Wasco Weekly


September 30, 2022

Wasco Families,

What an exciting week it has been at Wasco! Hard to pick a highlight, so I will summarize. Campton Hills Mayor Mike Tyrrell joined our PE class representing “Mayors in Motion” and during the interaction with students, a student invited him to our Wasco Townhall meeting. Our Townhall meeting took place on Thursday. It was a school wide event to come together, discuss a common topic, Respect. After our all school meeting, we broke into smaller, mixed grade level groups called “Dens.” During our Den meetings students and staff joined together to create a recipe for Respect. Our Town Hall provides many opportunities to build language and experiences for authentic practice demonstrating our character values. Mayor Mike commented on the students’ who initiated conversations and asked thoughtful questions. I noticed students in leadership positions with their peers acknowledging each voice and sharing tasks. Finally, today we hosted the Chicago Bears Mini Monsters Camp for fourth and fifth grades. If your child is tired, now you know why- we are so proud of their work here at school!

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan



Erin's Law

Between now and the end of the school year, several lessons will be facilitated by Mrs. Rebecca Schroeder our school social worker, along with the classroom teacher utilizing the Second Step Child Protection Unit . This age-appropriate instruction will help students recognize unsafe situations, keep themselves safe, and learn how to respond to unsafe situations. Details about this programming can be found in the link below.

Erin's Law Letter

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday, October 6 from 8am-8pm, and Friday, October 7 8am-12pm. Parents will once again be given the choice of an in-person conference or a virtual conference. The Pick-a-Time window for parents to sign-up for Fall Conferences is September 23rd-October 3rd. In advance of the sign up window opening, you can expect an email from me providing the directions.
Pick-a-Time Parent Directions

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Important Upcoming Dates

October 6 & 7 Parent Teacher Conferences

October 7 Kick-a-Thon @5:30pm at North High School (see ad below)

October 10 Columbus/Indigenous People Day Holiday-No School for Students

October 14 Picture Retake Day/Group and club photos

October 12 National walk, bike or skip to school (see ad below)

October 14 PTO Fall Fest at Primrose Farm (See picture below)

October 14 Wear Red for Big Hearts Toy Drive

October 28 Orchestra Concert at Thompson Middle School at 4:45pm (5th and 6th Grade Combined)

October 26 Early release for students 2:10pm

October 31 Fall parties in the classroom

November 16 Report Cards available on HAC

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Request from PE Department

As the weather gets colder, Gr. 2-5 PE classes will try to go outside as much as possible so students can get fresh air. Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for outdoor temperatures including coat, hats, and gloves. Once it snows, snow gear will be needed and we will try to get outside for snow games. K-1 is using the gym learning how to move safely, practicing basic skills, activities and games, including taking turns and sharing equipment.


Next week Wasco starts fundraising for the 28th Annual Kick A Thon. To celebrate our fundraising goals, your principal will be participating in the Kick A Thon at the Crosstown Classic Football Game on October 7th. Another part of the festivities is a district wide banner parade. We will need some 5th grade parents and students to represent Wasco. Please see the ad flyer below for how to donate on behalf of Wasco or to be a representative volunteer. Push Coin Link-be sure to add “Wasco” to the donation notes.

Fall Celebration Plans

Our Fall Party will be on October 31st. We will begin with a parade starting at 2:00. The classroom parties will immediately follow (2:20-2:50). If you are interested in becoming a PTO volunteer please contact our PTO at wascoptopresident@gmail.com

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Big Hearts of Fox Valley

As part of the District’s partnership with the nonprofit Big Hearts of Fox Valley and our school’s Parent Teacher Organizations, we have arranged for each of your schools to get involved with supporting our students in need this holiday season.

In the coming days, our operations team will deliver a donation box to each school for BHFV’s Holiday Toy Drive. We are asking you to keep this box on display from October 10 - November 7. Students, staff and families may donate items ranging from grocery store gift cards and toiletries to new board games and holiday wrapping paper. You also have the option to have students decorate these boxes as part of BHFV’s Deck the Box campaign. Our District PTO members have also been informed of this opportunity to lend their support.

Big Hearts Fox Valley is dedicated to supporting children affected by financial hardship around the December holidays and throughout the year. To learn more about BHFV and its donation campaign, visit www.bigheartsfv.org or contact Nicole Fraser at nicole@bigheartsfv.org.

Thank you for your commitment to our students and through partnerships such as these to brighten the lives of children each day.

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Happy Fall - Note From The Nurse

Fall is a beautiful time of year. But along with Fall comes runny noses and scratchy throats☹

Please be advised that cough drops are not allowed unless you have a doctor’s order and your

student has to come to the health office for administration of said cough drop.

All medication requires a Medical Authorization order from your student’s physician to be

administered her in D303. You can find the form on the district website.

For sniffles and runny noses without a fever I encourage the student to drink water and rest in

the health office for 5-10 minutes. They usually feel better in that amount of time. If they do

not I will call home.

For Head Injuries, I will immediately call if your student complains of a headache, dizziness,

drowsiness, disorientation, vomits, feels faint or has a fever. If your student bumps his/her

head and does not describe any of these symptoms, I will send them back to class and reassess

in about an hour and follow up with an email to you. Please continue to assess for these

symptoms at home. If these symptoms develop please refer to an Urgent Care facility or an ER.

For Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye), I will call if I suspect your student has symptoms: red, itchy, and

watery eyes with notable goop/discharge from the corners of the eye. I will suggest you take

them to their physician to rule out Conjunctivitis. This is a precautionary measure to protect

the other students and staff since it is contagious.

Covid Mitigation Plan D303 is following a Covid Mitigation Plan. Please refer to the district

website for information.

Nurse Tina

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Art News

Hello Wasco Families!

In 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

Community News

North High School Homecoming Game - Friday September 30

North Star Fans,

It’s been a great Homecoming week so far and we’re looking forward to our football game this Friday at home vs. Lake Park! The sophomore game starts at 4:30pm followed by the varsity at 7:00pm. We’ll hold a special celebration of our 2022 State Champion Softball team prior to the start of the varsity game along with other fun homecoming festivities!

In order to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all of our spectators in attendance please take a moment to review some important reminders regarding the game:

-Gates will open at 3:45 pm.

-Tailgating is not permitted.

-No backpacks, or outside food or beverages are allowed.

-All students under high school age must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

-No re-entry into the stadium is allowed.

-Use of profanity, taunting, including racial remarks of any kind, throwing objects, and possessing objects that block the view of other spectators are PROHIBITED.

-The Blue Fan Group student section is located in the bleachers on the south end. Parents and other spectators should plan to sit in the middle of the stadium. Our SCN Pep Band will play on the north end of the home bleachers.

Tickets will be sold at the gate. Prices are as follows:

-Adults - $5.00
-D303 Students with an ID - FREE

-Students without an ID - $2.00
-Children 6-10yrs old - $2.00

-Children 5 and under - FREE

-Seniors - $2.00

Please contact our athletic office at 331-228-6258 with any questions related to this event.

Come out and support our North Stars this Friday Night!

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D303 Community Backpack Link

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Please refer to the following D303 School Board policies for more information:

4:170 Safety

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8:30 Visitors to and Conduct on School Property

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Parent Guide for Wasco Elementary 22-23

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Wasco Website

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Previously Shared News

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Ways to receive Wasco News

  • The Principal sends a weekly newsletter on Fridays

  • Wasco Elementary has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WascoElementarySchool

  • Twitter account: @WascoD303

  • Join Membership Toolkit on the PTO site for ways to connect with parent community

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Important Upcoming Dates

September 28 Early release for students 2:10pm

September 29 Campton Hills Village President (Mayor) Michael Tyrell Visit

September 30 Mini Bears Clinic for 4th and 5th Graders (see ad below)

October 6 & 7 Parent Teacher Conferences

October 7 Kick-a-Thon 5:30pm at North High School (see ad below)

October 14 Picture Retake Day

October 14 PTO Fall Fest at Primrose Farm (See picture below)

October 28 Orchestra Concert at Thompson Middle School at 4:45pm (5th and 6th Grade Combined)

November 4 Author Visit - More information to come later

November 16 Report Cards available on HAC