THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS ITS PACK
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August 5, 2022
Welcome Back to the Pack!
Frequently people ask me, “What does a Principal do during the summer?” I can assure you of two things: 1.) The pacing of my summer schedule is easier. I love Education as a profession because of the demands, but summer provides a nice slow down for some processing time. 2.) I work during the summer organizing and preparing the building. I partner with various D303 departments such as Learning and Teaching and Facilities to update and revise our practices to provide Wasco with up to date resources for the upcoming school year. I also spend a great deal of time organizing our building teams, ensuring that our plan for professional learning the year is consistent with our identified building goals. This week’s Newsletter updates you on some of my plan revisions and provides you with reminders for the upcoming weeks. Please connect with me to share your ideas or request information.
School Safety Plans
Schools have many plans to coordinate all the activities, and we plan for more than just academic learning. For example, to ensure that we are inclusive of all students, we employ a universal character expectation (Be Safe, Be Kind, Work Hard and Do the Right Thing), but we also operationalize a system that ensures our social environment is meeting standards.
Wasco Safety and Security Plan: Last year, Wasco’s Safety and Security plan was not unified in one document, so I consolidated the information. As part of this work, I met with district and area safety officials to understand various perspectives and learn the newest, most effective ways to ensure our building is safe. If you would like to talk more about safety and security, please contact me. Safety is a priority for me and over the years I have learned that reflection and connection sharing experiences is a valuable tool for improvements.
A HUGE part of our safety is our daily repetitive actions such as adhering to policies, modeling for kids, and addressing our concerns to decision makers. An example is watching someone prop a door. If you see something, you have to say something to make the action change. Talking with a person unrelated to the situation will not change the situation. I hope we all can commit to communicating in positive, supportive ways, because then we can count on each other to… Do the Right Thing. In our Safety and Security plan, you will see it starts with our daily character expectations, and the plan is linked below for your review.
Bullying Prevention Plan: Our Bullying Prevention Plan lists and describes processes and actions we take to prevent and respond to potential bullying activities. I have provided a link to the plan below, and you can always access it on our Wasco School Website under the Parents tab.
Back to School Reminders
We are excited to welcome parents into our building. When dropping off your child after the bell rings, parents can come into the building to make the transfer into the school building by signing in. If you are picking up your child, please enter the building to sign your child out.
Back to school night Details
Are you interested in volunteering as a Room Parent? Our room parents help with one or more of the classroom events that occur during the school year. The signup sheets for room parents will be posted on each classroom door.
Be sure to stop by the Community Room! The PTO is distributing all school T-shirts for the kids, and if you ordered school supplies, you can pick them up at the same time
Storm Basketball will have a table here as well, stop by and get more information!
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
Wasco Elementary Website has links for valuable parent information. Image below shows website address (wasco.d303.org). Click the “Parents” tab for Wasco Parent Guide (lunch ordering, volunteering, pick up and drop off procedures), and other quick links.
Important Upcoming Dates
August 4: Teacher Assignments and bus route information available in HAC
August 5: 1:00pm-2:00pm PTO Family Meet and Greet @ Wasco Playground
August 8: 4:00pm-6:00pm Backpack Night, Meet your teacher, tour school, drop off supplies
August 10: 7:50am First Day of School, Families informed of meeting place by classroom teacher
August 12: 5:00pm-7:00pm PTO Back to School Social @ Wasco Playground
September 2 Institute Day-No School for Students
September 5 Labor Day-No School for Students
September 7 Picture Day
October 14 Picture Retake Day
Volunteers Needed at Wasco!
Recess and Lunch are an important part of our school day and a great time to facilitate camaraderie. This is an important skill for our Wasco Wolves to learn. We are looking for adults to facilitate our activities. Contact Mrs. Corda if you would like to know more about this role.
Arrival and Dismissal Proceedures
Our front door closes at 8:00 so we can all start our day together with morning routines. If you are dropping off your student, please arrive between 7:45 and 7:55. When students are late they feel out of place and they are missing valuable connections with their whole school community.
Arrival and DismissalWhen using the drop off lane, please drive all the way forward so that we can load/unload as many cars as possible. Please stay in your car. If you wish to get out and load your child, you are welcome to park in the lot. By following this procedure, we can expedite everyone’s waiting times in the car lane.