THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS ITS PACK
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Important Upcoming Dates
February 20 Presidents' Day Holiday-No School
February 22 Early Release @ 2:10pm
February 24 End of 2nd Trimester
February 24 Crazy Hair Day
March 3 Teacher Work Day (No Students)
March 3 Fiddle Fest (4/5 grades only)
March 8 Report Cards available on HAC
March 12 Wasco PTO Bowling Event
March 21 Third Grade Music Performance 6:00pm
March 22 Early Release @ 2:10pm
March 27-March 31 Spring Break (No Students)
February 10, 2023
I look forward to each and every event our school provides to engage parents and students in our Wasco Learning Community because of their potential to unite us in our common purpose. We are a school who invests in the future of our community by providing high quality learning experiences for our children. Ahead on our calendar is a Bowling event, Cougars game, and Variety Show. Participating in these events demonstrate your commitment to our school and give you a chance to model the value of relationships.
Our local law enforcement, the Campton Hills Police, is currently teaching a course educating fifth grade students on the dangers of drugs. This partnership between our school and local agencies knits us together in a common good. And, the Police Department is also hosting a Cops vs. Kids Basketball Night on March 18th (details below). The event is open to all and I hope you will consider joining in!
A big THANK YOU to our families and staff members who joined together at Thursday’s Literacy Event. We played games, learned GIBBERISH, and had lots of laughs. I know everyone’s schedules are busy and it is sometimes hard to pause and add something to the calendar, but we truly appreciate your participation and the value of enriching the literacy experiences of the children!
Principal Stephanie Brennan
Townhall and Teaching students Behavior Expectations
This week Wasco held our all school Townhall event focused on “Managing Our Emotions”. Students and staff divided into small mixed age groups to talk about strategies they use when they experience various emotions. Some of their posters are pictured here for you to see.
Our school engages in a variety of programming to teach students our behavior expectations of Be Safe, Be Kind, Work Hard, and Do The Right Thing. Your classroom teacher has classroom expectations and provides daily lessons based on the Social Emotional Learning Standards for each grade level. Also, our school Student Support Interventionist, Mrs. Corda, pushes into classrooms and teaches on topics such as “Ignoring Distractions” and “Tattling vs. Telling”. When students are not meeting expectations, staff uses the Elementary School Handbook to respond to behavior in a systematic process. If you have any questions about our SEL programming or behavior management, please contact me. What we learn, socially and academically is my top priority and I expect that families should be knowledgeable about our school curriculum and practices.
Planning for next School Year- Action item for you
Parents, you may have noticed that we have started registering kindergarten students for next year. Heather and I are taking other steps to get ready for school year 2024, and one of our processes is soliciting your input for next year’s class placement. If you have suggestions, or information to share about your child’s placement, you can complete this form. The form has space for you to share your observations about your child’s learning needs and grouping considerations. The form will remain open until April 7th and I will use the information as I review the class lists created by Wasco staff. I cannot guarantee that all requests will be met, however our focus is ensuring that your child has his/her best learning environment. We are here to arrange our resources so that each child has the best opportunity to succeed during their school day.
By the way, if you have a friend or neighbor with a little one, will you please spread the word about registration?
Cougars Reading Club
Beginning February 6, 2023 and ending March 31, 2023 Wasco will be participating in Cougars Reading Club, a reading incentive sponsored by the Kane County Cougars baseball team. Your child will have the opportunity to improve his or her reading skills while earning a ticket to a Cougar game! See the attached link below for more information.
5th GRADE HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATION
The fifth-grade class will be attending the Human Growth and Development presentation on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. The presentation consists of a narrated PowerPoint, including a short video, and time to submit questions. The school nurses will review the questions and return answers to students within the week. Boys and girls programs are similar in content but will be presented and facilitated separately within your student's classroom. A letter will be sent to 5th-grade parents with more details via their classroom e-news. As a parent, you have the right to request that your child not participate in this presentation. If after reviewing the information you would prefer your child not participate, please submit a written letter to the principal by February 15, 2023. If you have any questions about the presentation you may contact your building Certified School Nurse, Wendy Landers at 331-228-6068.
A message from Spirit Club and Wellness Club:
Hi Wasco families!
In February, the Spirit Club and Wellness Club will be once again co-hosting a food drive in coordination with the Salvation Army. Students will be able to bring in canned/boxed foods and personal care items (see link below) starting February 6th-February 17th. There will be large, red bins or multiple, smaller, boxes in each grade level hallway and in the main lobby so that students can drop off their food items first thing in the morning. We are looking forward to giving back to our community and want to THANK YOU in advance for helping us make a difference!!
If you have questions you may contact any of the following people below:
Amy Corda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Schroeder at email@example.com
Julie Misner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Secor at email@example.com
Yearbooks for 22-23
How to Report Absences
Also, if your child attends Baker Station, please remember to notify them if your child will not be attending.
Please refer to the following D303 School Board policies for more information:
Ways to receive Wasco News
The Principal sends a weekly newsletter on Fridays
Wasco Elementary has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WascoElementarySchool
Twitter account: @WascoD303
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