THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS ITS PACK
June 24, 2021
I hope your summer has started well! I remember well the excitement of the new summer routines, but also the challenges of learning new things. Sometimes the flexible routine proves to be a bit of a challenge and there is no big vacation from being a parent. I hope you carve out some time for rest and relaxation for yourself. :-)
At Wasco, we have completed the placement of children in class rosters. Back in early spring, we received parent letters. At the same time, our building leadership team designed a process, to ensure all information is used equitably and all school teams had scheduled times for review and design of class rosters. Our school was careful to schedule time as grade-level teams to review academic and social data. The teachers also co-plan with our Student Services team so considerations for scheduling specialized services are coordinated. In the final step of the process, I reviewed the parent letters to make sure placements are well suited to the child's needs.
Our school depends on your participation and advocacy for your child, not only during placements but also throughout the school year. You are always welcome to call the office and talk with me or the staff members involved in your child's education about your thoughts and ideas. This school is for our community and we can't lead the community without your input.
Important Upcoming Dates
August 11 First day of school!
IT Help During Summer
If you need help with your child’s device over the summer, please use this link to find helpful information.
I am a big proponent of public libraries. I frequently use all libraries, Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles and I find each has its unique spin on programs and resources. Library use is so important to me, and my fellow teachers, that I did some research for you. Here is some important information for you to know:
1. When filling out the D303 electronic registration form for 2021-2022, the form will ask you if you are interested in a library card for your child. When you answer yes to this question, the student's name gets put on an approved list at the library. The next step is to contact the St. Charles Library at 630-584-0076 to make sure your child's name is on the list. Then they will give you more information on when/how to pick up a card. If it's not on the list, please contact the D303 Administration office at 331-228-2000. They can put your child on the approved list.
2. A St. Charles Library card provides you access to ALL the area libraries.
St. Charles Library cards can also be used at Geneva and Batavia Public Libraries. If you are interested in participating in one of their programs, contact that library to see if there are any restrictions.
Geneva Public Library 227 S. 7th Street 630-232-0780
Batavia Public Library 10 S. Batavia Avenue 630-879-1393
Note about the St Charles Library: The temporary site at the former Haines Middle School will close on Monday, May 17, 2021, as the library transitions to the newly renovated facility at 1 S. 6th Avenue in downtown St. Charles. The renovated library will open sometime in early July.
If you encounter any difficulties, please contact me. I will be here all summer long to assist.
Returning Student Registration for 2021-2022 will open at 9:00 a.m. on April 26. Click on the above button for more information.
Summer Learning-Review and NEW information
Your child will be sent home with their device over the summer and you may want to use some educational resources to supplement their digital diet. For this purpose I recommend the D303 Remote Learning Resources webpage. The resources are sorted by grade and topics. You will find exploratory offerings such as virtual field trips and coding. Please find the link below to the district's parent university site that has the recordings. If you look at December 14th, you will see Games, Podcasts and Reading: Winter Break(out) Activities. That Parent University talks about BreakoutEdu, Podcasts, and the Literacy portion of the website. It is also linked at the bottom in Resources.
Students can have access to RAZ Kids over the summer. Please have your child log into the device and follow the directions found in the link below.
National Night Out Event
Thompson Middle School Summer Camps
Summer Camps at Thompson Middle School
Thompson will be holding sports camps this summer for all grade levels. We will have basketball, volleyball, football, cross country, and cheer camps. Sign up using PushCoin and email Mr. Wilke with questions.
Thompson will be hosting summer strings camps! All string players are encouraged to join us for summer music-making and fun! You will meet new friends, play games, and learn new songs to get better at your instrument. Sign up using PushCoin and email Mrs. Wifler with questions.