March 1: For an IMPORTANT DISTRICT UPDATE Regarding a Return to In-Person Learning, ventilation efforts and more, click HERE.
To see the list of schools opening for in-person learning on March 8, click HERE.

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Welcome to Vare-Washington Elementary School!

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year is OPEN!


If your child will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021, they qualify for Kindergarten enrollment

For questions about registration, you may email the Office of Student Placement and Enrollment at osep@philasd.org or our Vare-Washington secretary, Kathy Snyder, at ksnyder@philasd.org

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 gstewart@philasd.org 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!

Principal Stewart