THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS ITS PACK
February 4, 2022
This week I walked into third grades’ discussion of the character Opal in the book, Because of Winn Dixie. The students were identifying how the character’s actions in the book demonstrated a change. At the beginning of the book, Opal is lonely and sad. During the course of the book she becomes “big hearted” (the third grader’s choice of words). In order to achieve this change, the character took risks. She bravely reaches out to people she doesn’t know, and she connects to strangers by asking questions and demonstrating interest in others.
The books our kids read not only teach them how to read, but also provide inspiration for their own character development. Books help children identify role models and find solutions to common dilemmas. At Wasco, we are proud to be orchestrating your child’s learning path. We want our Wasco Wolves to feel safe and respected so they can take those risks, both socially and academically to become the best version of themselves.
One of our second grade students takes initiative to create a positive and encouraging environment in our school.
This past week we celebrated World Read Aloud Day. We hope your family renews its appreciation for the multitude of benefits reading brings to the development of children.
The District 303 School Board has begun the process to search for a new superintendent of schools to replace Dr. Jason Pearson when he leaves in June. To assist us in this important process, the School Board has retained the services Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA). They specialize in assisting boards with the identification and selection of candidates after hearing from stakeholders in the community. Please click on the link below for more information on the opportunities being offered.
Dear District 303 Parents and Guardians,
District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. The responses will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide our improvement efforts. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through March 11, 2022. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey. As part of this communication, we have included a link to graphics of the login page with additional information about how to access the survey. Most notably, make sure you enter Kane County in the box for county even if your home or your child’s school is in DuPage County. This will allow you to correctly select your child’s school.
All District 303 teachers, as well as students in 4th through 12th grades, are being asked to complete this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. Teachers will work with students to assist them with logging in and taking the student survey.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input.
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temperature for Outdoor Activities
During our school day students are scheduled for a classroom recess, lunch recess, and possibly outdoor P.E. We are so impressed with the responsibility of our students who bring their outerwear every day to school demonstrating how to prepare for their school day!
Our Elementary School Handbook shares the guidelines for Outdoor Physical Activity. If temperatures are at or below zero degrees (with wind chill), we do not go outside. The specifics can be found on page 8 in the Section Dress Code: Outdoor Physical Activity. This section of the Handbook also lists our policies for other types of weather.
Link to Elementary School Handbook
Important Upcoming Dates
February 21 No School-Presidents' Day
February 23 Early Release at 2:10pm
February 24 End of Trimester-Elementary School
Attention 5th Grade Parents-Save the Date
Thompson Middle School:TBD Incoming Parent Night
5th Grade Student visits to Thompson Middle School:
Friday, May 13 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Wredling Middle School:Tuesday, May 10 - Incoming Parent Night from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the cafeteria
5th Grade student visits to Wredling Middle School:
Wednesday, May 11 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM, Corron and Norton Creek
Thursday, May 12 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM, Wild Rose and Non-Feeder Schools
Friday, May 13 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM, Munhall and Anderson
To learn more about what has been happening in Empower, please view the newsletter here. You may have heard students in second, third, and fourth grade having been making dog enrichment toys and fleece tie blankets to donate. If your child is interested in making them at home here are the directions: Dog Toy and Fleece Blanket. Lastly, here is the Empower Hero and Maker's Challenge for next month.
Middle School Intra-District Transfer Window
A message from Spirit Club and Wellness Club:
Hi Wasco families!
In February, the Spirit Club and Wellness Club will be co-hosting a food drive in coordination with the Salvation Army. Students will be able to bring in canned/boxed foods (see list below) starting February 1st-February 11th. There will be large, red bins or multiple, smaller, boxes in each grade level hallway and in the main lobby so that students can drop off their food items first thing in the morning. We are looking forward to giving back to our community and want to THANK YOU in advance for helping us make a difference!!
If you have questions you may contact any of the following people below:
Amy Corda at email@example.com
Rebecca Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Misner at email@example.com
Joe Secor at firstname.lastname@example.org
A message from the Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, Tri-City Corps has a food pantry for those in need within our serving area (60174, 60175, 60134, 60510, 60183,60184).
Relying on the kindness of our community to help keep the shelves stocked, the food pantry is open by appointment Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. In addition, there is contactless fresh food distribution that takes place on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m-1:00 p.m. The pandemic that we have found ourselves in has seen a need for home delivery, this is offered to homebound guests on Wednesday & Fridays. We currently serve about 300 families per month through our food pantry. Our fresh food distribution has given out over 19,000 items in a month's time. Please find this link that will take you to our website where you can donate online at http://satricity.org. In addition to this link, Cash or Check can be dropped off in person or checks can be mailed directly to us at 1710 S. 7th Ave. St. Charles, IL 60174. Be blessed, and be a blessing!
See below for a list of requested items.
Food Items Toiletries/Non-Food
Cereal - cold
Cereal - hot
Canned vegetables (not beans)
Mac & Cheese
Canned meat (tuna, chicken)
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED SUPPORT AND DONATIONS!
Yearbooks are on sale for 21-22 School Year!
Easy Ordering Through Push Coin!
Want to stay in touch with PTO?
Website- Please visit our brand-new website at the link below. We are working very hard to get this to be a great resource for all things PTO. This is going to be our main source of communication from here on out. We will be posting the most up to date information here.
Email- We will still continue to send emails as needed
Freshschools- Please send an email to one of the following board members to get added to this communication platform. This is a great way to be able to get in touch with other student's parents.
Shannon or Scott Von Essen: WascoPTOPresident@gmail.com
Alison Sweet: WascoPTOVicepresident@gmail. com
Misti Floyd: WascoPTOSecretery@gmail.com
Heidi Hastert: WascoPTOTreasurer@gmail.com
Shannon Martin: email@example.com (Executive Fundraiser)
Please reach out with any questions you may have to any of the executive members above.
Thank You all for your continued support.
Wasco Elementary PTO