Wasco Weekly


May 19, 2023

Wasco Families,

The end of the school year is a great time to reflect on our accomplishments. It is my pleasure to serve Wasco School and work every day to ensure our students, staff, and community work in concert to provide a Safe and Kind environment where all can Work Hard and Do the Right Thing (our Wasco Expectations). Every year, we are in the front seats to watch the children grow and increase their own independence in learning and social skills. How the students use their independence is a particular interest of mine. We want our students to have the confidence and reassurance that the adults are hear to listen, encourage, and ask questions to challenge their ideas.

This year, a group of students approached me with an interest to start their own club. We met to discuss the club's purpose, goals, and how to solicit members. Next, the students and I worked together to recruit members, and the Environment Club was born, and now has 17 members. Our club is interested in planting around the school, organizing cleanup efforts, and raising money to benefit a larger cause. This year, we discussed the topics of reduce, reuse, and recycle and then created bird houses from recycled materials. When you visit campus, you can see our work.

This club is very special to me because it represents our school environment. Wasco Elementary is a place where kids are known, feel safe, and their ideas are valued. Our whole staff works in tandem to ensure connection and belonging for all of our students and it shows in the students. Go Wolves!

Kind Regards,

Stephanie Brennan


Important Upcoming Dates

May 19 PTO End of Year Party 5:30pm (see add below)

May 20 Wasco Cougars Reading Club game 6:30pm

May 21 Wasco Cougars Reading Club game 1:00pm

May 23 Wasco Maplefest Field Day

May 24 Thompson open house for incoming 6th graders 6:00pm-7:00pm

Come Have Fun Tonight! Let's Glow Crazy!

Tickets available at the event!

Big picture

iReady Results

Today, the following assessments will be sent home in your child's backpack:

Grades K-5: iReady results for Reading and Math

The iReady report is an end of year check on how students are progressing towards their growth goal. The test is adaptive, and now your child's personalized pathway is adjusted according to their achievement. The purpose of the i-Ready diagnostic is not to give your child a score or grade, but to determine how to best support their learning. If you have questions about any of the reports sent home, or about your child's learning goals and progress, please contact the classroom teacher.

Parent Resources for iReady

Attention 5th Grade Families - Clap Out Information

As part of our events to honor and recognize our 5th graders, we are excited to invite our 5th-grade parents to our annual tradition, the Fifth Grade Clap Out.

During the Clap Out, Fifth-grade parents stand in designated areas outside on the last day of school while Wasco Elementary students and staff “Clap Out” the 5th-grade students in a celebration of their transition to Middle School. As part of the celebration, students and their parents are invited to wear their middle school T-shirt. This celebration will occur at 2:44 on May 26th.

We hope you can join us for the festivities, enjoy the friendships, and share memories with fellow Wasco community members!

Message from P.E.

Big picture

Message from the LRC

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Message From The Office

Big picture
Big picture

Wasco's ABC Challenge

A is for Apple, Z is for Zebra, and W is for WASCO SCHOOL. We will celebrate all of the things we have learned and all of the friends we have made as we travel through the ABCs! Each day there will be a special theme based on that day’s letter. Some days students can choose to come dressed in the theme, and other days there will be activities done at school. April 20th will kick off our ABC celebration with Animal Print Day. Please take a look at the attached ABC Calendar to participate in this optional fun event.
Big picture


If you have not registered for 23/24, please do so. Link to Registration Below.

Big picture

Community News

Big picture

St. Charles North Summer Camps

The SCN Athletic Department is excited to offer a wide variety of summer camps to our community. Information and programming can be found in our 2023 SCN Summer Camp Brochure. Please contact our Athletic Office at 331-228-6258.
St. Charles North Summer Camps

(Click here for brochure)

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

How to Report Absences

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 and the reason why your child is out. If they are ill, please indicate their symptoms. Even if you notify your child's teacher of an absence via email, we ask that you please still notify the office.

Also, if your child attends Baker Station, please remember to notify them if your child will not be attending.

Dismissal Plans

Families, If your child is not following their regular dismissal plan (riding the bus, picked up from school, or staying after for a program), would you please be sure to provide me with the information in a note? If you are emailing, please also include our school office staff candace.thoke@d303.org, so that information is shared in a timely manner. Informing us helps us ensure the safety of the kids.

St. Charles Park District

(Click here for link to website)

St. Charles Public Library

(Click here for link to website)

D303 Community Backpack Link

(click here for more information)

Please refer to the following D303 School Board policies for more information:

4:170 Safety

(Click here for more information)

8:30 Visitors to and Conduct on School Property

(Click here for more information)

D303 Inclement Weather Procedures

(click here for more information)

Link to Elementary School Handbook

(Click here for handbook)

Parent Guide for Wasco Elementary 22-23

(Click here for more information)

Wasco Website

(Click here)

Previously Shared News

(Click here for 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

Address Change

Per USPS, the mailing address for Wasco Elementary is now:
PO Box 83
Wasco, IL 60183
Please use this address for future mail correspondence. Any mail addressed to the school's physical address will be returned to the sender.
Big picture