Wasco Weekly


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September 15, 2023

Wasco Families,

This week’s Open House highlights an important message: We need you! The collaboration between parents and schools is an indicator of our collective success as a learning community.

Just like each of our students has unique ideas and talents to share, so do our parents! A HUGE thank you to Mr. Jason Kudabeck for building a ukulele rack for our music room. The rack displays a very exciting part of our music program- learning how to play instruments! Our new rack enables students to practice care and organization of our school materials. Thank you Mr. Kudabeck for donating your time and the materials to benefit our school for years to come!

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan



Important Upcoming Dates

September 22: Wasco Movie Night (see ad below)

September 25: Donuts with Grown Ups - Kindergarten (sign up below)

September 27: Early Release @ 2:10pm

October 5: No School for Students-Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 6: No School for Students-Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 9: No School for Students-Columbus Day

October 20: No School for Students-School Improvement Day

October 25: Early Release @ 2:10pm

Big Hearts of Fox Valley

For the 10th year in a row, D303 is again partnering with Big Hearts of Fox Valley, which supports families in need during the holiday season. Big Hearts of Fox Valley Holiday Giving Program's purpose is to provide holiday gifts for D303 students and their younger siblings whose families face significant financial hardship. Through Big Hearts, members of the D303 community anonymously shop for wish list items. D303 social workers will review applicants. If you are struggling and facing significant financial hardship and would like assistance providing holiday gifts to your children, click here. If you would like to help Big Hearts by "adopting" a child this Holiday season, click here. You can visit the Big Hearts of Fox Valley website for more information.
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Windy Acres Fundraiser!

MUMS!!! Caramel apples, pumpkins and more!!! PLACE YOUR ORDER EARLY TO GUARANTEE YOUR COLOR CHOICE! % of proceeds go back to the PTO!

Mums and Planter Arrangements will earn 5.00 each back to school per item sold.

Jack-O- Lantern Pumpkins will earn 2.00 each back to school per item sold.

Baked Goods and Jarred Items will earn 20% back to school of total items sold.

ORDER HERE----->Windy Acres fundraising ordering link

Attention Kindergarten Parents/Guardians

Wasco Monthly Character Traits

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Each month Wasco School engages in read alouds and activities that support the learning of our different Monthly Character Traits. At the end of each month, staff members are able to recognize students who demonstrate this trait in the classroom and across our building. These students receive a “Shout Out” in the morning announcements, a certificate of achievement as well as their photo taken for a bulletin board that hangs in our hallways. Students feel very proud of themselves and enjoy having their photo on the wall for all to see. Please share conversations with your child about the different character traits as they appear on our monthly calendar.

In August we spent time building our classroom communities and feelings of belonging. There were no recognitions for this first month as we were busy establishing routines and structures that support our learning environments. Rest assured that BELONGING will be a focus for the entire year as it relates to our District Strategic Plan. Later, in September, we will have an all-school Town Hall assembly that will focus on BELONGING.

For the month of September we will be focusing on RESPECT. Respect means that we treat others the way we wish to be treated and to care about their thoughts, feelings and opinions. We can show respect through our words and actions. Thank you in advance for supporting our monthly Character Traits at home.

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The Parent Education Series is D303's way of empowering parents and guardians to support their children's academic, social, and emotional needs through a series of information sessions. Become informed on specialized topics, engage in two-way dialogue with speakers and fellow parents, and become a support resource for others. The sessions offered are based on feedback from our parents and may feature teachers and staff, community partners, or guests from afar who specialize in topics relevant to our District. Please click here for a list of our exciting upcoming sessions!

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23-24 Education Series D303

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Attention 5th Grade Families! Choir Time!

Good Afternoon Wasco Families,

I am thrilled to announce the opportunity for your 5th grade student to join choir this year! This is an amazing opportunity for students to grow and develop their musicality and singing skills. The goal of our choir program is to offer a formal choral music opportunity to our students and to enrich their musical experience. We work on ensemble practice, team building, vocal technique, vocal health, unison and part-singing, all through a rich variety of vocal music repertoire. The choir program will run from September through May. If your 5th grader is interested, please see the attached letter with more information and register here. You can also find the information letter and registration link on your student's Music Schoology page. Students who are interested must be signed up by Sunday, September 24th. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, September 26th.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns!


Miss Zima

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Mrs. Michele Robinson


Tell us a little bit about your family.

I have been married for 30 years to Doug who I met in college. We have three grown kids Megan, Katie and Zach. I have two grandchildren Knox and Pace.

What would students be surprised to learn about you?

I played basketball in college.

What are some things you do for fun?

I love to play pickleball!

What makes a "Good Day" at school?

When everyone has a positive and happy attitude

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

Nothing is impossible

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

Yellow is my favorite color, book The Giving Tree and I love all the Piggie and Elephant books

What song do you know all of the lyrics to?

Try Everything by Shakira

How did you spend your summer?

Playing pickleball and golf, went to Tahoe, and spending time with family

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

I am happy to be working here!!!

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

St. Charles East Girls Volleyball Team

St. Charles East Girls Volleyball Team would like to invite your elementary & middle school students to our volleyball clinic. Students in Grades 2nd-8th are invited to join St. Charles East Girls Volleyball for a clinic on Saturday, September 16th from 1:00-3:00PM @ St. Charles High School Main Gym. D303 students can register via PushCoin and out of district students can fill out the registration form below. Cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt.
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St. Charles North Football

D303 Community,

St. Charles North is looking forward to our second home football game of the season this Friday vs. Batavia! The sophomore game starts at 4:30pm followed by the varsity at 7:00pm. This Friday our school community is going GOLD in support of Cal's Angels, a local non-profit organization raising money and awareness for Pediatric Cancer research.

In order to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all of our spectators in attendance please take a moment to review some important reminders regarding the game:

-Gates will open at 3:45 pm.

-Tailgating is not permitted.

-No backpacks, bags or outside food or beverages are allowed. Bags no larger than 8x6 are acceptable. All bags are subject to search.

-All students under high school age must be supervised by a parent or guardian inside the stadium.

-No re-entry into the stadium is allowed.

-Use of profanity, taunting, including racial remarks of any kind, throwing objects, and possessing objects that block the view of other spectators are PROHIBITED.

Tickets will be sold at the gate. Prices are as follows:

-General Admission-$5.00

-Students & Seniors 65+-$2.00

-Visitors w/Student ID-$2.00

-D303 MS/HS Students and Staff w/ID-FREE

Please contact our athletic office at 331-228-6258 with any questions related to this event.

Come out and support our North Stars this Friday Night!

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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.

Office Contact Emails:




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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!