Wasco Weekly


Attention Parents!

Please be mindful of communications coming from “donotreply@d303.org”. This is the email address for our school newsletters and our all school emails. If you reply to this email address it will not be forwarded to office staff.

Office Contact Emails:




August 12, 2022

Wasco Families,

And we have lift off! Our school year began with the help and encouragement of our family base and we added in lots of smiling and caring staff members. We are learning routines, welcoming new members, and sharing learning experiences. We hope you feel comfortable to connect with us when questions arise.

I hope to see you this evening at our PTO Social. Our PTO is a valuable resource and connection for the school community- providing an extra set of hands, ears, and care to parents, staff, and students.

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan



Dr. Gordon joins the Wasco Wolf Pack!

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Important Upcoming Dates

August 12: 5:00pm-7:00pm PTO Back to School Social @ Wasco Playground

September 2 Institute Day-No School for Students

September 5 Labor Day-No School for Students

September 6 Wasco Back to School Night (more details to come)

September 7 Picture Day

October 14 Picture Retake Day


Families will receive, via email, Schoology access codes on Thursday (8/11/22) at 4pm for any course/s in which their student is enrolled. NOTE that most teachers in K-2 use See Saw instead of Schoology this year. After the code is received, you will need to create a Schoology account. Directions are in the email.
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Defining Car and Bus Lanes

We are fortunate to have areas at our school designated for different types of arrival and this is an important safety feature. Please honor the plan of keeping the car arrival entrance at LaFox Road so that we have proper supervision of moving vehicles and care of students.

Lunch, Snacks, and Birthday Treats

Students are able to bring their lunch each day to school or they can get lunch at school through our food service provider, Organic Life. We do not accept fast food for students at Wasco. Please do not drop off or have food sent to Wasco for your child. If you would like to have lunch with your child, you can come to the main office and sign them out during their lunch period. Thank you for your cooperation. We love to celebrate birthdays at Wasco. Your child’s birthday will be announced on our morning announcements and your child will be able to choose a book from our birthday book cart. We do not allow in food for celebrations so please do not send them to school or drop them off, they will not be accepted. If you would like to send in items or a treat bag (such as a pencil or non food item) we can send that home with classmates to enjoy at home.

D303 Visitor Information

All parents, guardians, and other visitors to District 303 buildings are required to report to the main

office upon entering the building to sign in. Visitors must provide photo identification when signing

in and must wear a visitor identification tag at all times while in the building. Visitors may be escorted

by a building staff member while visiting the building. School-age visitors are generally prohibited

during the school day unless accompanied by a parent or guardian and approved by school staff. In

the event that permission is not obtained or is denied, visitors will be directed to leave the premises.

(Violators will be subject to legal action.)

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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A Note from the Nurse:

Welcome to Wasco! We at Wasco want to make sure your student stays healthy and safe here at school and in the community.

COVID MITIGATION PLAN: There is a new Covid Mitigation Plan on the school website regarding D303’s policy regarding Covid. Please read and familiarize yourself with the changes. If you have any questions and or concerns please do not hesitate to call or email me or anyone in Health Services.

ALL MEDICATION, including vitamins and cough drops need a doctor’s authorization/order to be administered here at school. You can find the form(s) on the district website.

For sniffles and runny noses without a fever I encourage the student to drink more water and rest in the Health Office for 5-10 minutes. They usually feel better after that amount of time. If after that amount of time they do not feel better, I will call you and have you speak with your child to determine if they need to go home or not.

For Head injuries, I will immediately call if your child complains of a headache, dizziness, drowsiness, disorientation, vomits, feels faint or has a fever. If your child bumped his head and does not describe any of the above symptoms, I will send them to class and reassess an hour or so later and follow up with an email to you to watch for the above symptoms at home.

For Pink Eye, I will call if I suspect your child has symptoms such as red, itchy, watery eyes with notable goop/discharge from the corners of the eye. I will suggest you take them to a Minute Clinic to rule out Pink Eye. This is a precautionary measure to protect the other students and staff. If they are not diagnosed with Pink Eye they can come back to school with a note from the doctor.


State law requires that all Illinois children in kindergarten, second and sixth grade have a dental examination. A licensed dentist must perform the exam and sign the form. Each child in kindergarten, 2nd & 6th grade must present proof of a dental examination by a dentist prior to May 15th , 2022. You may drop down menu under Forms and then Health Forms.

If you have any questions please contact me at 331-228-2904 or Christine.ahrens@d303.org.


Tina Ahrens, RN

Wasco School

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Organic Life

Organic Life, the K-8 Food Service provider is looking for candidates to serve as Cashiers, Food Service Workers & Lunchroom Supervisors for the 2022-2023 school year in School District 303. Please contact Patricia Burton at 331-228-5242 or patricia.burton@d303.org for more information.

Community News

D303 Community Backpack button

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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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