THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS ITS PACK
October 29, 2020
Tomorrow we are excited to host our Fall Festival. We all look forward to a day to enjoy the kids’ creative dress and hosting some fun at the end of the school day. As school employees, our “jam” is children. Acknowledging and observing their fun is one of the joys of our work. As a reminder, our celebration does not include food. If costumes are worn, they are respectful of our shared school environment.
The relationship between home and school is important and expressed in many different ways. Some of our parents help each other, reach out with ideas for the school, or join the PTO. If you have ideas for how to enrich our school community and build strong bonds between parents, students, and staff, please contact me. At this time, more than ever, I am looking for ways to connect and support one another.
Thank you to the PTO for hosting a Pumpkin Decorating contest! Our Wasco Wolves are a creative bunch and I think you are all winners! Did you see the Ghostmallow? The Wasco Wolf pledge pumpkin really caught my attention- we say that pledge everyday! What a great way to connect our whole school community. The PTO is currently hosting a Butter Braid Fundraiser and orders are due by November 10th.
A Compliment For The Whole School
Recently our school building was inspected for safety. It is a yearly inspection done by the Regional Office of Education in partnership with community safety officials such as the fire department. This team visits schools throughout the county during a school year. The inspector's appointment coincided with the arrival of our students and they had an opportunity to view students approaching and entering Wasco school. The inspectors admired how orderly our students approached and entered the building respecting the space of others. It was a fine compliment, because this is something that the students do ON THEIR OWN. Aren't all adults happy when the kids demonstrate the skills of cooperation and self sufficiency?
-”Quality is everyone’s responsibility.” W. Edwards Deming
Last week, Wasco experienced its first COVID case and unfortunately, today was the first day we didn’t have an announcement of another case. Our goal is the same as last week. We need to continue our collective commitment to prevent exposure to COVID. Teachers and staff are vigilantly monitoring students as we conduct the day’s business wearing masks, washing hands, and keeping social distance. Parents participate in our monitoring systems and guard the family schedule to protect from social exposure. It is not an easy task for any of us, but all of us working together share in the success of creating a large body of thoughtful, caring, and productive citizens. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for partnering with us.
Report Card Dates:
The end of our first trimester is Friday, November 13 and grades will be available to parents via HAC in December. I will send the exact date of Report Cards in a future Wasco Weekly.
November 3 No School-Election day.
November 9 No School-Teacher Planning Day
November 23-27 No School Thanksgiving week
A view inside the school
Here's an opportunity to admire the work of an entire grade level. Third grade is making the most of our schedule! These pictures show conferring, creative math word problems, and independent reading and writing. It's Spoooooktackular!
iReady Progress Reports
All D303 students utilize the iReady tool to practice skills at their individual level. The chart below shows you the progress of the whole school. Each student has a weekly 45 minute goal of practice in each content area: reading and mathematics. We will provide parents updates on goal progress in future Wasco Weeklies. If you have a question about your child's individual progress, please contact your classroom teacher.
This weeks iReady math results:
This weeks iReady reading results:
Previous News Is Located Below
Wasco Spirit Club
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce this year’s Wasco Spirit Club Members!
Abby Poss - 3P
Natalie Wilton - 3A
Daniel McCauley - 3G
Graham Showalter - 3K
Meryl Kaplan - 4D
Joseph Barton - 4M
Julia Grawender - 4He
Andrew Leigl - 4Ha
Abeile Edwards -4th Remote (Erin Smith)
Sierra Horniacek - 4th Remote (Kerri Furlong)
Reese Full - 5R
William Showalter - 5R
Sydney Steib - 5E
These students were chosen from over 40 applicants for their leadership qualities and their unique ideas for promoting Spirit within our school and community! Stay tuned for more news from our Spirit Club and be prepared to show your SPIRIT!
Co-Coordinators: Amy Corda and Rebecca Schroeder
A Note From The Nurse
This is just a reminder about sending your child(ren) to school because Covid-19 has altered the way we look at sniffles, coughs and sneezes this year. If Anyone in the household has any following symptoms please refrain from sending your child(ren) to school:
Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches.
Medical Evaluation and Testing are Strongly Recommended for ALL person with Covid-like symptoms.
It is also very important to remind your child(ren) how important it is to wear their mask while in the school building at all times, unless specified, i.e. lunchtime.
I appreciate and Thank You for being understanding and considerate.Nurse Tina
News From Physical Education
Last spring, Mrs. Misner, our Wasco Physical Education teacher, was awarded two grants from the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting excellence in education within Community Unit School District 303. The group provides grants to teachers and several scholarships each year to our St. Charles High School students. Mrs. Misner received a grant for $274.98 for a Gopher Ignition Pro Interval Trainer that will be temporarily mounted on the wall in the gym. The timer can also be placed on a table so it is moveable. This will provide a great visual for station work and fitness training.
A second grant was written by Mrs. Misner for $990.31 on behalf of the D303 Elementary Physical Education team for new bowling equipment. The bowling equipment travels to each school throughout the year with all of our elementary students using it. The purchase was for 3 new bowling lanes including a rubber bowling ball and 10 pins and 6 new lightweight bowling balls for our primary and students with special needs to use.
Mrs. Misner would like to express her gratitude to the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation for their continued support of education and students in D303. If you are interested in learning more about the Foundation or would like to make a donation, the website is http://stced.org/
Curriculum Focus: Writing
Here is one resource to provide you with ideas. If you would like more suggestions, please contact your child's teacher or our office.
Preparing for outdoor PE in cold weather
There is a chill in the air and the weather is turning colder. Please dress your students appropriately for P.E. and recess with coats, hats and gloves. Please put your name on things so they don't get lost! If you are missing an item please stop by our lost and found inside the vestibule.
Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physical Education teacher
All Wasco Students: Remote and In-person
- Students may choose to wear the following to school on the day of the Fall Celebration: a costume, PJ's, a hat, Wasco or team spirit wear. They should come to school wearing their choice along with their regular face covering to protect from spreading germs (mask).
- The following is not allowed: Costume masks covering the face, costumes with weapons or depicting violence.
- No parades and no food will be allowed.
- Unstructured time (party) is scheduled for 1:00-1:40.
- Any questions? Please reach out to the office or your teacher
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!
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
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.
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.