Wasco Weekly


August 13, 2021

Hello Wasco Families,

We are so proud of our students! This week was an incredible milestone, reuniting the Wasco school community under one roof from 8:00-3:00. It takes a lot of coordination to get families, staff, and students moving on the same schedule, and WE DID IT! Thank you to everyone reading, because it is not a goal that we can accomplish on our own. We need everyone working together. Our school theme this year is Adventure Awaits! We will be using this theme to inspire children to challenge themselves in new ways and stick to the journey with routine practice in order to realize growth. We are confident that by the end of the year we will have many inspiring stories from the students.

Families need to know that all students are able to participate in mask breaks and snacks during our school day. Snacks are provided, if weather permits, during the mask break outside. Students need to be seated 6 feet apart whenever masks are off and when they are eating. During our day, students have access to hand sanitizer and we practice regular hand washing. If you would like more specific information about the daily schedule, please contact your child’s teacher.

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)

Important Upcoming Dates

August 13 PTO Social at Wasco (see below for details)

September 3 Institute Day: No School

September 6 Holiday: No School

PTO Social Tonight!

Families, You are invited to our PTO’s Back to School Social. Our events such as playdates and socials provide families with Wasco students an opportunity to connect and build relationships that extend beyond our school building. I hope you can be there!

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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

Your Child's Daily Schedule-Specials

During their school day your child has two specials. During these specials, your child leaves their classroom and the homeroom teacher. The special teachers have their own environment and programming. Our specials are Physical Education, Music, Art, and Empower. All specials are 40 minutes per week.

Empower is our new special that K-5 students will experience twice a week. Each experience will focus on building the competencies through play, where students will work in partners, small groups and large groups. Teachers will explicitly focus on the SEL standards and competencies through real world, hands-on learning. Teachers and students will model and role play to solidify their understanding and ability to utilize the competencies such as problem solving, communication, teamwork and conflict resolution. The experiences will involve students using these skills to design, build, imagine, wonder, collaborate and connect. Student choice and reflection are highlighted in these experiences. The experiences are flexible, allowing the teacher to respond to the students needs and interests based on the individuals in their class.The experiences will look different based on the grade level and the interests of the students in a particular group. There are 8 modules in the program, but differ based on the grade level:

  • Make it to the End!--Chain Reactions and Crazy Contraptions

  • Get Out and Play! --Game Play and Design

  • Make it Move! --Coding and Robotics

  • Show it Off! --Drama, Video Production, and Media Tools

  • Light it Up! --Circuits and Electricity

  • Get on Board! --Skill Development Through Game Play

  • Build It! --Creative Construction

  • Make a Difference! --Problem-Based Learning to Help Your School or Community (or entrepreneur experience)

Additionally, we have a site for parents to learn more about the modules. It can be found here.

Click this link for more information about Empower


Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night will be delivered virtually. The date will be announced soon. Grade level teams will share a common video with their families outlining classroom expectations and providing information about grade-level curriculum and instruction. Your understanding of our learning targets is important to us. Curriculum Night provides you with the first understanding of this year’s expected growth for your child. There will be more information coming soon from your classroom teacher.

Community Events

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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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