Welcome to Wahoo Elementary
2023-2024 theme is "All Hands on Deck!"
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Welcome back to Wahoo Elementary for the 2023-2024 school year! As your family’s summertime moments come to a close,
you can take comfort in knowing how eager we are to embark on this year-long journey with your child. This year’s theme, “All
Hands on Deck!” focuses on the importance of teamwork. Amidst nautical decorations and lots of high fives, staff will use this
phrase to teach and reinforce teamwork within students, as well as acknowledge the importance of teaming up with you, the
parents of our little warriors. This theme is a sign of our school’s commitment to each child, and to work with you as parents.
Barbara Bush may have said it best when she stated, “The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first
teacher…” At Wahoo Elementary, we strive to be a positive extension of your families as we care for and guide each child into
becoming the best version of himself/herself. This “all day, every day” kind of commitment requires a big investment of time,
energy, intellect, heart, and so much more. So, we appreciate and benefit from your support in this important working
Please join us at Elementary Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to begin establishing a great
working relationship with your child’s teacher before we set sail! We are excited to see you!
Ben Kreifels, Elementary Principal
General School Items:
The first student day is Thursday, August 17. Elementary will dismiss at 1:15 p.m. that day.
Back to School Night - Please join us on August 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to meet your child’s teacher and bring school supplies. This is also the best time for you to update your family’s Enrollment Update form; we will use your updated information to contact you throughout the year.
Supervision & School Hours - Breakfast and morning supervision begin at 7:45 a.m. Doors to the building remain locked and supervision is not available before this time, so dropping students off early is discouraged. The first bell for class rings at 8:05, and students must be seated in classrooms by the tardy bell at 8:15. School dismisses daily at 3:15 p.m., and all children must be picked up by 3:30. Do not leave children unattended on school grounds before 7:45 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. Please be patient during arrival and dismissal. It takes our young students time to learn their routines.
Transportation - If you have questions regarding transportation to and from school, contact the Superintendent’s office at (402) 443-3051. Bus drivers will be available at Back to School Night for you to meet.
Security & Signing In - Engaging families and the community within our school is important to us! You are welcome and encouraged to visit during lunch or at a time approved by your child’s teacher. Please be advised ALL visitors are expected to sign in at the office and wear a nametag while visiting during the school day.
Early Dismissal & School Closing - Please look over the district calendar and make note of scheduled early dismissals. Additional calendars and schedules are available on the school website. If the school schedule is altered due to weather, it will be announced via the phone alert system, social media, and news stations. Please notify the school if your contact information has changed. Doing so allows us to communicate with you more effectively.
Appointments & Instructional Time - Occasionally, medical appointments and other high-priority meetings must be scheduled during the school day. Please understand when scheduling these and other obligations that instructional time is a high priority. Missing school should be a last resort. If your child does need to leave for such an appointment, please notify office staff and teacher in writing in advance.
Illness & Absences - If your child is ill or misses school for any other reason, call the school office by 8:45 or earlier on the morning of absence. Per Saunders County Unified Attendance codes, students will be counted truant if a parent does not call to excuse the student prior to this time. Parents of absentees will receive a phone call if we do not hear from you.
School Pictures - Studio 123 will take student photos of elementary students on Thursday, August 31st.
Immunizations & Forms - All students must have current immunizations or meet the waiver requirement. A valid birth certificate must also be on file. Contact WPS Nurse Josh Trutna (402-443-4250 ext. 1003, email: email@example.com) if you have questions regarding immunizations or medical forms. Note: COVID-19 vaccines are not required.
Student-Parent Handbook - Wahoo Public Schools will distribute handbooks electronically this year. Please watch for email notifications sent by the district office.
School Supplies - There is a list of suggested supplies for each grade level available on our school website. Lists were also sent home with children at the end of last school year. Your child may bring school supplies with them to Back to School Night.