Wasco Weekly


October 8, 2021

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Students in our Empower classroom show off their created game. Grades 3- 5 created their own games as a part of our Empower “Get Out and Play Unit".


Families, thank you for attending conferences. Our opportunity to gather parent, student, and teacher together and talk about learning achievements and goals sets up your child’s school year for future successes. Our unity in conversation about topics such as reading fluency, math computational strategies, and preserverance in learning will help to develop your child's independence.

Let’s celebrate our accomplishment together! The PTO’s Fall Fest is this Friday, October 15th from 5:00-7:00. Can’t wait to see you there!

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan

Contact Us:

Principal phone number: 331-228-6294

Email: stephanie.brennan@d303.org

Main office phone: 331-228-2900

Volunteers Needed for Fall Fest - October 15th

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Wasco PTO October News: Fall Fest Information

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Important Upcoming Dates

October 7th and 8th Conferences

October 11 No School

October 15 Picture Retakes and Fall Fest 5:00pm-7:00pm at Wasco

Picture Day Retakes Oct 15

Contact office for Picture Day Order Form

Early Release Dates- Grades K through 5

October 27

December 1

January 26

February 23

March 23

April 27

Release will be at 2:10 p.m.


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Empower Needs Your Help!

Miss Green, our fantastic Empower Teacher, is on the search for the following materials to help with upcoming modules this year:

  • Board games, board game pieces/parts.

  • Cardboard of any type large or small including paper towel and toilet paper tubes.

  • Toys: legos, building toys, science kits, K’Nex, tinker toys, broken toys, figures, etc.

  • Large Wooden craft sticks

  • Duct Tape (plain and patterned), electrical tape, masking tape, painters tape

  • Wires, pipe cleaners/chenille sticks, wikki stix

  • New Batteries (all sizes)

  • Household items: Disposable plates, foil, wax paper, coffee filters, toothpicks, straws

  • Packaging materials such as bubble wrap

  • Craft items: popsicle sticks, paint sticks, buttons, beads, yarn, origami and craft paper

  • Any Green items: gloves, straws, string, yarn, cups, (for use with our green screen)

  • Plastic Bags: Gallon size, quart size, sandwich size

Please have your child bring all tube donations directly to the office. We appreciate your help!

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Let's Get To Know...

Danielle Helland

4th Grade Teacher

What are some traditions or superstitions you have for the First Day of School?
Mrs. Helland: On the first day of school, I like to get to our classroom early. I always triple check that everything is ready to go and love meeting my new students outside! I always make sure to give students time to get to know me and each other. I can’t forget about reading lots of picture books!

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?

Mrs. Helland: Take chances! Be patient if things don’t go exactly like you’d like them to the first time. Be yourself, you’re the only one like you in this world!!

What would the students be surprised to find out about you? What’s a typical Saturday night like for you?

Mrs. Helland: They’d be surprised to find out that even though I’m an “adult” I love all things Disney!! I even have a favorite princess!! (Belle). On the weekend, I like to spend time with my family and our neighbors. We enjoy cooking out or going out to dinner; hanging in the backyard so our girls can play, and playing board games.

Upcoming Parent University Dates

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.

Community News

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Previous News and Helpful Links

Weather changes and Masks

As we enter into some possibly cooler weather, students should come to school prepared to spend time outdoors. Students are typically outside for recess breaks, PE four times a week, and can be outdoors for classroom activities. We appreciate your attention to the forecast and providing your child with clothing choices to adjust to cooler temperatures is appreciated. Also, as the weather gets cooler, it is helpful to send extra masks in case a change is necessary due to condensation. The D303 mask guidelines are provided below for your reference and can also be found at the link below.

D303 Guidance on Face Coverings

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Quarantine Information

We hope it doesn’t happen to your family, but we do want to share the D303 Quarantine Information page for your review. If you have questions about the procedure, or if we can help your family, please contact the Wasco Health office or Principal Brennan.
Band and Orchestra Dates & Times

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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.

Car drop off Procedures

Reminder: When dropping off your child from your vehicle, please do not exit your car. If you need to help your child exit the vehicle, please park in the lot and walk your child to the sidewalk.

St. Charles Public Library

Did you know, ALL D303 students may receive a student loan card to checkout and access books from the St. Charles Public Library?

Click on the button below for more details on how to get one for your student!

Arrival Map For Students

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Food Services - Lunch Menu - Organic Life

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Home Access Center (HAC)

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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

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Wasco School Supply List 21-22

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