Wasco Weekly


October 8, 2020

Wasco Families,

I am looking forward to the wonderful stories I hear during and after conferences. One of our favorite times of the year is conferences. When I was a teacher I told my families, "This is a time for us to talk about someone we both care about very much, your child." Our teachers spend a lot of their time thinking about their students, just as you devote your energies to meeting your child's needs. Now is our time to celebrate the learning and growth we are working together to build.

A note of thanks:

Wasco School has been healthy for 34 days. This accomplishment is shared by ALL of us. Thanks to the teachers who monitor and reinforce our procedures, our custodians who clean our environment, and parents who make sure kids engage in healthy behaviors and activities at home! COVID Case Dashboard

Kind regards,

Principal Brennan

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Curriculum focus-Orchestra and Band

This past week our first year students had “bow” week in orchestra. It was an exciting accomplishment to add this technique to their repertoire of budding skills. Band and Orchestra students will begin meeting before school for rehearsals during the week of Oct. 19. A Wasco Wow (a cheer) for our dedicated and disciplined students. The courage to start and build new skills are examples of executive functioning skills we work to develop through various curriculums at school. The picture below depicts our 4th grade class practicing.
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Spirit Club Information for Parents

School Spirit is more important now more than ever! We want to bring our Wasco Wolves together whether they are learning remotely or in-person and celebrate our wonderful school community. Therefore, your child has the opportunity to apply to be a class representative for the Wasco Spirit Club. The Spirit Club members will be responsible for planning and preparing for events such as community service projects, spirit days and other activities that promote school spirit and bringing our community together. The Spirit Club will meet remotely, one time per month on Fridays after school.

The Spirit Club members should have strong leadership and communication skills. They should be able to problem-solve and think independently, be responsible and respectful as well as be creative and organized. If your child is interested in becoming a Spirit Club member, they can click here to complete the Google Form Application and submit it by Wednesday, October 14th. Please discuss the application questions with your child before he/she fills it out independently.

Students should be comfortable speaking in front of others (remotely and/or in-person) in order to share upcoming events throughout the year.

Thank you for your support! We are excited to get started!

Mrs. Schroeder & Mrs. Corda



Nurse’s Note

Covid-19 has altered the way we look at sniffles, coughs and sneezes this year. I appreciate and Thank You for being understanding and considerate when I have to call and send your student home with a mild symptom such as a runny nose.

Also, just a reminder to make sure your child has extra masks in their backpack.

Thank you,

School Nurse Mrs. Ahrens

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How's Your Child's Reading Life?

Parents use these reflection questions to examine your child's progress.

  • What is your child reading?
  • How are they accessing reading materials?
  • Do they have enough access?
  • How quickly do they turn over reading materials?

This link to the Wasco's Library provides your family with access to electronic and physical text. The public library is also a good resource. Wasco Elementary aims to foster active reading among its student body. Contact your teacher for more information.

News From Physical Education

We are making the best of our Covid-19 guidelines while in P.E. reinforcing safety and social distancing as we move, playing games and competing in challenges. The weather has been beautiful but next week looks a little chilly. Please make sure your student is prepared for outside Physical Education class with necessary layers, and hat and gloves if preferred. Our grassy areas are quite wet in the morning with dew so if you need to send a fresh pair of shoes to change into after PE please do so. Tie or velcro tennis shoes work best. Slip-ons, such as VANS, frequently come off when running, kicking and strenuous movement. We will be utilizing our outdoor space as much as possible for as long as we can.

Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions at julie.misner@d303.org.

Julie Misner

Physical Education teacher

Fifth Grade Science

Fifth graders are learning about the transmission of germs in their PLTW science unit Infection Detection. Science and Engineering practices are put into play when students plan, carry out investigations, analyze and interpret data. Using the Scientific Inquiry Process, students are designing experiments to test the effectiveness of hand washing techniques. The information gleaned from these experiments helps us relate to the current pandemic and the need to curb the spread of germs and viruses.

Book Checkout for Remote and In Person Students

Our school library is here to provide reading materials for your child. We have three ways to access fiction and nonfiction books: Print books for In-Person Learners, Digital/eBooks for In Persona and Remote learners, and Book Pickup for Remote learners. Please use this link below to access the pathway you choose. Happy reading!

Book Checkout procedures

Parent Resource Survey

It is important to us at Wasco that we provide a community of care and support to our families, especially when faced with financial hardship.

The current situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some families to experience a need related to job loss, medical bills, child care, etc. District 303 has several supports available for families through our schools.

The supports available include: Thanksgiving Meal Support and Big Hearts of Fox Valley Holiday Support Program. If you are interested, please complete this survey.

Attention Parents who drive to Wasco for pickup

Parents we really appreciate your attention to safety you are when you arrive on campus. As inclement weather approaches, we are working to make sure we move traffic as smoothly as possible. Here are some suggestions:

  • Please pull up AS FAR AS POSSIBLE in available space, without occupying the crosswalks (marked with white stripes). This will enable us to place more students in cars.

  • Please be aware of loading quickly so that we can exit cars in the pickup line as quickly as possible.

  • Take care to limit social interactions while driving. During arrival and dismissal, there is a lot of activity and we want to ensure all adults are watchful for moving students.

  • Encourage your child to watch for your vehicle.

Homework for student absences

If your child is absent from school, your child's teacher will provide the necessary classwork, just as has happened in the past. Teachers can send home online resources as well as provide you with the learning objectives for each content area. Please reach out to your child's teacher when you need information about their lessons.

Mask and Space Requirements When Visiting our Campus

Parents and other visitors to a school campus are expected to be wearing a mask when at the school. Our school community goal is to be as safe as possible and following the precautions such as wearing a mask when sharing space with others or when we are unable to keep our distance is a community practice that decreases the spread of germs. Your help modeling mask-wearing and spacing from others demonstrates our commitment to the health of one another.

New to Wasco? Here is a guide to help! Welcome to Wasco Elementary for Families SY 21

We realize there is much information to digest, especially if you are a parent new to Wasco. Please use this link to access a plethora of information about the daily operation of our school. We hope this guide answers all of your questions. When in doubt, please reach out to our office. We are happy to help! Even if you are a returning family, you might want to keep the link handy.

Bus Information

Transportation route information is accessible to families using this link: Bus Routes. You will need your HAC number to access the information. Transportation route information will not be sent home through the mail and can only be accessed online. Please note that for the first two weeks of the school year, the district will not make adjustments to the transportation routes. Our transportation department will collect suggestions about the routes and make adjustments where necessary after the first two weeks of classes.

Food Service Programs

Since March, District 303 has collaborated with our food service vendors to provide grab and go meals for students to enjoy at home. We want to make you aware of the procedures for making sure that students continue to receive meals, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.

Families who choose to purchase meals for their children will have their PushCoin accounts debited, unless eligible for free lunch. For more information about eligibility for free and reduced lunch, please contact Patricia Townsend at 331.228.6529.

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