THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS ITS PACK
January 14, 2022
How do you occupy 457 students when you can’t go outside? Our teachers have many thoughtful ways to honor their age while still embedding the learning. As parents you know the routine. Allowing kids to be creative, release their energy, and interact with their peers warms the hearts, bodies, and minds at school.
Keeping Students Busy
When I walked into first grade the student's thinking was PALPABLE. Little brains solving all sorts of mathematical situations!
Students practice motion, strength, and coordination using the PE “Railyard Fitness"
In order to address student’s greatest area of need, teachers meet with small groups.
Important Upcoming Dates
January 17 No School-MLK Day
January 18 No School for Students-Teacher Work Day
January 26 Early Release at 2:10pm
January 28 Crazy Sock Day (see below)
February 21 No School-Presidents' Day
February 23 Early Release at 2:10pm
A Note From The Nurse
Nurse Tina visited all classrooms on Thursday, January 13th and explained the importance of wearing a mask at all times while in the school building. Instruction included how to properly wear masks above the nose in order to protect themselves, and also their friends, teachers and staff here at school. Disposable masks should only be worn once and then tossed at the end of the day. Fabric masks should only be worn once and then washed before they are worn again.
Please help us by reminding your child(ren) the importance of following this policy at school. The students have several mask breaks throughout the school day and may request a mask break from any staff member.
The new CDC/KCHD/D303 guidelines state that anyone who tests positive or is a close contact to a positive Covid case must quarantine/isolate for 5 full calendar days from the onset of symptoms or quarantine/isolate 5 full calendars days from the positive test date if asymptomatic.
Here at Wasco we want to stay Safe and Healthy!
Wasco PTO Fundraiser
Buy delicious See's Candies to show your support for Wasco School PTO. Wasco School PTO goal is to raise money to support our students. PTO helps with our school clubs, yearbook and events. Visit our See's Candies Storefront to purchase your favorites today. Orders placed on-line will be directly shipped to your home...free shipping charges if your order is over $70! Orders can be placed now and until 1/28/22. No late orders will be accepted.
Now go, eat chocolate!
Let's Get To Know...
Mrs. Stephanie Brennan
Mrs. Brennan: The moments when a teacher gets lost in the classroom! I am using a bit of humor here, but this describes the powerful end to lessons taught well. Teachers begin instruction modeling and then transition students to be activators of their own knowledge. Students start activities and then the teacher’s role switches from leading to coach. The teacher is among the students, prompting, helping and questioning to extend their learning. When the teacher moves from the front of the class to among the students, the class virtually hums with activity.
If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Mrs. Brennan: To relish their uniqueness, be open to all experiences, and not be defeated by mistakes. There is so much to discover, explore, and enjoy in our world. I want students to be enabled and encouraged to seek and enjoy life! The book Maybe by Kobi Yamada is a terrific reinforcement of this concept.
What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
Mrs. Brennan: I have shared with the students that I love to go sledding! If we get enough snow soon, don’t be surprised if you see me and my friends on the hills!
Some Friendly Reminders about Arrival and Dismissal
Our front door closes at 8:00 so we can all start our day together with morning routines. If you are dropping off your student, please arrive between 7:45 and 7:55. When students are late they feel out of place and they are missing valuable connections with their whole school community.
Arrival and DismissalWhen using the drop off lane, please drive all the way forward so that we can load/unload as many cars as possible. Please stay in your car. If you wish to get out and load your child, you are welcome to park in the lot. By following this procedure, we can expedite everyone’s waiting times in the car lane.
Photos Needed For 21-22!
Want to stay in touch with PTO?
Website- Please visit our brand-new website at the link below. We are working very hard to get this to be a great resource for all things PTO. This is going to be our main source of communication from here on out. We will be posting the most up to date information here.
Email- We will still continue to send emails as needed
Freshschools- Please send an email to one of the following board members to get added to this communication platform. This is a great way to be able to get in touch with other student's parents.
Shannon or Scott Von Essen: WascoPTOPresident@gmail.com
Alison Sweet: WascoPTOVicepresident@gmail. com
Misti Floyd: WascoPTOSecretery@gmail.com
Heidi Hastert: WascoPTOTreasurer@gmail.com
Shannon Martin: firstname.lastname@example.org (Executive Fundraiser)
Please reach out with any questions you may have to any of the executive members above.
Thank You all for your continued support.
Wasco Elementary PTO