THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS ITS PACK
Previously Shared News and Helpful Links
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Weather considerations for Outdoor Activities
During our school day students are scheduled for a classroom recess, lunch recess, and possibly outdoor P.E., as a result, our students dutifully bring their outside gear in extra bags so they can enjoy these outdoor activities. (Probably they have help from their families, getting these bags prepared- Thank you!)
Our Elementary School Handbook shares the guidelines for Outdoor Physical Activity. If temperatures are at or below zero degrees (with wind chill), we do not go outside. The specifics can be found on page 8 in the Section Dress Code: Outdoor Physical Activity. This section of the Handbook also lists our policies for other types of weather. See button below.
Request from PE Department
Hello Wasco Families!
In art class, our students upload a photo of their work onto Artsonia, the world’s largest online student art museum. It's a free, safe, educational program designed to connect parents and families with their child's creative activities at school. Many of you are familiar with Artsonia because we have used it in the past.
Founded over 15 years ago, Artsonia has been recognized with the national distinguished service award for outstanding contribution to the arts by the National Art Education Association, as well as the distinguished service award by the state art associations in New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan and Colorado.
Families in K-1 or those new to Wasco School, if you would like to grant permission for your child to join our exciting school art gallery or click on the link and enter your child's name and grade, along with an email
We participate only for the digital gallery and it is not necessary to purchase anything that Artsonia offers. Thank you for your support! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Joellen.Anderson@d303.org.
Jody Anderson, Art Teacher
Happy Fall - Note From The Nurse
Fall is a beautiful time of year. But along with Fall comes runny noses and scratchy throats☹
Please be advised that cough drops are not allowed unless you have a doctor’s order and your
student has to come to the health office for administration of said cough drop.
All medication requires a Medical Authorization order from your student’s physician to be
administered her in D303. You can find the form on the district website.
For sniffles and runny noses without a fever I encourage the student to drink water and rest in
the health office for 5-10 minutes. They usually feel better in that amount of time. If they do
not I will call home.
For Head Injuries, I will immediately call if your student complains of a headache, dizziness,
drowsiness, disorientation, vomits, feels faint or has a fever. If your student bumps his/her
head and does not describe any of these symptoms, I will send them back to class and reassess
in about an hour and follow up with an email to you. Please continue to assess for these
symptoms at home. If these symptoms develop please refer to an Urgent Care facility or an ER.
For Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye), I will call if I suspect your student has symptoms: red, itchy, and
watery eyes with notable goop/discharge from the corners of the eye. I will suggest you take
them to their physician to rule out Conjunctivitis. This is a precautionary measure to protect
the other students and staff since it is contagious.
Covid Mitigation Plan D303 is following a Covid Mitigation Plan. Please refer to the district
website for information.
Take-Home COVID Test Kits Available
D303 Visitor Information
All parents, guardians, and other visitors to District 303 buildings are required to report to the main office upon entering the building to sign in. Visitors must provide photo identification when signing in and must wear a visitor identification tag at all times while in the building. Visitors may be escorted by a building staff member while visiting the building. School-age visitors are generally prohibited during the school day unless accompanied by a parent or guardian and approved by school staff. In the event that permission is not obtained or is denied, visitors will be directed to leave the premises.
(Violators will be subject to legal action.)
Smart Watches and Phones
Technology can be a wonderful way to keep in touch with family members. However, smartwatches and phones can become quite disruptive to the learning environment when parents are contacting their children throughout the day (and vice versa). The Elementary School Handbook contains the following language:
Students are extended the privilege of possessing phones/smartwatches on school grounds;
however, their use is limited to after-school dismissal and non-school days. These devices must be in the off position, or not used once the student arrives on campus until the end of the school day.
Teachers will be requesting that students leave their watches and phones in backpacks or another class designated place each day when they enter the classroom so that learning can continue uninterrupted.
Need to pick up your student early?
How to Report Absences
Also, if your child attends Baker Station, please remember to notify them if your child will not be attending.
Arrival and Dismissal
Lunch, Snacks, and Birthday Treats
“Paws”itive Behavior Incentive Program
Has your child come home from school talking about our Wasco Expectations of: Be Safe. Be Kind. Work Hard. Do the Right Thing? Have they been excitedly talking about receiving paw prints in the hallway or Specials?
Last year we introduced the “Paws”itive Behavior Incentive Program to encourage students to work together as a classroom to be the best learners that they can be. Classes are able to earn paws as an incentive for following the Wasco Expectations in various ways throughout the building such as the hallway, lunch, lunch recess and in Specials. Following are the benefits of a “Paws”itive Behavior system:
It provides students with positive feedback
It reinforces positive behaviors and expectations
It produces a challenge with a reward
It provides incentive for doing the right thing
It increases motivation, buy-in and effort
It increases on-task and attending behavior
It provides a visual, concrete reason for students to work together toward behavioral and academic goals
It provides excitement and pride in their group effort
Each week, students work to earn as many pawprints as they can (as a class). The paws are collected at the end of the week and placed in a bucket for a drawing. The winning class is drawn from the bucket and announced at the end of the day on Friday. The winning class then gets to select a reward from a menu of choices to celebrate their achievements.
As we move through the year, we are also working toward earning school-wide incentives at different benchmark levels. Be sure to stop by the display case in our lobby to see how many pawprints we have earned so far this year! If you have any questions about this program, please contact Amy Corda at (331)228-2188 or Amy.Corda@gmail.com.
Defining Car and Bus Lanes
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!
School Safety Plans
Schools have many plans to coordinate all the activities, and we plan for more than just academic learning. For example, to ensure that we are inclusive of all students, we employ a universal character expectation (Be Safe, Be Kind, Work Hard and Do the Right Thing), but we also operationalize a system that ensures our social environment is meeting standards.
Wasco Safety and Security Plan: Last year, Wasco’s Safety and Security plan was not unified in one document, so I consolidated the information. As part of this work, I met with district and area safety officials to understand various perspectives and learn the newest, most effective ways to ensure our building is safe. If you would like to talk more about safety and security, please contact me. Safety is a priority for me and over the years I have learned that reflection and connection sharing experiences is a valuable tool for improvements.
A HUGE part of our safety is our daily repetitive actions such as adhering to policies, modeling for kids, and addressing our concerns to decision makers. An example is watching someone prop a door. If you see something, you have to say something to make the action change. Talking with a person unrelated to the situation will not change the situation. I hope we all can commit to communicating in positive, supportive ways, because then we can count on each other to… Do the Right Thing. In our Safety and Security plan, you will see it starts with our daily character expectations, and the plan is linked below for your review.
Bullying Prevention Plan: Our Bullying Prevention Plan lists and describes processes and actions we take to prevent and respond to potential bullying activities. I have provided a link to the plan below, and you can always access it on our Wasco School Website under the Parents tab.