Wasco Weekly


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It may look like the kids are sitting and listening to a book, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The first graders have been slowly unpacking a story structure resembling the “12 Days of Christmas”. Each day of school they sing along with their teacher revealing a new event in the story. The kids aren’t just sitting and listening- they are using memory, listening, and articulating the story events in song. The teachers at Wasco make learning fun- and packed with important skills!

Teamwork makes the dream work! What happens when you are not tall enough to reach a piece of play equipment? These students worked together to build a pile of mulch to enable all to share in the fun.

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August 19, 2022

Wasco Families,

On Monday, our PTO met to review and discuss upcoming events. We are very fortunate to have parents who organize together to provide all school T-shirts, socials, and support for teachers and students. Upcoming events to support the students are a Book Fair and an All School Assembly featuring a notable author. Because of PTO’s fundraising and organizational efforts, we are able to extend fun activities to our kids that inspire and motivate their interests. PTO is also in the process of assembling our classroom volunteers (the sign up was at Backpack Night). If you are interested in helping, they can use all level of support and involvement, please use this PTO website link to connect. https://wascopto.membershiptoolkit.com/

Kind Regards,

Principal Brennan



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Important Upcoming Dates

August 25 Lock Down Practice Drill

August 26 Severe Weather Practice Drill

August 31 Early Release at 2:10pm

September 2 Institute Day-No School for Students

September 5 Labor Day-No School

September 6 Wasco Back to School Night 4:00-6:00 p.m.

September 7 Picture Day (Pre-order Form Linked Below)

September 23 Fire Practice Drill

September 28 Early release for students 2:10pm

October 14 Picture Retake Day

October 14 Fall Fest at Primrose Farm (See picture above)

Color Portraits - Preorder Form

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Message from Wellness Club

Students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th are invited to become a member of our Wasco Elementary Wellness Team. We work together to keep our school community healthy and promote the well-being of our students and staff. Meetings are on the 2nd Thursdays of each month after school from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the LRC. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 8th. Applications may be picked up from your classroom teacher or from Mrs. Misner or Mr. Secor, the P.E. teachers. Applications are due this Wednesday, August 24th. We will announce club members on Tuesday, August 30.

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Arrival and Dismissal

When 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.

Dr. Gordon: Listen Learn Return

It is important that District 303, led by new Superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon, is routinely connecting with staff, students, parents and community members. Listen Learn Return provides opportunities to share feedback that informs District decision making and strengthens community relations. We aim to establish a foundation of trust, access, and accountability to the colleagues, students, families, and community members we serve.

Support to Families

In D303, we value the opportunity to provide a community of care and support to our families, especially those faced with financial hardship.

If your family is currently experiencing a significant financial need, our community partnerships have several supports available for families, including school clothes/shoes, winter coats/accessories, school supplies, toiletries, holiday meals, and/or holiday gifts. If you would like to be considered for any of these supports, please complete the Family Resource Form by August 26, 2022.

En D303, valoramos la oportunidad de proveer una comunidad de cuidado y apoyo a nuestras familias, especialmente a aquellas que enfrentan dificultades financieras.

Si su familia está experimentando actualmente una necesidad financiera significativa, nuestras asociaciones comunitarias tienen varios apoyos disponibles para las familias, incluyendo: ropa/calzado para la escuela, abrigos/accesorios de invierno, materiales escolares, artículos de aseo personal, comidas para los días festivos, y/o regalos para navidad. Si desea que se le tenga en cuenta para cualquiera de estas ayudas, por favor, rellene este formulario. Para ser considerado, es fundamental que complete esta encuesta a más tardar el viernes 26 de agosto.

Bus Information

Families, it is helpful to know that your child’s bus route is displayed in the window to the left of the bus door. The Route number IS NOT painted on the bus. At Wasco, students line up by their bus number and are escorted to the bus by a staff member. As part of our orientation process, all students reviewed bus procedures with a staff member connecting bus behavior to our Wasco Way: Be Safe, Be Kind, Work Hard, and Do the Right Thing.

School Safety Drill

On Thursday, August 25th Wasco Elementary will conduct their state-required annual Lockdown Drill with law enforcement personnel present. During this time, students will review and practice the classroom procedures. Parents/guardians may opt their child out of physical participation in this drill each year by emailing Stephanie Brennan and Heather Kudabeck at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled date. Students who are opted out will receive an alternative school safety learning experience with a certified staff member.


Families will receive, via email, Schoology access codes on Thursday (8/11/22) at 4pm for any course/s in which their student is enrolled. NOTE that most teachers in K-2 use See Saw instead of Schoology this year. After the code is received, you will need to create a Schoology account. Directions are in the email.

Lunch, Snacks, and Birthday Treats

Students are able to bring their lunch each day to school or they can get lunch at school through our food service provider, Organic Life. We do not accept fast food for students at Wasco. Please do not drop off or have food sent to Wasco for your child. If you would like to have lunch with your child, you can come to the main office and sign them out during their lunch period. Thank you for your cooperation. We love to celebrate birthdays at Wasco. Your child’s birthday will be announced on our morning announcements and your child will be able to choose a book from our birthday book cart. We do not allow in food for celebrations so please do not send them to school or drop them off, they will not be accepted. If you would like to send in items or a treat bag (such as a pencil or non food item) we can send that home with classmates to enjoy at home.

D303 Visitor Information

All parents, guardians, and other visitors to District 303 buildings are required to report to the main

office upon entering the building to sign in. Visitors must provide photo identification when signing

in and must wear a visitor identification tag at all times while in the building. Visitors may be escorted

by a building staff member while visiting the building. School-age visitors are generally prohibited

during the school day unless accompanied by a parent or guardian and approved by school staff. In

the event that permission is not obtained or is denied, visitors will be directed to leave the premises.

(Violators will be subject to legal action.)

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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A Note From The Nurse

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Community News

D303 Community Backpack Link

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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

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