THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS ITS PACK
October 22, 2021
Dear Wasco Families,
We are looking forward to our Fall Celebration at the end of the month and plans are underway! On October 29th students may choose to bring a costume to school, “crazy” clothes, a hat, Wasco or team spirit wear. Teachers will provide time in the afternoon for students to change into their costumes. Please do not send any costumes with a face covering, weapons, or depicting violence, as they will not be allowed.
We are hoping the weather cooperates so we can have an outdoor parade, and families are invited to watch. We have provided a map of the viewing area below. Details of our program for the afternoon are also below. As a reminder, there will be no eating during our parties this year. It's a good idea to have your child practice putting on their own costume.
September Book Total: 3,007!
Our school LRC is the busy hub of our building. Our students regularly visit to check out books, share literacy lessons, or collaborate on small group projects. Our goal is to provide a rich diet of reading activities and content to keep our students eagerly consuming books!
Important Upcoming Dates
October 27 Early Release (2:10pm Dismissal)
October 29 Costume Parade from 2:00pm-2:20pm, Student Class Parties
November 5 End of Trimester
November 7 Daylight Savings- Turn your clocks back!
November 9 Group Photos for the yearbook
November 17 Report Cards avaible on HAC
November 22-26 Non Attendance Days & Thanksgiving Break
December 1 Early Release (2:10pm Dismissal)
December 20-31 Winter Break
January 3 Institute Day (No School)
Buddy Bench Legacy Gift from 2020-2021 Fifth Grade
Recently, our Legacy gift from last year’s fifth grade class was installed at our playground area. As you can see, our current fifth graders, and other students, really enjoy having a place to meet up with friends. Thank you to the 2020-2021 Fifth grade class for such a useful and helpful gift. The spirit of Wasco lives in our connections with each other!
News from P.E.
Wasco Elementary has been awarded a “Fun At Bat” kit supported by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. The kit will be used in Physical Education with all grade levels and has an emphasis on character development, functional movement, active play and fun. The kit includes an easy-to-follow curriculum, a book set, access to free online instructor training modules and various pieces of baseball equipment that can be safely used in the Physical Education classes. All of the activities support the age-appropriate physical literacy standards of SHAPE America. We are so excited to add this equipment and program to our Physical Education curriculum.
Empower Needs Your Help!
Miss Green, our fantastic Empower Teacher, is on the search for the following materials to help with upcoming modules this year:
Board games, board game pieces/parts.
Cardboard of any type large or small including paper towel and toilet paper tubes.
Toys: legos, building toys, science kits, K’Nex, tinker toys, broken toys, figures, etc.
Large Wooden craft sticks
Duct Tape (plain and patterned), electrical tape, masking tape, painters tape
Wires, pipe cleaners/chenille sticks, wikki stix
New Batteries (all sizes)
Household items: Disposable plates, foil, wax paper, coffee filters, toothpicks, straws
Packaging materials such as bubble wrap
Craft items: popsicle sticks, paint sticks, buttons, beads, yarn, origami and craft paper
Any Green items: gloves, straws, string, yarn, cups, (for use with our green screen)
Plastic Bags: Gallon size, quart size, sandwich size
Please have your child bring all tube donations directly to the office. We appreciate your help!
Let's Get To Know...
5th Grade Teacher
Miss Rzezinowska: A good day at school is one where we demonstrate Wasco behavior and not only get through our to-do list, but also take time to have fun and build our classroom community. A good day here is also one where the students are fully engaged and take responsibility for their own learning.
If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Miss Rzezinowska: If I could pass on any wisdom to my students, I would share that at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you spelled a word wrong or didn’t get a concept. What matters, however, is that you are a kind and good person.
What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
Miss Rzezinowska: Students would be surprised to find out that I love taking naps. I typically take a nap after school as a way to recharge. These aren’t very long naps (about 20 minutes), but they provide me with enough energy to do the things I want to do after a long day.They would also be surprised to find out that most days, I’m in bed by 9:30 p.m. I like getting up around 5 a.m., so it’s important for me to get those 8 hours of sleep if I want the next day to go smoothly.
Early Release Dates- Grades K through 5
Release will be at 2:10 p.m.
Previous News and Helpful Links
Weather changes and Masks
As we enter into some possibly cooler weather, students should come to school prepared to spend time outdoors. Students are typically outside for recess breaks, PE four times a week, and can be outdoors for classroom activities. We appreciate your attention to the forecast and providing your child with clothing choices to adjust to cooler temperatures is appreciated. Also, as the weather gets cooler, it is helpful to send extra masks in case a change is necessary due to condensation. The D303 mask guidelines are provided below for your reference and can also be found at the link below.
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
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!
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