THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS ITS PACK
August 27, 2021
A Day in the life… of our students
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.
Principal phone number: 331-228-6294
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!
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
Release will be at 2:10 p.m.
Wasco will be hosting an Open House
for parents in late September.
Details about the event are coming soon!
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.
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!
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
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
LUNCHROOM SUPERVISORS NEEDED!
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.
Community News & Events
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
This guide contains helpful information about school procedures such as communication practices, electronic device policy, lost and found, and many more topics.