Wasco Weekly


September 24, 2020

Conferences- Meet your Specials Teachers!

Hello Wasco families! If you are interested in setting up a conference with your child's specials teachers, please email:

Art: joellen.anderson@d303.org

1st-3rd Music: andrea.therrien@d303.org

4th-5th Music: phillip.carter@d303.org

1st-5th PE: julie.misner@d303.org

4th-5th PE: angelic.semenek@d303.org

Our Specials teachers provide core curriculum to all grade levels. These teachers are a great source of knowledge about our student's abilities and learning aptitudes.

Curricular Focus for the week: Morning Meeting

All classes engage in a Morning Meeting which has four sections: greeting, sharing, activity, and message. We use this dedicated time as part of our commitment to developing social-emotional skills in the students. Our Second Step curriculum supports the development by providing age-appropriate lessons in a continuum. In Kindergarten we start with basic skills such as focusing attention and following rules. By the time students are in fifth grade, they are practicing skills such as taking other perspectives and disagreeing respectfully. As you may notice, these skills help students with their academic work, but can also help them as they engage with others in social situations.

I have provided a sample below from second grade.

Principal Brennan


Save the Date- Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 8am to Friday, Oct. 9th, 12pm

This is an online event.

Each family will be invited to sign up for a Parent-Teacher Conference via Pick-A-Time. The system is scheduled to open Monday, September 21, and closes October 7th. If you are the parent of a remote student, please review the note below.

Conferences will take place Thursday, October 8, 8:00-8:00 pm and Friday, October 9th, 8:00-12:00.

For Remote Learning Parents: How to schedule conferences

Our remote families will also use the Pick a TIme system to schedule their conferences. Here is how to find your child's teacher:

On Thursday, September 16th, Principal Liechty sent the following message to the parents of our remote learners:

The District 303 remote teachers have classrooms containing students from several different District schools. In order to efficiently monitor and schedule their classes, and so that assessment information would flow to the remote teacher and the child's home school, the teacher needed to be assigned a primary scheduling building. This primary building designation does not impact the home school to which your child is attached. Students and families are still connected to their home school for all communication and activities.

To schedule conferences in Pick-A-Time, select the building designated as the “Scheduling Building” for your child's remote teachers from the drop-down menu. Next, select the teacher. Follow the prompts to schedule your conference time.

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Link for Pick a Time Directions:

Homework for student absences

If your child is absent from school, your child's teacher will provide the necessary classwork, just as has happened in the past. Teachers can send home online resources as well as provide you with the learning objectives for each content area. Please reach out to your child's teacher when you need information about their lessons.

Book Checkout for Remote and In Person Students

Our school library is here to provide reading materials for your child. We have three ways to access fiction and nonfiction books: Print books for In-Person Learners, Digital/eBooks for In Persona and Remote learners, and Book Pickup for Remote learners. Please use this link below to access the pathway you choose. Happy reading!

Book Checkout procedures

Parent Resource Survey

It is important to us at Wasco that we provide a community of care and support to our families, especially when faced with financial hardship.

The current situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some families to experience a need related to job loss, medical bills, child care, etc. District 303 has several supports available for families through our schools.

The supports available include: Thanksgiving Meal Support and Big Hearts of Fox Valley Holiday Support Program. If you are interested, please complete this survey.

Attention Parents who drive to Wasco for pickup

Parents we really appreciate your attention to safety you are when you arrive on campus. As inclement weather approaches, we are working to make sure we move traffic as smoothly as possible. Here are some suggestions:

  • Please pull up AS FAR AS POSSIBLE in available space, without occupying the crosswalks (marked with white stripes). This will enable us to place more students in cars.
  • Please be aware of loading quickly so that we can exit cars in the pickup line as quickly as possible.
  • Take care to limit social interactions while driving. During arrival and dismissal, there is a lot of activity and we want to ensure all adults are watchful for moving students.
  • Encourage your child to watch for your vehicle.

Mask and Space Requirements When Visiting our Campus

Parents and other visitors to a school campus are expected to be wearing a mask when at the school. Our school community goal is to be as safe as possible and following the precautions such as wearing a mask when sharing space with others or when we are unable to keep our distance is a community practice that decreases the spread of germs. Your help modeling mask-wearing and spacing from others demonstrates our commitment to the health of one another.

News from our PTO President

Hello Wasco Wolves!
The PTO is excited to 'see' everyone back at school. In person or remote we are sure you will be able to find ways to connect as a school community this year.

That being said, we want to make sure we have everyone's correct contact information - especially email addresses. Unlike past years, we will NOT be sending anything home via backpack mail. All PTO communications will be via e-mail this year. Good thing for the environment...we'll be saving lots of paper! :-)

We'll still be utilizing Freshschools for communications and our online directory. We're asking our families to make sure the directory information is up-to-date.

Existing Students: Please visit Freshschools and update your child's classroom teacher. If you forgot your password simply click the forgot password link and you'll be directed to change it. www.freshschools.com

New Students: Fill out the form here and we'll get you entered.

If you have any questions please reach out to the board at WascoPTO@gmail.com.

We're looking forward to reconnecting with everyone in the near future!

Emily Varsho - President
Carrie Selusnik - Vice President
Leslie Brennan - Treasurer
Michelle Peterson - Secretary

New to Wasco? Here is a guide to help! Welcome to Wasco Elementary for Families SY 21

We realize there is much information to digest, especially if you are a parent new to Wasco. Please use this link to access a plethora of information about the daily operation of our school. We hope this guide answers all of your questions. When in doubt, please reach out to our office. We are happy to help! Even if you are a returning family, you might want to keep the link handy.
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Bus Information

Transportation route information is accessible to families using this link: Bus Routes. You will need your HAC number to access the information. Transporation route information will not be sent home through the mail and can only be accessed online. Please note that for the first two weeks of the school year, the district will not make adjustments to the transportation routes. Our transportation department will collect suggestions about the routes and make adjustments where necessary after the first two weeks of classes.

Click the link above for more information about our food service programs.

Since March, District 303 has collaborated with our food service vendors to provide grab and go meals for students to enjoy at home. As we move into the school year, we want to make you aware of the procedures for making sure that students continue to receive meals, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.

The tables you will find in this document outline the procedures we have put in place to ensure that our student will continue to have access to healthy meals. Unlike the summer food service program, families must specify the name of the child who is receiving the meal. Families who choose to purchase meals for their children will have their PushCoin accounts debited, unless eligible for free lunch. For more information about eligibility for free and reduced lunch, please contact Patricia Townsend at 331.228.6529.

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