Wasco Weekly


November 12, 2021

Dear Wasco Families,

Did you know Wasco Art has some long standing traditions? There are many families who treasure the creations fostered by Mrs. Anderson! Like all of our learning, the Art curriculum provides our teacher and students with a progression of skills. In the clay medium, students begin learning a variety of techniques like slabs, pinching and pulling. As our artists develop through the grade levels their techniques evolve building on these fundamentals with the addition of coiling, and the ability to attach clay using slip and score . As leader of the building I get the thrill of experiencing the education your child receives from all of their teachers. Our district leadership coordinates learning between the subjects for the teachers and student’s benefits. We want students to have many avenues to connect, apply, and express their learning throughout the day.

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan

World Kindness Day

In honor of World Kindness Day, we are sharing how we foster kindness as part of our Wasco Expectations to Be Safe, Be Kind, Work Hard, and Do the Right Thing. Our daily efforts to revisit our expectations lead to students who find their own ways to share kindness with others. An example is our student below who made a Kindness Box!

Request from PE Department

As the weather gets colder, Gr. 2-5 PE classes will try to go outside as much as possible so students can get fresh air. Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for outdoor temperatures including coat, hats, and gloves. Once it snows, snow gear will be needed and we will try to get outside for snow games. K-1 is using the gym learning how to move safely, practicing basic skills, activities and games, including taking turns and sharing equipment.

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A note from Mrs. Furlong in the LRC….

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The Wasco LRC has had an exciting few weeks of introducing classes to two book awards: The AISLE Monarch (grades K-3) and Bluestem (grades 3-5). These are Illinois awards in which students will vote for their favorite title mid- March in the LRC if they have read, or have read to them, 5 or more titles. Participation is optional. Results for the school and state will be shared at the end of March.

For more information about each award, as well as a complete list of nominees, please visit the AISLE sites linked here for Monarch OR Bluestem.

E-Learning Plan and Emergency Days

The School Board has approved an E-Learning plan that gives the district the option to offer remote learning in place of emergency days. Currently, our last day of school is Tuesday, May 24, which is the week before Memorial Day. As we move into the winter months, we want to update you on the plan for how the district will manage emergency days and e-learning days.

  • If we experience inclement weather, the first three days will be “snow days” that will be made up at the end of the school year on May 25, 26, and 27 as needed.

  • Subsequent emergency days will be remote days so the last attendance day will still be before Memorial Day.

  • If there is a long stretch of inclement weather (blizzard, polar vortex, etc.), we may split the days into “snow days” and e-learning days so as to not have too many non-attendance days in a row.

Important Upcoming Dates

November 15 PTO Meeting (see below for more information)

November 17 Report Cards available on HAC

November 19 Spirit Club-Dress like a friend day (see below)

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)

November PTO Meeting

We are always looking for new ways to support the teachers and students at Wasco. Please join us Monday, November 15 at 7pm via Zoom for our next PTO meeting.

We hope to see you there! We have lots of great events in the works!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 1304 8626
Passcode: 837349

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20-21 Yearbooks

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Did you forget to order last years yearbook (20-21) or just want an extra copy? We have some soft cover extras available for purchase (while supplies last). Yearbooks cost $20 each and checks should be made to Wasco PTO. Stop by the office to purhcase yours today!

Photos Needed For 21-22!

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Butter Braid Fundraiser!

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It's time for our Butter Braid Fundraiser! Fill out the order form and send back to the Wasco office with a check made out to the Wasco Elementary PTO. Fundraiser Ends November 29th!
Butter Braid Order Form

(Click here for more information)

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Let's Get To Know...

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Rebecca Schroeder

Social Worker

Hi! I’m Rebecca Schroeder, the school social worker at Wasco! I LOVE working with students and supporting their social and emotional growth. It is so important in their development! I value student relationships and work hard to foster them. I’m always trying to learn new student names and faces! The wisdom I would like to pass on to my students is to believe in yourself and know that your challenges help you grow!

On weekends I love to spend time with my three children and family. Our weekends are often filled with sports, activities, and getting together with our friends and family. Something you may not know about me is I love to run-from 5K races to marathons!

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