade 5; Tuesday – Grade 4 and
Middle School; and Wednesday – Grade 6. For more information, check with
your child’s homeroom teacher or Middle School math teacher.
Please refer to p. 50 of this Handbook for information concerning your
student’s after-school PE schedule by day and grade.

Study Hall
Supervised study halls are offered free of charge from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday
through Thursday for students in Grades 2-8. This is a great opportunity for
students to get a jump on homework or just to do pleasure reading.

   Please indicate on the Student Information Sheet if your child will attend
   Study hall is a structured, quiet time for students to work on homework,
    after which they may do independent reading. Study hall for students in
    Grades 2 & 3 meets in the Meeting Room on the second floor. Study hall
    for students in Grades 4-8 meets in the Library. Students in Grades 4 and
    above and their parents are asked to sign a contract at the beginning of the
    school year. This contract outlines the simple expectations and rules that
    make study hall a successful place to do homework.
   Due to the quiet nature of study hall, it is not an appropriate time for
    students to work together on group projects.
   For the most part, students remain the full period to avoid disruption of
    the group and should be picked up at the 4:30 p.m. dismissal time.

                             SCHOOL SERVICES

School Chaplain
The School Chaplain leads the weekly Chapel services and teaches religion to
all students. In addition, the Chaplain is available for pastoral counseling to
any student, family, or staff member who desires it. Pastoral counseling can
be helpful to individuals who are seeking a deeper relationship with God, who
are struggling with a particular spiritual issue, or who desire spiritual help in
the midst of a life crisis (such as a serious illness, a death in the family, or a
significant personal problem). In addition, the Chaplain welcomes inquiries
about baptism or confirmation from families who are interested in these
sacraments, but who may not have an existing relationship with a church.
Appointments can be made by calling the Chaplain at ext. 260 or by dropping
by the Chaplain's Office on the second floor.

School Counselor
The role of the School Counselor is to offer support to students, families,
teachers, and staff to help facilitate a successful academic year. The School
Counselor works with a multidisciplinary team to provide students with
support for social, emotional, and behavioral issues to maximize their
academic achievement and personal growth and development. The
responsibilities of the School Counselor include:
     Consulting with teachers, administrators, staff, and families to meet
         the social, emotional, and academic needs of students
     Facilitating parent workshops, including grade level informational
         meetings in the fall, book club meetings, and requested meetings on
         topics of interest
     Working with students individually, in small groups, or as a
         classroom to discuss specifically identified concerns
     Coordinating and participating in parent conferences as needed
     Maintaining a list of auxiliary service providers and making referrals
         to outside professionals when appropriate
     Providing information on other community services
     Meeting regularly with Division Heads, Learning Specialists, and
     Monitoring reports of behaviors that may include verbal or physical
         aggression, social alienation, racial, ethnic, sexual harassment,
         molestation, or child abuse and neglect.
School Learning Specialist
To ensure that all students benefit fully from the school’s enriched curriculum,
the School Learning Specialist works with students, teachers, staff, and
families to provide support for students with learning differences. The
responsibilities of the School Learning Specialist include:
      Coordinating and monitoring academic accommodation plans for
          students whose families have submitted testing reports
      Observing and assessing students upon request of parents, teachers, or
          other WES professional staff
      Coordinating discussion among parents, teachers, and other
          professionals regarding observational findings and other evaluative
          means, including recommendations for further testing
      Maintaining a list of auxiliary service providers (i.e., academic tutors,
          speech, and language specialists, etc.) and helping to match students
          with tutors
      Conducting classroom mini-units, grade level meetings in the fall
          with the School Counselor and Division Heads, and parent workshops
      Assisting in the administration of standardized testing and evaluation
      Meeting regularly with Division Heads, the School Counselor, and
School Speech/Language and Reading Specialist
The part-time School Speech/Language and Reading Specialist works with
parents, teachers, and students to identify and address language-based student
needs. Specific speech difficulties may include articulation, fluency, and
voice, while broader language concerns include comprehension, oral and
written expression, language processing, phonological awareness, and the
complex process of learning to read.
The responsibilities of the School Speech/Language and Reading Specialist
may include:
     Performing speech/language and reading screenings for all new
        students in Grades 1-8, as well as for any student referred by a
        classroom teacher suspecting a language-based difficulty
     Providing informal speech and language assessments and pre-reading
        assessments to students in Transition and Kindergarten during the
        winter term
     Providing small group instructional support, as well as one-on-one
        intervention, for recommended Early Childhood students
     Consulting with all faculty regarding specific student needs and
        suggesting classroom strategies to enhance student performance as
        well as one-on-one intervention therapy when necessary
School Nurse
The School Nurse is responsible for promoting good health throughout the
school so that students may be successful learners. In addition to
administering first aid to the minor scrapes, bumps, and aches of WES
students, the School Nurse is also responsible for the following tasks:
      Performing vision and hearing assessments
      Monitoring student compliance with state immunization laws
      Dispensing all medication, both prescription and over-the-counter
      Responding to any health issues should they arise
      Coordinating communications between home, school, and the school
          community concerning communicable illnesses and diseases
      Acting as a resource to the school community on issues concerning
          healthy living, nutrition, and disease prevention
      Teaching Middle School health

                              STUDENT LIFE

     Cell phones are not allowed at school for students below Grade 7
   For Middle School students, cell phone use is not permitted inside the
    school building before, during, or after the academic day. Middle School
    cell phones must be turned off and kept in a locker while in the building.
   After school, Middle School students may use a cell phone when they
    have left the building and with specific permission from a teacher or
    administrator. Any use of a cell phone that does not follow these
    guidelines will result in the immediate confiscation of the cell phone. The

    student’s parent must retrieve the cell phone from the Middle School
   Cell phones may not be used to take pictures or videos, to text message, or
    to access the Internet while on school property. Multiple or significant
    infractions may result in the loss of cell phone privileges.

Portable electronic equipment such as iPods, CD players, and handheld
computer games are not allowed at school or Extended Day. The ban also
extends to school-sponsored field trips, as these items detract from the
educational intent of the trips and could get lost. Acceptable electronic devices
include calculators and hand-held dictionaries and thesauri.

                     PERSONAL COMPUTERS
Students may bring a personal computer to school with the permission of the
appropriate Division Director, Learning Specialist, or teachers. Students using
a personal computer at school may only use their computer for school
purposes with the specific permission of a teacher. The school reserves the
right to inspect any personal computers to make sure they do not contain any
harmful or inappropriate files. Files may not be downloaded onto school
computers without specific permission. All use is subject to the standards set
forth in the Acceptable Use Policy, see p. 76.

                          DANGEROUS OBJECTS
Objects that are dangerous have no place in an educational setting and should
not be brought to school. Such objects will be immediately confiscated and
disciplinary actions will be taken as deemed appropriate to the situation and
student(s) involved.

                       BEHAVIOR and DISCIPLINE
WES is committed to encouraging responsible and caring behavior in our
students. To heighten awareness of and commitment to moral and ethical
living, specific activities are a part of the school’s ongoing program. They
        Formal Class Meetings in Grades 1-6 are designed to provide a
         continuous forum for promoting cooperation and mutual support, for
         planning, activities, and for solving problems in a democratic way.
         The school uses a system of “3Ps” – praise, planning, and problem
         solving – to instill and foster responsible behavior in students.
         Additional information for successful family meetings that continue
         this model is available from the School Counselor.
        Advisory Group weekly meetings in Grades 7-8 address similar
        A Class Constitution is drawn up in each class in K-Grade 6 during
         the first days of school and referred to for guidance throughout the
         year. A copy of each class constitution is given to parents.
         It is our commitment to encourage mutual respect and support,
         caring for others outside our school community, and a sense of
         responsibility to oneself and others. We provide opportunities for
         this growth in cooperative educational activities and also by
         encouraging each child to give and receive help freely (except on
         tests and quizzes!).
Behavioral Issues
As children grow in their social relationships and become more and more
independent in thinking and doing, it is inevitable that some behavior
problems will arise. These will be handled first in the classroom setting
through the class management plan, with the teacher guiding the students
through questioning to think through the problem and discover an appropriate
solution. In case of serious misbehavior that resists correction within this
framework, the help of school administrators will be enlisted to meet with
students during lunchtime or after school on Friday, to make up work or
address discipline problems. At all times, a close partnership with parents is
essential to the success of our efforts.
The WES school setting offers the intimacy to create a feeling of safety, which
encourages risk-taking as children learn to formulate their personal
convictions and openly express them. The WES school community is
committed to helping students understand and stop bullying behaviors, which
may include verbal or physical aggression, social alienation, or racial, ethnic,
or sexual harassment.

We encourage parents to limit in-school birthday celebrations to simple class
treats. Please confirm the date ahead of time with your child’s teacher. When
planning a birthday party offsite, please be considerate of all students; in this
small school setting, feelings can easily be hurt.
   We recommend against elaborate parties.
   If it is appropriate to have a large event, we strongly suggest you include
    all students in the grade or the section, all of one gender in the class, or
    fewer than half of one gender. A feeling of rejection can be devastating.
   Please do not bring gifts to school. This includes flowers or other gifts
    after student performances.
   Please, no invitations are to be passed out at school.
   Consider non-birthday parties, parties without gifts, or parties where
    donations to charity are collected.
   As students get older they often press for activities that may not be
    appropriate for their age group. Try to plan suitable activities for the age
    group invited. The Parents Council of Washington book, Parent to
    Parent, has valuable suggestions in this and many other areas.
     We strongly discourage pool parties for the end-of-year class events
      for N, T or K. For end-of-year parties in Grades 1-8 that are pool
      parties, a lifeguard must be present.
     If you are organizing an outside sports team that includes your child,
      consider inviting all students in the grade to join.

                                 HONOR CODE
The Honor Code is a pledge signed by each student in Grades 3-8 at the
beginning of each school year. It is discussed in class meetings and provides a
guide for attitudes and behavior shared by the entire school community. The
text is as follows:
    I am proud to be a student at Washington Episcopal School and pledge to do
    my utmost to be a responsible citizen of the school. I respect myself and
    others, I help to make our school a fine place, and I demonstrate my
    commitment to strong character at all times.
    I shall continue to grow in self-confidence and self-respect by following the
    ideals of our Honor Code:
         I tell the truth. I am truthful about my words and my actions. I will
          not be misleading or withhold the truth.
         I am honest with my work. I am fair to others and honest to myself. I
          am honest about my schoolwork; it is my own and not copied from
          books, online resources, or other people’s work.
         I show respect and caring for others. I participate in school activities
          with kindness and cooperation. I try hard to win, but I remember to
          show good sportsmanship. I extend my help and friendship to all
          members of the school community.
         I respect the property of others. I use or take only what is mine. If I
          use other people’s property, I have their permission. I will care for
          school property.
I pledge my best effort to meet these goals throughout the year.

Homework is considered an integral part of the WES instructional program.
Its purpose is to provide:

     An opportunity for extra practice or extension of a lesson
     For the growth of independent work skills
     Awareness of the child’s program and progress to parents
Overnight homework is usually assigned Monday-Thursday evenings in
Grades 1-6 and Monday-Friday in Middle School. As students progress
through the grades more homework is assigned, beginning with less than thirty
minutes for the youngest children to an hour and a half for upper grades and
perhaps more for Middle School. Often teachers make longer-term
assignments and students should be helped to plan their work to avoid
unnecessary rushing at the last minute due to poor time management.
The following guidelines for organizing an effective study program have been
developed by our faculty. Work done at the beginning of the year to
encourage students to use these guidelines regularly will pay benefits in the
long run.
Students should:
 Record all assignments in the student plan book. This encourages
    responsibility. Middle School students often receive assignment sheets
    from their teachers and may use these in lieu of the plan book. As a back
    up, and because Middle School students may have assignments from six
    or more teachers, most Middle School assignments are also posted on the
    teacher pages on the WES website.
 Review class and homework assignments with parents daily until the
    parents are comfortable the student has a good grasp of the expectations
    and has a plan for meeting them.
 Schedule a definite length of study time for each day. Guidelines for this
    will be given by the teacher.
 Set a regular time for homework. Sessions might be divided into two
    parts with homework before dinner and reading just before bedtime.
    Silent reading for book reports or pleasure should be a regular part of the
    daily study time.
 Find an appropriate area (desk or table with good lighting and ventilation)
    for study and use it daily.
 Collect all necessary tools before beginning: paper, pencils, sharpener,
    ruler, eraser, globe or map, dictionary, and thesaurus.
 Ask questions when help is needed and check completed work for errors.
 Put books and work in backpack when finished.
 Ask teachers for help when needed.
 Attend study hall when assigned, when help is needed, or to avoid late
    work sessions at home.
 File completed work and quizzes at home to use as study guides for tests.
Parents should:
 Read and discuss study guidelines with their child at the start of the year.
 Become acquainted with the weekly pattern of assignments established by
    the teacher and discuss any questions or problems.
 Until a clear routine is established, decide on a daily study schedule with
    their child, write it down, and post it for family reference.
 Encourage their child to use appropriate study tools (i.e. word processing
    and related software, dictionary and thesaurus, maps).
 If needed, help their child get started and stay on task.

   Check for completion but please do not create, edit, or correct errors of
    the child’s work. The teacher needs to see the child’s own work to assess
    his or her progress and accurately guide the classroom instruction.
   In Grades 1-3, students often check their own homework. Teachers find
    this activity is a valuable use of instructional time, when students can
    receive immediate feedback and learn from their own mistakes.
   Review assignments for younger children daily and sign the plan book.
   Help with learning of special material (i.e. drill for memorization of
    spelling words or math facts, play oral games to reinforce learning, quiz
    on content material in preparation for tests).
   If your child has difficulty and needs help with an assignment, write a
    note to the teacher in the assignment book or leave a message for him/her
    on voice mail or e-mail.
   In Grades 1-5, review weekly papers in the Thursday folder, read any
    teacher comments, respond as needed, sign and return the cover sheet on
                            DRESS CODE
Note! - Dress Code Change – Starting in the 2011-2012 school year, a new
plaid will be used in jumpers, kilts, and ties. The new plaid will feature the
WES school colors, blue and gold. Items made with the new plaid will be
available at Beyda’s Lad and Lassie Shop (see below). Items with the old
plaid will not be allowed to be worn after the change is made. Note!
The school believes that an important aspect of creating a productive school
environment is appropriate dress. A well defined dress code applies to all
students in Grades 1-8, although there are a number of alternative items.
Students in N-T-K have a more relaxed dress code. Two types of uniforms are
used for Grades 1-8: “dress uniform” and “options for daily wear.” Both are
described below.
“Dress uniform” should be worn on special occasions such as all-school
Chapels, school picture day, for school performances, on some field trips, etc.
When dress uniform is not required, students may dress in accordance with
“options for daily wear” listed below.
All students in Grades 1-8 also must wear a separate PE uniform (described
below) to every PE class.
All clothing should be clean, pressed, in good repair, fit correctly (neither too
loose nor too tight) with shoes clean and polished. Hair should be clean,
combed and, in the case of boys, of an appropriate length. Any jewelry
beyond a watch is discouraged. Necklaces or medallions of any kind must be
worn inside the shirt or blouse. Shirts must be tucked-in completely. Belts
must be worn if there are belt loops. Hats and outerwear may not be worn in
the building. A sweater or non-hooded sweatshirt should be kept at school
during cold weather.

All clothing, instruments, sports equipment, shoes, etc. should have names
written in laundry marker or nametapes sewn in. This is important because so
many look identical.
Clothing for Grades 1-8, both the required uniform items, optional items, and
nametapes can be purchased from Beyda’s Lad and Lassie Shop, Westwood
Shopping Center, 5444 Westbard Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20816 (Phone:
301- 656-2026), at Lands’ End (school code #90049628), or identical items
can be purchased from the store of your choice. Items with the WES school
logo are available by order from Lands’ End. The Lands’ End School Catalog
is available in The Dragon's Den, by calling 1-800-741-6311 or by e-mail:
 Used uniforms are available through the PA on the second-floor in the used uniform room.


 We encourage:                           Please avoid:
 Neat trousers                           Superhero clothing, overalls
 Knit or cloth shirts                    Sandals, flip flops, dressy shoes
 Simple dresses, jumpers,                Party dresses or other fancy
   skirts, blouses                        clothes that might be
 Sweaters in cool weather                 damaged at school
 Sturdy shoes; socks, tights             Clothes the child cannot
 Shorts in warm weather                   easily handle in the rest room
 Boots in wet weather
 Hats, gloves, tights in cold
N-T-K students should keep a pair of sneakers at school for PE and movement
classes. Girls should wear shorts or slacks to school on those class days.


Required dress uniform:                       Options for daily wear
Jumper: plaid (hemline to be no               Jumper: navy (hemline to be no more
        more than 2”above the knee)                  than 2” above the knee)
Blouse: white, long or short sleeves                 Shorts may be worn under
Sweater: navy cardigan                               skirts if they do not extend
Socks: white crew                                    below the hemline.
Shoes: dark leather, flat or low heels        Skort: tan or navy
        only; no boots or clogs               Walking shorts: tan or navy
Athletic shoes may not be worn as                 (Spring Break – Oct. 31)
part of the dress uniform or for              Pants: navy corduroy or tan twill
performances.                                     (Nov. 1 - Spring Break )
                                              Turtleneck: white, red, or navy
                                              Shirt: short sleeved, collared white,

                                               red, or navy knit
                                              (with shorts and pants)
                                       Sweater: red cardigan
                                       Sweatshirt: WES only
                                             (sweatshirts with hoods are
                                             considered outer wear.)
                                       Belt: dark leather with shorts or
                                              pants if there are belt loops
                                       Socks: white, red, or navy knee-high
                                       Tights: white or navy
                                       Shoes: dark leather, flat or low heels
                                                only, no boots

 * Please note: No make-up, colored nail polish, or jewelry other than a
 watch, ring, stud pierced earrings, bracelet, and necklace. All jewelry
 must be plain and simple.
Required dress uniform:             Options for daily wear:
Skirt: plaid (hemline to be no      Skirt: navy (hemline to be no more than
       more than 2” above the              2” above the knee and
       knee and waistbands can             waistbands cannot be rolled)
       not be rolled)               Shorts may be worn under
      Shorts may be worn under             skirts if they do not extend
      skirts if they do not extend         below the hemline.
       below the hemline.           Skort: tan or navy
Shirt: white oxford (white plain    Walking shorts: tan or navy
       T-shirt only may be worn             (Spring Break – Oct. 31)
       beneath oxford shirt)        Pants: navy corduroy or tan twill
Jacket: navy blazer                         (Nov. 1 - Spring Break)
Socks: plain white – worn           Shirt: white, red, light yellow, or navy
       appropriately (natural               collared polo
       pantyhose may be required Turtleneck or polo: white, red, light yellow,
       for some performances.)              or navy
Shoes: dark leather with dark       Sweater: plain navy, red, light yellow, or
       laces, if applicable                 white cardigan or pullover
Athletic shoes may not be                   NO LOGOS other than WES logo
worn as part of the dress Shirt, turtleneck, and sweater colors should
uniform or for performances.                 match the colors in the WES
                                             plaid skirt.
                                    Sweatshirt: WES only (sweatshirts with
                                            hoods are considered outerwear)
                                    Belt: dark leather required with pants or
                                            shorts if there are belt loops
                                    Socks: plain white – worn appropriately or
                                             navy tights
                                    Shoes: dark leather with dark laces, if
                                             applicable, flat or low heels only,
                                             no clogs, boots, or backless shoes;
                                        plain black, low-top athletic shoes
                                        with black laces are also acceptable
                                        for non-dress uniform.

** Please note: No make-up, colored nail polish, or jewelry other than
a watch, ring, stud pierced earrings, bracelet, and necklace. All jewelry
must be plain and simple.


Required dress uniform:            Options for daily wear:
Trousers: tan twill                Trousers: navy twill belted at the waist
       belted at the waist         Walking shorts: tan or navy twill
Shirt: white oxford cloth shirt,        (Spring Break – Oct. 31)
       long or short sleeve                NO CARGO PANTS
Sweater: navy v-neck long          Shirt: short sleeved, collared,
       sleeve or navy blazer              white, red, or navy knit
Tie:   school plaid                Turtleneck: white, red, or navy
Belt: dark leather                 Sweater: red or navy v-neck
Socks: plain dark                  Sweatshirt: WES only (sweatshirts with
Shoes: dark leather, no boots              hoods are considered outerwear)
       or large heels              Belt: dark leather with shorts or trousers
Athletic shoes may not be                  if there are belt loops
worn as part of the dress          Socks: white crew
uniform or for performances.       Shoes: dark leather, no boots
                                            or large heels


Required dress uniform:            Options for daily wear:
Trousers: tan twill                Trousers: navy twill – belted at the waist
       belted at the waist         Walking shorts: tan or navy twill
Shirt: white oxford (white plain           (Spring Break – Oct. 31)
       T-shirt only may be worn              NO CARGO PANTS
       beneath oxford shirt)       Shirt: light blue oxford
Jacket: navy blazer                      (white plain T-shirt only may be worn
Tie: striped school                       beneath oxford shirt)
        (correctly tied)           Tie: appropriate, of student’s choice
Belt: dark leather                 Sweater: white, red, light yellow, or navy
Socks: plain dark                          NO LOGOS other than WES logo
Shoes: dark leather with dark      Sweatshirt: WES only (sweatshirts with
         laces, if applicable.             hoods are considered outerwear)
Athletic shoes may not be worn     Belt: dark leather required with shorts or
as part of the dress uniform or            trousers if there are belt loops
for performances.                  Socks: plain white or dark
                                   Shoes: dark leather with dark laces if
                                            applicable; plain black low-top
                                            athletic shoes with black laces
                                            are also acceptable for non-dress
                                            uniform; no boots or large heels


Purchase only from The Dragon’s Den or Used Uniform Room:
  WES shorts, T-shirts, and combination locks for PE lockers
Purchase anywhere:
  Sneakers to keep at school
  White crew socks
  Gray or blue sweatshirt and sweatpants
   (with WES logo optional from The Dragon’s Den)
  Gym bag to hold all of above items
   (with WES logo optional from The Dragon’s Den)
The Dragon’s Den School Store
The Dragon’s Den, the official WES school store located next to the Main
Office, sells school supplies, sportswear required for PE, and a variety of
WES logo items. Parent volunteers staff the store Monday through Friday
from 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. Embroidered school emblem patches are sold in
The Dragon’s Den for $3 each, to be sewn on blazer pockets, sweaters,
jackets, caps, etc. – or for adult use as you wish.

                    PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS
                        PARENT PARTICIPATION
Your family is a part of a very special community. WES families are
dedicated, hard working, and enthusiastic. WES has an outstanding tradition of
strong parent participation that provides a unique bond with their children and
strengthens the school. There are many ways you as a parent can become
involved in school life and numerous areas where talents and expertise can be
shared in the school community, particularly through the Parents Association.
We hope all parents will find the ways that best accommodate their interests
and time availability. Every child enjoys and benefits from having his or her
parents involved.

How to Volunteer:
 Parent volunteer forms are distributed each spring and are also available
   on our website under the Supporting WES tab or by clicking the
   Volunteering tab on the Parent Portal. Please return the form to the Main
 Lists are compiled and committees are formed on the basis of responses
   on the forms. In the event an activity chair has been identified, the chair
   will receive the list of interested volunteers.
 There may be further requests for assistance in the Thursday NeWES.
 If you have ideas, questions, or need further information about any area,
   please do not hesitate to contact your Room Parent or any Parents
   Association officer or activity coordinator.


Good communication between parents and the school is a high priority at
WES. Like many schools, WES has a variety of ways for information to be
conveyed to families and for families to reach teachers and administrators at
the school with questions and concerns. Likewise, understanding the
organization of existing and evolving lines of communication can promote a
timely flow of concerns and information between home and school. In this
section, general and individualized communications methods and those lines
of communication are discussed.
General Communications and Publications
 NeWES – This is the weekly communication for current families,
   containing the most up-to-date information about activities for students
   and parents as well as procedural matters. The NeWES includes
   announcements as well as a ten-day calendar. It is updated every
   Thursday afternoon when school is in session and is sent to parents via
   e-mail. It is also located as a special page on the WES website.
   NOTE: Notices for the Thursday NeWES must be submitted to the
   Communications Coordinator ( by the end of
   school on Tuesday for inclusion in the current week’s issue. Due to space
   limitations, information that is not a school event, a school sponsored
   event, or an event where students are specifically representing WES
   cannot be included. Reading the NeWES carefully every week will
   keep you up to date on time-sensitive and important information for
   all families.
 N, T, K Newsletters – A newsletter from the N, T, K classrooms goes
   home every Thursday. This newsletter highlights class activities and
   important upcoming events. Children’s art work and class projects often
   accompany this letter.
 Weekly classroom letters (Grades 1-5) – A letter from each classroom
   teacher goes home every Thursday. The letter describes class activities
   and progress for the week as well as other pertinent information
   concerning field trips and upcoming programs, projects, and events.
   Important written work or tests may be attached to the letter. This letter is
   to be signed and returned to the teacher on Friday, with any notes or
   questions from the parent.
 The Middle School Message is published monthly for Middle School
   students and families to keep students and parents apprised of upcoming
   school events. It is distributed through e-mail and available on the WES
   website, but hard copies may be sent home if requested.
 Report Cards Progress Reports (See “Report Cards” on p. 68.)
 – The WES website provides comprehensive information
   for the WES community and beyond. It contains timely and useful
   information for parents of current students, alumni, parents of prospective
   students, as well as access to the school’s Library resources.
    - Each parent has a password-protected Parent Portal page with
         information on each student’s class and activities, as well as an
         online directory and links to other WES website pages.
    - Each faculty member has a Teacher Page with information, pictures,
         and calendars for every class.
    Please visit the WES website and Parent Portals to become familiar
    with its offerings and capabilities.
   The WES Handbook and Directory
    - This Handbook provides basic information to help make the school year
    proceed smoothly. Please keep the WES Handbook/Directory handy
    for easy reference, or refer to it online on the Parent Portal.
    - Included in the Handbook and Directory is a list of all current families
    with street and e-mail addresses and phone numbers. This information is
    for the benefit of current families only and may not be used for any
    purpose other than casual or school-related communications between
    families. The names and information may not be shared outside of the
    WES parent community nor can it be used for any commercial, political,
    or other non-school-related purposes, including non-school-related offers
    or solicitations. Extra copies of the Handbook and Directory are available
    for $7.00 in the Main Office.
   The A to Z Guide – The green section at the front of this book is a
    comprehensive, alphabetical glossary of WES terms, annual events, and
   The WES Way feature magazine contains articles about school programs,
    faculty, parent education, alumni, achievements, and events. It is mailed
    to parents, grandparents, alumni families, and friends twice a year.
   The School Scribble – The student newspaper produced by older students
    contains news articles, features, editorials, cartoons, and stories.
   Wesley’s Legend – The WES yearbook is a pictorial record of the
    students’ year and is distributed to all students at the end of the school
   Annual Report – Compiled at the end of each fiscal year, it is posted on
    the website and mailed with the fall/winter magazine.
Individual Communication between Parents/Students and WES Faculty
and Administration
 Parents may and should communicate directly with teachers, by either
    voice mail or e-mail. Faculty phone extensions and e-mail addresses are
    listed in the Faculty and Staff Directory section of this Handbook and on
    the website. Please feel free to leave messages for anyone at any time.
    Voice mail and e-mail “boxes” are checked regularly by each staff
    member, who appreciates your input and will return calls within 24 hours.
    Note: WES e-mail addresses are comprised of the teacher/staff member’s
    first initial and last name (as one word) followed by, e.g.,

   The chart on the outside back cover of this Handbook shows the
    extensions and e-mail addresses of various school departments and
    divisions or personnel to speak to about a range of topic-related issues.
   Please make your daily family plans known to your child at home, before
    he or she leaves for school, and send a note to the teacher if plans affect
    dismissal arrangements. If there is a change in your plans during the day,
    please call the Main Office.
   Students should not call home for forgotten homework, musical
    instruments, or to make plans for after school. Students are to make their
    social arrangements at home in advance. This encourages responsibility
    and avoids these distractions in their school day.

Meetings and Conferences
The school will make every effort to keep in close touch with parents
regarding their child’s progress in school. Communication is fostered by three
parent events at the beginning of the year:
   Back-to-School Night in September gives parents an overview of the
    program for the year, including the schedule for their child’s class.
    Parents will hear from their child’s teachers regarding plans, procedures,
    and goals for the year. It is an event not to be missed. This is an evening
    for parents only.
   Morning Grade Level Meetings held in the fall, provide helpful insight
    about common patterns of development, an overview of the year, and an
    opportunity to discuss ways parents can be most supportive.
   The annual conference with your child’s teacher or advisor is an
    invaluable opportunity for parents and teachers to exchange information
    that will be helpful. Please schedule your conference at Back-to-School
    Night in September. In N-T-K, there are two conferences per year:
    midwinter conferences for N-T-K students are scheduled in late January.
Lines of Communication – A Special Message from the Head of School
When a specific matter or issue arises, especially one concerning an individual
WES student, parents often ask “Who should I call?” That is a normal
question for parents, especially those new to the school.
With most questions, the decision on whom to call is fairly straightforward.
With classroom issues, however, sometimes it is not clear who should be the
first point of contact. Should it be the teacher, the Division Director, the
Learning Specialist, the Counselor, or perhaps the Head of School?
In general, the best place to start is with the teacher, whether it be the
classroom teacher or a teacher in a special subject. They have the most first-
hand knowledge of the child and are happy to discuss concerns, offer
feedback, and work with the parent on ways to solve the problem.
The Division Director, Learning Specialist, and School Counselor are also
available to discuss a range of issues relating to the child’s progress in school.
The Division Director can provide a more global viewpoint about various
issues. The Learning Specialist and the School Counselor are knowledgeable
about topics related to the child’s academic progress and behavior
You are welcome to call the Head of School about concerns relating to the
student or any aspect of the school program. Any concerns about behaviors
that may include verbal or physical aggression, social alienation, racial, ethnic,
or sexual harassment, molestation, or child abuse and neglect should be
brought to the attention of the School Counselor and/or the Head of School.

Report Cards
Written reports are issued:
 Three times a year for students in Kindergarten - Grade 8; December,
    March, and June.
 Twice a year for Nursery and Transition students; January and May.
 In checklist form with comments for students in N-T-K.
 With modified evaluating marks in Grades 1-3
 With letter grades in Grades 4-8
   With effort grades in all subjects beginning in Grade 1, to emphasize
    those aspects of student performance which cannot be quantified through
Progress reports are sent at mid-term in Grades 4-8 to alert parents of any
difficulty that may be apparent at that point. For the first term, all Middle
School students receive a Progress Report. If you have questions about your
child’s report, please contact the teacher. At any time during the year parents
should feel free to contact the teacher about any matter of concern. Teachers
will be glad to return your call or respond to your note. The School Counselor
and School Learning Specialist are available to discuss any serious concerns.
If you would like an appointment with either of them, please call their offices
as listed in the Faculty Directory section of this Handbook.

                           BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Washington Episcopal Day School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
organization, incorporated in the District of Columbia and accredited by the
State of Maryland. Like all non-profit organizations and the vast majority of
independent schools, WES is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is
responsible for setting broad policies, overseeing school finances, hiring the
Head of School, and planning for the school’s future.
The members of the WES Board of Trustees, with the exception of the Head
of School, are unpaid volunteers. The WES Board is made up primarily of
parents of current students, including the President of the Parents Association,
but also includes alumni, parents of alumni, the head of another independent
school, the Chairman Emeritus, and a representative of the Episcopal Bishop
of Washington. The Board meets monthly during the school year.
To address the specific issues and questions that are under their purview, the
Board members work in committees that also meet throughout the year. Most
committees are comprised of Board members, non-Board members (usually
individuals with expertise in the given committee area), and those staff
members who work in the particular area of the committee. The Board elects
officers who, along with the Head of School, comprise the Executive

The Executive Committee, comprised of the Board officers (Chair, Vice-
Chair/s, Treasurer and Secretary) and the Head of School, coordinates the
work of the Board by setting the yearly policy agenda. The Executive
Committee coordinates the evaluation of the Head of School and operates in
place of the Board of Trustees as a whole when the Board does not or can not
The Audit Committee oversees the quality and integrity of the school’s
financial reporting processes and accounting practices; the adequacy and
effectiveness of the school’s systems of internal controls regarding finance,
accounting, and related legal and regulatory compliance; and the performance,
qualifications, and independence of the school’s external auditors.
The Development/Marketing Committee
The Development Committee oversees and sets goals for all fundraising
programs of the school, including Annual Giving, capital campaigns, the
benefit Auction, and planned giving; coordinates fundraising by the Parents
Association; and reviews parent, past parent, and alumni communications and
programs to facilitate continuing cultivation of the friends and patrons of the
school. The Development Committee employs a Gift Acceptance Committee
to make determinations on gift acceptability and appropriateness.
The Marketing Committee oversees marketing literature, strategies for
recruiting students to the school and the ongoing cultivation of their families,
communications programs, publications, outreach, and the school’s presence
on the Internet.
The Facilities Committee reviews physical plant and grounds operations,
schedules, budgets, preventive maintenance, and capital improvement
programs and advises the Board on the master plan for the campus. The
Facilities Committee oversees the Technology Subcommittee which monitors
initiatives, programs, and physical needs of the school’s internal telecom-
munications infrastructure for program and administrative use.
The Finance Committee works with the administration in preparing the
annual budget, based on reviews and analysis of current expenses and needs;
prepares longer term projections; advises the Board on the ongoing financial
status, changes, and needs of the school; reviews periodically school insurance
coverage and office procedures as they relate to finances; and considers and

reviews proposals for revenue-enhancing programs, such as facilities rentals.
The Finance Committee oversees the Investment Subcommittee that reviews
investment policies, practices, objectives, and performance and makes annual
recommendations to the Board on investment contracts.

The Personnel Committee oversees general hiring policies, personnel
policies, and professional development policies for faculty and staff; develops
and reviews periodically the school's compensation philosophy and overall
plan (not individual compensation); monitors compliance with federal and
state employment laws; and recommends budgetary changes and
enhancements to achieve goals in compensation and workplace environment.
The Program Committee monitors the performance of all school programs,
curricular (academics) and extracurricular (athletics, arts, community service,
clubs), and provides opportunities for faculty and staff members to showcase
strengths so that Board members become better informed and thereby more
effective spokespersons for the school.
The Trustees Committee works to assure the most appropriate and effective
operation of the Board at large through its specific work of recruiting potential
Trustees, nominating officers, orienting and educating new and returning
Trustees to develop the Board and clarify its functions, evaluating the
effectiveness of the Board, identifying non-Trustees for possible work on
Board committees, and reviewing and recommending revisions to Board by-
laws and policies.
The Board of Trustees creates ad hoc committees on an as needed basis to
handle specific short term issues. The Board of Trustees has liaisons on the
school-wide Curriculum, Environmental Sustainability (Green) Initiative,
Diversity, Service Learning, and Technology Committees.

                    PARENTS ASSOCIATION
Parents of WES students work together as the Washington Episcopal School
Parents Association. The purpose of the organization is to promote, support,
and enhance the total school program. The Parents Association (PA) enables
families to meet, work together, and join in fellowship while meeting this goal.
All parents, stepparents, and/or legal guardians are voting members of the
association. The optional annual dues are $50 per family. Each spring officers
are elected to serve one-year terms.
All parents and staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend regularly
scheduled PA meetings. Please check the school calendar for meeting dates.
Since meetings are a forum where information and ideas are presented, Room
Parents and/or Assistant Room Parents are expected to attend. Feel free to
communicate your views and ideas to your Room Parent if you are unable to
attend the meetings; this is a great way she or he can serve as a communication

link between parents in the class and the school. Room Parents will pass on
important information to all class parents following the meetings to indicate
actions taken or to query individual families relating to specific matters.
Room Parents and Assistant Room Parents
The Room Parent and Assistant Room Parent serve as coordinators for Parents
Association meetings, class activities (especially parties and field trips), class
communications, and as liaisons for parent participation in other volunteer
activities. They can pass on concerns to the appropriate WES staff member
for explanation and/or resolution.
Many activities are funded through the Parents Association dues and income-
producing events such as the sale of school pictures, used uniforms, and gift
wrap. With these funds, the PA is able to sponsor annual events and programs
such as the Skating Party, Faculty Appreciation Luncheon, Founders Day
Picnic, Valentines for Grandparents, as well as support various other activities
and needs within the WES community.
Grade Event Support Assignments
Washington Episcopal School enjoys a tradition of lively community events
throughout the year. Some of these are related to the established school year
events, such as graduation, and others reflect a spirit of kinship and recreation.
In order to help the functions move smoothly and to share the tasks that arise
from them, each grade is responsible for helping to host one of the school-
wide events. This may include providing manpower for set-up and clean-up
and volunteers during the event and/or supplying food and beverages. The
Room Parents will be contacted by either the event chair or the Development
Office prior to the event to discuss what needs to be done. The following is a
list of the class assignments:
Grade                       Activity
Nursery                     Book Fair (with Grade 2)
Transition                  Founders Day Picnic
Kindergarten                N-3 Back to School Night Refreshments
Grade 1                     Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
Grade 2                     Book Fair (with Nursery)
Grade 3                     25th Birthday (with Grade 4)
Grade 4                     25th Birthday (with Grade 3)
Grade 5                     Foreign Language Night
Grade 6                     Spring Musical
Grade 7                     Graduation Reception
Grade 8                     Grades 4-8 Back to School Night Refreshments

                            FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
                             TUITION and FEES
Tuition and Extended Day charges may be paid in full or by deferred
payments: in two payments (60% on July 1 and 40% on December 1), or by
10 monthly direct debit payments (May through February). There is a $150 fee
and a one-time tuition refund plan premium which are mandatory for both
deferred payment plans and are billed along with tuition. School fees
(supplies, optional Parents Association dues, food program, etc.) are due July
1. These may be included with the July tuition payment for those paying by
direct debit if the July fees authorization form is completed. Further
information on payment options is available from the Business Office.
Prompt payments keep costs down by avoiding repeat billing. A late fee
of 1.5% per month (18% per annum) is applied to all accounts with an
outstanding balance as of the first of the month following the due date and
each monthly billing thereafter. If there are unusual circumstances affecting
your ability to meet the payment schedule, please contact the Business Office.
Any returned checks or rejected direct debits will incur a $50.00 fee.
Please note that teacher recommendations will not be released if an account is
not paid to date without prior approval from the Business Office.
All current year accounts must be paid in full before a re-enrollment contract
is offered.
Notice of withdrawal of a student must be made in writing to the school.
Execution of an enrollment contract constitutes a binding obligation for
payment of fees in full. If an enrollment contract is completed and the student
is withdrawn from the school for any reason after June 1, full tuition is still
due and any cancellation of further obligation or refund of paid fees is at the
sole discretion of the school. The tuition refund plan is available to all families
but mandatory for those families selecting to pay by deferred payment. The
plan protects both family and school if the child (after attending school for at
least 14 days) is not able to complete the school year for any reason.

                               FINANCIAL AID
Financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need, using financial
information from applications filed with School and Student Services (SSS),
a program of the National Association of Independent Schools. Parents can
file the SSS application online or via hard copy starting November 1 for the
following academic year; filing deadline is February 15. Supporting tax
documents from the previous year are also sent to SSS to verify a family’s
financial information. Notification of financial aid grants is made in the
spring; current families must re-file every year. No family receives 100-
percent support of its choice to pursue an independent school education.
The school does not offer merit-based scholarships.

Key to the vitality and longevity of an excellent independent school is its
relationship with and voluntary support from families, alumni, and friends –
past, present, and future. We look to all in the WES community for
contributions of financial resources and time to help keep WES on the leading
edge of independent school education for our children.
Annual Giving
Annual Giving is a yearly appeal WES makes to parents, grandparents, alumni
and their families, faculty, and friends for monetary contributions. Since
tuition does not cover the total cost of educating our students, Annual Giving
proceeds are used immediately to maintain excellence by meeting the school’s
most important needs and opportunities, including new and ongoing programs
in the classroom, financial aid, library and computer resources, athletics,
alumni events, and other initiatives. Annual Giving is the largest source of
income to the annual operating budget after tuition and fees and raised over
$350,000 last year.
Annual Giving is the foundation of all fund raising at WES and the level of
participation by parents is an important indicator to foundations and other
“outside” funders of the loyalty and commitment of those closest to the school.
WES is extremely fortunate that 100% of parents have contributed to Annual
Giving for the past three years, and the faculty have obtained 100%
participation for the past eight years.
To reach this goal of 100% parent participation, parent representatives from
every grade work with the Annual Giving Committee making phone calls,
writing personal notes, and following up with fellow WES parents to support
Annual Giving.
Capital Campaigns
Capital campaigns are special fundraising drives to provide large influxes of
funds to build significant investments for the future, such as new facilities or
endowment funds. Whether the school is actively engaged in seeking large
gifts or is still in the planning stages of a campaign, volunteers are needed for
the on-going work of a major gifts fundraising program. Interest and assistance
from parents for these programs is welcomed.
Benefit Auction
A school tradition since 1988, the annual Benefit Auction is the major fund-
raising event for WES tuition assistance. Net proceeds from the Auction
support the WES Financial Aid program, giving talented students the
opportunity to attend our school who may not otherwise have the chance. Over
the last twenty years, the Auction has raised over $2 million to support the
school’s mission to offer financial aid to families. Net proceeds also support
the WES Environmental Sustainability (green) Initiative. This gala event is a
delightful evening for the WES community.

The Benefit Auction is composed of several events:
       The Gala is the largest evening social gathering of the school year. The
       auctioning of our outstanding collection takes place through silent and
       live bidding while attendees enjoy food and beverages.
       Patrons are essential to the success of the Auction by underwriting the
       costs of the Auction. Everyone in the WES community is encouraged to
       become a Patron. Patrons receive special recognition.
       Wine Party
       The Wine Party is a fun, social event for adults where wine donations
       are collected which are then auctioned off the night of the Gala.

Alumni Programs
Since WES’ founding in 1986, our alumni base has grown considerably in size
as well as maturity. The Development Office, along with the WES Alumni
Association, plans and promotes numerous events throughout the year to bring
alumni back to campus to reminisce as well as to celebrate their post-WES
experiences and milestones. WES also maintains accounts with social
networking sites (i.e., Facebook, Twitter) to help WES alumni stay connected
to each other and to the school. We hope that our WES alumni will put into
practice the spirits of fellowship and learning they enjoyed during their time
here by sharing their talents and resources with our current students, faculty,
and families to make WES as strong for the future as it was for them in the
Planned and Deferred Gifts
WES welcomes and accepts a variety of charitable gift types, as listed below.
Gifts are tax-deductible to the donor to the full extent of the law. If there is a
gift that you would like to make to the school that is not described, please call
the Development Office to discuss the possibilities. Please note that all gifts
are accepted at the discretion of the Gift Acceptance Committee and some of
the gift areas listed below have restrictions, including minimum values and
appropriate usage requirements.

   Appreciated securities
   Tangible personal property
   Real estate
   Life insurance policy
   Charitable lead and remainder trusts
   Pooled income fund

   Life insurance proceeds
   Charitable lead and remainder trust created by will
   Qualified plan benefits
Other Fund Raising Programs
 Corporate and foundation grant applications: We are happy to hear from
   anyone who may be able to help us secure philanthropic financial support
   from individuals, foundations, or businesses. Proposals can be tailored to
   the guidelines of the donor and related to specific programs, such as
   support of faculty or financial aid funds.
 Memorial and Honoring Gifts: WES welcomes gifts made in memory or
   honor of loved ones, family members, friends, faculty, and others
   through-out the year. In some cases, memorial or honoring funds have
   been established to accommodate groups of such gifts. Gifts may be
   designated for specific purposes or offered for discretionary use.
 Workplace giving campaigns: You may designate Washington Episcopal
   School to receive your gift in workplace campaigns, such as the United
   Way or the Combined Federal Campaign. Our UW number is 8987.
   You may get the CFC number from the Development Office at ext. 212.
   Please note that these programs keep 10-13% of your designated gifts.
 WES, like many schools, is eligible for many retail and other “rewards”
   programs that donate a percentage of one’s purchase payment to a
   designated charity. These include but are not limited to:
        o Giant A+ Bonus Bucks
        o Safeway Escrip Program
        o Target “Take Charge of Education”
        o   BoxTops for Education
Information on these programs is available on the Internet. If you know of a
similar program and need more information about designating WES, please
contact the Development Office.
Under the auspices of the Development Office, Washington Episcopal School
prints several publications a year, publishes the weekly NeWES, and maintains
the school web site to keep the WES community informed. Please see General
Communications and Publications under School-Home Communication on
p. 65.

WES will put photographs of students and their families – without names – in
our publications and on our website unless otherwise notified.
To volunteer to help with any of the programs described above, please call the
school’s Development Office at ext. 212.

                     Washington Episcopal School
                     Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
                           for Technology
Washington Episcopal School has an internal computer network with Internet
access for student use. Access to the Internet enables students to utilize its vast
resources to further our educational goals and objectives. Students in the third
grade and below will use the Internet through their classroom accounts.
Students from fourth through eighth grade who return the AUP form,
signed by both student and parent, will have their own user account with
access to the Internet.
General Information
The Internet connection used by the school has a secure firewall and a filter.
Nonetheless, if objectionable material does inadvertently slip through, students
must demonstrate responsibility in Internet usage by disengaging immediately
and informing a teacher. Students are as responsible for appropriate behavior
on the school’s computer network as they are in the classroom. The network is
to be used for educational purposes, those related to a WES assignment,
project, or function for which the user is responsible. Network use is a
privilege and may be revoked if abused. The computers are school property
and, unlike home computers, are set up for the use of the school community.
Computers are not to be used in ways that might adversely affect the work,
privacy, and access of other users, or reflect adversely on the student or the
School. This applies to the use of a computer by a student either in or out of
school if such use involves another student, family, or faculty member in the
Student Responsibilities
        Students are responsible for using common sense and good manners
        when online with another WES student. “Online” includes e-mail,
        instant messaging, social networks, blogs, personal web pages,
        Nicenet, and other similar sites accessed through the Internet.
        Inappropriate and profane language is forbidden at all times, as are
        statements to or about another student or faculty member that may be
        interpreted as harassing, provocative, or threatening. Students should
        report all such incidents of misconduct to a teacher or parent
Social Networking Sites
Social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are blocked by the
school filter. However, the school realizes many students have access to these
sites outside of school. Students are reminded that regardless of where their
posting originates, any postings, photographs, or videos to these sites,
YouTube, or similar sites which would be derogatory to the school or the
school community, or threaten, demean, or bully faculty or other students, is

strictly prohibited and may result in disciplinary action being taken by the

Cell Phones
Cell phones are not allowed at school for students below Grade 7. For
Middle School students, cell phone use is not permitted in the school building
before, during, or after the academic day. Middle School cell phones must be
turned off and kept in a locker while in the building. After school, Middle
School students may only use a cell phone when they have left the building,
and then only with specific permission from a teacher or administrator. Any
use of a cell phone that does not follow these guidelines will result in the
immediate confiscation of the cell phone. The student’s parent must retrieve
the cell phone from the Middle School Director. Cell phones may never be
used to take pictures or videos, to text message or to access the Internet while
on school property. Multiple or significant infractions may result in the loss of
cell phone privileges.

Lap Top Computers
Students may bring a personal computer to school with the permission of the
Division Director, Learning Specialist, or teacher. Students using a personal
computer at school may only use their computer for school purposes with
specific permission of a teacher. All use is subject to the standards set forth in
this Acceptable Use Policy. The school reserves the right to inspect any
personal computers to make sure they do not contain any harmful or
inappropriate files. Files should not be downloaded or loaded onto computers
without specific permission.

The rise of student use of the Internet and the ease with which materials can be
cut and pasted into student work has brought the issue of plagiarism to the
fore. To clarify the guidelines in this area, the following rules should be
―To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use
        Another person’s idea, opinion or theory;
     Any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings –any pieces of information—
        that are not common knowledge;
     Quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or
     Paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words.‖

Student Guidelines for Using Technology
    1. Follow safety guidelines for online searching and for evaluating both
        the quality of the sources and the value of the content you find online.
    2. Understand that the Internet is public and whatever you publish will
        be available to everyone.
    3. Report to your teacher any problems relating to offensive or
        inappropriate language, graphics, or photographs.
4.    Use e-mail connected to educational applications such as Nicenet for
      school related activities only.
5.    Avoid giving out personal information (last name, address, phone
      number, photograph, etc.) online unless your teacher and parent
6.    Use only your own account and your own files.
7.    Do not tell anyone your password.
8.    Help to keep the school computers virus-free by not downloading
      files or loading files onto computers without specific permission.
      Flash drives from home must contain only school-related work.
9.    Remain within allocated disk space by deleting material not needed.
10.   Be aware that network storage areas may be reviewed by network
      administrators to ensure responsible use.
11.   Do not change either hardware or software settings on school
      computers without permission.
12.   Do not use the Internet for political or commercial purposes; students
      may not offer, provide, or purchase anything through the WES
13.   Do not use an account unless you are the authorized owner of the
14.   Do not access material that has been deemed inappropriate for school
15.   Do not damage the computer, other hardware, software, or the
16.   Do not use games, handheld or online, at school unless expressly
      given permission by a teacher, proctor, or Extended Day staff



 Co-Chairs:      Kelly & Frank Knott

 Grade Representatives:
 Scott Bone
 Constance Brown
 Patti & Steve Collins
 Julia Diaz
 Jonathan Dickey
 Jocelyn Greenan
 Armin Groeschel
 Rick Harris
 Blair Kaine
 Michel Maechler
 Christina & John Marquardt
 Celia & Jim Martin
 Katie Meyer
 Susan & Britt Rathbone
 Barbara Rollinson (Crowdus)
 Dominique Simard & Rodney Schmidt
 Cris & Koorosh Talieh
 Stephanie Ortbal-Tibbs & Gene Tibbs

 At-Large                Kate Fulton and Bob Kyle
                         Laura and John FitzGerald
 Faculty Reps:           Petie and Dave Schuessler
 Past Parents Rep:       Ali and Joe Bratun
                         Elisa and Ted Geier
                         Wendy and Fred Goldberg
                         Janet and John Gosnell
                         Julie and Willie Heflin
                         Felice and Kwok Li
                         Suzanne and Vladimir Tolstoy
 Grandparents Reps:      Jane Boynton
                         Norik Checkosky
                         Mo and Samia Fayyad
                         Jeremy and Jerry FitzGerald
                         Carolyn and Francis Knott
                         Susan and John Magee
                         Audrey and Henry Parker
             2010-2011 BENEFIT AUCTION LEADERSHIP
                            Emily King

                        2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR

 President               Tom Johnson
 Vice President          Allyson Kramer
 Secretary               Barbara Jo Lewis
 Treasurer               Chris deVries
 Assistant Treasurer     Vanessa Abbott

Activities Chairs
 Book Fair               Kristine Sweeney (Grau)

 BoxTops for Education Ana Karam

 The Dragon’s Den        Nancy Culham

 Faculty Appreciation    Jocelyn Greenan

 Fathers Committee       Rick Haas

 Founders Day Picnic     Katya & Mehdi Elkassem

 Gift Wrap Sale          Sallye Clark (Weems)
                         Katie Meyer

 Golf Outing             Chris Kaine
                         Hubert Shaiyen

 New Parent Mentors      Shelly Brett-Major
                         Amy Ruberl

Parents Council of   Diane Dematatis
Washington           Kristin Huffman (Lotstein)

Parents Diversity    Beverly and Maurice Ross

Parent to Parent     Maria Koszalka (Niebylski)

Skating Party        Lynn Mahaffie

Ski Outing           Daniel Kearney
                     Bill Sells

Used Uniforms        Frances Hampe
                     Amy Ruberl

Valentines           Merritt Groeschel
for Grandparents

WordEx               Amy Ruberl

President            Monica Barnes ’91
Vice President       TBD
Secretary            TBD

                                 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Washington Episcopal School is incorporated in the District of Columbia and accredited by the
State of Maryland. It is governed by its Board of Trustees, who are responsible for setting policy,
overseeing financial affairs, hiring the Head and guiding the school’s future.

                        Robert E. Freer, Jr., Chairman Emeritus * ◊
                          President, Free Enterprise Foundation
                          Visiting Professor & John S. Grinalds
                            Leader in Residence, The Citadel

                             Cynthia A. M. Stroman, Chair
                              Chair, Executive Committee
                                Partner, King & Spalding LLP
                                 Brenda Ortega, Vice Chair

                        Lewis E. (Ted) Woodings, Vice-Chair
                                Chair, Facilities Committee
                             President & CEO, idocuments, Inc.
                              Phillip G. Akins, Treasurer
                              Chair, Finance Committee
             Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, Madison Marquette
                           Jonathan R. C. Dickey, Secretary
                               Chair, Strategic Planning
                   Vice President – Investments, Wachovia Corporation
                                      Nairi C. Balian
                          Principal Broker, Haverford Realty, LLC
                                     Garth A. Culham
                       C. P. A., Regardie Brooks & Lewis, Chartered
                                    Harry A. Dematatis
                             Chair, Campus Plan Committee
                            Vice President, CB Richard Ellis, Inc.
                                   Thomas B. Farquhar
                           Head of School, Sidwell Friends School

                                   Laura D. FitzGerald
                              Chair, Development Committee

              The Reverend Michele V. Hagans
                  Bishop’s Representative
      Associate Rector, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
                   S. Donald Harlan, III
                   Harlan Enterprises, LLC

                 Thomas P. Johnson, III
            President, WES Parents Association
                      Tatjana Keuper
                      Robert D. Kyle
                Attorney, Hogan and Hartson
                     Charles H. Miller
                 Chair, Program Committee
                     Heather F. Nolan
                Chair, Personnel Committee
                    Hamilton Peterson
           Deputy Counsel to the Inspector General

                  Elizabeth A. Redmond
                  Chair, Audit Committee
Director, Financial Policy, Choice Hotels International, Inc.
                    Britt A. Snider ’88
          Development Manager, The JBG Companies
                        Stuart Work
                       Head of School
                       James P. Young
                 Chair, Trustees Committee
                 Chair, Search Committee
                  Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

* Founding Trustee
◊ Founders Award Recipient

                             BOARD OF ADVISORS

The Board of Advisors includes parents and friends of the school who are committed to
providing an extra measure of institutional support by representing WES in the
community, providing professional services to the school, and helping with fund raising.
At present, the Board of Advisors includes:

Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, Co-Chair * ◊

Dona B. Bainbridge                               William F. McSweeny, Co-Chair
Geoffrey B. Baker ◊
Grey D. Baker ’92                                J. Eugene Marans
                                                 Celia V. Martin
Kathleen Bergen ◊                                Julia McCarthy-Pounds
                                                 Lynne M. Miller
Hilda Ochoa Brillembourg                         Cantwell F. Muckenfuss III
Davis A. Buckley *                               Floyd L. Norton IV ◊
Andrew A. Caffey                                 Donald A. O'Kieffe
Carter D. Cafritz *                              Jane D. O'Kieffe
Thomas A. Carr                                   John C. Pan
Patti M. Collins                                 Courtney Clark Pastrick
Mary Lou McGeady Cutler                          Kathleen F. Patterson ◊
Harold Dankner                                   Victoria J. Perkins ◊
Kathryn F. Donaldson * ◊                         Mary Jane Puckett ◊
George A. Dunn                                   William K. Rawson ◊
Kimberly A. Elliott ◊                            J. Walsh Richards, Jr.
Kathleen M. Fallon                               Gerald Scher *
C. Neal Fleming, Jr.                             Cathryn Dickert Scoville ◊
Edward S. Geier                                  John E. Seeley
Wendy M. Goldberg ◊                              Larry D. Sharp
John W. Gosnell                                  Robin Jenkins Sheppard
Philip J. Harvey                                 Virginia L. Snider *
The Reverend Dr. J. Carleton Hayden              Grace E. Speights
Julie W. Heflin                                  Judith E. Stein
William T. Heflin                                Terence P. Stewart
Ronald G. Hodge II                               Andrea C. Stroud *
Judith Richards Hope                             Rosemarie Sweeney
Roxanne V. Horning                               R. Howard Taylor
Charles T. Howell                                Linda Chatman Thomsen
Jerald A. Jacobs                                 P. Diane Tipton
John T. Kenney ◊                                 Suzanne B. Tolstoy ◊
Marion von Hagen Kober                           Agnes Underwood
J. Page Lansdale                                 Stephen E. Wells
Elizabeth S. Lewis                               Shariar Zaimi
Felice S. Li
J. Thomas Malatesta *

*Founding Trustee
◊ Founders Award Recipient

                        FACULTY AND STAFF
              With voice mail extensions and e-mail addresses

Work, Stuart                                       ext. 202
Head of School                           
Home: 12119 Little Patuxent Parkway                410-964-0544
       Columbia, MD 21044

Alleyne, Deighton                                  ext. 245
Grade 6 Teacher, Athletics               

Arnsberger, Ruthann                                ext. 206
Assistant to the Head of School          

Bair, Kim                                          ext. 242
Grade 1 Teacher                          

Baker, Kim                                         ext. 260
Chaplain, Religion Teacher               

Baker, Michele                                     ext. 217
Assistant Business Manager               

Barnes, Amy                                        ext. 213
Business Manager                         

Belstock, Brian                                    ext. 274
Grade 2 Teacher                          

Berman, Carrie                                     ext. 262
Grade 6 Teacher                          

Boynton, Jane                                      ext. 224
Educational Technology Coordinator       

Bratun, Ali                                        ext. 215
Development Associate                    
The WES Way Editor

Brockway, Tiffney                                  ext. 205

Butler, Kris                                       ext. 253
Early Childhood Music & Movement         

Campbell, Serena                                   ext. 299 (voice mail)
Transition Associate Teacher     

Caterini, Fran                             ext. 270
Middle School English, Academic Studies

Chalfin, Eric                              ext. 246
Middle School Math, Athletics    
Chair of Math Committee

Chamblin, Matthew                          ext. 247
Spanish Teacher 6, 7, 8          
Digital Arts 7, 8

Connolly, Wendy                            ext. 226
Communications & Website Manager 

Cox, Debbie                                ext. 227
School Nurse, Middle School Health

Davis, Janice                              ext. 300 (voice mail)
Early Childhood and Grade 1 Art  

DeCrosta, Diane                            ext. 249
Grade 5 Teacher                  

Dinsmore, Laurie                           ext. 257
Early Childhood Art              

Duff, Debra                                ext. 201
Director of Admission            

Durling, Linda                             ext. 239
Grade 5 Teacher                  

Earle, Caterina                            ext. 254
Middle School Science            

Egloff, Elizabeth                          ext. 237
Grade 1 Teacher                  

Elkassem, Mehdi                            ext. 267
Early Childhood & Elementary Science

Fangboner, Seth                            ext. 264
Kindergarten Teacher             

Ferguson, Melanie                             ext. 365
Resource 2, 3, 4                    

Frentsos, Matthew                             ext. 258
Elementary Science, After-School Activities

Gagné, Ellen                                  ext. 216
Middle School English, Academic Studies

Haake, Jane                                   ext. 256
Grade 1 Reading Resource            

George, Carolyn                               ext. 209
Associate Director of Admission     
Grade 1 Math Resource

Harding, Dawn                                 ext. 261
Nursery Teacher                     

Hassanzadeh, Jacqueline                       ext. 301 (voice mail)
French Transition – Grade 5         

Hecker, Cindy                                 ext. 259
Transition Teacher                  

Henderson, Claire                             ext. 212
Director of Development             

Hershberger, Vanessa                          ext. 297 (voice mail)
Kindergarten Associate Teacher      

Isola, Bill                                   ext. 228
Director of Athletics, Summer Camp Director

Jarrouj, Christine                            ext. 234
Director of Extended Day            

Kahn, Jeanie                                  ext. 229
Learning Specialist                 

Keppel, Kirsten                               ext. 236
French Teacher 6,7, 8               

Kozlov, Tolek                                 ext. 211
Building Engineer                   

Lennon, Caitlin                              ext. 210
Physical Education Teacher         

Lewis, Tara                                  ext. 312 (voice mail)
Kindergarten Associate Teacher     

Mann, Corinne                                ext. 231
Physical Education Teacher         

Miller, Marguerite                           ext. 271
Art Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 7           

Nickel, Mary Lee                             ext. 222
Early Childhood Director, Grade 1 Resource

O’Donnell, Joyce                             ext. 265 (voice mail)
Nursery Associate Teacher          

Olivera-Hansen, Susy                         ext. 272
Spanish Transition – Grade 5       

O’Sullivan, Linda                            ext. 269
Math Specialist                    

Pané, Patrick                                ext. 218

Postorino, Kristie                           ext. 263
School Counselor                   

Robertson, David                             ext. 214
Special Events and Alumni Manager  

Roper, Leslie                                ext. 207 (voice mail)
Director of Bands                  
Music 1,2

Schuessler, David                            ext. 203
Facilities Manager                 

Schuessler, Petie                            ext. 273
Kindergarten Teacher               

Schwan, Jennifer                             ext. 225
Grade 2 Teacher                    

Schwartz, Nikki                                ext. 314
Development Associate                

Shaw, Emily                                    ext. 266
Transition Teacher                   

Smalley, Anne                                  ext. 238
Grade 3 Teacher                      

Stern, Susan                                   ext. 230
Elementary Grades Director, Grade 5 Resource

Stockton, Danielle                             ext. 252
Grade 4 Teacher                      

Suchet, Moya                                   ext. 311 (voice mail)
Latin 6, 7, 8, Academic Studies      

Templeton, Brantley                            ext. 268
Grade 4 Teacher                      

Thornton, Jackie                               ext. 243
Grade 3 Teacher                      

Valenzia, Ronald                               ext. 255
Music 3-8                            
Middle School Speech and Drama

Wahl, Michael                                  ext. 241
Middle School History & Geography, Athletics

White, Andrew                                  ext. 251
Technology and Network Administrator 

Wright, Nancy                                  ext. 244
Middle School Director, Middle School Math

Yano, Madeline                                 ext. 296 (voice mail)
Transition Associate Teacher         

Yirenkyi, LaKisha                              ext. 275
Art 6,8                              
            The WES Directory is for the personal use of
               WES families. It is not to be used for
                     commercial purposes.

   WES Salutes it’s Advertisers and Corporate Sponsors

Book Retailers
Personalized Children’s Books
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Camp Twin Creeks
P.O. Box 219
Elmsford, NY 10523

Children’s Retailers & Services
Ballet Petite
4701 Sangamore Road
Bethesda, MD 20816
Beyda's Lad & Lassie
5444 Westbard Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20816
Build-A-Bear Workshop
1954 Innerbelt Business Cntr Dr.
Street Louis, MO 63114
Fun & Games
10513 Metropolitan Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895
Catch Can
5516 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
All Fired Up
4923 Elm Street
Bethesda, MD 20814

Adventure Theatre
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo Park, MD 20812
Audubon Naturalist Society
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Bowl America
1101 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Brandywine River Museum
P.O. Box 141
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Capitol Steps
210 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Channel 9 News
Topper Shutt
4100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Classika-Synetic Theatre
4041 South 28th Street
Arlington, VA 22206

Creative Parties
8011 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Discovery Theater
P.O. Box 23293
Washington, DC 20026
Folger Theatre
201 E. Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20005
Ford’s Theatre Society
514 10th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Friends of the National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Gunston Hall Plantation
10709 Gunston Road
Mason Neck, VA 22079
Imagination Stage, Inc.
4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
The John F. Kennedy Center
  for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Kreeger Museum
401 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, DC
Macy’s Department Store
151 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Maryland Jockey Club

5201 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215-5116
McLean Orchestra
P.O. Box 760
McLean, VA 22101
National Building Museum
401 F St NW # 215
Washington, DC 2000
Potomac Riverboat
205 The Strand
Alexandria, VA 22314
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
P.O. Box 15
Strasburg, PA 17579
Regal Entertainment Group
7272 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Round House Theatre
P.O. Box 30688
Bethesda, MD 20824
Shadowland Laser Adventure
624 Quince Orchard Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc.
5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda, MD 20852
Toby’s Dinner Theatre
5900 Symphony Woods Road
Columbia, MD 21044


 Unforgettable Journeys
P.O. Box 3350
Annapolis, MD 21403
Winterthur Museum
Route 52 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.
641 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Financial Services
Steve Goldberg Investments
9005 Woodland Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Food, Restaurants & Wine
Agassi Mozzerella Bar
4836 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Armands Chicago Pizzeria
4231 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Arucola Osteria
5534 Connecticutt Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
Bundles of Cookies
4930 Hampden Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Cactus Cantina Restaurant
3300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

202 686-7222

Café Delux
4910 Elm Street
Bethesda, MD 20814
Café Oggi
6671 Old Dominion Drive
McLean, VA 22101
California Tortilla
20 Courthouse Square
Suite 206
Rockville, MD 20850
Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits
5544 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
Clyde’s Restaurant Group
3236 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Creative Cakes
8814 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Georgetown Bagelry
5227 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20816
Georgetown Cupcake
4834 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Gifford’s Ice Cream & Candy Co.
21 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Great American Restaurants
8280 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. #700
Fairfax, VA 22031
Lebanese Taverna
7141 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Ledo Pizza
5245 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20816
Magruder’s Grocery
P.O. Box 1432
Rockville, MD 20852
Mama Lucia Restaurants
164 Rollins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852
617 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Metro 29 Diner
4711 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
Mia’s Pizza
4926 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20816
Mongolian Barbeque
7201 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
North China Restaurant
7814 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-2416
O’Donnell’s Restaurant

311 Kentlands Boulevard
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-5447
Potomac Pizza
P.O. Box 59160
Potomac, MD 20859
The Phoenix
1514 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Silver Diner
11806 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Tara Thai
4828 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tragara Ristorante
4935 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814-2509
Woodhall Wine Cellars
17912 York Road
Parkton, MD 21120

Health Services
Darlene M. Byrd, DMD, MSD,P.C.
4110 River Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center
8315 Kerry Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Peter Coccaro, D.D.S.
Family Orthodontics
4833 Bethesda Avenue
Suite 202
Bethesda, MD 20814

Elite Nutrition
343 Cedar Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
Dana S. Greenwald, D.D.S.
5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 604
Washington, DC 20015
Amy Light, D.M.D., P.C.
9812 Falls Road
Suite 118
Potomac, MD 20854
Home & Garden
American Plant
5258 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20816-
Bartlett Tree Experts
12200 Nebel Street
Rockville, MD 20852
301- 881-8550
CIA Community Services
P.O. Box 21
Falls Church, VA 22040
Garden Gate Landscaping
821 Norwood Road
Silver Spring, MD
Gently Organized
329 E. Del Ray Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Jeff Goldman & Associates, Inc.
8150 Lakecrest Drive
Apt. 813
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Jessie Mann Design &
  Porcelain Studio
9020 Wandering Trail Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
Mark Willcher & Co., Inc.
  Landscape Design
10486 Parthenon Court
Bethesda, MD 20817
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202- 387-2152
Regards! Stationery
9826 Sorrel Avenue
Potomac, MD 20854
Safeway, Inc.
4551 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706
Whole Foods Market
5269 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20816

Hotels & Resorts
The Inn at Henderson's Wharf
1000 Fell Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Fairmont Washington, DC
2401 M. Street, NW
Washington, Dc 20037
202 429-2400
The Red Fox Inn
2 East Washington Street
Middleburg, VA 20117

Boone and Sons Jewelers
Hills Plaza
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
CREATE Arts Center
816 Thayer Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tabandeh – Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015

Alliance Française de
   Washington, D.C.
2142 Wyoming Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
International School of Music
5110 Ridgefield Road #212
Bethesda, MD 20816
L’Academie de Cuisine
5021 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Reddemeade Equestrian Center
1701 Ednor Road
Silver Spring, MD 20905

Pet Services
Dupont Circle Veterinary Clinic
2022 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Barbara Glaeser Photography
2426 Linden Lane, Suite 204
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Freed Photography
4931 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Gregory Fine Portraits
10421 Armory Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895
Ikona Photography, Inc.
18413 Tranquil Lane
Olney, MD 20832
Lloyd-Meurer Portait Studio
9812 Falls Road, #203
Potomac, MD 20854
Washington School of Photography
4850 Rugby Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Spa & Salon Services
5440 Westbard Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20816
Red Door Spa
62 Market Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Baltimore Ravens
11001 Owings Mill Road
Baltimore, MD 21117
Bethesda Community
  Baseball Club
P.O. Box 30306
Bethesda, MD 20824
Body Right Fitness
13017 Wisteria Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
Bowie Baysox
4101 N.E. Crain Hwy.
Bowie, MD 20716
Kathy Braun
PT/Sports Therapy and
1112 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Budding Yogis & Circle Yoga
3838 Northampton Street, NW
Washington, DC 20015
City Fitness
3525 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Club Golf Performance Center
Rio Center
9811 Washingtonian Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
D.C. United
2400 E. Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Earth Treks Climbing Centers
7125-C Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Fred Foster Fitness Co., Inc.
One Research Court, Suite 480
Rockville, MD 20850
Liberty Mountain Resort
78 Country Club Trail
Carroll Valley, PA 17320
Lululemon Athletica
3265 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 Geroge Halas Drive, NW
Canton, OH 44708
River Riders, Inc.
408 Alstadts Hill Road
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
SPE Dive School
P.O. Box 70925
Bethesda, MD 20813
Sports Extra
7817 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Unity Woods Yoga Center
4853 Cordell Avenue
Suite PH9
Bethesda, MD 20814
Whitetail Resort
Mercersburg, PA


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