Wasco Weekly


August 18, 2023

4H collaborated to put this puzzle together and reveal the message, “we are problem solvers”. They each had 2 puzzle pieces and had to figure out where their piece to the puzzle went.

More hidden messages to come from other fourth grade classrooms!

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Wasco Families,

I have the best job in the world! Part of my work is observing wonderful teachers create captivating learning experiences and environments for our students. Parents, your children are fantastically different, and we prize their individuality and how each one of them contributes to our school character.

This week we spent a majority of our time getting to know our new classmates, classroom routines, and new teachers, so we can operate as a community of learners. When the students have had a moment to rest and collect their thoughts, please ask them to share their highlights. Our Wasco staff is here for your family. Please reach out if you have questions about our programming or the progress of your child. We are looking forward to our next all school events together:

Our PTO Back to School Social is August 25th from 5-7:00 pm, and our Wasco School Curriculum Night is planned for September 12th.

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan



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Important Upcoming Dates

August 25: 5:00pm-7:00pm PTO Back to School Social @ Wasco Playground

August 30: Early Release @ 2:10pm

September 1: Institute Day-No School for Students

September 4: Labor Day-No School for Students

September 11: Yearbook Photos (Retakes on December 1)

September 12: Curriculum Night

September 27: Early Release @ 2:10pm

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Wasco Summer Reading Honor Roll

We are excited to announce that 88 students participated in the St Charles Public Library Summer Reading Program. One of our students read 10,000 minutes! We are honoring these participants by sharing a Wasco Book Vending Machine token with them this week! Thank you parents for your support of building future readers by connecting your child with our libraries!

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Attention 5th Grade Families!

We are starting band lessons very soon and we want your child to be part of the D303 Band Family! Not only is band fun, collaborative, and creative but Band is so good for your child's brain development. Check out this 5 minute video on how and why!

For more information check or the D303 Elementary Band website or contact Ms. Rice, 5th grade band director: marianne.rice@d303.org

To enroll your child in the band program complete the Band Enrollment Form

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Samantha Hausl

4th Grade Teacher

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Tell us a little bit about your family.

I am the youngest of 5 kids. I have a dog named Wilson.

What would students be surprised to learn about you?

I lived in St. Louis, Missouri for 6 years.

Do you have any special/hidden talents?

I played softball my whole life, even in college.

What are some things you do for fun?

I like to read, watch movies, and play softball.

What makes a "Good Day" at school?

A good day at school for me includes laughing with my students, and being productive. I love when I get through my to-do list!

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.

What is your favorite color, food, book, movie or subject?

Color- green, good-steak, subject-math

What song do you know all of the lyrics to?

What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

How did you spend your summer?

I played slow pitch softball with my friends, and watched a lot of Cubs baseball. I also attended a couple of weddings for my friends and family.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with the Wasco Community so that we can get to know you better?

This is my fourth year teaching. I taught 1st grade for two years, and 3rd grade for one. I’m excited to be joining the fourth grade team! Also, while I didn’t grow up in Wasco, I played softball for the Wasco Diamonds which is right down the road. Wasco very much feels like home to me. I’m so excited to be joining the Pack.

Early Release

Early Release:

One Wednesday per month, students will have an early release and dismissal will occur at 2:10pm. Please refer to the district website.

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Need to pick up your student early?

If possible, please make sure to notify the teacher and the office if your student is leaving early.

Calling in an absence

Absences should be called in by 7:45 AM if your child will be absent for any portion of the day. The number is 331-228-2900 and has voicemail. You can call during the evening or overnight and leave a message. Please leave your child’s name, their teacher's name and the reason why your child is out. If they are ill, please indicate their symptoms. You are also welcome to email absence information to Candy Thoke in the main office at candace.thoke@d303.org.

Community News / Resources

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Wasco Website

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Wasco School Supply List 23-24

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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

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.

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Technology Notes for Kindergarten, First, and Fourth Grade Families

Wasco first and fourth grades will be swapping devices on August 15th from 12:00-3:00.

Kindergarten's day to receive devices is August 29 from 12:00-3:00. Please make sure your student brings their Chromebook to school!