The District will begin a slow transition to a hybrid learning model in February.
Learn more about our plans HERE.

On January 28, at 5 p.m., the Board will hold an Action meeting.
Register to speak here. Find materials here.

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year at Vare-Washington Elementary School!

School starts September 2!

Mark your calendars! School officially starts back up for the 2020-2021 school year on September 2, 2020. School will be held virtually for Quarter 1.

Official dates for the School District of Philadelphia’s academic calendar can be found here.

Please stay in touch on Dojo for updates about plans for the virtual start to the school year.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Online Registration for 20’-21’ opens August 17th!
Anyone WITHIN the catchment zone can complete the Registration Packet.

**Please share with neighbors and friends near Vare-Washington!**

Completed packets can be scanned and emailed to Principal Stewart, and to our secretary Kathy Snyder at

For more information on types of documents needed, click here.

NEW this year, you can register ONLINE. This feature will be reactivated on 8/17. You can find that information here.

Letter from the Principal

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Vare-Washington Elementary, a year that will most certainly be unlike all others!

The unexpected closure of our school building during this past Spring challenged us all to adopt new ways of teaching, learning, and leading, and the transition to virtual learning inspired us to find innovative ways to build community and maintain relationships from a distance.  We ALL learned a lot during those four months of virtual schooling, and we are eager to hit the ground running this fall with all of our lessons learned, best practices for engaging students from afar, and new, creative methods for delivering rigorous content.

While our community may be physically distanced to start the year (until the end of the first quarter on November 17th), we are committed to maintaining a strong connection with each and every student, and we will ensure that all students feel supported AND challenged with new learnings and experiences.  While we are most certainly looking forward to the days when we can be together at 1198 South 5th Street, we want all parents and families to know that our commitment to our students, their academic success, and their social-emotional well-being is our unwavering top priority.

This website will be frequently updated with helpful information about virtual learning, as well as our monthly calendar.  I encourage you to check back often.  I also strongly encourage all parents and families to connect with your student(s)’ teachers on Dojo.Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at or through messaging on Dojo.

Thank you in advance for your support, patience, and partnership throughout the year ahead! I look forward to a strong, successful year of growth and learning! Please stay healthy and safe, and we’ll see you on our first day – Wednesday, September 2nd!

Principal Stewart