Wasco Weekly


September 24, 2021

All of our learners, young and old, practice our “Wasco Ways’. Teachers find new activities to help students learn and demonstrate how to Be Kind, Be Safe, Work Hard, and Do The Right Thing every day!

Dear Wasco Families,

Remember back to the information that was shared with you about Curriculum Night? Your child’s teacher shared the standards and supporting activities that guide our teaching goals. These learning goals are used in creating our school improvement plans, making grade level team goals, and determining report card grades. My point is, all of our efforts, in front of kids and behind the scenes, connect our work and help children meet their growth targets.

Your child’s teacher is working on their conference agenda. During the conference, you will learn your child’s goals for the year. We are looking forward to this opportunity to join the team: child, parent, and teacher! New this year is virtual or in person conferences. Thank you to our teachers for learning how to make this important time accessible to all.

Resources for you are listed below.

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan

Curriculum Night Presentations

Click on the button above to view presentations.

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)

Directions: Conference Sign Up

Our conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 7th, 8:00 am-8:00 pm and Friday, October 8th 8:00 am-12:00 pm. This year you have the option to select an in-person or virtual conference. During your conference, your student’s accomplishments and goals will be presented. The conferences are an interactive experience for guardians, teacher, and child to discuss and make plans for growth.

The Pick A Time system of scheduling conferences for Wasco will go live at 9:00 am on Thursday, September 23rd. It will close on October 4th at 11:49 pm.

Directions for Accessing Conference Sign up (Pick A Time) The directions are also printed on the form attached.

You must use Home Access Center to sign up.

  1. Login in to your HAC account

  2. Click on the Home icon -> School Links Tab->Parent/Teacher Conference Scheduler

  3. You will then be prompted through a series of fields to select your child, dates and time, virtual or in-person conference. If you select a virtual conference, a Zoom link will automatically be generated.

If you have any difficulty or do not know your HAC information, please contact the Wasco office at 331-228-2900.

Pick A Time Directions

Click the above button for more information.

Important Upcoming Dates

September 29 Eary Release at 2:10pm

September 30 Open house for grades K, 3, and 5

October 15 Picture Retakes

Picture Day Retakes Oct 15

Contact office for Picture Day Order Form

Early Release Dates- Grades K through 5

September 29

October 27

December 1

January 26

February 23

March 23

April 27

Release will be at 2:10 p.m.

Wasco Open House for Grades K, 3, 5

There is still time to sign up for the Wasco Open House for Grades K, 3, 5 on Thursday, Sepember 30th from 5:30-6:30. See the button below for link.
Sign up for Open House

Please find your child's classroom teacher and select the time you wish to visit.

Arrival/Dismissal Map

Click on the above button for more information.

Wasco Specials Team

Hello, Wasco Families! We hope this email finds you well.

The Wasco Specials Team (Art, PE, Empower, Music) would like to offer you all the option to schedule a conference. If you would like to meet with us to discuss your child's progress please contact us via email.

Unlike classroom teachers, specials are not using "Pick-A-Time" to schedule conferences. If you would like to schedule a conference, please email the teacher directly to set up a time. Below are the times that we are available:

Thursday, October 7th - 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm

Friday, October 8th - 8am-12pm

Email Addresses:

Mrs. Anderson (Art): joellen.anderson@d303.org

Mrs. Misner (PE): julie.misner@d303.org

Mr. Secor (PE): joseph.secor@d303.org

Ms. Green (Empower): rebecca.green@d303.org

Mr. Brooks (Music): tyler.brooks@d303.org

Thank you so much, and we look forward to talking with you soon!

All the best,

Wasco Specials Team

Social Emotional Learning- Screening

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 strives to provide all students with the best opportunity to succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally in school. As part of this commitment, District 303 is enhancing our Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) across the district for the 2021-2022 school year. This year, students in grades 3-12 will be completing a universal screening tool to assess their social and emotional learning skills. You can read more about the assessment and the dates of screening in the letter below.

SEL Letter for Families

Click on the above button for more information

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.

Wasco Participating In Kick-A-Thon: Raising Money for the American Cancer Society

On Friday, October 8, Mrs. Brennan will be kicking in the annual Kick-A-Thon, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. Beginning Monday, September 20th, and ending September 27th, Wasco Elementary will be sponsoring a “Penny Drive,” to support this important cause.

Information for you:

  1. All classes will have a “penny jar” where your child may put his/her donated coins.

  2. The class which raises the most money will get to dress Mrs. Brennan Friday, October 1st. (A clown wig? A cartoon character? Your favorite team colors? You name it!)

  3. Parents can donate by writing a check to "Kick A Thon" and dropping off in the office.

Thank you in advance for all of your help! If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Order Deadline: September 26. Pick up date: October 11th.

Our current PTO Fundraiser: Little Caesar's Pizza Kits !

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Big Hearts of Fox Valley Holiday Gift Program

A Holiday Gift Program is available to all D303 families who are experiencing financial hardship. Please click the link above to opt into the program.

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Let's Get To Know...

Tyler Brooks

Music Teacher

What makes a ‘good day’ at school?
Mr. Brooks: A good day at school is when I get to make music and play awesome music games with my students, and especially when students give me ideas on how to make our songs or game even more fun! All of this combined with students being good role models and laughing makes any day great!

So many students admire you. How do you make those connections?
Mr. Brooks: My favorite part of teaching is being able to learn about my students and what their interests are! Each day I seek to learn something new about my students, whether it’s school related or something they enjoy doing in their free time. I also seek to show my students an example of what it means to be kind & safe in everything we do in music class!

What would the students be surprised to find out about you?

Mr. Brooks: I love to play Basketball and Video Games! My Dad played professional Basketball in Belgium in the 1970’s, and was also big into playing computer games. My childhood was filled with playing games and shooting hoops, so it just kind of stuck with me!

Upcoming Parent University Dates

October 6, 2021 - SOS for Parents in the Trenches, Zoom Webinar, 6:30 p.m.

Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author

(Recording will be available after the event)

Click here to register!

When parents are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and burned out, it’s hard to show up in a way that best supports their child’s development, especially if/ when our kids are struggling, too. In this practical and actionable talk, Debbie shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking, responses, and actions in a way that will help them feel more confident and peaceful as they parent their unique children.

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

The Campton Police Department would like your help to get some information. It's a survey on biking/walking to school. They are doing a grant for safe routes to school thru the state and this survey can help with the process. The deadline for the grant is 9-30-21. Please find the link below.

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Previous News and Helpful Links

Wasco School PTO Newsletter

(Click on the above link for more information)

Band and Orchestra Dates & Times

(Click on the above button for more information)

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

(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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