Wasco Weekly


This week’s learning feature: Poetry reading

Our fifth grade teacher found a way to expose students to the language of poetry by gamifying the process. Students rolled the die and read aloud poetry selections which demonstrated elements of the poetry genre.

March 2, 2022

Wasco Families,

The end of our second trimester has passed and report cards will be available to parents in the Home Access Center on March 9, 2022. We look forward to your input and observations about your child’s learning. We are hoping you have noticed new interests formed, new learning shared, and best of all, pride in goals accomplished! If you have questions about the new learning goals or ways to support your child, please contact your child’s teacher. The connection your child and you share with the teacher is vital to their learning success.

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan

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We can check dressing as a Leprechaun off the list! Many thanks to this dad for sharing reading with our fourth graders in a super engaging and creative way. The Wasco Way: share your interests and talents with the school community. We ALL benefit!

March Book Madness 2022:

Feb. 28-March 4 is Read Across America week! To celebrate, the elementary LRC directors are kicking off a district-wide book competition called March Book Madness 2022. Each week, throughout the month of March, students will view books that have been recorded by the elementary LRC Directors and Youth Services Librarians at the St. Charles Public Library. Students will use Google Forms to vote for their favorite of two books, eliminating books in a bracket-style competition. All students will have the chance to participate in this fun reading promotion. The winner will be announced March 25th!

Full district bracket here. Read alouds are linked on each title. Titles will move as voting takes place each week.

Schools within each division are:

1= Corron, Lincoln, Norton Creek

2= Wild Rose, Ferson Creek

3= Wasco, Anderson, Bell Graham

4= Munhall, Davis, Richmond

5Essentials Survey

The parent response rate is 22% for the 2022 Illinois Parent Survey. Your participation is important to the school community. Please use the link in the below letter to complete the survey. Something kind would be filling out the survey.

Dear District 303 Parents and Guardians,

District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. The responses will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide our improvement efforts. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through March 11, 2022. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey. As part of this communication, we have included a link to graphics of the login page with additional information about how to access the survey. Most notably, make sure you enter Kane County in the box for county even if your home or your child’s school is in DuPage County. This will allow you to correctly select your child’s school.

All District 303 teachers, as well as students in 4th through 12th grades, are being asked to complete this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. Teachers will work with students to assist them with logging in and taking the student survey.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

Important Upcoming Dates

March 4 Teacher Work Day-No school for students

March 23 Early Release at 2:10pm

March 28 Spring Break

April 4 Students Return from Spring Break

Wasco Wellness Team: Fruits and Vegetables Challenge

Apples, bananas, carrots and celery...oh my! The Wasco Wellness Team has created a class challenge for all grade levels to promote eating healthy snacks during the school day. The contest will be Monday, March 14 - March 25, 2022. Each class will receive a tally sheet to record the fruits and vegetables eaten during snack time. Students may, of course, bring other healthy snacks; however, the only food that counts for this challenge is fruits, vegetables and applesauce. The contest will last for 2 weeks. The winning class in each grade level will get a free extra recess arranged by their teacher. The overall winning class in the school gets to choose and play their favorite PE activity during PE class.

Thank you for encouraging your students to bring healthy snacks to school.

Art News

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Hello Wasco Families!

During 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

**Attention 5th Grade Parents**

5th Grade Human Growth and Development Presentation

Fifth-grade classes will be attending the Human Growth and Development Presentation on Friday, March 11. The presentation consists of a narrated PowerPoint, including a short video, and time to submit questions. The school nurses will review the questions and return answers to students within the week. Boys and girls programs are similar in content but will be presented and facilitated separately within your student's classroom. A letter will be sent to 5th-grade parents with more details via their classroom e-news. As a parent, you have the right to request that your child not participate in this presentation. If after reviewing the information you would prefer your child not participate, please submit a written letter to the principal by March 4, 2022. If you have any questions about the presentation you may contact your building Certified School Nurse, Wendy Landers at 331-228-6068.

Pushcoin Lunch Account Update

Starting on February 23rd lunch/breakfast will be going through your child's

Pushcoin accounts. There is no charge associated with either, as all are free. The only charges will be ala carte, such as milk, juice box and water as we have been doing all year.

Transition to Middle School

Kindergarten Enrollment

2022-2023 Kindergarten Enrollment

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Summer Camp

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PTO News

Wasco PTO Bowling Event March 13th

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Lou Malnati's Pizza Fundraiser

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Wasco PTO Volunteer Opportunities

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Yearbooks 21-22

Yearbooks are still on sale until March 18th! Easy ordering through Pushcoin or stop by the office for an order form.

Notice: PTO Executive Board Positions Available for Next School Year 22-23

Our PTO has openings for Treasurer and Secretary. You can use the PTO’s Website (link here) to learn more about their work and find contact information. Individuals interested in serving should contact any of our current board members (contact information listed on PTO site). The election will occur at the May 9th PTO meeting.

Want to stay in touch with PTO?

Website- Please visit our brand-new website at the link below. We are working very hard to get this to be a great resource for all things PTO. This is going to be our main source of communication from here on out. We will be posting the most up to date information here.

https://sites.google.com/d303. org/wascopto/home

Email- We will still continue to send emails as needed

Freshschools- Please send an email to one of the following board members to get added to this communication platform. This is a great way to be able to get in touch with other student's parents.

Shannon or Scott Von Essen: WascoPTOPresident@gmail.com

Alison Sweet: WascoPTOVicepresident@gmail. com

Misti Floyd: WascoPTOSecretery@gmail.com

Heidi Hastert: WascoPTOTreasurer@gmail.com

Shannon Martin: sm3martin@gmail.com (Executive Fundraiser)

Please reach out with any questions you may have to any of the executive members above.

Thank You all for your continued support.

Wasco Elementary PTO

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In effort to communicate effectively with our families. We have revised the format of the Wasco Weekly Newsletter. Each newsletter will contain only this week's pertinent information. We have provided a link for you to access helpful resources and previously shared information. Your feedback is important. Please contact us with any suggestions you have. Link is above, titled "Previous News Helpful Links".
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