Wasco Weekly


November 5, 2021

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Dear Wasco Families,

Our classrooms use the Second Step Social Emotional Curriculum. The Second Step program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.

At this time, most of our classrooms have completed or are in the process of working through the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit. In these lessons, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying. Students will learn how to:

• Recognize when bullying is happening

• Report bullying to a caring adult

• Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others

• Be a bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying

For bullying prevention to work, everyone needs to be involved. Get involved in making our school a safe and respectful place by letting us know if you hear about bullying at our school. Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied, and give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others.

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan

Empower Curriculum

Families, our students will be actively engaging in the following Empower modules until mid-November. See the pictures below.

Kindergarten & First Grade

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Second and Third

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Fourth and Fifth

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Drill practice

Thursday, Wasco school practiced a fire drill supervised by the Campton Hills Fire Department. During our drills, students become familiar with the various signals for the different types of possible emergencies. Students learn how to safely move through common areas in response to the sounds. If you have any questions, please contact us.

A Note From The Nurse

For Covid symptoms (at this time):

If a student develops any one of the following Covid-like symptoms during school hours that student will need to be sent home and not return unless they have a negative Covid test result. At this time the siblings can remain in school, BUT the siblings cannot return to school until the student with symptom(s) receives a negative Covid test result. If the parent decides not to obtain a Covid test the student with the symptom(s) will need to isolate for 10 calendar days from the onset of the symptom(s) and the siblings will need to quarantine for 14 calendar days because they are considered a close contact to a probable positive Covid case.

If a student develops any of the following Covid-like symptoms while AT HOME, then ALL siblings, unless vaccinated and symptom free need to stay home until the student with the symptoms receives a negative Covid test result.

Fever (100.4 or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache of unknown origin, shortness of breath, new onset of cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause and muscle or body aches from an unknown cause.

Positive test result:

If a student tests positive, that student will need to isolate for 10 calendar days from the test date and all siblings and close contacts, unless vaccinated and symptom free will need to quarantine for 14 calendar days. The student, siblings and close contacts will require a letter from the KCHD to return to school.

20-21 Yearbooks

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Did you forget to order last years yearbook (20-21) or just want an extra copy? We have some soft cover extras available for purchase (while supplies last). Yearbooks cost $20 each and checks should be made to Wasco PTO. Stop by the office to purhcase yours today!

Missing Something?

We have many items (including winter coats and lots of sweatshirts!) in our Lost and Found. Stop by and see if anything is yours! All remaining items after the winter break will be donated! Thank you!
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Important Upcoming Dates

November 5 End of Trimester

November 7 Daylight Savings- Turn your clocks back!

November 9 Group Photos for the yearbook-See below for more information

November 15 PTO Meeting (see below for more information)

November 17 Report Cards avaible on HAC

November 22-26 Non Attendance Days & Thanksgiving Break

December 1 Early Release (2:10pm Dismissal)

December 20-31 Winter Break

January 3 Institute Day (No School)

Contact Us:

Principal phone number: 331-228-6294

Email: stephanie.brennan@d303.org

Main office phone: 331-228-2900

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Group Photos

Group photos will be taken on Tuesday November 9th. Band and orchestra students may wear their band or orchestra shirts and/or bring their instruments.

The groups are:

  • Spirit Club
  • Wellness Club
  • Orchestra
  • Band
  • Choir
  • 5th grade Bus Buddies
  • Bus Sign Holders

Please call the office if you have any questions, 331-228-2900.


The November PTO meeting, scheduled for Monday, November 8th at 7:00 PM, has been rescheduled for Monday, November 15th at 7:00 PM. The same Zoom link will be used.

We hope to see you there! We have lots of great events in the works!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 1304 8626
Passcode: 837349

Wasco Helps Area Families

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Our Big Hearts of Fox Valley Toy Drive is well underway. We will be finishing it up by Friday, November 12. Please get all donations (labeled and unwrapped) in to school with your child as soon as possible. If it is easier to drop off the item yourself, we will be out by the Playground collecting items Today (Tuesday), Wednesday, and Thursday. This drop off will be collecting Toys, winter clothes, wrapping paper and tape.

Outside Drop Off Hours: By Playground

Today (Tuesday) 2:45-3:15pm

Wednesday- 7:45-8:00am

Thursday- 6:30-7:00pm

We have some slots available on Signup Genius still if anyone would like to still sign up for that. These Items are due to school no later than Friday, November 12.

If you would like PTO to do the shopping for the items to donate, you can donate money through Push coin at the link below. 100% of funds donated go to Big Hearts of Fox Valley.


If you have any questions, please contact Alison Sweet wascoptovp@gmail.com

Thank You for all of your help!


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Empower Needs Your Help!

Miss Green, our fantastic Empower Teacher, is on the search for the following materials to help with upcoming modules this year:

  • Board games, board game pieces/parts.

  • Cardboard of any type large or small including paper towel and toilet paper tubes.

  • Toys: legos, building toys, science kits, K’Nex, tinker toys, broken toys, figures, etc.

  • Large Wooden craft sticks

  • Duct Tape (plain and patterned), electrical tape, masking tape, painters tape

  • Wires, pipe cleaners/chenille sticks, wikki stix

  • New Batteries (all sizes)

  • Household items: Disposable plates, foil, wax paper, coffee filters, toothpicks, straws

  • Packaging materials such as bubble wrap

  • Craft items: popsicle sticks, paint sticks, buttons, beads, yarn, origami and craft paper

  • Any Green items: gloves, straws, string, yarn, cups, (for use with our green screen)

  • Plastic Bags: Gallon size, quart size, sandwich size

Please have your child bring all tube donations directly to the office. We appreciate your help!

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Let's Get To Know...

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Debra Randle-Hayes

Kindergarten Teacher

What are some traditions or superstitions you have for the First Day of School?

Mrs. Randle-Hayes: On the first day of school I like to share my feelings of excitement with my students. How when I went to bed the night before I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited to meet my new class and how when I awoke the day of school I was again so excited about meeting my students that I went to school early. I also like to share my family, my dog, and my likes (especially that I LOVE KINDERGARTEN). I strongly believe that sharing about myself makes my students feel more comfortable with me and my classroom and school in general. They realize that we have things in common and that I care deeply about them having a great year in school.

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Mrs. Randle-Hayes: I would share my SuperHero Rules...

  • Always do your best
  • Be kind & helpful
  • Say please and thank you
  • Be responsible
  • Be a team player
  • Listen when someone is speaking

What would the students be surprised to find out about you?

Mrs. Randle-Hayes: My students might be surprised to learn that I enjoy repelling off mountains, and that I enjoy driving my Jeep Wrangler with the top and the doors off all summer long.

Community News

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Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

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Want to have some nature fun during Thanksgiving Break? Kids 5-10 can register for Nature No School Days at Hickory Knolls on November 22 or 23. More information at: stcnature.org. Space is limited, sign up today! #stcparks #stcnature #naturenoschooldays

Previous News and Helpful Links

Early Release Dates- Grades K through 5

December 1

January 26

February 23

March 23

April 27

Release will be at 2:10 p.m.

Weather changes and Masks

As we enter into some possibly cooler weather, students should come to school prepared to spend time outdoors. Students are typically outside for recess breaks, PE four times a week, and can be outdoors for classroom activities. We appreciate your attention to the forecast and providing your child with clothing choices to adjust to cooler temperatures is appreciated. Also, as the weather gets cooler, it is helpful to send extra masks in case a change is necessary due to condensation. The D303 mask guidelines are provided below for your reference and can also be found at the link below.

D303 Guidance on Face Coverings

(click on the above button for more information)

Quarantine Information

We hope it doesn’t happen to your family, but we do want to share the D303 Quarantine Information page for your review. If you have questions about the procedure, or if we can help your family, please contact the Wasco Health office or Principal Brennan.
Band and Orchestra Dates & Times

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Arrival and Dismissal

You can use the map link above to identify your child’s entrance and exit door. Upon arrival, students should enter the building through their designated door, where they will be greeted by a staff member. At the end of the day, students exit through the same door and proceed to a designated area sorted by their transportation home. Our students who ride the bus line up with a peer and staff bus monitor. Students who are picked up by car stand on the front sidewalk and wait for their ride to arrive. This is the same pattern we used last year. We appreciate it when you extend cooperation and consideration for others in our school community. The kids learn from all of us and we are a team working together to help children build lifelong skills and positive community habits.

Car drop off Procedures

Reminder: When dropping off your child from your vehicle, please do not exit your car. If you need to help your child exit the vehicle, please park in the lot and walk your child to the sidewalk.

St. Charles Public Library

Did you know, ALL D303 students may receive a student loan card to checkout and access books from the St. Charles Public Library?

Click on the button below for more details on how to get one for your student!

Arrival Map For Students

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Food Services - Lunch Menu - Organic Life

(Click on the above link for more information)

Home Access Center (HAC)

(Click on the above button for link)

Click this link to access Wasco's Parent Guide

This guide contains helpful information about school procedures such as communication practices, electronic device policy, lost and found, and many more topics.

Community Unit School District 303 Calendar

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Wasco School Supply List 21-22

(click on the above buttom for our supply list)

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