Wasco Weekly


August 27, 2021

A Day in the life… of our students

Hello Wasco Families,

This week my message comes from OUR STUDENTS! These pictures show how our students work in concert with each other cooperating, collaborating, thinking, and producing. I hope you enjoy views of our daily life, and they come courtesy of our teachers. Wasco families, our teachers work hard to make sure students are engaged and successful every school day.

Kind regards,

Principal Brennan

Contact Us:

Principal phone number: 331-228-6294

Email: stephanie.brennan@d303.org

Main office phone: 331-228-2900

School Hours are: 8:00am to 3:00pm

(student supervision starts at 7:45am, please do not drop off before that time)

Funny Friday From One Of Our Students!

A Balanced Lunch!

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Important Upcoming Dates

August 31 Virtual Curriculum Night-Details Below

September 1 Early Release at 2:10 pm

September 3 Institute Day: No School

September 6 Holiday: No School

September 7 Picture Day

Early Release Starts This Wednesday, September 1

Early Release Dates- Grades K through 5

September 1 & 29

October 27

December 1

January 26

February 23

March 23

April 27

Release will be at 2:10 p.m.

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Wasco will be hosting an Open House

for parents in late September.

Details about the event are coming soon!

Curriculum Night

As we embark on our learning journey together, uniting students, staff, and families, it is very important that we all know the pathway of the journey! Our staff is excited to invite you to this year’s Curriculum Night! Curriculum Night will be virtual, but we still invite you to create a shared event with your child. Your family will be provided with videos of the grade level instruction and instruction during our Specials. Also included are videos about all the services offered at Wasco. We hope that you will grab some snacks and a relaxing place to sit as a family and let the viewing begin! We are hoping the co-viewing will incite enthusiastic conversation within your family about school and school activities. After viewing the videos, your family will be invited to provide feedback and ask questions. This process was intentionally created in order to build connections between home and school. We are here at Wasco school for everyone’s learning and growth. We are excited about the adventures that await!

Curriculum Night Details

Videos will be sent via email and published on the Wasco School Website on August 31st. https://wasco.d303.org/

The videos of Curriculum Night are not meant to replace meeting the teacher. With our Curriculum Nights scheduled for next week, the video is meant to serve as a way for parents to get curriculum information and see their child's teacher right now. We will be working out plans to have parents in the building, most likely in a different format than half the school at once. However, sending the video next week is allowing us time to figure out what that will look like and how it can be done well, while giving content information to parents who are new to grade levels and need that general overview.

We appreciate your partnership and know how important it is to have a connection with the teacher.

Band and Orchestra Dates & Times

(Click on the above button for more information)

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Helping Others

The other day I was getting acquainted with a Kindergartener and helping him learn what to do if he needs help. During our talk I said, “There are a lot of adults at Wasco here to help you.” He responded, “Yeah like 30.” No truer words could be spoken. The staff at Wasco is here to help our students succeed as friends, peers, and scholars.

School Picture Day Coming Up!

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Picture Day is September 7th

(Click on the above button for ordering information)

Upcoming PTO Meeting

Monday, September 13th at 7:00PM via Zoom.

Topic: September Wasco PTO Meeting

Time: Sep 13, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 818 4774 4508

Passcode: 132854

2021-2022 PTO Executive Board

Scott Von Essen - Co-President

Shannon Von Essen - Co-President

Alison Sweet - Vice President

Heidi Hastert - Treasurer

Misti Floyd - Secretary

Shannon Martin - Executive Fundraiser

Wasco School PTO Newsletter

(Click on the above link for more information)


Wasco Elementary has the BEST lunch staff! Our staff’s cheerful attitudes make lunchtime fun and relaxing for students. I really appreciate how they get to know students and build connections within the school community. We are looking to add more lunchtime staff members. If you have an interest in learning and growing with us, please contact the front office.

Openings in all K-8 Schools.

Guaranteed 3 hours

$12 an hour

Please contact Patricia Burton at 331-228-5242 or patricia.burton@d303.org

Community News & Events

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Upcoming Parent University Dates

September 2, 2021 - Mental Illness: The Silent Epidemic, Zoom Webinar, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

(Recording will be available after the event)

Click here to register!

Mark Potter is a nationally recognized basketball coach and speaker who is bringing his message of promoting education about mental illness to families in St. Charles. His passion is to share his story in hopes that people will also pursue treatment and find a way to live productively with mental illness.

October 6, 2021 - SOS for Parents in the Trenches, Zoom Webinar, 6:30 p.m.

Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author

(Recording will be available after the event)

Click here to register!

When parents are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and burned out, it’s hard to show up in a way that best supports their child’s development, especially if/ when our kids are struggling, too. In this practical and actionable talk, Debbie shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking, responses, and actions in a way that will help them feel more confident and peaceful as they parent their unique children.

October 13, 2021 - Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently: Back-to-School Edition, Zoom Webinar, 6:30 p.m. Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author

(Recording to be posted)

Click here to register!

School always presents certain challenges for students who learn and think differently (kids with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neuro-differences). But the COVID-19 pandemic has created even greater obstacles. Debbie shares ideas on how parents can best prioritize and plan in the pandemic-era school landscape. She also offers advice on how to support differently wired children’s cognitive, social, and emotional needs during this atypical time, while also taking care of one’s own emotional health and well-being.

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Girl Scouts Information

(Click the above button for more information)

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Previous News and Helpful Links

Arrival and Dismissal

You can use the map link above to identify your child’s entrance and exit door. Upon arrival, students should enter the building through their designated door, where they will be greeted by a staff member. At the end of the day, students exit through the same door and proceed to a designated area sorted by their transportation home. Our students who ride the bus line up with a peer and staff bus monitor. Students who are picked up by car stand on the front sidewalk and wait for their ride to arrive. This is the same pattern we used last year. We appreciate it when you extend cooperation and consideration for others in our school community. The kids learn from all of us and we are a team working together to help children build lifelong skills and positive community habits.

Arrival Map For Students

(Click on the above button for a link to map)

Food Services - Lunch Menu - Organic Life

(Click on the above link for more information)

Home Access Center (HAC)

(Click on the above button for link)

Click this link to access Wasco's Parent Guide

This guide contains helpful information about school procedures such as communication practices, electronic device policy, lost and found, and many more topics.

Community Unit School District 303 Calendar

(Click on the above button for more information)

Wasco School Supply List 21-22

(click on the above buttom for our supply list)

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