Wasco Weekly


August 31, 2023

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Wasco Families,

This week our PE Department and Mrs. Corda, Student Services Interventionist, launched the Gaga Pit. The Gaga Pit is a legacy gift from our PTO. Gaga is a great game because many students can play at one time and it involves movement and strategy. The PE Department and Mrs. Corda started planning for the launch of our Gaga Pit over the summer. They researched the game, identified the rules, and codified them for our teaching staff. The team also outlined a plan to teach the game during grade-level PE sessions, so that all students have direct instruction regarding the rules, strategies, and expectations of gameplay. We will be using the pit on a scheduled basis during PE classes and during recess periods. The kids are having a blast with the game! Thank you to our PTO for providing this great opportunity to our students. If you are a parent interested to help our PTO, which provides many benefits to our students and staff, there is a volunteer meeting Thursday September 7 at 6:00. We would love to have you there!

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan



Family Resources Form (a message from our Social Work Department)

Dear Families,

In D303, we value the opportunity to provide a community of care and support to our families, especially those faced with financial hardship.

If your family is currently experiencing a significant financial need, our community partnerships have several supports available for families including: school clothes/shoes, winter coats/accessories, school supplies, toiletries, holiday meals, and/or holiday gifts. If you would like to be considered for any of these supports, please complete the Family Resource Form by September 1, 2023.

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Important Upcoming Dates

September 1: Institute Day-No School for Students

September 4: Labor Day-No School for Students

September 7: PTO Volunteer Meeting

September 11: Yearbook Photos-Information Below (Retakes on December 1)

September 12: Open House Night 5:00pm-6:30pm

September 27: Early Release @ 2:10pm

October 5: No School for Students-Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 6: No School for Students-Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 20: No School for Students-School Improvement Day

October 25: Early Release @ 2:10pm

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Attention 5th Grade Families! Choir Time!

Good Afternoon Wasco Families,

I am thrilled to announce the opportunity for your 5th grade student to join choir this year! This is an amazing opportunity for students to grow and develop their musicality and singing skills. The goal of our choir program is to offer a formal choral music opportunity to our students and to enrich their musical experience. We work on ensemble practice, team building, vocal technique, vocal health, unison and part-singing, all through a rich variety of vocal music repertoire. The choir program will run from September through May. If your 5th grader is interested, please see the attached letter with more information and register here. You can also find the information letter and registration link on your student's Music Schoology page. Students who are interested must be signed up by Sunday, September 24th. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, September 26th.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns!


Miss Zima

5th Grade Band

Hello, 5th Grade Band Families,

A great way to show you are part of the 5th grade band---SPIRIT WEAR! We will wear spirit wear to various in school performances and to the Cougars baseball game in May. If you are interested in ordering Band Spirit wear please see attached pdf. The order window closes September 15 this will be the only order of the year. Please plan accordingly.

Thank you!

Marianne Rice


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Miss Clyde

5th Grade Teacher

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Miss Clyde is pictured 2nd from right

Tell us a little bit about your family.

I recently moved here from Zeeland, Michigan where I grew up. I went to the University of Kansas. I have a little brother named Jason who is 7 years younger than me. I rescued my cat Remy last year, he is 8 years old and is obsessed with birds, toys, and treats. My family loves to play board games and watch Kansas Basketball games.

What would students be surprised to learn about you?

I was a dancer for 17 years and got to perform at Disney World.

Do you have any special/hidden talents?

I am great at memorizing the lyrics to any song.

What are some things you do for fun?

I love to read, watch movies and play board games. I am learning how to golf!

What makes a "Good Day" at school?

A good day at school is when everyone is giving their best and willing to try new things.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?

Mistakes are the first step in learning.

What is your favorite color, food, book, movie or subject?

My favorite color is blue. My favorite food is Sushi. My favorite subject is Math. My favorite movie is Cars.

What song do you know all of the lyrics to?

Wings by the Jonas Brothers

How did you spend your summer?

Reading and traveling! I went to Maine for the 1st time this summer and loved it!

Early Release

Early Release:

One Wednesday per month, students will have an early release and dismissal will occur at 2:10pm. Please refer to the district website.

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Need to pick up your student early?

If possible, please make sure to notify the teacher and the office if your student is leaving early.

Calling in an absence

Absences should be called in by 7:45 AM if your child will be absent for any portion of the day. The number is 331-228-2900 and has voicemail. You can call during the evening or overnight and leave a message. Please leave your child’s name, their teacher's name and the reason why your child is out. If they are ill, please indicate their symptoms. You are also welcome to email absence information to Candy Thoke in the main office at candace.thoke@d303.org.

Community News / Resources

St. Charles East Girls Volleyball Team

St. Charles East Girls Volleyball Team would like to invite your elementary & middle school students to our volleyball clinic. Students in Grades 2nd-8th are invited to join St. Charles East Girls Volleyball for a clinic on Saturday, September 16th from 1:00-3:00PM @ St. Charles High School Main Gym. D303 students can register via PushCoin and out of district students can fill out the registration form below. Cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt.
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Previously Shared News

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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

  • Join Membership Toolkit on the PTO site for ways to connect with parent community

Attention Parents!

Please be mindful of communications coming from “donotreply@d303.org”. This is the email address for our school newsletters and our all school emails. If you reply to this email address it will not be forwarded to office staff.

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Technology Notes for Kindergarten, First, and Fourth Grade Families

Wasco first and fourth grades will be swapping devices on August 15th from 12:00-3:00.

Kindergarten's day to receive devices is August 29 from 12:00-3:00. Please make sure your student brings their Chromebook to school!