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Mrs. Kristine Dudlo

Mrs. Maria Hill

Secretary to Principal
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Mrs. Betsy Eigen

Washington Avenue School

Telephone:  973-457-2510
Fax:  973-457-2497

Washington Avenue School is located in Chatham Borough and is one of six schools in the School District of the Chathams. The school houses kindergarten through three and is home for 347 students with an average class size of 20 students. Our learners’ needs are addressed individually and supported through enrichment opportunities, our Basic Skills Program and Special Education Programs.

The school's faculty is committed to planning and implementing a variety of activities that facilitate the preparation of our students for the challenge of mastering the NJ Student Learning Standards. Primary teachers base instruction on thematic and integrated units of study. The successful utilization of technology in all curriculum areas, an inquiry approach to science, a balanced literacy program and the integration of both visual and performing arts are many of the elements that afford the students and exciting educational environment.

To further enrich our curriculum, students participate in field trips to local museums, outdoor environmental centers, and community theatres. The Fine Arts program is enhanced with opportunities for choral and instrumental performances and exhibitions of student artwork both in the school and in the community. The teachers are committed to professional growth and augment their knowledge and skills through attendance at workshops, both within and outside the district. Staff members are also active participants in district-wide committees that assess and revise curriculum.

The Washington Avenue School Parent Teacher Organization continues to be a driving force within the school. Fundraising efforts provide an excellent cultural arts program as well as funds to extend classroom projects. Parent volunteers assist in the library and in the art room. They also chaperone field trips, provide school wide enrichment programs, organize class celebrations, and assist teachers with special curriculum projects. The PTO sponsors our After School Enrichment program three times during the year and offer many different experiences such as Karate, Rockets, Beading, Kids in the Kitchen, Math Fun, Games, Drama and LEGO Robotics.

Students also learn from their parents and teachers the importance of giving to the community as citizens. Our Character Education Program encourages children to be Kind, Respectful and Caring. Students are learning that “Good characters do the right things when no one is looking.” School wide activities
such as monthly donations to the Food Pantry, fundraising for local charities and visits and gifts for our town senior nursing home encourage students to take an active role in the community. The third grade students have the opportunity to visit and interact with students at ECLC which include art activities, physical play and a special field day.

The Work-Family Program, which provides before and after school childcare, operates when school is in session and during most school vacations. Outdoor play, crafts, games, computer activities and a quiet homework period are some of the activities available to participants. The administration, parents, and teaching staff of Washington Avenue School are dedicated to developing students who demonstrate high achievement and enjoy learning. Students are learning how to contribute to their community and acquire workplace skills to be successful in the 21st Century. As a result, Washington Avenue School's students are inspired to become lifetime learners and conscientious citizens.