Wasco Weekly


April 28, 2023

Wasco Families,

When I retell my experience with the Talent Show events- tryouts, dress rehearsal, and performance, I always share the story of our students' confidence. Throughout the events, I would periodically ask students if they were nervous. Were they nervous to tryout? To be alone performing? or to be on the stage? The kids always responded no and shared their excitement and eagerness to share their talent. Their confidence just shined in the performances.

I am so happy that Wasco school is providing opportunities for our students to learn and express their talents and I want to underscore the role of our staff in this process. Day to day your child is supported and encouraged by a knowledgeable and caring staff who is eager to connect with each one of our 460 Wasco Wolves.

As we enter into Teacher Appreciation Week, I can think of no better time to tell you and the staff what an immeasurable gift they give. I appreciate your partnership as we share our acknowledgements and gratitude for the teachers' work.

Kind Regards,

Stephanie Brannan


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Hello Parents,

May 1st thru May 5th is Teacher Appreciation Week! We need your help to honor this bunch of amazing professionals that mold our children everyday. Please click the signup genius link below if you are able to provide items. Please click the pushcoin link if you prefer to make a donation.

Please email Kim Vanlandingham @ bunny.vanland@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you!

Wasco PTO


Wednesday, Wasco engaged in one of our favorite activities, TOWNHALL. The topic of this session was teamwork, and you can see evidence of our collaboration, and problem solving in these pictures. The mixed aged groups were tasked with building a tower from nothing but straws and tape. Across the building you could see kids organize and invent all sorts of processes, including assembly lines. Our SEL Team designed the activity, they were really impressed with our students’ excitement, engagement, and cooperation as they created their structures! Go TEAM!

Important Upcoming Dates

May 1-5 Book Fair (parents are invited Friday the 5th from 5pm-8pm)

May 5 Picnic Hot dog lunch

May 8 5th Grade Fine Arts Night 6:00 pm

May 12 5th Grade Band plays at Cougars Game (See ad below)

May 15 Orchestra Concert at St. Charles East HS 6:30pm

May 19 PTO End of Year Party 5:30pm

May 20 Wasco Cougars game 6:30pm

May 21 Wasco Cougars game 1:00pm

May 23 Wasco Maplefest Field Day (see below)

May 24 Thompson open house for incoming 6th graders 6:00pm-7:00pm

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Our Unbe-LEAF-able MAPLEfest Field Day is Coming!!

Wasco’s Field Day is Tuesday, May 23rd. It will look a little different this year as we are working together as a Music, Art, P.E., LRC, and Empower team to provide a fun-filled day of activities. We need volunteers to run and assist with stations for our grade- level sessions. Your job will include working with other parent volunteers to lead the Field Day games and assist with Field Day activities. Please note that our volunteer opportunities are limited and are on a first come basis. The activities on Sign-Up Genius are listed by grade levels (Grades 3-5 from 8:10 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Grades K-2 from 12:40-2:50 p.m.).The start times above include sign-in at the office and a brief volunteer meeting prior to the start of the event. May 12th is the last day to sign up.

You may sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eafaa2ea0fb6-wasco1#/

Since Field Day is a special day for Wasco students, please make childcare arrangements for younger siblings.

In case of rain or wet fields, the event will be canceled.

Should you have additional questions, please contact the Physical Education teachers, Mrs. Julie Misner at julie.misner@d303.org or Mr. Joe Secor at Joseph.secor@d303.org.

Wasco's ABC Challenge

A is for Apple, Z is for Zebra, and W is for WASCO SCHOOL. We will celebrate all of the things we have learned and all of the friends we have made as we travel through the ABCs! Each day there will be a special theme based on that day’s letter. Some days students can choose to come dressed in the theme, and other days there will be activities done at school. April 20th will kick off our ABC celebration with Animal Print Day. Please take a look at the attached ABC Calendar to participate in this optional fun event.
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Wasco LRC/PTO Scholastic Book Fair is coming...

Please read this note to learn all the details....
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Seesaw Information:
      • Student work will not carry over year-to-year: Students, teachers, and families will no longer have access to historic Seesaw portfolios.

      • To download a record of student work before subscription expires (June 30) and dashboard is deactivated, here are instructions for students/families, admins, and teachers.

Music Program Recruiting

It is recruiting time for our music programs. All elementary schools have strong orchestra and band programs which provide small and large group lessons. The Music Department provides your child with expanded exposure to the arts and the process of learning an instrument teaches many life skills. I will also add that the music directors are fantastic at their jobs. Music lessons and band practices are engaging and filled with fun activities. If your child is considering this opportunity, please encourage them to try!

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Check out our D303 Elementary Orchestra Website for an overview of our orchestra program, and enrollment information.

Join us for a Parent Informational Meeting on Zoom!

Choose the meeting that works best for you.

Meet the D303 orchestra staff, and the D303 preferred rental vendors, and ask any additional questions you may have.

Tuesday, May 9 Parent Meeting Link:

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 PM New Orchestra Parent Information Meeting


Wednesday, May 10 Parent Meeting Link:

Wednesday, May 10, 6:00 PM New Orchestra Parent Information Meeting

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Community News

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St. Charles North Summer Camps

The SCN Athletic Department is excited to offer a wide variety of summer camps to our community. Information and programming can be found in our 2023 SCN Summer Camp Brochure. Please contact our Athletic Office at 331-228-6258.
St. Charles North Summer Camps

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How to Report Absences

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 and the reason why your child is out. If they are ill, please indicate their symptoms. Even if you notify your child's teacher of an absence via email, we ask that you please still notify the office.

Also, if your child attends Baker Station, please remember to notify them if your child will not be attending.

Dismissal Plans

Families, If your child is not following their regular dismissal plan (riding the bus, picked up from school, or staying after for a program), would you please be sure to provide me with the information in a note? If you are emailing, please also include our school office staff candace.thoke@d303.org, so that information is shared in a timely manner. Informing us helps us ensure the safety of the kids.

St. Charles Park District

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St. Charles Public Library

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D303 Community Backpack Link

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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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D303 Inclement Weather Procedures

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Link to Elementary School Handbook

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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

Address Change

Per USPS, the mailing address for Wasco Elementary is now:
PO Box 83
Wasco, IL 60183
Please use this address for future mail correspondence. Any mail addressed to the school's physical address will be returned to the sender.
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